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.

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 2021

  • get my SG win played percentage up to 70% (it took a nosedive during the holiday season again due to some crazy friends) at 58% atm
  • wrangle my backlog into submission and make him stop screaming 😱

Update 87: April 1st to 13th

First part of April is already over and I did not really do that bad. Hope the rest will be like this. Finished as many games as I got :)

Half-Life 2

LIMBO

5/10
5.3 hours
11 of 13 achievements

I guess this game was just not my cup of tea. Not that big a fan of platformers to begin with. Found it in parts too difficult and wasn't the biggest fan of the all black artstyle.

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The Fool

7/10
3.7 hours
no achievements

Actually liked this HOG. Story is nothing new, save the princess bla bla, but the art was beautiful and the puzzles were mostly something new.

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Kingdom of Aurelia: Mystery of the Poisoned Dagger

6/10
3.9 hours
no achievements

This HOG was not that great. Story was boring. Too few HOGs. Wasn't a big fan. But is was also not the worst HOG I ever played.

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Dreamscapes: The Sandman - Premium Edition

6.5/10
4.3 hours
no achievements

Was an ok HOG. Had some trouble finding all these little eye thingies. And for some reason the console appeared out of nowhere and I had to close the game to get rid of it.

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Scarytales: All Hail King Mongo

6.5/10
1.8 hours
no achievements

Okish HOG, no fast travel map, but it is not that big, so I guess that is okay. Story is the normal fare. Save the kingdom bla bla.

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Epistory - Typing Chronicles

9/10
21.1 hours
55 of 55 achievements

I really loved this game. The idea to use typing for fighting is really nice and the game is really pretty. Only thing I really did not like were some of the achivements, like the one for killing 10k enemies or typing nearly 20k words. When I was finished with the game I did not even have 5k enemies and I killed everything I could -_-

Took me a while to finish it.



Overall Backlog Progress:-0,36% change to last times unfinished/never played games (67,88% unfinished games)

16.42% (181/1102)
13.61% (150/1102)
4.63% (51/1102)
63.25% (697/1102)
2.09% (23/1102)


Overall SG Wins Progress:-1,17% change to last times unfinished/never played games (42,77% unfinished games)

33.73% (112/332)
22.29% (74/332)
0.90% (3/332)
41.87% (139/332)
1.20% (4/332)
Here are the games I'm currently working on. Reviews will follow once I'm done with the games:
I've won 4 games and was gifted 2. And I've beaten 6 games, so that makes a total of +0 for that timeframe and a +0 for April. Hope the month will continue like this.

Gifts by crazy people, thanks cece09 and mousewithbeer: SG wins:
  • Puzzle Kingdoms

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • LEGO® Pirates of the Caribbean The Video Game

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts

    0 hours playtime

    0 of 40 achievements

  • Agent A: A puzzle in disguise

    0 hours playtime

    0 of 30 achievements



Games I want to play within the next few weeks:

BLAEO Monthly:

PoP: thanks to LastM & RiseOfValhalla for challenging me

PAGYWOSG: :

Just for fun:

Update 86: March 25th to 31st

March wasn’t the best but it could have been worse. I expected it too be bad since I was playing Stardew Valley for most of it.It’s only a +4 for March, so I can live with it.

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Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince

7/10
19.3 hours
20 of 39 achievements

Liked the gameplay. No problem solving it all on my lonesome, though it is probably more fun doing it in coop. It expands the story around our 3 heros nicely, only thing I never liked was the combat. I mean with the knight it is too easy, with the archer bearable and with the magician aweful or maybe I am just too stupid to realize how to do it properly shrug

Other than that art is beautiful as well as the music.

