Gone are the overgrown family farms, dilapidated craft facilities and shops tragically behind on their loans. In crafting and Sim Potion Permit city, it’s the citizens who need reinforcement (and, yes, your lab too). These poor bastards have a fever and the only prescription is, well, you. As the most talented chemist in the world, the City of Moonbury has enlisted you to diagnose the mayor’s daughter and prepare cures for everyone else in town during your stay.
Developer MassHive Media shared a quick snippet of a trailer for Potion Permit in the Wholesome Games storefront and launched a demo also. Do not mind if I do.
At this stage of the Harvest Moon and Stardew-alikes hopefuls on PC, I’m always happy to see a nice twist on the “new merchant in town” formula and a talented potioneer concept will surely do that.
Instead of planting crops and selling them in a dump, your top notch chemist gathers ingredients out of town – rocks and trees, because no crafting game can deny them, but herbs and flowers too. Back in the lab, you’ll gather ingredients in a cauldron, standard equipment for witches and chemists, to brew medicines.
There is a grid puzzle involved in the brewing process, with different ingredients represented by certain shapes and their own properties. You’re also a doctor, so you’ll have to determine what your patients need, not just brew a nice unspecified red healing potion to solve every problem. You’ll identify neck injuries and foot problems and other ailments through a different mini-game that seems to involve timed button presses.
I appreciate the crafting minigames qualification that’s going on in these witch-adjacent games, so I’ll be applying for my chem license in no time.
You also can’t forget about the townspeople and history in a town simulator, so of course the Potion Permit mentions meeting your new neighbors, in sickness and in health I accept. “It will take a while, but the health of your patients will be much better thanks to your efforts,” says MassHive. “Your reputation with them will increase, and they will open up to you a little more. You may even find yourself getting particularly close to certain bachelors or bachelorettes.”
On top of all that, you can also create or buy furniture for your home, upgrade the city and surroundings, fish for dinner, and most importantly, enjoy the company of your adorable dog companion.
If it looks as much like your drink as mine, you can go ahead and try the Potion Permit demo. on Steam during the Next Fest starting Monday, June 13th. Potion Permit is planning to be released later this year.