It's easy to forget about this place what with other social media sites. Never-the-less, I am still around and still gaming. Last year a squeaked through and met my goal of beating 50 games for the year, despite having aquired far more than that. I told myself to try and curb my purchases and settle for mostly what I have.
It didn't work.
As of today, I have beaten 13 games and obtained 26. This being February... Cursed Steam sale...
The past few weeks I've been dealing with a flu of awful propensity to make my life an absolute misery, my friends gifted me games to help alleviate the misery. My Backloggery roars with power while I'm happy and sigh wondering if 50 is even a good goal. Maybe... 75?
Blocks That Matter (Steam) - I enjoyed playing through this game; it has a lot of charm. I enjoy puzzles games as much as I hate them which tend to be quite a bit when they involve action elements, because failures become more frequent over carelessness induced by impatience and there were several stages like that that made me shout at poor little Tetrobot. All-things-aside, I enjoyed it enough to go back and attempt a completion by aquiring all the Blocks That Matter.
Alien Breed 1: Impact (Steam) - Alien Breed was a game I played long ago on the Amiga (IIRC). Yes, it was a rip-off of Alien in many ways, but it was a great game! To be honest, I had expected this to be just a current, prettier release of the old, but it's not! I was -so- happy! I also found out it's the same game as Evolution, so I wont accidently by it again, lol. It took me two play sessions to get through. I had lots of fun blasting aliens and navigating through the ship. I expect I'll start in on 2 one-of-these-days, as it left off with quite a cliffhanger involving a giant, awesome looking monster! The one critique I have of the game deals with the story sequences. I can't always tell what I'm looking at in those black & white panels.
Penumbra: Requiem (Steam) - Anger and resentment. That's... the closest I can describe my feelings towards this game. I started in on the series with Black Plague expecting more Amnesia-like experiences. I was happy with it. Then I moved onto Overture which wasn't quite the same, but still good. When I got to Requiem, I couldn't wait to find out what had happened, but what I was given was an entirely different game. I didn't want a puzzle game. I wanted my horror. I was aghast when I quickly realised all I would be doing is going from, essentially, test chamber to test chamber towards two endings that did not add anything to the Penumbra story. Betrayed. That's a better word for my feelings. And if I'm perfectly honest, the puzzles were mindless yet aggravatingly tedious to complete in ways that were not fun at all. I really want to like the game, but I just can't.
Ys Chronicles Book I Vanished Omen (Steam) - I'm a big fan of this series and the bump combat system. I don't have patience for the RPG grind, even in action-based flavours. I'm more interested in stoy-progression and, let's face it, my Backloggery really can't spare the time. I also love the arcade feel. This was a great joy to play through again after all those years. I'm quite happy with the sound and graphics choices. I forsee myself working on Nightmare mode and time-attack.
Penumbra Overture (Steam) - I need more games of this style, but I wasn't a huge fan of the combat element. It isn't that it was clunky and irritating until get-the-hang-of-it, it's that it exists. I am more for the helplessness that exists in Amnesia and Penumbra Black Plague. I didn't engage in combat after killing my first doggie. I chose to sneak around and avoid to give myself the experience I wanted. Totally fine with that and happy that I could and that it worked. Besides... it was far more fun dealing with steam traps for killing them than bludgeoning them to death.
Penumbra Black Plague (Steam) - This gets me really excited for more Amnesia! This was a great horror experience that really messed me up on more than one occasion. Those things were terrifying! Horror games are my favourite to play and this really healed.
999 9 Hours, 9Persons, 9 Doors (DS) - I never thought myself one to get into digital novels, but I did play a good amount of Interactive Fiction back-in-the-day, so I don't know what I'm thinking, really. This was really good! I got a really sucky ending, but it was really good! I enjoyed the puzzles and odd story. I'm totally planning to go through again and make different choices to see how well I do and if I can live.
