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Update (10): Glass Masquerade

11 September 2019

Gifts New Games 2019

Glass Masquerade

7.1 hours, 32 of 32 achievements

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I've finally finished my first game of September! I knew this month was going to be the start of slower months, but I didn't expect it to be this slow, especially when my college hasn't even started yet. I'll be lucky if I beat/complete 2-3 games a month--starting from now, apparently.

Glass Masquerade was better than I thought it'd be. It was a bit challenging at first, but after I got used to the way they made the puzzles and the designs, it got easier. I liked the game enough to buy the DLCs righ away, without waiting for a sale. To their credit, they weren't too expensive either. The game felt too short, even though there are 50 levels (with the DLC, I don't know the number without them--sadly, it didn't occur to me to check, lol).

I played a couple of the puzzles with a friend, and she liked it so much that she also bought the game (and has started playing, from what I've seen). I like the sharing part of the games a lot. That's why I enjoy BLAEO and SG communities so much. Sharing opinons, recommendations, games, ect. It's fun!

And I want to thank to Kiseli again for gifting sharing this game to with me. If it wasn't for you, I don't think I would buy & play this so soon.


  • Glass Masquerade - Heritages Puzzle Pack
    Glass Masquerade - Heritages Puzzle Pack
  • Glass Masquerade - Halloween Puzzle Pack
    Glass Masquerade - Halloween Puzzle Pack
  • Glass Masquerade - Inceptions Puzzle Pack
    Glass Masquerade - Inceptions Puzzle Pack
  • Glass Masquerade - Lunar Year Puzzle
    Glass Masquerade - Lunar Year Puzzle
  • Glass Masquerade - Christmas Day Puzzle
    Glass Masquerade - Christmas Day Puzzle
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August 2019

August was a good month in terms of gaming even though I’ve spent 10+ days on vacation. I’ve beaten 2 games during those 10+ days: RiME and Love is Dead. I was also hoping to beat Hollow Knight, but even without it, I’m happy with my progress.

I have no idea which games I’ll be playing next month, but since college will be starting I won’t get much time for games probably. I’ll still try to beat at least 1 game a month, but not sure if I can actually do it. This semester (and year in general) is going to be hard and tiring, so I’m not sure if I’ll be thinking of games. We’ll see I guess.

Added Beaten Completed Overall Backlog Total
4+1 1+1 4 -1 49

Steam Library: July 2019

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Steam Library: August 2019

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Most Played Games:

My Time at Portia 34 hours
Love is Dead 21 hours
Hollow Knight 14 hours
RiME 11 hours
I've already posted individual posts on the games I've beaten this month, so I'm not going to say anything more about them. I'm adding the links to the posts for anyone who's curious about my thoughts.

Overcooked

Overcooked

14.6 hours
12 of 12 achievements
https://www.backlog-assassins.net/posts/q72962b
Overcooked: The Lost Morsel

Overcooked: The Lost Morsel

0.0 hours
no achievements
https://www.backlog-assassins.net/posts/q72962b
Blockwick 2

Blockwick 2

28.1 hours
14 of 14 achievements
https://www.backlog-assassins.net/posts/ml4yv3l
DISTRAINT 2

DISTRAINT 2

2.8 hours
9 of 9 achievements
https://www.backlog-assassins.net/posts/27g54mb
RiME

RiME

11.3 hours
18 of 31 achievements
https://www.backlog-assassins.net/posts/wbw6ngl
Love is Dead

Love is Dead

20.7 hours
35 of 36 achievements
https://www.backlog-assassins.net/posts/w79ykwb
I haven't dropped any games this month.
  • My Time At Portia

    34 hours playtime

    16 of 91 achievements

  • Guns of Icarus Alliance

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 849 achievements

  • A Hat in Time

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 46 achievements

  • Wandersong

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 75 achievements

  • Glass Masquerade

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 32 achievements

This month, I finally caved in and bought My Time at Portia from GMG. Could be one of the best decisions I made in August, lol.

Guns of Icarus Alliance is from LootBoy. I wasn't sure if the key will work, so I added it to my Steam library, but I have no intentions of playing that game, so I don't count it as a part of my backlog.

I won A Hat in Time & Wandersong from Reddit GAs. Both are games I'm really excited for. I was actually going to buy Wandersong from Steam's summer sale but I couldn't because I had already bought so many games.

Glass Masquerade is Kiseli's gift to me. Thank you so much! I'm really looking forward to playing it.
  • Hollow Knight

    61 hours playtime

    21 of 63 achievements

  • My Time At Portia

    34 hours playtime

    16 of 91 achievements

I played another 14 hours of Hollow Knight in August, got stuck and had to stop. Well, not exactly "had to", but I got so frustrated at my lack of progress that I thought it's best if I take a break from the game. I'll go back to playing it in a while but I'm not sure when.

And even though I bought it this month, I'm already 34 hours in to My Time at Portia. I would've played it even more if I hadn't went on vacation, but I probably shouldn't play it non-stop and get tired of the game so early on. I'm looking forward to getting another 30 hours soon though.

Update (9): Love is Dead

30 August 2019

Got for Free New Games 2019 Reddit

Love is Dead

20.7 hours, 35 of 36 achievements

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I won this game on a subreddit a month or so ago, and after 10 mins of playing it, it was obvious that I'm never going to be able to play it single player as it would be extremely boring that way. Luckily, the friend I'm staying with (I'm on vacation since a week) was interested in playing it with me. We've finally completed it!

It's a bit stupid but cute. We ignored most of the narration in the game, so it made it easier to sit through--the narrator was annoying imo. Someone else might like it though, the writing was funny at times and always ridiculous. The beginning levels are extremely easy, but as the game progressed, we had to replay same levels over and over again just to get the pancake. There was one level which alone took at least 4 hours. No kidding. Once we sat to play the game, played that same level for 1.5 hours and then gave up because clearly we weren't going to progress that day. We had to leave that level to the very end of the game (where we went through the levels to get missing photographs or pancakes) and even with that, it took a significant amount of time. Not sure if it's the level or us, but yeah.

Honestly, after Blue Ϟ Lightning said they didn't enjoy it, I wasn't very hopeful of this game, but fortunately we ended up enjoying it a lot! It's best if you play it with a friend. We laughed so much at the stupid ways we died (and there were a lot of those), and we high-fived each other when we eventually passed a hard level. I'm sure this game can be completed in less time than 20 hours, but eh, who is rushing?

There are a couple of achievement bugs though. One is that you randomly get Photo Album and Precious Memories achievements even though you haven't completed them. The second one is that you can't get Exotic Snacks achievement, hence why I have 35 out of 36, instead of 100%.

The game has little replayability value for me, but 20 hours is a lot of game time from such a game anyways, so I'm happy.


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Update (8): RiME

23 August 2019

Fanatical New Games 2019

RiME

11.3 hours, 18 of 31 achievements

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Aaand, I'm done with RiME after a couple of days.

The beginning of the game was a bit slow for me, and it felt like it lacked focus. After a while I got used to the style of the game and that feeling of lacking focus disappeared. I was bored during the first half of Denial but rest of the game was fun. The puzzles aren't hard, with 1 or 2 exceptions. It has some platforming, but not so much that I'd call it a puzzle/platformer. It's more like a walking simulator that has some puzzles in it.

The game is very similar to Submerged in game play. So much that I had to check if they're both made by the same developers (but if I'm not wrong, they're not). They both have a lot of collectibles and both stories unfold in a similar manner. They do have differences though, so it's not like they're the same game. RiME has puzzles and less climbing/platforming than Submerged, which doesn't have any puzzles.

I felt like RiME is a bit overpriced for the game play it offers, but lately no one buys games at full price so I'm sure anyone can get it at a decent discount if they want to play it. It was also given for free by Epic a while ago, so there's that.

Maybe using a controller can be better while playing, because sometimes it's very hard to move the character in the manner the game requires, only using a keyboard. I kept falling off places because of that at one point :D

I also wanted to go for 100%, but I missed collectibles in every chapter of the game apparently, so I need to replay the whole thing for that and I'm not going to do it anytime soon. I already have 11 hours in the game (some of it is idle time but I don't know how much), so I think I've played enough of it this week.


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Update (7): DISTRAINT 2

19 August 2019

Humble Bundle New Games 2019

DISTRAINT 2

2.8 hours, 9 of 9 achievements

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Sadly, this wasn't any better than DISTRAINT in terms of fun.

However, the game is better in terms of quality and graphics, definitely. You can now walk fast if you choose to, and this makes the game much easier to tolerate, at the least. I'm a little sad that I didn't enjoy this at all, but what can we do? The story did get better at the end--I liked how the game resolved with Price and others he met along the way, and the childhood memories were also good.

Eh. At least I got it off my backlog.

If anyone needs it, there's a very well-made achievements guide/walkthrough on Steam for the game. If it wasn't for that, I would never be able to complete this game.

Note to myself: Don't impulse buy games because they're cheap.


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Update (6): Blockwick 2

17 August 2019

New Games 2019 Steam Summer Sale 2019

Blockwick 2

28.1 hours, 14 of 14 achievements

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I first saw this game on SteamGifts after it was bundled by Indie Gala in its Indie Opus Bundle, and bought it during the Steam Summer Sale this year. I like puzzle games, so I immediately started playing! I actually played this with my boyfriend by using Parsec (an application used to play local co-op games online) and it worked more smoothly than trying to play Overcooked.

Blockwick 2 has 160 levels with differing difficulties, and while we got stuck at a couple of levels, we needed to look up a walkthrough only once. (To be honest, we looked for a walkthrough for one of the Basics levels, but couldn't find one. All are for the main game.) It took as a good chunk of time to complete this game, and we had so much fun while doing it! It's definitely one of the good purchases I made this year, and I definitely recommend playing if you're kind of interested in the game.

I have screenshots of some of the "important" moments (for me) in the game, i.e. solving a challenging level. Honestly, I'd like it if the game had another 160 levels to play. I'll definitely be keeping an eye on Keiffer Bros. for their future releases.

Also, a small note: the game is called Blockwick 2 because there is a Blockwick (1). It's a similar puzzle game released on iOS only (as far as I could find). Honestly, this second game's graphics are much better looking in my opinion. But this also means you can get Blockwick 2 as an app for your phone--you don't have to play it on Steam. I learned of this after purchasing & playing the game for hours, but even if I'd known earlier, I think I'd prefer the Steam version. They're the same probably, but I'm not a mobile game fan.


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Update (5): Overcooked

05 August 2019

Got for Free Kinguin New Games 2019

Overcooked

14.6 hours, 12 of 12 achievements

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I got this game for free from Kinguin's Crazy Free Weekends, during one of the earlier weekends where the bidding system wasn't active yet. At that time, I wasn't aware that this isn't the online version and the first game only has local co-op (so this was a bit of a problem, since I wanted to play this with my boyfriend online).

However, a friend of mine came over to stay the night in the first week of July and we made some good progress in the game together. The same friend was here a couple days ago, and together we not only finished the game, but managed to complete it! (Only the main game though.) We made all of the levels 3/3 stars, and that eventually gave us the final achievement, marking Overcooked 100%. This is my third game ever in which I have all of the achievements, so this feels like a somewhat historical moment for me. 😂

Jokes aside, the game itself is great (but only as co-op). It has great levels where it demands you work together with your partner, and find a balance between rushing and being careful. We ended up replaying some levels so many times that I think I can pass them my eyes closed now. I enjoyed this so much that I purchased its only DLC, The Lost Morsel, while it was still on sale. (More on this later.) It's really fun to mess up as well. Once, when we were just starting in the game, our whole kitchen caught on fire and we couldn't do anything, except start over. But before we gave up, trying to save the kitchen and somehow pass the level after that made us laugh so much.

So. Great co-op game. 👍

Sadly, it doesn't work as a singleplayer (in my experience). You have to control 2 chefs all by yourself, and this makes it almost impossible to pass the levels with 3 stars, which you need to do eventually to unlock later levels. I'm saying this because some of the levels require high levels of co-op playing, and as only one person, it's hard to do both roles at the same time. (It was impossible for me.) I'm sure there are people who can and will do this (or already have done) but I'm not that stubborn when it comes to "hard" games. If a game is making me frustrated more than it's giving me enjoyment, I'm dropping that game. So if I wasn't playing Overcooked as co-op, I would never have finished it, let alone get 100%.

The whole game took around 11-12 hours for us to complete, minus the time we spent on DLCs. (I don't know how long we spent on them.) I have 14.6 hours because later I started over with my boyfriend, this time using a software called Parsec. It wasn't as smooth as we would've liked, but we still managed to complete a couple levels before giving up. (Parsec is supposed to enable people to play local co-op games as online co-op.)


The Lost Morsel

0.0 hours, no achievements

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I didn't enjoy this DLC at all.

The levels seemed fun and interesting at first, but it quickly became tedious and not that fun, to be honest. This DLC only adds 6 new levels to the game, so it's an achievement almost to make it seem tedious. I believe it's because the level balances weren't adjusted properly, making some of the levels very easy while making others hard. We (my friend and me) both didn't feel like completing this one, but for the sake of the money I spent on it (at least I got it during the sale) we at least got 1 star in every level. 3 start seemed impossible and I'm sure they aren't, but at that moment trying to get 3 starts felt like a waste of time.

I mean, it can still be played and enjoyed probably, but it was simply not for me (or us). I will still check out the DLC for Overcooked 2 when I get the game (or after completing it), but this one was… meh. At least it's beaten. 🤷‍♀️

I don't count the DLC towards my completion of the main game, that's why I didn't mark Overcooked as beaten instead of completed.


Progress Bar: New Games 2019

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July 2019

the month in which the backlog grew

Games beaten: 6
Games dropped: 2
Games added: 15
Overall: +7 games

Beaten/Completed

Sadly, none of these games are great. Rusty Lake Paradise is interesting enough, but not so much that go back to it anytime soon or buy the other Rusty Lake games. Most fun out of these was Bookworm Adventures Deluxe which is a really old and simple game, and is no longer sold on anywhere I could find, unfortunately.

Non-Steam

  • DISTRAINT: Deluxe Edition
    DISTRAINT: Deluxe Edition

    2.0 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Bookworm Adventures Deluxe
    Bookworm Adventures Deluxe

    playtime n/a

    no achievements

Honorable Mentions

I haven’t beaten these games yet, but they took a good chunk of the month (and/or) I enjoyed playing them a lot.

Dropped

Added to the Backlog

SteamGifts win(s):

Bundle buys:

Other buys:
I got Peregrin thanks to DepthOfGnosis! They gave me a 75% off coupon for it.

Got for free:
All off these, (except Tropico 5) are from Reddit. Tropico 5 is from Kinguin’s Crazy Free Weekends, and it’s actually the Complete Collection (which includes all of Tropico 5 DLCs).

Weekly Update #4

28 July 2019

This week I played another big chunk of Hollow Knight! The game is going really good and I’m a big fan.
I couldn’t play Blockwick 2 at all, which is sad because I was planning on completing the game this month. Oh well, shrugs.

Beaten/Completed

DISTRAINT: Deluxe Edition

2 hours, 0 of 0 achievements
From GOG library

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I'm not a fan.

I had to look up a walkthrough to actually finish the game, not because it's hard but because I was hardly interested in it. It's very slow overall, and while some of the puzzles are doable and fun, the general feeling this game left on me was pure boredom. I felt less energetic after (and even while) playing it, and this is not how I like my games, honestly.

The story is decent and the graphics are good, the game doesn't feel like it's been made by one person only (in quality). Only in size (it's very short, probably anyone can complete in 3 hours).

I'm still going to be playing Distraint 2 because I bought it from Humble Bundle before playing the first game. (I know, a mistake.)

At least one more game is off the backlog? (Even though I can't mark this as beaten, since it's not on Steam.)


Made Progress

  • Hollow Knight

    36 hours playtime

    11 of 63 achievements

  • Project Highrise

    5 hours playtime

    18 of 88 achievements

  • Broken Age

    5 hours playtime

    19 of 45 achievements

  • DISTRAINT 2

    34 minutes playtime

    1 of 9 achievements

Weekly Update #3

21 July 2019

I’m still playing around with the BLAEO formats, trying new things, hoping to find what format I like the best. I think I like this one better (at least for weekly posts). This week I’ve tried a lot of new games and actually finished only one. I’m still working on Blockwick 2 and Hollow Knight, both are very much fun. Can’t say the same for Superflight or DISTRAINT though. Sad.

Beaten/Completed

Rusty Lake Paradise

5.0 hours, 32 of 50 achievements

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I completed my first run of the game, and did 50% in achievements. I'll probably play this again to do 100% achievements in the near future, but not immediately because one run of this game is enough for me right now. It's an interesting puzzle game with a morbid story, which gets even worse as the game progresses. I enjoyed playing it, but it didn't become my new favourite game or anything. I'll consider buying the other two Rusty Lake games if I see a decent discount/bundle, but it's not a priority at this point.

It became a little tedious at times, but that might be more about me than the game itself. The puzzles are sometimes hard, sometimes easy, most of the time pretty doable. I only had to look up a walkthrough maybe 2-3 times, which is a very low amount considering this game has 10 chapters/plagues and each of them has 3-4 puzzles/puzzle-ish scenarios.

Right now, I'm a bit bored of this game, so I'm glad I completed it. I hope I won't be as bored with it when I eventually decide to play it again to go for 100%!


Made Progress

Blockwick 2

14.4 hours, 7 of 14 achievements

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I'm almost done with this game! Since last week, I've finished 4 more levels and added 10+ hours to my total game play of Blockwick 2. It was my main game this week, and I'm really happy with the progress I made (with my boyfriend, we're playing it together).

I'm really happy that I bought it during the summer sale honestly. Money well spent! Would definitely recommend this game to puzzle lovers.


Hollow Knight

23.1 hours, 6 of 63 achievements

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I've played another 10 hours of this game this week. I'm really enjoying it so far, even though it has its frustrating moments.

This week's highlight for me was defeating Soul Master probably. I was so frustrated with that one. It took me 2 days and countless tries, but when I finally did it, it was such a great moment. I literally screamed with happiness lol. Since then, I haven't defeated any other boss, but I'm very happy with my progress in the game, and I'm already sad that it will end at some point. I'm definitely looking forward to Hollow Knight: Silksong, whenever it may be coming.


DISTRAINT: Deluxe Edition

0.5 hours, 0 of 16 achievements
From GOG library

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DISTRAINT: Deluxe Edition is actually in my GOG library as it was given for free some time ago. I recently thought of playing it when I bought Humble Bundle's Very Positive 3 bundle, since DISTRAINT 2 was also in it. At first it was interesting and new, but it became boring and monotone very quickly. I'm still thinking to play and finish it, but I'm not very… hyped up about playing the second game, to be honest. I'll probably use a walkthrough or something if I get stuck at some point for long, because I rather not waste my time trying to figure out what's going on. I will give it a serious shot, but I won't get stubborn and spend so much time to pass the little puzzles by myself.

This should be a lesson for me: don't buy the sequel for a game you haven't played yet--you might not like it!


Superflight

1.8 hours, 14 of 24 achievements

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This is the first game from the studio GrizzlyGames who made Islanders, a game I completed in June. I enjoyed Islanders so much that I went and bought this from their page on Steam.

Superflight is another beat-your-highscore game with similar achievements. However, I didn't like this one as much as Islanders, unfortunately. I'm probably not going to try to make this 100% achievements, as it's rather time consuming and not that much fun. I still like the game's mechanics and idea, but the gameplay itself kind of got old after a few hours of playing.

It does have nicely generated maps, though.


Borderlands 2

2 hours, 4 of 75 achievements
Family Sharing

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I started playing Borderlands 2 by using a friend's library, because I don't own the game and I didn't want to buy it before I'm sure that I will continue playing it. However, I still count it as progress made because I'm thinking to buy it if I ever make it to 20-25 hours played. I don't have much to say about it other than I'm late to the party by a lot of years, but that's fine because shooter games are definitely not my type of games. However, I did enjoy the 2 hours I spent playing this game with a friend, so I might eventually do get the game for my own library.


Dropped

103

0.5 hours, 0 of 5 achievements

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I ended up refunding this game.

Last week, I was sure that I'll eventually go back to 103 and play it, without using a walkthrough/guide. This week I decided that I've lost interest in this game, simply because I don't understand what's going on in it. Whatever I know of in the game comes from a guide, and I don't particularly enjoy playing games that way. I rather not play it, thanks.

I bought it from the summer sale, and had only half an hour, so I decided to try my luck with refunding even though it has been longer than 2 weeks, and Steam accepted my request! Good for me, I guess. If in the future I want to play it again, I can simply wait for another sale and buy it again. Right now, I rather not have this game in my library, even if it has nice graphics and a mysterious atmosphere.