Last Week’s Gaming

Digging up Fossilis with a side of Safranito, and it’s not the only Remastered!

The last few days have been mainly composed of a lot of sleeping and a bit of gaming. Last week was a whirlwind, with an incredibly long last day of work, but I have the next two weeks off – YES!

I got to play a couple of board games with Alpal and Rabbit which was great fun, and I have managed to fly through the main game of Marvel’s Spider-Man. This week, I am looking at fixing up my streaming setup for The Witcher after last week’s break in stream, and write up a few reviews. Hopefully, it should be fun!

This is a game that Alpal was looking forward to playing, mainly because the reimplementation in Hibachi is currently on Kickstarter.

Safranito is a dexterity cooking game where you throw chips onto the board in an attempt to collect spices to complete recipes. This sounds relatively simple, but chips end up all over the board, and a strategy is definitely needed!

Safranito - just get these spices, how hard can it be
Collect three lots of spices. Just land on the ingredient and snap them up. How hard could it be?

I had one complaint about Safranito, and that is that the game took too long. There was a considerable period where I couldn’t do anything. I spent all of my cash (terrible choice on my part), and I thought this was purely self-inflicted.

Rabbit however also got caught in a period where she couldn’t act, because the required spices simply didn’t come up to buy. Hibachi fixes this by allowing you to replace one ingredient with two ‘wild’ chillies, so games should be quick and the pace constant.

It makes shopping feel like a Black Friday sale!

Alpal and I are going to try the rule changes with her copy of Safranito, she has already tried them and it works great.

I can say Safranito was fun overall, and just knowing that the rule change sounds like just the kick it needs. If Safranito sounds interesting, check out the Hibachi Kickstarter as the campaign ends in about 6 days from when you read this.

So this was a game introduced to me as ‘a dexterity game with tweezers’. That isn’t what Fossilis is, but where that idea came from is clear.

Fossilis is a game with a unique 3D board and solid tiles. The tiles are three colours, denoting sand, clay or stone. You play as a paleontologist taking part in a dig. The idea is you move the pieces around the board to expose dig pits, which may or may not expose bones.

It can take a coupel of rounds to see how all the small pieces work together, but the play is fun and semi-unique

You collect bones to piece together dinosaurs. This sounds like a pretty straightforward game, and in a lot of ways it is, but at its heart Fossilis is a set collection game. You need to weigh up the massive points score fully completing a skeleton, or going for small partial points to try and score big on the set collection.

There is also the possibility of some really mean gameplay. An option is to push tiles off the pit that take opponents with them, forcing opponents to waste actions getting back into the dig. You can also re-cover exposed pits making people take time to expose them again.

Movement can become tricky as the game goes on

This is where Fossilis does something that I wish many more games did. There is a small section of the manual that shows different parts of the game that can be removed, and why you might want to do so.

The bottom line is Fossilis is a game I really enjoyed playing, but I would love to get in a few more games to really solidify my thoughts on. If you get a chance to play Fossilis, I highly recommend giving it a go.

The idea is aimed at playing with kids, but if your group doesn't like certain aspects of play these points help customise the game well

Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered – PS5

OK, so I am two years late to the Marvel’s Spider-Man party. Praises were sung on the game’s release, and they are well and truly deserved. I restarted it last week, and now I have made a lot of headway.

This week I started my holidays with a lot of rest mixed with sessions of Spider-Man. In a week of picking up my PS5, I have 2 Platinum trophies – Astro’s Playroom, and now Marvel’s Spider-Man.

There was a robbery, and one well timed web bomb made it a very quick affair

By the time you are reading this, I should be almost finished with the DLC – The City That Never Sleeps. The nice thing about getting the Remastered bundle is all the DLC is included.

I will say after completing Episode 1 of 3 that the story and missions so far feel like they were cut from the main game. I am not saying this as a complaint per se, but the Black Cat storyline makes so much more sense than what I played in the main game.

Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered - The Return of Ghost Spider
This is the closest to a reaction I could get in the Spirit Spider Suit. Basically when Spider-Man crossed with Ghost Rider!

There will be a review coming, but if you have finished Marvel’s Spider-Man on PS4, I would say go straight to the standard version of Miles Morales. If this is your first chance to play the game, grab the Miles Morales Ultimate edition and start at the beginning.

If you get the physical copy, the Remaster is download only, but this does let you install only the game you are playing to keep that precious PS5 disk space in check!

What about you?  I hope you got some great games in.  Or are you looking forward to a new one?  Let me know!  Shout out on Facebook or @JohnHQLD me on Twitter!

Until next time,

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