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Review: The Herbalist
At a Glance
|ESRB Rating:||NR - Not Rated|
|My Rating:||Ages 13 and up|
|Review Published On:||September 27th, 2017|
|Played on:||Martha & Thaddeus|
Your progress is saved automatically, so you'll never have to worry about it.
Although this game is based around creating magical potions, the biggest concern is the suggestive imagery. It doesn't get pornographic, but it might be more than someone is comfortable with. See the Concerns & Issues section below for more details.
The story is fairly straightforward. Slavya's grandmother has been missing for some time, and now she's curious about her grandmother's fate. The small town her grandmother had lived in is in need of an herbalist, and since Slavya seems to have the talent for this craft, she moves in to her grandmother's old home and takes up the job earn some income while she investigates.
This is where the game itself comes in. Each day, you'll need to visit different areas of the home and nearby woodlands to gather supplies. Once you have enough things ready, it's time to mix ingredients to create different potions. The trick here is that which herbs can be used as potion ingredients is randomized for each new game, so you'll need to experiment to find what works. Combining potions can create new, more complex potions, but it can also fail and create the same green sludge that results from a bad ingredient. With a little trial and error, you'll find out how to make every type of potion and become a rich herbalist.
However, this isn't quite everything. Slavya may be an energetic girl, but she's not without her limits. There's a limit to how much stamina she has for a given day, and when she tires out, the only practical thing to do is to call it a night and go to bed. This also highlights the biggest mistake you can make in this game: going to bed without ensuring that there's at least one apple in your inventory. Slavya will always start her day with an apple for breakfast. If she doesn't have one, her stamina for that day will be drastically reduced. Fortunately, apples are cheap and always available at the store. It costs no stamina to make the trip, so just get in the regular habit of stocking up on them.
In addition to making potions, you can cook up a few different types of food. Most of these sell for more than your average potion, so it's an easy way to ensure you have enough money to keep apples on hand. If you don't want to sell them, Slavya can eat them instead and gain a little extra stamina for the day. She can also consume the potions she makes, with varying (and occasionally detrimental) results.
Ultimately, I'm glad I gave this game a chance, as it's an enjoyable and relaxing way to spend some time.
Points of Interest
Concerns and Issues
For example, there are a few situations where her clothing is damaged in some way. While this does show a lot of skin, she'll still be showing less than she would in a bikini. The worst-case example in the main game is when she creates a tentacle monster. If you try using this potion, the creature will attempt to reach under Slavya's skirt, but she'll manage to fend it off without exposing herself. This scene was likely included as a parody of pornographic anime -- the concept of the heroines being violated by tentacle monsters is so common that it's often treated as a joke.
There are also a few times where Slavya is depicted in the buff, but the player only sees her from the back or with something in the way. In short, she's never actually exposed despite being nude. The same cannot really be said of the fairy from the Winter story. This fairy is magically bound to a doll, and naturally, they look very similar. However, the doll is wearing a thick fur coat, and the fairy is stark naked save for a strategically placed scarf.