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Finished in March (1-4)
I actually finished my Big game for a month quite early, and then decided to play some little free games I had in my backlog for a while.
A little, cute and very weird adventure game. Has unique artstyle, simple story, puzzles aren’t very complicated but are enjoyable. A nice little distraction.
Remnant: From the Ashes
My big game for April. I must confess - I really don’t like Dark Souls. I tried to play them 3 times, and dropped them each time. But this game I really digged in. It is basically a Dark Souls clone, but more focused on shooting and definietely easier. It was challenging but I never was completely stuck, and it dropped the most annoying thing in dark souls - I didn’t get punished for dying, so I could grind without worrying to much. I heard a lot of opinions that it is buggy or looks awful but honestly I didn’t see any major bugs, and the graphics were fine. Maybe they patched the bugs. The story is basic and not really interesting, which is a shame. You have a base with some people in it but they have very little dialogues and after a while they are basically walking shops. Other than that - I had a lot of fun.
I finished this in 13 minutes. Its just a walking sim, with a couple of notes and 2 or 3 places where you need to use an item. This is a kind of game that is made when you are learning how to code games. But the artstyle is nice, and backstory of the world is a bit interesting so I didn’t mind wasting a couple of minutes on it.
Technically it’s a nice puzzle game. I wouldn’t be mad if I had to pay one or two dollars for it. Looks nice, has some good music, the gameplay is smooth. My biggest problem - I really dont like this kind of puzzle, where you have 30 steps to do and you need to do everyone exacly how the devs designed, because there is only one narrow path to solve the puzzle. I finished it with the solution. But this is more my problem, than game’s.
The month was DOMINATED by my “one big game per month” entry - 60 hours of action jRPG. It was a Steamgift win, and I have a few more of this size. I really want to clean my Steamgift backlog, so it looks like I’m going to play some more huge games this year. All in all I killed 3 Steamgift wins this month, but won two games (inclueding Elex - that will be a long ride). I also got one gift from my co-worker (he got Monthly Bundle and didn’t want Control, and I had it high on my wishlist), and one gift from my husband, because It takes two simply looks too good to pass on it. Add to it three games, which were dirty cheap, and I really wanted them aaaaand my backlog is taying where it was last month. Oh well, we all know that this is a Sisyphean labour.
Best game of the month: Tokyo Xanadu, but I doubt it will be in my top 10 games of the year
Beaten and completed games
Stick It To The Man!
Fire: Ungh’s Quest
The Secret Order 7: Shadow Breach
Tokyo Xanadu eX+
Finished in March (4-6)
I’m going a little late on my reviews for march, I should do them earlier and now do month’s summary. Oh well - I just wanted to finish the game for One Big Game A Month theme. I did it, and boy, what a big game it was.
A classic aadventure game. It definitely has a charm of old adventure games, like Monkey Island and Broken Sword. And this specific adventure game type o humor which for me may be hit and miss. Add some Chtulhu myths, snarky talking cat, transylvania legends… It was playing very smoothly, has some interesting puzzles, likeable characters, suprisingly good voiceacting, very nice graphics and animations. My only problem is… how to put it without spoilers… I feel that at the ending they had some plot holes so they tried to patch them “smartly”. I’m not 100% convinced.
The Secret Order 7: Shadow Breach
Won on Steamgifts. It’s HOPA. It has everything good and bad that is in HOPAs. I already barely remember it, but HOPA from time to time is my brain rest, when I don’t want anything challenging.
