Small games month. Backlog assassination report - Feb 2021
I have started February by playing with my little daughter together, choosing short and colorful games she might enjoy. And she did! Then, one of my SG wins, Dicey Dungeons, consumed my attention for the rest of the month. Some runs we played together too, but, for the most part, I was playing alone – it’s a deckbuilding roguelike with different scenarios depending on your hero, and there’s nothing particularly interesting for children in it except for cute monster animations. That’s it. No stories this time (everything’s fine and there’s nothing interesting to tell about; I’m also playing physical version of Wingspan with my sweet wife nearly every day, so my life is peaceful and quiet, filled with games and family time indoors right now.)
Backlog in February:
Actually, it's not a full game, it's more of a free demo consisting of one short chapter with a cliffhanger ending. It reminds me of Amanita Design games, looks beautiful, and fits perfectly for short playing session together with a little kid. The game is based on children's book written by Ukrainian author Oksana Bula, and I am happy that great books and games like this are still possible in Ukraine despite it being a very depressive and sad country (I'm Ukrainian myself, so it's my opinion on my own home country.) Support this game, please, so there might be a full one in the future.
The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game
It's a very short, linear and uninspiring game that is not even particularly beautiful or funny. That is what I thought as a grumpy grown-up. :-) My 3 y.o. daughter thought completely otherwise - she loved this game so much! She found it to be curious, humorous, and the story was right up her children's alley. So…Yeah. xD
Frog Detective 2: The Case of the Invisible Wizard
This one's better, in my opinion. There is a notebook you can decorate with stickers, and there are some things that are not so obvious now. You can even make some decisions and find secrets. I enjoyed playing this one. There's one big problem, though - unskippable dialogues!
Wow. Such a great roguelike deck-building game! I enjoyed it so much. It's smart, humorous, and very balanced. It's all about luck, strategy and tactics combined together in a simple dicer concept. The funniest thing is, I won this game in a group-only giveaway for Unlucky-7 members as my 7th win overall…how lucky is that?! Lady Luck clearly wanted me to play it, so I have played it to the end and had a great time doing it.
Concluding this post, I am currently at 46% games never played, although I have about 10 more games waiting to be activated as soon as I am sure I will play them - with Valfaris first in line. Thanks for reading.
This month was better for me, depression wise. I won Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom and honestly that cheered me up quite a bit. This will probably sound stupid but it was sort of a reminder that the world doesn’t all suck.
Completed SteamGifts Wins
Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons
Very beautiful game.
Viking Brothers 3
These games are all the same, but I enjoy playing them while listening to audiobooks or podcasts.
Kyle is Famous
This is actually a free to play game on Steam. I purchased the DLCs during the winter sale and just finished them this month. It's a kooky text based humorous game.
LEAVES - The Return
Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?!
Labyronia RPG 2
Ni no Kuni™ II: Revenant Kingdom
Alternate Jake Hunter: DAEDALUS The Awakening of Golden Jazz
Overall a good month for me. For March I hope to finish Ni No Kuni II and hopefully a couple more games.
Well, February was a good month but my plans got disrupted pretty quickly. My first intention was to continue playing Xenoblade Chronicles on the Wii but I didn't. The reason is that after catching up with The Expanse, I really wanted to play a space game. I picked The Outer Worlds, the last game I bought in 2020, and it sucked me in for 53 hours. My second objective was to knock at least one game off my Tag Challenge list. I did try but after 41 hours, I'm still not done with BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extent!
You may be aware of my personal challenge to refrain from buying any game except for Humble Choice and looking at the 14 games I added this month, you may think I've failed. I came quite close but there is a twist to the story. The day the new Artifex Mundi bundle came out, I was really tempted to get it. I told my kids about it (my daughter loves HOGs) and my son said to me: "Look Daddy, I'll give you 5 euros out of my pocket money to get the bundle and I'll trade it to you. I offered him 4 TF2 keys so he could sell them on Steam and make a little profit. He agreed and I activated 8 new games into my account :) The rest are just trades I've made on Steamtrades.