Containment: The Zombie Puzzler (Steam) - I'm really surprised I bought this game. I've really fallen away from puzzlers like this. Tetris, Columns, and Puyo Pop are more than enough for me. This just seemed really interesting in an odd zombie's meet Dr. Mario kinda way. That's an odd way to put things, but it's the best I can think of right now. I'm not 100% well, yet. I'm about 75% up to 80% when medicine is working. Anyway, your playing field is a mixture of survivor units and zombies. You have a top-down view. To kill zombies, you surround them with the same type of survivor. You just swap people around on the board to do that. When the zombies are killed, the survivors that killed them also go away and your board is refilled from the top. Okay, so not like Dr. Mario at all, but you are getting rid of a virus. Things got really crazy as I progressed in the campaign. Zombie wizards (or wizard zombies? ;) ) were terrible in large numbers and it's not really fun dealing with those other ones what explode and infect surrounding survivors. Still, it entertained and that's what games should do.
Capsized (Steam) - This game reminds me as some kinda marriage between Bionic Commando and Solar Jetman. It has nice graphics and really big stages with equipment and tasks that really give me that weird baby image. You have a grappling hook which is how you do a lot of your travel. You can jump and do have a jet-pack you can use for more prolongued flight when fueled. Also at your disposal is a tractor beam thingy for manipulating obstacles and bringing things along with you, and means of blasting things away from you. You had lots of tasks involving locating objects and using your tractor beam to take them to a different location. You even find ship parts in one of the stages! They aren't golden, though.
Adera (WinStore) - This is another one of those point-and-click BigFish style adventure games involving a nice array of puzzles and only a few hidden object ones. I really don't like them much, honestly. The stories just don't have enough depth to sate my adventure gamer needs craving all that mystery and all those wonderful notes and books and things you tend to find and read in the more fully blown adventure games. It isn't terrible, though. This first chapter was free so I gave it a shot and was entertained enough to finished, but I don't care enough about plot to continue on with the series. It's too casual, short, and didn't utilise enough of my brain with the puzzles.
Limbo (OnLive) - What a great game! The atmosphere and desolate black & white art sucked me in very quickly. Before I knew it, it was all over and I wanted more. How sad! Where did all that time go? I wish the ending were a bit more... I'm not sure. I just didn't feel fulfilled after it was over.
Little Inferno (STEAM) - Little kid: "I have this box of old toys!" 'Nother Little Kid: "And I've got this box of memories!" If someone told me there was this game where all you do is sit in front of a fireplace and burn stuff you buy in catalogues for money to buy more stuff to burn, I wouldn't buy it. I knew nothing of the game when I bought it. I just needed another game to finish off a gift card and that one had an interesting icon. I honestly thought I was getting into some other puzzler thing like Burn The Rope. Instead, I had a Little Inferno Entertainment Fireplace where I sat for an entire night with some friends and burned it all away. I felt such emptiness when it was over. The story really was dark inspiring these odd feelings of... guilt for spending so much free time playing games instead of all those other things non-gamers would rather have you do. After three days I shook that guilt. There's nothing wrong with games! I wish there was more stuff to burn. I've played through that game twice, now.
Envirobear 2000 (PCDL) - Why? Why did I have to get this? Why? I got through seven years and considered that a worthy accomplishment. I never expected to get through the first, honestly. I had friends over when this went on, and way too much time was spent on this game.
Well, I've obtained 26 games, so far this year. They won't be the last, and if it is any indication of how things will go, I should spend less time on this post, and more time screaming at Stealth Bastard.
Envirobear 2000 (PCDL)
Surgeon Simulator 2013 (PCDL)
Cortex Command (Steam)
Ghost Trick - Phantom Detective (NDS)
Hotel Dusk - Room 215 (NDS)
Jake Hunter - Detective Chronicles (NDS)
Luminous Arc (NDS)
Dementium II (NDS)
The World Ends With You (NDS)
Alien Breed Trilolgy (Steam) - Get well gift from my wifey.
R.U.S.E. (Steam) - Get well gift my wifey
Penumbra Collection (Steam) - Get well gift from my wifey
Stealth Bastard Deluxe (Steam) - Get well gift from my bff.
Ys Chronicles Book 1 & 2 (Steam) Get well gift from my bff.
Bientôt l'été (Steam) - Get well gift from a goblin I know.