Potato, Patata – Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?!

I kinda feel like I should apologise for not publishing anything for some time, but life has been crazy and Mass Effect: Andromeda came out, so I was partly busy adulting and partly playing that. I wanted to put up this review sooner, but it got delayed more and more. Finally I have some time to sum up my thoughts about this… Whatever this is.

You should know, since I have way too many games in my steam library, I had to put them into categories. Most of them speak for themselves, like ‘Racing’, ‘Fighting’, ‘Action’ and so on. But I kinda had to add an extra category for all the other special items I had, most of them I didn’t even specifically buy but ended up getting in a bundle. This category is called ‘What is this?’. As you might have guessed, I bumped into this game while browsing that and I couldn’t help but wonder: What the actualy fork is this game? Long story short I quickly installed it and got to playing. So let’s see what we have here.

The game is made by Daylight Studios and co-published by Daedalic Entertainment. We have had a look at one of Daedalic’s games so far which didn’t leave such a big impression on me to be honest. From what I could tell, this studio didn’t churn out any other games besides this one.

Now, this game started out quite fun: You actually play a potato. No kidding. One could even say that this game is a potato simulator and one wouldn’t be far from the truth. It is a tiny bit more than that. Remeber when you play your RPGs as the mighty hero who saves the world? Well, where would a hero be without their mighty weapons? No weapon, no glory! And this is what it all comes down to.

You, the potato, are actually the heir of a legendary potato weaponsmith. You sort of inherited his workshop and his evil, shady, money hungry co-founder colleague potato. He puts you to work for him and shows up ocassionally to take your money. Luckily you are so dumb that you don’t notice how wrong this is.

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You hire a few people and start up your smithy, making crappy weapons, selling them, making a profit, expanding business, etc. Your fame increases the more stuff you sell and the better you make them with extra trinkets you find during explorations. You research even more weapons, become better, move to a new world. The whole thing could go on for many-many hours. To be honest, as funny as it started out to be, as boring it became after 5 hours. I am not the type who can sit in front of casual sims. After a while I found myself just mechanically repeating what was necessary without thinking, like a grind, while my brain was slowly leaking out of my ears. I guess this can be the perfect game for a terrible hangover, since it does keep you busy and there is no need for any brain activity.

In the end, after 5 hours I just got fed up and deleted the game content. If you like these kind of casual, no brainer games, then this is the one for you. It is filled with funny game references and the potatoes are adorable. But if you are looking for something more complex which uses at least 1% of your brain, then move along. The game is not bad, it is just… Boring after a while. And it never got me to come back to it the next day.

Playtime: ca. 5 hours

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You’re a Wizard, Barry! – Magium

Oh, how I used to love the ‘Choose your own adventure’ (CYOA) books as a child! I had a whole shelf full of them and spent hours on end reading then, scribbling notes for myself, throwing dice, getting frustrated when dying, cheating a bit… I still have a few of these books, but rarely do I pick them up nowadays, since modern gaming has brought us all them graphics and fancy things where I don’t even have to use my imagination anymore. So when I stumbled upon Magium in the play store, I was just about to go on a short trip away from the city and as the wave of nostalgia hit me, I figured I’d give it a shot. And boy, was it worth it!

I don’t really want to spoil anything for anyone, so I will not write anything about it’s content, but trust me on this one: This ‘game’ is amazing! The writing style is not too complicated, it fits the style of the CYOA genre well, since it doesn’t spent too much time on descriptions and keeps the story fast-paced and exciting. What makes Magium special though are the characters you get to know along the story. I fell in love with each and every one of them! Not to mention the story itself. I could barely stop playing it and whenever I stopped, I was craving more instantly. Also, this ‘game’ has an insanely high replay value, since some of your choices change the story entirely. This is one of the most addicting games since anything that Bioware made (okay, not anything, but we don’t talk about Dragon Age 2 and Mass Effect 3 – that ending still haunts me).

The ‘game’ consists of several books, not all of them actually written yet, so far I’ve finished the first one which you can access for free if you can tolerate all them ads popping up during your playthrough. You can also get the available parts of book 2 for free if you complete 25 out of 35 achievements, which I might do, since I am already curious what a different playthrough would be like. If I understand it correctly, the game is still sort of in the making with new chapters and books coming out as time passes, which can be a bit discouraging for an addict like me. Still, I will most likely end up buying the game, because it is more than worth its price (which is approximately 3 Euros currently).

I’d say this game is a must for every CYOA fan out there.

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