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Finished in February (6-8)

I thought I was done with smaller games, but I was incredibly lucky and won three gifts from Playing Appreciated group. The rule is, I need to play those game in 30 days, so here I am.

  • Tiny and Big: Grandpa's Leftovers

    3 hours playtime

    15 of 53 achievements

Tiny and Big: Grandpa's Leftovers

6/10

OK game, with interesting mechanic. You can basically cut almost every part of buildings in the game, and make progress by creating a paths in environment. Bold move, because it is very easy to block your progress, but the game was clear enough that I alvays knew where I should go and when I have to reload checkpoint. This is this kind of puzzle game, where you don’t feel that you are doing what designers expect you to do, but often make some really weird stuff, which somehow works. I like this kind of games even if sometimes I had to push amd pull a huge rock for two minutes, to put it juuuuuust close enough to jump to next section.

  • Queen's Quest 4: Sacred Truce

    4 hours playtime

    24 of 24 achievements

Queen's Quest 4: Sacred Truce

7/10

HOPA. Standard HOPA. Nothing new, nothing below standards, The most innovative thing is that this time we are playing as a male. But I enjoy a good HOPA from time to time, I have soft spot for them.

  • Finding Paradise

    7 hours playtime

    1 of 1 achievements

Finding Paradise

9/10

Ok. Third time’s a charm dear developers. I didn’t like To The Moon. The emotions were there, but story was so ridiculuos, that I couldn’t take it seriously. I also didn’t like A Bird Story. There were so little gameplay there, that I felt like I watch a movie that was pausing in random moments and had to click from time to time to move it forward. But this one - I totally get it. I understand the main character, I can relate to him, and to his dilemmas. I was interested in the story for the whole game, and I even lost some sleep to finish it in one sit. The only little problem I had was I guessed the main plot twist waaaay to soon. But that didn’t bother me, I felt smart.

Finished in February (1-5)

I needed a break from long games so I took a bunch of smaller ones from my library and just played one after another. It was good for my backlog. Also - suprisingly good games.

  • OVIVO

    3 hours playtime

    26 of 31 achievements

OVIVO

8/10

Very nice semi-platformer. It’s in black and white and instead of jumping you can change gravity, and which color is “empty space” and which is platform. Because you are saving your momentum during change, after a while you learn to jump off and on colours like a crazy dolphin. The difficulty level is challenging, but not too hard, the level design is imaginative, it was a nice three hour long ride.

  • LEAVES - The Journey

    5 hours playtime

    14 of 16 achievements

  • LEAVES - The Return

    4 hours playtime

    16 of 16 achievements

LEAVES

7/10

Both games are very similar, so I will threat them as one. It’s a surrealistic old school adventure game in Myst style. And by old school I mean “you need pen and paper”. The riddles were nice - there were a lot of “find the right order” or “click the right buttons”, also a few jigsaw puzzle. The story is almost non existent - You accidentally blew up leaves from a tree, now you need to find them. It’s just an excuse for puzzles and weird images. The first game is a bit longer, and a bit better. In the second there are a few puzzles “I know what to do, but now I need to spend 5 minutes actually doing this”, and an annoying labirynth you need to solve every time you want to go to the certain part of a game. But both were nice mind boggling fun.

  • Old Man's Journey

    5 hours playtime

    no achievements

Old Man's Journey

7/10

Cute little game about an old man who received a letter and now is on a journey… somewhere. You need to unravel a bit of story to get to know, where and why he is going. A really like the main mechanic - you are moving parts of the countryside making paths for the guy, and totally breaking laws of perspective. The gameplay is quite easy, but enjoyable, the art is very nice, the story is predictible, but that didn’t bother me a lot.

