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Every 'Atelier' Game, Ranked Best To Worst

Updated October 14, 2020 558 votes 120 voters 5.8k views21 items

List RulesMajor console releases only (no spin-offs).

As one of the most prolific (and lesser-known) RPG franchises of all time, the Atelier series spans more than 20 games over the past few decades. While the earlier games were never released outside of Japan, the series has since become more popular in the West, with subsequent ports and remasters popping up on the PS4 and Switch. While each game is unique, they all center around the use of alchemy — namely, the art of crafting, combining, and collecting items to create more powerful ones. 

While the franchise has spawned several memorable sub-series, this list only features the mainline releases. That said, most of the mainline games are set within a handful of recurring series. The Iris series, for example, was pretty much exclusive to the PlayStation 2, while the Mysterious series includes a handful of Atelier games that have since been ported to the Switch and PS4.

Whether you're a new fan looking to see what's the best Atelier game to start with or are a veteran player who definitely has some opinions, check out this definitive ranking of all the Atelier games and see where your favorites stack up.

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    Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis

    Metacritic score: 69%

    Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis is a role-playing video game developed by Gust Corporation for the PlayStation 2 in 2007. The game is another iteration of Gust's Atelier series, and incorporates elements of standard turn-based combat and alchemy. A PlayStation Portable version was released, with additional features included....  more
    • Release: 2007
    • Developer: Gust
    • Platform: PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable
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    Metacritic score: 75%

    Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout is a role-playing video game developed by Gust Co. Ltd., and originally released in Japan for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Microsoft Windows in September 2019. It was released in North America in October 2019 and rest of the world in November 2019 for the same consoles. It is the twenty-first main entry in the Atelier series. Atelier Ryza revolves around the story of Reisalin Stout. She is a girl living in Kurken Island who is bored by the peace of the place. She thus turns to her friends, finds an abandoned rowboat and rows to mainland....  more
    • Release: 2019
    • Developer: Gust
    • Platform: PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch
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    Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea

    Metacritic score: 76%

    Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea is a 2014 Japanese role-playing video game developed by Gust for the PlayStation 3. As part of the "Atelier" series of games, it is the third installment of the "Dusk" story line and the 16th main game in the series overall. The game was released in North America and Europe in March 2015....  more
    • Release: 2014
    • Developer: Gust
    • Platform: PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows
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    Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk

    Metacritic score: 70%

    Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk is a Japanese role-playing video game developed by Gust Co. Ltd.. The character designs are by Hidari. It is the fourteenth title in the Atelier series, coming after Atelier Meruru, but has a storyline independent from previous titles in the series. The game is the first installment in the Dusk storyline. An English language release was published in March 2013 by Tecmo Koei in western regions. A PlayStation Vita version titled Atelier Ayesha Plus: The Alchemist of Dusk was released on March 27, 2014 in Japan, January 13, 2015 in North America and January 14, 2015 in Europe....  more
    • Release: 2012
    • Developer: Gust
    • Platform: PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows
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