Last Week’s Gaming

Galaxy Trucking through with a Super Rush

And I am back! Thanks for the break, it was very much needed. In a weird twist, because of last weeks update today it truly is a case of Last Week’s Gaming!

Nothing much else to bring you up to date on, so straight into the games!

Galaxy Trucker: Extended Edition

Played on – Steam
Board Game Geek Link – Galaxy Trucker

Galaxy Trucker is a game you either love or hate. A real-time puzzle builder makes a spaceship out of junk, followed by a journey with random encounters.

Playing with people, Galaxy Trucker can give Monopoly a run for its money with house rule variants. It’s not a game where you should cheat, but it is easy to unintentionally cheat during a game. Coupled with a hefty setup and teardown, it sounds like a game no one would want to play.

Galaxy Trucker is a game you either love or hate - I have never known anyone in the middle

When you have a regular group, Galaxy Trucker is a lot of fun. And I have had the digital version for ages, but I haven’t been playing it. Well, that changed over my break.

I haven’t been playing the ‘proper’ game online. Instead, I have been giving the campaign game a try. Well, I say try. I have put in about 12 hours so far!

Pick a single tile, and place it. But once you hover a tile over your ship, your last tile is locked in place

The campaign acts as a combination of tutorial and adventure. The base game is the same as the tabletop version, but you have AI opponents to compete against.

‘Losing’ a mission means having to try it again. But if you hit your head against a wall too much, just do another few runs and come back to it.

Special routes add challenges, rewards and sometimes penalties to your adventure

Galaxy Trucker is a game of random jank, part of what makes it fun and frustrating. The campaign takes this into account, and it has been nice to just make some ships and do some runs.

There are mixtures of the rules depending on missions. One of the missions I spent a couple of nights on (and still haven’t cleared) is turn-based shipbuilding, meaning I could take my time. When I want some ‘standard’ gameplay, I can just take a different mission.

Achievements also let you explore many different ways of playing

Suppose you have ever been interested in Galaxy Trucker but aren’t sure. In that case, I can say that Galaxy Trucker: Extended Edition is a great way to try before you buy. And a second edition of the tabletop version is coming later this year, so it’s a great time to find out!

Mario Golf: Super Rush

Played on – Switch

I am not going to talk too much about my Mario Golf. I did that a little while ago. I put it down for a bit, mainly due to Skyward Sword. But the last couple of nights, I wanted to play something while YouTube played in the background.

So I stopped concentrating on my player character and started playing with the Mario choices. Boo was fun, but I am having a blast at the moment with Pauline.

The little snippet of Jump Up, Super Star! makes me smile

I am still not a fan of battle golf, but some speed golf is still good when I want competition, and ‘normal’ mode with alternating shots is still very relaxing. Plus, on the rare occasion when I use charge shots, watching Pauline grab the mic puts a smile on my face.

Mario Golf: Super Rush is still not the most fantastic game on the Switch, but to kick back and relax with it is a great choice. I hope soon to relax to go back to New Pokemon Snap, especially as new content is coming to that as well!

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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