My Time at Portia: First Look
Genre: Open-World, Action, RPG
Platform Tested: PC
Cost: $29.99 on Steam; Free with XBOX Game Pass
Today, I’m going to do a little ditty on the PC-version of My Time at Portia. I’ve had my eye on this game for awhile. It’s been sitting on my Steam wish list, but I never took the plunge.
That was…until Rugjen pointed out it was free on my XBox Game Pass. Woops?
About the Game
Start a new life in the enchanting town of Portia! Restore your Pa’s neglected workshop to its former glory by fulfilling commissions, growing crops, raising animals, and befriending the quirky inhabitants of this charming post-apocalyptic land!
Armed with your Pa’s old handbook and workbench, you must gather, mine and craft your way to being crowned the number one workshop in Portia. Help the locals rebuild the town and uncover the secrets locked deep away beneath it. Be prepared though…it won’t be easy!
The town of Portia is full of friendly new faces for you to meet. Make friends, complete requests, exchange gifts, go on dates and let romance blossom!
Inspired by the magic of Studio Ghibli, My Time at Portia whisks you away to a world of wonder that you won’t forget. How will you spend your time at Portia?https://store.steampowered.com/app/666140/My_Time_At_Portia/
Portia is an adorable game. I absolutely love it. What I love about the game is it is VERY casual friendly.
The game follows a story line that you can complete at your own pace. You begin trying to restore your Pa’s workshop back to its former glory. I don’t know about you, but as a casual gamer, I despise the “grind”. I’ve invested many years of my life into MMORPGs and thinking back about grinding out levels or killing the same damn rockhoppers to farm pelts for hours on end. Those days are long behind me. Thankfully, this game is devoid of that. Materials are plentiful and gathering is enjoyable. There is also a mining element that incorporates relic finding, so again, your time spent gathering materials is fruitful in more ways than one. Portia even has small dungeons that you can farm for specific crafting materials. Everything you do in this game is rewarded, and for a casual player that doesn’t have hours on end to get in their gaming fix, this a good thing.
What this game does well is it gives you a lot to do without feeling the pressure to do it. You can become the town’s best builder, or maybe you just want to farm, or become the town’s most respected citizen. You can do it all and not feel overwhelmed or bored.
Controls are basic. There was nothing terribly annoying about the game controls or mechanics. The game does not auto save. Saving is triggered by sleeping each evening, so keep that in mind.
If you have been considering giving Portia a try, this game gets high recommendations from me. You can play it for free if you have the XBOX Game Pass, or buy it from Steam for $29.99. Still curious about game play? You can check out my first look on YouTube: