It is a cute and beautiful game visually with marvellous pastel artwork made by renown artist Kishida Mel who also worked for the Totori and Meruru sequels of the Arland series. You play as Rorolina Frixel (Rorona for short), the assistant of a lazy Alchemist named Astrid whose shop is being threatened with closure from the kingdom and its owners banished should they not shape up. Thus Astrid dumps the task of saving the workshop to Rorona who knows little to nothing of alchemy.
The game is basically simple, you have a set number of days, 3 times a year, to submit commissioned work from the castle to avoid closure, for 3 years. You do so by crafting a number of products you create in the workshop using various materials. You get items needed for your work by going adventuring outside of town, which take days of your deadline as you explore areas for gathering items of various quality from the land and fighting monsters while hiring friends to help you in your party for a fee.
The difficulty comes from there, producing items in enough quantity and/or quality to pass the evaluation while not taking too much time outside as synthesizing items with alchemy also takes time and MP to do. Also you can take requests at the castle to craft items for friends of villagers in order to make some cash and increase your reputation.
The game itself has several events that are unlocked with a higher friendship levels with your party members, whom in the end serves to determine which of 4 main endings and 10 alternate endings you will get at the end of the game.
The PLUS enhancements are plenty themselves, such as redone battle and synthesis system based on the Meruru title, redone 3D models to look similar to the Kishida Mel artwork as well as background and maps, new playable characters including a cameo of Totori and Meruru whom will also be playable, a garden for growing medicinal ingredients, the ability to decorate your workshop with item that have special effects, alternate costumes, new dungeons and events post end game and most notable is the addition of extra tasks you can do beside your main assignement to gain powerful items, stats and powerups.
Overall its a pretty fun game worth your time and a great upgrade over the previous incarnation of the title, with an increasingly difficult challenge as the story progresses.