I like playing lots of games at once, I guess Amitte’s profile

If I don’t have anything cool to say, I’m probably playing: Coloring Pixels, Japanese Women - Animated Jigsaws, Moe Jigsaw, Pixel Puzzles: Japan, Pixel Puzzles: UndeadZ, Pixel Puzzles 2: Anime

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ABC Challenge

Sorry, I know I’m spamming immensely! This is the last one, I promise!

Rules:

  • Omit “A” and “The” in names (Come on, that would be just too easy.)
  • No chickening out! (Obviously. I’m trying to beat a backlog here.)
  • In case of more obscure letters, the game chosen must contain given letter somewhere in its name.

List is subject to change.

# Game Achievements Playtime
1 4 Elements
100% (14 of 14) about 9 hours
2 AER Memories of Old
0% (0 of 20) 0 minutes
3 Burly Men at Sea
0% (0 of 25) 0 minutes
4 Captive
0% (0 of 13) 0 minutes
5 Draw a Stickman: EPIC
0% (0 of 52) 0 minutes
6 Epistory - Typing Chronicles
0% (0 of 55) 0 minutes
7 Fumiko! Won on SteamGifts
0% (0 of 20) 0 minutes
8 Gone In November
0 minutes
9 Hacknet
0% (0 of 11) 0 minutes
10 It's Spring Again
0% (0 of 4) 0 minutes
11 Japanese Women - Animated Jigsaws
18% (6 of 34) about 2 hours
12 Koi-Koi Japan [Hanafuda playing cards]
38% (13 of 35) about 1 hour
13 Light Fantastik
0% (0 of 23) 0 minutes
14 Murdered: Soul Suspect
0% (0 of 48) 0 minutes
15 Nyctophilia
0 minutes
16 Oxenfree
0% (0 of 13) 3 minutes
17 Papers, Please
0% (0 of 13) 0 minutes
18 QP Shooting - Dangerous!!
0% (0 of 36) 0 minutes
19 Rakuen Won on SteamGifts
0% (0 of 15) 0 minutes
20 Scribblenauts Unlimited
0% (0 of 25) 0 minutes
21 To the Moon
0% (0 of 1) 0 minutes
22 Unforgiving Trials: The Darkest Crusade Received through SteamTrades
0 minutes
23 Visibility
0% (0 of 17) 1 minute
24 World's Dawn
0% (0 of 30) 0 minutes
25 Yomawari: Night Alone
4% (1 of 27) 20 minutes
26 Zzzz-Zzzz-Zzzz
0 minutes

ABC Challenge (Point and Clicks)

Just got this idea and I really want to bring it to life. This will hang out here… for as long as the other posts cover it up, I guess! The reason why I’m not making this profile-only is that I’d love to get some suggestions on what you all think I could play for every letter.

Rules:

  • Each game on the list must be finished within the year it was started.
  • One game at a time, please!
  • Omit “A” and “The” in names (Come on, that would be just too easy.)
  • No chickening out! (Obviously. I’m trying to beat a backlog here.)

List is subject to change.

# Game Achievements Playtime
1 Alter Ego Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
0 minutes
2 Belladonna Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
1 minute
3 The Cat Lady Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
100% (25 of 25) about 14 hours
4 Downfall Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
0% (0 of 30) 0 minutes
5 Fran Bow Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
0% (0 of 18) 0 minutes
6 Grim Fandango Remastered Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
0% (0 of 47) 1 minute
7 Haunted Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
1 minute
8 Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
0 minutes
9 Jack Orlando Director's Cut Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
0 minutes
10 Kathy Rain Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
0% (0 of 20) 0 minutes
11 Little Kite Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
0 minutes
12 Mata Hari Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
0 minutes
13 Noctropolis Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
0% (0 of 15) 0 minutes
14 Oknytt Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
0% (0 of 10) 0 minutes
15 Primordia Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
0% (0 of 29) 0 minutes
16 Quest for Infamy Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
0% (0 of 59) 0 minutes
17 Rogue Quest: The Vault of the Lost Tyrant Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
0% (0 of 7) 0 minutes
18 Sinless Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
0% (0 of 31) 0 minutes
19 Tales [PC] Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
0% (0 of 24) 0 minutes
20 Violett Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
0% (0 of 21) 0 minutes

ABC Challenge (Hidden Object Games)

Just got this idea and I really want to bring it to life. This will hang out here… for as long as the other posts cover it up, I guess! The reason why I’m not making this profile-only is that I’d love to get some suggestions on what you all think I could play for every letter.

Rules:

  • Each HOG on the list must be finished within the year it was started.
  • One game at a time, please!
  • Omit “A” and “The” in names (Come on, that would be just too easy.)
  • No chickening out! (Obviously. I’m trying to beat a backlog here.)

List is subject to change.

