Potionomics can be crushingly brutal, but also kind of endearing
Potionomics is a life sim, but with heavy influence on the sim aspect… and also the life aspect. It’s a balancing act of time management, working your job, striving to be the best, depression, and maybe seeing our friends every once in a while.
The game can be crushingly brutal if we aren’t careful with our decisions, because everything (EVERYTHING!) matters. Do we want to hang out with our friends and get cards to build our negotiation deck? Would we like to craft some potions so we can make some money? Or would we like to go see the expedition leader to acquire new materials that we might need to make the best potions? All of these things take points out of our allocated 8 chunks of free time that we get every single day, so we need to be thrifty and plan ahead.
Also did I mention there’s a stress mechanic? There’s a stress mechanic.
While I may sound like I am being harsh on the game, I’m really not. I just want to make sure everyone knows what type of game they are getting themselves into. The cute and phenomenally animated characters, amazing writing, and setting all encompass a truly difficult multi-faceted video game that I think everyone should take the time to enjoy, if they can stomach it.
This review is based on a Steam code sent to SideQuesting by the publisher. It originally appeared on the October 24th edition of The SideQuest. Images & Video courtesy XSeed and Voracious Games.