Tokyo Xanadu eX+
I decided, that I will clean my Stemgifts wins backlog a bit. I’m trying to play games that I won, but I have a few which I didn’t touch yet. And most of them are HUGE. Just like this one. I’m not 100% sure, but I think I discovered new game genre - japanese games about teenagers jumping between our world and magical one. I played Persona, I played Digimon, and now this one. Xanadu is very Persona like. You play as a teenager who found enter to the other reality, you are collecting a team of friends and you are fighting with anything that can come from this another dimension. In the meantime, you are going to school, meeting with those friends - standard Persona stuff. The main difference is that when Persona is classic turn based jRPG, this one is action RPG - you are fighting monsters with your agility, in real time. The game is long and VERY story heavy. Cutscenes went for 20-30 minutes (another thing characteristic for this kind of games I suppose). But the characters were likeable, story was engaging enough, even if predictable, fighting was nice, there was impressing variety of enemies - all in all I really enjoyed it. Although I think I will rest from those kind of games for a bit - I fell like I run a marathon.
Finished in March (1-3)
I am working on a biiig game which I won on Steamgifts and it will take me a good part of the month, but in the meantime, I finished a couple of smaller games.
Stick It To The Man!
A fun platformer/adventure game with quite unique mechanics. You are able of reading people minds, which is giving you clues, what to do next, but also you can take things out of their thoughs and materialize them, or put things into their brain and influence their minds. The game itself is quite easy but has a few clever puzzles. The story is quite fun, it get nice sense of humor, and voice acting is good. The only thing I didn’t like were moments, when you need to be stealthy. First two, three times they were fine, but in the end there were waaaay too many of them, and I was treating them as a chore.
Fire: Ungh’s Quest
Steamgift win. This is this kind of adventure game, which does not care about inside game logic and plot. You are a caveman, you were looking after the fireplace, the fire burnt out, so now you must go and bring fire from the volcano. The game is separated into several levels, each level contains 3-4 screens, and on them you need to solve typical adventure puzzles to go further. As I said the puzzles, while logic, are completely absurd in the games world, so you are quickly forgetting about plot and focusing on the riddles. And as that this was a nice one evening entertainment.
Normally I hate rhythm games, and I’m really bad at them. But this one got my attention, because it looked a bit different than typical guitar hero clone. Also, I knew only one song from AVICII, but I really enjoyed it, so it was a good occassion to listen to a couple more. I played through all 30 songs (25 in main game and 5 as free DLC) I didn’t have much problems in gameplay on easy mode, I enjoyed most of the music, and the graphics were nice too, and despite that I officially finished the game, I’m keeping it on my desktop, just to play a song or two from time to time, to relax myself.
Humble month - only 5 games done, most of them small. But I have my one big game, so there’s that. I also finished one Steamgift win - I need to clean my wins - it’s getting shamefully big. I bought only one game, because it was dirty cheap in my regional key shop, I also won one game on Steamgifts (biiiig one), got one on Lootboy, and my husband knows me and how much I adore wolves, so I have another one…
Best game of the month: The Room 4
Beaten and completed games
Finished in February (1-5)
Tough month. I’m working hard, have little time for gaming. But I managed to finish a game or two, and even be done with a Big Game of the Month, so it’s not so bad.
This is my big game of the month. I was playing it for around 20 hours and most of this time was a blast. It has beautiful, lively world, interesting lore, and for open survival game it pokes you in the right direction for the next part of the story in very, very smart ways. But, unfortunately, like every sutvival game, there came a time when it was a bit too much grindy to me, so I stopped playing, before it turned to be a chore. Nonetheless I’m really happy that I gave it a shot.
The Room 4: Old Sins
I love The Room series. The puzzles, the visuals, the satysfying sounds of clinking mechanisms. And this is another part in this series, no less good than the previous ones. Every Room game has a quality of a good puzzle box, and because of little smart choices, like making you move mouse while playing with gears and levels, and absolutely brilliant sound design - it is as satysfying ad tinkering with a physical puzzle toy.
The Hex is weird. It is this kind of meta game similar to Pony Island and There Is No Game. You are playing as a bunch of video game characters sitting in a bar/inn and listening to their stories, which is basically a game version of forgotten movie stars theme. The game is paying omage to several genres, we have a bit of platformer, shooter, RPG… The gameplay is simple, but there is enough of it to avoid walking sim genre (well - almost :) ). I like those weird kinds of crushing the forth walls games.
I was playing weird games this month… This is a strange game in which you are transformed into a bug. It is based on Kafka works, mainly on Trial and short story Metamorphosis, and it is weird and surreal. In terms of gameplay - it is mostly a first person platformer, nothing challenging and gameplay mechanics are mostly excuses to go from one strange thing, to another. It was good, but I had a bit higher hopes on it.
Rusty Lake: Roots
What was I telling about wierd games? This one is my old Steamgift win. I want to clear my Steamgift backlog a bit, especially because it has some huge games. But this was a little classic adventure game. It is telling story of the family during a couple of generations. And the story is convoluted, a bit gory, and yes - weird. There was something that reminded me of Edgar Allan Poe there, and I have absolutely nothing against such similarities.
New year, new games! I spend very little on Steam, but went over the board during last sale of RPG’s on GOG. I need some RPG’s I can dig in. I finished some good games in this month, including two quite big, which can count as my “One big game in the month” challenge.
February on the other hand looks tough. A lot, A LOT work, because we are finishing huge project in my job, so I don’t know if I will be able to finish many games, and if I won’t drop my challenge for a month. We will see… nonetheless - I think I will focus on my nonSteam games. I won’t drop Steam, because I want to finish some games I already started, but my GOG and Epic are getting crouder and crouder.
Best game of the month: Superliminal
Beaten and completed games
Finished in January (6-9)
Two games dropped, but I’m not going to return to them
A Pokemon-like RPG mixed with metroidvania and some platforming (nothing crazy difficult). You are catching monsters, building your team and fighting 3x3 fights. The fights have some really cool mechanisms, like combo system, which are making them interesting. I was really enjoyng it, but it has some nasty difficulty spikes. I dropped it just before ending, I think I had like 3 bossfights left (ending is just boss after boss). The problem was, I had all of my base team maxed out, and the boss just DESTROYED me time after time. I could propably force it, if I find proper combination of monsters and items, but to be honest I was just tired.
Dark Heritage: Guardians of Hope
Yea, cool HOPA guys… I was playing for an hour (don’t look at my time here - I was idling for cards), and then game just didn’t unlock next cutscene. And according to forums - I did something in wrong order and should start again with a guide, to make sure that the game won’t break again. I have better things to do with my life, thank you. Especcially that it is not a great HOPA to begin with.
What a nice little adventure game. I think it’s completely unknown, and it’s a shame, because it’s really quite good. It has this charm of old 2D adventure games, like Day of Tentacle or 2D Monkey islands… The characters are likeable, the art is good, the riddles are easy, but not to the point of being offencing. I think it’s also awesome game for kids.
Masquerada: Songs and Shadows
Ok, so this one is weird. It’s technically an RPG, but it’s really barebone. There is no inventory, no stats, you only have a sets of skills, you are picking 4 of them, and you can level up them in one of two ways. It is also EXTREMELY linear - I don’t think I had one choice in it. Forget about sidequests and grinding. The fighting system is OK - you have 3 party team, you are controlling one of the characters, but you can jump between them, the rest is controlled by AI, which is doing quite nice job, you also have active pause to plan your moves. It’s working fine. But, what really is selling this game is a story. After finishing it I feel like I just read a good fantasy book, with interesting world, good characters, engaging story. It remainded me a little of Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay, or Elantris by Brian Sanderson, not in terms of plot points, but because it’s this political and intrique heavy fantasy. Voice acting is also awesome, which is good, because there is A LOT of talking. All in all - great game, but don’t expect RPG in it.
Finished in January (1-5)
I started a year by cleaning my shorter games. And all of them were from last Steam Sale, so I don’t feel so guilty for buing so much during Christmas.
Shape of the World
Weird little game. Walking Sim with no story at all, you just go through weird half nature, half abstract environment, sometimes you are creating stairs, sometimes you are collecting seeds, because why not. You can plant trees, there are some animals you can scared (actually, quite a lot), but there is almost no challenge accept for spotting, where to go next (I actually was a bit stuck one or two times), It can be quite Zen, but I didn’t fully emerged into it.
