Wanting as if it’s been torn straight out of an alchemist’s journal, Potion Craft is a beautiful simulation recreation that’s positive to attraction to the mystically inclined, though — oddly — it appears like a foul match on Change. Arriving on Nintendo’s console one yr after its PC and Xbox launch, it places you within the sneakers of a ‘ye olde’ village alchemist working a retailer and following a day by day cycle of harvesting components and crafting with them.
Because the alchemist, you might be requested to create potions for farmers, battle mages, hunters, and even one thing a bit of darker, like a potion of necromancy. There’s a morality scoring system of kinds. In the event you serve prospects with evil intentions, your morality score will go down and extra ne’er-do-wells will come to you. You’ll must determine what sort of alchemist you wish to be.
Potion Craft’s chapter-based gameplay loop is repetitive, however in a means that can really feel worthwhile for seasoned simulation followers. You will have to reap or buy each particular person ingredient, mash all of them up, combine them in the appropriate portions, and warmth them up. Following these steps will, in flip, transfer a potion bottle icon on the map in direction of totally different goals. Completely different recipes are hidden in between obstacles, and exploration clears away the clouds masking hidden areas.
The sport doesn’t change a lot as you progress. The potions get trickier to search out however the act of creating them doesn’t get any tougher. The purchasers and distributors are the identical day by day, however their requests get a bit of extra particular and attention-grabbing. The sense of development right here comes from the potion e-book. There are heaps of potions that may be crafted and they are often customised fully.
One problem that we bumped into throughout our playthrough is that utilizing the water jug to return the potion bottle to the centre might typically trigger the sport to crash. A memory-related problem, maybe — we managed to treatment this with a system restart and by deleting fairly just a few Change recordsdata, nevertheless it was irritating and reset the day’s progress every time that it occurred. There are additionally some hefty loading instances to take a seat via when beginning up the sport.
Sadly, Potion Craft doesn’t really feel at dwelling on Change. Whereas the sport definitely has a transparent aesthetic attraction, the textual content is tough to learn, the icons are laborious to tell apart, and it doesn’t provide any accessibility choices of word. The button controls depart a bit of to be desired, too; we discovered ourselves enjoying with the touchscreen for the overwhelming majority of our playthrough. Getting a max-level potion requires you to line up the potion bottles completely – and that is very tough, frustratingly so at instances.
Potion Craft is sure to be a gem for the appropriate viewers and is right for devoted completionist crafters who get pleasure from sim video games with strategic components and cosy, magical aesthetics. It is a heady concoction, only one that does not go down very effectively on Change.