I have reviewed some strange games over the years, but in my e-mail, I saw something that had Alchemist Simulator in the tile. Naturally I had to read more about this game, and I was very intrigued by the description. Potion Craft Alchemist Simulator is where you run a medieval potion shop and learn to make potions, which sounds cool as crafting is one of my favourite parts in games. So let us look if it will cast a spell on us or not.
Developer: Niceplay Games
Publisher: Tiny Build
Release Date: 21st September 2021
CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 / AMD Equivalent
GPU: Geforce GTX 970, AMD Radeon HD 7970
RAM: 4 GB
HHD: 2 GB
I have always had a passing interest in Alchemy for as long as I remember. Using a chemistry kit that my parents bought for me as a Christmas gift back when I was 10. So, when I loaded up Potion Craft and started playing, I was very impressed with what I saw. The most recent games with crafting systems have been rather disappointing and made me feel like they are just put into the games to give a crafting system, be it good or not.
Here in Potion Craft the system is refreshing and instantly I feel in love with crafting all over again. You are involved in the process from start to finish of your potion which involve you activating the bellows, stirring the cauldron and mixing the potions. While learning the potions is a big part of this game, there is a much more playful aspect to it as well. The brewing screen is like a mini game with a map that you must interact with to create the potions.
There are plenty of cool touches if you want to make the potions unique you can add a stain of colour dependant on what you crush in the potion. Customisation is also a lot of fun as you can name the potions and also edit the label so you can be as funny as you want. Besides the crafting which is just pure fun, you have the haggling along with shop keeping and gardening duties which ensure that there is a lot of gameplay to keep you coming back for more.
As you play you will get your customers come into your shop that have their own story. This will lead you to making potions to help their situation. You also have to build your reputation and this will effect your business, but this is just part of the fun. While I had normal potion requests like cure indigestion or grow crops, you do get sinister requests like poisons, which if you make will give you a bad reputation but this can be a good thing, depending how you want to make your shop. You will make friends and enemies which alter the gameplay and is quite clever.
Potion Craft is something fun and different. Yes, it is a shop simulator but it has fun aspects due to its crafting system. I spent hours playing this and only really stopped to write the review. If you like something that is a break from the usual then go and buy this. It is in Early Access on Steam and I would have to say that this is in my top 5 games that I reviewed in 2021.