Last Week’s Gaming – 26th August, 2019

It was a Marvel we cracked Codenames in 5 Minutes

Last week, I hosted a Marvel themed game night. We were going to finish with Marvel Legendary Phase One, but we were having so much fun with the other two games that didn’t happen. Maybe next time!

This week I am in NZ, but I have bought a couple of games to play as well as my Switch 🙂 But in the meantime, onto what I played last week!

Codenames was an instant party hit when it came out a couple of years ago. It was such a hit I thought I had already done the review for Codenames and Codenames: Pictures, but I can’t see them on the site. I will have to fix that over the next few weeks!

But this week, we played one of the USAOpoly (Now the OP) licensed version – Marvel. One side has words, the other pictures, so you get a bit of both. You need some pretty in-depth Marvel knowledge for a lot of the characters though. I consider myself reasonably well-read when it comes to Marvel, and even I had trouble with some of them!

That didn’t stop us playing a few games and having a great time.

Our first game setup. Even with MCU fans at the table, there was a lot of Googling on who was who

Another retheme of a popular game, 5-Minute Marvel is a retheme of 5-Minute Dungeon. If you know how to play one, you know how to play the other.

The timekeeper app is J.A.R.V.I.S., complete with sassy comments. That was a nice touch that adds a bit of humour to the mix.

If you do a boss gauntlet, this takes closer to 35 minutes as you face each of the six bosses. Only one other player had played before, and everyone had an instant “Play again!” attitude to the game that makes this a favourite for my game nights.

Real time hand management at it's most hectic. But it's so easy to learn and play!

Crazy Strike Bowling Ex (Switch)

Crazy Strike was a last-second purchase I bought for something different on the plane. I have enjoyed a couple of bowling games, and I had heard of it before. So I thought, why not?

Initial impressions – I don’t think I should have bought it. As a single-player game with controllers, it’s a mobile distraction type game at best. I will play with motion controls and with some others though before I review it formally.

Biggest gripe – hidden tutorial and unclear instructions on how to play. See how I go with a bit more hands-on time.

Cutesy bowling game, but I think I prefer Wii Sports Bowling - at least for now

Tetris 99 (Switch)

Well, you knew this one was coming up. The sixth event was on last weekend, and you only need to score 100 points to win a theme.

The theme is pretty, but I think I prefer the Splatoon theme to date. It was fun playing the event though – I always enjoy playing Tetris 99.

When I have a head full of work, Tetris forces you to clear your mind in an almost meditation-like way. And the event was just another great excuse to jump on and play again 🙂

My highest win, but I have more than 100 points. The theme is mine!

Final Fantasy X (Switch)

So my plan was to power through the story and then start playing the new Fire Emblem. Then I hit the Calm Lands.

I was doing well, then realised I spent 2-3 hours grinding levels and playing the Chocobo race and collecting monsters. Oops.

So, new plan. I have one more Al Bhed primer to collect, and then I might pick it up later for a full completionist run. That is something straightforward to do with Final Fantasy X. It’s mostly linear at the start, so knowing where to go months later isn’t a real issue. Fire Emblem here I come!

Only one primer left to find!

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

Last Week’s Gaming – August 19th, 2019

When we stopped the thief, I didn’t think I would stop board games this week!

Well it has been a week for me!

This time around I really didn’t get to play any of the games I really wanted to. Between a mix of too much work and some much needed down time, the normal rapid fire mix of games didn’t happen this week.

But that’s not to say I didn’t get to play anything…

An old favourite hit the table again!

I am doing themed gaming nights, and last week’s was hidden movement. The idea was Stop Thief! followed by some meatier Specter Ops, but we were having so much fun we stuck to the lighter game and had a great catch up 😀

It was also great that we could play cooperatively. It was the group for it, and as usual we had a heap of fun.

If you want to know exactly what I think of Stop Thief!, check out my review here.

It had been a while since I got to play, and it was a good groop for cooperative investigating

Tetris 99 (Switch)

Speaking of Old Favourites, I finally got to play enough Tetris 99 this week to go up a level!

