Potion Craft: Alchemist Simulator Review

Potion Craft: Alchemist Simulator on PC

In a year where blockbuster games continue to take home awards like The Game Awards 2022, there’s still plenty of room for indie games to make a splash with creative ideas and interesting experiments. The genre of simulator games remains popular, and while some gamers dream of flying all sorts of planes around the world or engaging in extreme purification with Power Washing, those thinking of brewing potions to fight diseases can use Potion Enjoy Craft: Alchemist Simulator courtesy of NicePlay Games and tinyBuild.

A game where players collect ingredients, brew potions using a unique combination system, and serve a variety of customers. Potion Craft is certainly an interesting departure from the more traditional type of game that most of us would enjoy. There is no action per se, and things are taken at a leisurely pace, allowing players to take their own time and complete their objectives without undue stress.

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Each day brings a random selection of ingredients to grow and harvest in a magical garden, followed by recipe tests using those ingredients, resulting in a variety of possible potions with different strengths and effects. Is a customer looking for something to help them scale a steep cliff? A strong Dexterity Potion will do the trick. Does anyone have a pest problem at home? Brew a dangerous and nefarious poison potion to help them. Once the customer line is gone for the day, it’s time to get back to bed and get started on a brand new day.

The clear difference for Potion Craft: Alchemist Simulator is how it handles the main part of the gameplay, which is potion brewing. Rather than a set list of ingredients that lead to a specific potion, it’s entirely up to the player to experiment and see what’s the best way, quite literally. At the outset, each potion begins in the center of a map covered in fog, with each ingredient representing a different direction and distance it will travel.

As you mix specific amounts of the mushrooms, roots, flowers, shrubs, and more, your current brew will migrate across the map. Avoiding areas filled with skulls will ensure your potion doesn’t fail, and collecting various books scattered around the map will strengthen your alchemical knowledge, resulting in more talent points that can make your life easier through upgrades. There are also portals that can be used to travel long distances or avoid potential pitfalls.

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Depending on customer preference, all of these ingredients can be thrown into the cauldron as is, used to their full potential with the mortar and pestle, and even combined into a unique potion through repeated brewing. Getting the potion just close enough to a specific effect will give you a weak potion, while aligning it closer to the silhouette will give you a stronger potion.

In the meantime, a near-perfect match will yield the strongest brew of all. Mastering the distance of each ingredient, when to add water to move your potion to the starting point, and how much risk-taking is appropriate all make potion brewing an art in Potion Craft: Alchemist Simulator.

That the customers are a patient bunch is helpful with no time limit to pressure you to come up with a solution. Where the challenge is increased comes from limited ingredients being harvested from the garden and the money you have saved so buying from merchants is not always possible. Sometimes not everyone finds the best solution to their problems.

At the point of sale, Potion Craft: Alchemist Simulator also throws in a haggling mechanic, which is a risk and reward system that can result in either increased profit or damage to your reputation and bottom line.

Due to the nature of the day, there may be times when you just don’t have the right ingredients to cater to customers, which is particularly annoying with simple offerings. The best way is to stock up at the garden and vendors over a few days, which is pretty counterintuitive if you want the game to experiment to find new effects.

Over time and practice, it reflects the journey of a novice potion brewer who gets better at what they do – growing in both knowledge and profit, honing their talents to make the business and brewing that much easier .

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Aside from their needs, the customers also come from different backgrounds. These can lead you to become either a good Samaritan or an alchemist or someone with a more nefarious outlook on life. While there’s a lot of potential for varied scenarios there, there’s no noticeable change in gameplay even after a dozen hours or so. There’s really just a shift in the type of clientele you’ll see knocking on the door.

And while the brew card definitely adds a sense of discovery when brewing potions, it can be a double-edged sword. The only way to get specific effects is to really go in a certain direction and use whatever ingredients are available, and if it turns out to be exactly what your clients need, that’s great. However, this discovery may be tempered by the fact that valuable ingredients were squandered on a discovery that will only be useful in the future, not the present. The talent to uncover a larger radius of the map is highly recommended.

With the chapters built into Potion Craft: Alchemist Simulator, there’s little chance you won’t know exactly what the next steps are to advance. It really depends on the player’s appetite to advance or be happy just brewing potions and making a decent profit.

For those who are genuinely interested in alchemy, there is also an added challenge of creating the Philosopher’s Stone. This process is tedious and requires a lot of strong potions and even alchemy machine parts that cost a lot in the beginning. While certain chapters require some investment on this side of things to progress, you’re free to ignore the pursuit altogether.

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Along the way, it can be relaxing just admiring the art and visual style of Potion Craft: Alchemist Simulator. From the many ingredients, the characters, to the movement of your brewing equipment, it immediately brings a sense of calm coupled with the excitement of new discoveries around every corner. Enterprising alchemists can even delve deep into customizing the look of potions and really making their mark in this world.

At the end of the day, Potion Craft: Alchemist Simulator delivers exactly what it was intended to do, with an experience centered around potion brewing and alchemical discovery. It’s an easygoing venture on the surface, but contains plenty of depth for those willing to dive in. While its pace isn’t for everyone, just a few tweaks here and there to the game mechanics would help make this an even more potent mix.

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Potion Craft: Alchemist Simulator Critics Rating

Reviewer: Jake Su | Copy provided by the publisher.

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