For March, I don't have a definite list of games I want to play but I'm going to make it "Couch March" and exclusively play from my couch. My computer is hooked to my TV so I'll only play Steam games with controller support, my Nintendo consoles (SNES Mini, Wii, Switch, DS, 3DS) and my emulation handheld (Pocket Go).
Stay safe and keep playing. Lengray out :)
Humble month - only 5 games done, most of them small. But I have my one big game, so there’s that. I also finished one Steamgift win - I need to clean my wins - it’s getting shamefully big. I bought only one game, because it was dirty cheap in my regional key shop, I also won one game on Steamgifts (biiiig one), got one on Lootboy, and my husband knows me and how much I adore wolves, so I have another one…
Best game of the month: The Room 4
Beaten and completed games
February '21 Play Log
This has the potential to be an enjoyable game for anyone who enjoys games like House Flipper. Unfortunately in its current state I cannot recommend it.
- Variety of stations for renovation
- in addition to the usual ‘clean up garbage and add appropriate furniture’ each station has other unique goals to complete, which I like (and which could be expanded on)
- A scanner helps you find any trash you’ve missed, making it much easier to get 100% completion
- There’s some leeway - you can get 100% completion even if you’ve missed one or two pieces of trash
- Controls could be better - they don’t feel as natural and as easy as House Flipper
- It was in a Humble Choice bundle despite it having numerous bugs that made it largely unplayable
- The bugs rendering it unplayable have been fixed, but there are still numerous bugs
- Achievements are broken
- Levels can’t be replayed, so you can’t go back and get 100% completion on previous levels without restarting the game
- The furniture/item requirements for various areas frequently don’t make sense
- Once you put trash in a dumpster it can’t be moved, which can be an issue with the recycling dumpster if you get a piece stuck at the front, forcing you to pay to have it emptied before putting anything else in it
Got the HB choice partly because of this and it turned out to be a buggy mess. To be fair, the devs are active on the forums, and do seem to care about players, but I’m not convinced they’re doing much to fix the broken achievements. In addition to having to find workarounds to get them unlocking at all, I’m pretty sure I should have 3 more than I do, so the workarounds still aren’t perfect.
There are definitely some good aspects of this game, but unfortunately I can’t recommend it. The way it’s split into 2 parts is… different. It definitely has the potential to be an interesting game mechanic, but some other unfortunate design choices prevent me from being able to appreciate it. The biggest flaw is the mechanics. It’s built purely as an FPS. There are a variety of unlockable weapons, melee takedowns are lethal, and apart from crouching there are no stealth mechanics to speak of. Given that you are supposed to be stealthy and kill as few people as possible, this is a very big problem.
- Very good voice acting
- For most of the game you have a phone which shows you where enemies are as well as their field of vision, which partly compensates for the lack of stealth options
- The idea of the story taking place in your memories was a really neat idea
- All chapters can be replayed
- Cutscenes are still unskippable during subsequent viewings
- Despite the difficulty getting to it, the good ending is very well done
- Previously mentioned lack of stealth mechanics are a problem if you want the good ending
- Most of the ‘evidence’ you can collect seems entirely pointless
- The asylum sections felt like little more than padding
- Until you’ve beaten the first part of the game, not all chapters are replayable
- I found subtitles kept turning off for some reason
- The story failed to keep me interested, though was due in part to my frustration around the game mechanics
- There seems to be little to no difference between the two difficulties
SG win played for PAGYWOSG. Another game with unmet potential. The story writers and the devs in charge of gameplay mechanics seem to have been trying to design two completely separate games.
Entertaining point & click game with plenty of funny moments.
- Excellent voice acting
- Good artwork
- Very funny
- Decent story
- Has several moments where I restored to using random things together to see what happened
- The last chapter was difficult enough that I ended up using a walkthrough for most of it
Hurray, a positive review! I picked this up in the winter sale and thoroughly enjoyed it. Definitely recommend to anyone who likes goofy point & clicks.
Very cute adventure game with a very good art style that’s well worth playing for point & click fans, though it is perhaps a bit expensive given the short play time.
