Last Week’s Gaming – September 16th, 2019

Gaming so light, it’s like I was in the Lockup!

Well it’s been a week! Unfortunately, it wasn’t for all the things I like that take up all of the time 🙁

Less than 25 days to PAX means a lot of extra time spent working, which cuts into my gaming time. Adulting is hard!

That said I still got a couple of games in, let me tell you about them below 🙂

Game night was mainly catching up, which is always great because that is a big part of holding the night 🙂

We got in a game of Lockup: A Roll Player Tale at maximum players, and it was a lot of fun. Teaching four different people that take in rules differently was a bit of a challenge. It’s not that Lockup is hard to teach, but there are a lot of moving parts to explain to everyone. When everyone takes in information differently, it is a challenge.

But by the third round everyone had a handle on the game, and it went down well. Expect a formal review in the next couple of weeks now I have played with more people.

Lockup: A Roll Player Tale is a hard one to describe, but a lot of fun when you are into it

Tetris 99 – Switch

Of course I logged in for a couple of roudns of Tetris 99 this week. There was one night I was absolutely wrecked, and Tetris 99 is a great way to clear my mind.

The new additions have been great, and the addition of the daily challenges gives me something to aim for. But.

I have found during the last weeks I have been logging in less and less. It’s no fault of Tetris, it’s still great and the new 2.0 additions have been challenging. It’s just I have so many other games I want to try that it seems to be knocked back a lot.

Still all in all, Tetris 99 is still a fun diversion for me 🙂

The Daily Missions are a nice addition, but I find myself logging in less

PS4 Troubleshooting and reinstallation

Now I know what you are thinking – that’s not a game! But bear with me for a minute.

Sunday afternoon, I was too sore and too tired to jump back into Astral Chain. I was a bit too tired for Fire Emblem: Three Houses. I had a chance to sit on the couch and play a game with Rabbit next to me, and I thought ‘Now I can play Pheonix Wright!’

Well, no I couldn’t. What started wtih the controllers being unable to correct ended up with a complete reinstallation of the PS4, so no gaming Sunday afternoon after all.

Well, it wasn't the Pheonix Wright I was going to play. But getting the PS4 back up was a game in itself!

The thing is, because of the way the PlayStation site is setup, it took me 3 goes to find the correct files – and another two to get the reinstalltion file in the right folder!

So I have chalked up the experience of reinstalling the PS4 software after what I am guessing was a bad update as a game. A game with a bad manual :p

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 – September 9th, 2019

Well, a week without board games. Need to fix that!

Between work, the site backend redesign and feeling ill, I didn’t get as much gaming in as I would have hoped.

But as usual, that doesn’t mean no gaming goodness was had!

Phoenix Point – PC

From the designer of the original XCom, Julian Gollop, comes a game I backed a while ago. And I finally had time to play it!

All of the familiar squad based turn tactics are there, as well as some new twists. Improvments over the Firaxis XCom franshise are here as well. For example, when you put a soldier in Overwatch, you get to set the Overwatch arcs. The ability for deeper planning is great, but it is still a fairly streamlined experience so far.

I am only a couple of missions in, but when I get a solid afternoon to go for it expect to hear more.

From the designer of the original XCom, Phoenix Point has some unique twists so far

Tetris 99 – Switch

Well, Nintendo dropped a huge update – and I decided to give it a spin.

Daily missions and new play modes are always appreciated, and the new Invictus mode was certainly a challenge! Invictus mode is free, but only players that have achieved a win in previous games can enter it, so it’s definitely a top tier event.

There are a bunch of new modes now including head to head play, and I can’t wait to try them all out. I am sure there will be an unofficial Tetris 99 area somewhere at PAX Aus this year, even if I have to try and start one 😀

Word of warning if you haven’t already played the new version – the update took a good 20 minutes to download – it’s a big one!

Version 2.0 of Tetris 99 comes with a lot of new features. Can't wait to try them all!

Astral Chain – Switch

Well, I heard a lot of hype, but this weekend I finally got to sit and try Astral Chain for myself.

The game just oozes Platinum Games DNA. The combat is satisfying, the animations are amazing, and almost everything clicks.

The story is fairly standard anime trope so far, but that hasn’t stopped me from enjoying it. It might be a week before I can sit down with it for another few hours and try and finish another file, but so far so good.

I might need to remap the controls though. That so far is my biggest issue. And the auto-assistance I found just before I finished I am going to try and turn off to see if that helps.

This cute looking little pain was confusing at first, but once you solve the puzzle are easy to take down.

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 – 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

Tetris 99 has a Fire Emblem Event starting tomorrow

Life is but a theme, doo wop doo wop…

Tetris 99 is one of the few games not on my phone I can pick up, play a round or two, and walk away feeling like I have played ‘a game’. This weekend, the sixth Maximus Cup is on, and this time it crosses over with Fire Emblem: Three Houses!

Winning the theme is simple – play and earn 100 points during the event. How do you earn points? Just play.

If you win a round, you will get 100 points instantly. One game, and a new shiny is yours!

From memory you get points for coming in the top 80, with more points the higher you place. This does make winning the prize more skill based, but one thing I love about Tetris is if you keep playing for the weekend, you are all but guaranteed to earn the points you need!

Oh yeah, another event just before I take off for a week!

The Splatoon theme is my favourite to date, and I am loving the fact I want to start playing Three Houses Sunday as I head over the ocean to New Zealand for work.

Obviously, this plan was supposed to be!

Are you going to join in? If you have Switch Online, Tetris 99 and entry is free!

Until next time,

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 – 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 – 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 😀

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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

Last Week’s Gaming – April 1st, 2019

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A Tale of 99 Mazes Dies Twice

So it was a quiet week back into it, but I am finally back into playing some games!

Mythos Tales

Case 6 has been played, putting Harls and I one step closer to finishing the campaign for good 🙂

We didn’t score well.  I forgot to record the score, but it was only 5 or 6.  I was playing tired and not in a great decision making place. Harls had been up for quite some time himself.  I thought all this contributed to not making some leaps of logic and underperforming.  After looking at some FAQ’s and their answers not adding up, I am pretty sure we hit our first ‘broken’ case.

I need to go through each section to make sure, but hopefully the last two cases work better than this.

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It almost always looks like the same shot. It's a book, a map, and some cards - it's hard to get action shots 🙂

Magic Maze Kids

I got to catch up with Alpal after a few weeks, and she pulled out Magic Maze Kids for us to chat over.

Magic Maze is a game that I enjoy but does have a reasonably harsh set of rules for social gamers. No talking, limited moves to each player, that kind of thing.  I have seen many adults fudge these rules to win the game.

Magic Maze Kids is the same basic gameplay but in a smaller play area.  Two adults playing meant that we kind of blitzed the timer, but it was still a lot of fun to play.

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The Kids version has simpler paths, but adds 'blockers' to puzzle around

Something I thought that was clever especially for younger players was the tutorial boards.  They all looked fairly linear, but when you are trying to explain the concepts I thought they were a great idea.

And for the ‘challenge’ part, you have animal blockers that must be worked around.  If you have younger players in your group, definitely give Magic Maze Kids a good look!

Tetris 99

When I got sick, I couldn’t handle Resident Evil 2 or any of my backlog.  This meant a lot of picking up and putting down the Switch, which didn’t make me feel any better.

So what about playing a game that is already pick up and put down?  The Battle Royale format worked well here, so I played a heap of Tetris 99 over the last couple of weeks.

And after 205 games, I finally came first!  And then promptly left the pics at home so I can’t add it here 🙁 So expect to see a random Twitter/Facebook posting in the near future!

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It's old school Tetris multiplayer on a massive scale. Can't complain about my first attempt! 😀

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

I have never been a ‘Soulsborne’ player.  This describes a player of the incredibly punishing games series Demon Souls, Dark Souls and Bloodborne.

If you haven’t heard of or played these games, developers From Software basically hit you over the head from the get-go, until you master the game or give up.

They are all pretty, and I appreciate the concepts but were never games I wanted to go back and punish myself with.

20190401 Sekiro
It's a shot many saw in the promotional lead up, but the game looks this good

Then last year, I heard that the beautiful looking but probably not for me game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice started life as a Tenchu game.  The Tenchu series, while clunky and badly dated now, were favourites of mine back in the PlayStation One days.

So I spent a few hours thinking I was making progress, meeting a new bad guy that taught me otherwise, and starting again.  I don’t know how far I am going to make it through From Software’s latest offering, but it will be interesting to see.

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