This is an action RPG from the creators of Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale. Like Recettear, the game's title comes from the names of the game's protagonists, Chante and her sister Elise. The sisters seek to remove a curse that turned Chante into a fairy.
Chante is my favorite character! I fell in love with her dialogue instantly. I will forever remember the kicking of the shins. The dialogue in this game felt natural and the info dumps weren't too bad. This game also has fantastic characterization. The story was good, even though it was cliché. I don't mind cliché, as long as I can enjoy it, and with these adorable characters and their clashing personalities how could I not?
Combat in this game is different. At first I thought it would be hack 'n slash, but there's also a magic system. Elise uses a sword that has a three hit combo, with the final blow being critical damage. She can equip items to give her attacks more power, such as a water crystal, which allows a charged strike. Pretty straight forward stuff. The magic system is a little more complex. The defeated enemies drop stones which are each a different element, water, fire, earth, and air. Spells can use 3 stones, making them more powerful. It was interesting to mix different stones together to see what they would create.
Aim in this game is important. Magic attacks can go right past locked targets and Elise can easily miss enemies, even if they're right in front of her. The movement needs work, and I can forgive that. Health drops on the other hand seemed to involve wishing, and hoping, and praying. They were few and far between which made the game aggravating. When I started, I had thought, that's okay, I'll just grind some levels and it'll be fine, but there are no levels. It was then I realized I had to focus on getting the right items in order to make any progress. It got a little easier once I unlocked the healing spell.
In the end, I got more then I bargained for with this game. Decent game length, fun characters, interesting combat and challenging gameplay equivalent to a platformer. I believe RPG fans would like it, but don't expect anything old school from this game.