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April 2021

I didn’t beat or complete any games this month. Instead, acquired 2 new games.
Tank Quest’s developer is a friend of mine and I’m happy to support him. This is his first game, and hopefully he’ll continue to make games in the future!

    Purchases:

  • Tank Quest
  • Free:

  • Rusty Lake Hotel

March 2021

I haven’t been gaming as much lately, so here’s a shorter/smaller post. No additions. Just two games off the “unfinished” list.
I also played a bunch of Spiritfarer but technically haven’t beaten it, so I will add it in April probably.

Half-Life 2

Dead Cells

38.3 hours
54 of 87 achievements

I defeated the Hand of the King and got the first Boss Stem Cell. I will play it more later on to progress more in the game, but the end credits rolled, so I'm considering Dead Cells as "beaten".

Half-Life 2

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

39.1 hours
17 of 34 achievements

With the Season 4 of Fall Guys, they introduced a new game mode: now you can play in "squads", and if your squad wins, you also win. Thanks to that I was finally able to get a win in the game, after almost 40 hours and several seasons of playing. I'm not actively playing it anymore, but I wasn't able to consider it "beaten" because I hadn't won previously. Now it's marked as beaten, yay!

February 2021

Most of February was spent studying for my finals and writing assignments, so not much gaming got done. I didn't buy anything, so there's that.

Most Played Games:

Dead Cells 20 hours
Stardew Valley 10 hours
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Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan

2.9 hours
23 of 29 achievements

20 hours of Dead Cells, 10 hours of Stardew... and that's pretty much it.

Nothing to see here.

January 2021

With January, the semester at the university is coming to an end, so I have a lot of work to do. I just wish my finals would end so that I'll have some time for myself again. I'm exhausted. Earlier in the month I had some time to play games, but for the most part I didn't want to, and later on I had limited time anyways. I'm back to playing Stardew Valley thanks to the new content update, and I'm loving it. I'm glad to be back. It's still one of my favourite games, and going back to it after a long time is fun. Other than that, I did very limited gaming.

Most Played Games:

Stardew Valley 15+ hours
Coloring Pixels 6 hours
Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan 2 hours

Half-Life 2

Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride

6.5 hours
21 of 24 achievements

I was replaying this game in expert mode to get the last few achievements but at one puzzle the game broke and I had no way of continuing. There wasn't a fix that I could find, so I just gave up on getting 100% achievements - not that important anyways.

Half-Life 2

Hanoi Puzzles: Solid Match

1.5 hours
11 of 11 achievements

    Purchases:

  • Hanoi Puzzles: Solid Match
  • Wins:

    SteamGifts Wins:

  • Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan
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December 2020

Happy New Year, everyone!

Steam Library: December 2020

29% (40/140)
39% (54/140)
13% (18/140)
9% (12/140)
11% (16/140)

Steam Library: November 2020

28% (36/128)
41% (52/128)
14% (18/128)
9% (11/128)
9% (11/128)

Most Played Games:

Lyne 10 hours
Coloring Pixels 9 hours
Rain World 7 hours

Half-Life 2

Little Misfortune

3.1 hours
27 of 35 achievements
Half-Life 2
Won on SteamGifts

Queen's Quest 5: Symphony of Death

3.1 hours
20 of 21 achievements
Half-Life 2

Mystic Pillars

4.6 hours
15 of 15 achievements
Half-Life 2

Path of Giants

3.6 hours
17 of 17 achievements
Half-Life 2
Game Pass for PC

Astrologaster

0.0 hours
25 of 25 achievements
Half-Life 2
Steam Family Share

Assemble with Care

1.5 hours
14 of 14 achievements
Half-Life 2

Coloring Pixels - Advent Pack

0.0 hours
25 of 25 achievements
Half-Life 2

klocki

0.9 hours
1 of 1 achievements

End of the year hits different with additions. This month I got extremely lucky with Reddit, and won a bunch of wishlisted games! The sales didn't hit my wallet as hard, thankfully. I'm looking forward to playing them all!

    Purchases:

  • PHOGS!
  • klocki
  • Gifts:

  • Spiritfarer
  • Townscaper
  • Wins:

    SteamGifts Wins:

  • Queen's Quest 5: Symphony of Death
  • Reddit Wins:

  • Felix the Reaper
  • Path of Giants
  • Raji: An Ancient Epic

  • Haven
  • Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride
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November 2020

Steam Library: November 2020

28% (36/128)
41% (52/128)
14% (18/128)
9% (11/128)
9% (11/128)

Steam Library: November 2019

12%
15%
19%
28%
25%

Most Played Games:

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles 26 hours
Coloring Pixels 19 hours
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout 12 hours

Steam

Half-Life 2
up-to-date

Staxel

80.6 hours
28 of 28 achievements

After almost 20 hours of playing and grinding, I finally got all of the new achievements (for "Hideaway Hollow" update) in Staxel! This game is fun, but the update had some issues which made getting the new seeds and the bugs a tedious process. It isn't a new completion so doesn't really reduce anything from my backlog, but it's been fun to play more of Staxel. Thankfully it's over - I didn't want to grind the game more than I already did.

A little note for people who are planning to play the new update:
Purple nettle can grow in all seasons but the rest of the seeds (grape, artichoke, and rhubarb) all are spring/summer crops. Both grape and artichoke almost takes a month to grow (21-28 days) so planting them in early spring is the best idea, unless you have magic water to grow them instantly.

The Milkyway Owlfly, Sun Butterfly and Moon Butterfly all spawn at the same point. I somehow bugged the point by trying to mark it, so instead of marking it with an item (visually), try to remember where it is. I spent an entire in-game month with nothing spawning at the point. Since there's (for now) only 1 single spot where these three spawn at, it was very tedious to wait for the island reset.

Half-Life 2
let's beat some unfinished games #7

Windlands

4.6 hours
5 of 29 achievements

I beat it for my "let's beat some unfinished games" challenge. I have a lot of half-played games which I'm not very interested in and I'll try to force myself through them, often with the help of walkthroughs, to reduce the number of games on my "unfinished" list on BLAEO.

I actually pulled this from my "won't play" pile, and didn't use any walkthroughs because I didn't go for collectibles. Instead I just focused on beating the game - and with Windlands done, I've officially beaten all of my SteamGifts wins! (LOL, all 3 of them!) I'm very happy that this game is done. I didn't enjoy it much and my fingers hurt.

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Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

26.1 hours
37 of 38 achievements

I have 1 (one) single fish missing in Yonder and it's the only reason why I don't have all achievements in this game. However, after around 4-5 hours of trying to catch it (in real time), I have given up on it.

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Smile For Me

4.7 hours
22 of 24 achievements

I swear usually this tab isn't this crowded... however this month I kept switching between games. I was supposed to finish Life is Strange, but that didn't happen because just as I was getting into it again, my university work got tripled and I couldn't game much. Similarly I didn't play a lot of Dead Cells, but I played some, so here it is. I was very close to beating Kingdom when I died in game, so it's also here. (I'm not sure if I'll actually go and beat it at this point, to be honest.)

On a better note, I did a lot of coloring this month and finished "Community 1" and "Book 3" of Coloring Pixels. And played tons of Fall Guys.

Thanks Garcias again, for gifting me Smile For Me! And to Parallax/Tovstonoh for Neo Cab!

I ended up grabbing Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles and Mystic Pillars during the Steam Halloween Sale; and then Lyne and Coloring Pixels Advent 1 DLC during the Autumn Sale. I really have no idea what happened this month, but I've acquired more than I've finished for a change. December shall be an intense gaming month, then!

    Purchases:

  • Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles
  • Mystic Pillars
  • LYNE
  • Coloring Pixels Advent Pack
  • Gifts:

  • Smile For Me
  • Little Misfortune
  • Neo Cab
  • Rain World
  • Freebies:

  • Kingdom: Classic

October 2020

I recently made myself a new list on BLAEO, titled "My Actual Backlog". I did this because there are several games on my backlog which I can't play for various reasons. Some are strictly co-op, and some don't run on my laptop (since I don't have a gaming PC). This list has the games I'm able to run and play on my own. According to it, I'm running a bit low on games, so this month I actually ended up buying a few!

Steam Library: October 2020

28% (33/120)
43% (52/120)
12% (14/120)
9% (11/120)
8% (10/120)

Steam Library: October 2019

10%
15%
20%
30%
26%

Most Played Games:

Forager 40 hours
Ori and the Blind Forest 11 hours
Dead Cells 9 hours

Steam

Half-Life 2

Forager

40.2 hours
103 of 103 achievements
Half-Life 2

The Turing Test

6.3 hours
15 of 15 achievements
Half-Life 2

When The Past Was Around

1.9 hours
20 of 20 achievements
Half-Life 2

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition

11.5 hours
30 of 57 achievements

I'm aware the "Definitive Edition" is different than the original edition - however, since I've now beaten the game once, I highly doubt that I'll play the original, so I'm marking the original as "beaten" as well.

Half-Life 2
let's beat some unfinished games #6

ABZÛ

3.1 hours
5 of 12 achievements

I beat it for my "let's beat some unfinished games" challenge. I have a lot of half-played games which I'm not very interested in and I'll try to force myself through them, often with the help of walkthroughs, to reduce the number of games on my "unfinished" list on BLAEO.

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Move 'n' Bloom

6.3 hours
11 of 15 achievements

Fun puzzle game where you try to match the blocks of plants. There are a few levels which are hard, and one level extremely hard (for me, at least). Also one of the achievements seems to be bugged, but I'm sure it'll be fixed soon. I'll eventually go back and play it from the scratch to attempt "No Spoilers" achievement. For now, I'm leaving the game as it is.

I enjoyed it a lot and I'm glad I got it. If it looks like something you might enjoy, giving it a try won't hurt! It's pretty cheap too.

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Cats Organized Neatly

2.9 hours
20 of 20 achievements

Staxel recently got an update and it added 5 achievements so I'm back to playing it. Also apparently I missed a few friendship quests when I first played it, so I'm probably going to be doing those as well. I missed them because I got all achievements without befriending every villager.
I still haven't finished playing Life is Strange... It started out really fun but the turn the story took is making me hesitant in playing it. Too heavy, when life outside is already a bit bleak. I was hoping to finish it in October ... but maybe November will be better.

I'm running low on games I can actually play, so I ended up buying some to play during September.

    Purchases:

  • When The Past Was Around
  • Move 'n' Bloom
  • Cats Organized Neatly
  • Dead Cells

September 2020

Steam Library: September 2020

23% (29/127)
37% (47/127)
14% (18/127)
17% (22/127)
9% (11/127)

Steam Library: September 2019

10%
12%
20%
33%
26%

Most Played Games:

Project Highrise 13 hours
Fall Guys 12 hours
Linelight 9 hours

I started this month really strong, and then stopped gaming after 1-1.5 weeks. Either way, 5 games off the backlog - not so bad.

Steam

Half-Life 2
let's beat some unfinished games #4

Reigns

10.3 hours
8 of 13 achievements

Honestly, this was kind of boring but I pushed through. I got 2 of 3 endings - I wanted to go for the third one as well but I just got bored of the game, so I'm not going to bother. Also, despite dying at least 150 times, I never managed to get "all deaths". Some of them require a lot of work and are very event-specific, so I'm not going to bother with those either. I'm kind of proud of "Duelist" achievement - that's the one I really wanted to get, and did.

Honestly, I only realized this game has an ending when I got the first ending. Before that I assumed that this is a never-ending nightmare.

I beat it for my "let's beat some unfinished games" challenge. I have a lot of half-played games which I'm not very interested in and I'll try to force myself through them, often with the help of walkthroughs, to reduce the number of games on my "unfinished" list on BLAEO.

Half-Life 2
let's beat some unfinished games #5

Umiro

5.0 hours
8 of 8 achievements

I beat it for my "let's beat some unfinished games" challenge. I have a lot of half-played games which I'm not very interested in and I'll try to force myself through them, often with the help of walkthroughs, to reduce the number of games on my "unfinished" list on BLAEO.

But in reality I pulled this one from my "won't play" pile. I had played more than 50% of the game last year (funny enough in September) and then couldn't bring myself to play the rest, because I was extremely bored by it. For some reason I just felt like picking it back up and finishing it this month - so that's what I did. I can't recommend it as I didn't enjoy it much.

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Project Highrise

19.6 hours
72 of 88 achievements
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Linelight

10.2 hours
25 of 25 achievements
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Portal 2

15.7 hours
26 of 51 achievements

I joined the hypes of both Fall Guys and Among Us! I actually wasn't going to get the second one, but it's fairly cheap, and a friend of mine asked if I want to play with them. I didn't want to say no, so I got the game. I'm really enjoying Fall Guys, even if I suck and haven't won a single episode after almost 14 hours.

No Community Train wins for me this year! Which is both good and bad - good, because I can focus on the ones I already have. Bad, because there were some games I was really interested in.

    Purchases:

  • Fall Guys
  • Among Us
  • Wins:

    Reddit:

  • Forager

August 2020

Since I finally have monthly backlog bars, I can compare my yearly progress!
Also, this was a great month!

Steam Library: August 2020

21% (26/122)
32% (39/122)
20% (24/122)
16% (19/122)
11% (14/122)

Steam Library: August 2019

9%
12%
19%
34%
26%

Most Played Games:

Celeste 18 hours
Hollow Knight 17 hours
Rakuen 8 hours

Steam

Half-Life 2

Hollow Knight

115.7 hours
41 of 63 achievements

I can't believe I've finally beaten Hollow Knight. I'd love to 100% it some day, but some of the achievements are simply beyond my abilities. (Looking at you, speedrun and steel soul!) I'll probably go back to it in the future to do several things I haven't been able to do, but for now I got 2 different endings (The Hollow Knight and Sealed Siblings) so I'm happy. This is really a great game - definitely recommended!

Half-Life 2

We Were Here

1.8 hours
16 of 26 achievements

I'll probably give this game another go, seeing I'm missing several achievements - and I only played it once. But for now, my partner is kind of done with the game and I doubt I can convince them to play it again with me any time soon. We finished it once, so it can go to the "beaten" list.

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Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions

8.4 hours
35 of 40 achievements

Finally I'm done with this game! It's been dragging since a while, because after finishing most of the puzzles I decided to get all the achievements. To do that, you need to do all of the puzzles in hard difficulty, and that's… well, hard. And because of that I've been putting of playing this game. After giving up on "completing" the game, it was fairly easy to beat - I had around 8 puzzles to finish, which I did in 1.5 hours or so. I'm not going to buy the DLC this time, because enough is enough :)

Half-Life 2
let's beat some unfinished games #1

Botanicula

3.6 hours
42 of 53 achievements

Honestly, I can't believe I finally "beat" this game. Botanicula is probably one of my oldest games - some of the achievements are from 2013. It's definitely a very easy game to play, and I have no idea why I didn't do it before this month. I remember trying it a few times but each time I'd either get bored or confused, and leave the game unfinished.

It's the first game I beat in my "let's beat some unfinished games" challenge. I have a lot of half-played games which I'm not very interested in and I'll try to force myself through them, often with the help of walkthroughs, to reduce the number of games on my "unfinished" list on BLAEO.

Half-Life 2
let's beat some unfinished games #2

A Story About My Uncle

7.5 hours
1 of 15 achievements

Another game that's finally "beaten". I got this from Humble Bundle when they gave it out for free, and it's been sitting & gathering dust on my virtual games library ever since. I was very close to finishing it when I first played it, but I got stuck at a specific part of Ice Caves and wasn't able to do it. I tried it a few times, at different occasions, and finally I did it! After that part, finishing the rest of the game wasn't very hard. Phew. Another unfinished game is off the backlog.

I beat it for my "let's beat some unfinished games" challenge. I have a lot of half-played games which I'm not very interested in and I'll try to force myself through them, often with the help of walkthroughs, to reduce the number of games on my "unfinished" list on BLAEO.

Half-Life 2
let's beat some unfinished games #3

She Remembered Caterpillars

3.5 hours
12 of 13 achievements

I'm just very grateful for walkthroughs.
I actually stopped playing this game a couple months back because I couldn't progress without looking up the solutions, and that's not what I wanted to do at the time. Well… I've officially given up on it. I did some of the remaining levels with the help of walkthroughs and finally this is off the backlog.
Logically, She Remembered Caterpillars is the kind of game I'd enjoy since I like puzzle games a lot, especially ones which have some easy and some hard levels. But at one point this game became a chore for me. :P

I beat it for my "let's beat some unfinished games" challenge. I have a lot of half-played games which I'm not very interested in and I'll try to force myself through them, often with the help of walkthroughs, to reduce the number of games on my "unfinished" list on BLAEO.

Half-Life 2

Rakuen

8.4 hours
12 of 15 achievements

This game has a really beautiful and sad story, but gameplay was really boring at times. I don't regret playing it, but I wouldn't re-play it.
Also, I was thinking that I'll finish Rakuen during the first week of September but I didn't really have anything else to play, so I kind of crammed all 8.4 hours of game time into 2-3 days.

Non-Steam

Half-Life 2

A Short Hike

1.6 hours
3 of 8 achievements

This really was a short hike. I really liked the game though, mechanics are simple enough and the art style is very pleasing! I also enjoyed how everyone in the game is very positive.

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Celeste

18.3 hours
15 of 32 achievements

I beat the main game but there is still a lot of things to do in it.
I haven't done Chapter 8 & 9, as well as any of the B and C sides. I'm thinking to do them at some point, but I also might not get the chance to play them any time soon. I'm a bit tired of the game. It was a lot of fun, don't get me wrong, but there's only so much deaths / frustration I can handle before I need a break.
I'm really glad I played it though, definitely recommended.

    Wins:

    Green Man Gaming's Monthly Wheel of Mystery

  • DEATH STRANDING
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Other Wins:

  • We Were Here Together

July 2020

I finished all 3 of the games I purchased in Winter Sale 2019, so there's some progress there.
Also, apparently I've added 20 games to my backlog, while also beating/completing 20 games - so right now my additions and completions cancel each other out, lol.

Steam Library: July 2020

21% (26/123)
26% (32/123)
24% (29/123)
17% (21/123)
12% (15/123)

Steam Library: June 2020

19.2% (23/120)
25.8% (31/120)
22.5% (27/120)
18.3% (22/120)
14.2% (17/120)

Most Played Games:

Hollow Knight 36 hours
Coloring Pixels 21 hours
Big Pharma 11 hours
Half-Life 2

Tomb Raider

18.3 hours
26 of 50 achievements

I would've never played this if it wasn't given for free a while back.
Thanks to Jaded and my partner for encouraging me to play it! I had a great time.
I wish half of the achievements (or maybe around 20) weren't for multiplayer so that I could achievement hunt in the game, but oh well.
I added the next game on my Steam wishlist but I don't think I will get around to buying it any time soon.

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Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons

4.3 hours
12 of 12 achievements

I got this for free during Kinguin's Crazy Free Weekends last summer and it's been sitting on my Steam library ever since. I actually was waiting to get a controller to play it at first, since on its Steam page it says a controller is required to play. But that's not the case. Brothers can be played with a keyboard as well, and without any issues--since that's what I did.

It's a pretty easy puzzle game and story-focused. The puzzles weren't challenging at all. I really liked the art style (except how they drew or modeled people). I have some very nice screenshots from the game, if anyone's interested.

One thing I didn't like was that the cut-scenes can't be skipped.

And this is a SPOILER, so read at your own risk:
I also didn't like how the only female character who is alive turned out to be a giant spider-monster who ended up attacking the brothers. Up until that point I was pretty impressed by her, thinking "Oh wow, she knows her stuff," since she helped the brothers a lot. Did anyone else not like that part too? or is it just me?

Half-Life 2

Wandersong

11.6 hours
75 of 75 achievements
Half-Life 2

Degrees of Separation

10.0 hours
10 of 10 achievements

I'm back to playing Hollow Knight, apparently.

As it can be seen, my gaming time this month is all over the place. In the second half of the month there are no beaten or completed games - instead, there are a bunch of games I've played and didn't even get close to "beating". I tried playing Gloom but it doesn't look like my kind of game at all, so I'm not sure if I'll go back to it at some point, or just leave it as it is.

I discovered there are free audiobooks on Spotify and most of my Coloring Pixels time was combined with that - listening to audiobooks while coloring images. I managed to finish "Book 2" in the game and did some other images from other books as well. That game will never be "completed" and I've made my peace with that - too many DLCs and they keep adding more. I'll consider it "beaten" when I finish the free images + the DLCs I've already bought.

I'm really hoping to finish playing Hollow Knight this time, even if I can't do 100% game completion. That game has so many things to do, and it's hard to do all of them if you're as bad as I am in the game. I'm still enjoying it a lot, though and that's what matters the most.

I started playing Big Pharma mainly because I was aiming for this month's BLAEO theme, Steam Sales. BP is one of the games I purchased last summer sale and never played. While I made some progress in the game, it'll be another (at least) 20 hours before I can consider it "beaten".

    Purchases:

  • Flood of Light
  • Life Is Strange
  • Wins:

  • Boundless