Last Week’s Gaming

Phoenix Wright objects his way through the One Deck Dungeon

It wasn’t quite the gaming week I hoped for last week, but I have progressed on a couple of things. A new shenanigans article will let you in on what I have in mind in the next week or two.

Board games this weekend if all goes to plan, though. Looking forward to it! It will either be some light games and catch-up or starting Jaws of the Lion. Either way, I think it will be a win!

But that’s next week. Let’s see what I played last week!

One Deck Dungeon

Played on – Switch 
Board Game Geek Link – One Deck Dungeon

Last week, One Deck Dungeon was released to the Switch. I have bought One Deck Dungeon with the stand-alone expansion in physical form and the base game on PC and Android.

Even though I have so many copies already, I was keen to see how One Deck Dungeon performed on Switch. I love playing One Deck Dungeon on Steam, but it is a game I would prefer to play portably. And on mobile, even though it is mechanically superb, the multi-screen aspect annoys me enough not to play all the time.

So I tried on Switch, and I was not disappointed.

The tutorial works nicely, and it’s great to see everything on one screen

The first time I tried One Deck Dungeon, it was docked. Playing with the controller inputs work OK. Not as well as mouse controls on the PC, but definitely workable.

Where I was happiest was playing in handheld mode. One aspect of the Switch that I feel is continually overlooked is the touchscreen. And now I have the ease of touch controls coupled with the ‘full screen’ layout of the big screen mode.

Progression allows you to build up your characters, similar to a RPG campaign

One Deck Dungeon is a great game, and I do like the physical version. I am disappointed that my recent order for One Deck Galaxy got cancelled due to shipping issues. One day!

But playing it physically is a lot of management that the digital version handles for you. Playing solo, I do prefer the digital version. And with this release, I think Switch has become my digital implementation of choice.

I almost forgot how hard the initial bosses could be with brand new characters!

The smoothness and natural feel of touch coupled with all game information laid out before you – One Deck Dungeon Switch is everything I hoped it would be.

If you would like to know more about One Deck Dungeon, check out my review here.


Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy

Played on – Switch, PlayStation 5

After musing last week, I have decided to go trophy hunting with Phoenix Wright. Playing Phoenix Wright on the Switch is great, but maybe a little too great. I have had to leave my Switch downstairs, as I was too tempted to play during breaks.

When I thought about doing this a couple of weeks ago, it seemed like a reasonable idea. Phoenix Wright started as a handheld game, making it ideally suited to ‘pick-up/put-down’ play. But then you get that little story nugget, and I just want to know the next part.

In the last case, fingerprinting and other forensic searches have been added

I have finished the first five cases, so the original Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney cases. The first couple of cases were an hour or two, but the fifth case is double that. New mechanics like actually examining items (think Resident Evil turn object) and fingerprinting coupled with more convoluted timing has stretched out the playtime.

This is great from a gameplay perspective, not so great for “I will only be 5 minutes” during your workday! So most weeknights after dinner, playing some more Ace Attorney seems like an excellent way to spend a couple of weeks.

You even need to examine and search for issues in video evidence as well

Next week, I will start the second game in the trilogy – Justice for All. I guess there will be many little things to do for the trophies, as I haven’t been racking them up to date. So maybe a review over the trophy list will be needed over the weekend first!

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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