Agent A: A puzzle in disguise
A very, very nice classic adventure game. It has “Escape the Room” type of puzzles - mostly spotting clues and patterns or collecting X number of keys to unlock the box. The area of the game is quite small and we are going back many times, which to be honest I quite like - I enjoy those type of games where there is a lot of little things on one screen, and you are resolving them bit by bit. The story is James Bond parody, I also had Carmen Sandiego vibes - it’s basic, but servisable - the writing gave me a couple of smiles. All in all I liked it a lot.
Classic 3D platformer game. And I cannot really say anything original about it - if you like linear platformers, like first Spyro, this one is 100% alright, although keyboard controls can be a bit weird and unresponsive (I died quite a lot because I didn’t make the jump, and also controls for a little race minigame in the middle of the game are just horrible). It has bosses, it has minigames, it has suprising amount of weapons, which were quite nice. All in all, a good game.
Wow - this is an original puzzle game! With awesome visuals in the second half of it. It is feeling like a Portal game, but less focused on complicated puzzles, and more on story, even with a bit of walking sim aspect. It mostly relying on false perspective, with a bit of optical illusions. The only thing I really didn’t like - In many puzzle you need to figure out, what you can interact with. And many times objects, that were usable in the previous scene, are just decorations here. That was quite annoying and sometimes almost “pixel-hunting”, and it prevent me for giving it better score. But beside that - very good game/experience.
This one is weird. You are a delivery woman in this cyberpunk, dystopian future, you are driving a flying car, collecting one package after another and talking to the citizens of the city. The weirdness here is - there is no gameplay here. It is basically a walking (well… flying) sim. You can destroy your car by bumping into stuff, but if you do that, you just starting to fly very slowly and wobbly, and you need to go to the service station. You can run out of fuel but… well, I didn’t, so I don’t know what is happening then, but I don’t think it will be gameover. You have some collectibles to collect, you can buy some stuff like food or cosmetic items, which are mostly completely useless. But 90% of the time you are just flying from place to place, where your boss ask you to go, and from time to time you have some morale choices. Don’t think about any races, fighting, or any dangerous stuff - you will fly around this city, or walk on the platforms, looking at (quite nice) visuals, talking with people and basically thats all. BUT - if you have right mindset and you don’t expect GTA - this game has one very, very good thing - and this is writing. Our protagonist and her AI friend are very likeable, most of the NPC’s are creative, with interesting background and stories, and voiceacting is well done. I especially liked the cyborg-detective, who, because of some bugs in his code, could speak only like a detective from old pulp novels - think Chandler and Maltese Falcon here. There were also moments, I felt genuinly moved by the story, especially in the end. So yeah - this is a very good game, but only if you know, what you are getting into.
My first full year on BLAEO, and what a year it was! Yea… we all know what a year it was… I was fortunate enough to be able to work from home, so I cannot complain, but it was a weird time. And still is. On the bright side - I finished 72 games. That’s… a lot. I’m quite proud of it. Especially that I managed to finish some huge ones like The Witcher and AC Odyssey. On the other side… 91 new games… yup… it’s too easy to catch a game in these times… Well, looks like I will have something to play for a long time. This year resolutions? I want to continue my “one bigger game a month” action - it was quite succesful during last year. And beside that - I just want to be able to go outside without this stupid mask. And maybe go somewhere on vacation. That’s all I need now.
Outer Wilds, with Heaven’s Vault close second
Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter
Worst game I actually finished
- Won on SteamGifts 145
- Finished in this month 6
- New games in this month 2
- REALLY want to play 17
- Too hard :( 35
- Doubles 8
- Those games were bad.. 25
- I dont have this game, stupid steam... 1
- I had some fun but that's enough 49
- Short games for quick play 16
- I want to play this 85
- New games from 2019 87
- New games from 2020 91
- New games 2021 13
- Technical issues 8
- Monthly theme 21
- Why do I have it? I hate this kind of games 12