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Hi! 🙋 My name is Stefani. I’ve been on BLAEO for seven years now. This site has motivated me to play my games and share my love for gaming.


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Steam stats

Total Games: 1023 games
Beaten: 392 games
Completed: 91 games
Won’t Play: 210 games
Games left: 330 games
(Last updated 06/27/24)

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Joined: December 2016

End of June Update

a very short update this month. I’ve mostly been playing Overwatch and Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door. I have a lot of games planned for July! I hope everyone had a good month and continue to have a good July!

Twin Mirror

7.4 hours, 12 of 24 achievements
5/10 neat idea, boring execution

Twin Mirror is a Don't Nod game (Life is Strange, Tell Me Why)  that takes place in another small town called Basswood. You play an anti-social ex journalist named Sam Higgs. Sam is called back to his old town after the death of his close friend and he soon starts to suspect that everything in Basswood is not what it seems. 

Twin Mirror was…. average. I loved the concept, but not the execution. The protagonist is a journalist who is a bit of a misanthrope. He's highly intelligent, but he doesn't get along with others. The catch is, he has another version. of himself, his double, who has a lot of empathy. Throughout the game, you can choose to listen to your double, or make your own choices. 
Like I said, really fascinating concept, but the game itself is very bland. The story isn't very exciting. It never really builds into something bigger. There were no hard hitting or emotional moments. The characters are also kind of boring and your other persona isn't very likable..  I thought there would be more emotional moments involving the other Sam, or even moments that allow you to grow attached to him. There isn't. I didn't like either version of Sam really. 

Most of the gameplay is you "investigating" crime scenes. You do not have free rein to investigate as you want. It involves walking around until you find every object you can interact with. After interacting with all of the found evidence, you have to piece together the crime scene. It gives you multiple choices scenarios and you just keep clicking on them until it tells you that you got the correct one. It's impossible to get it wrong because the game forces you to keep trying until its correct. I got stuck at times trying to find a piece of evidence I didn't interact with, or trying to understand the vagueness of the scene (talking about the camp scene. If you know you know)

As far as choices go, most don't matter. Towards the end they matter more. There is (minor spoiler) one choice in the game that decides almost the entire ending… and they make it very vague. The character is supposed to know what the choice means, but the player (me) has so many questions. They didn't explain it well at all. I ended up watching the opposite ending on youtube to get the full story. I suggest playing the ending again or watching the other ending because seeing both improves the game. 

Overall, Twin Mirror isn't terrible. Just disappointing. I'm a big fan of these cinematic choice games. This one will unfortunately just get lost in the mix of avarage choice based walking simulators. There were some things the game did a great job at. The small town feel was spot on. It felt like a proper detective story (even if he's not a detective.) You being able to choose how the story ends is nice. Plus the voice acting was very believable. I think the worst part was the gameplay. Not just because it's a story heavy game. I washed dishes and did chores in Detroit: Become Human and didn't have a problem. Twin Mirror just lacks that spark of originality that compensates for the lack of good gameplay.

Overall, I would recommend this one on a steep sale, or maybe just skip it. If you already have it then give it a shot. It's a very short game. As long as these games keep coming out, i'll keep playing them.  

Steam Deck Compatibility: This game is verified on the Steam Deck and it worked great. I had no issues.

End of May Update!

Hey everyone. I hope May treated you well. I’m still working on my PoP challenge (one game left to play) and I’m doing another Challenge Me! I also bought the remake of my favorite childhood game: Paper Mario: The Thousand Year door. Overall, I’m very excited for June. I forgot to add in post, but both of these games worked great with the Steam Deck, with no issues.


28.3 hours, 26 of 43 achievements

Dave the Diver is a casual sea exploration game where you catch fish, fight enemies, and work at a sushi restaurant. There is a main story with plenty of missions and content to keep you coming back for more. This is a very well made game and a lot of creativity and love went into it. The graphics look great and there are a lot of quirky moments in the animation style and story.

The game constantly adds new gameplay mechanics throughout the whole game. I was getting new tutorials until the very end. There are plenty of side activities you can do. The main story isn't as important or appealing as the side activities most of the time but none of the side content is required, although they usually add more game mechanics and enhance the game.

All that being said, I think this is a very good game with a lot of effort and care put into it, but ultimately, it wasn't for me.
I found it very repetitive and some of the gameplay mechanics were tedious. Especially a few minigames. There are a couple moments that drove me up the wall, but overall, it is a mellow, stress free game.

It was a weird feeling because the amount of content in the game made me feel more rushed and conflicted than intended and somehow I found myself both bored of the repetitive days, and stressed trying to complete everything in the game. Overall, I did the main missions and a lot of the cooking missions, but I didn't go super deep into the game. There are still plenty of things to explore and do.

Overall, very well made game that I do recommend, but I'd do some research to make sure its for you. By the end, I was more relieved than sad that it was over. I may go back for the Godzilla DLC though!

Lost Words: Beyond the Page

4.0 hours, 16 of 21 achievements

Lost Words: Beyond the Page is a sidescrolling Puzzle Platformer. The game is set between the pages of a diary and a fantasy story as you explore the personal life and the storybook of a young girl named Izzy.

I got this game as an extra bonus in a bundle, so i went into it completely blind. This was both a lovely and emotional experience. It balances the scale of sweet and sorrowful so well. The main subject matter hit me deeply as I went through something similar to the main character. The watercolor art style is absolutely beautiful and the music and voice acting are very well done.

If you like storybook type games, I recommend this one for all ages.

Next Time:

  • Roadwarden

    2 hours playtime

    1 of 43 achievements


    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 31 achievements

  • The Red Lantern

    8 minutes playtime

    0 of 27 achievements

  • Twin Mirror

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 24 achievements

  • The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 30 achievements

End of April Update!

I hope everyone is doing well! I’m continuing on with my PoP challenge and also spending to much time on Overwatch 2. I was also feeling very nostalgic so I hooked up my N64. Get ready for some retro game reviews as well.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

24.8 hours, 14 of 37 achievements
8/10 for the soundtrack.. the game is good too.

Ori and the Will of the Wisp is a sequel to The Blind Forest. I played the first game years ago. I don't remember much but it definitely hit me emotionally and became an instant favorite of mine. This sequel also hits all the emotional beats. 

The soundtrack is beautiful. It borrows a lot of the iconic songs from its predecessor while adding some new ones. The sequel keeps the same art style but updates the graphics. It looks beautiful and vivid. The world feels very lively and you can tell every area was well thought out! 

In Will of the Wisp, you get more abilities and new game mechanics. Combat is even more important than before. 

The platforming is still great. It's so smooth and satisfying. Nothing feels better than having a game respond to your movements correctly every single time. 

The story itself is probably the most controversial part of the game. No spoilers! There are a lot more story beats in this game and it leaves you with a lot to think about. I'm still trying to decide how I feel about it. I do give props to the developers for taking risks and trying a new direction with the narrative. I still enjoy the first game's story more, but this one has more messages to unpack and reflect on. 

