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 Hello! I’m Jaffa, nice to meet you!

My main goals:

Play games given to me, only buy bundled games I’m genuinely interested in playing fairly soon, and to not get so caught up in getting achievements. I have a bad habit of spending hours getting achievements that I’m not having fun doing (aka time wasters) when I could be playing other games.

Note to future self: It’s ok not to 100% every game you play. Stop grinding achievements you’re not actively enjoying. Life is too short, play for fun, learn to DNF games.

I don’t want to stress myself out over decreasing my backlog, as the whole reason I play games is for fun and I know my health doesn’t always cooperate. However I’m a sucker for lists and being able to see progress made! Plus a lil motivation never hurt anyone. :D

Figured I’d do a lil update, since it’s been a while.

I’ve been raving about this game nonstop, but here is my review for Forgotton Anne. Highly recommend if you’re a fan of animated stuff like Studio Ghibli. I can see how it wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea, as there aren’t multiple playthroughs worth of story changes. However the game makes it seem as if your choices matter by changing slight (keyword) things around the world. The conversations that are had shift depending on what you choose and the world feels super whimsical and immersive.

Both this and A Hat in Time have been my two most anticipated games, so I’m super happy that not only did I win it (!!!) but I loved it more than I could’ve hoped. Based on all the reviews of A Hat in Time I’m 99% sure I’m gonna fall in love with that, too. I’ve made sure to steer clear from all videos/reviews besides the initial trailer, because I’m so convinced and don’t wanna ruin anything for myself.

Which gave me a thought! I’ve seen a tag going around Booktube called “5 star book predictions” where people pick five books they think will be 5/5 stars and will become a new favourite. Whatever your reasons, you just have a hunch you’ll really love it. I’d like to do this, but for games instead!

My “5 Star Game Predictions” are:

  • A Hat in Time

    0 minutes playtime

    no achievements

  • OneShot

    0 hours playtime

    0 of 11 achievements

  • Marie's Room

    0 hours playtime

    0 of 7 achievements

  • The Turing Test

    0 hours playtime

    0 of 15 achievements

  • Unbox: Newbie's Adventure

    0 hours playtime

    0 of 15 achievements

The first 3 games I basically haven’t seen any gameplay, but I’ve heard such wonderful things and something, whether that be the first 10 seconds of a trailer or a glance at the screenshots, made me immediately think, yep I’m going to love this! grabby hands I’ve since only seen positive reviews so it’s cemented by thoughts all the more.

The Turing Test and Unbox I’ve watched the first 20 minutes or so, which I guess is slightly cheating. But again, even before I watched the gameplay I was super hyped for and thought “this is totally my jam”. Portal 2 being one of my favourite games, plus generally loving puzzle games made me instantly attracted to The Turing Test. And 3D platformers are my favourite, so this cute lil gem called Unbox looks like a blast.

Another thing that sparked this “challenge” was seeing the trailer of FAR: Lone Sails, instantly fell in love. I’ll have to play these soon and see how close my predictions were! I try not to let my expectations and hype get the best of me, but sometimes there are just games that come out that look like such a perfect match. :D

I’m also challenging myself to not worry about achievements at all this month. wipes brow

If you guys have any games you’re certain will be a new favourite before ever playing it, I’d be interested in hearing some of your picks. :) Happy gaming!

Rusty Lake: Roots

5 hours playtime, 16 of 16 achievements

I enjoyed this so much more than I even thought I would! I’m not the best at P&Cs, was worried I’d be constantly stuck. But the puzzles feel so smooth, yet rewarding.

There were a couple parts I needed to refer to a guide with that were more obscure puzzles (and reminded me that I still need to learn how to play chess), but in general the puzzles were a blast to figure out. Even the couple I “cheated” with after getting stuck, I didn’t need my hand held throughout the entire puzzle. I’d get some assistance on a piece of the puzzle and then was able to finish the rest myself. Which was awesome, allowed me to enjoy the game more while still having the pleasure of figuring stuff out.

I particularly love how there was no need to combine items for the majority of the game, rather take a step back and look at everything, seeing how they interact with the environment. Once you know what’s available to you it’s pretty clear what you need to do and get the hang of how the game works. Sometimes I’d feel a bit overwhelmed thinking “where on earth do I start?”, but the puzzles were so much simpler and fluid than I initially thought once I broke ‘em down into little chunks. There’s only ever a couple of “rooms”, so there wasn’t a lot of backtracking. And even those I found so much fun and interactive, which I almost NEVER enjoy. I really can’t think of many that weren’t a joy to figure out.

