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My Time at Portia evaluation: Our August Android/iOS recreation of the month

After having uncared for it throughout my current holidays, I resume my mobile game of the month series through which I current to you a full evaluation of a recreation on Android and/or iPhone. You’ll find the primary version of this month-to-month recreation evaluation from the narrative title from Arte, which is thought by the title, Unmaze

This evaluation is devoted to My Time at Portia, a recreation developed by Pathea, a Chinese language unbiased studio that mixes many genres. Amongst them embody RPGs, life simulations, survival, and administration abilities. It is a very profitable cell port for my part, providing a surprisingly prolonged gameplay for a cell recreation because it immerses you totally in a reasonably open world, with a gameplay sample that may rapidly change into laborious within the literal sense of the phrase – when you take pleasure in each single second with it, by the best way.

Abstract of the sport:

What sort of recreation is My Time at Portia?

To sum all of it up in a single sentence, I’d say that My Time at Portia is a third-person view RPG that’s mated to useful resource administration recreation mechanics set inside an open 3D world and is accomplished by a fight system, platforming and life simulation elements. Any such recreation style will be relatively troublesome to outline because it mixes a number of components of assorted genres with a number of layers to think about.

You play a created character from scratch (many of the attributes, anyway) that’s usually how a basic role-playing recreation (RPG) works, the place you enterprise in an open world that’s introduced through a third-person view.

On this open world recreation, you play the position of a craftsman who has taken over his father’s workshop within the fictional city of Portia. This routinely elevates you as one of many official builders employed by the municipality. That is the place the second layer of the sport comes into play: administration. Every building venture that you’re assigned to requires particular assets that should be mined, lumbered, or manufactured. Your character has a life and stamina bar which can deplete as you full your duties, and the sport has a day/evening cycle that may have an effect on your progress.

This brings us to the third layer: the open world idea. Portia’s map is kind of massive and its world is supposed to be constant and immersive on the identical time. Which means that every NPC (non-player character) round you has his or her personal persona, preferences, job, and schedule. Some retailers or buildings will shut at a sure time, a personality whom you wish to speak to is not going to essentially be on the identical place relying on the time within the recreation.

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Take a look at how massive Portia is! / © NextPit

The penultimate layer of My Time at Portia is the life simulation layer. Your house locally of Portia and your relationships with its inhabitants evolve. The extra contracts you full, the extra your store’s repute grows and the extra rewards you obtain for upgrading your tools and your house. You’ll be able to change into mates with an NPC, ask them out on a date after which change into lovers and even get married and have youngsters (and pets).

This brings us to the ultimate layer: the journey recreation side. The sport incorporates a fight system full with bosses, dungeons, some platforming puzzles, the works. It additionally tries to reward the participant each time he explores the map, with some useful resource chests hidden at numerous locations. My Time at Portia additionally carries a story thread, there’s certainly a state of affairs with every chapter that’s punctuated by a very difficult building, pushing you to enhance your workshop and your tools.

Story (spoiler-free): Artisan Simulator 2021 in a post-apocalyptic world

Portia is a port metropolis situated on the coast of the Western Ocean and a member of the Alliance of Free Cities, a confederation of a number of city-states fashioned to guard themselves politically and militarily from the Duvos Empire. However the world of My Time at Portia is much much less severe and harmful than what my description advised.

The fundamental plot is that this: in your city, you take over the workshop of your father as he has launched into an journey in distant lands. So that you change into the city’s “builder”, employed by the city council and supervised by the Builders’ Guild, round which your complete native economic system and business appears to revolve.

There may be additionally a subplot that unfolds as you progress by means of the open world that’s Portia. Certainly, you’ll quickly be taught that Portia was based on the ruins of an historical metropolis that was wiped off the map after a “calamity” occurred 330 years earlier. This cataclysm induced a Darkish Age that plunged the world into chaos. It was solely after 200 years (100 years earlier than your time, that’s) {that a} hero named Peach introduced the world out of darkness.

Considerably just like Horizon Zero Down after taking all issues into consideration, society has regressed technologically right into a form of anachronistic current that ignores virtually all the pieces in its superb previous, aside from just a few relics comprising of misplaced machines and AIs that appear to be on the middle of a mysterious plot…

I’m unable to say extra with out the chance of showing any spoilers. Personally, I have not completed the story but regardless of investing 75 hours of my time within the recreation. The fundamental pitch is fairly plain, however it’s clearly not the important thing promoting level of the sport. I do remorse that the story crawls at a snail’s tempo because it stays overshadowed by the lengthy useful resource gathering and constructing phases. “Farming” for 2 days simply to unlock a 15-second cinematic? This has annoyed me greater than as soon as throughout my evaluation.

Gameplay: Work is enjoyable (?)

