The Little Gamer That Could greatmastermario’s profile

Hi everyone! My name is Great Master Mario. I am working to ever so slowly defeat my backlog, no matter how long it takes. I started my journey through Play a Game You Won on Steam Gifts (PAGYWOSG) events, and I hope to clear out my SG wins and then move on to my remaining backlog.

In my free time, I spend a lot of time with family, and I am active at my church (Roman Catholic). I also enjoy hiking/biking when the weather is nice, and I love to play tabletop games, including my collection of 50+ unique Monopoly variants. I work full time as a software engineer, and I also occasionally contribute to the open source community when I am off the clock.


June 2024 - Fun With Failure

Games played this month

  • SUPERHOT

    11 hours playtime

    22 of 26 achievements

  • Tabletop Simulator

    17 hours playtime

    11 of 27 achievements

  • The Jackbox Party Pack 2

    51 minutes playtime

    2 of 20 achievements

Gameplay Summary

I was close. I was very close. I almost beat my first long game for Play or Pay. However, COVID knocked me on my rear, and I fell short of the hours requirement to complete my long game. In fact, I did not pass the event at all this cycle, which was incredibly disappointing. I’m even late on this BLAEO post because everything went haywire from not feeling well, followed by a Fourth of July vacation. Despite this, I had a lot of fun during the first half of the month while I was feeling well. I made some great progress on multiple games, and I expect to revisit the titles I played at a later date.

In Progress Completion: SUPERHOT

Achievement hunting on this title was fun. This was the title I was playing for PoP as a long pick since I was going for as many achievements as possible, but I definitely miscategorized it. By the time I got COVID, it was becoming a bit of a chore to try getting enough hours, and after I got COVID, I couldn’t find the motivation to continue trudging through it. I will revisit this later, but for now, the last few achievements need to sit on the shelf.

In Progress Completion: Tabletop Simulator

I haven’t earned any new achievements yet, but I played TTS with my friend for a couple hours. We played cards and Parcheesi. Not much of an update, but I guess you can consider it progress toward the many hours achievements.

In Progress: The Jackbox Party Pack 2

As discussed in my prior update, we played this for one of our work events. This session, we played Quiplash XL with a larger group, and it was a lot of fun. Two achievements were earned, which was an added bonus. I’ll revisit some of the other games at a later date.

May 2024 - Hottest Party in Town

Games played this month

  • Drawful 2

    3 hours playtime

    5 of 10 achievements

  • SUPERHOT

    7 hours playtime

    17 of 26 achievements

  • The Jackbox Party Pack 2

    11 minutes playtime

    0 of 20 achievements

Gameplay Summary

This month I had one mission: Beat one of my long games for Play or Pay (PoP). Though I didn’t complete my goal yet, I was laser focused on making progress during the few hours I was able to play. I also snuck in a bit of Jackbox games for work-related events, so that added a little to the time I spent gaming. Overall, this month had fewer games played, but I was able to add another beat to the tally.

In Progress Completion: Drawful 2

At the beginning of this month, I had an event with some coworkers, where we played some more Drawful 2. It was a blast, and thank goodness this time it had family-friendly mode. I even earned one extra achievement that I did not have yet, which is a nice bonus given I only played the game an hour this month. This is a title I will come back to later when we need a good Pictionary-style game.

Beaten: SUPERHOT

After completing a good portion of the story last month, I was quickly able to beat the main story for this game. The real challenge began after I unlocked the endless and challenge modes. While some of the challenges are fun, and endless can be a good time sink when I need something to play, the endless mode started to drone on a bit given the escalating unlock requirements to work toward unlocking all the endless maps. I was able to make some good progress toward my goal of 15 hours (the minimum time played to mark the game beaten under the Long category for PoP), but I still have a ways to go. This coming month, I will be finalizing the 15 hour mark so avoid having to pay. At least the challenges are a load of fun (especially the katana-only challenge, which I beat).