I can see how this dark humour wouldn’t be for everyone, but if it looks appealing to you I would 100% recommend checking out this series. I jumped right in without having played the others, but I look forward to trying the rest. It’s the most enjoyable P&C I think I’ve ever played, so fantastic.

(A crow is cawing loudly outside my window as I write this review, how beautifully fitting.)

Hope everyone’s enjoying whatever they’re playing! I’ve also particularly loved Gorogoa this year, which I wrote a review for here if you’re interested. Gonna play some more Gigantic as well before it’s servers are shut down in July, which was so incredibly beautiful and fun to play.

Still struggling to type a whole lot, but my surgery went well and I got diagnosed with another thing. So although it’s been rough still, have recovered from my surgery well and trying to keep my chin up and keep doing my physical therapy (which I’m already seeing noticeable strength differences!). The weather has also been warming up which is super exciting, after just snowing still a couple weeks ago. I like me some winter but having it 8 months of the year is a bit brutal and doesn’t help with pain. Gonna try to enjoy games more + the warmth and keep truckin’ along. :)

Also getting into reading again by listening to some audiobooks which is well overdue, I’ve missed them immensely! Funnily enough the one I decided to jump back into with wasn’t a fantasy or anything I’ve been highly anticipating. Nope it was a book all about microbes!!! Super fascinating though. haha :D

I rarely watch tv but I’ve been binging the heck out of Would I Lie to You? It’s quite the funny, quick-witted British panel show full of interesting stories (or lies). Would highly recommend!! There’s loads of full episodes and clips on youtube if you’re interested, what started all this was my brother sharing with me this set of highlights. Anyways enjoying reading everyone’s posts, hope all is well in your neck of the woods. :D

The Wolf's Bite

1 hour playtime, 13 of 22 achievements

I’d give it a thumbs sideways / Recommend to specific people.

The artwork is so cute! I came across this game because I follow bitMOO on twitter and immediately was intrigued. It looks fantastic and is a choose-your-own-adventure game, what’s not to like!?

Let me say it’s very short and simple. Half of my gameplay was speeding through text I’d already read before. It gets repetitive very quickly. After a couple 5-10 minute games I was already getting repeats and unfortunately the solutions always stay the same. So not only will you get the same scenarios, but you’ll soon figure out the correct answers. I’d choose other options just to mix it up and add more fun, but often I’d pick the correct answer first time around and then purposefully screw myself over just to see what would happen. Then I’d exhaust the one or two other options quickly and go back to memorising them again (which isn’t hard because there’s limited options like I said).

Basically it’s much shorter and simpler than I expected it to be. I think playing it with kids would be a blast, hearing their own added commentary. You can also play 2 player (local co-op), making it more personal. As it stands if you play singleplayer the AI picks randomly each turn, so they will sometimes pick the same events. In my one playthrough they picked the same location 3 turns in a row and often picked the same events as well. Maybe I was particularly unlucky.

I would recommend it if you have kids (or are an adult) who enjoy this kind of thing, especially on sale. It’s more like a picture book (of which I’m a huge fan of!) than a full-fleshed game imo. The fairy tale humour is childish and illustrations are adorable with some charm! The game itself just doesn’t offer nearly enough variety, but I could see how it’d appeal to some. I was honestly super duper excited going into this and unfortunately I’m left feeling disappointed that I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as I’d hoped. I was expecting to be blown away. Get it? :D

End of 2017 Stats:

2% won't play
66% never played
13% unfinished
11% beaten
8% completed

(I was dumb and never kept track what my percentages were when joining in March but I had ~725 games and >20% unfinished. Deleted approx. 100 bundled/free games I had no interest in and managed to keep buying games under control! Mostly free/gifted/activated keys previously bought. Starting 2018 with 676 games.)

I beat 66 games from my Steam backlog - 75 Total. (Including 22 SG Wins / 4 Gifted)

My Top 3 Games of the Year:

INSIDE - My #1! Fluid controls, really atmospheric. Pretty much perfect.
Contrast - Beautiful game, great atmosphere and music, loved the characters, smooth controls.
We Were Here - One of my favourite free-to-play games. No real replayability, but the initial experience was so so much fun. Highly recommend if you have a best friend you can voice chat with. (So excited for the sequel!!)

Game I’m most proud of beating: Titan Souls !!!