# Game Achievements Playtime
1 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs Won on SteamGifts
0% (0 of 19) 0 minutes
2 Agent Walker: Secret Journey Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
0% (0 of 16) 0 minutes
3 Beyond the Invisible: Evening Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
0 minutes
4 Crystals of Time Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
1 minute
5 Dreamscapes: The Sandman - Premium Edition Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs Won on SteamGifts
0 minutes
6 Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
0% (0 of 36) 0 minutes
7 Faces of Illusion: The Twin Phantoms Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
0% (0 of 13) 0 minutes
8 House of 1,000 Doors - Family Secrets Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
1 minute
9 Jane Angel: Templar Mystery Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
0 minutes
10 Kingdom of Aurelia: Mystery of the Poisoned Dagger Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
0 minutes
11 Lost Legends: The Weeping Woman Collector's Edition Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
0 minutes
12 Melissa K. and the Heart of Gold Collector's Edition Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
0% (0 of 26) 0 minutes
13 Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
0% (0 of 15) 0 minutes
14 Ominous Tales: The Forsaken Isle Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
0 minutes
15 Pickers Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
0% (0 of 40) 0 minutes
16 Samantha Swift and the Hidden Roses of Athena Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
about 3 hours
17 Twisted Lands Trilogy Collector's Edition Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
0 minutes
18 Vengeance: Lost Love Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
0 minutes
19 Witch's Pranks: Frog's Fortune Collector's Edition Point-and-Click Adventures/HOGs
0 minutes

ABC Challenge (Visual Novel)

Just got this idea and I really want to bring it to life. This will hang out here… for as long as the other posts cover it up, I guess! The reason why I’m not making this profile-only is that I’d love to get some suggestions on what you all think I could read for every letter. I’ve been aiming for a year where I read at least a 100 VNs for a while now, so this might help speed it up :D

Rules:

  • Each VN on the list must be finished within the year it was started. (I mean, do I really need to explain this one? Read fast or you’ll forget everything! This pretty much excludes all the longer VNs though.)
  • One VN at a time, please! (Same reasoning as the previous one.)
  • Omit “A” and “The” in names (Come on, that would be just too easy.)
  • No chickening out! (Obviously. I’m trying to beat a backlog here.)

List is subject to change.

# Game Achievements Playtime
1 Aozora Meikyuu Visual Novels
0% (0 of 1) 0 minutes
2 Blind Love Visual Novels
0% (0 of 6) 0 minutes
3 Creature Romances: Kokonoe Kokoro Visual Novels
0% (0 of 6) 0 minutes
4 Darconika: The Cube of Soul Visual Novels
1 minute
5 Empty Horizons Visual Novels
0% (0 of 13) 1 minute
6 Frisky Business Visual Novels
0% (0 of 20) 0 minutes
7 Galaxy Girls Visual Novels
0% (0 of 23) 0 minutes
8 Hatoful Boyfriend Visual Novels
56% (9 of 16) about 6 hours
9 Invisible Apartment Visual Novels
0 minutes
10 Jake's Love Story Visual Novels
0% (0 of 12) 0 minutes
11 Kyoto Colorful Days Visual Novels
0 minutes
12 Last Days of Spring Visual Novel Visual Novels
0% (0 of 9) 0 minutes
13 My Name is Addiction Visual Novels
0 minutes
14 NEKOPARA Vol. 1 Visual Novels
0% (0 of 14) 1 minute
15 Osozaki 遅咲き Late Blooming - First Visual Novels
0% (0 of 16) 0 minutes
16 Pink Rage Otome Visual Novels
9% (7 of 78) 28 minutes
17 Russian Horror Story Received through SteamTrades Visual Novels
0% (0 of 12) 0 minutes
18 Sakura Spirit Visual Novels
0 minutes
19 These nights in Cairo Visual Novels
0% (0 of 24) 0 minutes
20 Voices from the Sea Visual Novels
0 minutes
21 Without Within 2 Visual Novels
0% (0 of 6) 0 minutes
22 XOXO Droplets Visual Novels
0% (0 of 36) 0 minutes
23 You, With Me - A Kinetic Novel Visual Novels Won on SteamGifts
0 minutes

Progress report: March 2019

It’s finally done…! Man, March was a crazy month! I like to believe I stopped wasting time online, even if just a little bit - and started putting more of it into my backlog. I’ve also had a small accident at the very start of the month, so yay, a week off! /s That being said, let’s get into what I’ve accomplished:

18+ - This one was made by the dev of 21+ and… I didn’t think I’d say it, but it’s even worse than that one. It took literally 5 minutes to complete, on the dot. All there is to it are simple riddles with photos of animals behind them… like, what? Is this what people think games are now?

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs - Huge plot twist! Just until recently, I’ve had this one on my won’t play list, but now that’s changed; my boyfriend played it and I diligently watched him, reading all the in-game notes and offering tips when he got stuck. Truth be told, I still don’t really grasp the story hiding in that game… I’m up for some explanation, if anyone wants to provide! Also, for now this will be beaten, but who knows, I might take up the challenge of collecting all those notes one day.

Antenna - Truth be told, I’ve seen Antenna in the Steam Store years ago, but hadn’t decided to play it until now. It looks really good, I have to give it credit for that; but my gripe with it is the same as nearly everyone else’s - what are we? why are we where we are? what are those sound puzzles supposed to be? why are we solving them? what is anything supposed to represent in this game? I finished the game in less than half an hour and I don’t suppose I’ll miss it much.

