Last Week’s Gaming – March 2nd, 2020


You know those weekends when everything catches up with you?

I have had a lot on this week, culminating in not too many games being played 🙁

Honestly though the downtime was needed, and I had a great time on the couch and pottering. I even started watching Altered Carbon Resleeved, the second season. While we are only a couple of episodes in, it is grabbing me just like the first season.

I also started watching Picard. I stopped watching the first episode about 2/3rds of the way in, because I really want to watch it with Rabbit.

But you aren’t here to find out what I think about TV shows – on to the games!

One Deck Dungeon – Steam

Look, I made no secret how much I have been playing this lately 🙂 I only played a couple of times this week, and I ‘lost’ my gauntlet run 🙁 For no good reason other than the challenge, I want to get through all five bosses in one run. I am nowhere near that level yet 🙂

But I am still having fun with it, and that is what counts. It was only timing that stopped me from playing any more this week. Well, that, and a little game I have had in my ‘To Play’ list for a while called Thronebreaker…

A quick run, and my first dungeon complete with the mage 🙂 Look at all those progression points 😀

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales – GoG.com

I love the Witcher, my hesitancy on playing The Witcher 3 notwithstanding. However, I am pretty sure I worked out why I am hesitant – more about that later this week 😀

The idea behind Thronebreaker is pretty good. It’s an isometric open world(ish) adventure game where you play as Queen Meve of Lyria and Rivia. There is a story that unfolds (avoiding spoilers, not trying to be coy) and you resolve combat with Gwent, the side game introduced in The Witcher 3.

Just like The Witcher games, there are decisions to be made and consequences for all of those choices. There is a good chance Thronebreaker might become my ‘I want a break’ game at lunch at work, but we will see.

I might not talk more about Thronebreaker quickly, but it has been bumped up on my ‘I want to finish this’ list.

An adventure roll playing game that uses Gwent for comabt

PC Building Simulator

I have known about PC Building Simulator for a while, and even talked about it in Early Access. Initially I thought it was just a cheap way to safely play with building different PC builds and things like overclocking.

I was kind of right, but there is more to it. After watching some people talk about it, and getting ready to write up some tech pieces soon, I thought I would give it a go.

And I got REALLY sucked into the story mode. Basically you take over a failing PC repair shop that has been run into the ground. You start with basic jobs like cleaning PCs and removing viruses, but soon you get to fix and build new dream machines. While not 100% accurate, the process of diagnosis and building is surprising spot on.

I was surprised how much I got into the story mode

And the best part? For me, it was just a kick back and relax experience for the first couple of hours. I wasn’t challenged until I got a few weeks in, and the AMD mix with vague customer wishes actually made me look up what was compatible with what. And not game walkthroughs – I was looking at AM4 motherboard spech sheets for the info!

Not for everyone, but I will play more of this in a couple of weeks just to see how far I can go in the story.

Roomba: First Blood

I almost didn’t put this on the list today, because I was not in a fit frame of mind to play games. I did go through the eStore sale and buy a few games, and Roomba for $6 was on the list.

A game I had seen a bit at PAX at the Samurai Punk booth, so much about the premise just amuses me. You play a Roomba that defends your house from intruders. Yes, you read that correctly 🙂

You can pick up weapons and ram into robbers, or hack different appliances around the home to trap them. When you defeat them all, you have to clean as much of the house as you can before your humans get home.

I played the first level, and I enjoyed it. I will play it more when I am a bit more with it, maybe next week.

Stealth action from a perspective I would never have seriously considered

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 tomorrow,

JohnHQLD

2 thoughts on “Last Week’s Gaming – March 2nd, 2020”

  1. I’m a little disappointed by the Roomba game – somehow I wished you played a Roomba in a sort of Ninja Warrior for vacuum cleaners. And I’m concerned that the game I thought sounded to most interesting was the PC Building Simulator.

    My games this week were Set a Watch (which was an enjoyable genric fantasy small box solo game) and Dragon Market (which is like a competitive Rush Hour with set collection, and one of the goods you can collect is adorable corgi puppies).

  2. I think Roomba has potential, but I just wasn’t in the frame of mind to give it a proper go. It is fun being a vacuum cleaner that attacks intruders though :p PC Building Simulator is a strange sort of puzzle, but that’s IT 😀 I have managed to beat the easy and medium dungeons in my Gauntlet run on One Deck Dungeon as well – yay for late game records lol.

    I have wanted to try Set a Watch for a while – you will have to show it to me! and Dragon Market we will definitely have to play, hopefully soon 😀

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