Honestly played a bunch of games I enjoyed this year, but those are the ones that really stand out and I’ve thought about many times since.

I want to thank everyone for being a part of BLAEO. If it wasn’t for the Monthly Challenges/Themes and reading your recommendations I wouldn’t have beaten anywhere close to as many games as I did. Truly thank you for making it such an enjoyable experience and giving me the extra push that I need!

My favourite Challenges were the Scavenger Hunt / Rewind - I’d like to continue beating games I’ve previously started, even if it takes me a bit.

I was also really lucky this year and won 19 games, am so grateful!! I have every intention to continue playing my wins and going back to ones I haven’t, am excited. :)

Bunch of personal/reflective text:

2017 was one heck of a rollercoaster. Back in April I was reacquainted with a friend and spent SO much of my time talking/playing with him, basically any chance I got.
(I still do tbh even if not quite as much, he’s the best. ^-^) Singleplayer games took a back foot but I was having a blast playing multiplayer, was all good. :D My health, both physical and mental has been a real mess though. I’ve had problems for a long time, but the past year and a half in particular was brutal. I spend the majority of my days in bed, unable to play. And when I do push myself I really pay for it afterwards. I’ve really struggled with balancing this year. Like with my best friend, I love hanging out with him but it caused a lot of frustration with myself because I was incredibly limited physically. I enjoy the time spent, but couldn’t spend nearly as much as I’d like and would have to take constant breaks. Also a lot of fainting and sudden weakness so can’t use a mouse or controller half the time. Really bumming me out.

I’ve been planning on making a December wrap-up for a week now and have said what I wanted to say in my head a lot, but typing really takes it’s toll. I slept the majority of 48 hours on New Years and have been getting much worse seizures again, typing alone often triggers them. Siri has been a godsend and really grateful that it allows me to talk still, but lately with the seizures/other health issues I can’t speak for hours at a time and am getting really bad stuttering before/after. Basically my body is a mess and it’s caused a lot of frustration. I’ll be having surgery at the end of February unless they're able to get me in sooner Edit: January 25th now which I’m hoping will allow for more answers because currently I can’t get a brain scan until afterwards. I’m terrified since last time the surgery worsened me, but I’m hopeful that things will improve this year at least a little. I’m spiraling downhill even worse so fast, they have to find some answers right? It’s been going on too long. That said, I’ve fought for a long time now and am proud of still pushing through. I’ve done it before, I can do it again. One step at a time.

Negative stuff aside, I had some of the most fun, happy experiences. I’m so incredibly grateful for those who still played with me and were patient. Even though I often didn’t feel well it was such great escapism. Laughing and enjoying the company/games. So much laughter. :) A game that stands out to me is Life is Strange. I was recommended it so many times, but had seen the first 20 minutes and don’t really love high school based things so wrote it off… But after a couple of best friends said I HAD to buy it I did, over the summer sale and then Ninglor03 challenged me to play it the next month. I loved it more than I could have possibly imagined. The first 3 episodes I sped through, so invested in the characters. I normally don’t listen to in-game music (or have it low) but the music was so phenomenal and perfect!! Then I tried playing episode 4 and really wasn’t feeling well, but was fed up with my body and played anyways. Needless to say I couldn’t focus at all, I was upset, felt awful, didn’t enjoy it. Was upset that I “ruined” what would’ve easily been a favourite game of the year, but I realised I shouldn’t be so hard on myself. So what I wasn’t able to enjoy it how I’d like. I still had some incredible experiences before that. I know I enjoy games more when I binge them, but that it’s often not feasible. I should appreciate the experiences as they are, and it’s a high priority to go back and replay episode 4 and finish it this year (hopefully soon).

I always put off games that I think I’ll love until I “feel well”, but I almost never feel well. So it’s silly to always put things off in the meantime. I need to learn to accept taking breaks, play when I can, and stop being so hard on myself. I’m doing the best with the cards I’m dealt, it’s okay to not be mlg pro. Every gaming experience doesn’t have to be “perfect”. If it makes me happy or get through a rough time that’s great, I don’t need to give each game 100% of my attention or skill.

My brother will be taking a 6 month break from college, so my #1 goal of 2018 is to play as much local co-op as I can with my brothers. I know they both work a lot on top of my own issues, so wanna make it a priority to play as many games as we can in the meantime. Even if just dipping in and out of them. :) My mom joined us playing Jackbox games over Christmas and it was a blast!! I love my family so much, definitely wanna play with them more.

