The Legendary Alchemists and nelke is a spin-off based on the popular Atelier series of video games. Like a different Atelier match, it might look at first glance but once you dig deeper, it becomes clear that this is much more of a town building simulator compared to the usual JRPG. It’s a game that provides cameos of the guide alchemists .
Nelke and the Legendary Alchemists begins when the lead character, Nelke arrives in a town. It is her job to become the new administrator of this town. She is personally appointed by her father to oversee it and settle any issues. Nelke will have to fulfill a set of tasks ordered by her father to make sure the town is running efficiently. These include benchmarks like reaching a specific target and they have to be completed in a limited amount of time so the clock is always ticking.
Battles in Nelke and the Legendary Alchemists feel pointless. They don’t offer any strategy or depth to make you think twice before taking any action.
Nelke and the Legendary Alchemist is not a bad game at all. It just feels like an average attempt at a city building simulator and then branding it with the Atelier name. This is what elevates Nelke from an otherwise mediocre affair to a good distraction from the main Atelier series.