A game thoroughly designed for the lovers of “casual” gaming, Pickers is a rather fun title.
You run a shop called Rusted Gold and you’ve got auctions to run, money to make and you can only do that by getting your hands on the best finds. It’s your job to check out the dozens of locations in-game such as run-down farms, antique shops, garage sales, and abandoned storage units to see if you can stumble upon your next great items to turn around and put up for sale.
You spend most of the game checking out the 12 different locations for items you wanna put up for sale in your shop. There’s all sorts of items at your fingertips, from old washing machines to quirky toys. Once you find an item you think would sell, you need to buy it off the seller first. It’s up to you to haggle with them and try to get your items for a fair cost, but some of the sellers can be tough cookies. Sometimes they’ll straight-up tell you that you offer is too low, and sometimes they’ll accept. But be careful, each time you buy items below their asked price they get less and less thrilled with your company. You’re meant to build a reputation for yourself and your shop, so pissing off the locals is not a good idea!
Back at your shop, you re-price the items you just acquired. The goal is to sell them for profit. Depending on the prices you set, you could see your shelves cleared by the end of the day, or you could be left with items to gather dust on the shelves until you can push them for a better asking price. You can also consult with an expert (for a price) to get a better idea of what some items are worth. Combine items (such as washer and dryer sets) to increase their values and learn how to increase your odds along the way.
You can also choose to take your chances on the auction block to see if you can make an even bigger profit.
Pickers is a point and click style adventure through and through with hints of resource management and hidden object genres. Each location even has a section where you’re given a list of items that are wanted at nice prices and you’re thrown into a search and find mini game to hunt them down amongst the junk.
There isn’t much to tell when it comes to Picker’s presentation. The game is nothing spectacular in the graphics and sounds department. Having said that, there’s nothing to complain about. It’s hard to ask of much from a point and click title. The locations are drawn nicely and they’re unique from one another. Every location is different so you don’t feel like you’re playing the exact same shop over and over again. The sounds are basic, the cash cha-ching playing when you’ve bought and sold an item for example.
Pickers isn’t a game I’d write home about, but it’s not a terrible title, either. Point and click style games have never been up there on my favourite genre list. Even so, this game does have it’s charms and I do enjoy a little resource management now and again. The game sets out to balance out point and click, resource management and hidden object gaming and does so quite well. For anyone who enjoys any of the three genres of “causal” gaming, I do recommend you give Pickers a shot.