Posted: 12 weeks ago.
You play Sylvia, a witch who takes over her uncle's potion shop after he dies. Along with the shop, however, comes a huge debt you pay off by competing in the potion competition. Each round, you make three potions by combining ingredients in your brewery. To get these ingredients, you make friends with the townspeople, each of whom helps you in a different way, and can have romantic relationships with different people. All the while, you need to run the shop, bartering with the customers to ensure you make enough money to stay afloat.
Gameplay is a mix of talking to your friends, brewing potions, haggling with customers in turn-based "fights", and competing in the competition. As you make friends, you can enlist their help in gathering, storing, or providing you with new materials for your potions, all for a price. Additionally, by spending time with them, you gain new cards which you can use when negotiating prices, which is done in turn-based play where instead of damaging attacks and defensive moves, you manage your stress, the value of your potions, and your attraction to the customer. Different cards do different things, and experimenting with your deck is essential in getting the best price for you.
Time management is key, as there are only so many activities you can do in a day, and making sure you optimise what you do and when is essential. For example, by starting a potion brewing first thing in the morning, you can then get on with other activities while it develops in the background.
The result is a unique and highly involved game that combines management, strategy, and skill as you balance all aspects of the diverse gameplay to emerge the winner of the competition and pay off your debt.
9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need to expertly manage your time and come up with ways to get as much done each day as you can, all while planning ahead to ensure everything is done in time. Having the skill to deal with multiple systems simultaneously is important to progress and enjoy the game.
You use a mouse to navigate through the menus, dialogue options, and select actions. As the game is primarily turn-based and the in-game clock doesn't progress in real-time, allowing you to do a set number of things in a day (each activity takes up a specific length of the day), you can take as long as you need for each activity.
There are no difficulty settings, and ensuring you do everything required within the allocated time (10 in-game days before each competition) can be very tough, requiring precise time management and planning several days ahead, which can be tricky to do. However, individual actions aren't time-limited.
You can only save when you're in your shop, so it is possible to lose significant progress. You need to drag items around the scene by holding down a button on the mouse.
Text and subtitles in the game are high contrast but aren't very large. Some of the text in potion-brewing segments in particular can be very small and difficult to read as a result.
As the game is played on individual screens, without any movement of your character, navigating and getting lost aren't concerns. The backgrounds are static. Each item has a unique textual description in the game.
Diversity and Inclusion
Gender and Sexuality:
Gender Representation: The gender representation of the pre-defined characters you can play in the game.
- Play as Stereotype-Free Woman: The game's protagonist is a woman who doesn't conform to common gender stereotypes. Leading the narrative and not conforming to common objectification.
Sexual Orientation Representation: The sexual and romantic orientation of characters you can play in the game.
- Play as Lesbian Character: The game’s protagonist is a woman, feminine presenting person, or non-binary person who is a lesbian (attracted to women, feminine presenting people, or non-binary people).
- Play as Bi Character: The game’s protagonist is bi (someone who is attracted to two or more genders, sometimes but not always all genders), pan, poly, or omni.
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