Chantelise: A Picturebook Journey

Posted by Mento (2255 posts) -

Chantelise is the newest game from Indie localization team Carpe Fulgur, originally from EasyGameStation. Having very much enjoyed Recettear, their first release (which was made after Chantelise, confusingly), I was all set to wait it out for the holiday Steam sales to pick it up.

But then Whiskey Media user omghisam decided to gift me the game in a shocking twist of magnanimity, with one stipulation: That I biographize my experiences with the game in my inimitable Microsoft Paint style.

Any Twitter followers of the Pass the Whiskey podcast (and that should be most of you. I mean... c'mon duders) can attest to my dubious mastery of that particular graphics program. So feel free to drop your expectations a bit. No, a lot. More than that. Okay, that should be enough.

Disclaimer: I wrote each of these observations and made them comics as I played the game. Some may be a little inaccurate as I was still in the process of learning the ropes. I'll be going into more detail underneath each image, though.

So yeah. Both a character introduction and a portent of the graphical horrors to come. Because there's a female anime protagonist, that makes this game a hentai.

Spells are cast by finding crystals on the ground after damaging enemies with physical attacks, and have different effects when cast alone or combined with others. It's a system that allows a lot of improvisation, but often you're better off stacking up ones of the same color (kind of like Match-3, in fact) for stronger elemental types. Above is a quick guide of the four basic spells. Earth, it turns out, does have its uses. But it's still mostly terrible.

Magic Defense is as big a deal as regular Defense in this game, and it is worth your consideration when choosing accessories. Trust me. I speak from experience.

Chante (the fairy) casts the spells, but as the token fairy she's also required to dole out inanely obvious commentary and hints. I don't know why.

So an interesting feature of this game is that on each of the brief action stages there's a hidden chest you can find by completing a specific task. It tends to be things like hitting all the trees, reaching a distant hard-to-reach platform or defeating certain enemies first. It is some serious Tower of Druaga obfuscating shit, and the hints you get for sacrificing HP at the church rarely tell you anything. But the treasures are worth it. So do random stuff all the time? And maybe that will work.

I have no idea why the mushroom enemies look like that. It confounds me.

After I drew this I met a silhouette boss and a multi-form final boss defeated with the power of friendship (spoilers for every JRPG ever?) So clearly there was more to add to this comic. Last panel still fits though.

Why do fishing mini-games always do this to me? They give you a little fishing bestiary in the item screen to fill up! With fishes! Gaaaaaah.

And this was where I quit.

Overall, if you like Recettear, you'll like this game. It's considerably less in-depth, as an Action RPG with limited resources, but it moves at a brisk pace, has some frantically fun Ys-esque combat and there's no penalty for getting your ass killed. And believe me, it'll happen a lot, since there's no healing items beyond what enemies feel like dropping very occasionally. There's no XP either: It's one of those games like Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles where the clothes make the man (or anime) as far as stats go. So it's short but challenging, which kind of balances out. Definitely worth the ten bucks they're asking for it.

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#1 Posted by Mento (2255 posts) -

Chantelise is the newest game from Indie localization team Carpe Fulgur, originally from EasyGameStation. Having very much enjoyed Recettear, their first release (which was made after Chantelise, confusingly), I was all set to wait it out for the holiday Steam sales to pick it up.

But then Whiskey Media user omghisam decided to gift me the game in a shocking twist of magnanimity, with one stipulation: That I biographize my experiences with the game in my inimitable Microsoft Paint style.

Any Twitter followers of the Pass the Whiskey podcast (and that should be most of you. I mean... c'mon duders) can attest to my dubious mastery of that particular graphics program. So feel free to drop your expectations a bit. No, a lot. More than that. Okay, that should be enough.

Disclaimer: I wrote each of these observations and made them comics as I played the game. Some may be a little inaccurate as I was still in the process of learning the ropes. I'll be going into more detail underneath each image, though.

So yeah. Both a character introduction and a portent of the graphical horrors to come. Because there's a female anime protagonist, that makes this game a hentai.

Spells are cast by finding crystals on the ground after damaging enemies with physical attacks, and have different effects when cast alone or combined with others. It's a system that allows a lot of improvisation, but often you're better off stacking up ones of the same color (kind of like Match-3, in fact) for stronger elemental types. Above is a quick guide of the four basic spells. Earth, it turns out, does have its uses. But it's still mostly terrible.

Magic Defense is as big a deal as regular Defense in this game, and it is worth your consideration when choosing accessories. Trust me. I speak from experience.

Chante (the fairy) casts the spells, but as the token fairy she's also required to dole out inanely obvious commentary and hints. I don't know why.