My Time at Portia’s gameplay is kind of diverse on paper, however there’s the hazard of it changing into very repetitive. As defined earlier (with the a number of layers), we’ve to differentiate a number of in-game phases: crafting (or building) that’s performed incrementally, life simulation/RPG components, and fight.

Crafting phases

In My Time at Portia, you’ll spend 80% of your time going backwards and forwards between the town and your workshop. The principle goal all through the sport is to assemble assets. Primary assets have been divided into 3 classes: ores, metals, and wooden. To acquire ore (copper, iron, bronze, the works!) you’ll have to go to the mine (the place else?). To obtain metals, you must smelt the ore in a furnace, whereas to get wooden, it’s a no-brainer that you must reduce down wild bushes or go to the tree farm.

Primary assets may also be remodeled with the assistance of machines. This station is a form of a hub, a platform the place you’ll be able to construct all the pieces so long as you have got discovered the precise plan (or diagram).

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You’ll spend a variety of time managing your stock / © NextPit

Some building tasks would require particular instruments or elements. This implies you must make them in your workbench, once more utilizing assets that you’ve collected beforehand. Principally, your total progress hinges in your capacity to handle your assets and optimize your manufacturing. The sport additionally built-in the thought of cash, with the native foreign money being known as Gol, which may then be used to purchase garments, components, instruments, furnishings, and decorations to additional enhance your character stats.

Lastly, the final useful resource is your character’s stamina. Every strike with a pickaxe to mine or an axe to chop down a tree prices you stamina factors. When your bar is empty, you might be not capable of do something productive. You have to then both eat meals/drink to revive your stamina or fall asleep. Unlocking sure abilities and upgrading sure instruments will make your stamina last more.

Incremental phases

A vital idea in My Time at Portia is time. The sport has an hourly, day/evening cycle along with seasons and climate. Time actually passes within the recreation in order that after my 75 hours of “irl” (in actual life) recreation time, over a yr has handed in “My Time at Portia”.

This component is essential for 2 causes. The primary being, your character must sleep. After a sure period of time, usually at 2:30am, you may be pressured to cease no matter you might be doing and routinely teleported to your mattress to sleep earlier than waking up the subsequent morning. This cycle additionally applies to NPCs, by the best way, the place every of them have a every day schedule.

However this cycle can also be vital to your manufacturing. Everytime you smelt an ore or reduce a bit of wooden, it does require in-game time. So the one factor that you must do is to attend. Speak about an “idle recreation”!

The phrase “idle” could possibly be higher understood as “inactive”. Principally, some components of the gameplay don’t require the participant to work together or be proactive. This may be relatively irritating, particularly whenever you’re only one piece in need of finishing a building venture however it takes 5 hours of in-game time to construct (or 5 minutes on common in actual life).

The RPG and life simulation phases

The very first thing that you just do when launching My Time at Portia for the very first time is to create your character from head-to-toe, similar to in a basic RPG. Your character then has “stats” you could improve by unlocking ability factors as you progress.

You’ll be able to craft and enhance your weapons and instruments with a view to gather increasingly assets, and to defeat increasingly highly effective enemies. It is extra of a light-RPG than the rest, because the ability tree is not very superior. However that makes it much less refined when it comes to progress, to not point out having a further incentive to adjust to the routine imposed by the sport’s route.

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The world of Portia is kind of immersive and I loved exploring it / © NextPit

The opposite element below life simulation, would come with social interactions that occur with different inhabitants in Portia. In concrete phrases, every time you construct or craft one thing for a personality, you’ll acquire relationship factors that evolve your social hyperlink.

Every character additionally has a listing of interactions that may be made outdoors of any quest or mission. So at any time you chat with an NPC, give them a present, play rock, paper and scissors, duel or take an image collectively. Such interactions may even earn you relationship factors.

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The social hyperlink development with numerous NPCs will be extraordinarily sluggish / © NextPit

As your relationship progresses, you’ll be able to go from being a stranger to an acquaintance to a good friend, and all the best way to a lover. Some characters who’ve change into mates will even present up at your door to ask you out. And whenever you attain a sure stage of relationship along with your lover, you’ll be able to suggest to her or him and even have youngsters.

It is a completely corny dimension that does not curiosity me generally, however it’s an vital side within the recreation. Every character supplies you with completely different advantages relying in your relationship stage, as an illustration. You’ll be able to even uncover a personality’s preferences for making and giving presents that may earn you much more relationship factors.


The fight phases don’t play essentially the most distinguished position in My Time at Portia’s gameplay, and that is maybe not a nasty factor in spite of everything. You have got a reasonably restricted arsenal that consists of a sword and projectile weapons (which will be unlocked later within the recreation).

