Last Week’s Gaming – February 24th, 2019

Homebrewers

So guess how many games you can play with a night on the couch?

So Friday night I came home and basically crashed on the couch. It had been a week. The upside of this though is I basically slept for a bit after work, then played quite a few games on Xbox! Yay different gaming experiences!

What did I play? Well, that is kind of the point of Last Week’s Gaming :p

Alpal showed me Homebrewers this week. Initally I had it mixed up with Brew Crafters, but the only similarity is making beer.

It’s an interesting engine builder/dice action management game with variable player powers. Each game has different objectives, and you improve the quality of your beers by brewing them.

The best part of Homebrewers was when I lost the second game. It wasn’t the loss that was great, but that it had me thinking about what I could have done better with what I had. A game that makes you think like that is great, and I am hoping for more games of Homebrewers in the future.

Homebrewers
Homebrewers is a game that even when I lost, scratched that part of my brain as to why

One Deck Dungeon – Physical and Steam

The way this game has grabbed me is just insane. I had to force myself not to keep playing this week!

I am having fun with the progression, but I am rying the ‘Gauntlet’ mode on the Steam version at the moment. Gauntlet is like a mini-campaign that has you running all five dungeons in a row, but without any of the progression bonuses.

I am not doing too well at the moment – I think I will go back to playing two characters for this mode and starting again πŸ™‚

Don’t know One Deck Dungeon? Luckily I reviewed it last week, so check out my review here!

One Deck Dungeon
I am determined to do a Gauntlet run - basically a run on all five bosses from base stats

Ticket To Ride – Xbox

Ticket to Ride. I have the ‘special’ version – the 10th Anniversary USA and the Marklin editions physically. But when it’s close to 1am trying to get players to come over for a game is a bit rude :p

Luckily, Ticket to Ride is on Xbox Game Pass, so I didn’t even need to boot up my PC! The AI can be tweaked for different play styles, and I got owned on the first game basically because I forgot how to play :p

Ticket to Ride is a great game, and I still enjoy playing it now and then. I probably won’t play it again for a while. But it was a fun hour while I messed around πŸ™‚

Ticket to Ride
Picking routes is fiddly on Xbox, but I still got three games played with different AI in about 45 minutes

Elder Sign: Omens – Android

I was looking to kill about 20 minutes this week, and I hadn’t played Elder Sign for a while. Once again, the digital version on my phone came to solo playing rescue!

Elder Sign is kind of Cthulhy Yahtzee. You have to complete different missions, which is accomplished with different combinations of dice rolls. You can also take advantage of different skills based on the investigators you choose.

The digital version is a faithful recreation of the physical version, and is a great way to play solo as the app takes care of the more time consuming tasks like shuffling and setup.

If you don’t know Elder Sign (physical or digital), I have it on my list of games to review. Expect to see that in the near future πŸ™‚

Elder Sign Omens
I am still on the base game on my phone, but if I want to play a round or two playing Elder Sign Omens is great

Ring Fit Adventure – Switch

So this week I took the plunge and bought Ring Fit Adventure. I have been particularly sedentary of late, and I need to start moving again.

I started watching some reviews not that Ring Fit Adventure has been out for a while, and I was heartened to see the amount of people sticking with it after a few months. So, I took the plunge!

Compared to the workouts I used to do, Ring Fit Adventure is a light one, especially as I started on Casual. But I have run over a kilometer in both sessions – more than I have run in a single session in more than two decades!

At the moment, I did two days on, two off, and I will be doing another session after writing this. I am enjoying it, and I intend to play at least 5 times a week, so expect to see more on this one going forward.

Ring Fit Adventure
I told you I was unfit :p

Halo – Xbox

Slow and steady is my take on Halo. I only played a couple of sessions, but both times I got through a main mission, so I think I am only a couple of hours from finishing it.

There is one thing that is really starting to bug me with the Master Chief Collection version though. The music is awesome, but there is no way to lower the music volume in the game!

Why is this important? Because the music can be louder than all of the other sounds, and when I am trying to hear Cortana’s directions she is being drowned out by the music! It is REALLY annoying that I had to turn the subtitles on just to know what I was supposed to do.

Either way, this time next week, I should have this on my ‘finished’ list πŸ™‚

Halo
Slowly making my way through the campaign. Getting ready to blow up Halo

Halo: Spartan Assault – Xbox

More Halo when I had enough of Halo πŸ™‚ Not a new release, Halo Spartan Assault is what is commonly called a twin stick shooter. One stick controls where you move, and the other the direction you face/aim.

Spartan Assault isn’t the deepest gameplay I have ever experienced, but it is good for short burts of gameplay. The first time I played this was on my Surface Pro 3 because I didn’t believe you could play it on that machine!

The story takes place between Halo 3 and Halo 4, so technically I am playing this out of order. The story follows Spartans Davis and Palmer, which you alternate between on different missions solo but can play either in coop mode.

I don’t know if I will play this through in any particular fashion, but I am willing to keep it on my Xbox for quick arcade type gaming.

Halo Spartan Assault
While not a AAA title, Spartan Assault is fun for an arcade romp

Portal: Still Alive – Xbox

Looking through Game Pass, I was looking through the collection when I saw the Xbox version of Portal. Hardly a cutting edge game today, I thought a quick play to see how much I remembered was worth it.

And wasn’t it. Lying on the couch at a ridiculously late hour, I made it through 3/4 of the game before accidently standing in front of an electric ball.

If you have never played Portal, don’t be put off by the age of the title. It’s a fun and challenging physics puzzle game that is standing up well today. Portal 2 is more fun and has a deeper story, but I didn’t see that on Game Pass :p

Portal Still Alive
Do I need to really play Portal again? No. But it is still a lot of fun!

Tembo the Badass Elephant – Xbox

I was surprised when I saw this on my installed apps list. I didn’t see it on Game Pass, but maybe it was a Games with Gold freebie?

The premise is suitably silly πŸ™‚ You play Tembo, a special forces elephant called in to rescue Shell City from the forces of Phantom. Yes, you read that right.

Tembo is basically a silly platformer that has you collecting peanuts for extra lives, defeating the forces of Phantom, and rescuing civilians as a side quest.

It’s not good enough to have me dropping everything to continue playing it, but I can see myself picking up Tembo now and then during the year for a bit of fun πŸ™‚

Tembo the Badass Elephant
Ridiculous name, ridiculous game. It doesn't stop Tembo being a fun platformer though.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night – Xbox

I recently bought the Castlevania collection on the Switch, but I haven’t given it a go yet. In browsing Game Pass, I saw this Kickstarter game come up, so I thought I would give it a go.

Only clearing the first area, I am a far way from being able to say I am making progress. From all accounts, I have much left to go as well as multiple paths to explore.

I can say I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I might go back to playing Bloodstained regularly as a side Xbox game after finishing Halo. I am worried about genre fatigue playing them all back to back, and Bloodstained is definitely not an FPS!

Bloodstained Ritual of the Night
I have heard lots of good things about Bloodstained. It has potential for sucking me in more.

Untitled Goose Game – Xbox

Untitled Goose Game. Do I need to say more?

While waiting for some other Game Pass games to load, I thought I would grab this is it’s a small download and just have fun until something else finished loading.

If you haven’t played Untitled Goose Game, do it. It’s a great puzzler, very relaxing and just silly fun all rolled into one title. There are some timing challenges, but overall it’s very forgiving with it’s controls. Seriously, it’s free on Game Pass – check it out.

Untitled Goose Game
Untitled Goose Game is silly fun. And it's free on Game Pass. So why not?

198X – Switch

So going to bed early, I took my Switch with me to still chill out and then pass out when I felt tired. I decided to pick up 198X again, as I hadn’t played it for a while.

And I finished it. No, I didn’t pull an all night gaming session, I just didn’t realise how short the game was! Now that I have finished it and know all the game mechanics, I think I can finish it from start to end in about an hour.

While a beautiful pixel art game with amazing retro game love, it is episode one in an episodic arc. The asking price I think is a little high, but if you grab it on sale it’s a great experience. Becuase of the length I also can’t bring myself to put it on my ‘finished’ list πŸ™

I will talk about it more in this weeks review.

198X
The final boss had me thinking of Shodan from System Shock

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Until tomorrow,

JohnHQLD