I’ll just open with the fact that I truly despise pretty well all forms of alcohol, so in theory I’m a tough sell for a game heavily concerned with the intricacies of making wine since I have no built-in love for it. That said, between the quirks of the characters you’ll interact with, the unique and almost Tetris-like way that major tasks and how you allocate your time are dealt with, and the careful tightrope walk the game makes to give it depth without making it overwhelming helped make me a fan. As is the case with many strategy games and sims you can expect things to go pretty badly as you try to grasp the proper way to handle things, most critically your finances in this case. Researching and purchasing the right critical upgrades is the key to early success, and understanding the best approach unfortunately takes falling on your face a bit. All that said, the pacing is pretty brisk so you won’t be stuck for long knowing you’re more likely to be making vinegar than high-quality product in any given year. Probably best for serious genre fans or wine-lovers, it is rough around some edges like in managing the interface and getting up to speed in the beginning, but the overall experience is still a positive one.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.0]