The fight system is extremely easy with a single assault button that you must furiously click on to defeat enemies. Sure sorts of enemies have completely different patterns (it turns into straightforward to determine their transfer and assault patterns) which brings a little bit of selection, as do the tip of stage bosses. And also you even have a roll button to dodge.

However too usually, I discovered myself simply tapping my display like a moron with out ever having to dodge something. Combating solely occurs within the dungeons, though you’ll be able to encounter enemies within the type of rabid animals if you find yourself within the wild. Truthfully, I am considering perhaps that is simply as nicely. I discovered the varied dungeons to be very forgettable when it comes to design and the fights to be downright repetitive. That is clearly the a part of the gameplay I loved the least.


Because the size of this part exhibits, the gameplay of My Time at Portia is kind of diverse on paper. The sport mixes a variety of genres and it manages to get you hooked with its well-oiled gameplay patterns. However this work-sleep cycle may also rapidly change into vicious and I’d even say grueling at instances with building tasks that take without end and require far too many assets.

The sport has this annoying tendency to change into a chore, one thing that’s extra laborious than entertaining at instances. However you can too simply stroll round and discover Portia’s environment to ‘loosen up’. I discovered the open world to be very stunning, and I felt an actual sense of satisfaction once I noticed a few of my building tasks modernize the town.

Graphics: Someplace between the Wind Waker and Wii Sports activities

Visually, My Time at Portia reminded me a variety of Oceanhorn 2, the well-known cell recreation which additionally occurs to be a carbon copy of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. The cartoonish graphics and world design mixes fantasy, nature, and fauna, set in a medieval surroundings amidst a decaying city surrounding, with historic applied sciences that give the sport a extremely attention-grabbing ambiance.

Town of Portia appears to be alive with buildings with its modeled interiors, altering landscapes that correspond with the seasons and climate situations, similar to its characters who dwell their lives and whose habits you have got come to be accustomed to. Properly, they don’t seem to be that well-modeled and do resemble extra like Nintendo’s Mii characters than the official visuals that the sport suggests.

There are additionally stability points within the recreation, particularly whenever you transfer from one space into one other, resembling from outdoors a constructing to inside and vice versa, the place the framerate may undergo barely. However I do not really feel that the technical points have been as severe as I’ve learn in different opinions.

For my evaluation, I performed My Time at Portia on a OnePlus Nord 2 that’s powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC which is mated to 12GB of RAM. I ran the sport with the graphics in “excessive” at 60 FPS. I do assume that on a mid-range smartphone, you will must decrease your graphics settings although. I’d say, for comparability’s sake, that My Time at Portia is at the very least as useful resource intensive as a recreation like Genshin Affect.

Total, I discovered the sport to be visually compelling. It is not lifelike, however that is not its purpose. The recipe is not essentially the most unique both, however for a recreation of this scope and measurement on a smartphone, I discovered the expertise to be greater than passable.

Mixed with the consistency, or relatively the dynamism, of the open world that modifications and evolves earlier than your very eyes as you progress, Portia is a pleasant place to lose your self in a bit. Nonetheless, do not accomplish that for too lengthy, both, as a result of there are iron bars to soften and wood boards to chop down which might be continuously ready for you!


Is My Time at Portia well worth the admission value of $7.99 on the Google Play Retailer and the Apple App Retailer?

When it comes to longevity, I would say sure. It’s totally, very uncommon for a cell recreation – and a single participant recreation at that – to supply a narrative that lasts for over 10 hours. Admittedly, the lifespan is “artificially” prolonged by the crafting system that forestalls progress till you full a sure building venture. However there are some folks like me, who actually take pleasure in this laborious aspect of farming and grinding, and love to finish the entire aspect quests as a substitute of diving straight into the principle quest.

Talking concerning the unfavorable side of such gameplay, you may be simply annoyed in case you are extra within the story improvement or motion of a recreation as My Time at Portia will not be essentially the most partaking in each departments. I’d even with none exaggeration that you’ll threat burning out! I used to be generally critically cheesed off by the ready time throughout the crafting phases.

Add to that the sport’s general tempo and time cycle, and it actually seems like work. That is each a great way to get gamers hooked onto the sport, particularly completionists like me who wish to end all the pieces from the start to the tip. Nonetheless, it is usually an method that may discourage extra informal gamers for my part.

I’d additionally wish to level out you could actually optimize and even automate your manufacturing upon getting gone past half the sport. There are some mechanics that may “relieve” you from the repetitive boredom that you just needed to endure initially. In my view, this recreation is nicely value trying out.

I can depend utilizing the fingers of my one hand the variety of smartphone video games launched through the years that supply such an enormous open world and an extended gameplay time. My Time at Portia is an excellent port and a very good recreation, so long as you do not make a enterprise out of it.

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