I love high-fantasy RPGs like Dragon Age and Divinity Original Sin for their in-depth stories and world exploration. However, sometimes I’m in the mood for something more relaxing like life-sims. With my list of indie games below, you get the best of both! With a focus on potion-making, all the games include either some form of business management and magical crafting. They’re all still in development but are looking quite promising!
Potionomics, by developers Voracious Games, an indie studio located in Seattle, Washington, is an RPG and simulation game about Sylvia, a witch! Sylvia is opening her own potion business and trying to pay off her debts. You’ll be able to make potions, affect markets, and haggle with customers! All with the aid of your little owl companion!
The animations for Potionomics so far are blowing me away as it is detailed right down to every inch of the characters’s facial expressions. The game is still in early development but is planned for a PC release.
Little Witch in the Woods
Little Witch in the Woods is a fantasy simulation RPG developed by Sunny Side Up, a small indie studio based in South Korea. You’ll play as Ellie, a little witch in training, and go about your daily life of potion-crafting, fishing, foraging, meeting tons of unique NPCs and creatures, and more!
The pixel graphics are just too cute to ignore and remind me of Legend of Mana in the best possible way, especially those little bunny blobs! The game will be releasing sometime later this year on Steam.
Witchbrook, formerly known as project Spellbound, is a top down/isometric RPG. It takes place inside a fantastical magic school where the player takes on the role of a student attempting to graduate from the school whilst dealing with school life and discovering who they are.
The game is still in early development by Chucklefish (Wargroove) but they aim to create a “charming experience within a convincing magical world”. In an early design document, the developers list their goals including gameplay which consists of several everyday school activities (fishing, herb gardening, social and school work).
In Spellcaster University, created by Sneaky Yak Studio, you are a director of a prestigious university of mages. Build rooms (dormitories, rest rooms), train your students, fight orcs, slay the bureaucrats, recruit teachers, manage your budget! You can even “tame legendary creatures: dragons, fauns, pegasus, janitors”.
The game is already available on Steam Early Access and is receiving very positive reviews thus far. I’m interested in the fact that it seems you can decide what you teach your students, and building rooms is done with a mechanism of magic decks.
Potion Paws, a potion-making adventure game created by Bitten Toast Games, was successfully backed on Kickstarter last year. The game is available now on Steam Early Access for backers only, and offers approximately 10 hours of gameplay.
You play as an adorable anthropomorphic fox/cat and live in a run down house in the middle of a spooky forest near a dungeon overrun with monsters. You’ll be unlocking gardens for ingredients for potions that will help you to create powerful potions and tasty delicacies.
Keep checking back here for updates on these games! For more adorable life sims, check out this article here: Wishlist Hokko Life on Steam Early Access Now.