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In My Time at Portia, the player follows in the footsteps of his father. He's gone and you take over his workshop in the tranquil village of Portia. It's pretty run-down. The wind whistles through holes in the house at night and robs you of sleep. The manual, which is handed to you at the reception, is mostly empty and your property is mana...

My Time At Portia

  • Greg Burn
  • May 03, 2021

In My Time at Portia, the player follows in the footsteps of his father. He's gone and you take over his workshop in the tranquil village of Portia. It's pretty run-down. The wind whistles through holes in the house at night and robs you of sleep. The manual, which is handed to you at the reception, is mostly empty and your property is manageable. There is a lot to do if you want to climb to the top of the workshop rankings. At the beginning of the game, your competitor Higgins is far ahead of you. However, the Portia Trade Guild will help you with some lucrative contracts and help you gain a foothold in Portia. With a little diligence and organizational skills, you will soon climb up the rankings.

From time to time, the trade guild will ask you to fulfill special orders. You can use these to improve life in Portia and open up new areas. At the beginning of the game, things are comparatively simple. You have to build parts of a bridge to open up a small island. Later, you'll be drawn to other places, such as a desert. The game world is relatively large for a game of its kind, so you'll have to organize yourself well in the later stages of the game.

The scope of the game is one of its greatest strengths. Of course, you'll have to follow certain sequences if you want to be successful. However, you can, for example, focus one week on exploration trips and another on diving in the ruins to get a supply of raw materials. Farming and animals take care of themselves on the side. In addition, the pace of the game can be reduced somewhat, which decelerates things a bit.

Conclusion:
If you like games like Harvest Moon and Stardew Valley, you stand a good chance of enjoying My Time at Portia as well. For a game of its kind, it offers a relatively large amount of content, a pleasantly large game world, and a lot of variety. I haven't enjoyed a game in this vein this much since Stardew Valley. My Time at Portia takes the popular Harvest Moon gameplay, adds a few touches of its own, and wraps it all up in a workshop scenario, with a focus on crafting. A compelling mix.

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