- Beautiful art style
- Very well voice acted
- Puzzle difficulty is very good
- Had quite a few funny moments
- Good story
- I wasn’t a big fan of the ending
- Most P&C games have a double-click to run/instantly move to the next screen feature. This doesn’t. While I definitely appreciate the very well done scene transitions, there is enough back and forth that the speed of the scene transitions can get unfortunate.
- Mutually exclusive achievements despite no replay value
Another one I thoroughly enjoyed, and also recommend.
Honestly I was disappointed in this game. It was more depressing than I expected, and not as humorous. My main complaint though is that the puzzles were quite difficult.
- I liked how the story was told
- You can interact with the AI to get hints
- The space station the game takes place on is very ‘busy’, there’s lots of stuff lying around and it generally looks realistically lived in
- It’s not obvious you can get hints; I found this out by accident
- I found the hints were often just ‘how to get started on the puzzle’, rather than helping with specific parts I was stumped on
- Most of the humour fell flat for me
- The down side of there being so much stuff on the space station is that there’s so many things you can interact with that it’s very easy to miss the one or two things that are actually useful
- The puzzles really are technical, but the in-game technical manual doesn’t always do a great job of explaining systems, some of which are quite complex. It’s easy to get intimidated/frustrated.
This was on my wishlist, but honestly it disappointment me. It’s not a bad game per se, but IMO if you skipped it you wouldn’t be missing much.
I thoroughly enjoyed this game. It was a wild ride, with lots of unexpected twists and turns. If you enjoy VNs and a good story, I recommend giving this a try. My biggest complaint was the grinding required to get all scenes etc. As much as it’s tempting to ignore this, it did reveal some interesting parts I’d missed and answered questions I had with the story.
- Interesting story that has lots of unexpected twists, keeping you guessing until the end
- The characters were well done and all had their own personalities that came through well
- I didn’t come across any translation/grammar/spelling errors with the translation
- Repeated playthroughs using different options can reveal different parts of the story
- I was impressed how well the different parts fit together. With such a complicated story inconsistencies wouldn’t be surprising, but this game did not have any. Even the small details were well done.
- It felt like there were a few too many bad endings
- Unlocking all of the tips, scenes, etc to get all achievements is a nightmare, especially if you don’t follow a guide for your first playthrough (which I highly recommend)
- I had a hard time with SSS. I found it often wasn’t obvious how different values would affect the outcome. There were times were I wanted to get or to avoid a specific outcome, and even after finding the correct values via trial and error it still wasn’t obvious why those values worked. Answer mode had the same problem.
- Most of the tips seemed a little pointless since it just repeated explanations given in game
- I came across some points where skipping didn’t want to skip scenes I’d seen before. This was especially true in the xtend episode.
- This game is supposed to be set in the near future, but I found both of the male characters sexist, as well as some of the writing. For example, some of the girls being ‘naturally frail’, but not having any health concerns? That’s just BS.
- The skipping is not fast enough given how much you have to skip when doing repeat playthroughs. I’d often start skipping then go and do something else while I waited.
I very nearly finished this one in January but didn’t quite make it. SG Playing Matters & PoP win. This was my first proper visual novel. I definitely enjoyed the story, and it was told in a unique way, but I don’t think I’ll be rushing out to buy more VNs. As much as I enjoy story based games, and definitely enjoyed this game, I think I’d prefer to read a book than play a VN with little to no actual gameplay.
got my computer working again after it shit a turd last month. had to upgrade my mobo, and since that was so old it also meant i needed a new cpu and ram. i went from a super old mobo with its ddr3 ram, lga 1155 socket, and no built-in wifi/bluetooth or m.2 support, to a much nicer z490 chipset mobo with built-in wifi/bluetooth, m.2 support, and up-to-date versions of all the mentioned sockets. with this i also upgraded my i7-3770 to an i5-10600k and my old 16gb 1600mhz ram to 32gb 3600mhz. now i can play pretty much anything at its highest settings with zero stuttering 60fps, and it only cost me an unreasonable amount of money considering the difference it actually made. i kind of wanna go back and reinstall ‘cyberpunk 2077’ to see how much of a difference it actually makes (and if i can now run it with ray tracing), but i’m too lazy for all that. did i mention i had to buy two of the same mobo because i broke the first one while installing the mount for my cpu fan? i was being impatient (read: stupid) and instead of going out to my car and grabbing my ratchet set, i decided to tighten it down with a couple pairs of pliers. one slipped, broke off a capacitor, and i learned a lesson apparently worth $225.. but hey, at least i’m a bit more future-proof in case i ever wanna look into a screen that’s better than 1080@60hz.