I think there were a couple missed opportunities in this game. One being  Ku not being a playable character or a partner. Ori and Ku only work together for about five minutes of the game. Combining Ori's abilities with Ku's would have added so much to the game, and also added more of a narrative to Ku's character.

Overall, both games are fantastic. The Blind Forest instantly transports you to this new world with this lovable protagonist. It nails the atmosphere and has you cheering Ori on the whole time. Will of the Wisp has a slightly darker tone while still taking you on this epic journey with even better combat and abilities. Both games are fantastic and worth playing! Steam Deck Compatilibity:This game is verified and works beautifully on the steam deck!

Cassette Beasts

31.6 hours, 84 of 123 achievements
9/10 More than a pokemon clone

Cassette Beats is a monster collecting game where you wash up on a mysterious island with a town full of people who can't escape. You must try to find your way home while making friends, solving mysteries, and fighting the threats that plague the town. 

This game is sooo good. It's obviously inspired by Pokemon, but it adds so much more to the formula that it (imo) surpasses any modern Pokemon game. The battling system is more unique; there is a lot more free will to do what you want in this world, and instead of collecting monsters, you use cassettes to copy their DNA and turn into the monster yourself! You also gain human partners that you can build relationships with. They  join you throughout the game. Each partner adds new dialogue and unique perspectives. There is a neat fuse mechanic that lets you fuse you and your partners monster to make one unique, stronger monster during battle. 

There are a ton of unique side missions you can do that add a lot to the story. The tone of this game is a bit creepier, especially with some enemies you encounter, but it still manages to keep that usual optimistic and charming tone.

The thing I'm most impressed by is how much detail and love they put into this game. At first, I didn't expect much, but the more I played, the more details popped up. The soundtrack is great and the monsters were really thought out. They all look great and have unique descriptions and lore for each one. Most have an evolution and you can collect data on each one.

The details on the monsters, the enemies, the partners, the new abilities, and their strengths/weaknesses are all taken into consideration with much care. 

Overall, I highly recommend this game! Maybe I hyped it up to much, but it was an honest surprise. There is a lot packed into this game. I could have played for hours and hours more, but I had to move onto other games. 

Side note: Just keep in mind that the moving speed is very slow at the beginning and it drove me crazy. You will get a couple of abilities that make your movement speed very fast, so stay strong until then. 

Steam Deck Compatibility: This game is verified and ran great on the steam deck. I recommend this one on the deck if you have one. 

Next Time:


    11 hours playtime

    13 of 43 achievements

  • Roadwarden

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 43 achievements


    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 31 achievements

End of March Update!

Hey everyone! I skipped some updates so a couple of these games were beaten in February. Hope everyone had a good month!

9.8 hours

Celeste is a puzzle platformer where you play as a girl named Madeline who is trying to get to the top of the Celeste mountain. The platforming is difficult but it slowly introduces you to new abilities and areas that make the learning curve very satisfying. I love the pixel art and the relaxing soundtrack. There is also a deeper message in the story about facing your inner demons. 

The game has a lot of extra content, like collectibles and extra levels. I admittedly did not go for many of the strawberries or tapes. I do plan on going back soon to play the extra levels. Overall, the game was fun! It is difficult but not unfair. There were a couple chapters I struggled with, but overall, i really enjoyed this game! I definitely recommend Celeste. 

Steam Deck Compatibility: Celeste is Steam Deck verified, and it worked perfectly! I had zero issues while playing. 

Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Rei

6.0 hours, 7 of 7 achievements
3/10 One good story, two disgraces to Higurashi

Higurashi When They Cry Hou: Rei features three bonus stories. One story takes place after the main game and the other two are set in unknown timelines. Playing this game is not necessary to understand the full story of Higurashi. It's just extra bonus content. Out of the three stories, only one is worth reading, in my opinion. 

Saikoroshi-hen: The first story is by far the best and longest one. Rika is hit by a car while riding her bicycle with her friends. When she wakes up, she is suddenly in the schoolyard and her friends are acting differently towards her. Many other strange events happen and Rika is once again solving a mystery. This story isn't perfect but it fits in with the Higurashi universe. It lets Rika shine as the main character and it has that balance of comedy with a large dose of drama and dread.

Hirukowashi: The second story is a slice-of-life comedy. While treasure hunting, Rena finds a strange object. It turns out to be a magical artifact that makes her fall in love with whoever is holding the other artifact. There is no real drama or high stakes in this story. It's purely a comedy. It could have been a fun premise but there are too many questionable things here that make it boring and uncomfortable. For example: The super long mahjong game that took up half the story. or the fact that Rena falls in love with grown adults and they never discourage it. Overall, this is the second best story of the three but I still would not recommend it. The third one is just horrendously bad. 

Batsukoishi: Here we have it. The worst story of the bunch. I don't even know if you can call this a story and not just some creeps fantasy.

After Keiichi keeps losing at the club games, he goes home and fantasizes about what would happen if he won the games. What punishments he would give each club member. This whole story is about underage kids dressing in perverted ways while a lot of sexual jokes are made about them. I understand that Keiichi is a teenager, but there is nothing more to this story than the reader reading a risky story about underage kids. This is the shortest story on the list, but it even being part of this series (along with other similar parts in the stories) reduces this incredibly compelling mystery VN series by so much. 

Overall, I do not recommend this game. It doesn't add to the main story. Only one of these short stories was worth it, and its not going to be a big deal if you don't read it. The bad heavily outweighs the good here and I hope the next game (which I'm guessing are also bonus stories?) is much better. 

Steam Deck Compatibility:  The steam deck status is "unknown," but like most visual novels, it runs perfectly fine on the steam deck. 

Slay the Princess

5.2 hours, 34 of 97 achievements
7/10 Slay the princess they said. It'll be fun they said.

Slay the Princess is a visual novel with multiple choices. You start out in the woods, on the way to a cabin. You are there to slay the princess. The story features multiple endings, but each ending is a new beginning. I can't say anything about the story without spoilers, but it was an interesting VN that sets itself apart from many others.

The handrawn art style really works for this game. It's also fully voice-acted, with multiple voices being used throughout. The voice acting is a lot of fun and it really adds to the atmosphere. The genre is a mystery horror. It's not super scary but there are definitely horror elements.
I got most of the endings. By the end it didn't emotionally hit me like it did others. I enjoyed it but I wasn't engrossed in it.. I gave it a higher rating than I initially thought, because the voice acting, the art, and the endings really wrap this up into a very unique experience.

If this looks like your type of visual novel, then I would recommend it. 

Steam Deck Compatibility: This game is Steam deck verified and it worked great. No issues. 

Echoes of the Fey: The Last Sacrament

12.2 hours, 14 of 21 achievements
6/10 a worthy successor, if not just a little too ambitious

Echoes of the Fey: The Last Sacrament is a visual novel by Woodsy Studio. It is a sequel to Echoes of the Fey: The Fox's Trail. I really enjoyed The Fox's Trail. The fantasy elements were fun, there was a lot of lore, and I enjoy a good detective story. The Last Sacrament continues where the first one leaves off, expanding on the lore and the characters. You play again as Sofya, who is taking on two cases this time. Sofya's childhood friend Katerina (who is also the emperor's daughter) is seeking her help and protection. Meanwhile, Sofya is also being blackmailed by Katerina’s rival Nikola, into stealing something powerful. 

