Potion Permit Review – Healing Adventures

A homely, cozy re-imagining on the puzzle-solving genre.

Potion Permit Review
  • Story And Setting
  • Gameplay
  • Visuals And Performance


Potion Permit is quite a charming game with some limitations here and there.


  • Town Is Well Designed.
  • Charming Visuals.
  • Part-Time Jobs Help You Become Involved.
  • Bulletin Boards Guide You In The Proper Direction.


  • Tool Selection Is Annoying.
  • Game Freezes A Bit At The Beginning.
  • Gifting Mechanic Is Watered Down.

Before we begin our Potion Permit review, let’s discuss a bit about the premise of the title. This is a whimsical little hybrid RPG with sim life elements, where you have to heal the sick people of Moonbury and solve a variety of different puzzles. The title was developed by Mass Hive Media, which has previous work on the Azure Saga series.

Quick Information
  • Developer: MassHive Media
  • Publisher: PQube
  • Release Date: September 22, 2022
  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Playstation, Xbox, PC
  • Game Length: 21 Hours
  • Time Played: 25+ Hours
  • Editors Note: We thoroughly tested Potion Permit on PC, putting just over 25 hours into its completion.

Story And Setting

Potion Permit Arrival at Moonbury
Arrival At Moonbury. (Image by eXputer)

The story in the Potion Permit centers around a character who is a chemist and works for the Medical Association. They have been sent to the town of Moonbury at the mayor’s request to treat his sick daughter, Rue. And the traditional witch doctor Mateo, who has been unable to treat Rue so far, becomes the reason for your arrival in the town.

The locals there have had some bad experiences with the chemist who visited Moonbury the last time around. There is a rumor floating around that the individual caused some harm to the ecosystem of the settlement, and so the townsfolk aren’t so pleased to see you there.

The story in the Potion Permit centers around a character who is a chemist and works for the Medical Association.

And since that point in time, they haven’t had any people of your profession in their town, and some hostile elements want to keep it that way, specifically the witch doctor Mateo, who has his own reasons for keeping you away.

So you have to gain back the trust of the citizens of the town, which was once diminished by their previous experience with the chemist. You have to open a clinic in the town and treat the citizens, and eventually, you will get the trust back when you help them.

You’ll surely make friends along the way in the Moonbury; you share and receive gifts from the inhabitants.


Potion Permit Character hanging around with his dog
Character Hanging Around With His Dog. (Image by eXputer)

In Potion Permit, you’re in the driving seat as the new Chemist, and the game gives you full control over your character. There’s a full town and its surroundings for you to explore, and you can walk around these locations freely, harvesting resources for brewing potions, fighting hostile monsters, and interacting with the local populace

You can also hang around with your trusted dog companion, who can perform a number of different tasks for you. It can find people, dig up treasures, and even receive head pats from you. Don’t scoff; It’s hard work for the little fella.

I really like the idea of the dog, it’s cute, and you can give it a name you like. I also enjoyed seeing an animal companion in one of these sim games that has a real tangible use apart from being a cute little critter that hangs around doing nothing,

In Potion Permit, you’re in the driving seat as the new Chemist, and the game gives you full control over your character.

And at the end of the day, you also have a job. A small alarm in the corner of your screen indicates when your services are required at the clinic, which is right next to your potion shop. When you get there, you’ll see the locals will have dragged some sick individuals to one of the beds there. This person will tell you about their illness, and you will have to diagnose them.

Upon interacting with them, a screen will appear, and you just have to navigate through the area of the body that that patient is having a problem with.

Diagnosing the Body
Diagnosing The Body. (Image by eXputer)

To diagnose the patient, you have to play some mini-games that are mostly based on your memory and rhythm, after which it’s time to brew up the correct potions to make the cure. There’ll be a big pot or boiler right in the potion shop where you have to combine different ingredients to find and make a cure.

It takes the form of another mini-game where you’ll have to find different ingredients and match the shape on your screen and once you do, it’ll start making the cure. Do it five times, and you’ll then be able to save a recipe to use in the future.

Potion Permit making the cure recipe
Making The Cure. (Image by eXputer)

Treating a patient successfully will reward you by improving your reputation in the town, depending on the satisfaction level of the patient. If you fail to cure them or do not get there on time, you will suffer a penalty, and once the reputation dips below a certain point, people will stop talking to you.

I really like the feature of part-time jobs that pay you and take a set period of your time. As you involve yourself with the townsfolk, things get pretty easy in terms of earning money over time. These jobs will allow you to work for the police, post office, and even the church. You can use the money for different purposes, like upgrading the clinic, the Potion shop, and even your outfits as well.

But there is a stamina system you have to manage, so what you can accomplish in a day is dependent on your management of this stat. So ration your chores appropriately, and you won’t be stuck in unfortunate situations.

Visuals And Performance

 View of the town
View Of The Town. (Image by eXputer)

The town of Moonbury looks well organized and has a nice and homely feel to it. The feature that I really liked about it is that you don’t have to run around whenever you need to find a character interaction and just hope to get there. There are proper bulletin boards that guide you in the right direction and a time window, so you don’t have to rely on luck or a wiki.

The overall visuals of the game are also pretty simple and cartoonish but in an incredibly charming way. The game has a much more muted color palette than a title like Stardew Valley, but that’s not a bad thing. That is primarily a game about farming and the passage of different seasons, and the focus here is clearly different.

The overall visuals of the game are also pretty simple and cartoonish but in an incredibly charming way.

The UI could also use a bit of work, and the inventory management system is a bit of a hassle as well. Selecting a new tool is a complicated procedure that never really becomes comfortable, no matter how long you play the game.

Character following the bulletins
The Character Walking Through The Town. (Image by eXputer)

In terms of the actual performance, the game runs really well. I encountered no major performance issues on my end, and there were no game-breaking bugs either. The only issue worth pointing out is that there was an issue at the start of the game where it would freeze for a while when loading in, but it never got so bad that the saves would not boot up.


Potion Permit Review
Verdict. (Image by eXputer)

I have to say that it’s quite a really charming game with some limitations here and there. But despite some of the game’s flaws that have already been discussed, the experience is definitely going to make you come back and give it one more day, every other day. Curing the sick members of Moonbury, solving puzzles, and forging friendships along the way is so much and soothing.

It’s difficult to deny that some good ideas are used in the game, but you’ll always feel like something is missing. The game never really surprises you, and nothing is challenging to test your skills. I would have loved to have some sense of urgency or mystery, but it’s not here.

I hope you find this Potion Permit Review informative. And while you’re here, check out some of our other articles.

This is box title
Get This Game
If you enjoy puzzle-solving games with a cute and cozy atmosphere.
Dont Get This Game
If you are not a fan of puzzle-solving and strategy games.
Do I Need To Get This Game
Depends, as I feel Potion Permit is a great game for witchy-like titles with puzzle-solving elements, but the shortcomings may be polarizing for newcomers of the genre.
Alternative Games
  • Stardew Valley
  • Harvest Moon
  • Graveyard Keeper
  • Rune Factory 4
  • Littlewood
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Usama Mehmood is a Games Specialist, and writer on eXputer who's either hunting for the richest loot in Destiny 2 or endlessly playing his favorite games such as Yakuza or Final Fantasy. Usama has been gaming for 15+ years during which he has accumulated 4000+ hours on Destiny 1 & 2. His constant adoration for video games has allowed him to pursue eXputer as a platform to showcase his striving talents in writing helpful articles. Get familiar with Usama's extensive gaming library on his Steam, PSN, and Xbox profiles.

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