Confess My Love - Confess My Love is a small game created in China, telling a story of a high school boy who doesn’t quite know how to confess his feelings to his classmate. You can help him do it… with as many as 20 endings. Personally I really liked that at some point the outcomes started to deviate from what about 3/4 of the first ones are. One thing about this game that I imagine might turn people away from it is the incredibly tiny window it plays on (might not look the best on a big monitor?); but hey, it’s free. Also, it was one of those games I thought I was gonna get stuck on forever, but who knows, maybe my boyfriend’s presence helped me finish it that one day :D

Dad’s co-worker - Ah, yes. I’ve had so much free time this month I decided to go through the whole Hanae Novels catalogue and… these “VNs” are so bad I can’t even believe they were released. Such are Steam’s politics, I assume. This one took five, maybe ten minutes to read… and the next two hours and a half to idle all the achievements. Congratulations, your “game” sucks ass. Want a cookie?

Dark Angels: Masquerade of Shadows - I have to say, the moment I saw this one on HRK I had to get it. The girl on the cover image really caught my attention, but… it’s not the protagonist. I know, I know, I was sad about that too. But let’s get back on track. Dark Angels is a fairly linear HOG game - by which I mean I don’t remember any “HOG logic” happening. Both the hidden object scenes and the minigames were challenging enough for me to be hovering my cursor over the hint button before reminding myself that I can’t use any hints if I want to actually 100% the game. The story of the game was pretty interesting - if someone wanted to make a movie out of it, I feel like I’d watch it. I have to comment on this though: while there was no “HOG logic” in the interactive aspect, there was some in the plot. I mean, at first the protagonist isn’t quite sure what killed her mother and why it happened - she’s not too convinced about using her mother’s chakram - but as soon as she gets to the DA hideout, she’s raring to go? Doesn’t make much sense to me. The art was amazing - especially when it got really colorful and vibrant - best example would be the hotel and its neighboring areas. The sound was good - for the most part - of all the characters, the protagonist had to have the worst voice acting… a real shame. One can also tell the game wasn’t made by native English speakers - while the VA’s accents sound very clear, they pronounce the word “chakram” as “shakram”? I guess that’s not that bad though. I also really like the theme song for some reason. I’ll have to look it up sometime.

Dima Rescues Ira - A surprisingly short and dull point-and-click. Honestly, I’m glad it wasn’t longer because I could have checked out before completing it in one sitting. Thankfully I could watch the dev’s walkthrough to get it done - and celebrate a finished SG win! Yaaay! :D

Emily is Away - Oh, I love games that awake nostalgia for things I didn’t have the privilege to experience myself… Emily is Away is definitely one of those games. Shortly put, it’s a bittersweet coming-of-age story. I’ll be looking to pick up the sequel sooner or later.

Glass Masquerade - This one had been included in my very first post, but by now it had been updated with multiple DLC puzzles, and it’s here to mark me completing all of them. My opinion on the game remains unchanged - it’s as mesmerizing as it’s been before. I can’t wait to play the second one.

Glass Painting: Winter Art - This one is a special snowflake …get it? no? okay. As of the time of writing this, the game is (officially) unplayable because of some mistake the creator made and you have to fix it yourself if you’re eager enough to play. I, for one, was terribly disappointed in what the game had to offer. The designs are nice, sure, but the execution is so poor that it would be more enjoyable to buy a real coloring book and fill it out instead. Plus the achievement that wants you to “play the game for 2 hours” probably so you won’t refund it immediately, seeing how bad it is… I love idling games! /s

Hidden Object - Sweet Home - Hidden Object - Sweet Home is a game made with basic Unity assets. Really. It’s mind-numbingly easy even on the “hard” difficulty …and just… not that good-looking. It also has an achievement that wants you to play for an hour (even though the content it has to offer might last you… maybe 20 minutes, and that’s if you can’t see an item or two), which is honestly the only reason I completed it only now. Verdict: Avoid.

If you know what I mean - This is definitely the longest VN from Hanae Novels, which mildly compensates for the time needed to idle all the achievements in comparison to Dad’s co-worker. Shame the most they could do went into a story that’s pretty much someone’s wet dream (or at least their imagination of one).

Keyhole Spy: Fantasy Passion - Meh, just another Keyhole Spy game.

Keyhole Spy: Naughty Witches - Meh, just another Keyhole Spy game. x2

Lauren’s visit - It’s as short as Dad’s co-worker, if not shorter. I literally cannot congratulate Hanae Novels for being one of the worst “developers” out there.

Lines X Free - A free- Wait! That’s already in the title! clears throat Okay then… Lines X Free is one of Konstructors Entertainment’s multiple takes on Numberlink puzzles. Like some other games mentioned in this post, I picked this one up earlier, then just left it and decided to come back to it in March. Nothing special to say about it, really.

Little hidden city - This one initially didn’t really seem appealing, but then I played it and for an unfinished-looking game, it was actually pretty dang hard! Other than that, it was just a short 100%.

Love Games - This one had an interesting premise, but, as Hanae Novels go, it had to stop at a To be continued… screen. Jokes on you, Hanae Novels, I know it’ll never come to that.

Masha Rescues Grandma - See Dima Rescues Ira.

Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Games Series - Episode 1 - I’ve never been much for Minecraft - not when my cousins played it because they genuinely found it entertaining, and definitely not when it became one big meme. However, when I tried out Minecraft: Story Mode… it feels weird to admit that I actually really liked it! I might return to the full version of the game some day.

Missing Translation - A free puzzle game in monochrome colors. Call me stupid, but I still don’t really get anything about what happened in it.

MONMUSU - Realistically speaking, I had finished this game months ago… but only now did I finish grinding the important parts( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Mosaic: Game of Gods - Mosaic: Game of Gods is a puzzle game, which, as the name suggests, has you completing “mosaic” puzzles. Every ten (or so) levels, you get transported to a different world and the materials the puzzles imitate change - paper, stone, glass, etc. I enjoyed putting the puzzles together, but I got somewhat fed up with the sound effects after so much puzzling. There was also some story introduction to it, but I barely paid attention to it.

Mosaic: Game of Gods 2 - I got this one before the first game and played most of it shortly after, but when I realized the puzzles started taking longer and I thought I wouldn’t get the time- and point-based achievements, I quit for a while. Luckily enough, finishing the first game prepared me for this one and I ended up knocking it out shortly after as well. At least this one didn’t have a weird opening song xD

Mutual Secret - Technically I don’t have any achievements in this one… but that’s just because Hanae Novels had become so bad they managed to fuck up the only thing that made their games sell back when they could charge from them. The fix I found only worked halfway for me, so if anyone’s bonkers enough to know how to make it work, I’ll appreciate it. As for the story… a woman falls in love with another woman. Way too fast. Just like the VN’s “ending” - way too fast.

My Lady - A short VN from Michaela Laws that has you assuming the role of a young noble girl who is hopelessly in love with her butler - the one man out of her reach. I like the fact that this one has voice acting (Michaela Laws puts on a fairly amusing accent to establish the maid’s personality… or does she sound like that in real life too?! DUN DUN DUUUNNN!), but due to how short it is, it ends very abruptly, which is a shame. Was it worth however little it costs, in the end? Honestly, I can’t tell. It seems people either totally love or utterly hate Laws’ works, so it’s up for you to decide.

Mystic Journey: Tri Peaks Solitaire - Ladies and gentlemen… here it is. After a whopping playtime of 15 hours, I present to you… Mystic Journey: Tri Peaks Solitaire - completed. I first downloaded this one after seeing it’s free because I thought “Hey, I like solitaire!” and pretty much dismissed the mixed reviews. 15 hours later, I can surely say that people are right in not liking it - it is the worst custom solitaire game I’ve played up to date. It uses a rechargable life system and only rewards you with bonuses when if you finish a level. The bonuses are scarce and usually end up not helping. The AI (I guess that’s what it would be for this game?) is terrible. Let’s say you have to remove two “6”s from the board. Okay, you’re looking for either a “5” or a “7”. What does the game give you instead? A fuckload of “6”s… or other unrelated cards. Like, how the hell are you supposed to deal with that? Chance is chance, but that is just ridiculous. Long story short, I got pissed at the game a lot, but in the end I don’t feel like it took me that long to complete it… so if you really want to play it, I suggest you do what I did and only play once in a while, between some more interesting games.

Orwell - I’ll start by saying that Orwell has become one of my favorite games. In it, you assume the role of a person examining data on citizens of The Nation (has a powerful ring to itself, doesn’t it). Your job is to discern which information is right, wrong or doesn’t matter in the predicament you’re set in. All in all, Orwell is an anti-utopia piece that gets a little too close for comfort.

Piquant Bathing - It seems the Keyhole Spy franchise got somewhat of a rival, as Piquant Bathing came in to present pretty much the same concept… only with Numberlink puzzles. Sometimes I wonder if it isn’t just all the same people making those games, hiding under different dev names.

Refunct - Once again, boyfriend’s a dearie and lowkey got hooked when I let him try this one out. Here’s to hoping he’ll get the last two achievements for me, now that he managed to get the eigth one.

Regeria Hope Episode 1 - Regeria Hope is, to put it bluntly, an Ace Attorney copycat. It does what it aims to well, but it could use just a little polish. Shame no more than one episode has ever come out.

Rescue Love Revenge - I started playing Rescue Love Revenge years ago literally but in time, I ran into a wall. Thanks to my boyfriend, who helped me with the tricky jumps in one or two levels, it can now be marked as Completed. It’s a somewhat climatic platformer, but cowboys aren’t really my thing. The story, if there is supposed to be any, doesn’t make any sense to me either.

Slash It - As its Steam Store description states: “Slash It is a 2D colorful arcade game. The goal is to match shapes, press letters and numbers in the right time and direction.” Short and not complicated. I did have to mute the music though (which isn’t something I do often), as it was getting on my nerves.

Slash It 2 - This installment somewhat improved - the new “Words” mode quickly became my favorite and a sure way to quickly get most of the letter achievements (why the hell would you not input any words with “J” in it though, developer?!). The music got a step-up from the first game as well (Vocaloid ftw!). I’m inclined to believe this one took me half an hour longer than the first one because I had to grind out the letter achievements I couldn’t exactly get in the “Words” mode fast enough.