I’ll probably make less posts here and focus on gaming when possible, though I’ll still reply and talk to people. I don’t wanna disappear entirely, I really do enjoy making wrap-ups and putting my thoughts together. They’ll probably just be more sporadic and if I’m in the mood to do one I will, regardless of when in the month it is! Or even little ones here and there for games I particularly have a lot to say about, not gonna worry about not having updated about all previous games. Gonna try to keep taking part in the challenges as well. :)

Here’s to a good 2018, wish you all happiness and good health. Best of luck to everyone with their backlog assassin-ing and most importantly remember to have fun! :D


  • Contrast

    5 hours playtime

    22 of 22 achievements


    5 hours playtime

    14 of 14 achievements

  • We Were Here
    We Were Here

    2 hours playtime

    26 of 26 achievements

  • ibb & obb
    ibb & obb

    8 hours playtime

    1 of 10 achievements


  • Beyond Eyes
    Beyond Eyes

    3 hours playtime

    10 of 10 achievements

  • Under Leaves
    Under Leaves

    2 hours playtime

    21 of 21 achievements

  • Fearful Symmetry
    Fearful Symmetry

    8 hours playtime

    23 of 28 achievements

  • Emily is Away
    Emily is Away

    58 minutes playtime

    20 of 20 achievements


  • The Monster Inside
    The Monster Inside

    28 minutes playtime

    7 of 7 achievements

  • Onirim - Solitaire Card Game
    Onirim - Solitaire Card Game

    3 hours playtime

    16 of 58 achievements

  • Gunpoint

    5 hours playtime

    27 of 42 achievements

  • Beautiful Japanese Scenery - Animated Jigsaws
    Beautiful Japanese Scenery - Animated Jigsaws

    13 hours playtime

    34 of 34 achievements

  • Egyptian Senet
    Egyptian Senet

    2 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • PAYDAY 2
    PAYDAY 2

    99 hours playtime

    86 of 582 achievements

  • Think To Die
    Think To Die

    86 minutes playtime

    11 of 11 achievements

  • English Country Tune
    English Country Tune

    13 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Cinders

    9 hours playtime

    8 of 8 achievements

  • Freddi Fish and The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds
    Freddi Fish and The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds

    2 hours playtime

    no achievements

Meh / Mixed:

  • Deadlight

    6 hours playtime

    27 of 31 achievements

  • Hack 'n' Slash
    Hack 'n' Slash

    7 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Nidhogg

    3 hours playtime

    9 of 12 achievements

  • Think To Die 2
    Think To Die 2

    4 hours playtime

    18 of 23 achievements

  • It's Spring Again
    Its Spring Again

    6 minutes playtime

    4 of 4 achievements

I feel like I say this every time, but I’ve been really behind on updates (whoops).
Instead of getting overwhelmed and even further behind, just gonna do one big “Games I played over the summer” update. :D

Highly recommend all the games from my favourites/runner-ups!

Was really pleasantly surprised with Contrast. I’ve had my eye on it since it was released, but heard really mixed things and kept putting it off. The sounds/voice acting are superb, really what sets this game apart. The graphics are also so so stunning, love the whole atmosphere. There was only one carousel puzzle where the controls were really frustrating and unresponsive, but when I relogged and did the puzzle later to complete the achievements it was fine, so I think I just bugged out the game. If you like story-driven, puzzley platformers (and have a controller, I’m not sure how keyboard works out) would recommend checking out!

I absolutely adored INSIDE. I’ve played several platformers lately that were more frustrating than not or had super bland, stereotypical puzzles. This one reminded me why I love puzzle platformers so much. It had such fluid controls and wonderful puzzles, not too difficult but still made you think. The game overall felt really slick and was so atmospheric (and scary at times…those underwater creatures pls), gorgeous, clever…cannot recommend enough. I still need to play LIMBO sometime.

We Were Here is now one of my favourite free-to-play games. Wow I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. It doesn’t have a lot of replayability, as going back to 100% the achievements the game was obviously MUCH easier. But that’s okay, the first experience was fantastic. It’s a co-op puzzle game where you have to talk into walkie talkies, feeding each other information on what you see. I will say that using the walkie talkies was a bit meh, as only one person can talk at a time (realistic I know). It’s just apparently my friend and I are blabber mouths and half the time couldn’t hear each other…so we switched to Skype, this way we could talk over one another without a problem and was more enjoyable/chill. It’s definitely doable how it is, but would make the puzzles that much needlessly? tougher and stressful. I’m super duper excited for We Were Here Too!