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Train Station Renovation

7/10
23.6 hours
51 of 54 achievements

I liked the concept of the game. But that's about all good I can say about it. First up the achivements are broken. I played for an hour before I noticed nothing was unlocking. Turns out the achievements are broken and as a workaround to get them working again you need to play with a toy train, don't ask me why that starts unlocking the achivements. But still not all. I have every level 100% completed and still two achievments for exactly that won't unlock.
Another beef I have with the game are the controlls and the trash bins for the segregated trash. The controlls are just not reactive enough for waht is needed and it can get frustrating to place stuff correctly and the bins are simply too small for the stuff that needs to be put in, what in combination with the clunky controlls can get really annoying.



Overall Backlog Progress:-1,1% change to last times unfinished/never played games (68,24% unfinished games)

16.06% (176/1096)
13.59% (149/1096)
4.65% (51/1096)
63.59% (697/1096)
2.10% (23/1096)


Overall SG Wins Progress:-0,1% change to last times unfinished/never played games (43,97% unfinished games)

32.53% (108/332)
22.29% (74/332)
0.90% (3/332)
43.07% (143/332)
1.20% (4/332)
Here are the games I'm currently working on. Reviews will follow once I'm done with the games:
  • Pixel Puzzles Ultimate

    259.5 hours playtime

    280 of 2023 achievements

  • Dreamscapes: The Sandman - Premium Edition

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Scarytales: All Hail King Mongo

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Kingdom of Aurelia: Mystery of the Poisoned Dagger

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements

I've won 2 games. And I've beaten 2 games, so that makes a total of +0 for that timeframe and a +4 for March. Could have been worse this month.

SG wins:

Games I want to play within the next few weeks:

BLAEO Monthly:

PoP: thanks to Daephen & RiseOfValhalla for challenging me, waiting for my new picks

PAGYWOSG: :
  • Dreamscapes: The Sandman - Premium Edition

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Scarytales: All Hail King Mongo

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Kingdom of Aurelia: Mystery of the Poisoned Dagger

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf

    0 hours playtime

    0 of 79 achievements



Just for fun:

Update 85: March 15th to 24th

Finally “finished” Stardew Valley, so now I have more time for other games. All the rest are those grindy achivements.

113.7 hours
9/10 ⭐
Played on Steam

This is a great game if you like farming simulators. But it is so much more. Part dating sim, part "fighting" game, part farm decorating game. You can go fish or explore the mines, do quests or just farm to your hearts content. I decided to end my playthrough after I was married with two kids and had finished the community center.

The only misgivings I have with this game are some of the achievements are just grindy as fuck and also fishing the legendary fish is ****.


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Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power

7/10
7.8 hours
20 of 28 achievements

I liked the game more than the second one from the playstyle and graphics, but sadly it ends in the middle of the story after finding the first piece of Trine.

Easily playable alone. Would recommend using a controller though.



Overall Backlog Progress:-0,11% change to last times unfinished/never played games (68,35% unfinished games)

16.01% (175/1093)
13.54% (148/1093)
4.67% (51/1093)
63.68% (696/1093)
2.10% (23/1093)


Overall SG Wins Progress:+0,38% change to last times unfinished/never played games (44,07% unfinished games)

32.52% (107/329)
22.19% (73/329)
0.91% (3/329)
43.16% (142/329)
1.22% (4/329)
Here are the games I'm currently working on. Reviews will follow once I'm done with the games:
I've won 2 GA's, 1 for a game 1 for a bundle. And I've beaten 2 games, so that makes a total of +0 for that timeframe and a +4 for March.

SG wins:
  • DiRT 4

    0 hours playtime

    0 of 48 achievements

  • Overlord Ultimate Collection

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements



Games I want to play within the next few weeks:

BLAEO Monthly:

PoP: thanks to CalculonJones & Laura for challenging me, all done

PAGYWOSG: :

Just for fun:

Update 84: March 1st to 14th

March is halfway over and I only have beaten 1 game. One the other hand I started playing Stardew Valley, which is a real timesink.

Half-Life 2

Aozora Meikyuu

6/10
1.8 hours
1 of 1 achievements

A short, sometimes funny Visual Novel. Not much to say about it. Only achievment is for starting the game.



