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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.


Weekly Update #2

I beat only two games this week, none of them legit in BLAEO standards. One is profile features limited, the other non-steam. This is mostly due to me playing Hollow Knight whenever I had time, and that game does take a lot of time. Between getting stuck in the map and dying over and over, I progressed little and wasted a lot of time. It’s fun though!

Beaten/Completed

Radiant One

Radiant One

0.7 hours
7 of 11 achievements
Profile Features Limited
Steam Summer Sale 2019

I’m not very fond of this game. It did have a very reasonable price, but even with that, I felt like it was just not worth it. To be fair, it does have fairly good graphics, but it’s such a short game that it just left a sour taste in my mouth. (I probably should’ve checked the average time people played this before purchasing–my bad.)

It’s not a bad game, but there’s simply not much to do in it. A couple of clicks, a couple of maybe-time-consuming achievements–other than that, there’s only one thing: Work Hard Simulator (or maybe Hard Work Simulator?). It’s basically a clicking contest–you’re trying to get as much clicks as possible before you fail. It even has 5 achievements! I only managed to go upto 3k clicks and couldn’t be bothered to try for 5.

Anyway. It could be checked out, but don’t expect too much out of it. The story itself wasn’t that great either. Not bad, but just mediocre imo.

Bookworm Adventures Deluxe

Bookworm Adventures Deluxe

-- hours
-- achievements
Non-Steam

Playing this game is cheating, since it’s not available on (apparently) anywhere anymore. I’ve tried to find it, but it’s not on Steam store (and from what I’ve seen, hasn’t been on the store since 2016), so I’ve resorted to pirating, unfortunately. I’ve been playing this since last week with my boyfriend, and it has been fun! I wish it was longer though. Three chapters was definitely not enough for us.

You have to defeat enemies by spelling words with the letters available to you. As the game progresses, your character (Lex the Worm) also gets higher health, more defence, and more hit power–with some potions and relics to support him throughout his journey. It’s basically a spelling game, but was a lot of fun. Since it’s a kids game, it’s not very hard, but we still managed to die a couple of times. =P

If anyone knows any game similar to this, please tell me in the comments! Would love to play more of such game. =)

Made Progress

I absolutely loved this game! I previously played it through family sharing, but couldn’t get past the first 2 hours of it, so I just uninstalled and never went back to it. During the summer sale, a friend gifted it to me as a birthday gift, as he loves the game so much and wanted me to play it. And I’m so thankful for that! If it wasn’t for him, I would’ve never went back to Hollow Knight and missed out on so much.

It’s not an easy game for sure, but it’s also not too hard. It’s possible to progress in the game in several different ways, as there’s no single path set for your character. The map does prevent you from accessing some places/things before you’re advanced in the game enough, and this does get frustrating at the start, but it’s not bothering me anymore.

I had 3.5 hours on it last week, ans this week I’ve bumped that number by adding 10 hours! I think I’ll continue playing this for a while. =) Do recommend!
I also have a lot couple screenshots up on Steam for this one.

I didn’t progress much in this game, mainly because of playing Hollow Knight all the time. Cool puzzle game where you have to move blocks to make other blocks touch each other. Not too easy, not too hard–just how I like it. I’ve been playing the first two levels alone, but around the middle of level three, I’ve started playing it with my boyfriend mainly because we’re out of games to play.

103

103

0.5 hours
0 of 5 achievements
Profile Features Limited
Steam Summer Sale 2019

This is another game I’ve had my eyes on since a couple months, and I finally bought it during the Steam Summer Sale! However, this also doesn’t show up on BLAEO due to it being profile features limited. I didn’t even know this was a thing before joining BLAEO, and it quickly became one of the most annoying things on Steam ever.

Anyways, I’ve seen the game described as a puzzle/walking simulator, and the 0.5 hours I’ve played can confirm this. Apparently this is a very short game–but only if you know what to do in it. I’ve progressed a little, but only by looking at a walkthrough. I didn’t want to do that, but the game itself seemed very hard to figure out, to me at least. I’m still trying to do things by myself, which is why this isn’t on “beaten” this week–I haven’t managed to do much!

But I’ll probably be done with this by next week (hopefully!).

Weekly Update #1

Beaten/Completed

Hustle Cat

Hustle Cat

3.7 hours
3 of 12 achievements
Humble Bundle

I played this game only to participate in Lion’s Heart event. I got this a couple years ago (not sure when exactly) from one of Humble Bundle’s game bundles. Back then, paying only 1$ for 3 games seemed like a good idea, even if I’m not interested in actually playing them. Good thing I did it only once and then stopped.

Anyways, the game is a VN where people working in a cat cafe called A Cat’s Paw are cursed to become cats when they leave the cafe’s grounds. I’m not a VN fan, but even with that, the game was enjoyable enough. I’m not going to play it more than once to get the achievements though. That would be pretty boring. Once is enough.

Crazy Plant Shop

Crazy Plant Shop

2.0 hours
3 of 7 achievements
Steam Summer Sale 2019

I saw this on Steam Gifts a couple days ago. It was cheap on Steam Summer Sale, and it looked like something I would enjoy, so I bought it. It’s a cutesy plant shop game where you breed plants to fulfil customer orders. The achievements are fairly easy to do, but they require that you play the game at least 2 times (and I don’t feel like playing it again right now, so I’m not going to bother with 100%).

It’s very short as well, it took me around 1.5 hours to complete the game. The other 0.5 hours is me trying to replay it for achievements and getting bored pretty quickly.

Made Progress

  • Overcooked

    7 hours playtime

    10 of 12 achievements

  • Hollow Knight

    3.5 hours playtime

    2 of 63 achievements

  • Blockwick 2

    1.2 hours playtime

    1 of 14 achievements

I’ve played Overcooked as local co-op since it’s too hard for me in singleplayer mode. We’ve made good progress–7 hours–but my friend had to leave, and it’s not certain when will she visit me next, so that game might stay as “unfinished” for a long time. We did get all of the achievements one can get without actually completing the game though, so that’s good. =D

I’m slowly making my way through Hollow Knight and Blockwick 2. Not much to say there.

Dropped

ABZÛ

ABZÛ

2/10
1.5 hours
4 of 12 achievements

I’ve simply dropped ABZU until further notice, simply because I’m not enjoying the game play. Maybe I’ll pick it up again in the future, but for right now, I’m not planning on finishing it.

Update: Plans for July

Well, since my last post is my first post, it’s not a surprise that I made the mistake of trying to plan ahead and decide which games I’m going to tackle this month. I’m trying to participate in both BLAEO and PAGYWOSG challenges this month, so that changes my list drastically. I decided to give it a short update to keep track of what I’m hoping to play VS what I should play if I want to complete the challenges.

Lion’s Heart

PAGYWOSG challenge for July 2019 is Lion’s Heart and by the time of me writing this post, there are 3 fitting games on my backlog for it:

  • ABZÛ

    87 minutes playtime

    4 of 12 achievements

  • Hustle Cat

    2 hours playtime

    1 of 12 achievements

  • Divide by Sheep

    10 minutes playtime

    2 of 19 achievements

I’ve already started both ABZU (a game about animals) and Hustle Cat (both a title with animal name in it & visual novel), but I’m not sure on which I should focus first and complete–I might play them both at the same time just to avoid making a choice at one point. I’m not sure about Divide by Sheep (a title with animal name in it)–it fits the theme pretty well, but I’m sceptical on whether I’ll enjoy it or not.

Ruby

And as it’s known, BLAEO theme for July is Ruby. I’ve found 2 games that fit this category which I want to play/will consider playing:

  • Hacknet

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 11 achievements

  • INSIDE

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 14 achievements

Turns out, I don’t have that many games with red in their display pictures.

My Original Plans

My original list had 4 games with 1-maybe game, 103.

  • Big Pharma

    22 minutes playtime

    0 of 25 achievements

  • Superflight

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 24 achievements

  • Hollow Knight

    46 minutes playtime

    0 of 63 achievements

  • ASTRONEER

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 54 achievements

To be honest, I’ll be content with myself if I manage to beat/complete just one game from each category. Each additional game will be a bonus, whether it’s from any of these or not.

After looking at the number of games I want to play this month, I kind of said to myself: “I shouldn’t have bought that many games in June.” But the funny thing is, I’m still thinking of buying more games before the Steam Summer Sale ends, since after that I won’t be getting anything new for a long while, unless I win it from Steam Gifts or Kinguin.

Overview: June 2019

New Games

This month has been a month of buying/acquiring games. Between the Steam Summer Sale and my birthday, I got 14 new games. It was actually 15, but I refunded Locomotion because I didn’t enjoy it enough to continue playing. I got 2 of these games from Kinguin’s Crazy Free Weekend, 2 were gifted to me as birthday gifts, 1 was given by Ostkungen (thanks again!), and the rest I bought on Steam.

  • Submerged

    6 hours playtime

    10 of 10 achievements

  • Hue

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 13 achievements

  • Big Pharma

    22 minutes playtime

    0 of 25 achievements

  • ISLANDERS

    9 hours playtime

    26 of 26 achievements

  • Broken Age

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 45 achievements

  • Blockwick 2

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 14 achievements

  • Superflight

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 24 achievements

  • Tropico 4

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 70 achievements

  • Hollow Knight

    46 minutes playtime

    0 of 63 achievements

  • ASTRONEER

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 54 achievements

  • Faeria

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 59 achievements

  • Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 12 achievements

  • Overcooked

    17 minutes playtime

    1 of 12 achievements

  • 103

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 5 achievements

Beaten

Although I bought so many games this month, I also cleared a lot of games from my backlog. (I know, 6 games is nothing for a lot of people here, but I only own 70+ games with the intention of playing maybe 70% of it, so 6 is a lot of games for me, haha.)

I’ve tried really hard to complete Slime Rancher but the last 3 achievements that are left are haaaard. I’m hoping to get around to completing them later this summer, because I’ve played enough Slime Rancher during this month for a long time – 40 something hours!

I’m not sure if I’ll get around to completing My Big Sister because its achievements require replaying the game a couple times, and the gameplay isn’t that engaging for me to do that. I might consider going back to it after a couple months, but even if I complete it, it will take a long while.

My Big Sister

My Big Sister

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3.7 hours
19 of 28 achievements
Slime Rancher

Slime Rancher

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51.7 hours
54 of 57 achievements

Completed

I also have a review up for Islanders on my Steam profile if anyone is interested.

Submerged

Submerged

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6.3 hours
10 of 10 achievements
The Tiny Bang Story

The Tiny Bang Story

3.4 hours
no achievements
Got for Free
Old Man's Journey

Old Man's Journey

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1.8 hours
no achievements

Plans for July

I don’t have a complete list for what I want to play in July, but here’s a couple games that I’m thinking of starting! I promised my friend who gifted me Hollow Knight that I’ll get around to playing that game as soon as I can, so I will probably start it next month. Others, I’m not so sure about. I should probably try out all of the new games to see if I want to refund.

I’m also not sure but I might check out 103 in July.

Other than these games, I’ll also play a game that fits the July theme of PAGYWOSG event if I have one.

  • Big Pharma

    22 minutes playtime

    0 of 25 achievements

  • Superflight

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 24 achievements

  • Hollow Knight

    46 minutes playtime

    0 of 63 achievements

  • ASTRONEER

    0 minutes playtime

    0 of 54 achievements