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Welcome to my little corner in BLAEO! I plan to make at least monthly posts documenting my fight against my (small) backlog :)


August Progress Report

I spend about half of my PC screen time on my laptop, so I thought it’d be interesting to play games the laptop can handle this month (which is very, very potato compared to my desktop). This does mean I’d be limited to mostly pixelart-style indies, but backlog is still backlog, and any progress is better than no progress at all :P
Thankfully most games support Steam cloud quite well and it was rather painless to move back and forth playing between laptop and desktop.


Completed games:

FINAL FANTASY

FINAL FANTASY

Rating: 9.0 out of 10
16.5 hours
24 of 24 achievements

Despite the lack of extra content found in other editions of FF1, this is an excellent version of the game (and right now the only way to play FF1 on Steam officially, as far as I know). The port is excellent, the remastered pixelart is really nice to look at, and it runs perfectly fine without any stutters or framedrops. What surprised me the most was the remastered music, which is easily the best aspect of the game. Uematsu himself oversaw the remastering effort and it shows, the music perfectly captures the spirit of the NES original tunes but improves upon them in every conceivable way. Sure, there are some minor issues like the weird font that seems to be in the wrong aspect ratio, but it's easily fixable by replacing a couple of files in the game directory (see my screenshots on how the fixed font looks!). Plus there are mods already that add quality of life features like fastforward and even ones that replace the sprites with other versions of the game. Now I'm really looking forward to the FF4 and 6 pixel remasters… those two are my favorite SNES-era FFs.

Thomas Was Alone

Thomas Was Alone

Rating: 8.5 out of 10
8.1 hours
35 of 35 achievements

Enjoyed this game in many ways, mostly for the emotional story and great characters. The narration being so well-done helps elevate the game far above your standard indie platformer.

Wargroove

Wargroove

Rating: 8.0 out of 10
96.8 hours
23 of 23 achievements

Finally finished doing everything there is to do in Wargroove! While the game mechanically isn't as great as Advance Wars, I found the story bits, art style, and characters fun. The puzzle and arcade modes offer challenges that are so satisfying to complete. Despite me taking like one year to complete this game, the journey was very much worth my time :D

Machinarium

Machinarium

Rating: 7.5 out of 10
9.4 hours
12 of 12 achievements

Have some mixed feelings about this one. The art and the world design is utterly fantastic, the puzzles much less so. I played through the majority of the game last year and practically gave up on one puzzle… only now found the will to go back. While there is a hint system, it isn't as good as it should be, and if you're stuck in a puzzle that the hint doesn't cover… good luck. Ah well, finished the game now and (mostly) enjoyed the ride.

FRAMED Collection

FRAMED Collection

Rating: 7.5 out of 10
4.2 hours
18 of 18 achievements

I loved playing the first FRAMED game on my phone years ago, so getting this version with the sequel included was kind of a no-brainer. As expected, FRAMED 2 was better than the first game in terms of story and music and I'm looking forward to the developers next game if it ever happens.

LiEat

LiEat

Rating: 7.5 out of 10
5.5 hours
30 of 30 achievements

A collection of 3 short JRPGs. Interesting stories (especially the third one), good art, and nice cast of characters. I'll be sure to check out other games from this developer!

Akane

Akane

Rating: 7.5 out of 10
15.4 hours
35 of 35 achievements

Finally finished this! The game is basically a better version of the UBERMOSH games, except it's even harder. Took me more than a month to finally unlock everything but the journey was well worth it.

Glass Masquerade

Glass Masquerade

Rating: 7.5 out of 10
7.3 hours
32 of 32 achievements

Really liked this unique take on the jigsaw puzzle. Pretty relaxing and I definitely want to try out the sequel in the future.

Delete

Delete

Rating: 7.5 out of 10
2.8 hours
8 of 8 achievements

I liked this unique, 3D take on Minesweeper. It's not as challenging as Hexcells, but it's still really satisfying to solve the levels with purely logic.

The Last Door - Collector's Edition

The Last Door - Collector's Edition

Rating: 7.0 out of 10
4.8 hours
16 of 16 achievements

Nice little Lovecraftian point-and-click adventure. The piano score is well done. At first I thought the 'big pixels' style of graphics would be distracting but it works quite well in the context of the game and manages to even be a little spooky at times.

