Potion Permit

released on Sep 22, 2022

Moonbury's residents need healing, and you're the best chemist around! With your trusty tools, a brewing cauldron, and a canine companion at your side, you'll need to diagnose symptoms, gather ingredients, brew potions, and cure ailments in this open-ended sim RPG.

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Seems like a fine enough little Harvest of Stardew type game, except with the farming switched out for a potion brewing minigame, but it has that forced slow gameplay that I just cannot stand. Main character crawls slower than a toddler and the forest, to go get resources for potions, is way too far to go every day. I played a couple of hours before I decided that this glacial pace and the long jog to the forest just isn't for me.

The best pixel art game i've ever seen. Gorgeous.
I started playing casually and got hooked instantly by the ambience and story.. On the other hand, i felt that i had to force myself to finish the game due to the repetitive and fast-becoming boring mini games.
Really worth trying.

Cute Stardew Valley-esque game. I had fun with it, but it's not as long or as fleshed-out as Stardew.
I was intrigued by the concept of the game, where villagers will periodically get sick and you have to heal them with a potion before they'll reappear in the town. In execution, though, it's pretty boring. You have several days to heal patients, but you'll almost always have the ingredients on-hand to heal them immediately, and even if you don't there isn't much of a consequence. I found myself wishing that the villagers would get sick more often or the stakes for failure were a bit higher, so that healing would involve some interesting strategy rather than becoming a chore that wastes a few hours every morning.
Overall, it's a cute, chill game that I had a good time playing. I just wish it was a little different.

there a lot of good things to say about this game, but my main complaint is that the main gimmick should be the patient's treatments, but it's just so dull and repetitive i end up drearing it

I remember being really excited about this game once I first saw the trailer. It is exactly what I was looking for, something cosy but different from all of the farming sims I just couldn't get into.
Once the game came out it was already overshadowed by so many bad reviews, because it just had way too many bugs and the performance was overall problematic for such a visually "simple" game.
Now, all this didn't stop be from picking it up for the Switch and I did really enjoy myself for the first few hours. However, it slowly turned into a chore rather than something I play for fun. I am someone who just hates to leave games unfinished once I started them and didn't hate them. This game was just good enough for me to care about finishing it, but doing that, meaning getting to the credits, is just so exhausting.
Positives? The visuals and animations are so cute and beautiful, the soundtrack is simple but works and the characters have charming designs and SOME interesting storylines. But that's about it. The gameplay is pretty bland after a few hours, it doesn't evolve enough and isn't challenging enough whatsoever. Once I was ~20 hours in I really just wanted to get out of this town for good, but in order to finish the game you need to make the town love you. Let me tell you, I skipped through so many character events and it took me 2 weeks alone to get them all to a high enough friendship. I can't really say if the character stories are well written, because at the point I got to them I already didn't care anymore. There also is a "dating" option for some of the towns people, but no marriage and the "dates" are always the same thing, it just seems like an afterthought to please gamers who want romance in these kind of life simulation games. It's not worth it.
This game had a lot of potential and while I would not say it is a terrible game and nobody should ever pick it up, I think people who are really into SLOW gameplay and like having a set routine could like this a lot more than me. Also if you really want to spend hours and hours on getting to know these characters, you'll get that.
I do not necessarily regret my time on this game, I just wish it would have been shorter.