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Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Potion Permit 13 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
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.
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.").
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.
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Potion Permit: Deluxe Edition
Release Date: 22/09/2022
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Content Rating: PEGI 12
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Accessibility: 19 features
Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night, Grid and Pixels
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