  • Seasons after Fall

    6 hours playtime

    20 of 21 achievements

Seasons after Fall

8/10

A platformer about a spirit who possessed a fox aand now is doing stuff for other spirit. This game has a very slow start, and it’s felling a bit off for the first half an hour and I was almost ready to drop it, but then it’s introducing a season change mechanic, which make everything click. You can change seasons, and every one has different effects on a world. In fall the mushrooms are groving and you can jump on them. In winter the water is freezing do you can walk on ice, etc. You are juggling those events to solve enviromental puzzles. There are only four regions to explore (+ kind of hub area), but you are visiting each one three times, each time with new abilities to unlock new paths. That was nice reuse of levels, I was afraid it will be annoying, but it had this metroidvania charm.

January 2020

New Year new backlog! If we are looking at number of games, I had terrible January, but in the matter of hours - it was good. One massive game beaten, so my New Year resolution is still going strong. I bought 2 bundles and spent around 10 dollars on steam sale. I’m not even trying to cut my steam sale buys, but at least this time there were smaller games. All in all - nice month.

Best game of the month: Odyssey, because I had sooo much choice….

Beaten and completed games

  • Assassins Creed Odyssey

    Uplay

    8/10

  • The Sexy Brutale

    GOG

    8/10

Dropped games

  • Purrfect Date

    4 hours playtime

    9 of 32 achievements

  • Enclave

    7 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Felix the Reaper

    4 hours playtime

    3 of 26 achievements

New games:

Gifts from my family:

  • GemCraft - Frostborn Wrath

    3 hours playtime

    48 of 636 achievements

  • Temtem

    9 hours playtime

    no achievements

Steamgifts:

  • Tiny and Big: Grandpa's Leftovers

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 53 achievements

Other Wins:

  • Battle vs Chess

    28 minutes playtime

    no achievements

  • Tropico 4

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 70 achievements

Bundles:

  • MagiCat

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 24 achievements

  • Evergarden

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 21 achievements

  • Masquerada: Songs and Shadows

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 27 achievements

  • Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!!

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 45 achievements

  • The King's Bird

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 13 achievements

Steam Sale buys:

  • Flipping Death

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 12 achievements

  • Yono and the Celestial Elephants

    0 minutes playtime

    no achievements

  • Seasons after Fall

    2 hours playtime

    8 of 21 achievements

Finished in January (1, 2) (+ some drops)

Uh… At the beginning of the year I decided to play at least one longer (>20h) game a month. And booooy I started with a bang. By wandering all over Greece for 113 hours… Besides that I was able to finish one smaller game and I think this will be the end of my conquers, I prefer to start a new long game, finish it in February, and then maybe play a couple of smaller ones.

  • Assassins Creed Odyssey

    Uplay

Assassins Creed Odyssey

8/10

Ufff - that was a huge game. And very competent. This is how I feel - it’s a very enjoyable game, which isn’t doing anything revolutionary, but is very good in every aspect - gameplay, graphics, story, etc. It’s basically an action RPG with a huuuuge map, and very little in common with “classic” assassins. Besides very enjoyable parkour, I was totally forgetting that I’m playing Assassin, which didn’t bother me, but was a bit confusing (no, I haven’t play Origins).

Gameplay isn’t anything unusual - you are a mercenary, you can fight, or sneak. Kill this guy, find this artifact, talk with him or her, completely standard RPG stuff. Besides quest every location has its own little side mission. I gave up on them quickly, I thing completing those would take another 100 h.

The story is OK - there are some bad guys, you are the very special good one, you need to fight, and find your family. What’s really shining in this game are the characters. I love every one of them, especially the “historical” ones. Herodotus is this calm, wise man, always with good advice, Alcibiades is horny as heck, trying to seduce me all the game (and I said NO), and my all time favourite Socrates, who was just making an idiot of my character time after time (until I learnt his tricks and was able to fight back). This is the best bunch of sidekicks since Dragon Age, and I was really, really disappointed that there isn’t enough talks with them.

The only stupid thing I saw was a system of random missions, which didn’t do anything extra for the game, just tried to make it even longer + this attempt to make premium currency and do a kind of lootbox system inside the game. I totally ignored it and had a great time nonetheless.

