A very cute little life sim released this week: Potion License (opens in new tab), which casts you as the town’s new chemist, tasked with treating the inhabitants of the remote village of Moonbury. Your job is to diagnose diseases, collect ingredients, and brew them into cures, while making friends among the townspeople and integrating into local life.
See, the locals are wary of modern medicine and technology, preferring to rely on traditional methods. When they turn to the Medical Association, they send you, their star student, as a chemist to convince the locals of the effectiveness of modern alchemy in treating disease.
It’s a lovely twist on a fantasy world, and a lovely departure from the often farming-centric crafting of most life sims.
I’ve spent a few hours on Potion Permit, and if you like refining your craft in Stardew Valley or Graveyard Keeper, you’ll love this game. It’s also chock-full of mini-games, from rhythm-based diagnostics to combining ingredients in your alchemical pressure cooker puzzle.
At the same time, it has all the life sim content you want: you have a dog, and it’s a good dog. You can meet neighbors, make friends with them, and learn about their stories. You’ll also wander around the woods, hunting for ingredients, fighting monsters, and improving public buildings to update the town. Oh, and decorate your house.
You can find potion licenses for $20 at epic, humble (opens in new tab), steam, Gog (opens in new tab), and probably some other places I haven’t found. Potion was published earlier this week on September 22, 2022.
PC Gamer’s Lauren Morton noticed that there are a lot of games brewing around Potions right now. “In a way, they’re all about cauldrons and brewing magic potions, but they’re also slightly different sub-genres of sims,” she said. “I’ve been following a few of them over the years, but I still manage to mix them up. They go up.” To that end, she wrote you a great guide to all the new and upcoming potion-making games. (opens in new tab)