Potion Bar (Bigfishgames.com)

A note leads you to a mysterious place in an alley.  Now you have to make potions for all the creatures that frequent there.  Your only guide is a talking cat who not only shows you how to make the potions; he also teaches you how to travel the world through magic.

The plot is simple but fun.  Not only do you have to find the person who trapped you in the bar, you also have to stop an evil plan.  At the beginning of some levels, a character will talk to you, revealing the plot little by little.  Sometimes they even give you items you can use to further the plot.  As for what the plot is, I don’t know how to reveal it without giving away spoilers.  I can say that although it is simplistic, you can bet that it’s not boring.  The only thing I can tell you is that part of the plot is trying to find the man that led you here in the first place.

The game play is just as simplistic.  You make potions by grabbing a glass and filling it with the right one.  Then you put it on the boiler and wait for it to heat up.  You then add the proper ingredients and heat it some more.  If a customer wants a decoration, you add one and give it to the customer.  You can also purchase supplies from a visiting merchant to help you complete your goal, such as a self-boiling glass.  Collect enough silver to reach the minimum goal.  You can go for expert if you’re up to it.  In every stage of the game, you participate in a hidden object mode in order to create a new potion after you’ve completed three levels.  When you’re finished with one stage, you put the items in the correct slots on the door to move on to the next one.

This game is simple and addictive.  I give it 7 out of 10; a time management game with a mystical twist.

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