  • The Sexy Brutale

    GOG

The Sexy Brutale

8/10

Very original adventure game, in which you are reliving the same day over and over and try to prevent murders of guests of casino/hotel. One story after another, you must find a victim, learn, what he was doing at this day and somehow alternate the story to save him. I really, really enjoyed it, even if one or two cases were a bit confusing, and there were a lot of times, when I was just waiting for the right moment.

Dropped games.

I need to clean my desktop and get rid of games I don’t really want to continue. The icons are just laying and giving me remorse,

  • Purrfect Date

    4 hours playtime

    9 of 32 achievements

Purrfect Date

This is my first Visual novel ever. And it’s so freaking boring! It’s not a fault of a story, I just want to play a game, not read a novel. And there are so few choices here, I don’t feel like I have an influence on the story. So I’m giving up, if I want to read a book, I will get a book.

  • Enclave

    7 hours playtime

    no achievements

Enclave

Quite nice old game, but the checkpoint system is really stupid. I’m giving up after ten attempts to play through 10 minutes then die and return to the beginning of level.

  • Felix the Reaper

    4 hours playtime

    3 of 26 achievements

Felix the Reaper

I don’t get this game. I mean I know what to do, but my brain cannot think in a way to solve riddles in it. Somehow I went through the first chapter, but the second one killed me.

Birthday update

Another year, another birthday! And since I put my December summary at the end of the year, this is as good day as any other to talk about the whole year. Or at least about 8 months, because I’m here since May.

So how was that? Very, very good. I played some absolutely awesome games, and I finished (or dropped) 56 games. I feel thats a lot. There were mostly little games for 3-4 evenings, but I had couple of big ones, like Assasin Creed 2. My average score was 6.6/10, with 6 games score 9 (Dust, Eastshade, Celeste, Hollow Knight, Half Life 2 and Return to Obra Dinn).

And now to things I am less proud of. I have 94 new games. NINETY FOUR. I feel like I’m buying just a bit too much games. Just a little bit…

So any new year resolutions? Couple. I want to finish some big games this year. Like Witcher 3, or Horizon Zero Dawn, or Mass Effect trylogy. Those things are really holding my backlog back. I’m also slowly preparing to the idea of making my family a bit bigger (not this year, but maybe next one…) and I feel that if I don’t finish those games now, I won’t finish them ever. Also, suprisingly I’m thinking about playing less. My books backlog was really bad this year, because I spent to much time on my PC. I need to figure out, how to bring together games, books, and, you know, real life. I will need to sit, check my whole backlog, and think, which games I want to play, and which I will abandon…

But - I don’t want to end on the sad note. It was a very good year, and mostly because I found this side. Really - I was searching for this for a long time - a small community of nice people, who just love gaming anf want to share their experience. I’m surely staying here for long time, so sorry guys, you are stuck with me :D

December 2019

Sooo… December is gone, and so my first half of the year on this site. And I must say I love it - I finally have a place to write about every game I played, and hope that it is useful for someone.

This month two things happen - I had 2 weeks of free time, and I got a raise in my job - so I decided to buy something nice for me, and ended up with waaaaay to many games. Plus of course those damn free games - 5 games from my wishlist were free this month. I’m trying to go through them and I actually finished 4 of my new games in this month, but my backlog is too big nonetheless. In terms of quality I played some really solid games. Nothing groundbreaking, but there was some very good stuff.

One week of free time ahead of me so I’m going to play a bit more, and then a huge project in my work, so good bye my sweet free time :( .

Best game of the month: Supraland

Beaten and completed games

  • Cat Quest

    8/10

  • Virginia

    5/10

  • Snake Pass

    8/10

  • Demon Hunter: Chronicles from Beyond

    4/10

  • Lost Ember

    8/10

  • Candle

    7/10

  • A Bird Story

    5/10

  • SteamWorld Dig 2

    8/10

  • Party Hard

    7/10

  • Endless Fables 3: Dark Moor

    7/10

  • Supraland

    8/10

New games:

Gifts from my family:

  • The Book of Unwritten Tales

    0 minutes playtime

    no achievements

  • Disco Elysium

    7 hours playtime

    0 of 21 achievements

Steamgifts:

  • Party Hard

    7 hours playtime

    14 of 27 achievements

  • Caveblazers

    60 minutes playtime

    3 of 21 achievements

  • PAC-MAN™ CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION 2

    17 minutes playtime

    1 of 18 achievements

Other Wins:

  • Tales from the Borderlands

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 35 achievements

  • Felix the Reaper

    4 hours playtime

    3 of 26 achievements

  • Candle

    8 hours playtime

    17 of 23 achievements

Bundles:

  • Old Man's Journey

    3 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Reus

    2 hours playtime

    0 of 123 achievements

  • Slain: Back from Hell

    2 hours playtime

    0 of 30 achievements

  • The Invisible Hours

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 36 achievements

  • The Lion's Song

    4 hours playtime

    0 of 86 achievements

Steam Sale buys:

  • House Flipper

    4 hours playtime

    2 of 38 achievements

  • My Time At Portia

    85 minutes playtime

    3 of 91 achievements

  • Supraland

    15 hours playtime

    46 of 59 achievements

  • The House of Da Vinci

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 6 achievements

  • SteamWorld Dig 2

    8 hours playtime

    17 of 34 achievements

  • OVIVO

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 31 achievements

  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning™

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 61 achievements

  • Zen Bound® 2

    5 minutes playtime

    0 of 11 achievements

Other platforms:

  • Outer Worlds

    Epic

  • Into the breach

    Epic

  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey

    Uplay

  • Ape Out

    Epic

  • TABS

    Epic

  • Yooka Laylee

    Epic

  • Tower of Time

    GOG

Finished in December (9, 10, 11)

The last update for December, because I started to play MASSIVE game, which will propably take most of the January.

  • Party Hard

    7 hours playtime

    14 of 27 achievements

Party Hard

7/10

Steamgift win. An interesting, little stealth game. You are a killer, you need to kill everyone on the party, without getting caught. You can use environment traps (like breaking a stove, turning it into time bomb), or straight kill with a knife. There are also some toys, like smoke bombs, or pizza (to gather some people in one place). The story includes around ten levels - beach parties, pool parties, camp parties… it was nice variety. My biggest problem was, that there were too few options to have fun with the gameplay - you can only have one, sometimes two gadgets per level (randomly generated), and you cannot influence your victims, so basically every level was played in the same way - turn on every trap and then wait until one guy walk somewhere where he is alone, and kill. Repeat 20 times. I had fun, but it could be a bit more.

  • Endless Fables 3: Dark Moor

    5 hours playtime

    29 of 31 achievements

Endless Fables 3: Dark Moor

7/10

ABC challenge. Good, standard HOPA. Ridiculus as always, with OK riddles, following standard plot “Your [put a family member here] was kidnapped by [put a scary creature here], and only you can help, by using [put an ancient, magical McGuffin here]”. This one was really trying to be scary without being too scary, so there was a few stupid looking jumpscares. but overall I had fun.

  • Supraland

    15 hours playtime

    46 of 59 achievements

Supraland

8/10

Wow, what a nice, solid game. It’s FPS metroidvania, with a lot of mechanics, used to solve riddles. There is A TONE of very creative puzzles here, most of them optional. I ended the game finishing only half of them. Those puzzles are incredibly imaginative, and very satysfying to solve. I could easily give it 9/10, but unfortunately you also need to fight here, and fighting is just irritating. I understand why it’s here - most of the rewards for puzzles are little weapon upgrades, but to be honest I would prefer to just win collectables and focus on solving puzzles.

Finished in December(5, 6, 7, 8)

I bought a lot of games on this steam sale. I feel ashamed and amazing at the same time…

  • Demon Hunter: Chronicles from Beyond

    4 hours playtime

    22 of 28 achievements

Demon Hunter: Chronicles from Beyond

4/10

My ABC challenge. It’s a bad HOPA. It’s very short, the plot is stupid even in HOPA standards, the main twist was laughable, mostly because it’s so short that I cannot bond with anybody in this game. The mechanics are standard hopa mechanics, nothing interesting. There are a lot, LOT better HOPA’s from the same company, play them instead.

  • Lost Ember

    9 hours playtime

    18 of 33 achievements

Lost Ember

8/10

First of all - this is NOT Okami, this is Journey. Or Abzu. Or any other of this kind of “walking sim” journeys. You play as a wolf (who for me looks a lot more like a jackal), and you are able to jump into and control other animals. Apparently you are a soul of a doomed woman, so you are walking with a glowing orb, which is your spirit guard, and you are discovering your past, and trying to understand, why you are not in their version of Heaven. The game is really pretty and enjoyable, although it has a lot of small issues - the orb is very talkative, which can be irritating, especcialy, if you are comparing it to silent Journey and Abzu. There are a lot of things which are understandable, but the guy keeps explaining them, because apparently he expect player to be stupid. Also, I guessed every twist of the game in about an hour, so the big reveals made me chuckle a bit. But nonetheless, the game is very relaxing, pretty, and just a joy to play. Just don’t expect a challenge.

  • Candle

    8 hours playtime

    17 of 23 achievements

Candle

7/10

A nice mix between adventure game, and platformer. You are this strange guy, with a candle intead of one hand. Apparently some of the people here are “fuzed” with their worktools. Your village was attacked and now you need to save your mentor. There are a lot of classic adventure puzzles, some of them surrounding your candle and your ability to keep the fire on it, a bit of jumping, and A LOT of deaths. Creators were inspired by old Sierra games, because you can get killed here in the most ridiculus ways. Fortunately, you will never loose a lot of progress, so this is more funny than irritating. I was really enjoying play, my only problem was, that there were moments, where puzzles seemed a bit unfair - especcially if there was a path you cannot see, so you simply need to make a leap of fate into abyss and hope for the best.

  • A Bird Story

    3 hours playtime

    1 of 1 achievements

A Bird Story

5/10

Sorry guys, I’m just not feeling it… I wasn’t a big fan of To the Moon, and this game.. it just felt an easy tear-jerker. I mean - ok, a lonely boy is meeting a wounded bird. I know this story. I can exacly tell, what will happen next. The fact that it mixed with boy’s imagination make it a little interesting, but not enough for me. But what really killed it for me - there is no game in it. And I don’t mean it in a “walking sim” way. There is literally no gameplay. You are watching the cutscene for 5 minutes, then walk for 20 seconds (you cannot even do anything besides what you need to do to progress the story), and then next 5 minutes of cutscene. After some time I gave up keeping my hands on keyboard. I just laid down, watched this cartoon, and from time to time just moved my character to next scene. Sorry, I know many people like this game, but it’s not for me.

Finished in December(1, 2, 3, 4)

  • Cat Quest

    11 hours playtime

    6 of 12 achievements

Cat Quest

8/10

Another of my monthly challenges. Very sweet little ARPG game. You are a cat in a land of anthropomorfic cats, you sister got kidnapped, you need to rescue her. And there are also dragons. You need to fight them. The game is this type of RPG, in which you have few main quests, but they are hard, so you need to grind by doing sidequests until you have enough levels. I don’t mind this gameplay, sidequests were interesting, and the whole game had a tone of charm. There is also a bit of metroidvania to make things interesting. All in all - cute game.