In Progress: The Jackbox Party Pack 2

To round out the month, I added another Jackbox title to my played games: Party Pack 2. I only played a few minutes since we were just testing Quiplash XL for an upcoming work event at the beginning of the next month, but it was a fun test run. I will update how it goes with more people after we play next week.

April 2024 - Making History

Games played this month

  • Drawful 2

    86 minutes playtime

    4 of 10 achievements

  • The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe

    37 minutes playtime

    8 of 11 achievements

  • Iron Fisticle

    2 hours playtime

    19 of 31 achievements

  • SUPERHOT

    2 hours playtime

    4 of 26 achievements

  • Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

    9 hours playtime

    15 of 64 achievements

  • Victoria 3

    5 hours playtime

    no achievements

Gameplay Summary

This month was marked by strong progress in a variety of metrics. I played a larger variety of games than I have recently, I beat two more titles, and I earned several achievements on the games I did not beat yet. I would consider this a productive gaming month even with typically low hours played. The progress made in this month will lead to good results in the future.

Beaten: Drawful 2

Another Jackbox title is ready to be marked as beaten. This standalone title is an absolute blast, basically being digital Pictionary. I played this with some family and friends for a game day, and we had a great time. I will be playing it again in May for a work event because it was a lot of fun.

Beaten: The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe

After reaching 100% on the original, I was happy to work on the Ultra Deluxe version. Though the bar was fairly low to “beat” the game (can be done in a few minutes), I was able to get most of the achievements legitimately. I only have a few more achievements to earn, and then I have to wait 10 years to earn the last achievement without cheating. I highly recommend this title.

In Progress: Iron Fisticle

Iron Fisticle is a fun little roguelike. This was a win recommended by my Play or Pay (PoP) picker, and so far, it has not disappointed me. A play session can be completed in about 30 minutes, and I am starting to get the hang of how to progress. Most recently, I am able to complete the first two floors consistently, but I have had trouble completing the third. I came very close though, and I do plan to beat this before the end of the PoP cycle in June. I did take a break though since I wanted to try something else.

In Progress: SUPERHOT

This title lives up to the hype. As someone who is very bad at aiming in FPS games, I was glad for the time freezing mechanics, where I was able to take my time and strategize vs running and spraying. The story is interesting so far. I am noticing the story may be shorter than I thought, so it will be interesting when I get to the point of beating challenges. This will be needed since I categorized it in my Long PoP list (15-25 hours). It is very fun though, so I think I can put up with it long enough to meet the minimum Long criteria.

In Progress: Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

Not too much was done for TABS this month. All I did was complete the Pirate campaign. It’s still progress though, so I’m not complaining.

In Progress: Victoria 3

This month, I had time to play some Victoria 3 with a friend of mine. We each picked a random country to play as, and we just played for fun. Achievements do not unlock in multiplayer, so unfortunately there is no trackable progress for this month. Nonetheless, it was nice to unwind and have fun with a new yet familiar title.

March 2024 - Complete Focus

Games played this month

  • A Little to the Left

    8 hours playtime

    55 of 55 achievements

  • The Stanley Parable

    55 hours playtime

    10 of 10 achievements

  • The Jackbox Party Pack

    47 minutes playtime

    1 of 20 achievements

  • Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

    8 hours playtime

    14 of 64 achievements

Gameplay Summary

This month was a solid month for progress where I saw two games reach 100% and tracked progress on a couple other games. While I did not have a significant amount of active playtime, I am content knowing that two more games are completely out of my backlog unless I choose to revisit them. Next month I plan to continue some of that progress while adding new titles to the list of beaten games, so stay tuned.

Completed: A Little to the Left

At last, I have completed the requisite number of daily challenges to achieve 100%, right at the end of the month. I had very little wiggle room, but perseverance paid off. I also completed the Cupboards and Drawers DLC. This will be a game that I will have on my play time in future months since my mom and I compete for speed on the daily challenges, so expect a new category for these types of games which are completed but revisited.

Completed: The Stanley Parable

Oh boy, this game was fun to get the last few achievements on. I am pleased to announce that all achievements were earned legitimately (except the one where you have to modify the game files of course). The Commitment achievement was a pain though. Originally I had it running on my desktop, but because my computer is too powerful, it ended up crashing midway through. The following Tuesday I tried again with my laptop, which thankfully worked. Next I need to get the achievements on the Ultra Deluxe version. Yes, I plan to get the achievements legitimately, so I will be waiting 10 years to 100%.

In Progress: The Jackbox Party Pack

After the success of playing Jackbox for work events in previous months, I was given funds to pick up a few more titles for us to try out. This month, we played the first pack in the series and played Lie Swatter. Unfortunately, some of the trivia questions were unsafe for work, but everyone was a good sport, with comments such as “We are all adults.” This does not mean I will play this title again for work.

In Progress: Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

Though I did not make too much progress this month, I did complete the Renaissance campaign, with some initial progress on the Pirate campaign. I will continue working through the various campaigns and secret hunting in future months.

February 2024 - Small Steps, Giant Leaps

Games played this month

  • A Little to the Left

    6 hours playtime

    50 of 55 achievements

  • Lovely Planet 2: April Skies

    3 hours playtime

    3 of 28 achievements

  • The Jackbox Party Pack 4

    14 hours playtime

    11 of 20 achievements

Gameplay Summary

This month was fairly sparse for game time, clocking in around 5 hours for the whole month. I was tremendously busy with work, family time, and general lack of motivation for games. I also got sick toward the end of the month, and it’s hard for me to play games while sick. Despite this, I beat a game and set myself up to clear a couple games for events next month. Hopefully March will be much more productive than February.

In Progress Completion: A Little to the Left

There’s not too much to update on this title. My whole month was dedicated to knocking out daily challenges, which only took one to two minutes per challenge. Despite the slow progress, I completed enough challenges to be able to 100% the game in March. March will include completing the Cupboards and Drawers DLC and achieving all the daily tidy achievements (capping at 100 dailies completed).

Beaten: Lovely Planet 2: April Skies

I had a lot of fun beating the main levels for Lovely Planet 2. I have previously played (though not beaten) the first game, and I agree with the assessment that the main levels in this game are more forgiving than the first game. Though frustrating at times, it is challenging yet relaxing given the cute graphics and lighthearted music. If you have never played the Lovely Planet series before, this is a good place to start since there is no narrative link between the previous game and this one. I still plan to play this game some more in March since I have to play at least another 5 hours to mark it as beaten for Play or Pay.

In Progress Completion: The Jackbox Party Pack 4

Once again, I hosted Jackbox for our team virtual happy hour at work. This time we played Survive the Internet, which unfortunately did not end up being as safe for work as I would prefer. Thankfully everyone are adults, and there wasn’t anything so bad that it could be an HR issue. I was able to unlock one more achievement this month, which is always a welcome surprise when I am not actively hunting for them.

January 2024 - Opening With Closing

Games played this month

  • Pony Island

    5 hours playtime

    20 of 20 achievements

  • Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion

    4 hours playtime

    37 of 37 achievements

  • A Little to the Left

    5 hours playtime

    43 of 55 achievements

  • The Jackbox Party Pack 4

    12 hours playtime

    10 of 20 achievements

  • Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

    7 hours playtime

    13 of 64 achievements

Gameplay Summary

Both in game and in real life, I have had a productive and wonderful start to the new year. Life has been filled with many pieces of work and finances falling into place to prepare me for a tremendous year ahead. My gaming, though not much more time-wise, has been focused and led to significant progress in percentage beaten and completed. I hope to continue the momentum in both areas of life as I continue throughout this year.

Completed: Pony Island

Oh boy, this one was both awesome to complete and frustratingly annoying at the same time. On the one hand, the game has some nice secrets which did not feel like a chore to complete. I was able to get all but one achievement fairly quickly and without hassle. On the other hand, the last achievement was seemingly random, and I had to look up and cross-reference multiple guides to be able to figure out the nuances for the unlock conditions of the achievement. Thankfully, the game is not overly difficult to complete, and the ability to jump between levels was unlocked after beating the game the first time, saving some headache. Overall, this was a great game to start my productivity streak.

Completed: Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion

I can honestly say this game is to my 2024 what Manifold Garden was to my 2023, but for different reasons. Unless something amazing replaces its top slot in my heart this year (Turnip Boy Robs a Bank, perhaps?), this will likely be my GOTY 2024. Between the story telling, the secrets, and the gameplay, this game is incredibly well put together. I have been recommending it to coworkers, one of which bought the game for his wife, who then proceeded to play it all night. Let’s see what the rest of the year holds.

In Progress Completion: A Little to the Left

Not much to update on this title. My gameplay this month solely consisted of doing the daily challenges to make progress toward 100%. I should be able to reach 100% in March, and then I will get the last daily challenge achievement and knock out the DLC quickly. Expect a similarly sparse update for February.

In Progress Completion: The Jackbox Party Pack 4

This month I played Jackbox with family and friends during one of our game days. We played multiple rounds of most of the games, and we earned the achievement in Civic Doodle for having each part of the final picture drawn by a different person. This title is not one I am necessarily achievement hunting in, but it’s nice to earn an extra achievement as a surprise while playing.

In Progress: Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

TABS is a fun tactical battle game where you send an army of troops, sometimes themed and sometimes random, against another army of troops to win the battle. You can optionally possess one troop at a time to be more tactical, or you can just let both sides’ troops have at it. There are many campaigns in the game, and I am halfway through completing the main campaigns, i.e. not the secret ones you can unlock as you play. There are also lots of secret troops you can find by exploring the levels while the fighting ensues.

2023 Year End Summary

Games Played This Year

  • Broken Sword 1 - Shadow of the Templars: Director's Cut

    11 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Cube Destroyer

    2 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • It Takes Two

    14 hours playtime

    20 of 20 achievements

  • Manifold Garden

    10 hours playtime

    25 of 25 achievements

  • Placid Plastic Duck Simulator

    45 hours playtime

    36 of 36 achievements

  • Super Hexagon

    7 hours playtime

    6 of 6 achievements

  • The Beginner's Guide

    84 minutes playtime

    no achievements

  • The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog

    3 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Two Digits

    7 hours playtime

    13 of 13 achievements

  • A Little to the Left

    4 hours playtime

    41 of 55 achievements

  • Antichamber

    6 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Ballpoint Universe: Infinite

    3 hours playtime

    9 of 27 achievements

  • Beat Saber

    17 hours playtime

    17 of 26 achievements

  • Caster

    2 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Gunfire Reborn

    13 hours playtime

    32 of 122 achievements

  • Pony Island

    2 hours playtime

    12 of 20 achievements

  • Retro City Rampage™ DX

    6 hours playtime

    5 of 20 achievements

  • RISK: Global Domination

    5 hours playtime

    14 of 55 achievements

  • Size Matters

    81 minutes playtime

    22 of 57 achievements

  • STAR WARS™ Episode I Racer

    4 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Tabletop Simulator

    16 hours playtime

    11 of 27 achievements

  • Tacoma

    3 hours playtime

    6 of 12 achievements

  • The Jackbox Party Pack 4

    9 hours playtime

    9 of 20 achievements

  • 5D Chess With Multiverse Time Travel

    83 minutes playtime

    no achievements

  • Among Us

    8 hours playtime

    5 of 33 achievements

  • Bloons TD 6

    19 hours playtime

    25 of 150 achievements

  • Dino Run DX

    77 minutes playtime

    8 of 49 achievements

  • Factorio

    2 hours playtime

    0 of 38 achievements

  • Gun Rocket

    63 minutes playtime

    no achievements

  • Kingdom: Classic

    33 minutes playtime

    1 of 34 achievements

  • Left 4 Dead 2

    15 hours playtime

    38 of 101 achievements

  • LEGO® Batman™: The Videogame

    3 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Stardew Valley

    70 hours playtime

    17 of 40 achievements

  • THE GAME OF LIFE

    42 minutes playtime

    0 of 10 achievements

  • Victoria 3

    80 minutes playtime

    no achievements

  • World of Warships

    350 hours playtime

    21 of 45 achievements

Stats

Statistic Value Winner
Played to Beaten Ratio 69.4%  
Played to Completed Ratio 25%  
Games Acquired 49  
Acquired to Played Ratio 73.5%  
Acquired to Beaten Ratio 51%  
Acquired to Completed Ratio 18.4%  
Most Played Month 41 hr 48 min June
Most Played Game (Overall) 37 hr 19 min Placid Plastic Duck Simulator
Most Played Game (Per Played Month) 11 hr 7 min per month Broken Sword 1 - Shadow of the Templars: Director’s Cut
Most Achieved Month 84 Achievements December
Most Achieved Game (Overall) 41 Achievements A Little to the Left
Most Achieved Game (Per Played Month) 41 Achievements A Little to the Left
Most Months Played 6 Unique Months Beat Saber / Bloons TD 6 / Left 4 Dead 2

December 2023 - The Gift of Games

Games played this month

  • Manifold Garden

    10 hours playtime

    25 of 25 achievements

  • Two Digits

    7 hours playtime

    13 of 13 achievements

  • A Little to the Left

    4 hours playtime

    41 of 55 achievements

  • Beat Saber

    17 hours playtime

    17 of 26 achievements

  • Pony Island

    2 hours playtime

    12 of 20 achievements

  • RISK: Global Domination

    5 hours playtime

    14 of 55 achievements

  • Tabletop Simulator

    16 hours playtime

    11 of 27 achievements

  • The Jackbox Party Pack 4

    9 hours playtime

    9 of 20 achievements

  • Bloons TD 6

    19 hours playtime

    25 of 150 achievements

  • Gun Rocket

    63 minutes playtime

    no achievements

  • Stardew Valley

    70 hours playtime

    17 of 40 achievements

Gameplay Summary

This month has been a lot of fun. It has has the most variety, the most achievements, and the second-most gameplay time of the year. I am incredibly thankful that I got to spend a good portion of my down time from work being able to knock out some backlog entries and make progress on longer games, and I hope that I will be able to continue the progress going into the new year. I will be providing a year-end summary of my 2023 game progress, so stay tuned.

Completed: Manifold Garden

After beating the game last month, it was an absolute treat to complete the last couple achievements for this game. I can honestly say it is one of my favorite games of all time, and I highly recommend it. Though I did use a hint-based guide for the no god cube playthrough, it was a challenge and fun nonetheless.

Completed: Two Digits

To round out the year completing an SG win, I gave this puzzle game a go. Technically, I could have written a script to auto-solve the levels for me, but I decided to try it without cheating. I was successful. It is a nice little game with a simple concept, and it’s only a few dollars. It’s worth a try if you like math-based puzzles.

Beaten: A Little to the Left

My mom convinced me to purchase this puzzle game which we have nicknamed “OCD Simulator,” and I have had some great fun speedrunning it after both of us working through it (mostly me watching her play). The concept is simple, but the puzzles give a fair challenge at times. So far, I have beaten the main campaign and began completing the daily challenges. I will continue working through the daily challenges over the next few months (there is an achievement for 100 daily challenges) and later complete the Cupboards and Drawers DLC. This is another game I recommend if you enjoy puzzles.

In Progress Completion: Beat Saber

I spent a little bit of time on this to get some cardio in, but not much to report. I mostly played a few of my favorites before stopping from working up a sweat and reaching a heart rate of 200+. You can expect to see this pop up in later months, especially when I try the OST 6 next month.

Beaten: Pony Island

My friend purchased me this long wishlisted title, and boy is it an interesting game. I have done a first playthrough, but I need to do another pass to get the remaining achievements, which I intend to do as part of January’s gaming. It is a great game, and I recommend it.

Beaten: RISK: Global Domination

My brother convinced me to get this free to play title to play with him, and it is actually a lot of fun. It’s the Risk game from Hasbro that we know and love, but it also includes dozens of unique maps, and premium is inexpensive if you want to play regularly without ads or limited play. My only gripe is that if you play with cross-platform progression, achievements do not sync. If you want achievements on Steam, you need to play on Steam.

In Progress Completion: Tabletop Simulator

This month didn’t see too much activity for TTS, except for an almost 1.5 hour session of chess to earn one of the achievements, with a bonus for not being able to flip the table. I’ll revisit this later during achievement hunting.

In Progress Completion: The Jackbox Party Pack 4

Once again, I had a session of Jackbox with my coworkers for our final virtual happy hour of the year. We played Fibbage 3 Enough About You, where we learned some interesting facts about each other. It’s a fun little getting to know you version of Fibbage, and I earned another achievement out of it.

In Progress: Bloons TD 6

Another month of playing with my friend in co-op matches. I was able to make some progress, though no achievements were earned this month. We tried battling a boss bloon again, and after that I worked on earning badges in easy maps to get an achievement, though that is still in progress.

In Progress: Gun Rocket

This was a win that I thought I could try to knock out this month, though it is proving much more difficult than I anticipated, and I expect it will take some time to complete. It is a 2D game styled and played like old Flash games, but it is incredibly difficult. Unfortunately, I only made it through most of the second set of levels out of 10, so this one may take me some time and patience to complete. We shall see how this goes in a later month, but I am leaving it unfinished for the time being.

In Progress: Stardew Valley

I only played this for a short time with my sister, and since we were starting a brand new world, I didn’t make progress toward any unearned achievements. Not much to report on this front.

November 2023 - Thankful for Clearing

Games played this month

  • The Beginner's Guide

    84 minutes playtime

    no achievements

  • Manifold Garden

    8 hours playtime

    23 of 25 achievements

  • Tabletop Simulator

    15 hours playtime

    9 of 27 achievements

  • The Jackbox Party Pack 4

    8 hours playtime

    8 of 20 achievements

Gameplay Summary

For the first time in a while, I had a very productive gaming month. I guess I should give thanks for that since it is also the month of Thanksgiving here in the US. Every game I touched was either beaten or completed, so nothing was left unbeaten. A couple of these games I will continue to achievement hunt in December (see below), so expect to see some repeats in the next month. Overall, I am very satisfied with my progress.

Completed: The Beginner’s Guide

This game needed a trigger warning. Although I did like it, and I think it is enjoyable, I had some problems with it. First, without spoiling anything, this game can be incredibly depressing for some people depending on how you interpret the message of the game, and for me personally it was hard to complete. I did make it through, but some people who are sensitive to mental health topics may be triggered by the content. Also, the game has to be played on a computer with less cores, so if you have a very strong gaming rig, it may not be playable.

Beaten: Manifold Garden

I will likely consider this my personal Game of the Year 2023. I am absolutely in love with this game. From the art style to the puzzles, the gameplay and the pacing, this is by far one of the best games I have played, and it will hold a special place in my heart. I was very close to completing it in November, but I got stuck at one point of the playthrough with no God Cubes, so I will likely watch a video to learn how to get past that and get the last two achievements for that playthrough. I am very thankful for the guide I was reading for the second playthrough, but close to the end I needed some more help. I highly recommend this to any player who likes puzzle platformers, but be careful if you get motion sickness.

Beaten: Tabletop Simulator

I was not originally planning to beat this game (and by beat, I mean 25% achievement completion per PAGYWOSG rules). For most of the month, my friend and I were using it to have a deck of cards we could both see and access while playing a tabletop RPG called Partners. On our last session of the first episode though, we ended up deciding to do a rapid fire achievement hunt, including a super rare achievement. I will come back to this for achievement hunting later, but for now we will likely continue to use it as a deck of virtual cards.

In Progress Completion: The Jackbox Party Pack 4

Once again, we played this game for our virtual happy hour at work. This time, we played some Fibbage 3, where we earned another achievement to add to my collection. It was a blast, and we actually had to cycle through players to be able to allow everyone to have a couple turns during the happy hour. Next month, we will be playing Fibbage 3: Enough About You, so I will update in the December post how that goes.

October 2023 - My First Late Post

Games played this month

  • Placid Plastic Duck Simulator

    45 hours playtime

    36 of 36 achievements

  • The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog

    3 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • The Jackbox Party Pack 4

    7 hours playtime

    7 of 20 achievements

  • Bloons TD 6

    17 hours playtime

    25 of 146 achievements

  • Kingdom: Classic

    33 minutes playtime

    1 of 34 achievements

  • Left 4 Dead 2

    15 hours playtime

    38 of 101 achievements

Gameplay Summary

This month was another month where I was fairly busy, though strangely I was more productive in my gaming with the same time, so that’s a positive. For the first time, I am actually a week late with my post since I was celebrating Halloween with my sister, and I only realized now that I failed to make a post. I hope you didn’t miss too much without an update.

Completed: Placid Plastic Duck Simulator

A new DLC came out for PPDS, so this month I went and earned all the new achievements as part of PAGYWOSG. There were some interesting duck interactions, but there’s not too much I can say about a mostly idle game given the time I have spent in it. I did like the fun mini-game that was added as part of the latest DLC, so I’m glad I tried it out.

Completed: The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog

This free game was an absolute gem. I can see why it has overwhelmingly positive reviews on Steam and is regarded as one of the best Sonic games. It is an interesting mix of visual novel with 2D light platforming levels (though these do get a bit tough toward the end). It only takes a few hours to complete, so I highly recommend playing it since it comes at the absolute low price of $0.

In Progress Completion: The Jackbox Party Pack 4

I revisited Jackbox 4 again this month, but this time it was with a much larger group. I was hosting the game for a virtual happy hour at work, where we were able to completely fill the 16 slots for Bracketeering, and we had loads of fun. In fact, many of my coworkers plan to buy other games in the series to host themselves for other virtual happy hours. I even managed to get a rare achievement during the test session with a few coworkers to make sure I can properly display the game. We will be playing the game again in November for our next happy hour, so I’ll fill you in on that next month.

In Progress: Bloons TD 6

I played another couple of sessions with my friend on BTD6 this month. At the beginning of the month, we powered through to get me the achievement for completing 10 maps with only primary monkeys, which was pretty easy. Later in the month, we tried our hand as a recently added boss balloon, which was an interesting challenge. We beat the first version of the boss, but we failed quickly at the second one.

In Progress: Kingdom: Classic

As an entry for PoP, I started to play this title to see how it works. I made a little progress on my first playthrough, but ultimately failed when I went too aggressive pushing into the forest. I have learned my lesson, and I plan to try to actually beat a session at least once. I read a guide for how to play since the in-game instructions are lacking, so I feel much more prepared to play.

In Progress: Left 4 Dead 2

My friend and I had a session of L4D2 as well. It was another session of achievement hunting, and I was able to earn a couple of achievements, including a rare one for killing a witch with only melee weapons and no incapacitation or death. I actually earned it on accident, so it was nice that I never need to purposely try it again.

Statistics
505 games (+1 not categorized yet)
55% never played
32% unfinished
9% beaten
4% completed
0% won't play