When life gets a bit like lumpy mash, this series of quality, quirky games will have you feeling chipper.
Fans of madcap but well-produced management games are in for a treat.
The Holy Potatoes series has all you need. Four games that challenge you with managing a weapons shop before jetting off into space like Tim Peake, and making like James Bond or managing the kitchens in hell.
Let’s go back to the start.
What makes these management games different from many others with their serious or epic vibes is that they aren’t set on Earth, but in a galaxy far, far away, where the dominant species is a kind of humanoid potato. Potatoes with arms and legs and even a brain (that hasn’t turned to mash), and faces that aren’t always friendly.
Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?!
In Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! you play as a potato that has inherited a forge. You’ll need to make, and, more importantly sell weapons, all while building a reputation, which is no easy task. Imagine: you’ll need to hire, train, and manage your 30 employees, as well as meeting 70 characters who are supposed to buy your goods... all without forgetting to feed the dog!
It’s a comprehensive management game that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Holy Potatoes! We’re in Space?!
If your heart isn’t in the arms trade, Holy Potatoes! We’re in Space?! presents a similar adventure set in space. This time, you’ll play as not one, but two potatoes in a melting-pot worthy of the finest vegetable patch, dotted with winks to Pop Culture. For example, you’ll meet a doctor (Who?) who travels through time in a phone box, “potatomon” fights, and an Indiana Jones chapter. The game is also filled with racy puns that would make Borat blush.
Holy Potatoes! A Spy Story?!
If you like the sound of this game world, and it’s likely that you will, given the production value seen here, you can continue your adventure with Holy Potatoes! A Spy Story?!
This story is about two heroes, twins, called Ren and Rexa. They want to open a spy agency in memory of their parents who are missing in action.
In addition to managing the missions, you’ll need to grow your “company” by building training centres, a gadget factory (think Q), and plenty more buildings. Yet again, the game is packed with references, like the spy Super Maria whose outfit and name are a nod to Super Mario, and Agent 700, brother of James Bond 007.
Holy Potatoes! What the Hell?!
Now all that’s left is your final mission: Holy Potatoes! What the Hell?!.
Notre coup de cœur !
Our favourite of the bunch! Here, you’ll play as a Gordon Ramsay-type who, despite the best of intentions, finds himself in an afterlife inhabited by other potatoes! Welcome to the kitchens of hell!
Determined to discover what happened in his past life, your character has only one desire: to make it to potato heaven. You’ll need to assign the condemned potato souls to the jobs that suit them, and cook delicious potato-based meals for wicked demons. Fans of Overcooked will have a good time, here.
You aren’t forced in any way to play the four games in order, but you’re guaranteed hours of tricky management fun in a madcap atmosphere that’s not for couch potatoes!