samwise84’s profile

Hi there,

what to tell about me? Hmm, well let’s see. Most of my game buys are impulse buys…Well don’t judge me. Other women buy shoes or make-up, I buy video games XD

I will try to beat as many games as I can each month (right now I am at at least 1 each week), but unfortunately I’m a grown up with a job, so my progress usually depends on how much spare time I have.

I’ll try to at least beat 1 SG win + 1 backlog game each month (though I have beaten far more than that in the past year). Since I’m a member of Playing Appreciated all wins of that group have priority (since they need to be played within a month of winning).

What I want to achieve in 2020

  • get my SG win played percentage up to 75% (it took a nosedive during the holiday season)
  • wrangle my backlog into submission and make him stop screaming 😱

Update 68: September 9th to 19th

And lady luck still reigns supreme O_O Another update and another winning streak. At least I am winning games I like ;)
This time around I did not fininish that many games since I spent most of my time on Tales of Symphonia.

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Breach

0.0 hours
no achievements

Can't really say anything about the game. The servers got shut down soon after I won the game shrug

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Tales of Symphonia

7/10
56.3 hours
9 of 39 achievements

Overall this is a good game, pretty long winded at some points, others might find that charming ;) Though it got never to the point where I did not want to play any further. You have a great seelction of characters and skills to choose from, so it does not get boring. I had no problems with crashes or bugs.

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Zoo Park

5/10
3.3 hours
no achievements

Very basic Zoo Tycoon clone. Basic animal research to unlock animals.
Negatives:

  • you can't rotate the zoo
  • no scenarios, the challenges are a nice touch, but not that great either to make me play more
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Red Riding Hood - Star Crossed Lovers

7/10
2.9 hours
no achievements

Good HOG with very few typically HOG logic moments. You know the ones I am talking about, right? Things like: Oh you need a knife to cut the rope…yeah you have a sword in your inventory, but that won't cut the rope, because it can only be cut by that certain knife.
This game tells you the story of the red riding hood, but with a twist ;) It is at times humorous. I enjoyed myself.

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Persian Nights: Sands of Wonders

7/10
2.7 hours
31 of 31 achievements

Good HOG with beautiful visuals, a nice soundtrack and good voice over. The hidden object scenes are nicely done and we have a good fast traveling map that works well. The collectibles are a pain in the ass though. So I would recommend a guide for these since you cannot backtrack through the scenes.

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Demon Hunter 4: Riddles of Light

5/10
3.9 hours
22 of 22 achievements

Okay HOG, unfortunately you never know what you are really looking for and some of the puzzles come without good instructions. I had to check a walkthrough more than once with this one. Though at least the collectibles were easy to find in this one.



Overall Backlog Progress:-0,31% change to last times unfinished/never played games (70,84% unplayed games)

14.23% (140/984)
12.60% (124/984)
4.78% (47/984)
66.06% (650/984)
2.34% (23/984)
Overall SG Wins Progress:+0,04% change to last times unfinished/never played games (43,37% unplayed games)

33.33% (83/249)
21.69% (54/249)
1.20% (3/249)
42.17% (105/249)
1.61% (4/249)
Here are the games I'm currently working on. Reviews will follow once I'm done with the games:
I've won 9 games and bought 1 since the last update O_O . And I've beaten 6 game, so that makes a total of +4 for that timeframe and a +11 for September.

SG wins:

Games I bought:


Games I want to play within the next few weeks:

BLAEO Monthly: nothing so far

PoP: thanks to AlvinCanCabbage & emymer for challenging me : done for the month


PAGYWOSG:
  • The Mims Beginning

    15.6 hours playtime

    16 of 35 achievements

  • Alpha Protocol

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements



Just for fun:

Update 67: September 1st to 8th

Lady luck made my whole success from last month disappear in a week. On one hand I am super happy since they were all WL games, on the other hand my backlog is crying again.

