Merek’s Market from Big Village Games is a fast-paced and hectic crafting game on PlayStation 4. Learn more in our Merek’s Market review!
Merek’s Market from Big Village Games is a fast-paced and hectic crafting game on PlayStation 4. As the only store in town, you will be taking requests from a wide range of customers who want you to follow each recipe from the blueprints books to create what they need. You’ll have to check the icon that each customer displays, so that you can find the corresponding recipe in the book and learn what needs to be done. Things start out easy, but after a handful of levels, you’re going to be running all over the place trying to please everyone before they get mad and leave.
For example, your first task will be to build a staff that a buffoon will request from you. For the staff, you’ll first need to grab a log and take it to the crafting bench to work on it and give it the right shape. Simple, right? Well, that’s just the first recipe in the list. Things will get crazier as you progress through the game’s campaign mode, as you get more customers, more orders, and more items to craft. Crafting is only part of the equation, since you’ll also have to collect the money owed from your work. Some clients will require that you input a button pattern to get paid, while others will try to haggle the final price.
To play Merek’s Market, you’ll move your character with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, interacting with the X button as needed. You can throw objects you’re carrying by pressing the Square button, and can drop them by pressing the Circle button. If you need to sprint, just press and hold the R2 button to speed things up – that is, once you gain access to the running shoes. When bartering with a customer, you can accept the offered price by pressing the Square button, or kick out a customer with the Triangle button, which is sometimes required since some people are not even customers to begin with, and will just waste your time.
As expected, you’ll be graded on your performance. The faster you are at completing orders and getting a good price for your hard work, the better your potential grade. You can get a bronze, silver, or gold medal for each level, so if you want to 100% the game and get all of the trophies, then you’re going to have to replay some levels as you find the best way possible to boost your overall grade. Each customer you serve without making a mistake will increase your multiplier, and you’ll also get a tip from satisfied customers, so be sure to pay attention and do things right as fast as possible! Things get even crazier when you’re trying to complete a boss level, since you’ll have to work on a custom multistep order while also crafting items for your regular clients!
On that note, Merek’s Market features a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy. Your first trophy will be earned once you’ve completed the first level, which will act as the game’s tutorial. After this, you can get trophies for achieving a 2x multiplier, completing levels 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50, achieving 15, 30, and all 50 gold coins in Campaign Mode, for crafting specific items, serving 500, and 1,000 customers, crafting 500 and 1,000 items, brewing 100 potions, earning 1,000 crowns in tips, for beating specific crowns milestones in some levels in order to beat the devs and their best scores, for stacking 10 items on the bench, to name some examples.
If you’re looking for a fun arcade-style crafting game with a hectic gameplay loop, then Merek’s Market is just what you need. The game uses an old-school 3D art style that is not going to be for everyone, so you’re either going to love or hate this one on PlayStation 4. Merek’s Market is out on PlayStation 4 with a $19.99 asking price.
This Merek’s Market review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provide by Big Village Games.