Overall Backlog Progress:+0,05% change to last times unfinished/never played games (68,46% unfinished games)

16.04% (175/1091)
13.38% (146/1091)
4.67% (51/1091)
63.79% (696/1091)
2.11% (23/1091)


Overall SG Wins Progress:+0,39% change to last times unfinished/never played games (43,69% unfinished games)

32.92% (107/325)
22.15% (72/325)
0.92% (3/325)
42.77% (139/325)
1.23% (4/325)
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 I've beaten 1 game, so that makes a total of +4 for that timeframe and a +4 for March.

SG wins:

Games I want to play within the next few weeks:

BLAEO Monthly:

PoP: thanks to CalculonJones & Laura for challenging me

PAGYWOSG: : none more planned for the month

Just for fun:

Update 83: February 15th to 28th

February is over (where the hell did that month go). The second half was not much better since I was mostly working, like 8 days straight and then mostly sleeping. So not much time left for gaming :(

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Sanctum 2

7/10
13.1 hours
13 of 50 achievements

A fun game, once you have understood how to play it, played most of it solo and some of it in online multiplayer where I was joined by some experienced players. Might be even more fun with a group of friends.

You basically have to defend a place by building some typical tower defense towers, but at the same time you are also defending the lace with your own char that runs all over the map and tries to shoot anything that was not killed by the towers you placed. So it's a mix of tower defense and FPS.

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The Suicide of Rachel Foster

6/10
2.9 hours
9 of 11 achievements

It's an okay walking simulator. Your father died and left you his hotel. You come there to check the place over before you can sell it and whiel doing so you try to solve the mystery about Rachel Fosters suicide that tore apart your family.

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Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

8/10
22.8 hours
19 of 34 achievements

This game is a lot of fun. It looks easy enough, but it is really hard to master. I will probably enjoy many more hours of it. The nice thing is that each round is only a few minutes long, so it is nice if you only have a short amount of time. I have yet to play it with some friends, but I heard it is even more fun than.
I classed it as beaten since I probably saw all minigames more than once by now ;)

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Dishonored 2

7/10
18.5 hours
19 of 50 achievements

I liked this one even more than the first game of the series. You can choose between playing as Emily or Corvo, stealthy or a more hands on approach.
I kinda murdered everyone I could XD The story is nice, with a lot of details and fully voice acted.



Overall Backlog Progress:-0,05% change to last times unfinished/never played games (68,41% unfinished games)

16.02% (174/1086)
13.44% (146/1086)
4.60% (50/1086)
63.81% (693/1086)
2.12% (23/1086)


Overall SG Wins Progress:+0,81% change to last times unfinished/never played games (43,3% unfinished games)

33.02% (106/321)
22.43% (72/321)
0.62% (2/321)
42.68% (137/321)
1.25% (4/321)
Here are the games I'm currently working on. Reviews will follow once I'm done with the games:
I've won 8 games and bought 1 in the sale. And I've beaten 4 games, so that makes a total of +5 for that timeframe and a +9 for February.

SG wins: Games I bought:


Games I want to play within the next few weeks:

BLAEO Monthly:

PoP: thanks to CalculonJones & Laura for challenging me

PAGYWOSG: :

Just for fun:

Update 82: February 1st to 14th

February is halfway over. Another sale has started and I have not bought anything for myself so far. Don’t think it will change.

Half-Life 2

Snake Pass

6/10
11.7 hours
20 of 33 achievements

Finally was able to finish this one. Looks interesting, but after a while it gets really though to master. I rage quit this last year, because I tried to play it with kb & m, which was pretty much unplayable in my opinion. With a controller it is still hard, but doable.

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Masquerada: Songs and Shadows

8/10
13.6 hours
27 of 27 achievements

A nice story heavy RPG, fully voice acted. Some people complain about the combat but I can't really complain about the party AI. Never had a problem with them. You can switch freely between several different characters that either use magic or different types of weapons and that each have their special abilities.
Overall a nice game that I can recommend.