Speedy Girls: Dream Team - Pretty much Keyhole Spy, just that it adds a racing/tuning mechanic. One of the many games I’ve decided (and managed) to finish this month, nothing more to say.

Step sisters: Episode 1 - Last of the Hanae Novels galore (at least for now), this one talks about, uh… two girls… who fall in love with each other… but just so you know it’s not incest, they’re step-sisters! Bleh. I’ll play the second one whenever. Oh, and achievements for this one are broken too.

TAIKU MANSION - I must have gotten this one in a bundle somewhere… can’t remember what bundle it would have been though. Originally I was scared away from the game by a reviewer saying how they feel like it contains malware… but it doesn’t seem to do so. All in all, if it wasn’t for the walkthrough, I’d never have passed it because of how unreasonable the game is - with the walkthrough however, it was a damn short game. Nothing exceptional about it, though.

Teddy Floppy Ear - Kayaking - Gosh… Teddy Floppy Ear is one of the many fictional characters I loved when I was little, and it was interesting to get a peek at what he would look (and sound!) like in game form. The results are… somewhat surprising, but not in a bad way. I’ve actually passed most of Kayaking back last year, but I held it off because I thought I got stuck right before the end - as it turns out, I was just too hasty with my directions! It only really took a minute or two to finish the game properly, but I guess that makes it count for March 2019 after all.

The Girl on The Train - My first experience with NewWestGames’ VNs - it’s nothing special. Contains some logical errors that are tough to overlook, but other than that it’s just a short story about a girl falling in love with another girl.

The Monster Inside - A short visual novel (or “an audio-visual novella”, as its title screen describes it - honestly, this will never not make me chuckle softly) with a somewhat predictable ending. Aside from that, it only takes one word to describe it: noir.

The NADI Project - A walking simulator made in Unity. Laggy, unintuitive and its story is so pieced I still didn’t understand it in the end.

The Tiny Bang Story - This one is real nostalgic! I remember playing it on Big Fish Games back when I didn’t even know of Steam’s existence. Grabbing a key for it from some freebie was a joy. Experiencing the game in all its glory was that as well (instead of only really using BFG’s hour-free trial; I know, I know, lame :P), although there were a few frustrating sections. A particular concern that people seem to have with TTBS is that its riddles, while creative, can’t be solved properly by colorblind people - a real shame the developer didn’t do anything to improve on that front.

Trash Story - Another one from the dev of 18+ and 21+. Trash Story puts you in the shoes of what’s-his-face Russian guy who, uh… goes on an adventure? Not a single thing in this one made sense. It was the kind of bad that makes you smile before you start sobbing softly at the thought of someone thinking this is a legit game. In the 20 minutes it took me, it managed to get so weirdly offensive I… bleh. That’s how I feel about this “game”. Bleh. It has 5000 achievements, end of story.

Unhack - In this InvertMouse game, you assume the role of… a debugger, I assume? - who, for the sake of the game, is referred to as an “unhacker”. In your job, you’re assisted by your company’s AIs, who will turn out to be important in the story of rivalry, friendship and dealing with the past - all of which Unhack has got in store. Personally, I like the fact that this game is fully voiced (save for the main character). There also aren’t any achievements, so I didn’t have to force myself to replay it multiple times for the sake of passing it on the hardest difficulty or something like that. Also, when I was stalling it, it had gone from a viable entry on VNDB to one that’s now deleted (having been recognized as “not a visual novel”; possibly in comparison to its sequel, which is a straight VN), but that won’t stop me from keeping it on my BLAEO VN list, since the game is made in Ren’Py and whatnot. I will also note that I played the DLC - Unhack:Destruction.

Who is Mike? - Yet another short and free VN; this one begins as you (aka Mike) wake up and see yourself standing right before you. But how can that be? Can there really be two Mikes? And most importantly: Who is Mike?

Without Within - Without Within is a short and free visual novel created by InvertMouse and follows Vinty, an aspiring calligraphist. Honestly, this one’s so short that writing even a sentence more to hint at what it’s about spoils its ending, so I’ll stop here.

XXZ - A match-3 game from L. Stotch that deals with girls, girls… undead girls. Initially, I turned this one on some time last year, passed two levels and uninstalled it. In March, however, I suddenly felt an urge to give it another shot, and, as it turned out, it wasn’t as tricky and bullshitty as I imagined it to be (still some BS in its mechanics, but I believe that’s only for the game to try and last longer) and that I didn’t understand all it had to offer due to the way instructions are presented in L. Stotch games. All in all, it’s a short and free match-3 game that lets you kill zombies and rewards you with erotic pics.

东方试闻广纪 ~ Perfect Memento of Touhou Question - As the name suggests, this is a quiz game that focuses on the Touhou franchise. As recognizable as some of the Touhou characters are, I’m convinced bullet hell games are not my cup of tea, but I saw this and I just went for it… with a walkthrough. I pretty much don’t know any Touhou lore, but kudos on gathering so much info from all the different places, I suppose?

