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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.
Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Potionomics 16 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 15 months ago.
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.
Release Date: 17/10/2022
Price: 20% off
Out Now: PC
Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Accessibility: 15 features
Components: 2D Side-On, Cards, Cartoon and Day and Night