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Little Big Workshop

9/10
35.2 hours
36 of 49 achievements

Completed the main story of Little Big Workshop (sadly I do not own the DLC) and thouroghly enjoyed it. You are the boss of your very own little workshop. You need to buy machines, hire workers and design products to produce and sell, keep your workers satisfied and fight against rat invasions and sabotaging enemies, gnomes and brain slugs. It reminded me a lot of what I have seen of Two Point Hospital.

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Dark Heritage: Guardians of Hope

5/10
6.4 hours
25 of 25 achievements

Mediocre HOG. Travel System not really good. Played it and will soon forget about it.

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Vampire: The Masquerade - Shadows of New York

9.7 hours
14 of 14 achievements

I liked this VN. Have not played the prequel so can't really compare it to this one. Though it was a bit weird playing a game that mentions the current pandemic.



Overall Backlog Progress:-0,6% change to last times unfinished/never played games (68,46% unfinished games)

16.19% (174/1075)
13.21% (142/1075)
4.65% (50/1075)
63.81% (686/1075)
2.14% (23/1075)


Overall SG Wins Progress:-1,48% change to last times unfinished/never played games (42,49% unfinished games)

33.87% (106/313)
22.36% (70/313)
0.64% (2/313)
41.85% (131/313)
1.28% (4/313)
Here are the games I'm currently working on. Reviews will follow once I'm done with the games:
I've won 9 games, tough one of them won't be out until May, very much looking forward to that one. And I've beaten 5 games, so that makes a total of +4 for that timeframe and a +4 for February.

SG wins:
  • Taken Souls: Blood Ritual Collector's Edition

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Dreamscapes: The Sandman - Premium Edition

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Scarytales: All Hail King Mongo

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • Hidden Object Bundle 5 in 1

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements

  • The Secret Order 7: Shadow Breach

    0 hours playtime

    0 of 32 achievements

  • Train Station Renovation

    0 hours playtime

    0 of 54 achievements

  • Outward

    0 hours playtime

    0 of 72 achievements

  • Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut

    0 hours playtime

    0 of 60 achievements

  • Mass Effect™ Legendary Edition

    0 hours playtime

    no achievements



Games I want to play within the next few weeks:

BLAEO Monthly: nothing atm will be busy with other games

PoP: thanks to CalculonJones & Laura for challenging me

PAGYWOSG: :

Just for fun:

Update 81: Januar 16th to 31st

The month did not really get any better, but it did also not get any worse. Oh well.

Half-Life 2

Warhammer: Chaosbane

6,5/10
18.9 hours
31 of 43 achievements

Had some fun with it. Was it the best game ever? No. Would I buy it for full price? No.
Is it as bad as some steam reviews make it out to be? No.

The game has not much of a story, the equipment drops are not the best. Did not buy anything from the shop to use and mostly just dropped all available equipment that was not the best with the vendor. other than that it was an okay ARPG.

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Late Shift

8/10
4.8 hours
20 of 20 achievements

Like the game a lot. But one thing that annoyed me to no end was a missing skip function. You have to replay the last part several times if you want to watch all 7 endings which can be tedious if you have to rewatch the same scenes over and over again.

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Youropa

7/10
21.6 hours
11 of 14 achievements

It's a nice platformer/puzzle game. I am just really bad at it, which explains my excessive time. You controll a small figure that needs to reach the top of the Eifel Tower in a world where everything is broken. You will have to bend your thinking about what is possible a bit while you try walking up wales and such things.

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Cats Organized Neatly

9/10
3.2 hours
20 of 20 achievements

Totally cute puzzle game. You have to make cute cats fit into a pattern each level.

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Daylife in Japan - Animated Jigsaw Puzzle Series

8.5/10
20.8 hours
12 of 12 achievements

I liked the game, though a few complaints from me would be too repetitive, same 5 puzzles over and over again and you needed a magnifiying glass for the last difficulty level, because the tiles are sp small and you can't zoom in. Another thing I disliked was the fact that some tiles were to similar to the background so you could hardly see them . Only way I could help myself then was to randomize the tiles, hoping it would land on another tile.
I really liked the ability to just highlight the edge pieces. It is what I basically do with IRL puzzles by sorting them first. Makes it a lot easier.