When it first came out, I was flying up the ranks – I was playing a heap of games though.

Now, I am closer to 5-6 rounds a week, which is enough to keep me happy and diverted. I even scored another win this week, always a happy moment!

I still really enjoy Tetris 99, and while I don’t think it’s the best thing about Switch Online, it’s definietly the perk I am using the most.

I haven't been jumping on as much as I would like lately, but another win sure felt good

Final Fantasy X (Switch)

Now by far the most gaming I did this week was Final Fantasy X. I think I got about 10-12 solid hours in this week – another thing I haven’t done for ages!

I have stopped concentrating on the early grind mini-quests to unlock celestial weapons and the like and now just jumping through the story. I will probably do another run at some time, and for once I would like a complete Al Bhed dictionary save to see what everyone says from the start! That will be my ‘completionist’ run I think.

So I got my first team wipe this run thanks to this Seymour

It’s been about 20 years, so I think spoilers are a past their spoiler date. I came up against the second fight against Maester Seymour, and hit my first game over screen for this run. I know there is a strategy to make this fight easier, I just can’t remember anything more than this fight being a pain.

Oh, and Bevelle Temple is still a pain in the butt to finish. It’s so annoying, and it seems to be more twitchy in the remaster than I remember. Not frustratingly so, but timing is a more critical in this version.

I am hoping to knock over Final Fantasy X this week, so I can start playing Fire Emblem during a business trip this week. Wish me luck!

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

Last Week’s Gaming – August 5th, 2019

The steps of a Pandemic: a Contagion, a Rapid Response, and hopefully The Cure.

So this weeks game night was Pandemic dice themed! OK, only 2 of the 3 games were actually dice games, but the third was still radically different from the base so I am counting it 🙂

Dice and I have a complicated relationship. If rolling 6 of a kind will kill me, you can be sure it’s a 50/50 thing that I will roll six of a kind. That kind of relationship adds to the ‘draw a card and lose’ gameplay of Pandemic.

There are a lot of ‘the Dice Game’ variants out there. Some don’t have the same feel and miss, and some become more popular than the base game. A round of Istanbul the Dice Game anyone?

I don’t think Pandemic: The Cure is quite in the latter category, but it is a version I would like to get to the table more often. If you know players that are more interested in throwing dice than playing with cards, give Pandemic: The Cure a look.

It's very close to the original Pandemic experience, but with Dice!

Second week in a row, Pandemic: Rapid Response makes it to the table.

We had another new player, so I played it the same way as last time – no timer until we did the first city card, then the timer comes into play. Also, we didn’t play with the extra crisis cards, that additional ‘oh no’ when the timer runs out.

Another new player, same result – Rapid Response was a fun game to play. Yes, it takes a couple of rounds to start to see how everything works, but that is common among a lot of games.

Maybe next round I can play with the same group, and play with timer and perhaps crisis cards from the get-go.

I am really enjoying Rapid Response

After saving the world a couple of times (alright, once – we lost The Cure), I thought it would be time to give the virus a go.

Pandemic: Contagion was the first game I am aware of in the extended Pandemic universe, and you play as viruses trying to infect as many people as possible.

Even though the game night was Dice themed, I threw Contagion on as an end of game night choice just for something different, and it worked.

I had forgotten how much fun Contagion could be. It wasn’t a game that took the game world by storm, but it has a strong base and is a fun diversion. I am glad I pulled it back out for another round 🙂

Sick of saving the world? Pandemic Contagion may be for you!

Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot (PSVR)

So something surprised me this weekend – I finished Wolfenstein Cyberpilot.
There was a bit of a story twist, but at the end of the day, it’s four levels that I think I played for about 2 hours and then saw the credits.

Looking through the trophy list I saw a few things that sound like fun and will be challenging to aim for, but while I didn’t expect an epic game I did expect more.

That said, it was fun, and I enjoyed it. I might go for the platinum. I am not sure at the moment. If I can make some time with Harls maybe I will probably try more for the Youngblood platinum, but Cyberpilot could remain a fun distraction on the side.