While I was gone… (3/3)

December 2018:

Christmas Adventure: Candy Storm - As we all probably know, the end of December is the only right time to play games that look like this. There’s not much to say about this one - it’s a HOG/point-and-click hybrid about helping out three elderly women who are sisters…? I initially watched Game Grumps trying this one out and when the time came, I got it for myself as well. An easy 100% indeed.

Fap Queen - It… works as intended, I suppose? One could always cheat.

Flix and Chill 2: Millennials - A sequel to Flix and Chill, this one has improved art style, new couples and another YouTuber cameo. As enjoyable as it could be, it got dulled down in the end due to the replaying.

The Walking Dead - Yes! I got this one as my first successful SteamTrade, and it’s easily a favorite now. I played most of it back in October, but seeing how each episode took 2-3 hours to play through, I decided to dial it back… cue my surprise at how fast the last episode ends. Having finally played a Telltale game, I’m really sad that the studio had to close down. Then again, it seems that really was coming.

January 2019:

21+ - It feels like the creator of this one is in the past decade, if not century. Then again, they are Russian, so that might be the case. The jokes are bland and not funny at all; if I’ve heard them before, I did so a dozen times, probably. I honestly have no idea as to why someone, anyone would feel compelled to stuff them into a “kinetic novel”.

A Bird Story - I seriously need to stop hoarding games. I bought this one back in 2016 and it has probably been sitting on my desktop ever since I got it. Just like its Steam Store page says, it’s a story about a boy and a bird, conveyed without words. It’s a valid way of storytelling, but I have to say, I didn’t understand parts of it, which makes me sad in retrospect. That being said, the hour I spent with A Bird Story was definitely worth it.

A Normal Lost Phone - Another creation that fits into the newly established found phone genre - this one, unlike SIMULACRA, doesn’t allow you to communicate with anyone. Everything is there, hidden behind pretty art, for you to uncover the whole story. A big chunk of my playtime had been recorded before January, but I totally couldn’t concentrate on reading back then. When I initially watched gameplay videos of this one, the story moved me to tears; I’m sad it didn’t end up that way when I finished it myself. Guess I just knocked it out then. Next up, its spiritual successor! Whenever I get to it, of course.

Heart’s Medicine - Time to Heal - This one was a real treat. Back when I was little, I had become a big fan of PlayFirst, who, at the time, were making probably the most popular games of the time management genre. It pains me to this day that they decided to turn to mobile gaming when there’s still a market for their games here. Discovering Blue Giraffe/GameHouse and their games, I couldn’t contain my excitement and got myself Heart’s Medicine during a sale. My playtime, clocking in at almost 15 hours, shouldn’t be surprising. Definitely looking out for other games from those studios!

What is love? - This VN was so bad Steam deleted it. The photos used as backgrounds look decent, but the sprites are clearly stolen, and badly so. The writing tried to sound intelligent and looked weird when describing the characters’ actions. It was so inconsistent that pretty much every character has been misnamed at least once during the course of the game. Speaking of which, it really makes no sense. You can only kind of initiate a relationship with one of the characters, because I guess that’s what the developer really wanted, and even then, it still feels extremely rushed. Or you can just hook up with the receptionist and become lesbian hunters. Or maybe you’d rather be peeped at by a random stranger at the sauna. The world is your oyster… but do you really want that here? I realized I don’t, actually.

February 2019:

Garden of Oblivion - This one is a throwback to a few years back, when I first played it on Android. Made by one of my favorite OELVN creators, Träumendes Mädchen, Garden of Oblivion has you playing as Reven, a girl who wakes up in a strange dream world and has no recollection of who she is or what is happening around her. The task is to help her learn more and possibly escape. But how? Play to find out! I really like this one. It’s short, not complicated and doesn’t overstay its welcome. Sad to see that the developers don’t seem to be doing much nowadays.

Hot Champions: Dream Team - See yesterday’s post; it’s all the same kinds of games by (almost) all the same developers, really.

Lily’s Day Off - Another VN throwback. You play as an anonymous character with no recollection of their memories, as they stumble upon Lilypad Lily, an idol who happens to be in the exact same predicament as them - she can’t remember anything. Going from that, you have multiple choices which stuff the player character and Lily into a handful of different roles. I enjoyed this one for what it is - a short comedy VN based on the cuteness of Lilypad Lily, a character created by Kyuppin.

Mumps - I’ve played about half of this one by myself, but then I got stuck. And by the time I had it finished, I was getting help from… my boyfriend! This might seem like boasting, but I’m just genuinely happy he showed up in my life :) Last year ago at that time I had no hope for something like that happening. I’m excited for what might be in store for us. As for the game, there’s not much to say about it, really. It’s pretty much a game that any beginner developer could have made - you play as a pig that has to collect all the acorns in a level and get to the exit. One of the gripes people seem to have with it is that it’s named after a disease? No idea about what the developer thought, but I also don’t see why people get that mad over it.

Pixel Puzzles 2: Space - Finally! I thought I’d never make it, and yet here I am! There’s way too much time I have to spend on 100% those puzzle games (Pixel Puzzles 2: Birds took even longer than this one, criminy). The developers seem to think it’s fun to make additional “gameplay” by inserting things that make you get yourself rid of hints… no, that’s not cool. Nor is the astronaut that will bounce and float around your screen unless you kill him… mwahaha. That being said, this allows me to focus on all the other puzzle games I have in my library.