I played ibb & obb with my same friend on/off for a while and finished it last month. We both really loved it, up until the last level. There’s this one encounter that was so bogus, where you have to time these jumps but the hitbox wasn’t at all accurate. We’d be clearly a couple inches away yet it’d say we hit it, and then other times it looked like we touched but said it was fine….would randomly lag out (but only with this one particularly guy). I’m not sure if restarting the game would’ve fixed it since we’d been playing for a couple hours before that, but it was the end of the final level and we didn’t wanna restart everything. So yeah, that was certainly frustrating being stuck on that one minute section for an hour, when it really wasn’t our fault. But the rest of the game was super enjoyable and tough at times, gave me Portal 2 co-op vibes. Definitely a fun local co-op puzzle platformer! Review here if interested.

I’ve seen several other people play Under Leaves since playing, but thought I’d mention it again myself. I know there’s a bunch of people who like casual hidden object games and would definitely recommend this one! Despite the cutesy graphics it’s not super easy, I got stuck a few times. Side note: The illustrations are animated, so I could only play for about 20-30 minutes at a time before my eyes would go buggy and I’d start to feel unwell. Still really fun and relaxing, with some nice sound effects!

Biggest disappointment was by far Deadlight…boy was that frustrating. If I hadn’t won it on Steamgifts and knew it was a fairly short game, I would’ve stopped playing. The first hour was enjoyable, really loved the art style and mixed of 2/3D. Then it all started to crumble. Unfortunately it was tough to tell sometimes when you’re supposed to jump or crawl under things, due to the mixture of styles. If I got stuck I’d just start crouching, assuming there’s some area I just can’t see (which was usually the case). It was also just a bad port. The first hour or so was fine like I said, but then suddenly the cut scenes stopped working properly. It’d say the first few words with voice over and then all the sounds would stop working til the cut scene was over. Then other cut scenes you could just hear background noise but no voice over. Also it was really easy to accidentally skip the cut scenes. I would be fighting zombies when it’d suddenly trigger and me pressing left mouse button to attack would skip it annoyingly, so I’d have to search for a video on Youtube to see what I missed. The controls were also finicky for a platformer. It was fine when casually playing, as it was quite slow-paced with many checkpoints. But then there’d be speedrun style moments where you’d have to jump over these damn fences and your character just freaks out on it, going back and forth. You’d have to be really slow and meticulous, careful of not touching any other buttons (while still needing to run quickly) AGH IT WAS SO FRUSTRATING. Wall jumping was also sometimes a nightmare. And how there were a million checkpoints throughout the game, but of course during these intense scenes there would all of a sudden be no checkpoints for a few minutes worth, so you’d have to keep restarting and hoping the controls would cooperate long enough to get through it. The whole game got really old quick, I’m so sad. I’m sure it’s a bit better on xbox live, but still wouldn’t have loved it as much as I’d hoped. :/

Hack ‘n’ Slash was also a mixed bag, the difficulty was all over the place. Overall I enjoyed the art style and there were some cute creatures. The beginning had really straightforward puzzles and definitely eased you into the game. The middle section was actually super enjoyable for about an hour! Some interesting, tough puzzles that made you think without being frustrating. And then the end….where it randomly dropped you into the deep end expecting you to know programming. Which unfortunately for me, I do not. Needless to say I had to follow a guide and honestly tried to solve the puzzles myself still before reading it, but it was all so over my head and frustrating. I just don’t understand what the devs were thinking when it came to difficulty balance. I mean if their audience was supposed to be programmers, the beginning was waaay too easy and the middle puzzles weren’t even really program related puzzles…so I don’t see it really working for any type of audience really? I’m glad I finally played it as I won it years ago and lost interest. I was pleasantly surprised with the middle bit and enjoyed the beginning enough, but man the entire last half was just pointless to me unfortunately. :(

  • A Blind Legend
    A Blind Legend

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 10 achievements

  • Between Me and The Night
    Between Me and The Night

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 18 achievements

  • Cinders

    9 hours playtime

    8 of 8 achievements

  • Deadlight

    87 minutes playtime

    11 of 31 achievements

  • English Country Tune
    English Country Tune

    13 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Freddi Fish and The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds
    Freddi Fish and The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds

    63 minutes playtime

    no achievements

  • Game of Thrones - A Telltale Games Series
    Game of Thrones - A Telltale Games Series

