Shoppe Keep PS4 Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on the PS4 version of Shoppe Keep by Strange Fire and Excalibur Games.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game from Keymailer for review/video purposes. Like all of my reviews, however, this has no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
Shoppe Keep is a rather small weapon shop management game. You essentially become a merchant in the game and your objective is to earn money by selling various items that you’d find in an RPG (Role-playing Game) like potions, weapons, armor and the like.
There are 5 different states you can take on. The shoppe keep state allows you to purchase items, adjust prices, put them up for sale and interact with customers. The handyman state allows you to sweep your floors if they get dirty, or repair your counters or shelves if they get damaged. The third state simply allows you to look closely at an item while the fourth allows you to take on a combat state to fight off barbarians and thieves. The fifth state is the building state where you’re able to purchase or remove furniture for your shop.
When your shop is setup and you’re ready to start your day, you’ll have to open the doors and it’ll automatically become day time. Each day is split into 3 sections, morning, afternoon and evening. Each section is 5 minutes in length making each day 15 minutes long. The music changes based on what time of day it is as well. If you purchase a gramophone you’ll be able to alter what music plays.
As a day progresses, you’ll have many different adventurers entering your shop to purchase items they want. Not all NPC’s are friendly though and the further along you are in the game, the more thieves and barbarians you’ll need to fight.
The game also features a skill tree of sorts as well which is used to unlock new furniture, items to sell and passive abilities like earning more money from items sold.
To be completely honest, the game isn’t as interesting as I originally thought it would be. It’s an incredibly small game and you can tell that there was supposed to be more to it. It does offer fun for a little while but ultimately it’s not that fun to play long term. Mostly because you’re repeating the same actions, day to day, and it gets pretty repetitive. I’d recommend looking elsewhere if you want to be the owner of a weapons shop because there are definitely better games than this out there. Hopefully Shoppe Keep 2 will be more interesting in the end though.
Thanks for taking the time to read the review folks and I’ll be back with more reviews soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers Out!
Features of Interest
- It Has A Promising Premise
- It's Fun For A Little While
- The Music Isn't Too Bad
- Uninteresting Gameplay/Gets Repetitive Quickly
- Small Game World, Feels Like Lots of Features Are Missing
- Lacks A Story Or Any Sense Of Purpose
- Not Worth $12.99