SINGAPORE - Local game developer Daylight Studios’ first Steam game was released for PC and Mac on Tuesday (July 14).
Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! sees you running a weapon shop, forging swords, axes and more before selling them to heroes who need the weapons to level up.
The proceeds go into researching new weapons to make, buying materials and upgrading the shop.
The Straits Times spent four hours with a pre-release build, and found it a polished, charming game, which perhaps just lacks a bit of substance.
The core systems form a pleasurable loop that keeps you clicking - forge, sell, upgrade, repeat.
Progression follows a perfectly-pitched curve that ensures the game doles out a steady stream of events and changes at you.
References to other games, movies and pop culture abound, with barely disguised versions of iconic characters from other media featuring.
Your first three smiths are Laura Craft (Lara Croft from Tomb Raider), Bulk Bogan (legendary pro wrestler Hulk Hogan) and Russet Peters (comedian Russell Peters), each spouting his or her own catchphrases.
A characterful art style and bright, colourful UI all add to a happy, breezy experience that’s also frictionless - at no point was my shop in danger of running out of money, and goals the game sets are met by the repetition of the core tasks, not by the application of skill.
Despite that, Holy Potatoes! is an accomplished Steam debut for the studio.
The game had been planned for a July 10 release, only for a last-minute hiccup with Steam to delay the launch.
The developer posted on the game’s Steam forum page: “What happened was that just as we were about to submit the game to Steam, Steam pulled the plug as the weekend approached and we could no longer release the game.”
It added: “Once again, we would like to sincerely apologise for this mess up and ask for your forgiveness regarding this matter.”
Daylight Studios is known for its free-to-play mobile games like Conquest Age and Spirit Horizon.
Holy Potatoes! joins just a handful of Singapore-made games on the ubiquitous digital games platform, including Secret Base’s Devil’s Dare and Tobe’s Vertical Adventure.
It survived Steam’s Greenlight process - where fans vote for games they want to see on Steam - in just a week when it was put up at the end of February this year.