First, I enjoyed the story. There is a lot more going on and more characters are introduced. I did like the first game better but this is a fine chapter in the story. There are multiple characters to romance again and there is a lot more lore you can read about. I liked Sofya and Heremon's friendship/relationship better in the first game.  It feels like there are so many different directions this game went that they couldn't focus on perfecting all of the storylines. I also got an ending that I didn't like. It left some loose ends.  I'll have to replay to get the full experience and see if that changes my mind! 

This sequel also introduces a minigame called RiftRealms. It's a dnd inspired dungeon crawling game. It's a really neat idea but its very very clunky and way too easy. Even if you handicap yourself, it's almost impossible to lose riftrealms. I appreciate the effort they put into it, but I just didn't like it. It was slow and clunky and it connected to the main story so playing it multiple times is unavoidable. 

Overall, I'd still recommend The Last Sacrament, even if I like the first game better. It adds to the story and introduces some neat characters. It expands on the lore and is ambitious with its storylines. I'm interested to see what Sofya and Heremon do next. 

Steam Deck Compatibility: The game has an "unknown" status on the steam deck, but it worked fine with no problems!

Spyro™ Reignited Trilogy

20.8 hours, 40 of 105 achievements
7/10 It's Spyro. 🐉

It's Spyro the dragon. If I were rating this purely on the Spyro games alone, it's a ten. Spyro is nostalgia to the max. I love that dragon 😂

It might just be nostalgia bias, but there is a certain charm in the originals that felt removed from the remake. I can replay the originals all day but the remake was missing that special something that made me love Spyro games in the first place. I can't really pinpoint what my problem with it was, because overall they did a good job. 

The graphics look good. The character redesigns are cute. Hard to get used to, but cute. The voice acting was great and I could tell a good amount of effort was put into this remake.

It wasn't perfect. It did have some bugs and the camera angles were abysmal at times. The camera angles made the boss fights and racing segments more difficult. The original games also had this problem but not near this extent. 

Overall, I'd recommend this trilogy! If I were to rate my favorites in order, it would be Spyro 3, then Spyro 1, then 2.

I remember playing Spyro 3 the most as a kid. The minigames are so much fun. At least most of them. That firefly mushroom stomping game is evil. I remember loving the skateboarding minigames as a kid. The story feels more dire and Bianca was a great addition as a supporting villain. Most of your favorite characters from Spyro 2 are back, with some new characters and levels added. 

The first game is my second favorite. That nostalgia just hits hard when you see those dragon statues again. No minigames, just good platforming. Seeing all the different dragons was a lot of fun and the levels went from easy to very challenging. Some levels were much more challenging than I remembered. Especially the tree top level. 

I spent the least amount of time on Spyro 2.  I skipped most of the minigames and did enough to get to the final boss. No offense to people who love Spyro 2, but this game just felt like the awkward middle child of the series. I didn't like the talisman or the fact that you had to kill a certain number of enemies to use the powerups. Everything felt very calculated. For someone like me who does not go for 100%, I felt forced into doing a lot of minigames that I didn't want to. It felt more like a chore. I also didn't like how you got the abilities and the backtracking involved with them. It's still not a bad game, though! It introduced gameplay elements that are used in the third game, like swimming. It also introduced some fan favorites, like Moneybags and, of course, Hunter the Cheetah. Also it has the best final boss battle out of the three imo. I really enjoyed that Ripto fight. 

Overall, I recommend this trilogy. I'm not someone who goes for achievements or collects everything. If you are trying to get 100% you'll probably get more out of the game than I did. 

Steam Deck Compatibility: This game is Steam deck verified. It worked fine. I don't think I had any issues while playing. 

Retro City Rampage™ DX

6.8 hours, 6 of 20 achievements
4/10 a parody of a parody of a parody of a...

Retro City Rampage is an open-world, retro-style shooter. It's pretty much an 8-bit version of GTA. It has retro aesthetics and a 70s and 80s vibe with lots of older pop culture references. I want to start out by saying that this isn't a bad game at all. The gameplay is solid. There are a lot of fun references cooked into the plot. The aesthetic is fun and they definitely nail the atmosphere they are going for with the graphics and sound design. There is just more that I dislike.

I didn't like most of the missions. A majority of them are you driving from point A to point B back to point A again. The game is incredibly easy and the police don't add any challenges, making it very boring. There are some missions that increase the difficulty a lot because you die in ridiculous ways. There isn't much of a story. The story is a vessel to throw as many pop culture references as humanly possible into the game. 

I do think an 8-bit GTA game full of 80s pop culture references is the best way to describe this. Not terrible, but the opposite of games I enjoy playing. 

Steam Deck Compatibility: This game is Steam deck verified and it worked great! Zero issues. 

Songbird Symphony

8.1 hours, 7 of 11 achievements
7/10 A cute charming rhythm game!

Songbird Symphony was quite a surprise! I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. Songbird Symphony is a musical side-scroller metroidvania. You play as a little orphaned bird named birb (of course), who decides to leave home to find where he belongs.

The songs are wonderful. They are cute and creative and there are a lot of them! The pixel art is beautiful to look at. The character designs are frickin adorable. The characters ooze charm and the game has a lot of good messages, especially if you want to play with a young child.

This is a rhythm game so you battle and interact with other characters by using music. You get more music notes as you continue the game. The rhythm segments are difficult. It starts off easy but can get a little too difficult over time. I wish I could have kept up with it but unfortunately I fell behind on a lot of the rhthym parts.

They find creative ways to do the rhthym segments, like mixing up the notes or making them disappear so you can't see whats coming next. To counter the difficulty, the game makes it impossible to fail. If you fail the rhythm segments, you still get to continue on. There is no game over screen and you don't have to repeat any part of the game. You also can't die in the game either. The scoring for the rhthym parts is forgiving. I got an average B score even though I did terrible. You are able to replay the songs and try to get a higher score if you want.

There were a couple things that could be improved in the game. The difficulty spike is one of them. There was also an area that was confusing to navigate. The end of the game had a lot of puzzles for no reason. It felt like they wanted to pad out the time.

Overall, I highly recommend this game! Maybe on sale since it's a short game.

Steam Deck Compatibility: This game is Steam deck verified and it worked perfectly fine. This has been a good batch of games for the steam deck. Usually I run into some issues but not this time.

Sonic Mania

7.3 hours, 6 of 18 achievements
8/10 It's Sonic 🦔

Sonic Mania is a remake… a remaster… a reimagining? I'm not sure. It has a lot of levels and elements of the old Sonic games but they've added so many new things as well. It's great. The graphics look crisp. You can choose which character you want to play. There are different modes. The old levels are there. It's full of nostalgia. They added new levels. They added in Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine segments. What else can I say. 

If you enjoy the old side-scroller Sonic games, this is a no-brainer. I was never good at the old Sonic games but I loved playing them. i was better at the 3D Sonic games, like Sonic Adventures 2. I died a lot… a LOT. in this game. I think I got crushed by every block in existence. Also, the last level was terrible. It was such a bad idea to force the player to use all those orbs. 

