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A few years ago I complained about the lack of VNs and Otome games on Steam now I’m drowning in them and struggle to finish them.

jokes on me I guess


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Good afternoon!

It’s been awhile. Hope everyone is staying safe!

I’m not the best at keeping a blog style view so I just try and remember and post occasionally haha! Since my trip late March had to be cancelled I’ve had enough time to enjoy some unfinished and unplayed games.

Beaten & Finished:


Click the titles in case you're interested in some comments about the game and my experience. Won't be commenting on all but feel free to ask.

Giana Sisters While I never actually beat the boss of Giana Sisters twisted dreams I count it as beaten. The boss is icky and sometimes just spent 10 minutes not giving you any of the attacks he needs to do to beat him. Which sucks :(. Going back to the game I remember why I put of finishing it, but ended up enjoying myself nonetheless.


Hate; An Analogue story I REALLY LIKED this visual novel. Story wise I mean, some of the mechanics were a little difficult and I had to use a guide for the coding parts, but story wise I really enjoy it. Both AI have a personality and their own flaws and while there is a somewhat of a 'dating' element it's really not that important if you don't want to use it.


Hate plus While I still enjoy this visual novel and the continuation of the story from Analogue a hate story, I was a little less invested in most of the personal stories or maybe for a better explanation I thought there was too much going on at the same time. Analogue stories felt a little separate. (guess I have more in common with new*Mute than I thought) It felt a little different than the first VN. As someone who likes achievements and getting 100% the last achievement of this game will always be bothering me (jk it's fine)


HellTaker Fun short but challenging puzzle game that was is free to play! Give a try


Tailor Tales Up to date with all the Stories that are out now. Wasn't the biggest fan of the Caine story. Didn't really like the guy personality wise and the "twist" at the end wasn't really a twist and would have made me break up with the guy haha.Unfortunatetly it's a long wait till the next route will be available




Actively playing

Current games I’m trying to finish (or finishing up achievements) or am actively playing (and not counting multiplayers) :

A hat in time
I absolutetly adore this game. I finally got around to playing the last DLC Nyazuka Metro (loving the aethetics I don’t know why I put it off to play it.) and am trying to finish the Death Wish challenges, but I am terrible at “speed runs” and the more challenging levels so Peace and Tranquility is my savior.
spoiler

I’m sure I missed some games, but my next update REALLY SHOULDN T BE 3 months later haha. If I catch some I missed I’ll put them in the next update.

Again, hope you’re all staying safe in these turbulant times :)

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Oof it’s been awhile sorry to become inactive. Last few months have been a rollercoaster. Changing job, planning a big trip etc. However despite being quiet on here I did manage to start finishing some games so I figured, before I’ll be gone for almost a month I’ll update my backlog a bit!

So here we go! Games I finished since my last check in;



All relatively short games or games I’ve played before but hadn’t finished yet.
Coming back to Hatoful Boyfriend was a bit weird (I mean it’s a game about dating pidgeons ) and I had some save game trouble that kept me from properly finishing some stories but I managed to resolve that.
Hustle Cat was interesting but some stories felt more worked out than others, which wasn’t too bad just sometimes a little dissapointing.
Kindergarten was eh ehm..interesting game by the time I came around to playing it I had forgotten the base premise. I used a guide since some of the quest and storylines needed some thinking through and I’m a bit dumb when it comes to these type of games.
Serial Cleaner I immensely enjoyed this game despite it sometimes tricky levels.
Boo! Greedy Kid! was a game I got through Chrono and was a fun short arcade style quick game about scaring elderly for their money.



Games I’ve beaten before but finished entirely now:

Cognitation: an Erica Reed Thriller is one of the first game I won on Steamgifts and I adore it. I’m still hoping they might some day make another Erica Reed story. Coming back to the game gave me some frustration as I had only one achievement left to get and it was playing the entire first episode without asking for clues. Which was a bit drawn out and a few save game bugs made it take longer than I would have liked. Nonetheless still one of my favourite point and click thrillers.

