Chantelise is a game made by EasyGameStation. While it is the predecessor of the more famous Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale, it was similarly localized by CarpeFulgur following the commercial success of Recettear.It follows the story of two sisters: the loud-mouthed and obnoxious Chante, and her level-headed but dopey little sister Elise. When the two siblings defied the warnings of their mother and wandered outside during a red moon, Chante was cursed by a witch and transformed into a fairy. Now the two sisters are on a quest to track down the witch responsible, crack her shins open, and make her un-curse Chante.The gameplay itself is an Action AdventureHack and Slash similar in style to the Ys games.
Tropes used by this game:
Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: Every time you buy an item, the price for subsequent examples of that item doubles. Every time you sell an item, the sell price for that item drops by 3%.
And Now for Someone Completely Different: Subverted and probably lampshaded. At one point Chante needs to go do something without the character you control, Elise (who with Chante is effectively a Magic Knight). Elma (basically a Cute Witch) unexpectedly volunteers to go along with Chante, and on the way out of town brings up that they've never traveled together and need to get used to working with each other. Chante agrees, and right as the player is expecting to start a new tutorial for controlling a magic user, Elma casts a spell which transforms her into a near-perfect copy of Elise! Elma then comments in Elise's voice that by now she should have all of Elise's movements and sword skills down perfectly as well.
Chante (paraphrased): "Okay, so you've been secretly watching us for days in case you wanted to look, sound, and act just like my little sister. Not creepy at all..."
Head back into town to freak Chante out even more. Everybody will immediately recognize Elma-as-Elise and address her as Elma (even one person who's apparently never met Elma), and nobody will think that this is the least bit unusual.
Badass Adorable: Elma, a vaguely cute fortune teller with the ability to summon giant monsters. And Chante, who will cave in the shins of anyone who even thinks about hurting her sister.
Don't forget about Elise, she is the one who does the bulk of the combat between the two sisters.
Bonus Dungeon: Remember the "Familiar Forest" that unlocks itself very early on in the game? The only thing there is a man selling stuff (the only place you can buy an Air Crystal) and- oh look over there, right beside him! Oh wait, it's sealed. Come back after you've unlock all the secret treasure chests and a Bonus Dungeon awaits you...
Breaking the Fourth Wall: Like Recettear, the demo ends with the fairy companion warning the player not to pirate the game or she "WILL find you and cave your shins in."
Grievous Harm with a Body: With a fishing pole equiped, Elise throws out Chante like bait. If an enemy is in the way, she does a small amount of damage to them.
Guide Dang It: There's a treasure chest hidden in every area in every dungeon. Figuring out how to make it appear is rather difficult.
And they go to lengths to rub it in - an early area contains a nice piece of equipment that will save you a few pix in it's hidden chest. By the time the hint system become available, you very probably already have it.
You can fish in lava! And there are plenty of fish that can only be caught in lava lakes.
Here We Go Again: The post-credits scene, indicating that another pair of sisters have been "cursed" despite Elise and Chante breaking the Vicious Cycle.
This is mainly because that new pair of sisters got cursed before the cycle was broken.
Heroic Sacrifice: Fortuna pulls one before the events of the game as part of her plan to destroy the Vicious Cycle, sparing Elma's life and creating the opportunity for a future swordmaiden to have two fairies.
Averted with Aira, who tries to pull this, but is stopped by Elma.
Subverted with Chante. It looks like she pulled this off at the end of the game, but it was revealed that she survived.
Jack-of-All-Trades: Elise is effectively this when adventuring in story mode, since you can respec her freely by changing her equipment. In practice mode, she's a little less versatile, since you need to restart the level in order to do so. You can buy or find equipment for basically anything, from giving Elise new skills to boosting her damage or changing the frequency of certain drops.
Level Grinding: Averted, sort of. On one hand, there is no level system; as in, you cannot level up no matter how much you kill. Of course, on the other hand, you can grind for money and buy Ferromins to boost your max HP. But then, considering the fact that Ferromins cost tens of thousands (the cheapest starts out at 2000pix, but since Adam Smith hates your guts oh so much, will reach exceed 10000pix after buying your third one) and will reach several hundreds of thousands and possibly even millions... uhh... good luck with it, then.
Life Drain: The Darkness Crystal which gives Elise a charge attack that heals HP equal to the damage done but can only affect a single target.
Mirror Match: "The Silhouette", a boss from one of the main quest's dungeons. Designed as an intense danmaku battle rather than a Puzzle Boss, using nastier patterns and summoning a double of herself as the fight goes on.
Nintendo Hard: The early game especially, where Elise is incredibly fragile, you don't have many equipment slots or choices for items to put in them, and you depend almost entirely on random food drops to recover hit points.
Super Drowning Skills: Deep water is one of several hazards — the others being void and lava — which instantly kill most enemies. If Elise falls into them, she gets a free trip back to the area entrance, sans some hit points.
Super Not-Drowning Skills: Demonstrated by Chante, Elise, and Elma in the Aquan Ruins, parts of which are entirely underwater.
Supreme Chef: Aira is able to make slime livers, ghost ectoplasm, killer bee larvae and other horrible ingredients taste good. Aira isn't afraid to share what she's used. While she uses saner ingredients, Elise is implied to pretty damned good as well.