Game-playing anime fans will get a big kick out of it, and it's the first real example of a decent dating simulation in the US.
Barely reaching the capital city, Boyzby, he meets Sodina, a young girl whose brother, Jyabil, happens to be a master spirit blacksmith.
Jyabil takes Meis as an apprentice, but the Dark Acolytes have their sights set on Boyzby as well... Thousand Arms is an RPG, and it's got all the standard trappings of one - if you've played any game in the genre, Thousand Arms should be immediately accessible.
What makes Thousand Arms unique is the master system, in which you use your powers as a spirit blacksmith to reforge your party's weapons, adding power and spells to them. Being a spirit blacksmith is tough; in addition to the master points you use to reshape the metal, you'll need the support of a girl to achieve your results.
That's where the dating elements of this game come in.
The dialogue is too, though as is true of the genre, high drama can cut in at any moment.
Atlus definitely has a great game on its hands here - the combination of solid RPG questing, graphics, dialogue, dubbing, and ambiance really push this game over the edge from standard to special.
They offer a welcome breather from saving the world.
The format is this: Sodina, or whoever, will pose a question to Meis, and you must pick one of two options as an answer. If the date goes well, your intimacy factor grows by a point, and your blacksmithing ability is thereby increased as well.
One of the most important aspects of an RPG is the battle system; after all, you're going to be spending a lot of time with it.
Thousand Arms' battles will feel familiar, but they are a little bizarre.
In addition to normal "dates," you can play minigames that boost your statistics with a girl.