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

Nomination Phase

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:

  • Console exclusives can only be nominated in the "Best Console Game" category.
  • Mobile exclusives can only be nominated in the "Best Mobile Game" category.
  • Only games released in 2019 can be nominated.
    • 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.
  • You can edit your post with the nominations at any point before 20 December to add/remove nominations.
  • You can nominate a maximum of 5 games in each category.
  • You don't need to nominate games in each category. For example, if you don't play F2P games or don't own a console, then you can leave those categories out.
  • You can nominate the same game in multiple categories.

  • 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 !

    About Time

    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
      Northern Tale

      0 minutes playtime

      no achievements

    • 12 Labours of Hercules
      12 Labours of Hercules

      0 minutes playtime

      0 of 22 achievements
    • Viking Saga: The Cursed Ring
      Viking Saga: The Cursed Ring

      0 minutes playtime

      no achievements

    • Alicia Quatermain: Secrets Of The Lost Treasures
      Alicia Quatermain: Secrets Of The Lost Treasures

      0 minutes playtime

      0 of 20 achievements
    • Island Tribe
      Island Tribe

      0 minutes playtime

      no achievements

    “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.

    Groundhog Day

    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

    Time Travel

    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 ^_^

    • Lines X

      4 hours playtime

      590 of 590 achievements

    • Lines Infinite

      4 hours playtime

      100 of 100 achievements

    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.

    • Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition

      11 hours playtime

      17 of 129 achievements

    • Zup! X

      2 hours playtime

      2880 of 2880 achievements

    • Zup! 8

      75 minutes playtime

      2220 of 2220 achievements

    • A Plague Tale: Innocence

      19 hours playtime

      35 of 35 achievements

    • Assassin's Creed Odyssey

      133 hours playtime

      93 of 93 achievements

    • Bear With Me - Collector's Edition

      9 hours playtime

      65 of 65 achievements

    • Shadow Warrior

      17 hours playtime

      41 of 92 achievements

    • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

      244 hours playtime

      78 of 78 achievements

    • Lines X

      4 hours playtime

      590 of 590 achievements

    • Lines Infinite

      4 hours playtime

      100 of 100 achievements


    Update Three Hundred and Fifty-One: 17 November 2019

    Hiveswap Friendsim

    80 hours playtime, ~8 actual, No achievements


    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.

    Next up:

    See you soon!

    Nov 18 2019

    Challenge me! Monthly Edition
    (18.11.2019 - 18.12.2019)
    Late again... But you have one month as always
    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]( - HLTB Time: GAME#1-HLTBTIME
    * [GAME#2]( - HLTB Time: GAME#2-HLTBTIME
    * [GAME#3]( - HLTB Time: GAME#3-HLTBTIME
    * [GAME#4]( - HLTB Time: GAME#4-HLTBTIME
    * [GAME#5]( - 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?
    Absolutely nothing.

    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

    Half-Life 2

    The Uncertain: Last Quiet Day

    6.2 hours
    30 of 32 achievements

    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 :|

    Half-Life 2

    9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek

    4.3 hours
    17 of 19 achievements

    A nice HOG with a kinda weird story about snakes, murder and world domination.

    Half-Life 2


    8.8 hours
    8 of 31 achievements

    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.

    Half-Life 2

    Murdered: Soul Suspect

    11.5 hours
    34 of 48 achievements

    Really enjoyed this one. You play a detective who was just murdered by the murderer you were trying to find and arrest. Now you are a ghost and have to solve the case of who killed you (and why) and bring the murderer to justice. You have some special abilities now: You can walk through walls and teleport to places. But you also have to be careful since there are demons that want to eat you :)

    Half-Life 2

    Cat Quest

    12.7 hours
    3 of 12 achievements

    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:

    6.47% (49/757)
    8.19% (62/757)
    6.74% (51/757)
    76.62% (580/757)
    1.98% (15/757)

    Overall SG Wins Progress:
    24.27% (25/103)
    20.39% (21/103)
    3.88% (4/103)
    47.57% (49/103)
    3.88% (4/103)

    Here are the games I'm currently working on. Reviews will follow once I'm done with the games:
    I've won 5 games this week. So that makes 5 new games and 5 completed, meaning a +0 for my backlog this week. And a +5 overall for this month.

