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Potion Punch II

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Fun fantasy twist on a popular cooking game.

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Ease of Play

The game uses simple touch controls, and does a good job of teaching you how they work, but things do get frantic rather quickly.

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Consumerism

Players earn coins by playing, though they can also double their rewards by watching ads, or by buying packs of in-game currency from the store.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Potion Punch II is an arcade game for iOS and Android devices. Players take on the role of a business owner selling potions in a shop. The game has no objectionable content, but players can spend real world money, or watch ads, to earn the game's currency. This currency is then used to purchase items to upgrade your potion shop. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

Set in a cartoony fantasy realm three years after the first game, POTION PUNCH II has you and Lyra opening a potion shop. Along with mixing and serving red, blue, orange, and purple potions, this arcade game also has you serving dragon-cooked Daggerfish. But while it was apparently your life's dream to open this place, and to build it up to better accommodate your customers, this otherwise has no deeper story. Instead, you just have to make sure you cook the fish and bottle up the potions fast enough to keep your customers happy.

Is it any good?

While it may be a rather blatant rip-off of Cooking Mama, the fantasy setting of this arcade game makes it feel somewhat fresh. In Potion Punch II, you and Lyra have finally opening the potion shop of your dreams. Now comes the hard part: doling out those potions, as well as meals of artisanal, pond-to-table, organic, dragon-cooked Daggerfish. Just do it quick, before your customers become impatient and go somewhere else. This not only means mixing potions and fast as you can, but also making sure the little dragon doesn't overcook the fish, as he tends to do. As you progress, you can use the profits to improve your shop, or to hire such helpful coworkers as Lizzie, a famous dragon whisperer who'll supervise your little lizard.

As fun as this may sound, though, it's still a fairly blatant rip-off of Cooking Mama. But the fantasy setting does make things different enough that this won't seem redundant. While your dragon only has one setting, and can thus overcook the Daggerfish like the grill can burn the burgers in Cooking Mama, some potions have to be mixed before they're bottled. Though it also helps that this fantasy realm is a cartoony one; more like that show Disenchantment than Game Of Thrones or Lord Of The Rings. That's why you don't have to worry about Orcs beheading your customers as much as you do said customers stiffing you on your tips. Altogether, it makes Potion Punch II a good test of your entrepreneurial acumen...and screen swiping skills.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about advertising. In Potion Punch II, you can double your rewards by watching an ad, but how impervious are you to advertising? Can you watch an ad and have it not influence you?

  • If you do your job well in Potion Punch II, your customers will give you tips, so what does this teach you about working hard and doing a good job? Does it also say anything about being a good tipper?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: November 22, 2019
  • Category: Arcade Games
  • Size: 294.20 MB
  • Publisher: Monstronauts Inc
  • Version: 1.0.5
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
  • Last updated: November 26, 2019

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