Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! is a shop simulator in which you must reclaim the fame of your late grandfather’s store. And you are a potato. In a game that jokes about the gaming world. Learn more about this fun game in our Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! review!
Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! – Launch Trailer
A hero isn’t a hero at all without the right weapon… or a shop to buy one from! Become the man (sorry, potato) behind the heroes, forging amazing weapons and selling them on for tasty profits in Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?!, a hilarious mash-up of management and simulation.
As you begin, you learn that you, a potato named Batata, has inherited the weapon shop of your late grandfather, and you must work hard to win back its fame. You learn that from a mysterious potato called Agent 46, who’s actually kinda shady and wants you to get rich with your shop so that he can get his “generous” share from your profits.
As you can guess, you start your shop from nothing, and must build up your fame by crafting, enhancing and selling weapons to heroes. I loved how the basic gameplay lets you craft every kind of weapon you’ve already discovered, and sometimes you can create different types of weapons if you get specific customer requests. You have a few workers in your shop (which increase as you progress), and you can have them forge a weapon together, and then send one on an errand to sell your current stock, while another one will go to the main city to purchase materials… and another one sent to a new zone to discover new materials! All of this is done in pseudo-real-time, so you are essentially free to use your workers as you please!
Once a weapon is crafted, you’ll want to sell it to the customers in the city. Each weapon will be of interest to some of the heroes (customers), and they’ll offer you a different amount of $tarch (this universe’s money) for it. On top of this, you always have quests to do to proceed and, this being a weapon shop, I loved how some of the quests present to you objectives such as “help x heroes reach level 10,” since it gave me a sense of how in a JRPG trend you purchase the best weapons before you go into a new dungeons so that you can survive and level up. Completing those quests are a must for earning fame for your shop.
As you get better, your workers will learn skills, such as enhancing weapons, which will, in turn, give them a higher selling value. If you do not have a worker with the required skill, you can ask some freelance characters to help drastically raising the stats of a weapon for a cost, in turn giving them a better value. As you progress through the lengthy campaign, more cities will unlock, and you’ll be able to research more weapons with the new items found in those new cities. After each month, you’ll have to pay your workers, and if you at some point don’t have enough money, you’ll get a loan that will help you to keep going. Those loans are only avialable three times, and after that, the store will close, and it’s game over.
About the game’s presentation, I loved how it doesn’t take itself seriously, throwing a ton of gaming jokes at you. For example, the very first worker I got was Laura Craft, so you can imagine where the game goes from there. There are also plenty of fourth wall breaking jokes that will make you smile. Something I did want to mention is that most trophies are tied to forging a certain number of each weapon time, so you’ll have to spend a lot of time playing the game to get several of them.
Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! is a great shop simulator that doesn’t take itself seriously, and is fun to play. The asking price of $15 is fair considering the experience, and I do recommend this game if you’re looking to experience the other side of an RPG, where you’ll be creating the weapons for the different heroes.
When I received this game for review, I had this marvelous exchange with my wife about it!
Ceidz: “Hey I received a new game for review!”
Wife: “Really? What kind of game is it?”
Ceidz: “How can I put this….? (thinking) Well, you’re a potato…. and you’re running this weapon shop…”
PSN Game Size: 2.8GB
PSN Price: $14.99
This Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! review is based on a PlayStation 4 code provided by Rising Star Games.