Games I’m ( actively )playing right now:

Sins I’ve comitted:

My next update might take a bit longer again with probably less progress, but that's okay. I intend to be more active again after my trip. If you've made it this far do you have a tip on how to handle not knowing what to play? Sometimes a big backlog and be so numbing or scary that I just start a multiplayer game and leave the unfinished games be... Anyway may you enjoy the games you play this week!

panda

Hello!

It’s been a bad month and a half for my backlog. Or at least on Steam. With a month free of Origin Access I managed to squeeze in a lot of games I’ve been wanting to play for ages.

So sorry for the long post!

Finished games in Origin.

Mirror's Edge

6 hours, no achievements

Finally got to actually finish this game, the story lacked under the pace of the game I'm afraid. I always had trouble with police encounters myself, but still enjoyed the game.


Mirror's Edge Catalyst

18 hours, no achievements

Story was lack luster and also rather rushed. Some of the side mission like deliveries were really unforgiving and required you to get almost all upgrades, despite being available very early in the game.
None the less I enjoyed the game


Inside

3 hours, 4 of 14 achievements

I enjoyed this game far more than I did Limbo, probably because I sucked at Limbo haha.


Orwell

2 hours, no achievements

Unlike with the first game I didn't feel inclined to playthrough the game another time, despite there being total of 3 different endings (I think) this one felt short and not as well thought out storywise.


Other:

Prison Architect

12 hours, no achievements


Tacoma

0 hours, no achievements


Steam left overs:
I barely maybe progress in November and most of December.. (aside from multiplayer games and getting achievements for those but those are never ending battles aren’t they? )

Afraid backlog is gonna get bigger as I spotted some good deals on Steam on games I want… more motivation to finish some games! Right?! Right?!?!

Either way hope you all have some happy holidays and may the New Year bring you more backlog assassination time!

christmas

Belated October round up, November plans



panda
Goodday!

DreadOut

DreadOut

8/10
6.6 hours
34 of 42 achievements

I enjoyed this game a lot, despite being terrible with Horror games I had my friend watch while I played which helped me in not chickening out. The story is interesting, though gameplay can be a bit icky or buggy. Kinda interest in DreadOut 2 which should be coming some time next year.

DreadOut: Keepers of The Dark

DreadOut: Keepers of The Dark

7/10
4.3 hours
8 of 10 achievements

Storywise this didn't really fill in any caps between the end of Dreadout and a chapter before. While I enjoyed the game it felt more like bonus levels with some extra ghost lore

The Charnel House Trilogy

The Charnel House Trilogy

6,5/10
1.7 hours
18 of 18 achievements

This turned out to be suuuuuuuuuuuuupppeeeeeeeeer short. Enjoyable but super short. Kinda sad it doesn't look like there would be a continuation of the story. As the story technically not over.

Started:

I keep trying this game but even with fixes it’s so buggy and long that I might still put it on the back burner…

Plans:

A bit of a tough month so far so I might not get a lot “done” in terms of backlog wise. So some VNs and older games I’ve started but haven’t played.

September Round up - October Plans

Hello

Happy end of September, are you ready for the Spoopy Month?! (long post sorry! )

Finished this month:

AMPLITUDE: A Visual Novel

AMPLITUDE: A Visual Novel

8/10
7.0 hours
10 of 10 achievements

First VN of this month done, it's a pretty good visual novel, but I managed to skip all romance routes on both my playthrough as Eve in Kathy and Adam in Jon. ( tbh I didn't care a lot about the romance routes in this game and focused more on friendship ) The story feels a bit lacking as things suddenly speed up and it feels like there is a lot left out that could be useful, the crafting and quest system felt a bit overwhelming and confused at first, but over all I enjoy the novel.

Heart's Medicine - Hospital Heat

Heart's Medicine - Hospital Heat

8/10
16.5 hours
21 of 21 achievements

The sequel to Heart's Medicine Time to Heal, this one had a few more bugs that had me restart the level a few times. The story just like part 1 is a little overdramatic, but I'm a sucker for Soap opera's so that's totally fine with me haha. Hope they port the third part to the pc soon.

