cunthulhu

the unbearable lightness of being February 4th 2k19

Oik 4

Oik 4

2/10
1.6 hours
1800 of 1800 achievements

i’m sorry Dave but i can’t let you do that— oh no wait now i can

the first two Oik’s were pretty okay, but the mechanics of the game have shifted to this huge emphasis on timing that really isn’t fun for me. i like to know if i have the right sequence down the first time i figure it out, not be required to do the same set of motions over and over until the engine (i guess???) decides that this time it’ll actually work.

i legit enjoy the Zup and qop games that are made by the same dev, but this Oik series is being put onto my “do not buy” list from here on out.



Goosebumps: The Game

Goosebumps: The Game

8/10
3.8 hours
40 of 40 achievements

that darn slappy!!!!!

hmmm, well. it’s a solid point-and-click with a helluva lot of ways to die and get to the endgame. it’s also… sort of obscure, i guess, in some solutions. i got something like half way through before i had to consult a guide, and when i saw how much i’d missed i just started over entirely.

this is a game marketed for the nostalgia market of the books and doesn’t really have much appeal for anyone who dgaf or plain-ass didn’t know the series existed. i went through a few years during primary school of adoring this series so i’m favorable towards the game despite its flaws, but you might not. this is a tentative recommended from me, because any enjoyment you might get from it is entirely subjective and i can’t predict it.



the lunar sale started today so OF COURSE my backlog has grown. not by, like, a hideous amount, but– but yeah. moar gamez!!!! flip over table, private dance it on out of here.

uhhhhhhhhhhhh also i’m playing Rune Classic for admittance to the Playing Appreciated group and so far it’s just a mess. so many vivid blue and green dots showing through the models so you know where all the joints are! so many crashes to desktop!! i keep hitting the mushrooms with my sword but they don’t die, what is this!!!?!!!

Trent

I had never heard of Goosebumps but I acquired this game somewhere along the way because it looked like my kids might enjoy it someday. That said, I’m not sure how “scary” it is and what’s a good age for it.
Any thoughts? And, “I hate kids so I hope they get nightmares” is a perfectly valid response.

cunthulhu

iirc there are two instances in the game that qualify as lowkey jump scares (the robo-mallcop and then during the final confrontation with Slappy) so at least that isn’t something you have to worry about. the game is absolutely geared towards late-Elementary School Students i think, so none of the deaths you can undergo are graphic and the “Retry” system is very forgiving so it won’t frustrate kids.

i honestly think your best bet for gauging the scare level on this one is finding out how your kids react to the actual Goosebump books. i never found the books to be scary when i was a kid (read them when i was i think seven thru nine years of age?) and this game is basically a compilation of images and shenanigans straight from those, so. if your kids find the books (or i guess books that are similar, if there’s any series out there as a comparison now) then this game will probably spook them. if they think the books are hokey or just easy entertainment then they’ll be fine.

Trent

Thanks for the reply…maybe I’ll look into the books as we approach Halloween, and see if they’re interested…my kids will be eight by then.

JaffaCaffa

(Sorry for butting in :P) I’m not positive about the game, but Goosebumps books/movies are all geared towards 7-12 year olds. It’s definitely meant to be nerve-wracking but kinda cliché and as a kid I’d get nervous during some of the first half but the end always “fell flat” as in not scary enough for my 8 y/o self. I think your kids would enjoy the books tho! There’s especially some choose-your-own-ending ones that were my favourites and could be more interactive. There’s loads in the series, could also always google “best goosebumps books” since you don’t need to start from the beginning, each has a seperate story.

Trent

Cripes, there are 62 of these books! I’d never heard of them…I guess child-targeted scary books was not my jam in the mid-90s when I was nowhere near having a child, neither was I a child myself. I found this resource that gives me the lay of the land pretty well. Thanks for the reply. And feel free to butt in anytime!

JaffaCaffa

Yeah they were massive when I was in elementary school. Thanks for making me feel young. ;) There’s actually 233 according to wiki, but a bunch are “mini-series” with a similar theme inside of the series as a whole. Like the choose-your-own aren’t technically in the main one, but all written around same time. I loved Return to the Carnival of Horrors.

Looking at the link you sent me I enjoyed all of their top 14! One Day at Horrorland was also great.
Though last year I reread the first one Welcome to Dead House and it was pretttty bad. Super cheesy, awkward dialogue and cardboard cutout characters. It’s funny looking back and seeing what once creeped you out. But it’s still addictively paced with short chapters with constant cliffhanger endings, can see how kids would binge them.

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