    12 hours playtime

    8 of 48 achievements

  • Hack 'n' Slash
    Hack 'n' Slash

    7 hours playtime

    no achievements


    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 14 achievements

  • Jazzpunk: Director's Cut
    Jazzpunk: Director's Cut

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 24 achievements

  • Kraven Manor
    Kraven Manor

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 11 achievements

  • Layers of Fear
    Layers of Fear

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 27 achievements

  • Mushroom Wars
    Mushroom Wars

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 15 achievements

  • Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)
    Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)

    71 minutes playtime

    9 of 19 achievements

  • OddPlanet

    0 minutes playtime

    no achievements

  • Pony Island
    Pony Island

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 20 achievements

  • Quantum Conundrum
    Quantum Conundrum

    56 minutes playtime

    2 of 25 achievements

  • Refunct

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 10 achievements

  • Serial Cleaner
    Serial Cleaner

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 28 achievements

  • Tiny and Big: Grandpa's Leftovers
    Tiny and Big: Grandpa's Leftovers

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 53 achievements

  • Unbox

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 15 achievements

  • Verdict Guilty - 유죄 평결
    Verdict Guilty - 유죄 평결

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 12 achievements

  • Wacky Wheels
    Wacky Wheels

    0 minutes playtime

    no achievements

  • XCOM 2
    XCOM 2

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 80 achievements

  • Year Walk
    Year Walk

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 10 achievements

  • Gunmetal Arcadia Zero
    Gunmetal Arcadia Zero

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 11 achievements

I've been putting off making this post for a couple weeks now (whoops). But here it is at last! :D

As I'm doing this purely for fun, adding an incentive to get to the games I was hoping to play in 2017 and still haven't...I'm gonna be really lax with the rules.

I can play the games out of order, switch a title out if I'm not enjoying it, etc. etc. I don't do well with super strict game plans, I'm very much a ~mood player~

I'm excited for most of these games though so shouldn't be a problem! Realistically speaking I'll be really happy with myself if I manage to beat 20 out of 26

games, though I'm gonna try my best to complete it of course. :D

If you're interested in joining be sure to check out this post!

  • Max: The Curse of Brotherhood
    Max: The Curse of Brotherhood

    8 hours playtime

    15 of 27 achievements

  • Renowned Explorers: International Society
    Renowned Explorers: International Society

    15 hours playtime

    55 of 165 achievements

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  • the static speaks my name
    the static speaks my name

    16 minutes playtime

    no achievements

  • V

    114 minutes playtime

    25 of 32 achievements

Super belated update. I’ve been having such a hard time balancing life atm and finding the energy/desire to do things. Between my mental and physical health plus actually playing games…it’s silly how creating update posts can seem overwhelming but they are. I’ve constantly been putting it off. Hopefully I get into the swing of things once again soon. If not, well shouldn’t stress myself out over it. I was doing this for fun, there’s just something strangely satisfying and comforting about lists and keeping track of everything. Don’t want to give it up, but if I need to put things on hold or just do very simple updates so be it. As long as I’m enjoying the games I’m playing as much as possible right? :D

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood (April 31st)
Finished this just in time for the April's Theme: Challenge Me! It's one of my new favourite games, so happy I finally got around to playing it. It's one of those games that passed me by, I think I got it in a bundle and was really excited for it at the time but forgot all about it. I love 3D platformers and this one was completely up my alley. Super gorgeous (like a Pixar film), fantastic atmosphere and fun puzzley mechanics. It wasn't ridiculously easy, but not very hard either. I could totally see myself playing and adoring this as a kid as well. Simply a joy to play and cannot recommend enough.

Renowned Explorers: International Society (June 19th)
I won this in a Playing Appreciated giveaway and I am SO grateful! This game was in the one Humble Bundle Monthly that I was so bummed that I didn't buy and immediately put it on my wishlist. Happy to say that it was as much fun as I'd hoped. It was a fantastic adventure, between the exploring, humour-filled story and enjoyable turn-based combat. There's a bunch of different paths you can go down, different crews to choose from...a bunch of variety to customise to your specific playthrough which added a lot of replayability. I completed 2 playthroughs and won the second one with my group of gals. I can definitely see myself playing this again in the future, I've already been thinking about it a lot more again. Definitely a lot of fun.

the static speaks my name (July 6th)
A short free-to-play game on depression that packs a punch. A lot of it is symbolic and kind of "out there" if you take it at face value. I know it won't be for everyone, but personally it conjured a lot of emotion. My whole body and mind was buzzing by the end, it hit close to home and had me thinking about it for a while afterwards.

