It’s no secret by now that I adore almost all farming simulators. This being said, My Time at Portia is one of the most talked about games in all casual gaming Facebook groups. It’s adored for it’s farming elements, customization, and overall relaxing atmosphere. While many individuals talk about it, I was excited to give it a go for myself. After all, what could go wrong?
My Time at Portia is set in a post-apocalyptic world in a quaint farming community. The main character, male or female, arrives by ship to take care of their late father’s farm. The two seem to have been estranged therefore, the land holds so much sentimental value, it’s quite sad. With the land full of relics, the past collides with the present bringing forth a unique storyline element. While there is farming, and romance involved, there is also deep-rooted exploration leaving gamers with a sense of purpose. This world isn’t just about growing crops or raising sheep, it’s about stepping in father’s shoes and gathering long lost history. The land around Portia varies between deserts, islands, reefs, highlands, and marshlands, it would be impossible to ever have a dull moment. Or so I thought.
Full disclaimer, I merely tried out the demo in Steam, perhaps the full version has a different experience. After all the good buzz surrounding My Time at Portia, I felt I was in for a treat. After creating my European, green haired girl named Paige, I watched as she sailed to a new island, full of hopes and dreams. After running into the Mayor and learning of her father’s untimely demise, I was left wondering about their relationship. He apologized for not being the father she needed, but what does that mean? Did they ever meet, how had she never seen his farm? I was left with so many questions that I hoped in time, would be answered.
After a short night rest, I was to report to the Commerce Guild for a carpenter’s exam. My mission? To build a simple axe and pickaxe. Sounds like a piece of cake, until I realized how Paige seemed to be running in slow motion. It took forever to get anywhere, and I was frustrated but still I pressed on. After I finished my initial task I was to build a stone furnace. To be honest, this never got done. No matter what button I pressed I couldn’t seem to place an object down onto the assembly platform. I tried Googling it and grabbing a mouse, but nothing worked. In the end I got so irritated that I didn’t even save my progress.
Looking back, I should have relied on my trusty Xbox controller, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. My Time at Portia has awesome graphics, amazing characters, and frolic inducing music, but lacks clear directions. This is probably due to user error and I admit that, therefore I am not faulting Pathea. I will be trying My Time at Portia again in the future and hope to have better results. In the end, I was just left with too many questions and found the directions, or lack thereof, cumbersome.