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The story of Atelier Rorona takes place in the poor, isolated kingdom of Arland. A travelling alchemist visits the kingdom and shows its residents how to use the abandoned technological relics of nearby ruins. This begins a new era of prosperity within the kingdom. As a reward, the king allows the alchemist to open an alchemy workshop within the kingdom. A great many years later, the workshop is all but forgotten. One day, the workshop receives an ultimatum from the king: prove its usefulness in three years time or face closure. The current owner abandons the workshop to Rororina Frixell, her young and inexperienced apprentice. Known to her friends as Rorona, the game follows the alchemist-in-training and her companions as she tries to complete twelve challenges in order to keep her workshop open.

The eleventh game in the Atelier series, Atelier Rorona shares many elements with previous entries including item synthesis and turn-based combat. The game world map is represented by static menus in which towns, fields, and forests can be visited. Upon loading these areas, the player explores the 3D environments in a third-person view. Enemies are visible in the environment and transition to separate battle mode when engaged. The battle system emphasizes the usage of items to boost skills, induce status effects, and manipulate the environment. When not exploring Arland for quests and synthesis ingredients, the player interacts with the kingdom's residents in conversations and cutscenes similar to visual novels. There are multiple storylines and endings depending on the choices made and characters the player chooses to aid.

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Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland PlayStation 3 Item synthesis.
Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland PlayStation 3 Encountering a monster.
Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland PlayStation 3 The town map.
Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland PlayStation 3 And thus we have a plot.

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Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland Screenshot
Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland Screenshot

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RPGamer Sep, 2010 4.5 out of 5 90
RPGFan Sep 26, 2010 85 out of 100 85
Digital Chumps Sep 29, 2010 8.2 out of 10 82
ZTGameDomain Jan 17, 2011 8 out of 10 80
TotalPlayStation Sep 30, 2010 8 out of 10 80
1UP Sep 14, 2010 B 75
Worth Playing Sep 29, 2010 7.5 out of 10 75
GameZone Nov 04, 2010 7 out of 10 70
4Players.de Nov 16, 2010 63 out of 100 63
Eurogamer.net (UK) Oct 26, 2010 6 out of 10 60

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Danferno (681) added Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland (PlayStation 3) on Mar 19, 2012