My Time at Portia is a simulation sandbox RPG developed by Pathea Games and published by Team17 Digital Limited. It was successfully funded during the fall of 2017 on Kickstarter and is currently in early access for the PC. They are hoping to have it out on consoles sometime next year.
I found My Time at Portia to be like Harvest Moon and Runefactory, but there is so much more to do. It’s a relaxing game with beautiful graphics and a lovely sound track that changes with seasons or locations. There are so many things to do that you’ll rarely find yourself bored. There are a ton of activities to do besides advancing the storyline. You can spar with the towns people, go on outings with friends (or dates), capture animals to ride, play mini games, or participate in one of the MANY festivals.
My Time at Portia is placed in a post-apocalyptic world where you craft things to improve the town or to help the townspeople. Over time you improve your workshop and purchase more land that you can decorate. The furniture gives you stat bonuses when placed in your workshop, and special items that you will be able to place on your property that gives friendship points with people. There are a lot of people to interact with, each with their own events and bonuses if you befriend them. Something I really like is the amount of people of marriage candidates, and it’s not restricted by gender. So far there are 11 female marriage candidates and 18 male marriage candidates. Even making friends with people could give perks like a shop discount.
The fighting is real time combat with a decent selection of weapons. There are some dungeons that you can crawl through with bosses, or you can go punch the colorful llama outside the workshop. The clothes, weapons, and accessories your character wears affect their appearance too. Want to wear a winged mask? Done.
I really enjoy this game, and I’ve enjoyed watching it grow since it’s demo on Kickstarter. There are so many things to do and different ways to customize your workshop that I don’t see myself getting tired of this game anytime soon (even though it can be grindy).