JaffaCaffa plays her own gosh darn games. JaffaCaffa’s profile
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
- A Way Out
- Friendship Club ☆
- Room 303 ☆
- FILTHBREED ☆
- PAC-MAN 256
- Old Man's Journey ☆
- Knight King Assassin ☆
- Tempo Quest
- Un Pas Fragile ☆
- Mushroom Cats ☆
- TOTALLY ACCURATE BATTLE SIMULATOR
- missed messages. ☆
- Bullet Roulette VR
- A Short Hike
- Sunset Kingdom ☆
- Secret Neighbor
- I HATE THIS GAME
- KIDS ☆
- The Jackbox Party Pack 6
- Hellbound: Survival Mode
- The Blackout Club
- Outside the Lines ☆
- Misadventures of Laura Silver: Chapter I ☆
- Game Soup
- Until Dawn
- The Wolf's Bite
- it's always monday ☆
- The Cubicle. ☆
- Dys4ia ☆
- Stories Untold
- Oh...Sir!! The Insult Simulator
- Rusty Lake: Roots ☆
- Gone Home ☆
- Mother Simulator
- Escape First ☆
- Colony Survival
- First Winter ☆
- Five Nights at Freddy's 2
- Think of the Children
- Baldi's Basics in Education and Learning
- Far from Noise
- Cheeky Chooks ☆
- Paradox: A Rusty Lake Film ☆
- Visage ☆
- The Forest
- GNOG ☆
- CHUCHEL ☆
- Don't Make Love
- Blade Ballet
- The Cat Games ☆
- Beyond Eyes ☆
- Contrast ☆
- Think To Die 2
- It’s Spring Again ☆
- Tiny Echo
- Epistory - Typing Chronicles ☆
- Scavenger Hunt 
- Serial Killer 
- Rewind 
- Nonverbal November 
- Lucky Number Three 
- The Grateful Assassins 
- Bundle appreciation 
- The Endless S 
- A Second Chance 
- Otterly Cute 
- Spooktober 
- Impulse purchases 
- Winter / 2018 
- Community Picks 
- Spring Cleaning 
- Popularity Contest 
- Fun assassinations 
- Golden Month 
- Lost at sea 
- Ruby 
- Unfinished Business 
- Deal with the DLC 
- SCREAM 
▼ [Number of games beaten]
- April 2017 
- August 2017 
- September 2017 
- October 2017 
- November 2017 
- December 2017 
- June 2018 
- August 2018 
▼ [Number of games beaten]
- March 2017 
- July 2017 
- August 2017  (59 achievements)
- September 2017 
- October 2017 
- November 2017 
- December 2017 
- January 2018 
- February 2018  (51 achievements)
- March 2018 
- April 2018 
- May 2018 
- June 2018 
- July 2018 
- August 2018 
- September 2018 
- October 2018 
- November 2018 
- December 2018 
▼ [Number of games beaten]
End of year 2018 stats
56% never played
4% won’t play
End of 2019 stats
48% never played
9% won’t play
I wanted to do a summary/top 10 etc games of the year but I’ve already written 3 across BLAEO/Steamgifts so I’ve been shouting my opinions on the same games repeatedly to play them. :P Looking back, there were only a handful of games I didn’t enjoy. Most were at least fun, if not incredible in every regard.
Speaking of Steamgifts, I won so many genuinely fantastic games last year, including some of my favourites of not only the year but ever (Redout and Hitman 2 in particular. Slipstream and Distance we are also a blast and currently enjoying Horizon Chase Turbo, really loving racing games the past year). I played 17 of the 20 that I received, and considering 2 of those were in the last week or so of December I’m glad I managed to keep up with my wins as I was excited for them. They really made my day, so many amazing humble monthly games as well. Managed to take part in Play a Game You Won on Steamgifts each month which was fun, just took a glance and saw I haven’t missed a single month since July 2017. Dang that’s way longer than I remembered! Am happy it’s still going on, is also a nice tool to spy on what others are playing and take some recs. >:)
Also took part in every Monthly Theme here besides one (Noirvember), still not too shabby! They’re always a nice reminder of games I’ve forgot about or and an extra incentive, am happy they’re still going on.
