I joined on September 6th, 2021 because my bargain hunting had gotten worse and it was (and still is) time to defeat my evergrowing backlog. Since I’m bad at choosing and the size of the backlog doesn’t help, I devised a simple strategy: throwing dice! I “choose” most of my games this way. If I am not in the mood, they go back on the pile for the time being. I am also dogmatic about playing games series in order. And I do like playing classics :)
Genre-wise, I like RPGs, roguelikes and farming/life sims like Harvest Moon (and let’s face it, watching numbers go up aka idle games), and I spend quite some time irrationally hunting achievements and cuddling my two cats:)
Click here to see my progress since joining!
Resolutions for 2023 [End of year stats]:
- Reducing the pile of unfinished + never played games to 70% [2021: 83%; 2022: 75%]
- Increasing the total number of completed games to 200 [2021: 39; 2022: 130]
- Increasing Completionist score to 60 % [2021: 47.5%; 2022: 58,3 %]
Backlog growth: +22
Hey there! I am still alive, I just was very busy with my thesis this past few weeks, but I finally handed it in two days ago and now I am nearly free! :D I unfortunately missed posting something for my BLAEO birthday in September and of course did not get too much gaming done, just some small, free games were completed and some idling was also done^^
Backlog growth: +8
I haven’t had too much time to play games these past two months due to working on my master thesis and finishing my last module at university and it won’t be getting better in the near future, but let’s have a look at the assassinations of June and July!
Backlog growth: +4
I managed to only add 4 new games this month, which is kind of a record for me! Let’s have a look at the assassinations of the last month:
The Adventure Pals
Crusaders of the Lost Idols
Luna's Fishing Garden
ARIDA: Backland's Awakening
Ever Seen A Cat? 2
Ever Seen A Cat? 3
Just A Humble Swordsmith
The Adventure Pals: Cute platformer, I had fun!
Crusaders of the Lost Idols: One of the long idle games in my backlog is finally done! Started playing this game back in 2015 and had long breaks inbetween. It doesn’t have offline progress, so I had to let it run in the background a lot.
Luna’s Fishing Garden: Short and cute idle game, a bit like Plantera.
Arida: Backland’s Awakening: Short game where you have to collect resources and do some fetching type quests with a light survival mechanic. Felt a little bit like a demo.
Ever Seen A Cat? 2: HOG, a bit repetitive.
Ever Seen A Cat? 3: HOG, a bit repetitive.
Just A Humble Swordsmith: Short, free autobattler.
Megaquarium: Sim in which you have to build aquariums. I have finished the campaign but will be back to collect the last few achievements in sanbox mode.
That’s it from me, hope you all are having a good month! :)
Backlog growth: +13
I was on vacation at the end of March/beginning of April, so I skipped a report. So on to the assassinations of the past two months:
The Last Campfire
The Almost Gone
Down in Bermuda
Demon’s Tilt: Really cool pinball game, was quite addicted to it and had a great time! One achievement was a bit grindy, requiring quite a few replays after I had already done everything else. Worked fine on steam deck. If you are -like me- a fan of pinball games, I wholeheartedly recommend it!
Samorost 2: Cute, short point+click.
Wordle 5: Really, really bad! If you are thinking about getting it: don’t! xD Words are missing letters at the end or have an ‘e’ more, words are repeated in categories or don’t have any relation to the category, I don’t know why they released this mess.
Kitaria Fables: Cute little farm and fighting game where you play a cat :) A bit grindy at times. Works well on steam deck!
The Last Campfire: Really liked this relaxing, cute puzzling game. Liked the puzzles (engaging but not frustrating), design and atmosphere! Works well on steam deck!
Serial Cleaner: Even though stealth is not my favourite genre of all time, I really liked this one! The 70ies atmosphere was nicely executed and the levels were short, and fun to challenging. Works well on steam deck!
The Almost Gone: Was not my cup of tea, puzzles were so easy they were bordering on boring and the story was too vague for my taste. One achievement requires you to stay in the game for 5 hours, another one a replay, which are both pretty senseless and don’t add anything to the game experience, for the 5 hour achievement I just kept it running and watched TV -.-
Down in Bermuda: Cute short puzzle/HOG, I had fun but definitely liked Agent A a lot more. Works on Steam Deck, but I found the controls a bit fidgety.
That’s it from me, hope you all are having a great month!
Backlog growth: +11
Belated post and I did not get around to playing a lot of games this month, but exam phase is over for me since yesterday, so hopefully the coming weeks will be a bit more relaxed!
Backlog growth: +12
I managed to complete at least a bit more than last month, including 2 longer games!
The Elder Scrolls: Arena
The Secret Order 4: Beyond Time
Wheel of Innocence
Nova Lands: Emilia's Mission
The Elder Scrolls Arena: I have to say I am particularly proud of actually finishing this one. It was a bit of a hassle and also a bit monotonous, but the guide on steam “How to have fun while playing Arena” helped a lot xD! And since the Elder Scrolls are one of my all time favourite game series (especially Morrowind <3), it was really interesting to see where it all started^^. So next up will be Daggerfall!
The Secret Order 4: Slowly making my way through this HOG series.
Solitairica: I have been playing this game on and off for the last couple of months, but finally managed to beat it with all decks and collect the last achievements. I really liked it. It is simple, but fun and perfect for a quick round inbetween.
Wheel of Innocence: Free visual novel. Visual novels are not my genre, so I don’t feel like I can judge, but I would say it is okay since it’s free^^
I frog-ot: Weird little free game.
Nova Lands: Emilia’s Mission: Free demo. Building a base on a planet. I liked what I saw, so I wishlisted the full game.
December + End of year update!
So this post is a little late because I started into the new year with a terrible cold, but I am feeling better now, so here it goes :)
Backlog growth: +12
In December, I only finished 3 games:
None of those were particularly interesting^^, so I’m not gonna write anything about them.
So, as for my resolutions for 2022: I managed to meet all my goals!
I wanted to reduce the pile of unplayed + unfinished games to at least 75% [from 83%], which I just about did. I have a total of 130 completed games now (goal was 55 [from 39]). I think I kind of underestimated how many smallish games I would finish and set kind of a too low goal, oh well. Lastly, I raised my completionist score to 58.3%. The goal was 52.5 % [from 47.5%].
So, all in all, I’m happy with this year’s backlog progress :) For next year, my goals are: Reducing the pile of shame to 70%, reach 200 completed games and a completionist score of 60%! But as always, these are just nice to have, the main goal still is having fun :D
Hope you all had a good start into the new year, until next month!
Backlog growth: +16
I completed/finished a few short games and one medium last month! My favourite was Spiritfarer :)
Spiritfarer: As I said before, this was definitely my favourite this month! Art-style, dialogues, atmosphere were really top notch. I was also moved emotionally (though not as much as some of the reviewers on steam^^). The crafting minigames felt a bit like a chore, which is the only negative aspect I can find with the game. But since you didn’t have to craft a lot of items to move forward, it was also okay for me. Worked perfectly on steam deck.
TOHU: Short point and click adventure. Was not really to my liking. It was also a bit buggy, so I had to restart from a certain point a few times to be able to continue :/. I somehow missed to talk to one of the NPCs, so I would have to do another playthrough for completion, we’ll see about that^^
In the Building: Cats: Nice, short. Not much to say about it, you have to find hidden cats^^
Fate of Dynasty: It’s a free, short puzzle game.
Resonance of the Ocean: Another free game. Nice art style, very easy.
Cube farmer: Logic puzzle game, where you have to move a cube into a hole (with the right side up). Levels were easy - challenging.
Backlog growth: +11
This has been the least productive month since I joined BLAEO. Only three games completed… and they aren’t even long!
Hero of the Kingdom: The Lost Tales 2: I have a strange addiction to this series that I cannot even explain-.-‘ And what can I say? I liked this part as well.
Evan’s Remains: I liked the riddles, but the story was meh and there was way too much (not too well written) dialogue for my taste. Played it on Steam Deck which was fine, until a certain achievement led to the display of a certain error message and I just wasn’t able to continue. I started over again on PC. As everything is skipable, it didn’t take long, thankfully. A few days later I saw a fix for the situation on the steam forum, so I guess there was a way around starting over.
The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit: Was very nice for a free demo and I guess it gives a glimpse into the Life is Strange 2- Universe?
I hope my report will be a bit longer again next month, until then happy backlog assassinating to all of you!
Backlog growth: +22
Gamingwise, not much has been going on this month, but a lot of social stuff happened, which was also nice! And my steamdeck arrived and so far I am really happy with it (I haven’t been playing extensively on it yet, thou…)
Assassinations of the past weeks:
100 hidden turtles
Ever Seen A Cat?
The Secret Order 2: Masked Intent
Aperture Desk Job
Annie and the Art Gallery
So 100 hidden turtles was nice, Ever seen a cat? was not too great. both are simple HOGs. Secret Order 2 was also not very exciting and where is the first game anyway? Pickle Clicker is a free, rudimentary clicker, where you have to - you can probably guess this - click a pickle, can’t really recommend it in its current state, but the dev is still working on it, so who knows? I enjoyed Aperture Desk Job, which is a short, but lovely made demo for the steamdeck. Wordle 4 was by far the easiest entry of the series so far and thus a bit boring. Solitairica has a quite simple mechanic, but I got hooked immediately and will definitely go for the full completion here! Annie and the Art Gallery is the only other free game that I finished this month: gameplay was okay, but the story was very lacking in my opinion. For the rest of the achievements, you would need another playthrough so I just might not get them^^. Bioshock 2 is really nice, but I didn’t quite get in the mood this time, so i might postpone this one a bit more.
That was relatively much complaining from my side this month :D But anyway, I hope you all will have a nice Spooktober!
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