V (July 18th)
This game is so addicting. I wasn't expecting too much out of it and wasn't hooked to begin with...but man as you start to improve it's so hard to put down. Cyan was so dang tricksy at the start!!! Still the colour/word that gave me the most trouble but I definitely improved the last half hour or so of playing and was able to conquer multiple countries in a row before messing up. I played a total of 110 games and lost to cyan 45 times.

Question! I tried adding this game to one of my lists but I was unable to because the title is simply V. It says to "keep typing..." when I only type V. Tried entering the steam app number too and that didn't work. Any way to get around this? Thanks in advance if you know. :)

Hopefully be back sooner than later and that everyone is loving whatever game(s) you're playing atm!

  • Hero of the Kingdom
    Hero of the Kingdom

    6 hours playtime

    35 of 38 achievements

  • Poker Night 2
    Poker Night 2

    86 minutes playtime

    6 of 18 achievements

  • Ittle Dew
    Ittle Dew

    5 hours playtime

    4 of 15 achievements

Hero of the Kingdom (April 18th)
One of the games Last.M picked for the April Challenge Me Theme!
It was an okay point & click game, it's very short and simple. My biggest complaint (and I don't whether I was just playing it "wrong" somehow?) is that I was constantly running out of money. After going broke a couple times and constantly selling all my items little bits at a time *ahem* I am a hoarder in games... I searched to see if there was a way to earn money and ended up farming up a bunch. Even after farming 5,000 gold though I ran out again, everything was so dang expensive. haha Still glad I played it, have had my eye on it a few times the past year and probably would've kept putting it off. Thanks again to Last.M, I'm currently in the middle of Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and absolutely adoring it.

Poker Night 2 (April 19th)
It's been a loooong time since I've played poker (10-12 years?) but I'e been meaning to get back into it. I recently watched some youtubers play a poker tournament and refreshed my memory on how to play it. I'll be playing this one on/off, but I'm really enjoying it. I won my first tournament played, but got worse from there. haha I think my record is 2 wins 4 (very quick) losses atm. The characters are absolutely fantastic. Glados is snarky as ever, making me question my moves. It's just been a lot of fun, would highly recommend even if you're a poker noobie like myself.

Ittle Dew (April 22nd)
I was surprisingly gifted this little gem of a game and I'm so grateful! A really fun puzzle adventure game that never takes itself seriously. The humour and the character interactions were fantastic. Some of the puzzles were very easy, others a bit tougher...but never too difficult that it became frustrating. I loved how there were different routes as well, so you if you wanted an extra challenge in figuring out a secrets/shortcuts you could. It didn't take long to complete, I played at a fairly slow pace and my initial playthrough was around 3 1/2 hours. I'm excited to come back and complete the secrets though, I believe I have 2 locations left to explore. Definitely recommend!

  • The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
    The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing

    30 hours playtime

    64 of 95 achievements

  • Iron Snout
    Iron Snout

    3 hours playtime

    37 of 37 achievements

It’s been a while since the last update and I haven’t been commenting much, past few weeks have been really rough. Mental health took a hit and past 3 days I’ve been getting migraines and seizures again. Not fun. :( Still trying to play some games and have fun, just taking it slow. Hopefully things improve and I’ll be more active soon!

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing (April 4th)
A SG win I've been playing on/off for a year now, I finally beat it! I have mixed feelings about this game, didn't enjoy it as much as I was hoping sadly. It's not bad, but it gets repetitive quick and the abilities aren't very unique/fun to use. It's a whole lot of kiting around mobs, trying not to aggro even more mobs that are nearby. Once aggroed they stay grouped up which would be a pain. Sometimes I'd have to repeatedly die in order to thin out the group, because there'd be 50+ guys all clumped up together attacking me from range. I'm a sucker for tower defense games though, so the trap part was a lot of fun. All in all a pretty bland game that I enjoyed at first but became too same-y after a while, so I just listened to podcasts while mindlessly killing dudes.

Iron Snout (April 5th)
This was actually so much fun, I wasn't expecting to love it as much as I did. It's a simple free-to-play fighting game that has a mobile feel. It was super addicting and was an enjoyable couple hours of gameplay. Yes, you can make the game easy by spamming wasd and the arrow keys at the same time and I read people were using scripts too idk. That completely defeats the purpose of the game imo. I definitely recommend at least trying to play it, you might be pleasantly surprised. I had an absolute blast doing combos and figuring out all the ways of interacting with the wolves.