Only bought a couple bundles throughout the year, needed to stay strong. :P But then November/December happened which added about 30 games, got some really nice deals and splurged on myself. Now to play them all and don’t feel guilty, yeesh so many games!
I was gifted a few HIGHLY wishlisted games at the end of the year: Gris, Life is Strange 2 and Return of the Obra Dinn. Got a bit emotional was so happy, then got a free month pass of Origin basic which I’ve been trying to make use of. Lots of Epic games, particularly Into the Breach I wanna dig into asap. OH and I was so freaking happy that Celeste came back for free!! It’s the only one I’d been upset that I missed out, having that reappear was the perfect birthday gift. It looks hard as nails from the tiny amount of gameplay I’ve seen, but hopefully doable? Have so many games I’m interested in, am hoping to be able to sit down & enjoy them. Hopefully get a bit better at not stopping games I’m enjoying, which I’ve done a lot the past few years.
It’s been really tough for me to focus, so story games have been a big challenge, but I miss diving into some deep lore and going on more interwoven adventures. Why I really want to get back into reading after a couple years (mostly) break, miss fantasy in particular a lot rn! Have quite a few top priority reads, so fingers crossed even if I don’t read a book or more a week like I did before my extended break, I’ve got some quality stories waiting for me. Was absolutely loving the first couple chapters of Yakuza 0, need to continue that hopefully this year. My main video game goal of 2020 is to play at least one long RPG if not more, more story heavy in general. But we’ll see how that goes, if I’m not able to focus and enjoy on what’s happening that’s silly to force it either.
A Hat in Time, Spyro, and Crash are all on my radar for 2020. Possibly Yooka as well. A lot of well loved 3D platformers I’ve missed out on, and seeing as it’s one of my favourite genres I should be in for a real treat. Spyro and Crash in particular have wanted to play since growing up but didn’t have a playstation besides playing at my friends’ houses (Crash Team Racing was great), so this is the perfect opportunity. :D
Kudos to everyone on all your progress, I love hearing everyone’s thoughts on the games throughout the year. These are some of my favourite posts and times to get recommendations, have already discovered a few new games. Thank you for sharing!
Here’s to a great 2020, hopefully with lots of exciting adventures in store.
I spent nearly 3 hours on this ‘game’ and every message/feedback I’ve seen has been immensely supportive. It’s basically like having anonymous penpals asking for advice on things that are bothering you to get replies with, or sending encouraging responses/explaining your own experiences to others.
It’s obviously not for everyone or a typical game. But I think it does what it sets out to do really well. If this piques your interest, looking to receive or give advice/support, I can wholeheartedly recommend based on my experience so far! Nothing short of a wholesome, encouraging community. And surprisingly active too as of now, I was immediately getting feedback. In 2 hours I got 5-10 heartwarming letters and about twenty thank yous for my own responses (you’re unable to respond back to someone’s reply, but can send a thank you/sticker). I hope this stays alive for those who need it, really wonderful idea.
On that note, I recently had a possibly very important treatment done with exosomes and will have a couple more sets of prp injections in my legs over the next month, am hopeful and anxious that it will have positive effects. My doctor is wonderful and got it done for immensely cheaper than a normal clinic, which I’m so grateful for. Wouldn’t have been able to do it otherwise, and it could be life changing. Should feel the effects, whatever it may do, within a year!!
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:
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! I’ve since only seen positive reviews so it’s cemented my 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!
(Accidentally erased my post. Go play Rusty Lake: Roots.)
End of 2018 Stats:
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:
(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
The Monster Inside
Onirim - Solitaire Card Game
Beautiful Japanese Scenery - Animated Jigsaws
Think To Die
English Country Tune
Freddi Fish and The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds
Meh / Mixed:
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
Between Me and The Night
English Country Tune
Freddi Fish and The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds
Game of Thrones - A Telltale Games Series
Hack 'n' Slash
Jazzpunk: Director's Cut
Layers of Fear
Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)
Tiny and Big: Grandpa's Leftovers
Verdict Guilty - 유죄 평결
Gunmetal Arcadia Zero
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
Renowned Explorers: International Society
the static speaks my name
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. :)
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've 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!