Press X to Not Die - The secret to survival is… Press X to not die! This game is pretty okay for a first from the developers and at the start, I really liked it, but… after replaying it a dozen or so times, I got really tired of it. I’m glad it’s done in my book now. Probably wouldn’t be a 100% without some help. Speaking of which, is that sequel ever coming out?

Robin - A small adventure game which puts you in the shoes of Robin, an individual suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Designed to shed light on the disability and hopefully make people learn about it and understand it, I, personally, appreciate what it has done. I’m not affected by CFS, but I do sympathize with people whose lifes look similar to Robin’s. Moral of the story: art can teach.

Waifu Bay Girls - See Hot Champions: Dream Team above.

While I was gone… (2/3)

September 2018:

Refunct - Funny story, I got the code for this one back when I was browsing PSNProfiles… all I had to do was ask the holder :) It’s a really nice parkour-type game which you can play to wind down in relax. Shame it has time-related trophies - that’s the only reason it’s ending up as Beaten. …for now?

Kitten adventures in city park - Incredibly short VN/adventure hybrid about being a good kitty and helping your owner. Not straight-up bad, but not the worst either. The art is pretty good, the voice-over could use some work though.

October 2018:

Football Girls: Dream Team - The beginning of an era. An era where some people seem to think hiding cute girls (YMMV) behind all kinds of simple puzzle games is innovative. spoiler alert: it’s not and there have been lots of people doing it better than you, way earlier. I have to admit I bought into it, but hey, it’s an easy completed game, isn’t it? OwO;

PRICE - A short point-and-click made by a Chinese developer. I have to admit, it was highly unintuitive right from the start and all the way to the end I had trouble understanding any plot that was trying to present itself to me. Art and music definitely make up for it though.

SIMULACRA - This one’s definitely a favorite although after so many replays it had dulled down in my eyes. Found phone seems to have become the new and fresh way to tell a story and I, for one, am not complaining. SIMULACRA is fleshed out further by the use of real-life footage which for me definitely added to the creepy factor.

Yandere School - Got the code for this one from a friend and to be fair, at first I didn’t want to redeem it. I mean, if it feels, looks and sounds like a blatant rip-off of Yandere Simulator, which I never want to play myself, why would I even bother? But I risked it and… it wasn’t too bad! No, scratch that, it was okay. It’s all pretty much made in MMD and due to that, it can get clunky at times. Not too much to say about the story, except that it obviously got ridiculous towards the end. All in all, I suppose it was a small taste of what the aforementioned YanSim could provide… but it’s still not my thing.

November 2018:

HENTAI IDOL - Okay… look… hear me out… I only got this one from some random bundle because I noticed it was an easy puzzle game, I swear! ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Other than semi-good-looking art featuring cute girls… that are actually nude! GASP this one doesn’t have anything else going for itself. So let’s just… leave it at that… yeah.

How To Cope With Boredom And Loneliness - This one is quite special. You assume the role of a journalist, Nigel Wimble, to film a documentary about Harold, who had been grounded for over 30 years. Your job is to pick out the things in Harold’s room, which, in your opinion, would make for good material. With its pixelated art style, funny voice-acting and crude humor, this game made an hour of my life entertaining. Oh yeah, I still wonder why his mother had grounded him…

Keyhole Spy series - See Football Girls: Dream Team.

Marie’s Room - A short narrative about exploring the room that once belonged to a girl named Marie. Putting yourself into the shoes of her best friend, you discover something Marie might not want everyone to know. But what is it? Personally, I really enjoyed snooping around - the room has a soul and for almost an hour, I had the chance to take it all in.

While I was gone… (1/3)

April 2018:

A Date in the Park - It seems I’ve actually completed this one not too long after my first post ever happened. I can recall it being a nice and calm point-and-click, albeit with a really “Huh?!” ending; I’ve yet to play the DLC attached to it, which I bought quite a while later.

May 2018:

  • Doki Doki Literature Club
    Doki Doki Literature Club

    7.0 hours playtime

    no achievements

Doki Doki Literature Club! - Ahh, here it is. The - now - dead meme. To be honest, I did enjoy it for what it was (it did keep me thinking about itself for quite a while), but I think the praise might have been overexaggerated.

