Last Week’s Gaming

Life with Tiny Pirates full of Rage, Battleships and Pizza

I went back to work this week. Wow, that took a lot out of me! Things are rolling along pretty nicely. I may even get my 5950x this week!

Trying to get back into the swing of things, I didn’t play too many games. So I thought. Writing up today’s piece, I didn’t realise just how many games I had dabbled in this week.

I didn’t pick up my Switch, though. I need to because my latest Exploration in Bravely Default 2 hit the limit about 5 days ago! But enough of that, let’s get into what I did get to play this week!

Tiny Epic Pirates

One of my latest Kickstarter deliveries, I was keen to check out Tiny Epic Pirates. To date, the Tiny Epic games have been ambitious, and some have hit while others missed quite a bit.

Tiny Epic Pirates is leaning towards the ‘win’ side for me. Simple gameplay mechanics are being used, but there are SO MANY OF THEM!

There are masts and such I haven't added yet, but it was still a good pirate afternoon

I didn’t fully build the ships, as I was worried about repacking and how fiddley adding cubes to the ships would be. I may have been right. A few more games, and I will let you know.

The theme was great, and the gameplay definitely fit the theme. I also enjoyed that you level up with Player vs Player battles, but the loser wasn’t overly disadvantaged.

It looks like there is a lot going on, and there is, but it all makes sense after a couple of rounds

I enjoyed the first game of Tiny Epic Pirates, but I need to play a few more games to really let everything sink in. I am also looking forward to a few solo games!

The Game of Life 2

I talked about The Game of Life in last week’s round-up, and the game itself is so well known I am not going back into the details. I played a couple of more games this week. It’s nice to just be able to sit back and play while also turning my brain off after a big day.

The Game of Life is a well-known board game, and I appreciate the new digital version’s minor changes. If you would like a digital version that is faithful to the original, The Game of Life 2 is a solid choice.

Last Weeks Gaming - Game of Life 2 - Retirement is fun
The retirement life is looking good, even if it is only digital

Battleship

Another digital board game sitting in my Steam library, it was time to fire up Battleship. Yes, that Battleship. The game played on scrap paper from your early school years Battleship.

There are new modes with extra bells and whistles, but I wanted to just play the game I knew

I thought this would be a simple trial of a game I haven’t played in my Steam library. It’s Battleship – what could it really throw at me?

Well, it turns out quite a bit. I played first against a medium AI opponent, hoping for a challenge but not knowing what the AI was like. I got hit pretty quickly. I wasn’t worried. Until the AI took out 3 of my ships in a single turn.

While pretty, these pictures don't make you feel better when you can't get a turn in!

There is apparently a rule in Battleship that if you hit, you get another turn immediately. I have never played this rule, so that was surprising. Annoyed, I played 2 more times until I got a win. I wasn’t going to let the computer trounce me like that!

Will I play Battleship again? Nope. Even though I won a PAX medal playing Battleship at BYOC, I have many other games to choose from. I don’t love the game that much. But it was fun to give an old classic a whirl.

Blood Rage Digital

After Battleship annoyed me with the extra turn rule, I realised it had been a while since I jumped into Blood Rage. So I fired it up and had a couple of games.

Why do I enjoy Blood Rage Digital? I have gone through a lot of those thoughts in my review. But the developers are still adding improvements to the game, and I love one of the newest ones.

If you want nothing to do with a fight, you can finally just skip the battle. It doesn’t sound like much, but I have been waiting for this for ages!

Yes, I am excited about a check box

So if there is a big fight taking place, I can check the box and just take a break for a minute while things play out.

Improvements like this don’t change the game, but they do make your life easier. And developers Exozet are listening to the feedback and making players life better and better.

One day I need to actually sit down and try this multiplayer sometime. Maybe next break.

Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator

Played on PC (Steam)

It’s been a LONG time since I played a Five Nights at Freddy’s (FNAF) game. I have Help Wanted to get to, but I haven’t set up my PSVR in the office with my PS4 Pro yet. I also haven’t set up my Oculus on PC either. It’s been too long since I dipped my toes in a virtual world.

But while I was looking through my Steam library, I saw my Steam FNAF collection. I remember starting Pizzzeria Simulator, but the endings I only remember from YouTube videos. So, I decided to jump back in.

It's just like starting any other franchise 'opportunity'

On the surface, it’s a simplistic business simulation. You buy a franchise and build up your restaurant to make some serious cash. You buy things like music and animatronics for entertainment and games for that extra cash stream.

You get to play test the games you install. And No. 1 Crate is the best entertainer!

Like all Five Nights games, there is a heap of secrets to uncover. One big secret (the game is out for ages, it’s not a spoiler at this stage) is that you are trying to get all the previous animatronics to your restaurant.

As the evil animatronics join you, your nightly clean up becomes a more traditional FNAF experience. Even knowing what to expect, I jumped a few times, and I am only two nights in.

Uhhh, HR? That look is making me feel really uncomfortable

If I can psych myself into it, I may Complete Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator. I have already unlocked quite a few of the secrets, and there are six certificates to attain.

Once you are in the swing of things, you can knock over a playthrough in about an hour. So maybe? Time will tell. I may just play through it once and see how Security Breach is shaping up release wise…

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,

JohnHQLD
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