slavic toska’s profile
Hi-hi-hi, assassins! My name is Lain. I’m a 20 years old slav girl who enjoys interesting games, decent books and dark ambient. I joined BLAEO to keep track of my gaming career and read other people’s thoughts about the games.
You can find me here: Steam stats
Goals of 2020:
Beat every SG win!
Finish all dropped games! Yakuza 0, The Long Dark, Cuphead… How dare you…
Finish Dark Souls. You can do it!
January. Report #005
I still can’t believe winter is almost over and the thought of coming spring makes me smile. The weather outside is extremely warm and I’m kinda surprised we won’t see snow this year. I’m not complaining but that’s really weird, you know. So January was pretty productive month for me. I played really good games and had fun with them. And I’ve fallen back into playing Stardew Valley, yay, my favourite game of all time! I’ve just finished my second playthrough and finally got soda machine by joining JoJa Co. yes, I’m evil. Also I’m still not done with Assassin’s Creed Origins. Damn this game is much bigger than I expected. Well, let’s move on and talk about my progress!
4.3 hours, 8 of 8 achievements
Another ebi hime's game I bought because of wonderful art style, ouch! So Asphyxia is a good-written grim novel about the greatest romantic poets which are represented as schoolgirls. I'm not really familiar with English literature and the only person I know is Byron... Buuuuuut anyway I decided to dig into this game and I have no regrets! I think ebi hime did a great job of conveying palette of painful and destructive feelings and showing the world around someone who suffers from depression. Some people may find writing kinda boring and repetitive, but I really liked it. If you have it in your backlog, give it a try. It's really short and deserves your time if you don't mind dealing with heavy topics.
Last Day of June
5.0 hours, 21 of 21 achievements
Last Day of June is a story about guy which loved girlfriend died in the car crash. And suddenly he is blessed with a chance to change that day and save her life. But every time, no matter what, she dies, like the Universe wants her dead. The end was hella predictable, but of course I cried. I think I'm too emotional for stuff like that. Anyway the game was pretty nice, not great but an okay experience. It is another good example of telling a story without using any words. Sometimes I was really annoyed I can't skip some scenes but can't complain bc the game is really short. And... honestly no-eyed characters look kinda creepy.
Kind Words is a place where you can anonymously share your deepest worries, ask for advice and help strangers by writing supportive letters. The idea of such psychotherapy is good: people, especially in Ukraine, are not yet able to talk openly about "taboo topics" because they are afraid of being ridiculed and harassed, so they keep everything in themselves. There is nothing shameful about seeking support and help, and Kind Words positions itself as a platform capable of giving them to you. But in reality it can't. I sent three requests and most of the messages I received were the same phrases "I believe in you!", "Don't think about it!" etc. And that's why I think a certain percentage of this community is self-affirming through the spread of "good vibes". Maybe this is just how lucky I am, but the first impression cannot be made twice. I read a few requests and some of them were about suicide, death of a loved one, even cancer. It got dark damn quick because it is NOT a game and people who wrote these messages are REAL. And the more serious the problem is, the less appropriate place to look for a solution is Kind Words. Yes, I believe the community here is very friendly, kind and understanding. Yes, you can get good advices if you, I don't know, have an exam tomorrow and need some motivation! But if you have mental issues or occasionally wish to harm yourself, it will be better to contact qualified specialists rather than wait for help from people on the internet who are very, very far from you. After reading those letters full of hopelessness I feel… empty? Sometimes I play games when I want to get rid of negative thoughts and Kind Words makes me plunge into a world of an endless sorrow. It is undoubtedly a pretentious and interesting project, but it can't help getting out of the swamp of difficulties and anxieties. «Sometimes all you need are a few kind words». No. Sometimes we don't need words at all.
My Brother Rabbit
4.5 hours, 30 of 30 achievements
I'll be honest: I'm not a fan of HOGs. I don't like this genre at all. But I tried My Brother Rabbit and... actually it was quite enjoyable. It is a cute looking HOG & point-n-click game with interesting puzzles and touching story. I can recommend it if you are looking for something short and relaxing.
The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game
0.8 hours, 6 of 6 achievements
So lovely! You play as detective froggo who must solve a mysterious case! The game is pretty fun and silly and that's why I liked it! I think we need more games that can make us smile (o˘◡˘o)
5.2 hours, 32 of 32 achievements
Such a calming game. I enjoyed every minute of it! Putting together pieces of jigsaw puzzle is always a great way to unwind.