The Last Door: Season 2 - Collector's Edition

The Last Door: Season 2 - Collector's Edition

Rating: 7.0 out of 10
8.4 hours
16 of 16 achievements

Part 2 is slightly better than Part 1, simply because it concludes the story neatly. The expanded scope of the game is also a big improvement.

The Adventure of NAYU

The Adventure of NAYU

Rating: 7.0 out of 10
3.1 hours
48 of 48 achievements

This is a pretty cute little clicker game. I normally tend to avoid this genre but this being so short was actually quite appealing to me.

Summer Paws

Summer Paws

Rating: 7.0 out of 10
2.7 hours
23 of 23 achievements

I enjoyed this game quite a lot. Between playing other games that require way more effort, this was a nice way to relax. My only issue with this game was the cats were mostly not animated much :( On the other hand, if they actually behaved like real world cats, finding them would be much harder :P

PUSH

PUSH

Rating: 7.0 out of 10
1.2 hours
1 of 1 achievements

Good enough. Not that challenging (I feel like this is going to be a common complaint for almost all of this developers games I finished this month).

OXXO

OXXO

Rating: 7.0 out of 10
3.9 hours
2 of 2 achievements

Fun little game. Again, not that challenging.

Drop Alive

Drop Alive

Rating: 6.5 out of 10
2.3 hours
9 of 9 achievements

For a free game this was not bad at all. Rather unique idea controlling a water droplet that progressively gets smaller with every step. Each level is a rush to the end because of that and the collectibles were a nice enough challenge.

klocki

klocki

Rating: 6.0 out of 10
2.1 hours
1 of 1 achievements

This one was rather average… I didn't find the puzzles that challenging :|

bit Dungeon II

bit Dungeon II

Rating: 6.0 out of 10
6.6 hours
15 of 15 achievements

Eh. The game isn't as good as the steam reviews would indicate. Some builds are way too OP if you get lucky (lifeleech anyone?), the controls aren't that responsive, and I still can't get over the weird way your main character 'walks' (more like hops) around the world. Was a fair bit challenging for some early bosses but later became way too easy.

Art Of Gravity

Art Of Gravity

Rating: 6.0 out of 10
4.2 hours
9 of 9 achievements

Interesting concept, but not that good of a game as a whole. Levels start to get boring really fast and the mechanics are a bit trial-and-error.

Up Left Out

Up Left Out

Rating: 5.5 out of 10
1.6 hours
1 of 1 achievements

This just isn't as good or even as challenging as the developers other puzzle games. It gets repetitive and tedious really fast, and the entire game basically feeling like a port from a mobile version doesn't help.

The Cat Games

The Cat Games

Rating: 5.0 out of 10
1.3 hours
16 of 16 achievements

Meh. Bought it on a whim because of cats. Unfortunately the game (more like a collection of minigames actually) really isn't that good. Controls are horribly unresponsive and I always felt like I was performing some arcane ritual when trying to do something the game wanted. Just shows that I should not be overly predisposed towards playing games with cats no matter what :/


Games I made some progress on:

Tetris® Effect: Connected

Tetris® Effect: Connected

Rating: 9.5 out of 10
13.0 hours
17 of 43 achievements

This is easily the best version of Tetris in years. There is so much stuff to do and the game is so well-made (granted, Tetris already was kind of perfect to begin with) it's almost unbelievable. The music and visuals in Journey mode are amazing. There's multiplayer (PvE and PvP, hahaha) which is fun to play with both friends and strangers alike. Alongside gazillions of modes that each twist the classic Tetris gameplay in interesting ways. Even the VR mode is fantastic when I tried it out with my friends PS4 + PSVR combo. I don't have a PC VR headset at the moment but this will probably the first game I try when I finally buy one.

Slay the Spire

Slay the Spire

Rating: 9.0 out of 10
67.2 hours
27 of 46 achievements

At long last I finished Act 4 with the Silent, and Act 3 with the Watcher. Watcher is a rather interesting class but I'd still say the Silent is my favorite simply because I can somehow find decks that synergize far easier than other classes.

Overall progress:
Games completed this month: 21
Games bought this month: 5
Achievements: 3803 (+335)
Perfect games: 114 (+21)
AGC: 70% (+3%)

May 2021
15% (83/541)
9% (50/541)
14% (75/541)
54% (290/541)
8% (43/541)
June 2021
15% (87/566)
9% (49/566)
13% (74/566)
57% (320/566)
6% (36/566)
July 2021
17% (95/568)
8% (48/568)
13% (74/568)
57% (326/568)
4% (25/568)
August 2021
20% (116/570)
8% (47/570)
12% (71/570)
55% (313/570)
4% (23/570)

July Progress Report

Second month using BLAEO. I was super busy with work IRL and really didn’t have time to tackle longer games in my backlog like RPGs, so I focused on beating smaller games instead. Hopefully I can finish more games in August.