Overall, this was great. I'm bad at it but that's just me. If you love the old Sonic games, then you probably already own this. If not, then I recommend it. 

Steam Deck Compatibility: It's verified and it works as intended. 


Next Time!

  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps

    14 hours playtime

    6 of 37 achievements

  • Cassette Beasts

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 123 achievements


    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 43 achievements

  • Cattails

    8 minutes playtime

    0 of 43 achievements

End of 2023 Report!

Better late than never. I beat 30 Steam Games this year. It’s less than last year but I have lots of plans to tackle my backlock in 2024!

Here are some games I’ve beaten in December:

Sticky Business

11.9 hours, 26 of 36 achievements
7/10 Dinosaur Stickers

Sticky Business is a simple and cute game where you start your own online sticker shop. You design different stickers using the designs that the game provides you. Make a sticker, add it to your shop and the customers will buy them from you. Then use the in-game currency to buy more designs, packing materials, etc. The game is relaxing and you can move at your own pace. It's a good game if you enjoy art and general creativity.
Sticker Business does get very repetitive after a while. They are consistently updating the game with new stickers, but the overall gameplay mechanic got boring to me towards the end of the game. I would still highly recommend this game if it sounds like something you'd like. It's just so darn adorable and we need more wholesome games that help you unwind after a long day.

Choice of Life: Middle Ages

1.3 hours, 16 of 19 achievements
5/10 solid choice game

Choice of Life is a medieval Choose-Your-Own-Adventure game. It starts when you are born and provides you with two different choices throughout the game. The choices you make will either branch to another path in the game or lead to your demise. It's a simple VN with a good amount of variety.I bought it for $1 and it was fun. It's a short game. I got most of the endings in less than 2 hours. If you like those choose-your-own adventure books, then I'd recommend this one. Especially on sale.

Choice of Life: Middle Ages 2

2.6 hours, 6 of 22 achievements
6/10 a notable improvement from the original

Choice of Life: Middle Ages 2 is similar to the first. A choose-your-own-adventure story that branches to several different paths. This sequel improves on the first by adding more choices, more branching paths, and more endings. In this game, you play the Prince of the Kingdom, and you have to choose how to rule the kingdom and keep yourself alive. The gameplay is the same. It's a VN where you read text and make a choice. You get more variety in the locations you want to visit, which branches the story even more. It's still a short game but its a lot longer than the first one. It's about triple the time if you get all the endings for both.

Overall, if you like choose-your-own adventure books, I recommend this game, especially on sale!

I just wanted to say, thank you all for the wonderful year. I’ve loved reading all of your reviews, even if I haven’t commented on most of them (which i want to do more). BLAEO has gotten me through some tough times and this year has not been an exception. I can’t wait to continue this backlock defeating journey! And with that, here are some–

end of the year stats 🥳

Favorite Game Beaten This Year:

I loved everything about this game, flaws and all. I know its hit or miss for people, but its a truly unique experience that gave me everything I was looking for in a game.

Favorite Runner Up!

I didnt quite understand the story, but the rest was chefs kiss. The animation, the gameplay, the variety of levels, and the clever fourth wall breaks.

Least Favorite Game Beaten This Year:

“Inspired” by the game OFF but with no clear intention. A bunch of random = funny humor and an annoying game-breaking bug that involved messing with the files to fix.

Biggest Surprise:

  • Anglerfish

    4.8 hours playtime

    no achievements

Never heard of this game before getting it on heavy discount. Such a unique, strange, and unpredictable experience. A surprise in all the right ways.

Biggest Disappointment

I was between this and Afterparty, but the more I thought about this one the more disappointed I was. I enjoyed the idea behind the story, but the execution was just so boring. I can understand why people like it, but I think games like Life is Strange did much better with the narrative. Also I bought this full price and it became free after.

Hope everyone has a Happy 2024!

End of October/November Update!

October is the month I play as many horror/halloween themed games as I can, but lifes been busy so I extended this to November as well. Most of my time has gone towards BG3 and Alan Wake 2 but I’m excited to participate in some of the recent BLAEO activities.


8.2 hours, 10 of 23 achievements
5/10 Not enough drinking

Afterparty is a dark comedy game that was made by the same developers of Oxenfree. When this game was announced, I was extremely excited. I love Oxenfree and the premise of Afterparty seems so ridiculous and fun. 

In Afterparty, you play as best friends Milo and Lola, who have been recently sent to hell and now must outdrink the devil in order to escape. The game had some good moments, but overall, I thought it was disappointing. The hook is great, but it never lives up to it. The main characters aren't very likeable, and the drama is lacking. Where the minimal gameplay in Oxenfree was still engaging and carried by the atmosphere and plot, Afterparty feels like a chore. I got to a point in the middle where I thought I was going to get to the meat of the story. Instead, it told me I had to do this, get that, and take it to this, and do that, and this…. it felt like a short game that was still trying to pad out the time with tedious quests.

As harsh as I am on the game, I didn't hate it. I love the art and the atmosphere. The voice acting is good, and some of the humor hits. I don't think it's a bad game, and if you play it before Oxenfree, it's probably even better. Especially since I do compare games, whether I like to or not. Overall, I think its an average game. Between the thumbs up and thumbs down. I personally would not recommend this game unless youre a big Night School Studio Fan. 

Steam Deck Compatibility: Afterparty is verified on the steam deck and it works great! I didn't have any issues


4.8 hours, no achievements
8/10 would die again

Anglerfish is a good game, and I'm surprised it's not more popular!

To celebrate a bachelor party, you and your friends go to a bar called Anglerfish. From there, some crazy sh*t happens. The game has some interesting mechanics. You will die many times while playing, and every time you die, the game saves, and something changes. Keep dying and keep going until you can get to the end of the mystery. 

I want to be vague in this review. My advice is to go into the game blind. Anglerfish is weird, creative, funny, random, and spooky.  I didn't really understand the story, and I'm not sure the story even mattered. I think it was more about the journey than the destination. I was along for the ride the whole time. The atmosphere was spot on, and I managed to do multiple playthroughs even though I'm not the type of person to do so. 

This game isn't for everyone, and it can feel like trial and error at times. There will be a lot of repetition of the same tasks. To counter that, the game does change to make it easier or less choresome if you are struggling at a part. 

Anglerfish isn't for everyone, but I would recommend it both on sale or off sale. I had a blast and I can easily see it catching popularity at some point.

Steam Deck Compatibility: The status of Anglerfish on the Steam Deck is "unknown." It's not verified, but I didn't have any issues. There is a short section of the game where you have to aim a weapon with crosshairs and use quick reaction time, which was difficult with the trackpad. Luckily it didn't last super long. Other than that, it works great on the deck.

Sally Face - Episode One

1.6 hours, 3 of 35 achievements
6/10 promising start

Sally Face: Episode 1 is a side-scrolling horror game where you play as a young boy with a prosthetic face who just moved into some new apartments with his dad. As he gets to know his neighbors, he discovers a mystery involving a murder.