  • Virginia

    5 hours playtime

    6 of 17 achievements

Virginia

5/10

Ehhh…. This should be a movie. Or something non-interactive… And I normally love walking sims, Edith Finch is one of my favourite games. Virginia looks like a game made by guy, who had great idea, but knew nothing about games. The story is really intence, play like a David Lynch movie, and you don’t really know what is real, or what is symbolic. But this gameplay… Let’s talk about walking. In this game every step is a tiny animation of player’s camera. So, when you stop, the animation will play until end. So often you are stopping half a second after you released W button. Effect - I was bumping into every object I wanted to look at. When you have a note, left click sometimes is putting the note away, and sometimes is zooming. When? I have no idea. Also - notes often will show for a fixed amount of time, and then the game will just go further. I missed a couple of very important information, because apparently I am reading too slow. A pity, because all in all it’s a good walking sim. Just not a good game.

  • Snake Pass

    7 hours playtime

    19 of 33 achievements

Snake Pass

8/10

How nice to play something this original. This is a platformer, where you cannot jump. You are playing as a cute snake named Noodle (which is the best snake’s name I ever heard). You are moving in snake way - so you are moving you head in the direction you want to go, and sliding there. You can climb over things, if you have enough friction, you can use your body as an anvil, when you are trying to catch something over the ledges… Basically you need to re-learn everything, you know about movement in games. The gameplay can be chaotic, the camera sometimes is going crazy, and you need to remember about going back to checkpoints, if you dont want to loose collectibles after every death. But even with this issues - I had great time and I want more.

  • Messenger

    Epic

Messenger

5/10

Dropped. This is a platformer with some cool ideas, but all in all it’s core gameplay is standard and boring. You are jumping, fighting, gaining new abilities, not much to talk about. In I think 2/3 of the game gameplay is changing into more open world metroidvania, which was very cool for a moment, until I realised, that now I need to run through the same platform screens again, and again… The difficulty is done by makind checkpoints quite far away, which reminded me, why I loved Celeste so much… Also the game is trying to have a big story, but also to be funny and breaking forth wall. It doesn’t work. I think I’m near the end, but I’m giving up.

November 2019

In this month I was playing A LOT. I finished some good games, including two of classics which I should have played a long time ago. I also finished two of my challange games (thanks Samwise!), and I started to have fun with ABC challenge, but I’m not going to threat it too seriously. Of course I also got a few new games, so my backlog isn’t going to get smaller any time soon.

At the beginning of the month, I played a lot of solid, but mediocre games, and I was a bit worried, that I wouldn’t have my “game of the month”. Fortunately, then I found a few diamonds, and without a doubt, the best was Hollow Knight.

Best game of the month: Hollow Knight

Beaten and completed games

  • Mass Effect

    7/10

  • Leaving Lyndow

    6/10

  • Book of Demons

    7/10

  • The Mooseman

    7/10

  • Runefall

    7/10

  • Under Leaves

    5/10

  • 911 Operator

    7/10

  • RiME

    8/10

  • Hollow Knight

    9/10

  • BioShock Remastered

    8/10

  • Adam Wolfe

    6/10

New games:

Gifts from my family:

  • Syberia 3

    3 hours playtime

    0 of 40 achievements

  • Lost Ember

    2 minutes playtime

    0 of 33 achievements

Lootboy:

  • Journey of a Roach

    2 hours playtime

    0 of 18 achievements

  • The Great Perhaps

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 14 achievements

  • Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?!

    2 hours playtime

    0 of 50 achievements

Free from Chrono:

  • Last Horizon

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 10 achievements

My random buys:

  • 50 years

    79 minutes playtime

    10 of 55 achievements

  • Leaving Lyndow

    3 hours playtime

    5 of 7 achievements

  • Snake Pass

    72 minutes playtime

    0 of 33 achievements

  • Renowned Explorers: International Society

    5 hours playtime

    43 of 165 achievements

  • Under Leaves

    68 minutes playtime

    28 of 29 achievements

  • Batman - The Telltale Series

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 30 achievements

  • Batman: The Enemy Within - The Telltale Series

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 30 achievements