July 2018:

Dear RED - Extended - Man, I remember playing this one back when it was still a valid entry on VNDB. Don’t really know what to say about it though, other than that it’s a very short RPGMaker adventure.
DEEP SPACE WAIFU - Got this one as a joke gift from a friend and picked it up immediately. I’m not much for bullet hell and/or top-down shooter games, but this one was fairly easy and enjoyable.
Port of Call - The story of this one must have been really convoluted or symbolism-heavy, because I can not remember anything other than helping souls in some way or another.
Pretty Girls Panic! - A fairly light arcade-type game about uncovering cute (or pretty, as the title implies) visual novel heroines. I had fun with it while it lasted.
Radiator 2: Anniversary Edition - Yes! Finally! I got the last achievement! Time to throw this one into the Completed pile now and never look back :D This might sound weird, but I really enjoy homosexuality presented in that form - still can’t understand why so many people don’t…
ROMBY - Won this one on SG and I have to admit, I had no idea what I was getting into. It turned out to be a pretty clever and challenging puzzle game with not-so-pretty pre-rendered character models… and just when I thought it was going to sit in my Grind list, I somehow managed to complete it, so… yay for me!
Super Sports Surgery - Totally got this one in some Fanatical bundle. Judging from reviews, it’s a blatant knock-off of Amateur Surgeon, which I’ve seen before, but I suppose that didn’t stop me from enjoying this one. Not the best language-wise (not made by native speakers) and a few of the levels got tedious towards the end, but all in all, I completed it fairly quickly.

August 2018:

Deponia - Hussa - The Chorus-Guys Rule! …what was I talking about again? clears throat Ah, yes, Deponia. After I finally sat down to play it, I was strongly reminded to play more point-and-click games in the future, since I love them so (we’ll see how that goes in the future…). As for what seems to be the main problems people have with this game - 1) the protagonist, Rufus - I tried really hard to like him, but all I could say after the first game was just a “…meh?”; I think I’d have to play the next games to see where that gets me; 2) the achievements - since I haven’t gotten them all, I’m marking this game as Beaten and… maybe I’ll return some day. Maybe.

BAD END - Truth be told, I expected something more out of this one. I was really curious about the horror aspect of it, but at the end the creators turned out to have some explanation that, in my opinion, lacked something. A more avid visual novel fan will notice that, for example, the classroom background is a stock image used by many other visual novels out there. All in all, judging by the initial look you can get at the game, it can’t be worse than another VN from the same developer - Sorcerer’s Dream …which I bought at some point anyway.
CAFE 0: The Drowned Mermaid - This was one of the first visual novels I had tried out on my phone (I assume?) back when I was starting out my journey as a consumer of the genre. Now I can finally breathe out a sigh of relief as, after all those years, I’ve read it all. But was it worth it? Maybe back when it would have been one of my first, yes. Now I have to say that it’s too short and too samey in its length, and that the art style involuntarily looks ugly, or even scary (YMMV)… But I know that there’s still worse out there… It’s waiting for me… It’s out to get me… Kyaaa! :D
Flix and Chill - Sort of based on the Netflix and Chill “meme”, Flix and Chill has you matchmaking couples left and right… but beware! You can make them get together or you can make them not get together! Did that scare ya? Or did you think of something… else? ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
Loading Screen Simulator - Not the best free game out there, that’s for sure. I don’t even know why I picked it up. It sat on my Grind list for a while, until I finally got the last achievement… and here we are now. Goodbye to you, Loading Screen Simulator. May you piss off someone else now.
Replica - Cheap. Short. Pixelated. Not sure why people are so adamantly comparing it to Papers, Please when there aren’t many comparisons to be made, in my opinion. I’m just glad I don’t quite have to be in the main character’s shoes.
Wander No More - A short kinetic novel set in old-timey Japan. It has voice acting, which was certainly a positive surprise. My gripe with it though, is that it felt like it had been cut short. The last scene seemed like it had more going for itself, if I recall correctly. Really good quality for a free product.

My first BLAEO post!

I don’t usually get much time to play games as it is, but since I have been granted a place in the BLAEO community, I will try my best not to disappoint!

…which means I will post whenever significant progress happens.

Today, I present to you…

Completed

  • Glass Masquerade

    3 hours playtime

    27 of 27 achievements

Glass Masquerade - I have wishlisted this game a while ago, after finding it randomly on Steam and seeing the praise it received in the reviews. Fanatical featured it as their Star Deal on the 30th of March, so I snatched a code for myself and have been playing it until today (April 3rd). It is possibly one of the most aesthetically pleasing games I have encountered in a while and easily a favorite. The puzzle concept is unique, the music and the visuals - relaxing, in a way.

In progress

  • Lexica

    73 minutes playtime

    3 of 13 achievements

  • Twickles

    27 minutes playtime

    2 of 9 achievements

  • Zoombinis

    51 minutes playtime

    no achievements

Lexica - An interesting game I got in a trade. Word puzzles based on correct vertical and horizontal letter placement. I’ve only completed the first Easy pack, but I must admit, they were already quite a challenge for me.

Twickles - A game that somehow found its place in Indiegala’s Leisure Suit Larry bundle, which is how I got it in my possession. A puzzle game based on simple rules of rotation. I might have completed about 10 levels, but it’s still really challenging to aim for the least rotations on some of them.

Zoombinis - I never would have thought this game was on Steam! Granted, it’s a 2015 remake, which was hard work for the developers to make and release, but nonetheless, it’s here now! I picked it up thanks to Fanatical’s Indie Heroes 3 bundle. I can faintly remember playing this game a good 8, maybe 9 years ago and having nightmares/sleepless nights thanks to it. Now that I’ve seen what it’s like now… it’s not that terrifying, though the ambient sounds in the background and the sounds made by the Zoombinis don’t sound the most pleasant either.