There are a number of video games you possibly can play this autumn which are all named “potion”-something. They’re all about cauldrons and brewing magic elixirs to some extent, however they’re all barely totally different simulation subgenres, too. There’s medieval witchery and fashionable witch entrepreneurship and even large-scale potion pipelines.

I’ve been following a few these for years and I nonetheless handle to combine them up. Seriously, any time I’ve written a few potion brewing game this yr I really feel honor-bound to make a gag about how no, this is not the identical as that different one I’ve additionally written about. Don’t fear, regardless that all of the names can start to run collectively, we’ll untangle the choices on this potion video games primer—most likely the listing I least anticipated to write down this yr. But the potion-something video games demand readability.

So let’s settle this for the season. Here are the three foremost potioneering video games you will need to do that autumn, and yet one more on the horizon for good measure.

Potion Craft 

What is it: A crafting sim
Release standing: Early Access since September 2021
Find it: On Steam

Potion Craft has the good brewing system of the video games on this listing. The preliminary steps for each potion are extraordinarily hands-on, having you crush every herb along with your mortar and pestle, chuck it within the cauldron, pour precisely the quantity of water you want, and finally pump the bellows to lock it in. 

Deciding on a recipe entails a really nifty map exploration system where every ingredient has a dotted line form main you in the direction of a accomplished potion. Different elements will assist you discover extra distant components of the recipe map for extra advanced potions with a number of results. This one’s for the cauldron-lovers who get pleasure from a little bit of fiddling and organizing: you possibly can design a label and identify for each recipe in your e-book. The store simulation bits aren’t the main target right here, so if that is your fashion, let us take a look at Potionomics.


What is it: A store sim
Release standing: Full launch on October 17
Find it: On Steam

Potionomics is for the entrepreneurial boss witches. You’ll assist Sylvia run a worthwhile enterprise and repay her debt by brewing, bartering, and adorning her store. The brewing right here is about balancing the properties of elements for essentially the most secure potion till you wind up with one thing extremely rated and efficient. At a store stage, Potionomics is extra about ways: recruiting adventurers, exact potion elements, and bartering through card battles along with your collected set of abilities. 

There’s a smidge of life sim in right here too: attending to know prospects and opponents will web new playing cards for sealing higher offers. Chatting with your mates can result in shared experience and a little bit of romance too. If you need to truly spend time exploring as a substitute of cooped up, Potion Permit is perhaps your match as a substitute.

Potion Permit 

What is it: A city life sim
Release standing: Fully launched on September 22
Find it: On Steam

Okay followers of Stardew, that is for you. In city sim custom, you’re the new face on the town, a chemist despatched to take over the medical clinic in Moonbury. There are locals to appeal, new areas to unlock, crafting, fight, and quite a lot of minigames. There’s a rhythm game to diagnose your sufferers, fishing, postal work, and naturally the brewing puzzle. 

Each of your elements has a selected form within the Tetris-ish puzzle for each recipe, so conserving a variety of vegetation readily available will assist with trickier recipe shapes. I notably loved how every recipe drills the precise form of an herb into my head so I all the time know when I’ve simply picked up what was lacking and might rush again residence to concoct it. Oh, and you have a canine that follows you round city and might fetch different villagers for you rather than staying caught in your property. It’s very cute. If you need much more science, although, flip your eye to Potion Tycoon. 

Potion Tycoon 

What is it: A administration sim
Release standing: “Coming soon”
Find it: On Steam

Potion Tycoon is probably going somewhat additional away nonetheless, but it surely’s one more completely totally different potion game style to strive. If the identify did not clue you in, this one is a administration sim. Like Potion Craft, Potion Tycoon provides you tons of customization decisions in your potions: from container shapes and corks and colours. They aren’t simply in your private aesthetic although, they’re going to have an effect on how fascinating your merchandise are to prospects. Because this is not only a potion store, it is a potion enterprise. The brewing isn’t any joke both: a puzzle of mixing 4 elements to boost or change their results primarily based on placement.

When you zoom out although, Potion Tycoon is all about administration. You’ll want to purchase and construct machines in your manufacturing pipeline, assign staff to make use of them, purchase your elements from wholesalers, and steadiness all these prices towards your earnings. As is the case with a administration sim, that is plenty of menu stuff, together with a analysis tree after all, not working out and accumulating elements your self as in a life sim.