Good Doggy. It is fun playing the as the Panzerhund.

Beat Saber (PSVR)

Here I am, firmly back on the Beat Saber train. I haven’t been able to play as much as I wanted, but I did get to play a lot more than I have been this week.

And this week I finally got to do something I have been working on for ages with the Vive version – I finished every level of the campaign!

I have come close a couple of times, but without a cloud save for the PC I have had to start again a couple of times. Ah well, just means playing more Beat Saber!

Now to platinum Beat Saber I have mainly the Expert level trophies and some time ones to get. My goal is to have the Beat Saber platinum before PAX – wish me luck!

Expert Turn Me On with a window of required hand movement. But I cleared it eventually 🙂

Blood and Truth (PSVR)

I bought Blood and Truth when it came out, but I just hadn’t had any time to give it a try. That was unfortunate, as I had a ball trying it out Saturday afternoon.

Some tracking issues took me a while to sort out, and the start of the game has you doing next to nothing for an extended period. But once you get past that, I had a great time shooting my way through a casino, laying explosives and tagging bad guys.

I even got the ‘Bogey Man’ trophy very quickly, racking up six consecutive headshot kills.

Now I have finally started playing I will give it a better run through next weekend. But if you have a PSVR and haven’t tried it out, my take right now is it looks very promising.

And... my capture messed up and I didn't catch a screenshot. Oops. Next week.

Final Fantasy X (Switch)

Flying around a fair bit this week, I got in some quality Final Fantasy X time on the plane.

Story-wise I am still in the lightning plains partially as I am grinding a bit for sphere levels, also because I am trying to remember what the glowing cactaur stones do.

One feat for this run was winning my first league in Blitz Ball. Now I can spend some more time finishing the story, which I will need to start getting a move on with.

Sometimes you get bored and let a massively overpowered summons do your work for you

Tetris 99 (Switch)

Also on the plane, I thought I would play against the CPU a bit in Tetris 99. It is a paid add on that I bought for such occasions, so why not?

I jumped into the CPU mode, and just as I started getting into a rhythm, I won the match. I was a little confused but happy. Then I saw how many foes I KO’d.

Now I have said I consider myself an above average Tetris player with plenty of room to improve. But this taught me never to look at someone’s win screen now. I knocked out 21 level 1 CPU opponents.

I cranked the level back up to 5 and started fighting for top 10 again – more what I am used to. It was a lot of fun, but if someone tells you how good they are at Tetris and won’t play in front of you, this could be the reason!

Yeah I won't be trusting a lot of these screens again

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

Last Week’s Gaming – July 15th, 2019

Pinballing through Deep Space, all with D6.

So another week of not quite the number of board games I was hoping to get to, but a lot of setup for some better gaming next week. Regular games nights are starting again, and a few other little projects are almost ready to get started on which I am looking forward to!

But that’s enough of that, here is what I did get to play this week 🙂

Deep Space D-6

I got in a couple of rounds of Deep Space D-6 this week, but my favourite game was playing and teaching Alpal how to play.

Watching Alpal play and having everything click was really satisfying for me. It proved to me that once you know how to read the rules and use the summaries how simple Deep Space D-6 really is.

One thing I did notice however was that Alpal had a slightly different deck, from a printing in 2016. This will need to be explored a little more, but expect a full review soon.

It may be a solo game, but teaching Alpal how to play her copy meant we got to play Multiplayer Solataire for real!

So this is a little bit of a cheat, but Alpal introduced me to the 5 Paper Pinball Roll and Write games.

I was already intrigued, buty actually playing the Paper Pinball games was surprisingly fun and frantic. Even though we were playing the ‘same game’, just like a game of pinball our scores and strategies were wildly different.

Esentially, roll dice and mark off the corrosponding value. Can’t fill out something on the table? Lose a ball, and lose 3 balls it’s game over. It even has multiball!

More on this series will be coming soon after I have had a closer look at the series.

Now I know about the series, I want to look into scoring a little more, but this is a lot of fun

Hungry Shark World (Switch)

So I noticed there is an eShop sale on the Switch, so I had a bit of a look around to see what was around.

I nabbed a couple of games, but the only one I tried this week was Hungry Shark World. I had seen Outside Xbox playing it a while ago and I was curious. Here I could get it mobile and for $7.50 – how could I go wrong?

Well, pretty easily apparently. It crashes every second life without fail, and sometimes on the first round. After having a look online, this has been happening since 2018, so I woudl say by now no patch would be coming to fix this.

Don’t get Hungry Shark World on Switch. Just don’t. It looks like fun, but the frustration and progress loss makes it just not worth it, even for free!

I can see the appeal of this game, just not on the Switch. Crash city.

Final Fantasy X (Switch)

I only played for an hour, but I got through the first visit to Guadosalam. If you know what I mean, then you are nodding. If you don’t know what I mean, it’s close enough to a 45 minute unskippable cutscene section setting up a lot of story about halfway into the game.

When you get through Guadosalam, you then hit the Thunder Plains. Here, if you can dodge 200 consecutive lightning strikes, you get a component for Lulu’s ultimate weapon.

But this is insanely hard compared to what I remember. I got a best of 3, then a fight, then I relaxed at the end of the fight and got zapped as the game transitioned back. This is going to be a challenge.

Yes, I know the graphics have had a bump. But almost 20 years later, this still looks amazing!

Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee (Switch)

So I have been walking around with the Pokeball Plus in my pocket for a few weeks now. This week, I decided I should probably check on how my Pokemon was doing in there.

Short answer – great! Lots of play, lots of steps, and I learned something. There is an experience cap on how much XP you can earn in one hit taking your pokemon for a stroll. 99,999 to be exact.

So if you are walking around with your Pokemon in your Pokeball, don’t forget to bring them back regularly!

Pokemon Lets Go MewTwo
The legendary MewTwo. Guess who I am running around with post game?

Tetris 99 (Switch)

With everything that has been going on, I haven’t even fired up a ‘quick’ Tetris 99 round for a while. And it showed – I was pretty rusty.

But there was a semi-surprise waiting for me this week – another Event with a skin up for grabs!

This time it was a Splatoon skin in honour of the last Splatfest. I thought it might be a bit of fun, so I settled in for a little bit and played a couple of games to snag the 100 points required for the theme. And rusty and all, snag it I did 🙂

But talking about Tetrising…

Another event this weekend, this time snagging myself an awesome Splatoon theme!

Building a new desktop PC!

This took a lot of time out of my board gaming this week, but it was worth it. Even if I essentially had to set it up twice thanks to TPG, but that’s another issue I don’t want to dwell on.

My old i7-5820 served me well, but now my new machine is running a bit faster and a lot quieter, making my work at home even more pleasurable 🙂 Gaming will be coming soon with any luck!

Talking about putting things together properly, there is one more Tetris project this week…

The new desktop is alive!

All games are finally unpacked!

All of my games are finally out of boxes. Some are in storage, true, but now all games are unpacked from the move.

It became obvious that even with putting some games in storage, I was going to be very tight on room. But there wasn’t any room for more storage. Rabbit came up with a brilliant plan though – put wheels on Kallax!

But just having the games out is only half the battle. Now I need to reorganise all these boxes.

A couple more months at this stage, but the shelfie video will be incoming!

Putting together this many games surely counts as Tetris right?

How was your week for gaming? Was there anything you really enjoyed playing, or did you set yourself up for upcoming gaming?

Let me know!  Shout out on Facebook or @JohnHQLD me on Twitter!

Until tomorrow,

JohnHQLD

Last Week’s Gaming – July 1st, 2019

End of Financial Year Specials are sleep, rest and relaxation. Please?

That’s it. My biggest work time is done for another year, which means I can get back into some proper gaming!

While I haven’t gotten much actual gameplay in last week, preparations are coming along nicely to ensure some great sessions are coming along in the future 😀

Final Fantasy X (Well, Blitz Ball really)

As I said last week, Blitz is far from a complicated game – but it is a fun one. This week I had time to sneak in a couple of games, and my the Aurochs are shaping up very nicely!

Maybe I should keep playing the main game a bit more and start scouting some better players though. That is a feature of the game after all!

Also wondering if I should try this on the PS4/Vita. I have Final Fantasy X on both, and a platinum run doesn’t sound terrible, just time consuming… Food for thought at least!

I didn't have much down time this week, but a couple of games of Blitz sure helped!

Beat Saber

The love I have for Beat Saber is ridiculous. If I didn’t already have a Vive and PSVR, I would seriously think about Oculus Quest just to play Beat Saber anywhere.

Honestly, that still isn’t completely off the books either…

But one thing is for certain – I haven’t played for months, and it showed. The new setup is taking a bit of getting used to sure, but the old body just isn’t quite in time with what I need it to do.

I am not 100% sure, but the tracking seems to go off in the menu screens now? I will play it a few more times this week and report if it was just the setup or something seems a bit off.

I am incredibly rusty. Back to some lower levels to get back into the rhythm!

Some Gaming Prep

So I haven’t had a heap of time to play games this week, but Sunday night I did get out some games to prep for playing this week.

Welcome to Dino World is getting the laminate treatment. For Roll and Write games, while I can make more sheets having reusables makes me feel better for some reason.

Four Against Darkness was the other Print n Play to be Laminated (not photographed), but I haven’t played that since last year.  Maybe I can teach Rabbit this week. Ooh and maybe some Roll Player, it’s been way too long as well!

Speaking of Rabbit and things being prepared…

Do you have to do this sort of thing? Nope. But I do find it very relaxing 🙂

Gearing up for regular games again

Settling in with Rabbit has been amazing the last few weeks, and while there are still things we want to finish off / finish sorting out, the house is pretty close to how we want it.

One area that is coming together nicely is the back balcony, set up for catching up and gaming! My photo doesn’t do the area justice, but especially as the weather starts warming up expect to see more photos from here!

I took a bad photo. You can't see the vines and lights in this shot 🙁

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

Last Week’s Gaming – June 24th, 2019

I saw the Quacks about Blitz Ball

This time of year takes its toll on me in a number of ways, and as usual, gaming is the first casualty.

I was lucky this weekend in that I got to basically flomp on the couch and just stop. I haven’t been able to do that during an end of financial year for a long, long time. I didn’t get much tabletop in, but I played the hell out of Final Fantasy X on the Switch!

I got to play this finally with Rabbit during the week, and it was a lot of fun as usual. The high luck factor meant rules and thinking were low, but it was still an enjoyable time overall.

That said, I think I am about ready to sit and start on the more advanced potion sets. This is where Quacks really shines – many games say they can be moulded into the game you want to play, but not many can pull it off properly.

I think Quacks can, but only time will tell. I need to wait a couple of weeks, but I will find out soon!

Finally got to play a couple of rounds with Rabbit. I think I am getting ready for the 'advanced' versions

Final Fantasy X

So I basically spent the weekend playing Final Fantasy X, which was great in many ways. Saturday I tried for about an hour to win the first game of Blitz Ball. I failed, and then spent most of the afternoon just playing Blitz. Tournaments were won, and I was ahead in the league. Probably about 5 hours spent in blissful zen.

Then on Sunday, I woke up very early and thought I would try the first match again. Thank you save slots. And after the pummeling I got Saturday, wouldn’t you know it first try and I win the Luca tournament!

Why spend so much time winning the cup? I ask why not 🙂

Game-wise, what does this give me? A strength sphere, a prop change and a couple of set dialogue changes. But did it feel good? You bet it did!

So then I continued off this save, completely overwriting all the Blitz progress I had made Saturday. I am now much further into the story as I have made it past that first save sphere, and I hope I can play some more during the week.

But this is one of the things I love about Final Fantasy X and Blitz Ball – Blitz is fairly optional, and even if you ‘have’ to do it for some of the benefits, you don’t have to do much in it.

Want to just relax the day away with your brain in neutral though? Go for it 😀

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

Last Week’s Gaming – June 3rd, 2019

Well it’s getting into crunch time

June is my busiest time of year.  End of financial year bites in terms of workload and general energy required just to be.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get in any tabletop gaming this week, but I did relax with a couple of digital diversions.

But not Void Bastards. Yet. Maybe Wednesday.

Final Fantasy X

Finally on the final steps of the hand holding parts of the game.  My party has arrived in Luca, and I think I am about an hour away (depending on mucking about) before my first blitzball tournament!

On a side note, I recently got my PS Vita working again and I was wondering if I should play the two games side by side and see how they fare.

Then common sense kicked in because this was late night John thinking and I have a bunch of other games I want to start getting through!

That's one way to open a door. Must get draughty here though.

Tetris 99

It’s one of life’s little mysteries how a game so chaotic and stressful can be so relaxing.

Playing a couple of rounds of Tetris 99 is a kind of barometer for how I am doing.  If I can’t make it out of the bottom 20, it’s time to pack up and rest.  Everything else can wait.

If I am making it into the top 10 regularly, everything is firing and I should be doing something productive.

While I enjoyed winning the game boy theme, I am not sure I will be keeping it though.  Retro wise I love it, the original theme seems to feel better though.

I made a mistake, and then I started getting targeted. Oops. It's not too bad though. Yet.

Zombicide

I have started playing with the Zombicide app, and early impressions are OK.  Not great, not bad, certainly solo it’s a more streamlined experience – but not a game I would yet be saying go out and try.

Originally I had the thought to show the board game next to the digital app.  I thought I could show the similarities of the games along with digital streamlining.

Instead, I think I will be able to use the app to show why I have become wary of CMON Kickstarters and their sales model. We will see where I landed in a couple of weeks.

The intention was to do a side by side review with the board game, but instead this app seems to show CMON in a nutshell

Geeky cabinet fun

I can hear you asking “You played a game with a cabinet? Is this a VR thing?”

Nope. But people that have come over to my place have seen the amount of knick-knacks I have accumulated over time. One of the things Rabbit was looking forward to when I moved in was combining our stuff into the cabinet(s?) of geek, and the first one has come along brilliantly.

We got the lighting 99% finished over the weekend, just setting up a proper power source remains.

No gameplay reviews, no real reason other than I think it looks really cool light up.  In the shadow, you can barely see the Lyin’ Werewolf plushy, but there are other additions still to come.

Over the next few weeks, there will be other bits of finished areas to continue to proudly show off 😀

Sort of real life tetris? All I know is, the fun stuff cabinet looks great, and we need another one soon 🙂

What about your geeky goodness? Anything you would like to show off? Let us all see what makes you smile!  Shout out on Facebook or @JohnHQLD me on Twitter!

Until tomorrow,

JohnHQLD

Last Week’s Gaming – 20th May, 2019

I finally got some games back in!

Oh, I have been missing games SO much these last few weeks. A visit with Alpal helped to break this drought though! I may have only played ‘little’ or ‘casual’ games, but it just helps to show why these sorts of games are the most played all over the world.

I couldn’t have sat down to Twilight Imperium if you paid me, even Catan would have been a struggle. But Alpal had a couple of quick to setup and teach games that fit the bill perfectly.

Doodle Quest

Games with Alpal was a welcome return this week, and we opened with a game that my tired brain coped with very well.

The premise is simple – everyone has a clear piece of plastic and a dry-erase pen.  In the middle is a challenge, such as draw a circle around all of the divers.

The game and skill comes from having to draw the circles on your sheet, then placing your sheet on the challenge panel to see how well you did.

Is Doodle Quest a game that will have you hooked for hours at a time? Nope.  But it is a fun and quick filler game that I think may be an underrated gem.

Doodle Quest Gameplay - Circle the Divers
Drawing lines or circles might not sound like much of a game, but it's harder than you think!

MetroX

Roll and Write games are great little diversions that in general tickle a part of my brain that I really enjoy.

Gameplay is normally fairly basic, but the challenge of ‘You could have done better’ is always present in these games.

MetroX has you working to complete routes on the Japanese metro system (either Tokyo or Osaka – both pads are in the box).  No dice rolls, the score values are on cards that you flip similar to Welcome To…

Alpal and I played with slightly the wrong rules, but we had enough fun together that I am thinking of hunting down my own copy of the game.

MetroX Components - a score sheet, and a deck of cards
Similar to Welcome To..., the flip and write format continues to offer great gameplay

Final Fantasy X

A little round of Final Fantasy X during the week was fun.  I only played for about an hour, but I am slowly working my way through the ‘RPG Intro’. Those first few hours of almost every large RPG where you are slowly introduced to the world, rules and mechanics of the game – handy the first time, but makes replays a labour of love!

I am however one port closer to the first Blitzball game.  That will be fun!  I seem to be remembering things in the wrong order though. I haven’t found the blitzball on the ship that teaches you Jecht Shot after a mini game.  I am sure it’s around here somewhere.

Chocobo Powered Ship from Final Fantasy X
The HD remaster on the Switch looks amazing

Tetris 99

This weekend past was another Tetris 99 event after the first paid DLC drop.

Paid DLC?  Yep.  If you want to practice against CPU opponents or play a more traditional endless mode of Tetris, you will need to buy the Big Block DLC – $15 to play offline basically.  Luckily, I won $10 in the last event, so I nabbed it anyway but haven’t really played either mode yet.

Marathon mode I played quickly to make 150 lines, but there is an endless mode.  Hopefully, I can play more this week.  The Bot mode where you can play against 98 computer opponents will be handy if you want to play Tetris 99 offline, and would arguably be more useful.

My first Tetris Experience - Tetris on the original Game Boy!

I did play a half dozen games to get the 100 points in the last event for the Game Boy skin.  Apparently, you will be able to buy the skin if you didn’t participate, but it’s not really necessary.  Nintendo seems to have worked out this whole Freemium thing though – these prices are pretty high for what you get!

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

Last Week’s Gaming – 29th April, 2019

Donut County Trashpedia

So the Switch is great when you are mid-move…

With all of my games boxed up and ready to move, plus just being really busy, my gaming options have been a little slim lately.

But I did get a few games in this week thanks to the portable power of the Switch!

Donut County

I did the formal review last week, but you can’t really explain Donut County in a way to convince people to try it.

If you do, a fun light puzzler awaits.  If you don’t, there isn’t enough hype to remind you it exists anyway.

Donut County is fun, light, and is a great game for the Switch.  I recommend checking it out if you get the chance!

Donut County Story
Between each level, you find out a bit more of what's been happening

Tetris 99

There is always something soothing about a game of Tetris.  This week my games have been a lot harsher than normal though.  I had a few weeks at my normal Top 30 to Top 10, but this week I have had many games in a row where I was in the first 10 to be knocked out this week!

I did end the week with a very satisfying win though, so that made up for the frustration really well 😀

20190415 Tetris 99 Hard Start
Well this was a fun way to start. A few pieces in, and the pressure starts to mount

Final Fantasy X

Final Fantasy is a series I love.  One general truth I have observed over the years is that the ‘best’ Final Fantasy game tends to be the first one that people played.

Final Fantasy X doesn’t even crack my top 5 favourite Final Fantasy games, and I don’t remember even finishing X-2.  But X does have my second favourite mini-game in the series – BLITZBALL!

I don’t know if I will finish Final Fantasy X properly on the Switch, or just have a portable Blitzball league. I have a few hours to go before I get to that stage, so I will see how I feel then.

It looks amazing, and plays just like I remember – warts and all 🙂

Final Fantasy X Switch
One of the most commonly viewed scenes of the intro, but it looks so good on the Switch!

What about you?  I hope you got some great games in.  Let me know what I missed playing this week!  Shout out on Facebook or @JohnHQLD me on Twitter!

Until tomorrow,

JohnHQLD