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7 Wonders of the Ancient World

6/10
6.0 hours
no achievements

Nice old style match-3 game. Nothing special. Missed a bit the various amounts of special tyles you get with newer match-3 games



Overall Backlog Progress:+0,05% unfinished/never played games

13.96% (136/974)
12.53% (122/974)
4.83% (47/974)
66.32% (646/974)
2.36% (23/974)
Overall SG Wins Progress:+1,49% unfinished/never played games

32.92% (79/240)
22.08% (53/240)
0.83% (2/240)
42.50% (102/240)
1.67% (4/240)
Here are the games I'm currently working on. Reviews will follow once I'm done with the games:
I've won 8 games since the last update O_O . And I've beaten 1 game, so that makes a total of +7 for that timeframe and a +7 for September.

SG wins:


Games I want to play within the next few weeks:

BLAEO Monthly: nothing so far

PoP: thanks to AlvinCanCabbage & emymer for challenging me


PAGYWOSG: haven't decided yet

Just for fun:

Update 66: Last week of August and August roundup

Damn another month up and disappeared. Where does this year go? Anyways this month was good for my backlog. I was able to make a small dent in my backlog :D

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Ghost Files: The Face of Guilt

6/10
6.5 hours
22 of 22 achievements

Okaish HOG. Nothing great, but had worse before.

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Jane Angel: Templar Mystery

7/10
5.6 hours
no achievements

Old style HOG, basically one HOS after the other. Some people might find that boring, I liked it.

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Frankenstein: Master of Death

5/10
4.1 hours
19 of 20 achievements

I might be salty at this game. Robbed me of my completion because it crashed and made my playthrough ineligible for the last achievment where you are not allowed to tab out of the game and some idiotic other things too. Not gonna replay the whole game just for that one.

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Dracula's Legacy

5/10
6.0 hours
16 of 16 achievements

Story was generic and some of the puzzles were too hard for my taste shrug

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Backbone: Prologue

6/10
0.8 hours
no achievements

Could become a great game someday.

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Hitman: Sniper Challenge

6/10
0.2 hours
no achievements

Basically one mission where you are sitting on a roof with a sniper rifle and are tasked to eliminate a target and as many bodyguards as you can. Was fun for a moment, but I do not see myself replaying it any time soon.

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Detention

6/10
3.4 hours
7 of 8 achievements


Overall Backlog Progress:-0,64% unfinished/never played games

13.98% (135/966)
12.63% (122/966)
4.76% (46/966)
66.25% (640/966)
2.38% (23/966)
Overall SG Wins Progress:-1,42% unfinished/never played games

33.62% (78/232)
22.84% (53/232)
0.86% (2/232)
40.95% (95/232)
1.72% (4/232)
Here are the games I'm currently working on. Reviews will follow once I'm done with the games:
I've won 3 games since the last update and was gifted 1, Thanks N0Senses. And I've beaten 7 games, so that makes a total of -3 for that timeframe and a -6 for August.

SG wins:
  • Detention

    3.4 hours playtime

    7 of 8 achievements

  • Jane Angel: Templar Mystery

    5.6 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Hidden Object 6-in-1 bundle

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements

Gifts:


Games I want to play within the next few weeks:

BLAEO Monthly: nothing so far

PoP: thanks to AlvinCanCabbage & emymer for challenging me


PAGYWOSG:
  • 7 Wonders of the Ancient World

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements



Just for fun:

Update 65: Augst 14th to August 24th

Not as good as the last round, but then I spent some time away with some friends visiting the Hagenbeck zoo in Hamburg over the weekend. Here and here are some pictures. Had a great time :D
Also got myself a beautiful, big mug painted by Ninglor.

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Deiland

6/10
18.7 hours
24 of 24 achievements

This game is cute, but it has too much RNG for my liking. And don't make me start about the fishing. It tells you to throw the line infront of the fishs mouth, but guess what that will not work, Nothing will bite. you have to actually throw it far above their head and hope for the best and then hit the ever changing QTE. Also some quests are dependent on certain visitors to visit at the same time etc. It also gets quite repetative after a while.

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Midnight Mysteries 4: Haunted Houdini

7/10
3.5 hours
8 of 16 achievements

Fairly decent HOG, just some of the collectibles are really annoying because they are either super small or super hidden. And you cannot get them if you progress too far.

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Luxor 2 HD

5/10
17.1 hours
no achievements

It's a luxor game. Probably everybody has played one at least once. Basically you shoot balls at a strings of differently colored balls and try to get at least 3 in a row. It is just too damn long since you have to get all colored balls of a string and then a new one appears and this goes on for several times until the bar is filled for 14 stages and several levels per stage. Shorter would have been better here.




green = PoP thanks to AlvinCanCabbage & emymer for challenging me
red = Monthly in a Month
blue = PAGYWOSG
grey = BLAEO monthly theme
orange = completions/for fun games

Overall Backlog Progress:-0,14% unfinished/never played games

13.51% (130/962)
12.47% (120/962)
4.78% (46/962)
66.84% (643/962)
2.39% (23/962)
Overall SG Wins Progress:+0,38% unfinished/never played games :(

32.75% (75/229)
22.27% (51/229)
0.87% (2/229)
42.36% (97/229)
1.75% (4/229)
Here are the games I'm currently working on. Reviews will follow once I'm done with the games:
I've won 4 games since the last update. And I've beaten 3 games, so that makes a total of +1 for that timeframe and a -3 for August so far. Fingers crossed it will stay this way.

SG wins:


Games I want to play within the next few weeks:

BLAEO Monthly:
  • Bato: Treasures of Tibet

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements



PoP: thanks to AlvinCanCabbage & emymer for challenging me


PAGYWOSG:

Just for fun:

Update 64: First two weeks of August (nearly)

August starts better for my backlog.Wohoo!!!

16.8 hours
10/10 ⭐
Played on Steam

What a game. I really loved it. Thanks again to the best mistress in the world for gifting it to me :D
You play as one of three androids, Connor the android that is tasked to find the other deviant androids that are going against their programming.
Kara the android that was bought to clean and take care of the kid. And Markus, the android that becomes the unwilling leader of the deviants.
Each of them has a well of different decicions to make that will influence the whole story outcome. I managed to get them all to safety, but I will get back to it to kill them all XD



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The Emerald Maiden: Symphony of Dreams

7/10
4.7 hours
13 of 13 achievements

Nice HOG, had no problems to beat it, some roses are a bit tricky to find. Has cute kittens.

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Planetary Annihilation: TITANS

6/10
11.3 hours
7 of 25 achievements

Okayish RTS. Either way too easy or way too hard depending on the difficulty. Sometimes units are getting stuck for no reason, which is annoying when you have to backtrack to free your units.

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Back to the Future: Ep 2 - Get Tannen!

5/10
1.9 hours
no achievements

Basic Point'n'Click. Not sure if it would be better if you are a fan of the movies shrug

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Back to the Future: Ep 3 - Citizen Brown

5/10
2.1 hours
no achievements

Basic Point'n'Click. Not sure if it would be better if you are a fan of the movies shrug

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Back to the Future: Ep 4 - Double Visions

5/10
2.1 hours
no achievements

Basic Point'n'Click. Not sure if it would be better if you are a fan of the movies shrug

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Back to the Future: Ep 5 - OUTATIME

5/10
3.9 hours
no achievements

Basic Point'n'Click. Not sure if it would be better if you are a fan of the movies shrug




green = PoP thanks to AlvinCanCabbage & emymer for challenging me
red = Monthly in a Month
blue = PAGYWOSG
grey = BLAEO monthly theme
orange = completions/for fun games

Overall Backlog Progress:-0,7% unfinished/never played games

13.39% (128/956)
12.45% (119/956)
4.81% (46/956)
66.95% (640/956)
2.41% (23/956)
Overall SG Wins Progress:-0,6% unfinished/never played games

33.04% (74/224)
22.32% (50/224)
0.89% (2/224)
41.96% (94/224)
1.79% (4/224)
Here are the games I'm currently working on. Reviews will follow once I'm done with the games:
I've won 2 games since the beginning of the month and activated 1 old key. And I've beaten 7 games, so that makes a total of -4 for August so far. Fingers crossed it will stay this way.

SG wins:
  • Arcana Heart 3 LOVE MAX!!!!!

    0 hours playtime

    0 of 56 achievements

  • Love is Dead
    Love is Dead

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements



Old keys:



Games I want to play within the next few weeks:

BLAEO Monthly:
  • Bato: Treasures of Tibet

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements



PoP: thanks to AlvinCanCabbage & emymer for challenging me


PAGYWOSG:

Just for fun:

Update 63: Last week of July

July has not been good for my backlog, with the steam sale and my birthday in the same month. Fingers crossed August will be better.

21.5 hours
8/10 ⭐
Played on Steam


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Ghost of a Tale

7/10
21.7 hours
11 of 20 achievements

The art is really nice, gameplay is smooth though I am not a fan of the safe system. Have to hide somewhere to be able to save, and finding stuff is difficult since there are no proper guides and you run around a lot.
The hiding spots are not really rare, the problem is that the rat guards will chase you the second they see you and you cannot hide as long as they see you. means you run frantically around trying to loose them and of course run into more guards. Until you finally know your map well enough to find all the hiding spots and know where to go when you are chased.
Another thing I did not really like were the collectibles, game had too many for my likeing. And there are no good guides for them, especially because some of them changed location several times depending on the version of the game.

And I wasn't the biggest fan of the ending. But I won't spoil that here.




green = PoP thanks to AlvinCanCabbage & emymer for challenging me
red = Monthly in a Month
blue = PAGYWOSG
grey = BLAEO monthly theme
orange = completions/for fun games

Overall Backlog Progress:-0,12% unfinished/never played games

12.88% (123/955)
12.25% (117/955)
4.82% (46/955)
67.64% (646/955)
2.41% (23/955)
Overall SG Wins Progress:+0,52% unfinished/never played games :(

32.74% (73/223)
21.97% (49/223)
1.35% (3/223)
42.15% (94/223)
1.79% (4/223)
Here are the games I'm currently working on. Reviews will follow once I'm done with the games:
I've won 2 games this week and was gifted 1 by fEEdErEr, thank you very much . And I've beaten 2 games and 1 DLC, so that makes a +1 for the week and a total of +8 for July. Hope August will be better.

SG wins:

Gifts:



Games I want to play within the next few weeks:

BLAEO Monthly:
  • Back to the Future: Ep 2 - Get Tannen!

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Back to the Future: Ep 3 - Citizen Brown

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Back to the Future: Ep 4 - Double Visions

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Back to the Future: Ep 5 - OUTATIME

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements



PoP: thanks to AlvinCanCabbage & emymer for challenging me


PAGYWOSG:

Just for fun:

Update 62: Third week of July

Third week of July and I am back at work full time and of course my backlog suffers because of that. This week was not good for my backlog :(

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Hero of the Kingdom

7/10
6.5 hours
38 of 38 achievements

This is the first installment of the game (I already played part 2 & 3). I liked it though it is a lot of searching for really tiny things like the eggs, pearls and other stuff. Luckily I was used to that aready from the other two titles. Can be really tiresome especially if you are missing just one, because you have to look in every area. There are no indicators where the missing pieces are :(
Other than that I liked it.

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American Truck Simulator - Idaho

9/10
34.6 hours
28 of 28 achievements



green = PoP thanks to AlvinCanCabbage & emymer for challenging me
red = Monthly in a Month
blue = PAGYWOSG
grey = BLAEO monthly theme
orange = completions/for fun games

Overall Backlog Progress:-0,1% unfinished/never played games

12.92% (123/952)
12.08% (115/952)
4.83% (46/952)
67.75% (645/952)
2.42% (23/952)
Overall SG Wins Progress:+1,05% unfinished/never played games :(

33.03% (73/221)
22.17% (49/221)
0.90% (2/221)
42.08% (93/221)
1.81% (4/221)
Here are the games I'm currently working on. Reviews will follow once I'm done with the games:
I've won 4 games this week. And I've completed 1 game and 1 DLC, so that makes a +3 for the week and a total of +7 for July.

SG wins:

Games I want to play within the next few weeks:

BLAEO Monthly: nothing more planned atm

PoP: thanks to AlvinCanCabbage & emymer for challenging me


PAGYWOSG:

Just for fun:

Update 61: Second week of July

Second week of July is over and my backlog is still kinda okay considering it was my birthday. Also my vacation is kinda over. And I had some pre-birthday fun last Sunday with a friend at the zoo. You can find some pics from my phone camera here, and some better quality pics thanks to my friends expensive camera here and here.

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Wanda

6/10
2.3 hours
12 of 12 achievements

Cute, but sad story about the genocide of an entire planet due to war between the different robot factions.
The only negative thing I found was, that the whole story was told in an unkown robot language. Though without a translation or the will to puzzle it out you will be mighty confused. Collectibles were sometimes really hidden.

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Lara Croft GO

7/10
10.4 hours
15 of 17 achievements

Nice puzzle game, that I enjoyed grately. Unfortunately it is rather easy to miss the collectibles which means you will have to replay entire world/stages, which was not my favourite thing.

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TEKKEN 7

7/10
5.0 hours
19 of 42 achievements

Fun fighting game, short mainstory, online match up not always so great. Game worked fine with a controller.




green = PoP thanks to AlvinCanCabbage & emymer for challenging me
red = Monthly in a Month
blue = PAGYWOSG
grey = BLAEO monthly theme
orange = completions/for fun games

Overall Backlog Progress:-0,17% unfinished/never played games

12.87% (122/948)
12.13% (115/948)
4.75% (45/948)
67.83% (643/948)
2.43% (23/948)
Overall SG Wins Progress: -2,15% unfinished/never played games :)

33.64% (73/217)
22.58% (49/217)
0.92% (2/217)
41.01% (89/217)
1.84% (4/217)
Here are the games I'm currently working on. Reviews will follow once I'm done with the games:
I've won 2 games and got gifted 2 games for my bday this week. Thanks to Ninglor and PV :D And I've beaten/completed 3 games, so that makes a +1 for the week and a total of +4 for July.

SG wins:

Birthday presents:

Games I want to play within the next few weeks:

BLAEO Monthly: nothing more planned atm

PoP: thanks to AlvinCanCabbage & emymer for challenging me


PAGYWOSG:

Just for fun:

Update 60: First week of July

First week of June or more the first 12 days of June are over and my backlog suffered a bit under the steam sale, but not too bad if you ignore the 50+DLC’s for PPU I got XD Vacation is soon over and I need to get some more games under my belt before that happens ;)

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Pinball 2018

4/10
0.7 hours
27 of 27 achievements

It's supposed to be a pinball game, though if you are expecting a real pinball game you will be disappointed. The flippers are not reacting like they would in a normal game There are better games out there.

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Super Steampunk Pinball 2D

5/10
2.5 hours
6 of 10 achievements

It's a lot better than the last one. But still the physics are kinda off.

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198X

6/10
4.0 hours
7 of 14 achievements

I liked the game as a whole and the different minigames. Wasn't a big fan of the keybindings though and they could not be reset and the controller was not really recognized other than being able to hit pause.

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The Coma: Recut

5/10
5.2 hours
no achievements

I got frustrated by this game. The killer appears suddenly right on top of you and you have to do lots of backtracking to find where to go and the map does not really show dead ends and stuff. Part of it is also kinda like a maze where you will get teleported to a completely different part of the map. Could have been great :(

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Slash It

8/10
2.0 hours
302 of 302 achievements

A really fun game. You have to type out the letters/numbers that appear on the screen. It has 6 different modes. Music was okay.

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LoveKami -Useless Goddess-

7.5/10
5.3 hours
19 of 19 achievements

Was fun though in the end a bit to long/repetative. Like the story more than the last LoveKami one I did.

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Chasm

6.5/10
12.8 hours
11 of 20 achievements

Liked the game, though wasn't a fan of the save system. Lost a shitton of progress due to not having a savepoint near me and having to constantly backtrack over the traps I just had passed just to reach a savepoint.

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NEOVERSE

8/10
5.3 hours
3 of 36 achievements

It's a card fighting game that I enjoyed a lot and will come back to again. Can't really compare it to others since I have not played them yet.




green = PoP thanks to AlvinCanCabbage & emymer for challenging me
red = Monthly in a Month
blue = PAGYWOSG
grey = BLAEO monthly theme
orange = completions/for fun games

Overall Backlog Progress:-0,64% unfinished/never played games

12.83% (121/943)
11.98% (113/943)
4.88% (46/943)
67.87% (640/943)
2.44% (23/943)
Overall SG Wins Progress: -2% unfinished/never played games :)

32.70% (69/211)
21.33% (45/211)
0.95% (2/211)
43.13% (91/211)
1.90% (4/211)
Here are the games I'm currently working on. Reviews will follow once I'm done with the games:
I've won 5 games and activated 1 old game and bought 5 games in sale. And I've beaten/completed 8 game, so that makes a +3 for the week and a total of +3 for July. Not too bad for steam sale week.

SG wins:

Old Keys:

Buys:
Games I want to play within the next few weeks:

BLAEO Monthly: nothing more planned atm

PoP: thanks to AlvinCanCabbage & emymer for challenging me


PAGYWOSG:

Just for fun:

Update 59: Last week of June and June overview

My progress in June was not really good, but what can you expect with a Steam Sale going on :/
Though it could have been worse. Only +4 for my backlog this month.

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Atlantis: Pearls of the Deep

6/10
5.8 hours
4 of 14 achievements

A nice match 3 game with a twist, you drop balls from above. Makes for an interesting gameplay :)

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Titan Quest Anniversary Edition

6/10
70.9 hours
31 of 96 achievements

When I started this game I knew what was getting into. A long ARPG, kinda grindy in some places. And that is exactly what I got. I could have done without some of the bugs, like getting stuck behind mountains, not able to move any longer or getting stuck when teleporting, e.g. being able to teleport back to the city but when trying to get back to where I came from I could not move so i had to teleport back to the city again and fight through all the monsters again to get where I was. Sometimes quests would not pop or doors would just not open, if you were lucky a reload would fix that. When you were unlucky it did not and you had to reload an earlier save, if you were lucky enough to have made a copy of that.




green = PoP thanks to AlvinCanCabbage & emymer for challenging me
red = Monthly in a Month
blue = PAGYWOSG
grey = BLAEO monthly theme
orange = completions/for fun games

Overall Backlog Progress: +0,11% unfinished/never played games :(

12.55% (117/932)
11.70% (109/932)
5.04% (47/932)
68.35% (637/932)
2.36% (22/932)
Overall SG Wins Progress: +0,06% unfinished/never played games :(

32.70% (69/211)
21.33% (45/211)
0.95% (2/211)
43.13% (91/211)
1.90% (4/211)
Here are the games I'm currently working on. Reviews will follow once I'm done with the games:
I've won 2 games and was gifted 2 games in the last week. One from FlowerBlossom and one from my crazy Mistress who gifted me Detroit : Become Human as an early bday present. And I've beaten/completed 2 game, so that makes a +2 for the last week and a total of +4 for June.

SG wins:

Gifts:
Games I want to play within the next few weeks:

BLAEO Monthly: nothing more planned atm

PoP: thanks to AlvinCanCabbage & emymer for challenging me


PAGYWOSG:

Just for fun: