Review: My Time At Portia For iOS

My Time at Portia has been around on Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for a while now. But as of today, it’s now available iOS and Android. And I got the chance to try it out on iOS ahead of today’s release.

The basic plot of the game goes something like this. Humanity is rebuilding in My Time at Portia. Civilization as you knew it was destroyed, and city-states have formed. Your player arrives in Portia to follow in your father’s footsteps and become a builder. The goal of the story is to expand Portia and become the top builder in town. While that sounds simple, it’s actually a lot more complex than that. Now I don’t mean that in a bad way. What I mean is that this premise opens up a ton of tasks and missions that will allow you to experience gameplay that is far from boring and ensures that this game has value for a very long time.

As I mentioned earlier, I tried this game out on on iOS and the first thing that you notice is that the graphics are excellent. Here’s some screen captures that I took while testing the game:

All the graphics are highly detailed and the animations are fluid on my iPhone 12 Pro. I would easily put this on par with playing on a console.

You should be prepared to invest a fair amount of time into the game as it moves at a slow (by my standards, yours may vary) pace. Which isn’t a bad thing. Because My Time At Portia eventually reveals itself as the impressively in-depth life sim. One that really sucks you in and ensures that this becomes as addictive as a game like Animal Crossing. As I type this review, I’ve invested about 30 hours into the game and I have enjoyed it thus far.

Gripes? One thing that I did note right out of the gate is that while you can create your own character and customize it any way you want right down to gender, you can’t customize skin tone or ethnicity. Or at least I couldn’t find a way to do that. That I think needs to be addressed as I think that the target audience of players for this game need to be reflected in game. It is 2021 after all.

I’d recommend this game for anyone who is looking for a very detailed and immersive sim that’s aimed at someone who wants to invest their time and effort into something. My Time At Portia is an ambitious game that will easily have you spending a lot of time on your phone and leave you satisfied every time you play it. If that’s you, then I would visit the Apple App Store or Google Play to get your copy today.

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