Most Anticipated Magic & Potion-Making Indie Games

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

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

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).

Spellcaster University

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

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.

Co-owner of Mojoverse, formally a Canadian retail store selling video game, anime and sci-fi related merchandise, now a website for news and reviews regarding my favorite video games. Aside from my passion for gaming, I also love my partner Mo, my 2 cats, pizza and unicorns.

4 Comments

  1. We have exactly the same taste in games 😂 I can’t wait for these!

    Are there any witchy games similar to this on the switch? My 7yo is off school for 3 weeks and we will definitely need new indie games to play 😂

    1. Author

      Thank you very much! I’m happy that you like my list!

      I’ve heard about the schools closing! The first Switch game that comes to mind that includes witches/alchemists is Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists. It’s one that I have been meaning to play myself as the Atelier series has a lot of crafting involved, but this one in particular also has town-building elements. I’ve also heard amazing things about the Little Witch Academia Anime series which has a game on the PS4, if you also have that console that is (and with an upcoming broom racing game on PlayStation VR).

      I’ll keep my eyes open for more! I’m waiting for a release date on Calico, since you’ll be able to play as “magical girls”.

      1. Thank you so much for responding! We do have a PS4 (we are a gaming family….we have 3 switches haha!) So I will definitely check those out!

        1. Author

          A gaming family, awesome! I realized I gave recommendations on games I haven’t played myself, so I’m going to tell you about one I can vouch for; Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. It was recently remastered for the Switch and PS4. It has Studio Ghibli art, and you play as a young wizard where you capture and train adorable creatures! While it’s an RPG and doesn’t really fit alongside the games on this list, it definitely still has that charming magical feel. It’s my favorite one but it also has a sequel (Revenant Kingdom) set in the same universe with a small portion being a town-builder, as well as a new Netflix series which should fill up your extra-long March Break quite nicely!

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