Time is an important aspect to the game because, every task that you’re given has a time limit. Sleeping and traveling all take up time and must be managed.
Within a short period of time, Totori is able to make the journey to Arland, to obtain an Adventurer’s License, and become an adventurer. Think of the beginning part as your tutorial, as time quickly turns against you once you are under the requirements of Cordelia and the Adventurer License. Your actions over the course of the adventure will dictate whether she finds the answers to her questions, or not. The game has multiple endings based on your relationships and ability to complete quests and make money within the allotted time frame.
Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland is not an epic story. It is a cute one though and like some similar Japanese games really tries to flesh out more ordinary and heartfelt story. The pastel anime style graphics and mostly well cast voices flesh out a decidedly girly and sappy tale. There is a good amount of voice work but not much animation in the cutscenes. The original Japanese voices are available for those that prefer them and though the music in a few occasions can be grating, for the most part it is nice and appropriate. With all of that being said, this lengthy RPG is really only for fans of turn-based JRPGs. If that’s you, definitely pick up Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland.
Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland is rated T (Teen) by the ESRB for Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood, Suggestive Themes and Use of Alcohol.