A lovely new entry in the ongoing series of Primrose Lake. I love this type of time management games in which you fulfill orders, and this one improves quite a lot compared to earlier entries. It takes around 8h to complete, can be played on easy and has no missable achievements.
Approximate amount of time to 100%: 8 hours
Estimated achievement difficulty: 2/10
Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1
Is there a good guide available: You don’t need a guide
Multiplayer achievements: No
Missable achievements: No
Grinding Achievements: Yes, a few ones feel a bit grindy because you have to replay a few levels multiple times
DLC-Only achievements: No
Speedrun achievements: No
Time-gated achievements: No
Does difficulty affect achievements: No, you can play on the easiest difficulty and still unlock everything
Unobtainable/glitched achievements: No
Yay a new game in the Primerose Lake series and it improves on quite a few things. Let’s first start with a very small negative point: There is no recap, just like in all GameHouse games, but I forgot most of the plotlines of the first one, only remembered a part of the main event. And it will not tell you anything about the first game, just moves on from there. I hope they will consider a short recap in future titles, even if it is just a few screens with texts or an option in the main menu where you can read a text that will tell you the things you need to know from the first game. However, it isn’t that important, as most of the fun in this type of game comes from fulfilling the customers’ orders.
In this title, they show you 4 levels at the bottom instead of 5 and while that is such a small change, it felt better to me. I normally try to only take a break from the game when having finished a full screen, so if I only want to play for a little while, I would play 5 levels, in this case, it is 4, and that made this stupid little OCD kinda thing so much easier. Another thing I enjoyed is that the levels felt shorter. They didn’t drag on that long, so you would quickly see how the story goes further. It is a small difference per level but it made quite an impact and felt so much better paced this way. I hope both things will become a regular thing in the future GameHouse/SQRT3 games.
None of the achievements are missable. A few might feel grindy because you need to do an action X amount of times, and especially if there were only a few levels of that type, then you have to replay a level multiple times to unlock it. It wasn’t bad at all and with a completion time of around 8 hours, it is very doable and a lot of fun to complete Welcome to Primrose Lake 2.
The story ends without giving all the answers, but I know there are more Primrose entries in the make and I can’t wait to see where the story will take us.
This review for Welcome to Primrose Lake 2 was written on 16 December 2023, based on the current Steam version of the game which has 56 achievements at the time of writing this review. This information can be outdated, for example, when the developer adds or removes achievements or releases (new) DLC.