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Skattered Fragments - #6

Halfway into the 20/22 challenge, mostly stats
Current status:

5% never played
32% unfinished
41% beaten
23% completed

At the beginning of the year I’ve started the 20/22 Challenge which a couple of other assassins decided to tackle as well. I’m too lazy to post about it every month, naturally, but I figured I’d at least give a stat breakdown of how I’ve been doing in the challenge, as well as the general fight against the backlog. What I didn’t mention in the challenge was that I was also planning to avoid buying new videogames - that actually lasted a couple of months surprisingly, but it failed as anyone would’ve expected.

Boring stats section - Beaten-Added (Number of games from my 20/22 challenge):

January: 3-0 (2)
February: 6-0 (2)
March: 3-2 (1)
April: 4-3 (1)
May: 5-5 (1)
June: 13-9 (7)

Overall: 34-19 (14)

As you might’ve noticed, I started doing really poorly in my challenge after Elden Ring came out… until last month happened, and I somehow doubled the number of finished games from the list, now being down to having to finish only one game per month for the rest of the year to succeed. Another thing worth pointing out is that I have not lost the fight against my backlog in any month of 2022, having 5 victories and 1 tie so far.

While I’m also too lazy to write actual thoughts about the games (except Salome’s Kiss, for which I wrote a review), here’s 10 of my current favourites that I’ve played this year (Mostly out of personal curiosity of how many of these will eventually make it into my top 8 list at the end of the year). Order is mostly chronological, based on when I finished them:

  • Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin

    100 hours playtime

    38 of 48 achievements

  • Wolfenstein: The New Order

    15 hours playtime

    35 of 50 achievements

  • The Princess, the Stray Cat, and Matters of the Heart

    20 hours playtime

    15 of 15 achievements


    192 hours playtime

    39 of 42 achievements

  • Cyanotype Daydream -The Girl Who Dreamed the World-

    26 hours playtime

    12 of 12 achievements

  • Salome's Kiss

    7 hours playtime

    12 of 12 achievements

  • AI: The Somnium Files

    26 hours playtime

    45 of 45 achievements

  • Vivid Knight

    17 hours playtime

    44 of 62 achievements

  • Flowers -Le volume sur automne-

    14 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • LAMUNATION! -international-

    13 hours playtime

    14 of 14 achievements

Anyway, thanks for reading and I’ll see you again for the end of the year status update, hopefully remaining victorious over my backlog until then.

🟢 20/22 Challenge 🟠

A few days ago I mentioned that I was fairly disappointed with my list of favourite games from last year, and this is mostly due to me going back to my old habits of playing a game for a while and then getting distracted by another one and not finishing most of the long games I try out. As a result, I’ve come up with maybe my most ambitious challenge yet, focusing mostly on unfinished games from previous years because, well, let’s just say I have a lot of good ones collecting dust in there (it’ll make more sense once you actually see the list).

While both the ABC (19/26) and Tag (5/13) challenges helped a bit with my backlog, I realized that not having any strict rules to them does make me kinda just play them whenever, and would likely still take years to finish off those lists despite having (mostly) things I really wanted to play in the first place - so for the first time, this challenge will also have a penalty for failing it :)


  • First thing’s first, I have to finish 20/22 games on the list.
  • Majority of the games must have been started before 2022 (initially wanted to make it 20 unfinished + 2 fresh games but this seemed a bit too restricting, so I’m allowing up to 5 untouched ones) - they also have to be some of the best games I have (either that I’ve been enjoying in case of unfinished ones, or things I’m looking forward to for the new ones)
  • To add on the previous point, the new games must be at least 20 hours long (either on HLTB or VNDB - I normally try to do most side-stuff in games so I’ll likely use main + extra on HLTB - regardless, I won’t count any new games unless I get 20+ hours of playtime in them). Length doesn’t matter for previously started games, although most are much longer than 20 hours anyway.
  • I can replace games as I see fit, but I am of course still limited to my unfinished list for most of them. I don’t expect to replace much, but I have to keep this rule in place in case of technical issues and such (e.g I stopped playing Will of the Wisps because I had a softlock - was it fixed since I last played? No clue)
  • As the name of the challenge implies, I of course only have this year to finish it - if I don’t, I will be giving away one of my top 5 games of 2022 (or maybe other games of similar value, for those that might not be interested in the original pick).

That’s about it for the rules I think, I still haven’t made my mind whether I want to include non-steam backlog in this (seeing as I have several extremely long games on other platforms that I’d like to maybe play this year, such as AC: Odyssey on uplay, Spiritfarer on EGS or Muramasa on JAST). I will reserve the first post and add them there if I do decide to mix it up a bit, but I don’t think I’ll overcomplicate things.

Honestly, I wouldn’t particularly mind if I failed this but somehow ended up with a really good year of gaming just by trying to mostly keep up with this challenge - as long as I’ll have to actually think which games will make my top 8 this year instead of whatever happened in 2021, I’d be satisfied.

The List (Not finalized, but should be mostly correct.)

(06.01.2022 Edit: Added list with playtime for future reference.)

Skattered Fragments - #5

Less than a year between posts this time, progress!

Last year I posted my top 8 games of 2020 and I figured I might as well at least keep this tradition alive if I’m too lazy to actually write monthly/yearly/whatever reports. Same as last year, the only criteria to keep in mind is that I must have finished the game in 2021, hence why this list is a bit underwhelming to be honest.


One Step From Eden

13.2 hours, 25 of 35 achievements
Dance Dance Deckbuilding

Ever since I played Muse Dash last year I kinda have the urge to play a rhythm game every now and then, although most of the time it just means going back to the aforementioned title. I did end up getting this as a gift when it was in a bundle since a certain cat didn't care for it so I ended up giving it a shot. After all, I was already into deckbuilding roguelites so with my new found love for rhythm stuff it seemed like a good opportunity - and, well, it kinda was. The game does get incredibly fun when you understand it but man, the learning curve on this is… something else. Might feel weird to claim that considering I've already gotten the "true" end after a mere 13 hours, but the first 2-3 hours of playing this probably got me killed a few dozen times on the first floor, sometimes the second.

Still, the game does offer plenty of beginner choices such as decreased damage from enemies, slower projectiles and stuff like that. I really enjoyed my time with it, but it definitely takes a bit of motivation to get into the swing of things.


ATRI -My Dear Moments-

10.9 hours, no achievements
I'm just gonna lie here, and let the sea take me. ♪

Ok first of all, this game may very well be the best VN I've read on a technical level. Of course, you have the "usual" game speed options, don't skip dialogue until next voice line, various volume sliders for every character but one thing that stood out is the ability to save a voice line. It might feel like a trivial thing, but considering they added that I'm assuming I'm not the only one that grabs soundbites and other things from games/anime/whatever to reuse in other various projects.

As for the game itself, it has gorgeous CGs, a decent soundtrack (this one didn't click with me as much honestly, but others seem to really love it), and a good mix of slice of life/serious story. At roughly 10-15 hours depending on your reading speed, it also didn't overstay its welcome (it's mostly kinetic, with only a couple of obvious choices to change the ending).


Tales of Berseria

85.6 hours, 36 of 51 achievements

After me experiencing the Tales franchise for the first time with Symphonia back in 2018, I was honestly pretty tempted to give up on the idea of playing any of these games in the foreseeable future. Not having nostalgia goggles on made that game a massive chore to go through.

Still, Berseria did look up to be pretty departed from that style of gameplay and since I also happened to get this from a bundle a while ago, I figured I could at least give it a shot. The combat did turn out to be much better with a lot more freedom, Velvet ended up being a pretty damn good protagonist (although I can't say I cared too much about all the other side characters - only one of them really) and well, I just simply enjoyed it a lot more. Tales of Arise combat is even more polished but unfortunately that one couldn't make this list due to the rules I have in place, but maybe next year… :)


A Summer's End - Hong Kong 1986

5.0 hours, no achievements

A Summer's End feels like a VN that's gotten a lot of love put into it. With its unique visual style, theme and a very fitting soundtrack to put you in the mood for this sensual yuri story, this one felt like it ended in a flash (to be fair, it is only ~5 hours long). Speaking of it being super short, this game also puts heavy emphasis on its fashion. Might feel like a minor detail, but I don't think I've read another vn with so many outfit changes before, and this one barely even has any length behind it to justify all the effort. I definitely appreciate it though!


It Takes Two

10.0 hours, 9 of 20 achievements

A very late addition to this list, having finished this just a couple of days before the end of the year. I didn't care too much about the raving reviews when it initially came out as, well, it's a co-op game. I just don't play those. But then the game awards happened, this one took the GOTY trophy home, I won a copy from the massive giveaway EA had going for the show itself and well, everything just seemed to align to make me wanna play it, you know?

And I'm glad I did. While it's not even my favourite 2021 game that I've finished (as you might see a bit further in this list), I had a blast going through this. It just has so many cool ideas, charming characters and so on. It's kinda hard to put into words as it's just one of those games you have to experience for yourself if possible.


A Hat in Time

19.8 hours, 37 of 46 achievements

I've always felt like I wanna get into 3d platformers but they always just felt too… childish? They all seem to have these cute animals or whatever that just don't seem to appeal to me. This one on the other hand has you playing as this smug kid dealing with the mafia - is it still kinda childish? Well, yes, but anyway… (Hell, this is the description of the game: A Hat in Time is a cute-as-heck 3D platformer featuring a little girl who stitches hats for wicked powers!)

The controls are tight, the various movement options feel good, the humour is pretty nice as well. Also the stages are all fairly unique so you'll never really feel bored of going through "more of the same". I've also gone through both of the singleplayer dlcs - seal the deal was… okay-ish, could probably skip that one if you decide to get this, but nyakuza metro was just as good or maybe better than the base game.

This is one of those games I kinda wish were longer (although I have 20 hours and could technically have an infinite amount with workshop levels) - that feeling is only exacerbated by the severe lack of other 3d platformers with themes that interest me (maybe I'll get Demon Turf to scratch that itch at some point)


ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights

15.7 hours, 38 of 38 achievements

Oh boy, where do I even begin with this one?
ENDER LILIES kinda arrived out of nowhere and swiftly made its way onto the list of best metroidvanias of all time. With its gorgeous aesthetic, pleasing soundtrack by Mili (which some people might recognize from anime, other videogames or just original tracks on youtube), satisfying combat and plenty of build variety, it just has so much going for it.

It also has this unique concept of using spirits to protect your (mostly) defenseless, fragile priestess (your main character). Spirits provide both your combat options as well as various backtracking skills as is usually the case in metroidvanias, making you think both about your fighting prowess and your movement options when picking out your build.

All in all, I don't think I can do this game justice with my vocabulary, so maybe just try it out yourself if you're into metroidvanias and don't mind relatively difficult boss fights :)


G-senjou no Maou - The Devil on G-String

29.1 hours, no achievements
As if she were pulling a bow across a violin's G-string, her sad, choking voice resonated in my heart.

As with many people that are into VNs, I usually check VNDB to see how well received they are (or were, in the case of old japanese VNs that got an english localization much later) - this one happens to be in top 30 best VNs of all time. Now see, the thing is, my taste does seem to vary quite bit from the usual crowd so I'm a bit more skeptical after reading a couple of incredibly high-rated VNs that just didn't really click with me, however…

…I really didn't think a day would come when a VN published by Sekai Project of all things would end up taking the number one spot in my yearly list. Now this does come in a mostly disappointing year of gaming for me that led to a challenge I'll have for myself a bit later this week (but more about that in my next post in a few days), but it still feels incredibly weird to me.

Now, about the game itself - First thing's first, the game focuses a lot on classical music, hence the g-string in the title. Yes, there is 18+ content if you download the patch separately but after reading this, honestly? I think I'd recommend you to just play it without if you do decide to read this. I've pretty much skipped every sex scene because I just wanted to see what happens next, not to read what felt like scenes added just to please the horny crowd - literally nothing of value was to be gained from those extra scenes.

This game did get me back into listening to classical music for a while, so I should probably start with mentioning that the entire soundtrack is based off of various pieces of classical music (modified quite a bit but still). I personally enjoyed it, but I can see why others might get tired of roughly 30 hours of classical music playing in the background while reading this.

Secondly, playing the voiced edition of this vn is a must. I'm sure it can be enjoyed without it, but it should be a crime to sell this game without the voices considering just how much it adds to every character's personality. Speaking of which, this also happens to have really well written, relatable characters that don't necessarily fall into the usual cliches found in this genre. You also have a route for every character and while normally I'd probably encourage people to just do stuff spoilerless, I think it's best to follow that one guide with optimal choices for once. This game's structure is fairly different and endings would likely feel off if you read it in whatever order you happen to stumble in by accident.

Overall, the game kept me hooked throughout pretty much its entirety despite its fairly predictable plot twist through the rest of its writing and character interactions and while it may not be the best game I played in 2021, it certainly ended up being the best game I finished, as well as making it pretty high up the list of my favourite VNs (maybe I'll make one of those at some point too, but probably not).

All in all, while I’ve definitely played my decent share of good videogames this year, I am pretty disappointed that most of the titles on this list would be replaced by the honorary mentions down below. As a result, in the next few days I will be posting a new challenge I’ve made for myself which should hopefully end up with me having a much better top 8 for 2022, but we’ll see :)

Honorable Mentions:

  • Nioh 2 – The Complete Edition

    61 hours playtime

    24 of 88 achievements

  • 鬼谷八荒 Tale of Immortal

    59 hours playtime

    56 of 110 achievements

  • Horizon Zero Dawn

    25 hours playtime

    23 of 79 achievements

  • NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139...

    14 hours playtime

    9 of 47 achievements

  • Loop Hero

    17 hours playtime

    21 of 50 achievements

📃 Tag Challenge #1 📃

Lengray’s Tag Challenge seemed like a decent way to trim the backlog a bit without having to find games for annoying letters (although I’m still working on the ABC plan), so I figured I might as well join in the fun. I also yoinked borrowed the table formatting from Sheep 👀

Unlike for the ABC plan, I won’t be changing any* of the games on the list, and I’ve also made it 13 tags instead of 12 just because Nioh 2 isn’t even released yet and it’s still technically part of my backlog, but I still felt like I was cheating by adding that one here :p

*2022 update: Replaced Horizon Zero Dawn with BIOMUTANT due to technical issues.

Tag Game Title Status
3D Platformer A Hat in Time Beaten
Action Darksiders Warmastered Edition Unplayed
Anime Crosscode Unplayed
Bullet Hell Gensokyo Night Festival Unplayed
Difficult West of Dead Unplayed
Exploration BIOMUTANT Completed
JRPG Tales of Berseria Beaten
Narration Beyond: Two Souls Beaten
Open World Sunset Overdrive Beaten
Souls-like Nioh 2 – The Complete Edition Beaten
Stealth Styx: Shards of Darkness Unplayed
Visual Novel Nurse Love Addiction Completed

Skattered Fragments - #4

It’s been a while, huh?

A bit over a year since my last post and I don’t really keep tracks of my statistics so I had no reason to make an “End of 2020” report, buuuuuuuut I did wanna talk a bit about some of my favourite games from last year And I definitely wasn’t buli’d by a couple of individuals into doing this haha, and you definitely can’t see one of them in the gif above as well haha :bloboctopussweat:

Anyway, I actually wanted to make a “worst games I’ve played” list initially but with 2020 being how it was, I figured I should maybe try to focus on the more positive side of things for once. The only criteria is that I must’ve finished the game in 2020, release date is irrelevant - without further ado, my top 8 (because reasons) games of 2020:



49 hours, 0 of 11 achievements
I'm really glad I played this before they added achievements.

This one's kinda weird. It started off great and was supposed to be tied for the #4 spot, but somehow ended up being less fun with each update (added a bunch of grinding to the game mostly and nothing was retroactive - won't affect new buyers but it certainly felt like my first 30 hours went down the drain). It also increased in price compared to how much I paid for it initially, so that also makes it harder to recommend. Now you might think this sounds pretty negative for something that made the list, but it's still one of the better roguelites on the market both in terms of gameplay itself and unique ideas, although it does have its flaws - particularly, it's trying to be a story-based roguelite except it gets kinda stale after a few runs which defeats the point of a roguelite. Yes, you will meet new characters but no, you won't necessarily have new encounters - it'll likely be the same ones with a different character name/model. The new ones are pretty clever but that's going into spoiler territory so I won't talk about that

As you might be able to tell, my first impression of this was really nice - not only was it one of the cheapest roguelites you could buy, but also one of the best. Over time it just felt like they were trying to screw over early buyers which just killed my mood to play it, but I still felt like it deserved a spot on my list, even if it was the last place. Of course, my complaints don't really apply to new buyers, but this may be the first time I felt like I got boned for trying to play it early.


Muse Dash

16.3 hours, no achievements
O-oooooooooo AAAAE-A-A-I-A-U- JO-oooooooooooo AAE-O-A-A-U-U-A- E-eee-ee-eee AAAAE-A-E-I-E-A-JO-ooo-oo-oo-oo EEEEO-A-AAA-AAAA

Never thought I'd put a rhythm game in any of my lists in this lifetime, but here we are. Maybe the easiest rhythm game to recommend currently on the market as you only have 2 buttons basically (up and down) which makes it super easy to learn at first but somehow also ends up being incredibly difficult for the "endgame" songs (There are far more difficult ones, this one's just popular in every rhythm game ever). Very cheap as well, sitting at $3.49 for the base game which has quite few songs (there is a $30 dlc which includes a bunch of extra songs already in the game as well as all the future ones, which keep getting added every other month - I bought it personally, but you could technically play all of these for free if you're fine with playing them during the weekly rotation).


Mark of the Ninja: Remastered

14.8 hours, 38 of 38 achievements

Another Klei game, huh? Feels like cheating to add this one as I've played the original version years ago and only ended up replaying this after buying the dlc earlier last year, but honestly the game deserves it. I've had a stealth binge for about a month or so during 2020 in which I've played a bunch of stealth games and honestly I felt like nothing really came close to being as satisfying as this one. Probably because it's also one of the few that caters to every playstyle instead of forcing you into one. Wanna be a ghost? Cool. Wanna terrorize and murder the entire map? Be my guest. Maybe a mix of both? Sure, why not? Point is, outside of some optional objectives, you can play however you so desire without missing anything just because a girl slipped on a banana peel near a pier and ended up bashing her head, going unconscious, falling into the water and drowning. Too specific? well, it's not a made up story for the most part. Anyway, this probably tops the list in terms of stealth games for me, especially when it comes to 2D ones.


Flowers -Le volume sur ete-

15.2 hours, no achievements
"Please forget your troubles and enjoy this beautiful yuri world."

Back when I played Flowers -Le volume sur printemps- I mentioned that it was my favourite yuri VN at that point and it was for a long time - now this game happens to be a sequel that focuses on my favourite character from the first game so naturally I ended up loving it even more so. Same gorgeous aesthetic, OST and of course voice acting. Already looking forward to reading the 3rd game in the series, but I'm not in a rush considering I'd still have to wait for the localization of the 4th and final one to even be announced.


Monster Train

48.8 hours, 40 of 53 achievements

This one was a massive surprise for me. Now some people might've seen this abomination of a trailer they've had for the game that makes it look like a p2w mobile game and turned away instantly - and honestly? I really can't blame you if you did. But still, behind that atrociously misleading trailer hides my favourite deckbuilder currently on steam (yes, I've played Slay the Spire - yes, I stand by what I said). The 3-lane system, double-faction decks and all the upgrades make this one so much better in terms of strategy and replayability without feeling burned out. There are just so many weird combos you can make that probably sound bad on paper but can still work. Really looking forward to the next updates just to have an excuse to put some more hours into it.


Marco & The Galaxy Dragon

5.9 hours, 15 of 15 achievements
In a place with no light, a diamond is merely a stone.

Now uh… how do I even describe this one? This is probably the most "alive" kinetic novel I will likely read in this lifetime. I know you might raise your eyebrow when someone tries to describe a visual novel as "action packed" or something along those lines but… that's what Marco & The Galaxy Dragon is (the killer soundtrack definitely helps in this regard as well). Feels a bit weird for such a short game (unfortunately only 5-6 hours of reading) to become my favourite VN of all time considering how many other well-writen stories there are in this format but ah well, I'm not gonna complain. Certainly a very easy VN to recommend if you're into the genre and maybe even if you're not, considering it throws some cartoon network-style animation in there as well (Well, unless you're from Japan where for some reason it costs $60 instead of $20 - in which case maybe it's a bit expensive for its length :) ). Anyway, I wasn't expecting a VN to make my top 3 this year considering all the amazing roguelites I've played.

Oh right, it also has a fairly lengthy demo on the store page if you wanna try it out (the first 2 hours or so)


Monster Sanctuary

37.3 hours, 34 of 34 achievements

Metroidvania meets Pokemon, or so is how most people describe this. Now I've never played a pokemon game so I can't really compare it to that and give you detailed info on what this does better or worse, but what I can tell you is that this thing kept me glued to my PC for about 5-6 days or so - saying it was addictive is a massive understatement. Now I've talked about Mark of the Ninja earlier mentioning the ability to play how you want and such, right? Well see, the thing is - in this game every single monster is viable at any given moment, more or less. Sure, you won't obliterate every boss fight with your team of 6 blobs you got in the first area of the game, but can you finish the game with it? The answer is… probably yes. This game managed to strike a pretty amazing balance which gives you so much freedom of choice in building your team it's actually disgusting (of course, you can still counter/get countered to some extent). Combine that with some pretty satisfying combo systems, metroidvania style of exploring that unlocks based on your monsters' "map skills" and well, you get one of the more unique experiences currently available.

Oh right also, your character doesn't actually have any health so if you're worried about any difficult platforming sections or whatever, they're not a thing. You have maybe 1 or 2 optional chests that have some pretty tight timing, but that's about it. Don't go near the PvP part of the game though. This would've been my game of the year but alas, I am a roguelite addict so…



83.5 hours, 39 of 49 achievements
Gorgon of the Year

…can't have it any other way now, right? I absolutely hate Hades. I hate Supergiant for making Hades. Why? Because there is nothing they can make to top this game for me. This is their magnum opus. Not only is this ludicrously good, but it's also in my favourite gaming genre? How is this fair? How is anything they make from now on supposed to compete with this? Supergiant's usual artstyle, soundtrack by none other than Darren Korb, characters with so much personality coupled with some super fitting voice acting and a story that progresses at just the right pace to keep you doing run after run after run after run…

sigh I hate Hades.

And that’s that. I’ve made some decent progress on my ABC plan since the last time I posted (now at 16/26), but maybe we’ll talk about that in my next yearly post. For now, here’s some honorable mentions for games that would’ve likely made the list but didn’t meet the criteria for one reason or another:

Skattered Fragments - #3

The start of my ABC Plan and some other stuff
I finally got around to starting an ABC Plan of my own just to have an extra push for some of the longer games in my backlog. Naturally, I started with some of the shortest ones on the list to kickstart the progress…… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time

22 hours, 16 of 25 achievements
[August 2019]


This was a weird one for me. I started this game back in february and I played it for about 2 hours combined within a week or so - ended up dropping/postponing it for another time. This was probably a result of reading that the gameplay is trash prior to starting the game.

Fastforward to August's "Unfinished Business" monthly theme, I decide to give this game another shot - the result? I play another 20 hours within 3 days and end up beating the game - I was absolutely hooked. Looking past its gameplay flaws, the game perfectly recreates the charming, lighthearted atmosphere from the anime, which is exactly what I wanted from a LWA game. Sure, it's pretty difficult to recommend this to someone that isn't a fan of the anime due to fairly lackluster combat - but if you do want some more LWA after finishing the anime, you should consider picking this up at some point (especially since it's getting fairly deep discounts by now)

Japanese School Life

4 hours, 6 of 6 achievements
[ABC Plan]


Played this mostly because it was the only game I had for "J" on the ABC Plan. Felt more like a visual wikipedia rather than a visual novel, honestly. It wasn't bad, but it's pretty much just experiencing random japanese culture throughout a school year. If you're into anime/VNs, you probably know 90%+ of the stuff they teach you too, so it's not particularly useful either. And if you're not into this media, you probably aren't interested in the culture either so… I have no idea who the target audience for this VN is supposed to be ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Shikhondo(食魂徒) - Soul Eater

1.5 hours, 7 of 7 achievements
[ABC Plan]


Maybe the most unsatisfying bullet hell on the market at the moment.

I got this one because I sometimes feel masochistic enough to play a bullet hell game despite being pretty bad at them in general and the artstyle looked gorgeous, but that's about where the praise stops for this one. The dev completely missed the entire point of this genre by allowing unlimited continues and always having your character fully powered up. As a result, you literally cannot lose and you will 100% the game on your first attempt. With only 2 characters available, this doesn't offer much replayability either - I was done with all the content in 1.5 hours (2 runs + boss rush). Unless you like making up challenges for yourself, this is very much a hard pass - there are much better games in this genre. Actually, no - this might be something you could pick up if you want to see what a bullet hell is like if the challenging aspect was completely removed from the game.


15 hours, 31 of 45 achievements
[September 2019]


One of the weird things about having a comically small wishlist on Steam is that everything on it is doomed to infinite delays I often wonder if there's any real reason not to buy games on release. In an alternate world where I hadn't bought Blasphemous right away, I would have probably acquired it in some bundle 2 years later and wondered why the hell I've waited so long. Luckily for me, in this world I did decide to buy it on release with some store credit I had, and also got a certain friend hyped enough to do the same.

There have been many attempts at recreating the "soulslike" atmosphere ever since the first game came out, with most of them being fairly unsuccesful. In the metroidvania scene, I would argue that only Salt & Sanctuary managed to properly nail the aspects that make a soulslike both horrifying and rewarding - that is, until Blasphemous came out.

This game holds nothing back in terms of visual design - they wanted to have a twisted world and they fully committed to it. Brutal mutilations from finishers, malformed enemies, bosses and so on - it's all in there. What the game lacks in terms of combat due to its simplicity, it more than makes up for when it comes to map design. While it may not be on the same scale as something like Hollow Knight, exploring the world of Cvstodia was far more satisfying for me just based on the shortcuts you may find, let alone other items and upgrades.

All in all, it's definitely one of my favourite games of 2019 and I'm glad I decided to pick this one up.


18 hours, 13 of 43 achievements


I'm almost done customizing my character now - really looking forward to playing the game!

Other games played/beaten:

  • Metro: Last Light Redux

    16 hours playtime

    31 of 49 achievements

  • NieR:Automata™

    59 hours playtime

    47 of 47 achievements

  • War of the Human Tanks

    17 hours playtime

    25 of 61 achievements

  • Kathy Rain

    5 hours playtime

    20 of 20 achievements

  • QP Shooting - Dangerous!!

    6 hours playtime

    6 of 36 achievements

  • eden*

    7 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

    2 hours playtime

    2 of 16 achievements

  • Dishonored 2

    12 hours playtime

    9 of 50 achievements

  • The Shapeshifting Detective

    6 hours playtime

    15 of 21 achievements

  • Wolfenstein: The New Order

    55 minutes playtime

    5 of 50 achievements

  • Ni no Kuni™ II: Revenant Kingdom

    30 hours playtime

    20 of 63 achievements

I’ve decided to join in on this ABC Challenge as well. I’ve been meaning to do it for a while now but it was bugging me that I was missing several letters so I kept postponing it. For now I’m missing only “X”, so I replaced it with a numbered game I knew those math problems where I had to find x would come in handy one day.

The reason for starting this plan is that I have a bunch of really good long games that I never even started, so this will very likely take forever to complete. Of course, I didn’t have such games for every letter but yeah ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Priority of choosing was mostly as follow: Good, lengthy games -> SG wins -> Random games where I didn’t have anything better.


  • All of the games must be untouched (idling from forever ago does not count, of course)
  • I will be playing other games during the challenge
  • I may swap a game if I acquire a better title for a certain letter (Up to a total of 10 times*, will keep that updated in a separate comment)
  • No time limit, although I would like to finish this within 2-3 years at most.
  • Order of the games does not matter
  • Achievement completion is irrelevant, but I might take ending credits screenshots for the ones without achievements.

*The reason I would like to avoid swapping too many games is because it would go against the reasoning behind this particular plan. I only allow limited swapping due to certain letters having some not-so-great games.

That being said, I will probably start including progress for this challenge in my ‘Skattered Fragments’. Of course, the list below will be the first thing to get updated.

15% never played
8% unfinished
31% beaten
46% completed

The list

Skattered Fragments - #2

I had another roguelite/roguelike craze for the past couple of months so I somehow ended up beating fewer games than during the golden month alone but hey, any progress is still progress I suppose. I’ve also fixed my lack of VNs during the summer sale as I now backlogged another ~200 hours worth of reading or so yeah, that wasn’t a very bright idea :blobdogsweat:. Anyway, moving on to the actual games:

June 2019:


26 hours, 24 of 33 achievements


I bought this more or less on impulse as it happened to be one of the featured 48-hour deals on steam a while ago, and it might just be the very first time steam helped me discover a game I liked.

This is pretty much my favourite deck-building roguelite since Slay the Spire - it does a few things quite differently that reward a more calculated approach to every fight which I greatly enjoyed (marked as spoiler just in case you wanna discover them yourself) You get a skill point for "precisely" killing an enemy (e.g doing 6 damage when the enemy has 6 hp left), you get a "block" if you defend a precise amount of damage (e.g 5 shield vs enemy doing 5 damage) which stuns the enemy for 1 turn, there's a combo system where using varied cards in a specific order gives you a "next card deals double damage" bonus, and there's a "mission" system rather than choosing your next path which you can complete at any given time during the rest of the run while being able to turn it in when necessary, so you won't be wasting that healing reward when you're at full health. Oddly enough, if I had found this game when it initially entered early access, I probably wouldn't have played it for more than 3-4 hours, as all the new things I enjoy in this game were added in a patch like a week prior to me buying it.

Unfortunately, this game also reignited my roguelite passion so I went back to replay some other roguelites and doing a pretty minimal amount of work on the backlog.

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

49 hours, 44 of 47 achievements


An improvement in pretty much every way compared to the first one (except that one "improved" minigame… you know who you are). If you played and enjoyed the first game, there's no reason not to get this one as well - and if you haven't, well… you definitely shouldn't be starting with this one.

I also liked the postgame minigame for some reason, which took up more time than I would've liked - not enough to play through it another 3 times to 100% the game though.

Fun fact: After the first trial, I figured I should play my own game and make a list of survivors to see how many I can get right. The results? Out of the 5 picks I had, 4 were killers and 1 was a victim. Whew, way to go, dumb Skatrzoo.

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

6 hours, no achievements


Gotta admit, I haven't played this when it was originally released so it was a "fresh" experience for me. I don't usually play point n clicks (I played less than… 5?), but I enjoyed the humour in this one.

Now the sequel on the other hand…

Monkey Island™ 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge™

6 hours, 12 of 12 achievements


…was ruined by having that stupid speedrunning achievement. Really? A speedrun achievement in a point n click? I had no intention of going through this game twice and not having that one achievement would've mildly annoyed me (I'm not even an achievement hunter…), so I ended up using a guide throughout this whole game. So much for discovering stuff on my own, I guess…
Anyway, the game itself was still just about as good as the first one, but my personal experience with it was, well, pretty much the complete opposite of what a "game" should be.

July 2019:

Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls

17 hours, 28 of 35 achievements


If you know anything about Danganronpa, you know they generally have a pretty messed up story. This one somehow manages to be a lot more messed up, to the point where it would've likely not been on Steam if it had the actual graphic content instead of just text describing certain things.

Still, I liked the story as you can see what happens to various characters that you've been told about in the first game, so if you have questions in regards to events that happened after Danganronpa 1, this game will answer some of them for you. Do note that you should absolutely not touch this if you haven't played through both Danganronpa 1 & 2, as this spinoff pretty much spoils everything from both games.

The gameplay itself isn't anything to write home about, as it's a fairly basic third person shooter with some puzzles here and there. My biggest gripe with it wasn't that, though, it was the fairly annoying save system they put in place (I once had to replay about 35-40min because there was a massive gap between save points - no, you can't save anywhere you want if that's what you were wondering)

All in all, it's still a Danganronpa game, so if you've played the main games and want some more, you should consider this one as well.

Our World Is Ended.

5 hours, 5 of 40 achievements


In terms of production value, this is one of the better VNs I've tried out. A unique and vibrant aesthetic, animated sprites (talking, blinking, various other misc animations), a good soundtrack, renown voice actors (including people such as Ayane Sakura, Kirito of course he couldn't miss being in another isekai game, Eri Kitamura and many others)

In terms of the actual game… boy, oh boy…

I've managed to finish the prologue and a couple of chapters so far, and I have about 0 reasons to recommend the story for now. In the first 5 hours, I've probably seen the same recycled interaction between characters at least a dozen times, it's full of perverted "jokes", it has one of the most cliche and boring "trapped in a VR" settings I've seen, and they somehow managed to make even the choice picking annoying as hell. By which I mean, you don't get to just choose an answer and see the outcome, you have like 5 seconds to pick one from the various options scrolling off the screen. Took you more than 2 seconds to decide that the first option was probably the best? Tough luck, better choose another one that's still on the screen or reload your save.

All in all, this is one of the bigger disappointments I've had when it comes to VNs. I'd love to recommend this based on aesthetic alone, but unless you wanna read about 20-25 hours of "haha I like tiddies and I won't stop telling you about it xDDDDDDDD", I don't think you should be going anywhere near this. Probably doesn't help that the market's over-over-oversaturated with isekai garbage at this point. I'll probably give it a couple more chapters to see if there's any real story, but I doubt I'll end up reading this all the way through.

Also, achievements are semi-bugged in this one too (it's one of those games where they unlock only after you close the game)

Other games played / beaten: Nioh: Complete Edition, Wizard of Legend, Dead Cells, Darkest Dungeon, NieR:Automata, Dishonored 2

Skattered Fragments - #1

The first of.. who knows. I seem to have problems writing about the games I play finding these fragments. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Anyway, hi there. I’m Skatr, some people might know me from discord, others might know me from that one little group, and most won’t know me at all :3<
I’ve been told about the Golden Month theme a.k.a the month where I realize I’m running low on visual novels worth reading - time to stock up this summer sale, I guess. so I figured I might as well make a post about it while I’m at it. It looked like a good time to go through some of the shorter games I’ve had installed since forever ago, so I ended up making some decent progress.
Anyway, enough blabbering - let’s get to the games.

Flowers -Le volume sur printemps-

20 hours, no achievements


Easily my favourite yuri vn as of now - heck, one of the better VNs I've read on steam, period. Gorgeous visuals, amazing voice acting (with talents such as Ayane Sakura and Kaori Nazuka), a decent OST (although admittedly, it does get a bit repetitive due to the low number of tracks and length of the game) and a fairly wholesome story. Would've bought the sequel straight away if summer sale wasn't so close (and the last 2 games actually had an English translation)

Noel The Mortal Fate

14 hours, no achievements


Not often do you see a mobile game ported to steam and sitting at 'Overwhelmingly Positive' reviews, but I'd say this one is justified. Although the gameplay itself is fairly simple (just move around for the most part - even combat is just "walk into the enemy" and sometimes avoid attacks), the story is worth playing for. I personally played it with keyboard, but you can play this with mouse-only as well (the downside is that the mouse behaves like a "touchscreen", so you'll see the "water ripple" effect with every click). However, the story isn't complete, so if you're not fine with cliffhangers, this game probably isn't for you.

Fatal Twelve

20 hours, 31 of 31 achievements


Fatal Twelve - a game that has made its way in and out of my wishlist several times until someone decided I should maybe read this. The game was made by aiueoKompany, the same devs behind Sound of Drop, a game which I've never gotten around to finishing as I didn't really enjoy it all that much. Fatal Twelve, however, was a major improvement in pretty much every aspect compared to said previous title. Better visuals, well-written characters and story, with enough plot twists to keep you going (although most of them are rather predictable). If you enjoy mystery visual novels and want a 'battle royale' themed one, you should consider snagging this one.

Oh, also - since I know some people dislike this, do know that one character suffers from 'transparent hair syndrome'

Highway Blossoms

7 hours, 20 of 20 achievements


While the game itself was pretty good (considering I expected, uh.. something else, when I started reading), I've probably been a lot more bothered by the English voice acting than I should. The characters are from the US, so it makes perfect sense - but I just can't get over not having japanese voice acting in my weeb content :')
At the same time, I couldn't get myself to actually disable voices either so… guess I'm just weird either way ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Idol Magical Girl Chiru Chiru Michiru Part 2

5 hours, no achievements


A lighthearted, pure comedy-based spinoff of a much more serious vn (Grisaia no Kajitsu). While I was dying of laughter throughout the whole thing, I'm not sure if it would be as good for people that don't know the original characters/setting. Regardless, you should start with the first part if you do decide to read this.

Cursed Sight

3 hours, 9 of 9 achievements


I've been following InvertMouse ever since reading the first Without Within (which is free, btw). The Without Within games aren't exactly the best kinetic novels in the world, but the minor gimmicks added in the sequels turn something mediocre into something I personally enjoyed. Cursed Sight on the other hand, eh… not too sure about this one, honestly. Can't say I regret reading it, but it's not something you'll see me run around recommending either - then again, it does go on sale for a couple of bucks so there's not much to lose either way, I suppose ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


1 hours, 8 of 8 achievements


A fairly short "escape room" point-n-click with a counter-intuitive way to use items. The artstyle was nice, story was okay, but I'm glad it wasn't any longer than this personally.

Confess My Love

2 hours, 21 of 21 achievements


A game that doesn't really respect the player's time at all. Sure, you might think it's not that bad considering it takes less than 2 hours to get all the achievements - until you realize that most of that time is spent looking at the paint drying on the wall. Personally, I have no idea how this managed to get 94% rating out of almost 3.6k reviews but well, I guess I'm obviously in the minority here ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


3 hours, 7 of 7 achievements


Just… no.

Crystal City

2 hours, 6 of 6 achievements


Also no, but without voice acting.

Jigoku Kisetsukan: Sense of the Seasons

4 hours, 8 of 21 achievements


A surprisingly good f2p touhou clone, but apparently I'm too bad at these games to complete so I didn't bother playing much longer after beating it once.

Blade Kitten (Episode 1)

4 hours, 7 of 20 achievements


Another mediocre platformer. It wasn't that bad for the most part, but the final boss fight really showcases the wonky physics of the game - I ended up dying maybe 15-20 times, with most of the deaths resulting from sliding off a platform or just straight up teleporting off of it due to weird collision detection.

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

10 hours, 5 of 47 achievements


Wanted to get a few achievements out of the way (no retries/concentration/damage taken) so the first chapter took much longer than expected, but this certainly started off… interesting, to say the least. I'll probably continue playing it this month.