Overall a great puzzle game :D

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Teslagrad

6.5/10
11.3 hours
36 of 36 achievements

I liked the concept with the magnets, but to get some of the scrolls was really annoying because it was so damn hard. Wanted to drop the game several times. Well I persevered till the end. Thank god it's over XD



Overall Backlog Progress:-0,39% change to last times unfinished/never played games (68,67% unfinished games)

33.55% (102/304)
22.70% (69/304)
1.32% (4/304)
41.12% (125/304)
1.32% (4/304)


Overall SG Wins Progress:-1,53% change to last times unfinished/never played games (42,44% unfinished games)

34.83% (101/290)
22.07% (64/290)
1.72% (5/290)
40.00% (116/290)
1.38% (4/290)
Here are the games I'm currently working on. Reviews will follow once I'm done with the games:
I've won 6 games since the last update. And I've beaten 6 games, so that makes a total of +0 for that timeframe and a +7 for January.

SG wins:


Games I want to play within the next few weeks:

BLAEO Monthly:

PoP: thanks to CalculonJones & Laura for challenging me

PAGYWOSG: :

Monthly in A Month: all done

Just for fun:

Update 80: Januar 1st to 15th

Well the first month of this year started about as “bad” for the backlog as the last month ended. Oh well. Can only get better^^

Half-Life 2

PLANET ALPHA

6.5/10
8.2 hours
5 of 16 achievements

I really liked the game visuals, but to be honest I found most of the game to be too hectic since you were chased around by robots or whatever else on the planet was chasing you to enjoy it more. The puzzles once you got the hang of it were not too hard. The standing around to wait until emenies disappeared or looked away where sometimes annoying. Overall it is an okay platformer. Still have not really figured out how to get all the achievements without consulting a guide. They are all somehow connected to collectables so you could possibly do a runthrough without getting any.

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Felix the Reaper

7/10
4.3 hours
8 of 26 achievements

A fun, sometimes quite complecated puzzle game. Enjoyed it once I understood how it worked. Will probably get back to it to play the harder levels too.

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Dead Island Definitive Edition

8.5/10
41.1 hours
29 of 57 achievements

After playing all the HOGs in December I needed something completely different. So I decided to go with one of my oldest unplayed wins and hack and slash some zombies. And that was exactly what I did. I loved to hack and slash their legs and arms apart. I am evil, I know ^^
I actually enjoyed getting in the thick of it far more than blowing their brains out XD
I enjoyed my time with this game immensly. Can't say anything about coop though, except one random stranger joining in, and they mostly just stood around doing nothing. Might get back to it to do some arena stuff.



Overall Backlog Progress:+0,01% change to last times unfinished/never played games (69,06% unfinished games)

15.66% (166/1060)
13.11% (139/1060)
4.91% (52/1060)
64.15% (680/1060)
2.17% (23/1060)


Overall SG Wins Progress:+2,25% change to last times unfinished/never played games (43,97% unfinished games)

34.83% (101/290)
22.07% (64/290)
1.72% (5/290)
40.00% (116/290)
1.38% (4/290)
Here are the games I'm currently working on. Reviews will follow once I'm done with the games:
I've won 8 games and 1 DLC since the last update and was gifted 1 game and won another in a group event. And I've beaten 3 games, so that makes a total of +7 for that timeframe and a +7 for Janaury.

SG wins: And a gift from adam1224 and a win from the QGG special winter games


Games I want to play within the next few weeks:

BLAEO Monthly: nothing atm will be busy with other games

PoP: thanks to CalculonJones & Laura for challenging me

PAGYWOSG: :

Monthly in A Month:

Just for fun:

Update 79: 2020 is done and over: A year in the life of my backlog 2.0

The year is over. A lot of bad things happened. I was extra busy due to the pandemic and still managed a decent amout of games.

In the last year I've completed 108 games and beaten 68 games. That's a total of 176 retired games, nearly double of what I did last year.

For SG wins I went from 58,13% of unfinished or never touched wins to 41,72% (a 16,41% drop). And for the overall backlog from 82,58% of unfinished or never touched games to 69,05% (a 13,53% drop), I would call that a nice progress. Since I've beaten/completed so many games I am not gonna list them all. Too much work XD

Current Progress January 2021

Overall Backlog Progress:

15.81% (166/1050)
12.95% (136/1050)
4.86% (51/1050)
64.19% (674/1050)
2.19% (23/1050)
Overall SG Wins Progress:

34.83% (101/290)
22.07% (64/290)
1.72% (5/290)
40.00% (116/290)
1.38% (4/290)


Progress in January 2020

Overall Backlog Progress:

7.06% (58/821)
8.28% (68/821)
6.09% (50/821)
76.49% (628/821)
2.07% (17/821)
Overall SG Wins Progress:

19.86% (28/141)
19.15% (27/141)
2.13% (3/141)
56.03% (79/141)
2.84% (4/141)

Update 78: December 17th to 31st

I am not sure if my friends love me or hate my backlog, but they are definitly some of the craziest people I know. Between Christmas, Secret Santa’s and wins I added 32 new games to my backlog. So far I have not bought one thing in the sale for myself…
Decided to not do any reviews this time around, because too much to do. If you are interested in any of the games feel free to ask.

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The Shapeshifting Detective

6.5/10
11.9 hours
21 of 21 achievements

Nice idea, acting could have been improved. And I hated the RNG achievement that required me to get a specific murderer. took me 19 tries and a lot of reloading.

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Mind's Eye: Secrets of the Forgotten

5/10
4.1 hours
no achievements

weird fragments around the mouse pointer, makes it hard to see anything

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Unsolved Mystery Club: Ancient Astronauts (Collector´s Edition)

5/10
6.2 hours
no achievements
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Sinister City

4/10
3.2 hours
16 of 17 achievements

Got all the achievments but for some reason the last only shows in the activity feed, it is a known bug though.

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Island Tribe

7/10
7.2 hours
no achievements

Nice little time management game.

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The Secret Order 6: Bloodline

7/10
4.8 hours
28 of 28 achievements
Half-Life 2

Demon Hunter 5: Ascendance

7/10
4.8 hours
24 of 24 achievements
Half-Life 2

Enigmatis 3: The Shadow of Karkhala

7/10
5.1 hours
34 of 34 achievements
Half-Life 2

Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink

4.2 hours
19 of 19 achievements


Overall Backlog Progress:+0,03% change to last times unfinished/never played games (69,05% unfinished games)

15.81% (166/1050)
12.95% (136/1050)
4.86% (51/1050)
64.19% (674/1050)
2.19% (23/1050)
Overall SG Wins Progress:-1,49% change to last times unfinished/never played games (41,72% unfinished games)

34.83% (101/290)
22.07% (64/290)
1.72% (5/290)
40.00% (116/290)
1.38% (4/290)
Here are the games I'm currently working on. Reviews will follow once I'm done with the games:
I've won 10 games since the last update and was gifted 22 games. I clearly have crazy friends. And I've beaten 9 games, so that makes a total of +23 for that timeframe and a +21 for December *shakes head*

SG wins: Then I had some really nice secret santa's. Thanks to Py and Ghostnight: My crazy mouse mistress's christmas gifts: And my equally crazy dutch alien (PV) christmas gifts : And even more christmas gifts from Cece09, Moony1986 and Tewam :


Games I want to play within the next few weeks:

BLAEO Monthly: nothing atm will be busy with other games

PoP: thanks to CalculonJones & Laura for challenging me

PAGYWOSG: :

Just for fun: