By Spencer . June 22, 2011 . 2:37pm
While gathering items to synthesize, Nora may run into monsters. Nora and the Time Studio: The Witch of the Foggy Forest has two places where you can get attacked. On the world map, monsters are shown as icons so you can decide whether or not to fight. Encounters are random on fields rich with items you tap to collect.
Don’t let the grid mislead you; Nora and the Time Studio is traditional RPG. Players start by selecting three party members and placing them on a 3 x 3 grid. The formation affects attack power and range.
Battles are turn based and similar to the Atelier series, the main character relies on using items to deal heavy damage. Nora can use her time bending powers to synthesize items in the middle of a fight. Other party members back Nora up with special attacks and support skills. One character can steal items, likely an important ability if she can pilfer materials.
Nora and the Time Studio doesn’t end if your party gets wiped out. The entire group returns home with time lapsing one day, presumably so injured characters can rest.
Atlus has Nora and the Time Studio slated for release on July 21.