Genital Jousting

Genital Jousting

8/10
3.9 hours
16 of 28 achievements

Not completed but beaten the story mode, which was surprisingly funny and a little concerning haha. As it's a multiplayer game too, that can be played (local)co-op I'll probably come back to it with some friends to play together, but am it no rush to get all the achievements like with other games.

Sounds of Verity

Sounds of Verity

8/10
3.0 hours
16 of 16 achievements

Short but entertaining, I had some trouble with the main guy in the beginning because I kept doing the exact same thing over and over because I'm a bit of an idiot, however it got me the pg 13 Shoujo Ai ( g/g) ending which was sweet on it's own. Regarding the Story the main guy's endings were a bit disappointing to me and the end of the story's felt a little bit rushed and sudden. The flirty demon took a delightful turn and could be argued to not be much of a happy ending haha.

Leftovers:

60 Seconds!

60 Seconds!

6/10
5.0 hours
23 of 56 achievements

Started this in September after finishing all the VNs I planned to play for that month. Figured I start with the not remake of the game.

October Plans:

BOO

I'm bad with Spooky and Horror games however I love them so I tortured myself with them. In this case I figured I'd ask my friends to watch and carry me through this experience haha.

Current Progress:

20%
22%
30%
25%
2%

September Update

Update of September so far, pretty neat progress, but with a weekend away and other obligations I might have to push myself a little to sit down for a visual novel.

AMPLITUDE: A Visual Novel

AMPLITUDE: A Visual Novel

7/10
7 hours
10 of 10 achievements

First VN of this month done, it's a pretty good visual novel, but I managed to skip all romance routes on both my playthrough as Eve in Kathy and Adam in Jon. ( tbh I didn't care a lot about the romance routes in this game and focused more on friendship ) The story feels a bit lacking as things suddenly speed up and it feels like there is a lot left out that could be useful, the crafting and quest system felt a bit overwhelming and confused at first, but over all I enjoy the novel.

Heart's Medicine - Hospital Heat

Heart's Medicine - Hospital Heat

7/10
8 hours
21 of 21 achievements

The sequel to Heart's Medicine Time to Heal, this one had a few more bugs that had me restart the level a few times. The story just like part 1 is a little overdramatic, but I'm a sucker for Soap opera's so that's totally fine with me haha. Hope they port the third part to the pc soon.

Genital Jousting

Genital Jousting

6,5/10
2 hours
16 of 28 achievements

Not completed but beaten the story mode, which was surprisingly funny and a little concerning haha. As it's a multiplayer game too, that can be played (local)co-op I'll probably come back to it with some friends to play together, but am it no rush to get all the achievements like with other games.


Leftover

Sounds of Verity

Sounds of Verity

0
0 hours
0 of 16 achievements

Happy weekend everyone, may you enjoy some good games :)

Hello!

Since I’m new here and kinda started here halfway through the month I figured I might as well just plan ahead and talk about what I intend to play for the month of September.
Something about me in short:
I adore Panda’s (hence the name) and used to complain steam didn’t get enough Otome themed (and Visual novel ) games and here I am owning too many and playing very little of them because life is so busy and multiplayer games are great time suckers for me. However I intend to change that and I think BLAEO will be a great help. I’ve been snooping around a little and seeing peoples progress is actually encouraging.

As I don’t want to start of and disappoint right away I picked four games that seem doable and/or have already been played for a bit as to get some progress done :)

  • AMPLITUDE: A Visual Novel

    2 minutes playtime

    0 of 10 achievements

  • Sounds of Verity

    1 minute playtime

    0 of 16 achievements

  • Genital Jousting

    2 hours playtime

    7 of 28 achievements

  • Heart's Medicine - Hospital Heat

    8 hours playtime

    13 of 21 achievements

Who knows maybe I’ll even come around to adding some more games for the month of September! Thanks for taking the time to read my babbling, I hope we can tackle our backlogs together :)

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