    SG wins: Purchases: no purchases this week
    Games I want to play within the next few weeks:

    Challenge Me:

    PA: none


    Just for fun:

    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

    12.10.19 – 18.11.19

    November Progress:

    Completed Games:
    Farm Together

    Won/Gifted Games:

    Bought Games:

    Played this week:
    Farm! ACR

    Farm Together

    226 hours, 56 of 56 achievements


    Farm Together is over! Long live Farm Together! \o/
    Let's just put this down, so everybody knows this: Although completed, I don't think I'll be done with it that soon. Bc it's a nice game! It's chilling and relaxing - ok yes, sometimes so much pressure, bc I HAVE TO DO THIS BEFORE THE NEXT SEASON STARTS! But it is very nice indeed. There are a few illogical things going on, but who cares. I know it will be boring at some point - mostly bc I have to find something to work towards. Like unlocking the whole map, that was the last big goal and then it was done. So currently I'm trying to make my farm look nice, to do quests once per day and that's about it. I've done a lot, but I know there is still a lot more I can do.
    So yes, I completed Farm Together, but I'm not done altogether ;)
    Plus it's very nice listening to audio books on the side. Or voice chat. Or just meditate while you harvest, plow and plant way too many fields o.O
    Sadly it's missing one thing I SO love about the other farm games: The story aspect. The thing, were you interact with townies - and yes, romance them :]
    No LEWDness nor Gay-Ship included
    Recommendation? You like farm games: Do it


    12 hours, 22 of 22 achievements


    I didn't expect this game to totally creep me out! Well not completely, but a lot.
    There is this sweet girl. Big Sis, helpful, cute, lovely. And SO fucked up. Or is she? Maybe the whole island is. In any way, there is for every one of them something weird going on and for some… it's weirder. I'm actually surprised it didn't get a horror tag. Some of those endings sure would have deserved it xD
    But at the same time I very much enjoyed the game. Bc throughout the whole game there was this relationship with another guy a thing. It's never really mentioned, but one does wonder, if it's maybe even a gay relationship. Plus the MC thinks about one other male character how cute he is and you can totally see something going on there. But yeah, never really. Whereas the straight thing… did happen. In one route or another :D
    Hidden LEWD rating: Kinda. We can see boobs. Naked boobs, but not the whole thing o.o Also… some other things are hinted.
    Gay-Ship: Chester/El & Chester/Lauro
    Recommendation: Yes, but there are some gross things included o.o

    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!
    Queen Ninglor

    Nov 17 2019

    🐁 MouseWithBeer 🐁

    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

    Completed SG wins

    Advanced Mechanized Spacecraft
    Playtime: 42 minutes
    Achievements: 0 of 0
    Review: Basically a weird spaceship building game with combat. Simply not a game for me. Linux version seems to work fine.

    Other completed games

    Adelantado Trilogy. Book Three
    Playtime: 11.8 hours
    Achievements: 0 of 0
    Review: Just like with the previous one, it is a meh resource management game. Unlike the previous one this one thankfully didn't bug out on me but it still suffers from the same problem of the level being way too long. No issues with Proton.
    Farm Together
    Playtime: 98.1 hours
    Achievements: 56 of 56 (100%)
    Review: This game is something special. Not only did it completely eat every minute of free time I had for 2 weeks straight, it also had a similar effect to pretty much anyone I know. I can't quite put my finger on what it is because the game at its core is really grindy but it is enjoyable, satisfying and addicting grinding. Also it is basically 3D Farmville :D Linux version is really really good.
    Life is Strange: Before the Storm
    Playtime: 8.4 hours
    Achievements: 34 of 34 (100%)
    Review: Much better than thee first game because there is no godamn Max in it (no, I did not like her at all). The only thing that bothered me about the game was basically the illusion of choice this and the other Life is Strange games suffer from, but I could get over it and still enjoy the game anyways. No issues with the Linux version.
    Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
    Playtime: 2.8 hours
    Achievements: 0 of 0
    Review: I couldn't even get this game to start on Windows when I tried a year or so ago, on Linux (with Proton) the only issues it has is that in fullscreen it would randomly crash on tabbing out. That aside it is a very meh hidden object game where the hints are absolutely worthless if you are stuck on a object that requires more than one step to get it.
    Alien Run
    Playtime: 2.3 hours
    Achievements: 0 of 0
    Review: This runner game is so godamn frustrating that I gave up on it. It wouldn't be too bad of a game if I could easily tell which lane the flying enemies came at you in the air, but I couldn't. There is some graphical glitching of the background with Proton, but the game was still playable without issues.
    Hospital Manager
    Playtime: 4.1 hours
    Achievements: 0 of 0
    Review: A meh hospital management game. My main problem with it is just how limited it is in many aspects: expanding, upgrading, hiring,... As for the Proton version - it sometimes randomly crashes with a null object error but at least it has an autosave function which prevents you from losing too much progress. Other than that the Proton version didn't have any issues for me.
    Luxor 2 HD
    Playtime: 13.1 hours
    Achievements: 0 of 0
    Review: It is your good old Luxor match 3 game. There is not much more to say here. Works fine with Proton.