as far as games go, i didn’t get as many done as i normally do in a month’s time. i started off with ‘detroit: become human’, which carried over from the end of january, then followed that up with ‘ori and the will of the wisps’. other than those two, i put a few hours into ‘hades’ to finally complete the story, and also played a couple short games. aside from those few, the others were all so i could complete cj’s monthly in a month event, with a bulk of time going towards completing ‘middle-earth: shadow of war’.. which took quite a bit longer than i thought it would. it was really one of those games i thoroughly enjoyed, but the exact moment i unlocked that final achievement i just alt-f4’d and uninstalled, simply glad that it was finally done.
february 2021 completed games:
Detroit: Become Human
Middle-earth™: Shadow of War™
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
When the Darkness comes
february 2021 beaten games:
february 2021 unfinished games:
2ECONDS TO STΔRLIVHT: My Heart's Reflection
Criminal Girls: Invite Only
Sound of Drop - fall into poison -
Beyond the Invisible: Evening
Perfect Games: 447
Average %: 93
Steam Beaten: 7
Bonus Beaten: 13
These past 2 months have been some of the worst times in my life. For gaming wise it’s been lacking but I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. I’ve slowed down I was surprised to see I got into the 10s before managing to get some shorter games done, but again I’m not saying that’s bad I’m just stating a fact. I’m happy enough with my progress, despite everything I’ve still been gradually pushing forward and winning some generous gifts. With my bonus games for hltb I’m about 50 games and while that doesnt show up here since most were deleted it’s still amazing
For my favourite game I’ll say sound of drop. It was amazing not being to grindy like others or too short like the rest. It had decent amount of gore but not to much that it would put people off and has so many endings that are fun to get. Seems like visual novels got 2 out of 2 for favourites so far, hopefully that means I can get many more as for my yearly report I only kept 2 out of 10
Update 83: February 15th to 28th
February is over (where the hell did that month go). The second half was not much better since I was mostly working, like 8 days straight and then mostly sleeping. So not much time left for gaming :(
A fun game, once you have understood how to play it, played most of it solo and some of it in online multiplayer where I was joined by some experienced players. Might be even more fun with a group of friends.
You basically have to defend a place by building some typical tower defense towers, but at the same time you are also defending the lace with your own char that runs all over the map and tries to shoot anything that was not killed by the towers you placed. So it's a mix of tower defense and FPS.
The Suicide of Rachel Foster
It's an okay walking simulator. Your father died and left you his hotel. You come there to check the place over before you can sell it and whiel doing so you try to solve the mystery about Rachel Fosters suicide that tore apart your family.
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
This game is a lot of fun. It looks easy enough, but it is really hard to master. I will probably enjoy many more hours of it. The nice thing is that each round is only a few minutes long, so it is nice if you only have a short amount of time. I have yet to play it with some friends, but I heard it is even more fun than.
I classed it as beaten since I probably saw all minigames more than once by now ;)
I liked this one even more than the first game of the series. You can choose between playing as Emily or Corvo, stealthy or a more hands on approach.
I kinda murdered everyone I could XD The story is nice, with a lot of details and fully voice acted.
Overall Backlog Progress:-0,05% change to last times unfinished/never played games (68,41% unfinished games)
Overall SG Wins Progress:+0,81% change to last times unfinished/never played games (43,3% unfinished games)
DOOM 3: BFG Edition
The Suicide of Rachel Foster
Valkyria Chronicles 4 Complete Edition
Kingdom of Aurelia: Mystery of the Poisoned Dagger
Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition
Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Heart of the Forest
Slash It 2
PoP: thanks to CalculonJones & Laura for challenging me
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