Last Week’s Gaming – January 27th, 2020

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Well this was a video game heavy week

The last entry for January 2020! I can’t believe how quickly January has come and gone. Between work, sick and Final Fantasy XV, I haven’t gotten as many board games in as I was hoping. Still, thanks to a long weekend I will be fixing that with Alpal while you are reading this, all going as planned!

The Game – Android

I enjoy Onirim for a quick mental challenge. But I was thinking this week that I hadn’t played The Game for ages, so I decided to fix that 🙂

For those that haven’t played The Game, you have four piles of cards. Two are for ascending cards, and the others descending. You place randomly drawn cards from your hands onto the piles, and you win by playing all of your cards.

On mobile, I usually play The Game – Lift Up. Lift Up includes the base game and the On Fire expansion, with points. The points help give you another goal to aim for solo but aren’t what I call essential for playing.

Says the guy that finally beat this mode! It wasn’t my best score ever, but I have never ‘beaten’ this mode, so that made me happy 🙂

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It's strange how the score has stopped me from finishing this before. Not now!

Final Fantasy XV – PS4

Last week, I wrote about how I had finished Final Fantasy XV. Well, I finished the main story. Playing it more is something I have been wrestling with, but this week not feeling well, I decided to stick with it.

Final Fantasy games are generally easy to play, and while I wanted to relax and take my mind off things, it was great for this week. It also didn’t hurt that I was only four trophies off earning the Platinum.

And I earned it! For the first time, I have a Platinum trophy for a Final Fantasy game. And it marks my first Platinum for 2020! Why is that important? Check out my 2020 Gaming Goals tomorrow to find out more 🙂

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This was not an easy fight. The adamantoise is HUGE!

Last week, I talked about Brain Training on the Switch. You may notice it’s not here. I haven’t fired up the Switch all week. It was one of those kinds of week. Hopefully I will start it again soon!

What about you?  I hope you got some great games in.  Or are you looking forward to a new one?  Let me know!  Let me know in the comments, shout out on Facebook or @JohnHQLD me on Twitter!

Until tomorrow,

JohnHQLD

So you want to play the game

The Game Face to Face Box Art

The hardest to Google game ever goes head to head

The Game. That’s the whole title. There is technically a subtitle of ‘Are you ready to play?’ but that doesn’t help much.

That said, The Game is a fun cooperative game where up to five people try to order piles of cards in ascending or descending order. That’s it. From describing the game, it shouldn’t be as fun as it is, but there you go. An updated version came out called The Game: Extreme that added rules and conditions to just over a quarter of the deck, but it was mainly the same game.

One thing both versions have in common is the feeling of heartbreak as you get so close to completing the puzzle, only for the last or second last player to look up in horror and realise they can’t put any cards down, losing the game for the whole group. That sense of so close is both a blessing and a curse in games like this. It makes you want to do it just one more time, but like any cooperative game, it can also make the people that did get their cards out feel cheated at a victory.

Well, luckily for those people comes The Game: Face to Face. Now, two players square off against each other to be the first to get all of their cards down. It’s almost the same game overall, but there are some changes. Each player has their own cards that range between 1 and 60 now. You each have a discard pile, one ascending and one descending, and you can only play a single card on your opponent’s pile, and it must ‘help’ them. Helping is defined as a lower card on the descending pile, and a higher card on the ascending pile. These rules are a little open for interpretation, so there is I think room for some blatant ‘cop that’ style play, but a lot has to fall into place for this to work so I don’t think that will hurt too often.

Either way The Game: Face to Face looks like a novel twist that opens itself to a wider group of people, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy to give it a play.

The Game Face to Face Box Art
The Game will test your memory and logic
The Game Face to Face Components
Such simple components should not cause this much tension

Until next time,

JohnHQLD