Hello and welcome to Jay’s Game Reviews! Today I will be talking about the game “Artificer Science of Magic” by the small (wife and husband) Polish indy team Psilocybe Games.
Artificer is a single player game that mixes several genres to create a unique and fun experience. The developers have done a great job of combining adventure, exploration, crafting, survival game and a neat story to create a very charming and fun game. The team who also made a game about their dog Balthazar, commissioned the talents of Michael Noble Music, who scored the game with hauntingly beautiful music. So, what did the game do good and bad? Lets take a look.
- Crafting System. I had the pleasure of watching this game from a very early testing stage to its current form. The crafting system has come a very long way from a basic system that was very unclear of what players should do to a fully functional and unique system that is on par with games such as Minecraft and Don’t Starve.
- Mini games for new recipes. There are some fun little mini games that players can do in order to unlock new crafting recipes, (see below clip) and there are several different mini games as well.
Nice assortment of monsters. There are quite a few creatures that the player will face and each has a specific weakness and strength. The player will be challenged to find and exploit these weaknesses. Once the player has defeated a new monster they can then Dissect it to learn some new recipes!
- Exploring an interesting world. Players find themselves on a strange world after crashing their space craft. Searching the immediate area will net the player a few supplies to get started, but they will need to venture out and forge for the items needed for survival.
- An interesting story. The game creates its own neat lore that the player will discover while they collect items for survival as well as parts for repairing their ship.
A fun and dark art style. The art of this game; all done by “Sawa” (the wife half of this development team), has a unique charm to it. The fun yet dark style sets a great mood for the gaming experience.
- An active community. The Developers have set up a Discord for players, supporters and fans to come together and discuss this game, game development, and anything else that happens to come up. The developers themselves are there and always active in the conversation with the community.
- A hauntingly beautiful score. As mentioned in the introduction of this review, the score for this game is absolutely marvelous! You can have a great game and then a crappy soundtrack ruins it (I’m looking at you Ghostbusters on NES!), or a crappy game that wastes a great sound track (Fallout 76 anyone?) but when you have a great game and a great sound track? Pure magic happens, and that is what we have with Michael Noble’s amazing work in Artificer!
- Slow development. Having such a small team means that development can run a little slow at times.
- Lack of instruction. At times in the game the player can be left wondering what to do next. The game has gotten much better with this and it is almost no longer an issue, but there are still small moments that players may be confused. Though in those moments if the player explores a little they can easily figure it out.
My opinion on this game is that it is quickly becoming one of my favorites. It is my go to when I don’t know what else to play, and its great to have that! While I do my best to remain unbiased, I found myself really searching for things to place in that Cons column! I loved the charming game Balthazar’s Dream that the team started with, and I love this one too! I encourage you to check the game out yourself and you can do so on the Steam Store.
I rate this game 97 out of 100
You can check out some of my game play from the pre-early access of the game below.