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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I’ve Raised a Psychopath – Edna & Harvey: Harvey’s New Eyes

This was a rather bizarre adventure. Or should I say, point and click adventure? It is made by the German company called Daedalic Entertainment who are responsible for other titles like Deponia and The Whispered World (and those are in my library too). I would guess since this is not the only title I have from these guys, I might have gotten a bundle of these games at some point, still this was the 1st one I have played through so far. The perfect start for my little project.

The game was kinda entertaining. The beginning shocked me like crazy, since I was expecting a light hearted, cartoonish, kiddy flick while I got a pretty gruesome piece filled with the darkest humor known to humankind. This gave a really big boost for me in the beginning, but my interest slowly faded as it just simply got… well, boring after a while. The puzzles stopped being interesting and the only thing I still kept looking forward were the minigames.

I do have to mention that I am not the greatest living fan of point and click games, but I did play a lot of them and even if this is not my nr. 1 genre of choice, a good game will be a good game, no matter the type. And this one, I felt it fell flat after a while.

I have to add, that this was the 2nd episode of the game and I have not played the 1st one. Go figure, for some reason that was not in the bundle. This might be while I felt a bit unimpressed when some characters turned up during the game, expecting an applaus and the usual “oooh” from a fan. The game relied quite often on that, especially in the end, which again, didn’t do it for me.

So who would I recommend this to? Definitely people who have played the previous installment and loved it. I think you guys would have way more fun with this than I had.

Playtime: ca. 7 hours

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