Completed games:

WHAT THE GOLF?

WHAT THE GOLF?

21.6 hours
50 of 50 achievements

Enjoyed this the most out of my July games. This is really not a golf game as much as it is a complete mockery of one. Absolutely jam packed with references, parodies and most importantly, puns! My review on Steam.

Rating: 9/10

Hidden Folks

Hidden Folks

8.4 hours
8 of 8 achievements

While I normally avoid hidden object games, this is something rather unique! I love the sound design and how you need to interact with the game much more than usual to find stuff.

Rating: 8/10

LEGO® Builder's Journey

LEGO® Builder's Journey

3.1 hours
13 of 13 achievements

Cute little puzzle game although it's rather short. It is also undoubtedly the best looking LEGO game out there right now. Few games use raytracing well enough to make a substantial visual difference: this is one of those rare ones. Screenshots don't do it complete justice, in motion it looks a hundred times better just because of the dynamic (and accurate!) lighting, shadows and reflections. It does come at a significant performance cost to run this on everything ultra with all RT effects on but DLSS saves the day again. I'm just happy I got a locked 60fps @ 1440p with my system 😅

Rating: 7.5/10

GNOG

GNOG

2.7 hours
20 of 20 achievements

Trippy puzzle game. Although it's ridiculously easy it's still a fun ride. Shame I can't try out the VR version right now due to having no headset yet, but I'll be sure to revisit this in VR in the future!

Rating: 7/10

Divide by Sheep

Divide by Sheep

10.4 hours
19 of 19 achievements

Basically a math game 😐 Took me a while to finish this one perfectly since some of the levels do get a bit tricky to solve flawlessly…

Rating: 7/10

Zenge

Zenge

4.3 hours
1 of 1 achievements

I love the central gimmick of the game: solving jigsaw-like puzzles to unlock artwork. The artwork itself is rather mysterious and evocative which adds to the charm. Shame it's a barebones mobile port…

Rating: 6.5/10

Orbt XL

Orbt XL

4.8 hours
31 of 31 achievements

Neat concept for such a simple game. Enjoyed finishing it but it does get progressively harder the more you go on.

Rating: 6.5/10

Half-Life 2

Hook

2.2 hours
1 of 1 achievements

Pretty simple minimalist puzzle game. Gets slightly challenging in the last couple of levels, and even then it isn't that hard at all.

Rating: 6/10

Overall progress:
Games completed this month: 8
Games bought in steam summer sale: 38
Games bought outside steam summer sale: 8
Achievements: 3468 (+137)
Perfect games: 93 (+8)
AGC: 67% (+2%)

May 2021
15% (83/541)
9% (50/541)
14% (75/541)
54% (290/541)
8% (43/541)
June 2021
15% (87/566)
9% (49/566)
13% (74/566)
57% (320/566)
6% (36/566)
July 2021
17% (95/568)
8% (48/568)
13% (74/568)
57% (326/568)
4% (25/568)

June Progress Report

Completed my first month using BLAEO Spacecat

It was not all smooth sailing as I mostly only finished short games and didn’t get to touch the bigger ones at all due to being super busy IRL. This was a valuable lesson in managing the backlog: I shouldn’t have aimed so high. Would be better for me to just be a bit more realistic and not set such lofty goals to begin with. The steam summer sale also didn’t help the backlog at all and I bought more than I thought I would 😐


Completed games:

Little Nightmares II

Little Nightmares II

19.0 hours
35 of 35 achievements

SG Win. I enjoyed this the most out of all I finished this month. Difficult to say everything I liked about this game in a short blurb like this, so I'll link to my review on Steam.
Rating: 8.5/10

Hexcells Plus

Hexcells Plus

20.5 hours
6 of 6 achievements

Another SG Win 🥳 This is a brilliantly designed minesweeper-style game but with hexes. While it jumps in difficulty quite fast, every bit of information you need to complete each level without any mistakes is always provided. It's so satisfying to solve. This was the first Hexcells game I played; looking forward to checking out the others someday.
Rating: 8.0/10

AER Memories of Old

AER Memories of Old

9.6 hours
20 of 20 achievements

Charming little game. Shame that the devs closed their studio due to (mostly) financial reasons. We probably won't ever get a proper sequel or even another game from them. At least they released two demos of unfinished games they were working on.
Rating: 7.5/10

UBERMOSH:WRAITH

UBERMOSH:WRAITH

7.9 hours
22 of 22 achievements

Almost forgot I finished this. Playtime is a bit inaccurate because I alt-tabbed out a lot… ah well. All the UBERMOSH games are extremely similar and it's better to think them as a single game with many variations. Doesn't make the game any less enjoyable though, I love how fast-paced the thing is and it's such a rush when you actually win.
Rating: 7.0/10

DYO

DYO

1.6 hours
10 of 10 achievements

Interesting platformer with a somewhat unique gimmick. For something that's free to play, it's not bad at all.
Rating: 6.0/10

Also finished a couple of other f2p games on steam but they were too short to be worth a mention…


Overall progress:
Games completed this month: 5
New games added to the backlog thanks to the summer sale: 26
Achievements: 3,331 (+86)
Perfect games: 85 (+7)
AGC: 65% (+3%)

May 2021
15% (83/541)
9% (50/541)
14% (75/541)
54% (290/541)
8% (43/541)
June 2021
15% (87/566)
9% (49/566)
13% (74/566)
57% (320/566)
6% (36/566)

Weekly backlog progress report: June 1 to 7

Completed games:

AER Memories of Old

AER Memories of Old

9.5 hours
20 of 20 achievements

Finished! It was a charming little game. Such a shame that the devs closed their studio due to (mostly) financial reasons. We probably won't ever get a proper sequel or even another game from them. At least they released two demos of unfinished games they were working on. Rating: 7.5/10.

Games with some progress made:

Out of Space

Out of Space

4.6 hours
11 of 26 achievements

Eeeeh…. not sure how to feel about this one. It's fun with friends, obviously (but then again, what game isn't?). But it has too little content and gets repetitive and monotonous much faster than I expected it to. The wonky controls, intentional or not, only serve to increase the frustration. Rating: 6/10.

Games I plan to finish in week 2:

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139...

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139...

92.1 hours
28 of 47 achievements

I'm niering (excuse the horrible pun) the end. Really can't focus on Mass Effect when I have this unfinished. Totally looking forward to finishing it! If you call feeling horribly depressed something to look forward to...

Thomas Was Alone

Thomas Was Alone

0.6 hours
5 of 35 achievements

Who knew a game with squares and rectangles could be this cute? Add a fantastic narrator to that and you got an awesome platformer.

Overall progress:
Games completed this week: +1

15% (83/541)
9% (50/541)
14% (75/541)
54% (290/541)
8% (43/541)

Hello BLAEO!

This is my very first post here ^_^

I want to make at least monthly posts here documenting my fight against my (ever increasing) backlog. Not sure if I can make weekly progress reports though at this point.

So, since it’s the start of June, why not make some plans?

Games I plan to finish this month:

Mass Effect™ Legendary Edition
Plan to finish Mass Effect 1 only, and progress to ME2.

Mass Effect™ Legendary Edition

43.3 hours
27 of 127 achievements
NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139...
Plan to 100%.

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139...

92.1 hours
28 of 47 achievements
AER Memories of Old
Plan to 100%.

AER Memories of Old

6.0 hours
8 of 20 achievements
Thomas Was Alone
Plan to 100%.

Thomas Was Alone

0.6 hours
5 of 35 achievements
The Walking Dead
SG Win, Plan to 100%.

The Walking Dead

5.6 hours
12 of 48 achievements

Games I want to make some progress on:

Slay the Spire
Need to try out the Defect class.

Slay the Spire

37.5 hours
17 of 46 achievements
Half-Life 2
Co-op multiplayer. Solo mode is not as fun.

Out of Space

2.3 hours
8 of 26 achievements
Half-Life 2
Will just do the weekly assignments probably.

Deep Rock Galactic

131.9 hours
48 of 69 achievements

Games I want to start playing this month:

Resident Evil Village

Resident Evil Village

0 hours
0 of 49 achievements

Stats at the time of writing this post:

Achievements: 3,245
Perfect games: 78
AGC%: 63%

15% (80/541)
8% (43/541)
14% (76/541)
55% (298/541)
8% (46/543)