What I liked:
- The presentation side of the game has a lot of charm present in it and this did make me enjoy what both the visuals and sound design delivered to me.
- There’s lots of different things you can do in the game and the variety that’s present within these things makes the gameplay very addictive.
- I really enjoyed the different stories the game threw up and each character in the stories had a lot of thought and effort placed into them.
- Each different element in the game feels important and there’s a lot of depth within the different elements which makes things feel more rewarding.
- The world in which the game takes place in feels alive in all areas and exploring the world never felt dull because of this.
What I didn’t like:
- Some of the different systems take a bit of getting used to which does mean you experience a few frustrating moments at the start of proceedings.
- I found the controls to be a little on the awkward side and this did make me become annoyed every now and then.
Does My Time At Portia do enough to get a recommendation from me?
All in all sometimes there’s nothing better than going on a relaxing adventure but even though I enjoy these types of games a lot they do end up getting a little dull and repetitive in the end. Thankfully though My Time At Portia doesn’t get dull and repetitive no matter how long you play it and when you factor in that this game is meant to be played at a relaxing pace it makes the gameplay seem even more impressive. Speaking about the gameplay it features a whole host of different tasks for you to undertake and the variety within these tasks is very high so this means the replayability and addictiveness is very high. There’s also the added bonus of a number of different elements in play at the same time as well and when you get past the frustration of learning these different elements you do end up getting a great deal of satisfaction from them. If this wasn’t enough then you also have a nice collection of stories that accompany the gameplay and exploring the wonderful world always feels rewarding because of this. In terms of problems the game doesn’t have too many at all and the problems it does have just require a bit of persistence to get the hang of and once you do get used to the controls and different tasks you find that these issues disappear quickly. At the end of the day then My Time At Portia has an abundance of charm dotted throughout and if you have only the slightest interest in games of this ilk then I still recommend that you give this game a try because it delivers a rewarding experience from start to finish.
I rate My Time At Portia 8.5/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Developer: Pathea Games
Publisher: Team17 Digital Ltd
Release Date (Xbox One): April 16, 2019