  • There Was a Caveman
    There Was a Caveman

    8 hours playtime

    13 of 20 achievements

  • The Plan
    The Plan

    11 minutes playtime

    1 of 1 achievements

  • Goat Simulator
    Goat Simulator

    23 hours playtime

    89 of 127 achievements

  • Worms Pinball
    Worms Pinball

    50 minutes playtime

    no achievements

There Was A Caveman (Mar. 30th)
A SG win that I attempted to play a year ago but I got stuck on the second world. After trying this one level a couple hours I set it down, but wanted to give it another go. I restarted it from the beginning this time and something must've clicked, because I got past the level easily enough. This game is brutal though. I love platformers, but I'm far from the best. While I liked this game and am really glad I gave it a second chance, it was also really frustrating to play at times. I have a hard time playing games for long periods of time, so I need checkpoints and the ability to set games down. Games like Super Meat Boy for example are tough, but I had fun getting A+s on every level because they were short. If I needed to take a break or play again later I could pick up right where I left off. There Was A Caveman has 3 to 4 mini-levels plus a boss per world. While there are checkpoints after each mini-level while playing, if I were to shut the game down right before the boss I would have to replay the entire world all over again. This put so much more pressure and frustration when stuck on a level, because I knew I wouldn't want to redo everything and lose momentum after finally getting past a tricky part that took me 45 minutes. But yeah, besides that major complaint for my style of gaming, it was a fun difficult platformer that I was really satisfying to beat. It reminds me a lot of the games I used to play as a kid, when it was great playing hard games and having to redo levels loads of times because you only owned so many games and endless free time. :P

The Plan (Mar. 30th)
Funnily enough the day before playing this game I'd had a long conversation about perspective. How aliens/other beings would see us, how all animals see things differently. I'd also just read Norse Mythology, so I was wondering how giants and other fantastical creatures would see the world. (Oh the thoughts you have at 3 am when you can't sleep. haha) It was pretty cool timing picking up this game afterwards, got me thinking about it again. While the game is very short, I thought the sounds and overall atmosphere were done so well.

Goat Simulator (Mar. 31st)
Another SG win that I've played on/off since December, but I realllly got into it this week. I loved this game the more I played it, each map better than the last. GoatVille is okay but very basic, City Goats Bay was good, the MMO simulator was brilliantly done and the Payday DLC was incredible. I completed all of the possible achievements without buying the other 2 DLC except for Flappy Goat. Ahhhhhh the hitbox is so big and Flappy Bird is already irksome enough without a tougher version. I tried for about a half hour and my highest score was 4, so I gave up for now. My only complaint is how buggy the game is. I know that's kinda the point and they're in there on purpose, but I had to redo several extended quests 3...4...5 times because it would glitch out (ie: the person I had to rescue would repeatedly completely vanish, the final battery I'd pick up would randomly fling into oblivion and I'd have to go get the previous 5 again). Often whenever you hit a wall (especially in MMO/Payday) you'd get stuck swimming beneath the world. I'd say a good 4-5 hours of my playtime was due to bugginess and having to restart the map. I had to laugh though, it definitely brought me back to the days of playing super buggy MMOs. Loved all the references, had me laughing out loud many times and was super enjoyable just flaffing about.

Worms Pinball (Mar. 31st)
Not much to say, a subpar pinball game. The controls weren't always responsive and it was a bit hard to tell what exactly was going on at times. It's okay, fun enough to play but would find a better one if I'm ever in the mood to play pinball again.

Other games I've been playing on/off: The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing, Rocket League and Killing Floor 2

Side note: I'm not sure how Rocket League matchmaking works...if it's just because I was on a big winning streak or completely random, since I only play casual matches. But I went from playing with Semi-pro (me)/Pro people, to everyone!!!! but me being Master/Legend/Rocketeer. Needless to say I went from being at the top of the scoreboard straight to the bottom haha. I knew I was bad at the game but man, that sure put me in my place. The chat also went from really naïve and friendly to nonstop trash talking (I knew it was strange how nice everyone was being and couldn't last long!). But yeah, even when playing with high levels I got carried...so I won like 19 out of 20 games. Let's hope I start getting matched with noobs people of my own skill level again. :P