Here's a full list of finished/beaten games:
- Ahnayro: The Dream World
- A Short Hike
- Crush Crush
- fault - milestone one
- fault - milestone two side:above
- Glass Masquerade
- Go! Go! Nippon! ~My First Trip to Japan~
- Kind Words
- Last Day of June
- My Brother Rabbit
- The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game
- The Last Door: Season 2 - Collector's Edition
- Whispering Willows
Dropped Wings of Vi. It makes me (╯°益°)╯彡┻━┻ really angry. So no regrets ┬─┬ノ( º _ ºノ)
The Shrouded Isle
18.1 hours, 14 of 16 achievements
The Shrouded Isle is a good looking cult managment game about murdering sinners to appease a dark god. Well, the fun of this one is... figuring out how to play it. You need to discover vices and virtues of the villagers and decide who will be sacrificed. You have five meters and the key to success is maintaining a balance between them by killing people with the most suitable stats in each situation. There're a lot of rules and secrets which can help you to win the game but mostly your fate is in RNG's hands. I found The Shrouded Isle really addictive and maybe I'll try my luck later to get the last ending where you turn all of the villagers into lovecraftian creatures (you can do it by isolating and "purifying" them, yikes!). Oh, and the game has an auto-save system and the only wrong move means The End. Anyway this game is AWESOME and I want MORE!
December. Report #004
Instead of writing reviews I just want to say thanks to this great community. Tracking my gaming progress and seeing other people successfully fighting their backlogs is really enjoyable. Also I improve my English and overcome anxiety by making monthly posts! Guys, you all are great.
Completed in December (SG Wins):
Completed in December:
- The Wolf Among Us
- Clover Tale
- NAIRI: Tower of Shirin
- The First Tree
- Reigns: Her Majesty
December Achievements Hunting:
Game of the Month:
Steam Winter Sale Purchases:
Aaaand a lot of missing DLCs.
If you are still here…
Please, take care of your mental and physical health.
And remember that you are loved and appreciated.
See y’all in 2020 updates!
Happy New Year everyone!
November. Report #003
Oh noes it’s actually winter here! An endless period of time when I suffer under the layers of blankets;_;
November was an average gaming month for me so here’s a small list of completed/beaten games:
Completed in November (SG Wins):
Damn it was cool! I really enjoyed Downfall. It’s weird and dark, it has an unique style, great story, awesome soundtrack and man, that voice acting! Woooaaaah, I want more!
Rakuen is an emotional fairy tale that made me cry. Cry a lot. I feel heartbroken, I feel totally destroyed. It’s not a game. It is a masterpiece. If you have it in your backlog, if you like story-driven games with unforgettable characters and amazing soundtracks plEASE, PLAY IT!
Old Man’s Journey was surprisingly good. It has charming visuals, relaxing music and simple puzzles. It’s short, but it was perfect for me!
Completed in November:
I remember my ex-friend once recommended me the Rusty Lake series. So I’ve started it with Rusty Lake Paradise and… I don’t think I’ll dig into other parts. This one is an okay puzzle game. Also really short and super cheap! But no, meh/10 from me, I’m sorry, Maria.
Ugh, I dunno. Empty Horizons was a weird VN experience for me. The art is adorable, but unfortunately this game sucks. There’s no story, there’s no actual choice, there’s no sense! You can call me a fool but I didn’t get this VN.
After that I tried another ebi-hime game named Six Days of Snow and I wasn’t happy to play it. Anyway, thanks for an easy 100%.
The Low Road is a slow point and click adventure with a great aesthetic style and boring gameplay. Probably the biggest disappointment of the month.
November Achievements Hunting:
Game of the Month:
I am completely addicted to this game. Definitely recommended.
No, NEVER AGAIN! I SUCK at planning things. But we start with The Wolf Among Us!
Happy December everyone!
October. Report #002
Hi-hi-hi everyone! Hope you’re doing great.
October was a crazy month! I cleared a lot of games from my backlog and even took part in some events here and on SG! So here we go!
Completed in October (SG Wins):
Well, I was really excited to read If My Heart Had Wings. And… I didn’t like it. I didn’t enjoy it. The art is lovely, but the story is too long and at some point it becomes boring. Most of dialogues are sooo meaningless… I just don’t want to waste my time reading about cooking dinner or stealing pantsu. I’d rather spend another 50 hours in STEINS;GATE. The protagonist is empty and uninteresting and I have no idea why these young ladies like him! Oh, about girls. Some characters were too annoying jeez fuck you twins so I auto-skipped their routes. Damn, this novel is meh. I can’t even say the music was good. Sigh. Maybe just not my taste. No regrets.
I won Plantera over a year ago and successfully forgot about it. So this is a simple clicker game, nothing much to say about. After getting all the achievements I lost my motivation to “play” it.
Ugh. What a painful experience. Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered is AWFUL. These cringy kung fu fights and dialoges and QTEs and stealth missions and bad-written story about saving the world from an ancient cult & mad AI drive me insane. Man, my soul screams how bad this game is.
But then I had a great time with The Way. The kind I love and hate at the same time! This is an atmospheric puzzle platformer with nice pixel graphics, charming story, good music and super challenging puzzles. Highly recommended. Seriously, play it if you like puzzles and sci-fi theme. Need to say this game was brutally deleted from my PC almost a year ago because of one puzzle difficulty. I was so angry I can’t solve it so I decided to drop the game. That means that some puzzles can be frustrating. But The Way is a hidden gem for me no matter what.
October Achievements Hunting:
Yeehaw! 10 totally completed games this month! Actually these 4 games were beaten a long time ago but yeah, I’m an achievement hunter! I replayed Detention to collect notes and returned to the 2064: Read Only Memories to get bad endings
and get drunk. Do Not Feed the Monkeys wasn’t really enjoyable but finally I’ve finished it. In Cook, Serve, Delicious! I was forced to cook burgers and tacos and sushi over and over and over again just because of the oNE dAMN aCHIEVEMENT. Can’t believe I’m free now. Wait a minute…
October Monthly Theme: 👻SCREAM👻
I’m not a fan of horror games or movies but October’s theme gave me the push to play games I’ve never expected to touch. And I’m happy I’ve cleared them from my backlog.
I played Layers of Fear a few years ago and it was good. However, this game is far from perfect (especially Inheritance DLC I’ve been avoiding for months) but I was entertained for some hours.
Um… Mkay. I’ve had Amnesia games in my “no way I’ll play it” list. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Amnesia: The Dark Descent: “The scariest game in the world!”, “Play it and shit your pants!”. Excuse me, what kind of sick joke is this? Amnesia isn’t scary, and I didn’t find it interesting. Maybe it’s not my cup of tea. Maybe the game is just… old? Who knows.
And what about Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs? It’s even worse. That’s all.
Game of the Month:
November Plans (SG Wins):
Yep, still working on DOOM and DMC. Shame on me! But I can’t blame myself of being not in the mood to play them, right?
Enjoy your games!
See y’all next month!
September. Report #001
Hello everyone! I’m Lain and I’m new here. I always try to play all games I buy or win on Steamgifts, but my main problem is that I wanna try them all at the same time! And then I play nothing :^( So I decided to do something about that!
Finished in September:
Steins;Gate is the best visual novel I’ve ever played (sorry, VA-11 Hall-A, don’t be mad!). I bought it at May and was too busy to start this fantastic adventure. So I remembered about it and was like “Yes. I am ready now”. I have no words to describe everything I felt while reading. Great story, interesting characters, beautiful artwork. I sincerely cried. It deserves even more than 10 of a 10. Such a masterpiece. El Psy Congroo!
I’m ashamed that I dropped SOMA last year. The game was silently waiting in my “for later” list and I decided to give it another try (As I say, basically I’m super excited to play new games but when I get something freshier I kinda lost interest for previous ones. I feel really bad about it). And guess what? I fell in love with SOMA. I fell in love with the atmosphere. I will never forget that sticky feeling of loneliness and emptiness. And you know… I can’t imagine the sadder ending than SOMA has.
The third and the last game I finished in September is The Last Door. I can describe it in 3 words: Spooky Scary Pixels. It is an interesting point and click game with some Poe vibes. The Last Door has really good puzzles and unique style (to be honest, those pixels are too huge for me, but they really fit this game). The soundtrack is delightful! I feel like I need to find sheet music to play it on my piano.
October Plans (SG Wins):
Also I would like to get all possible achievements in some beaten games like 2064: Read Only Memories, Do Not Feed the Monkeys, Beholder and others.
Wish you all the best!