I only played Episode 1 of Sally Face, but so far it has had a promising start. It raised a lot of questions and definitely had a creepy atmosphere. The art is nice, and I have no idea how the story will continue if I decide to purchase the rest of the game.

The puzzles are pretty straightforward. The first episode is just about going to different rooms and talking to different neighbors. It wasn't super engaging, but I can tell it will improve as the episodes go on. Overall, a good start. I would recommend checking it out.

Steam Deck Compatibility: Sally Face is verified on the Steam Deck and I didn't have any problems.**

The Typing of The Dead: Overkill

4.6 hours, 13 of 33 achievements
7/10 I can finally win fights with words

Typing of the Dead Overkill is an on-rail shooter, but with your keyboard as the weapon. You are in a zombie apocalypse and will visit multiple areas infested with zombies. Words will pop up on the screen, and successfully typing out the words will kill the zombies. The game perfectly imitates low-budget 70's-80's action horror movies.
The humor isn't my cup, especially because I didn't grow up with cheesy horror movies, but it's a perfect way to practice something useful while never making it feel like a chore. I took a typing class in school. I'm a very fast typer now, but the class was so incredibly boring. I wish I knew about this game back then! 
The game is great, but I do have one complaint. The final boss battle was designed horribly. For all of the boss battles, you have to type out words to defeat the bosses, but in the final fight, it gives you a prompt and tells you to type out as many words as you can relating to that prompt. It makes the fight either impossible or the easiest fight ever. The reason is because thinking of answers to the prompts is too hard. The story and characters are generic, which makes specific adjectives hard to find in the short time you have. On the other hand, the game registers any word you type in, so you can just spam anything (not even words, just alskdfhlaskhdfsh) and it will register as a word and win you the fight. It was a fantastic idea in theory but the execution failed.
Other than that, I can't say anything bad about the game. It's corny and dumb, but that's the point. It's great for improving your WPM and even better for beginner typers. It has different difficulties, so it's suited for any skill level. There are also extra modes that I didn't even explore. I recommend this game for improving your typing!

Next Time:

  • Baldur's Gate 3

    124 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Rei

    3 hours playtime

    3 of 7 achievements

  • Far Cry Primal

    40 minutes playtime

    no achievements

  • Cleo - a pirate's tale

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 24 achievements

  • Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth

    2 minutes playtime

    0 of 41 achievements

  • Slay the Princess

    45 minutes playtime

    0 of 97 achievements

  • Echoes of the Fey: The Last Sacrament

    5 hours playtime

    4 of 21 achievements

  • Marvel's Avengers - The Definitive Edition

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 50 achievements

  • Night Call

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 45 achievements

End of the Month(s) Stats:

Games Beaten This Month (oct-nov) Afterparty, Anglerfish, Sally Face - Episode One, The Typing of the dead: Overkill
Least favorite game this month: Afterparty
Most Exciting New Edition: Alan Wake 2
Best Contender for Next Month: Baldur’s Gate 3
Biggest disappointment: Afterparty
Hidden Gem: Anglerfish
Biggest surprise: Anglerfish

Late End of September Update!

I’ve been too lazy to make this post but now I have to because its spooky game season and I’m excited to play as many horror games as possible! I’m also going to be tackling my PoP games and try to beat them all. I hope everyone has a great October!

Cat Cafe Manager

13.9 hours, 43 of 62 achievements
6/10 Can Pet Cats

Cat Cafe Manager is a cozy little cafe management game where you rebuild your grandmother's cafe from the ground up. Different types of customers will visit your cafe (such as Witches, Punks, Artists, etc) and each type will give you a specific type of currency as payment. You can use the currency on specific stores to purchase things for your cafe or cats. Each type of person also likes certain types of food.

It's a casual game with minimal story. The fun comes from customizing your cafe. You can choose your employees, which cats to adopt, and what type of furniture to decorate with. There is a large variety of furniture options to make your cafe feel like your own. There are also some fun and creative cat designs.

Overall, its an adorable and fun game. You serve food, decorate your cafe, interact with cats, etc. There isn't really a penalty for doing badly other than taking longer to obtain currency. It's perfect for someone who wants a casual relaxing game. It does get repetitive fairly quickly and goes on a bit too long. I would recommend it on sale.

Steam Deck Compatibility: This game is Verified on the Steam Deck. Overall, it worked very well. There was a bug when adopting and trying to name a cat; it would freeze up sometimes and erase the name, causing me to retype it again. It could be just a game bug.


22.4 hours, 22 of 40 achievements
8/10 A mix between Undertale, Slay the Spire, and Hand of Fate

Inscryption is a deck-building puzzle card game with a strong and unique narrative. You find yourself stuck in a cabin with no idea how you got there, and you're forced to play games with a being called Leshy. The game is full of fun strangeness and adventure, and it kept me hooked throughout.
I'm usually terrible at deck-building and card games, but the game does a really good job at explaining how to play. It also has an interesting story with meta undertones. The graphics are great, and the gameplay provides plenty of variety. If you like unique and strange narratives like Pony Island or the Hex you will probably like this game.

I would have given Inscryption a higher score, but there are some things that hold it back. The beginning of the game is actually my favorite, and I didn't enjoy the rest of the game as much. I still really loved it, but it starts out the strongest in my opinion. Also, after finishing the game, I looked up the lore to clear up some confusion, and I discovered that a chunk of the lore was not presented in this game and had to be discovered elsewhere. I believe part of the story comes from the game "The Hex" (which I didn't remember the story) and maybe some other source. I personally like the full story to be discovered in the game, unless it is said to be a direct sequel. Even if there are just clues to the story, I don't mind as long as all the stepping stones are in the game to lead me to the right conclusion. This is just a personal pet peeve of mine and might not affect anyone else. Either way, I definetely recommend this game off sale or on sale!

Steam Deck Compatibility: Inscryption is "Playable" on the Steam Deck but not yet verified. It did work very well, but it took me some time to get used to using the trackpad for the entire game. Its slower than a mouse, so its playable, but it might be more enjoyable on a PC. Also, there was a moment where you had to type in the game, and I had trouble pulling up the keyboard without pausing the game. A workaround for that is to press the keyboard buttons one at a time slowly, instead of at the same time.

Mythic Ocean

3.2 hours, 15 of 33 achievements
6/10 Has a fun and unique concept

Mythic Ocean is a narrative-driven choice game. You find yourself in the ocean with no memories of who you are. You then meet different gods and discover that you have a choice to change this world and choose who builds the new one. The gameplay is mainly exploration of the ocean and talking to different NPCs. You make choices that change the ending.

I think this is a very creative concept, I really enjoyed it and I would love to see an update or sequel that expands on it! It feels a little to short, and I could see a bigger and better game coming from this. Overall, fun game! Moving through the ocean feels satisfying and fluid, and I liked the different characters. I'd recommend it more on sale just because of the length.

Steam Deck Compatibility: Mythic Ocean is "playable" on steam deck and not yet verified. It works great though! Movement is great and I didn't have any issues at all!

