• Publisher: Atlus
  • Release Date: Nov 17, 2015
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  • Summary: The witch Hilda attempts to crystallize the world using her cursed song.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Nov 13, 2015
    97
    Every 3DS owning RPG or SRPG fan needs to give this game a look, as I can't recommend it highly enough.
  2. 90
    As we come to the end of the year, I figured there’d be an Atlus-published strategy RPG on my game of the year list; I just never imagined there’d be two. But Stella Glow made beautiful music with my heart, and you definitely need to pick it up and get that soundtrack CD.
  3. NF Magazine
    Feb 4, 2016
    85
    Stella Glow is a lot of fun, and I found myself not wanting to put it down once I got started. [Issue #19 – January/February 2016, p.69]
  4. Nov 13, 2015
    80
    While the story is a bit too predictable for my tastes, everything from the visuals to the combat felt very polished from beginning to end. It’s quite unfortunate that this is likely the last game Imageepoch will release, but perhaps they will rest well knowing that they went out on a high note.
  5. 75
    Stella Glow is a good strategy game for the 3DS that I can easily recommend for those whose enjoy the genre or are fans of the game’s developer. However, it is far from a perfect experience.
  6. Mar 4, 2016
    74
    Unoriginal yet competent, Stella Glow is your typical Japanese SRPG with added fashion-witches.
  7. Nov 13, 2015
    60
    As Imageepoch's swan song, it may not be a slam dunk, but it's clear that Stella Glow was crafted with care from people who know the genre, even if at times you just have to stare at whatever just happened in disbelief and say, “Okay, whatever, game.”

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Nov 20, 2015
    10
    What I expected was a good- not great but good SRPG. What we got was quite easily the best 3DS release of the year, and the best SRPG I'veWhat I expected was a good- not great but good SRPG. What we got was quite easily the best 3DS release of the year, and the best SRPG I've ever played since Jeanne d' Arc aside from Fire Emblem.

    Buy this game.
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  2. Jul 18, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Incredible gameplay for a turn based rpg. Each if the witches sings to empower your players in battle and strangely enough the songs are GOOD. I cannot believe how much I loved this game. If you have a 3ds do NOT miss out in this one! Expand
  3. Jan 10, 2016
    10
    Best SRPG I've played since long, long time ago. Great story, good characters. +40 hours of gameplay. Plus, there are a lot of terms in theBest SRPG I've played since long, long time ago. Great story, good characters. +40 hours of gameplay. Plus, there are a lot of terms in the game about philosofy. If you like Fire Emblem, buy it. Expand
  4. May 10, 2018
    9
    This story is with a good plot, excellent music, and kind of challenging difficulty.
    The voice actors are also performing well.
    Really did
    This story is with a good plot, excellent music, and kind of challenging difficulty.
    The voice actors are also performing well.
    Really did not expected that this SRPG could be so funny. I thought it will be boring... but turns out make me enjoy.
    You are just like inside the anime to feel it real
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  5. Jan 16, 2016
    9
    A beautiful game to the very end. As Imageepoch's swan song title they really hit it out of the park, making it very sad to know this was end.A beautiful game to the very end. As Imageepoch's swan song title they really hit it out of the park, making it very sad to know this was end. For any JRPG, SRPG, or even just a fan of Anime, this game is well worth the purchase.

    Goods: Stella Glow brings a very anime feel to the SRPG genre, with great deep story telling, interesting casts of characters, great voice acting and a fun addicting battle system. Each battle can take between 10-30+ minutes but never did it feel boring, even when grinding for levels and money, I enjoyed it.
    The games difficulty never felt to overbearing, or ruthless like games like Fire Emblem, which can be a let down at some points as sometimes it even felt like the AI purposely avoided killing my party members in situations I would have been screwed. But things got more sense of danger as the story went on which made things more thrilling. The whole all gameplay reminded me of Final fantasy Tactics Advance, just with a much more basic skill structure, as each character has their own set of unique skills they can learn but not customize i.e FFTA or FE Awakening. The game makes up for this in equipment such as materia like objects called Orbs, used to add additional effects and power to a character.

    Bads: There wasn't too many things I found wrong with this games except for a few grips with the game mechanics themselves. For example, battles can tend to drag on longer than they need to simply because you are forced to watch the opponents take their entire turn without a fast forward or skip button, outside of the battle animations. this goes double for the special Witch's songs that go into a whole scene each time, that is unskippable. I also felt some characters had huge potential to be really good based on their skills and capabilities, but fell short and got overshadowed simply because they were slower, or had far less movement, making speedy characters and ranged characters the golden ticket.

    Conclusion: Overall the game was great, and I enjoyed my 70+ hour playthough with it to the very end, even if it left that bittersweet taste knowing this was the end, but I am hopeful for a possible sequel, and anyone with a 3DS that has a love for JRPGs and Anime, should definitely give Stella Glow the love it earned and deserves!
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  6. Dec 14, 2015
    8
    A solid SRPG that, while it doesn't quite live up to either game, captures elements of both Final Fantasy Tactics and Fire Emblem. WonderfulA solid SRPG that, while it doesn't quite live up to either game, captures elements of both Final Fantasy Tactics and Fire Emblem. Wonderful musical score, and generally good voice acting - though at time overly melodramatic. The battles are almost exclusively "kill all enemies", but the story and characters are written well enough that the lack of mission variety never really left me wanting. Expand
  7. Nov 28, 2017
    3
    Felt like a chore to play. Took way too long to do anything, even with animations turned off. No, I don't need to spend 1 second watching aFelt like a chore to play. Took way too long to do anything, even with animations turned off. No, I don't need to spend 1 second watching a bar refill every attack/heal. Yes, it's only one second, but in an SRPG, that's dozens of times with one battle, which ruins the pacing.

    It also makes the #1, infuriating SRPG mistake -- having VIPs with suicidal AI. Why should I lose a battle through no fault of my own? Final Fantasy Tactics made this mistake, but that was made in 1997. How could any developer have not realized by now what a terrible idea that is.

    Characters met every single terrible anime trope -- trust me, coming from someone who's watched anime most of my life, I'm a little forgiving in this department, but I don't think I ever made it through a single chapter without at least one major cringe. In particular, Nonoka is now in my top 10 worst characters ever list.

    I won't give it a 0 though, because yes, everything functions as it should and it does have the basics working. I could imagine that if you love SRPGs and harem anime, it might be enjoyable. In short, my game is already sold back to Amazon, and I never want to see it again.
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