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Posted: 6 weeks ago, last updated 2 days ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Potion Permit is an adventure game about a chemist working to help village inhabitants get better from various ailments. You explore the world for ingredients and craft medicine by completing puzzles and mini-games. It stands out for the tension it expresses between superstition and science, along with the expansive world and charming people you meet within it.

After the town's Witch Doctor fails to cure the Mayor's daughter, you're sent in by the Medical Association to try and overcome the distrust for modern alchemy and medicine. You forage the surrounding area for ingredients, sometimes having to fight monsters and animals to get them. You chop down trees, pick plants, and fish in the stream. Sometimes, your potions require animal parts so you have to take on bears and other creatures in fast-paced combat.

You then craft medicinal potions to match the needs of the townsfolk. Crafting is more than just throwing the right ingredients into the pot, you have to fit each one into a grid with no overlaps or spaces, like a game of Tetris. To administer the correct medicine to each patient, you first need to diagnose them through a mini-game where you need to press buttons at the right time in a rhythm challenge. Once you've done this, you can give the patient the needed medicine.

Get all this right and you increase your standing in the town. This deepens your relationships with the locals and lets you upgrade the town's run-down buildings, and customise your own house with items you unlock.

At its core, Potion Permit is a game about helping people, be that by curing their illnesses, rebuilding their village, or nurturing deeper relationships with them. Using the simple loop of fetching, brewing and mini-games, it creates a strong sense of personal achievement as you restore a village and its people to their former status.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 22/09/2022

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Puzzle, Role-Play and Simulation

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: P Qube Games (@PQubeGames)

 

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DurationDuration

We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for use of bad language ('bloody'). The player's character can be attacked, including by animals and monsters, as he or she gathers ingredients around the town. The player's character can use tools as weapons to defend against attacks. Violence and reactions are unrealistic in nature. Enemies flash when hit, characters have health bars, and there is no visible harm. Enemies disappear in puffs of smoke when defeated, leaving behind materials. The player's character blinks when hit and faints if defeated, waking up the next morning in his or her house.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE for Mild Fantasy Violence, Alcohol Reference. Players sometimes battle cartoony enemies (e.g., slime creatures, bears, giant insects), using axes and scythes. Battles are accompanied by impact sounds, as enemies disappear in puffs of smoke. The game references alcohol in the dialogue (e.g., “She's quite a drinker, but never got drunk.”).

Skill Rating

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Younger children will enjoy the game for its potion crafting and diagnosis minigames, while older ones will appreciate the precise combat.

CostsCosts

Potion Permit usually costs £16.99.
 

Potion Permit

Steam Store PC £16.99
App Store Mac £16.99
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Potion Permit Accessibility Report documents 19 accessibility features:
You often need to press buttons quickly, such as when diagnosing a patient, and can only choose from two keyboard presets for controls, and cannot change button layouts on a controller at all.

The text in the game is high contrast and fairly large, but not 1/20th of the screen, and there is no way to change its size. when speaking to a different character, their name appears in a speech bubble, and before/after they finish talking, an emoji-style facial expression clearly denotes their tone.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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