Life is Strange 2

17.1 hours, 21 of 46 achievements
6/10 These games continue to make me emotional

This game is very divided among LIS fans, and I can totally see why. Overall, I did enjoy it, but I was on the fence for a lot of it. I played this game after Life is Strange 1, Before the Storm, and True Colors. I liked those games more, so playing this last probably affected my opinion. I'll write a spoiler review at the bottom to share all my opinions. 

Life is Strange 2 follows two brothers: Sean and Daniel Diaz. After an incident that went horribly wrong involving the police and the death of their father, the two brothers are on the run, and Daniel has discovered he has a new power.

First off, I really liked the main character. You play as Sean Diaz. He's the older brother to Daniel, and he has to lead the two to Mexico to evade the police. He is way over his head, but he still tries his best, and he cares about his little brother. 

The game also tackles some heavy topics, like racism and religion. It also features some very lovable side characters. I think the game does a great job at introducing characters throughout your journey and having them stand out in a positive way. They also do a great job at making the terrible, hateful characters stand out in a horrible way. 

I loved the atmosphere. I wish there was more soundtrack since these games like to use indie sounds, and it would have worked so well with the different locations and the open nature throughout the game. The tension is also great. I felt a lot of anxiety while on the journey. The atmosphere switches between both beautiful and nerve-wracking.

There are a good amount of choices in the game that actually do effect the game. I didn't realize a lot of choices existed until I got to the end of the chapter and compared my choices to others. Most choices were not very polarizing, but maybe it depends on what playstyle you're going for. 

A big thing I didn't like was the pacing. I felt bored playing a lot of the game. The other LIS games felt more interactive. You can't play as Daniel, so you don't get to play with the powers or solve puzzles. The gameplay feels very basic, other than finding collectibles. I usually don't mind minimal gameplay, but it is coupled with poor pacing. Some chapters are a lot of fun, and others  draaag. Some chapters are very long, and others are very short. 

Another problem i had was with Daniel himself. I'll add more in my spoiler review, but the game makes him a little too unlikable for too long, to the point where it's hard to fix his character later on. I spent most of the game feeling sympathetic towards Sean and hoping that Daniel improved as a character. I also have some thoughts on the ending, but I'll include that at the bottom. 

Overall, I've enjoyed every Life is Strange game and I'd recommend this one on sale. . 

Steam Deck Compatibility Life is Strange 2 is verified on Steam Deck and works great! I had zero issues. 

Spoiler review:
I'm not sure how I feel about the ending. I'm open to hearing other people's opinions on it. I hated it at first because it felt like my good choices led to bad endings. I know LIS 1 had a sad ending, but that was more of a mystery game in which you solved the mystery only to realize the tragedy of it all. It was meant to happen the whole time.

This was an adventure where you had one goal in mind, which was to get to Mexico and stick together. It seems like every ending has you failing that mission. I taught Daniel to be kind and not to hurt others, but because of that, Sean had to separate from him, most likely never seeing him again and always watching his back. If he teaches Daniel not to care about others, then Sean either ends up dead or with a brother who uses his powers for bad things. Either that, or Sean ends up in jail for 15 years as a cop killer. I figured that was one of the worst ending since his childhood is wasted; he could get physical or psychological damage from that, and it ends up on his permanent record. I didn't want to spend this entire journey getting to Mexico just to get arrested at the last second, like a Monty Python skit.

Also, they didn't tell us until the last chapter that Daniel would not face any repercussions from any of it (except house arrest), so instead of going on the run with Daniel, he would have been way safer staying behind at the beginning. He risked his life and lived outside for nothing.

I guess I wanted some kind of good ending since it felt like a long journey where so many sacrifices were made, just to end with a depressing conclusion. I am glad that my choices in the game did impact the ending and that there were so many different endings which is really nice.

Other than the ending, my only other problem was how they wrote Daniels character. I really wanted to like him more. He's young, and he's been through trauma, so it's understandable that he lashes out. The problem is just that they made him way too unlikable for far too long. The more I had Sean root for him, trust him, and support him, the worse he acted. He would do all the wrong things, go against my judgment, and take everyone's side but mine. I did get the high morality ending, but it was like Daniel was fighting Sean the entire way until the last chapter. I feel like my choices should have had more impact on helping him cope while also not being his punching bag. Sean also deserves happiness. Most of the conflict was caused by Daniel purposely not listening, which kept causing real consequences.

On a positive note, I really liked the side characters. Chapter 3 was my favorite. All the characters in that chapter felt like real people, and it was nice to see Sean and Daniel adapt to these different situations. Also, it was really exciting to see Chris again from the Captain Spirit game. I enjoyed that game a lot and I really wanted to see a full game with Chri-.. er..  I mean Captain Spirit!

Also David made a return from Life is Strange 1. It made me tear up hearing about Chloe. Overall enjoyed myself, would like to see a remake fix some problems though!

End of August Update!

Hey everyone. Hope things are going well. I’ll probably do less gaming this week since the hurricane is giving us some real bad weather. Other than that there’s been work and a whole lot of Baldurs Gate taking up my time. I wish everyone a fantastic September!



16 hours, 21 of 50 achievements
7/10 strawberry lollipops

Bayonetta was chosen for my PoP and was also a SG win.

If I'm totally honest, I don't like hack n slash games. I think I've tried three different games in the Devil May Cry series because I wanted to like it soo much. I could never finish a game. With that in mind, I did at least finish Bayonetta. I'll try to judge the game based on its quality and not my preferences. 

The very first thing that happens upon hitting "new game" is that you are thrown into a giant battle of epic proportions with no idea how you got there. That really sets the tone for the whole game. The game throws you in the middle of this story, and it is unapologetic about its approach. At first I was confused, but now I absolutely love that about this game. As you play, things get more clear, and you can learn a lot about the witches and other parts of the lore.

Let's get this out of the way. Bayonetta is a sex icon. A girlboss if you will. There is a lot of fan service, and she's always showing off her… assets. She owns her sexuality and uses it to murder her enemies, so I 100% support all of Bayonetta's decisions. 

My least favorite thing is the gameplay, and that's just because I don't like this type of gameplay. I'm sure its fantastic, and I'm just terrible. There are a lot of fun combos you can do and spells you can unlock. There is a LOT of fighting, so make sure that's something you like before going in. It takes up most of the game. I didn't even care about the score I got at the end of the chapters because it didn't change. I stayed in the stone/bronze range the whole way through. I am a failure and I'm proud.

My absolute favorite thing about the game was the scale of everything. So many areas were massive, and the bosses were even more so. The game was beautiful, and the level and character designs were on a whole other level. It looked amazing, and I couldn't believe how well they were able to scale these arenas and bosses to feel like this big epic fight.  The game is incredibly hard (or at least it was for me), but it's very much worth it for that sense of accomplishment you get after every fight. 

Overall, this isn't my type of game, but I'm glad I played it. I don't think I'll play the sequels, but it was fun to try something outside of my comfort zone and gain an appreciation for this genre. If this is your type of game, I 100% recommend it. Also I did not play this on the steam deck, so no comment on how well it works there.

OXENFREE II: Lost Signals

7.4 hours, 11 of 27 achievements
7/10 triangles in the sky

Oxenfree II: Lost Signals takes place 5 years after the first game. It does stand on its own, but having prior knowledge of the first game does add a lot of context to the sequel. I'd recommend playing this one after the first. 

We play as newcomer Riley, who just took a job setting up radio transmitters to help study radio anomolies. She is joined by a new coworker named Jacob, who will travel with you on this journey. This is mostly a creepy walking simulator with dialogue choices, and the gameplay consists of setting up these transmitters. 

I have a mostly positive opinion of this game. It's hard to make a sequel live up to such a great first game, but they do a really good job. 

I like the narrative and the main characters. Oxenfree is a very story-driven game, so it's important that the narrative carries the game. There are moments that definetely impacted me. The game is also fully voiced, like the first game, and the voice actors do a very good job at bringing their characters to life.  

There were a few things that made me like the first game better. I thought the first game was a lot creepier. Maybe because I know what to expect going into the sequel, but I was hoping it would surprise me. It just didn't add enough new mechanics to set the bar higher. It's also a little boring, for lack of a better word. There is a lot of walking and backtracking, but not enough engaging things to fill that gap time. It definitely picks up in the second half, though. 

Overall, I still think this is a great game. The story is great, the characters are likable, the visuals are fantastic, and there are some truly creepy moments, even if the first one scared me more. I also like that the walkie-talkie and radio play a bigger part in this game. If they make another Oxenfree, I will gladly play it!

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure

3.3 hours, 9 of 9 achievements
6/10 colorful birds

Alba is a wholesome, cozy wildlife game about a young girl named Alba. Alba loves animals, and during her summer vacation to her grandparents house, she decides to study and help every animal on the island. Meanwhile, a big corporation is planning to replace the wildlife preserve with their fancy new hotel. Together with her best friend Ines, Alba tries to stop the hotel while also meeting lots of animal friends on the way.

This game is adorable. Alba has an app on her phone that displays an animal's information when she snaps a photo of it. The game consists of you going around the island, taking pictures of different animals (mostly bird species), and helping the community with different tasks. The gameplay is minimal but very relaxing, and it hits that part of the brain that feels good about positive accomplishments.

If I had a small gripe, it would be that when you take pictures of animals, they show up as a premade image of that animal instead of the picture you captured. It's not exactly a photography game, so I understand that it would be hard to implement that, but I played a lot of Toem before this so I'm spoiled.

Overall, Alba is a cozy game that is worth your time. I recommend it when you are stressed or just want to unwind after a long day.

Boyfriend Dungeon

12.6 hours, 45 of 45 achievements
7/10 dateable weapons

I don't know what I expected when I went into this game, but it was even weirder than that. Boyfriend Dungeon is a Rougelike… Dungeon-Crawler… Romance Sim?

Your family is worried about you. You're shy and awkward, and you've never been on a date in your life! Your cousin lets you stay rent-free in his old apartment at Verona Beach, encouraging you to socialize and meet some new people. You also take up a job fighting in the dungeons and leveling up your weapons, which also serves as therapy to help tackle your deepest fears and insecurities. Did I mention that your weapons are human/weapon hybrids and you have the potential to fall in love with all of them? 

Dungeon Boyfriend is strange, and it knows it. It embraces its strangeness, which leads to a pretty memorable game. I don't want to get into the mechanics too much to avoid spoilers, but it's half dungeon crawler and half dating sim. There are a lot of characters to romance, or you can choose to just be friends. The game is very lenient about letting you choose how you want to approach each character. Even the dungeon-crawling portions are very forgiving. The game is not very difficult and is better for casual players of the roguelike genre. 

I enjoyed this game. I thought I'd hate it but I ended up getting all the achievements, which is not something I usually care about. I can see opinions being very divisive about the characters. Some were good, and others were… not boyfriend material. They each have very different personalities, so I can see the ranking being vastly different for everyone. The game is also LGBTQ-friendly, which is nice.

I ended up romancing everyone to get the achievement, but also because the most fun part was completing everything I could in the game. There were definitely some things that held the game back. There are only three dungeons (two are needed to complete the game) with around 12 floors each. Once you find everything, there isn't any replay value. The characters also felt like they fell a little short. Each romance had an anticlimactic conclusion. It's like the game had some really good ideas but just kind of… felt short. I can see a sequel really improving on this initial concept. 

Overall, the game is a gimmick, but the gimmick is fun and interesting I also recommend it for casual players. I found myself enganged in this universe and accepting every weird thing that was revealed to me. Also, Pocket is best character. Both weapon and character If you know, you know. 

Next Time: (always subject to change!)

  • Baldur's Gate 3

    58 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Blacksad

    59 minutes playtime

    1 of 39 achievements

  • Maneater

    38 minutes playtime

    3 of 44 achievements

  • No Place Like Home

    6 minutes playtime

    0 of 158 achievements

End of July Update!

Hope everyone is doing well! Work has had me stressed out lately so I decided to hook my old gamecube up again. I found some games for it recently and I was feeling nostalgic. Maybe I’ll do some classic gamecube reviews. Other than that, I’m working on my Challenge Me and POP games. There are so many great choices so I’m excited for next month. GLHF everyone!


10.4 hours, 39 of 48 achievements
8/10 a cozy wholesome photography game

Toem is a hand-drawn photography game. You are on a mission to get to the top of the mountain, but on the way, you visit different areas, take lots of pictures, do missions, and meet quirky and fun characters This game is absolutely adorable. The puzzles are creative, and there is so much little detail in the game. The art style is perfect for the tone. It truly feels unique in every way. The gameplay consists of you helping the community in each area to move on to the next one. You have to take pictures of your objectives, but you are free to take pictures of anything and everything you want. You can even name the pictures :D

It's cozy. It's wholesome. It's perfect for a bad day. If you want games like A Short Hike but with photography, then definitely check this out.

Steam Deck Compatibility: Toem is Steam Deck verified. It works great with no issues, unless you choose to name your pictures. You have to do it manually by pulling up the deck keyboard with steam + x. Unfortunately, even if hit at the same time, this also kept pulling me out of the game and into the library, not closing the game entirely but causing a minor inconvenience. Also, typing can be slow when naming multiple pictures, but it is well worth it!

Ice Age: Scrat's Nutty Adventure

5 hours, 21 of 36 achievements
3/10 Not terrible, but not good either

Ice Age Scrat's Nutty Adventure is a 3D platformer, starring our favorite annoying little squirrel, Scrat. I've only seen the first Ice Age movie, but this looks like a stand-alone story with little plot, so no prior knowledge is necessary. This game wasn't awful, but it just felt kind of… lifeless. There are a lot of bugs, the levels were boring, and the combat was very surface level and repetitive. It just feels a little awkward to play. The graphics looked okay, and the humor seemed to be on par with the films. There isn't anything inherently offensive about the game; it just felt like one of those soulless movie tie-ins. If you are a big fan of Ice Age, then maybe give it a try. If you are just playing because you love 3D platformers like I do, then maybe wait for a better option.

Steam Deck Compatibility: This game is playable but not verified on the Steam Deck. Everything worked well, and I had no issues playing it on the deck. 

Shelter 2

3 hours, 3 of 26 achievements
5/10 a wonderful idea but could be executed better

Shelter 2 is a survival game in which you are a mother Lynx who must survive and keep her babies alive until their adulthood. I have a love/hate relationship with this game, which is why I gave it a 5/10 rating. I love the idea behind Shelter, and I really enjoyed the first game. The first game was more linear, whereas this one allows you to openly explore the map. I didn't like the fact that there wasn't a clear goal. Unless you enjoy getting the collectibles, there wasn't any incentive to really explore since you gained nothing from it and it usually led to more deaths of your cubs. The game is very vague on what to do, which is a point of enjoyment for some but a point of heavy confusion for me. 

The art style is very beautiful. All of the Shelter games have this art style. It's very cute and unique. The Lynx cubs look absolutely adorable. I used to love playing the game "Meadow" before it lost most of its playerbase, so the art is very nostalgic to me. My only issue with the style is that the cubs really blend into the background, making it hard to see them and keep them alive. I thought there was a way to pull up the cubs names since you can name them. I tried everything, but as far as I know, you are not able to see the names you gave them. 

Overall, Shelter 2 struggles with the balance between realistic and boring. I say this with a very opinionated review since the game has received very positive reception. I thought the areas looked very bland, and the gameplay was way too simplistic. There is also a balancing issue. Believe it or not, during the entire first run of the game I played, I didn't run into a single enemy or threat to my cubs. Absolutely nothing happened. I did explore the whole map, but still, I only lost one cub due to hunger or cold.. It was a little unclear. But no enemies. no threats at all, other than their insatiable appetite. I then played it a second time, and ran into a few predators. This left a bad first impression because I was very nervous but disappointed at the same time. I didn't have an objective, I didn't have a threat. I spent the whole time just running around and biting animals. If you remove the threats, the game is very barebones. 

On the positive side, once you beat the game, you can replay it over and over by using the children of the previous Lynx you were playing. You can create an entire family tree the more you play the game. That's a really neat way to do a new game +. I still love the idea behind Shelter. The fear and hopelessness of raising your cubs in the dangerous tundra. Especially when they are so frickin cute. Who doesn't love lynxes. I would still rank this lower than other games in the Shelter series made by Might and Delight. Just for fun, I'd rank Meadow first. Back when they used to have a large playerbase. Now you can't really play Meadow at all. But that would have been first, followed by Shelter 1. After that, I'd put Paws, and lastly, Shelter 2. I haven't played Shelter 3, but from the reviews, I'm guessing that would probably be in last place.

Steam Deck Compatibility: Shelter 2 is not steam deck verified. The status is "unknown." I had a lot of issues playing with the steam deck. I wasn't going to blame the game itself since it's not Steam-verified. But after googling, it looks like the issues are happening to everyone who tries to play the game with a controller. The game says it is compatible with controllers, but it doesn't seem to be. The biggest issue is about 30 seconds into the game. The tutorial that pops up shows you how to jump, but you can't bypass that on the controller. You are stuck on the jump screen forever. I Googled a workaround and fixed it, but that and many issues appear if you play with controller. Overall, I do not recommend using a controller or a steam deck. Play on the keyboard and mouse instead!

Next Time:

There are plenty of games i’ll be checking out next month. These are just some of them. Happy gaming everyone!

  • Bayonetta

    4 hours playtime

    5 of 50 achievements

  • Re:Call

    7 hours playtime

    9 of 11 achievements

  • Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Rei

    3 hours playtime

    3 of 7 achievements

  • OXENFREE II: Lost Signals

    2 hours playtime

    1 of 27 achievements

  • SteamWorld Dig 2

    5 hours playtime

    8 of 34 achievements

  • Mr. Saitou

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 10 achievements

  • Cyberpunk 2077

    13 hours playtime

    3 of 44 achievements

End of June Update!


My Child Lebensborn

5.6 hours, 48 of 64 achievements
7/10 hard to play and hard to forget

Warning: I will be talking about tiny little spoilers in this review. Not plot points, but more like the gameplay and the tone of the game. 

My Child Lebensborn is a story-driven simulation game about raising an adopted child. The game takes place after World War 2, and you get to decide if you want to adopt a German boy named Klaus or a German girl named Karin. The game consists of caring for your child, comforting them, dealing with hardships, and trying to give them the best life possible. You choose what actions you want to take throughout the day, whether it's buying and cooking food, reading bedtime stories, going out, etc. Your time is limited, so you have to choose wisely. There are other choices you can make, but they don't lead to multiple endings. The choices are mostly dialogue options that can change how your child reacts to things. 

There is a clear message the developers wanted to convey with this game. It could have felt moralizing or like a bad history lesson, but it doesn't. It puts you in the shoes of someone in that time period and in that situation. My Child Lebensborn does a fantastic job at spreading a message, educating, and having me glued to the game the whole time. This game truly makes you feel like a parent. Every happy moment is exciting, and every emotional moment hits like a ton of bricks. Just be aware before you play, there are some difficult topics in this game. 

Overall, this game is not a masterpiece, but to me, it is masterfully crafted at having you walk in someone else's shoes and see the world through someone else's eyes. 

Growing Up

4.2 hours, 19 of 62 achievements
5/10 good ideas but needs to be longer

Growing Up is a life simulation game where you start out as a baby and end the game at your high school graduation. You pick skills you want to learn and train them, and then after each day you access a tree of traits such as intelligence, strength, etc. You pick which traits you want and then use those to unlock more skills that you practice. There is also a story where you can make choices that lead to different endings. This leads to a Candy Crush-like minigame that decides your grade for the year. There are probably a lot of differences depending on which skills you decide to learn and who you interact with in the story. I didn't love the game, so I only did one playthrough. I'm sure it's a lot better if you do more than one. 

For me, the game just went by way too fast. It didn't feel like I had time to explore or decide what skills I wanted to focus on. I would enjoy the game a lot more if I could take my time and explore a little more. On top of the skills, you also have to keep your mental health high by doing fun activities, but a lot of fun activities upset your parents. Then you have to keep your parents expectations high, accomplish the goals that they give you each week, and focus on chores if you want to buy things that help your skills. There are also rewards that can take up entire days, and you can visit different areas, which unlock more things. Basically, there is a lot to do in the game and not nearly enough time to do it all, or even a portion. I know that replayability is highly encouraged, but I like to get the most out of my games on the first run. 

This game has a lot going for it, and it's well done, but I liked the idea more than the execution. 

End of the Month Stats:

Games Beaten This Month: Imposter Factory, Untitled Goose Game, A Story Beside, Scheming Through the Zombie Apocalypse, My Child Lebensborn, Growing Up
Favorite Game This Month: A Story Beside
Least favorite game this month: Growing Up
Most Exciting New Edition: Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Rei
Biggest disappointment: Growing Up
Hidden Gem: Scheming Through the Zombie Apocalypse
Biggest surprise: My Child Lebensborn

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