Last Week’s Gaming

Kawaii Deathu Pokemon Snap of Acquisitions Incorporated

Work really bites at the moment. People are not thinking, lack of taking responsibility, that kind of thing. General complaints, but it was a huge week of it. It was a success, but for gaming, last week could have been better.

Luckily, that is all dealt with and done. It’s a long weekend in Queensland, and it has been used to rest up. I have a couple of gaming projects lined up, and I am looking forward to sharing them soon!

But enough of that, let’s talk about what I did get to last week!

Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated

Board Game Geek Link – Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated

Two missions left. We are making good progress in Clank! Legacy and things are still surprising us, which is fantastic.

There is always so much I want to talk about with these campaign games. It’s hard to know the line of what’s a spoiler and what is sharing our experience.

It may be another two or three months before we finish the campaign. Alpal is heading away for a few weeks, and there are other games we are looking at playing in between sessions.

The higher the dragon head moves, the more cubes get pulled

But we are nearing the end, and I am looking forward to writing up a spoiler-free review of Clank! Legacy, and a spoiler-filled piece covering our campaign experience.

Two more games and I can get started on both.

Kawaii Deathu Desu

Played on – Nintendo Switch

I wrote about this cute simple beat-em-up a couple of months ago. With the frustrating week I had, Kawaii Dethu Desu’s simplicity was incredibly enticing. So, I jumped back in.

Over the last couple of months, I had played on and off. I got the character Death-chan up to Level 10 (max level) and had fun mucking about for 10 minutes. Then I saw an achievement unlock.

Having a look, I realised that all of a sudden, I had a game I could actually Compete even when mentally taxed. And the achievement grind began!

I started last week with only about 10 achievements unlocked. I will not push that hard again soon.

The gameplay of Kawaii Deathu Desu is very repetitive. Once you get the rhythm of the level, it becomes a two-minute exercise for your fingers. Different characters have different range and speeds, but the way I am playing, it’s about 50 rounds of the same old same old.

So, while I am enjoying Kawaii Deathu Desu, I still don’t recommend long play sessions. Pick it up, enjoy, and put it down. Completing the game is just a matter of time.

Currently, I am playing with a vampire character named Elysa. She is incredibly strong but can’t really take a hit. She is also relatively slow to attack, but considering her strength, this makes sense.

Elysa seems to be after Death-chan's top spot

I also really love her unique ability. Where others breathe fire or raise the dead, Elysa summons security to help her!

If I keep this up, I will be adding another Complete to the video game challenges in a few weeks.

New Pokemon Snap

Played on – Nintendo Switch

I watched my nephew play Pokemon Snap no the N64 years ago. In this section of my gaming life, I knew Pokemon games existed but hadn’t played any of them. My thought was more “That’s Nice” than “That’s Awesome”. It was pretty for the time, but I couldn’t see the appeal of just wandering around taking pictures. I want to do something in my games.

Then he started finding secrets. I pointed out background happenings he wasn’t focused on. My niece sat with us and pointed out other photo opportunities. It was a lot more fun than I thought it would be.

And Friday, New Pokemon Snap released for the Switch. And the idea of a game where I can just sit back and enjoy is perfect right now.

It wouldn't be a Pokemon game without some form of research lab

Pokemon Snap can be a relaxing time. You don’t worry about movement, but just enjoy the site and take some photos. This is all I thought Pokemon Snap was back in the day.

After playing through it in the day, Pokemon Snap reveals its true nature. It’s a ‘find the hidden item’ game, where seeing new Pokemon is your reward.

But you can’t just stare at an individual section for as long as you want – you travel on a pre-determined route at a set pace. Timing and where you are looking is key to finding everything in each area.

You get magically teleported to the start of a slow train ride

New Pokemon Snap won’t be for everyone – no game is. But there is a lot more to the gameplay than simply taking pretty pictures. Mind you, to sit back and unwind, I will have a few game sessions where that is all I am going to do. You play the game how you want and enjoy it your way.

I have already made a couple of Pokemon appear not on-script, and I was just as happy to have found the secret as I was years ago. So while still a game I will only play in bursts, I am looking forward to completing my Photo Album/Pokedex in New Pokemon Snap.

Still trying to work out how to really nail those high scoring shots

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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