It’s time for the second BLAEO Game Awards!
Let’s see which games released this year were most loved by the BLAEO community! We can’t pick the best games of 2019 without your help so please nominate your favourite games released in 2019 and make sure to return between December 21 and 29 to vote for your absolute favourites.
The timeline for this event is as follows:
20 November - 20 December: Nomination phase
21 December - 29 December: Voting phase
31 December: The winners are announced
These are the proposed categories:
- Game of the Year
- Choices Matter
- Best Story
- Best Co-op/Multiplayer Game
- Best Free to Play Game
- Most Value for Money
- Best Game Under $20
- Best Addition to an Existing Series
- Most Addictive Game
- Prettiest Game
- Best Soundtrack
- Best DLC
- Best Early Access Game (Added to EA in 2019 or left EA in 2019.)
- Best Underdog/Hidden Gem
- Best Character
- Best Console Exclusive
- Best Mobile Game
To nominate a game simply post a comment with a list of games that you want to nominate in each category.
Please include games even if they have already been mentioned by other users. We might not be able to include every proposed game in the final vote and seeing how popular the games are will make it easier for us to make the final selection.
In a similar way we might not include all the categories in the final vote if there’s an obvious lack of interest/proposed games.
Guidelines for nominating games:
- Best Console Game category: games released on console for the first time in 2019 can be nominated.
- Best Mobile Game category: games released on mobile for the first time in 2019 can be nominated.
- Best DLC category: the DLC needs to have been released in 2019, but the game can be older.
- All other categories: games released on PC for the first time in 2019 can be nominated.
Please use the following format when nominating games:
**- Game of the Year:** **- Choices Matter:** **- Best Story:** **- Best Co-op/Multiplayer Game:** **- Best Free to Play Game:** **- Most Value for Money:** **- Best Game Under $20:** **- Best Addition to an Existing Series:** **- Most Addictive Game:** **- Prettiest Game:** **- Best Soundtrack:** **- Best DLC:** **- Best Early Access Game:** **- Best Underdog/Hidden Gem:** **- Best Character:** **- Best Console Exclusive:** **- Best Mobile Game:**
It’s Already Tuesday ? ~ Time Travel
Due to health circumstances, I’m not having enough energy to even go to some of my appointments, so it also affects the updates here.
Since I often ask for your opinion because you guys know and tested a lot of games I wasn’t even aware existing, I decided that I would do those updates in two parts. Part one I’ll pick the topic, discuss a little about it and part two I’ll add your suggestions because you guys share amazing games and it bothers me to update a topic people may not notice as being a week old.
And since it’s already Tuesday and I didn’t even notice when was Monday, we’ll speak of Time Travel and games where you manipulate time.
A question to begin with !
.. … …. Does Matrix bullet time is about slowing down time ? Asking because I never watched those and always wondered. I figure you guys may be able to answer !
This one was easy, I don’t know if you ever watched the movie, but I did enjoy it, there were some cute parts, some drama parts, some decisions to take and all in all it was a great movie.
Time is an element which always had its importance in games, it can be a real time limit like the good old Mario countdown, one of the characters can use it.. Or it just loops like Groundhog day. Now that I think of it, I wonder if there are more games taking in account time in a way or another than games in which time doesn’t matter at all. Even on some games such as Stardew Valley where you don’t control time (I think) and don’t suffer a time limit, there is still a notion of night and day, and you have to pick some of your activities depending on the hour of the day.
Time Management Games
I think we cannot avoid this category, which is even a tag on Steam, those are strategy games where you have to make a certain number of actions under the time limit given. Usually those finishing before the last tier of the timer gets a Gold score and 3 stars, then it lowers to Silver then finally Brass depending on how long you needed to finish the quests. There are so many which are bundled together that it’s almost impossible that you escaped that category of games, so I’ll only list a few of those which were bundled this year or the last one ♥ !
- Northern Tale
- 12 Labours of Hercules
- Viking Saga: The Cursed Ring
- Alicia Quatermain: Secrets Of The Lost Treasures
- Island Tribe
“Viking Saga: The Cursed Ring” is on my Won’t Play list because it doesn’t work on Windows x64 version. Thanks dev for not solving the problem while there are a lot of people asking for a patch.
If you didn’t watch this old movie (wow, I DO feel old suddenly), the Main Character is stuck in a Time loop which makes him revive over and over again the same day (which happens to be Groundhog Day). The movie was released in 1993 and I’m pretty sure we all watched it at some point. I think. (I’m so old ^^’).
Time is the Topic !
Of course there are games where the time is the main topic, since one of those is currently bundled on Fanatical, it may interesting you. I didn’t check much my games, I know there are some more, but that one (which I got
I don’t think there is anything else that scream CLASSIC beside Time Travel. A LOT movies and games plots are based on that, this time the list will be a bit longer.
I’m sure you guys know a lot of those games, maybe even different categories (I thought of adding Historical and Strategy such as CIV could be added another time, but who knows ^^ !). I also thought about free games but I didn’t try any so if you have some suggestions, don’t hesitate to make some. Of course you can suggest movies, books, musics, comics ! Anything really !
PS : Don’t forget that time is limited and it’s ok if you didn’t have enough free time to play the games you wanted to finish. It’s okay, after all, we have no power to slow it down or anything, right :) ?
Life is all about balance in my opinion. If you play games all day, it no longer feels fun. Same with work. You also need to take care of your health and get plenty of exercise and fresh foods. November is the month when you enjoy good food and good company, so remember remember remember to take care of yourself in the end ^_^
Report #244: Lines
Short and nice puzzle. Mobile games for PC
After finishing a very long game I quickly played two very short puzzle games. As coming from a story rich game is not always easy.
Be aware of those games, Lines X is very achievement spammy. 590 Achievements for 100 Levels. Whereas Lines Infinite has less achievements.
Nice and short games, they probably also have a version on mobile platforms, they have a very simplistic interaction (drawing lines on dots).
Batch #21 is done. Some very long games were part of this Batch.
Update Three Hundred and Fifty-One: 17 November 2019
Hey, remember Homestuck? If you do, great! If you don’t, don’t worry about it!
Hiveswap Friendsim is a piecemeal friendmaking-sim where you meet roughly forty new trolls (or, uh, aliens) across twenty sections of DLC, two trolls apiece. You play as a clumsy, goofy, nondescript human (with nice legs) who crash-lands on Alternia and is just hankerin for some friendship.
Each individual route is short, some only feeling like they’re ten minutes long with the longer ones feeling closer to a half hour or forty minutes. With forty trolls to base routes around, it’s not a complete surprise that some are just straight up one-note gimmicks (the one who likes hotdogs, the one who’s an old-timey news anchor pilot, the communist one), though it’s a little bit of a disappointment every time it happens. Homestuck has always blended irreverent humor with genuine emotion, though, so when the goofiness recedes and you catch glimpses of some Real Shit it’s lovely and, for me, a bit nostalgic.
As the game continues, some bigger picture shit starts getting a little teased, but it pales in comparison to just getting to know some (couple dozen) quirky, goofy assholes. It’s light, funny, doesn’t overstay its welcome, and the sprite art is a style I enjoy. I found myself looking forward to meeting each new goofy bitch, a level of engagement and enjoyment I haven’t felt for a lot of games lately.
I’m… NOT going to put this on my masterlist, though, despite enjoying it!
The masterlist is supposed to be about games that’ll be good for anyone looking to get into VNs, and I don’t think this is it. I don’t think playing this game without having read Homestuck would hit the same way.
See you soon!
Nov 18 2019
It's pretty dark when I get home. Get youself a cozy game and have fun. Please pick something featuring the noir tag for your fellow assassins or something that features a devices bringing light, for example candles, torch, etc.
For Pickers. Just copy paste and complete the data :)
* [GAME#1](http://store.steampowered.com/app/GAME#1-ID/) - HLTB Time: GAME#1-HLTBTIME * [GAME#2](http://store.steampowered.com/app/GAME#2-ID/) - HLTB Time: GAME#2-HLTBTIME * [GAME#3](http://store.steampowered.com/app/GAME#3-ID/) - HLTB Time: GAME#3-HLTBTIME * [GAME#4](http://store.steampowered.com/app/GAME#4-ID/) - HLTB Time: GAME#4-HLTBTIME * [GAME#5](http://store.steampowered.com/app/GAME#5-ID/) - HLTB Time: GAME#5-HLTBTIME
- Please make sure your games are sorted by completion before applying.
- If you so desire and you have at least 5 unplayed SG wins, the 5 games can be picked out of your SG wins (instead of only 2/5). Just note it in your application comment.
- Note in your post if you're ok playing multiplayer only games.
- Same for Early Access (I know some people want to wait for release).
- When you finish one (or more) of the games picked for you, please post an update by replying to your picker's comment.
- If the game has achievements, you can link to either the Steam or Astats page corresponding to your progress.
- If the game doesn't have achievements, please post a screenshot showing your completion.
- Finally, if you have completed all the games that were assigned to you but want another go at it, feel free to post another application.
- You can pick for/challenge up to 2 fellow assassins, please refrain to pick more so everybody who wants get a chance at it.
- You can pick for anybody who has applied and hasn't been given a list yet, unless they specified otherwise (see next point). It is recommended to signal with a "reserved" comment that you're currently picking for that person. This way it'll avoid the situation where you spend time picking games just to come back to somebody's comment 2 minutes prior.
- Please use the following criteria when picking a list for somebody.
- Pick exactly 5 games
- Length-wise: at least 2 short games (under 10h to beat) and 2 medium (under 15-20h). You can use HLTB to check the time, or more conveniently the Enhanced Steam browser extension (it shows the HLTB time directly on the game's steam page). That rule can be overridden by the bottom (i.e. pick 5 short games) but not the other way around, as not everybody has the same time to dedicate to gaming.
- Pick two SG wins unless the person specified SG wins only, in which case pick only in the applicant's SG wins list.
- Quality-wise: at least 3 of the 5 games should have a positive (or above) rating. You can use this site to quickly sort games in a user's library by ratings (thanks to JaffaCaffa for the suggestion).
- Please, respect the applicant's choice regarding multiplayer-only and Early access games, as well as other requests (exclusion of certain genre etc.).
- Please use the code below to post your comment, it's already formatted, you just have to copy/paste & complete the data.
Do I have to participate in this event?
No, this is an event to help you reduce your backlog. If you already have a plan and don't want anyone to pick games for you, you're free to ignore it.
What happens if I don’t participate in the event?
What happens if I play all the games picked for me this month?
Still nothing. (You might get a shiny profile badge at some later date. And you can come back for another batch.)
What if I don’t have time to play 5 games?
Don’t worry, one is enough, we’re just asking the pickers to select 5 to give the player a little choice.
One of the game picked for me won’t run on my computer for X or Y reason, what do I do?
If this happens, please notify the picker by replying his comment and ask them to pick a replacement. If the original picker don’t give you an answer within 24h, don’t panic, just leave a comment and we’ll pick one for you. Meanwhile, you could try one of the other picked games if you haven't played them all yet.
I played all 5 games that were picked for me and I want more!
If you have completed all 5 games and reported your completion to the original comment, you can make a new request for another list.
When picking for other people, can I only pick “never played” games?
Not necessarily, you can also pick games that seem to have been abandoned but haven’t been categorized as “won’t play”. No beaten or completed games, or games being currently played obviously.
Why are there so many rules for picking the games? I can’t be bothered!
We’re trying to make this enjoyable for everyone so if you decide to pick games for others, please read and follow the rules. I’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for the pickers too, but if it’s bothering you too much, remember you don’t need to pick games for others to join the challenge.
I’m new here, can I join the challenge?
Yes of course (and welcome to BLAEO). Please just be sure to have your games sorted by progress before signing up for the challenge, to make it easier for your picker.
Update 29: Second week of November
I was still lucky this week and won 5 games. And I only spent around 10h this week on Farm Together :D
Really liked the game. It's a point'n'click about a world where humans are nearly exitinct and the robots have taken over. You play a robot that stumbels on a mystery. Unfortunately this game is not finished and the next episode is not out yet, so you are left with a half finished story :|
A nice HOG with a kinda weird story about snakes, murder and world domination.
Really like the game. Beautiful grafics and a great soundtrack. Sometimes the puzzles were a bit confusing and it took a while until I understood how to work them and sometimes i did not really know where to go next. I recommend using a guide for those places.
Loved this one. You play a cat that is looking for his sister, which got catnapped. If you are looking for a cute RPG full of cat puns this game is for you. Can get kinda repetitive and grindy, but I liked it a lot. I plan to complete it, but you have to beat the game several times with different modifiers to achieve that.
green = PoP thanks Hyrax & adam1224 for challenging me
red = Challenge Me thanks aquilla for challenging me
blue = PAGYWOSG
grey = BLAEO monthly theme
orange = completions
Overall Backlog Progress:
Overall SG Wins Progress:
Agatha Christie - The ABC Murders
Island Tribe 5
1 Moment Of Time: Silentville
My Time At Portia
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride
Jigsaw puzzle update #2
I have finally made some progress in my jigsaw puzzle backlog, and oh man I’ve bought far far more than I’ve finished.
It’s just that so many of them have amazing pictures or adorable animals and I just can’t control myself.
Sooo…..basically I now have around 6 1000 pieces ones, a couple of 500 and a bunch of little ones of Totoro that I mentioned last time but has yet to touch. It’s worse than my gaming backlog. D:
But I still really enjoy doing them tho. :3 Well, I enjoy both buying them and completing them, but since completing needs time and dedication I ended up buying more. ^^;
Oh and, the Pokemon one I bought from Pokemon center at Tokyo when I went there with my friends. :D And I like Eevees quite a lot so it’s nice. :3
Until next time~Which is hopefully soon since I still have the urge to complete more. :3/
Ninglors Log 140
Played this week:
Cat Story ahead!
Sry, nothing here O.O
So I’ve been visiting a friend over the weekend, which was in itself just awesome and a great time. We went on Saturday into some other town to walk around and have a look at shops – oddly we were both totally happy looking at kids stuff o.o – and the rest of the time we spent writing. Well mostly. But it was very nice, we made a lot of writing progress. And we had some very nice walks with her dog.
And since I just now nearly wrote dalk (walk+dog I guess?) I think I should just send this and go to bed :D
So much from me :)
Have a lovely week!
Nov 17 2019
Second week of November
I am trying to cram in as much gaming as possible before I am going to the Netherlands on Friday. I have absolutely no idea when the next weeks post will go up considering I will be at Qlimax on the night from Saturday to Sunday and travelling to and across Germany on Sunday and Monday. I am getting tried already just by thinking about that… I hope I survive :D