So an interesting feature of this game is that on each of the brief action stages there's a hidden chest you can find by completing a specific task. It tends to be things like hitting all the trees, reaching a distant hard-to-reach platform or defeating certain enemies first. It is some serious Tower of Druaga obfuscating shit, and the hints you get for sacrificing HP at the church rarely tell you anything. But the treasures are worth it. So do random stuff all the time? And maybe that will work.

I have no idea why the mushroom enemies look like that. It confounds me.

After I drew this I met a silhouette boss and a multi-form final boss defeated with the power of friendship (spoilers for every JRPG ever?) So clearly there was more to add to this comic. Last panel still fits though.

Why do fishing mini-games always do this to me? They give you a little fishing bestiary in the item screen to fill up! With fishes! Gaaaaaah.

And this was where I quit.

Overall, if you like Recettear, you'll like this game. It's considerably less in-depth, as an Action RPG with limited resources, but it moves at a brisk pace, has some frantically fun Ys-esque combat and there's no penalty for getting your ass killed. And believe me, it'll happen a lot, since there's no healing items beyond what enemies feel like dropping very occasionally. There's no XP either: It's one of those games like Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles where the clothes make the man (or anime) as far as stats go. So it's short but challenging, which kind of balances out. Definitely worth the ten bucks they're asking for it.

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#2 Posted by ManiacMaysin (360 posts) -

Nice blog post.

#3 Posted by Video_Game_King (34590 posts) -

Man, I wish I could do something like this. Also, at least one of these should be your new avatar.

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#4 Posted by beard_of_zeus (1619 posts) -

Haha, thanks for the post, quite entertaining. I was sort of interested in this game, but I think I'll just stick with Recettear; it worries me that without the haggling hooks I won't be as engaged. 
 
I actually still have Ys Seven to finish on my PSP (thanks for reminding me!), so I might do that in lieu of purchasing this :P

#5 Posted by omghisam (276 posts) -

Ten dollars well spent. Keep up the good work, electronic pal.

#6 Posted by 49th (2541 posts) -

I like the pictures :)

#7 Posted by bybeach (4599 posts) -

Good job, imaginative and smartly done.

#8 Posted by BraveToaster (12590 posts) -

I enjoyed this. Consider yourself followed.

#9 Posted by ArbitraryWater (10993 posts) -

I approve of this new blogging style for you Mento. It doesn't make me want to play Chantelise any more than I already did (which is to say: I didn't), but now I know... WITH PICTURES.

#10 Posted by BeachThunder (11260 posts) -

Is it bad that if at first I saw the "but sometimes I'll look like this" image as Vincent with horns?

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#11 Posted by Beforet (2884 posts) -

"This is Elise. She's an anime"

That really did it for me, somehow. Followed.

#12 Posted by Claude (16251 posts) -

That was fun. Do it again.

#13 Posted by Turambar (6482 posts) -
@Video_Game_King said:
Man, I wish I could do something like this. Also, at least one of these should be your new avatar.
I agree with this, and vote for "one loli joke later"
#14 Posted by Video_Game_King (34590 posts) -
@Turambar
 
My vote was more for the face under Chante.
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#15 Posted by ttocs (753 posts) -

Hah, excellent blog post! You gained a follower!

#16 Posted by Sparklykiss (1905 posts) -

Aw, a PTW plug. Thanks, duder!

I played the demo of this and it really lacked the charm that Recettear had. Recettear was beyond delightful but something about Chantelise is really grating to me. I don't think I'll be picking this u-Fishing? It has fishing? Okay, I'll be grabbing that when it is on sale for sure.

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#17 Posted by Mento (2255 posts) -

@Sparklykiss: It has fishing in lava.

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#18 Posted by Sparklykiss (1905 posts) -

@Mento: Woman, don't you tempt me.

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#19 Posted by Bolt3 (120 posts) -

please carry on with this. This is great.

#20 Posted by RuneseekerMireille (316 posts) -

That was quite entertaining. Following now!

#21 Posted by ThunderSlash (1365 posts) -

Oh man, fishing mini games in my dungeon crawlers. It's gonna be like Dark Cloud 2 all over again!

#22 Posted by EquitasInvictus (1868 posts) -

The two things that drew me to this was that it was a look on Chantelise and that your community spotlight blurb featured your Churuya reference.

This was great! I might consider picking up Chantelise at a later time considering how much I loved Recettear, which I reviewed about a year ago!

I'm definitely looking forward to more like this!

#23 Posted by sirdesmond (1223 posts) -

These pictures are great. I'd love to see more posts like this in the future with other games.

#24 Posted by DeF (4690 posts) -

your MSPaint drawings are awesome! :) (the writing as well!)
 
I'd buy a comic book with those.

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