In My Time At Portia, which is available as an alpha on GameJolt, you can build and sell items to townspeople, collect ore, fight monsters, fly around in a jetpack, or just get to know your neighbours. Your ultimate goal is to become the best workshop in town. In order to compete against other shops, you have to fulfil orders from citizens. Doing any of this requires stamina and health management, though I didn’t get to see what happens if you run out of either. Along the way, you’ll find relics of an old world, which the church and the research centre argue about throughout the game.
Since the game gives you customisation options, I made myself to look like the long lost half brother of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
Screenshot from the opening segment of My Time at Portia
Before you can build anything, you have to scavenge around the environment to collect enough raw materials. Once you’re stocked up, you can build smaller items at your crafting table, like tools, or use your assembly station to build bigger items, like bridge parts.
Let’s talk about my favourite feature of My Time at Portia. Have you ever played a game where you thought a character was a total jerk, and wanted to maybe punch him in the face but couldn’t? This game lets you actually beat up your neighbours for money.
And you’ll want to: while there are missions you can complete to earn money, they often require ore to be smelted into bars. In order to obtain ore, you need to pay a fee of 80 gold to access the first major mining area.
This is your workshop and home. When you first arrive, you’ll need to do some repairs.
When I got the orders for a bridge, which requires copper ore in order to build it, I panicked. Where am I going to get 80 gold? I thought, bewildered. I tried selling meat and faeces I collected from slain monsters (surprisingly, the restaurant will pay more for faeces than they will for raw meat) but it still wasn’t enough. If I was going to just sell items I obtained from monsters I slayed, it would take me weeks before I could enter the mines.
That’s when I noticed the sparring option above my older male neighbours’ heads. And I was like, “Beat up my neighbours? How could I?” But after slugging and drop kicking Higgins, my main business rival, and he gave me oodles of money, I realised the value in not being a good neighbour. Plus, it somehow improved my reputation with him. Why do you like being beaten up for money, Higgins?
After obtaining the money I needed, I went through the mines and scavenged for ore using a shovel. Certain areas are coloured differently in the mines: for example, in brownish coloured areas, you can usually find copper ore. I had a lot of fun manoeuvring my way through the mines using the jetpack and digging holes in the walls to access more parts of the cavern.
While I’m not looking forward to forking over hefty fees just to access mines, I am excited to keep building things! Specifically, this nifty little cruiser down below.
I’m sure this will come in handy when I venture into new lands!