Big Trouble in Manhatten’s Dragon Castle
Quite a bit of gaming got in this week – a long weekend and some much-needed downtime led to a lot of gaming fun this week 🙂
Big Trouble in Little China
I was so excited when Everything Epic’s Big Trouble in Little China arrived, and I have been dying to play it.
Fair warning – this is a game that has some of the worst parts of dungeon crawlers. Setup and tear down take a long time, the rules explanation takes a long time, and there is some very confusing to explain conditions.
Once you get into it though, it flows really well. My advice is take a long afternoon to play the first game, and by the end of the game, future plays will take a lot less time. I set up a streamlined version of the first act only, but even that is enough for the same group to play the ‘full’ rules with a lot less mucking about. And play it again we will 🙂
One that Alpal was eager to show me, and I understand why. Dragon Castle is a simple to teach and play game, that cleverly incorporates a lot of different mechanics and games.
The tiles you pick are the simplified computer mahjong pair tiles. This is the first game – essentially snap with block placement. You not only have to find tiles for yourself, but try and deny choices to your competition.
Once you have a pair, the game then becomes a 3D tile placement puzzle, where you try to maximise your score based not only on types that connect but the placement of shrines at higher levels.
Dragon Castle is a great game that I will be adding to my collection soon.
Another Alpal special, Manhattan is a game I didn’t think I would enjoy as much as I did.
It’s an area management game that works across the board, and above it. Building massive buildings is both satisfying and a great way of stealing points. As long as your floor is on top of a building, it’s yours to score.
I did end up in a bit of a tit-for-tat vendetta with another player, as well as everyone else at the table. It was good natured and a lot of fun, which led to an afternoon of laughs and enjoyment.
Manhattan is an older game, but I can see why it was the 1994 Spiel des Jahres winner. It has a new edition and is well worth a look.
So there was a big sale on the PlayStation Store recently, that let me get 2 games for 70% off. That let me get the entire Dishonoured collection and Prey for about $40 total – great day for me 🙂
So the other night I fired up Prey, and tried to put all of the initial “Oh it’s terrible” cries I heard on Prey’s release out of my head.
And I have had had a lot of fun so far. Exploring around the area and putting the story together is interesting, and the atmosphere is similar to the tension of Alien: Isolation.
I will be trying to finish this off over the next few weeks, and I will let you know what I think when I have finished it.
PlayStation Plus bonus received.
Foul Play is a surprisingly fun button masher beat em up, where two players recount a tale of previous adventures. The twist? It’s being recounted as a play, where your combos and battle expertise lead to crowd approval that acts as a life meter.
Apparently, you can play coop online, but I haven’t tried this yet. All I know is playing through the first Act was a blast, and I will be picking this back up when I want some mindless action happening.
Another PlayStation Plus game I only just got to play, but it’s a great mindless pattern game that I will try and play for a while.
If you remember the venerable Zuma, you are already very familiar with Sparkle 2.
If you haven’t played Zuma, you control a launcher that fires different coloured balls. Your goal is to fire the balls into an incoming line to match more than 3 of the same colour, and clear the line before it reaches the end of the path.
It’s fun, it’s semi-mindless, and even with my colour blindness a game I can play in spurts and really enjoy.
Valkyria Chronicles 4
The full version came out last Tuesday, but I couldn’t get my hands on it until late Wednesday for a few reasons.
I haven’t played too deeply into the third chapter, but Squad Stories have unlocked. Squad Stories are bonus missions that expand on the stories between the squad members. They become unlocked at various times, when you use the right combinations of members on the main missions.
How do you know the right combinations? In the squad profiles are the other members they like. Just try and use these squad members together in missions – that simple. Just another nice touch to a great series.
If you have a Switch, grab the demo from the eShop and have a great time.
Not too much to report on this one this week only played a couple of more hours.
Good news is I found two more shrines. The shrines in Octopath unlock secondary job classes, so my characters are expanding their horizons 😀
The good part of Octopath is it is a pick up and put down type game. The bad part is you can’t put it down too long or you may forget what you are trying to accomplish. I have started the second chapter for a character and saved in the middle so I know what’s happening when I pick it back up. I think there may be a couple of weeks pause as I prep for PAX, and I need the reminders the Chapters provide mid game.
So a big week of gaming for me. What about you? What did you play this week?
Until next time,