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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
Really liked this unique take on the jigsaw puzzle. Pretty relaxing and I definitely want to try out the sequel in the future.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
Fun little game. Again, not that challenging.
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.
This one was rather average… I didn't find the puzzles that challenging :|
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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Games completed this month: 21
Games bought this month: 5
Achievements: 3803 (+335)
Perfect games: 114 (+21)
AGC: 70% (+3%)
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.
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.
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.
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 😅
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!
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…
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…
Neat concept for such a simple game. Enjoyed finishing it but it does get progressively harder the more you go on.
Pretty simple minimalist puzzle game. Gets slightly challenging in the last couple of levels, and even then it isn't that hard at all.
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%)
June Progress Report
Completed my first month using BLAEO
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 😐
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.
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.
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.
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.
Interesting platformer with a somewhat unique gimmick. For something that's free to play, it's not bad at all.
Also finished a couple of other f2p games on steam but they were too short to be worth a mention…
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%)
Weekly backlog progress report: June 1 to 7
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:
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:
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...
Who knew a game with squares and rectangles could be this cute? Add a fantastic narrator to that and you got an awesome platformer.
Games completed this week: +1
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
Games I want to make some progress on:
Games I want to start playing this month:
Stats at the time of writing this post:
Perfect games: 78