I spent quite a bit of time with General Interactive’s Terroir when it launched back in 2017. Part winemaking sim, part tile-based strategy game, it’s a good game bogged down by a sluggish pace and unruly randomness that would see vastly different wines produced using an identical process. I moved onto pastures new before too long. But, there lingered a sense that there was the making of a great game and one that only flirted with the untapped potential in the gamification of winemaking. Broken Arms Games’ Hundreds Days, which launches today on PC and Google Stadia, may well be, whether intentionally or not, a spiritual successor to Terroir and one that has all the ingredients of a hit.
As is typical in farming-style sim games, Hundred Days has players take on a vineyard and do their best to turn it into a world-renowned winery. Not dissimilar to the basic premise propelling Stardew Valley‘s bucolic escapism, Hundred Days justifies this sudden jump to an idyllic Italian village through the unexpected inheritance of the winery.
From there, Hundred Days taps into the complexity of winemaking. As developer Broken Arms Games explains, Hundred Days takes a deep, realistic approach, all while implementing intuitive game mechanics suited to beginners and more experienced players. From managing resources, delegating work in the vineyard, and ensuring the health of the vines to establishing a sales network and choosing the shape, color, and style of bottles, every decision has an impact on the final quality of your wine.
Hundreds Days Features
Here are some of the main features, courtesy of Broken Arms Games:
- Simulative and realistic approach suitable for both beginners and more experienced players
- The ability to cultivate different types of vine
- Analyze the soil and choose the grape variety that best suits those characteristics
- Organize work in the vineyard such as pruning or chipping
- Protect your vines through specific treatments depending on the type of disease
- Check the state of ripeness of the grapes and decide when to harvest
- Follow the winemaking processes and enhance the characteristics of your wine
- Select the yeasts and bacteria used during fermentation
- Decide how and which of your wines age with aging
- Customize your bottles by choosing their shape, color, and other aesthetic characteristics
- Create your sales network and adapt the characteristics of your product to the type of customer
- Manage marketing and social activities to increase the reputation of your company
Hundreds Days releases today on PC via the usual trio of digital platforms Steam, the Epic Games Store, GOG, and on Google Stadia. Broken Arms Games are offering a 10% discount on all purchases made before May 20 over on Steam to mark the occasion.