Jevnation's 2020 Challenge Post

New year, new challenge and Jev comes along to take it on!

Like last time, I don’t have a specific tier or goal to follow except play whatever product comes to mind but I’ll be sure to be more methodical about the category selection for the upcoming games. Happy gaming!

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First batch of cleared games in 2020 is out!

  • G1: The Genre - Strategy
    Totally Accurate Battle Simulator - First game cleared from the evergrowing Epic Games catalog of free giveaways. There are a wide variety of factions with each unique units for the player to deploy and position before the start of the battle. The numbers of scenarios are plenty and varied, which warrants a new way of tactical thinking in terms of unit selection and positioning. My interest fell short after a few dozen, quick scenarios but it was a fun look on how the AI-controlled ragdoll units react and define the amusing outcome of the battles. :knightaxe:

  • G4: Mother Earth - Island
    Bad North: Jotunn Edition - Next off from Epic Games, I try out the indie strategy game called Bad North. I find it simple to pick up and progress on your campaign, on your quest to defend every island you pass from plundering vikings. The minimalistic core gameplay brings out a focused take on the tactical battles, with gold currency to spend on upgrading your units and items. It’s fun and simple, especially for players who’d do without micro-managing and lengthy battles. After a while, although you’ll handle new enemies, items and various islands, the freshness can get bogged down by repetitious process of the island-hopping. I might have given it an excellent grade, if it wasn’t for the game-breaking bug that somehow prevents me from finishing the campaign (my saved games get stuck in loading screen). So, I’ll leave it as a dropped, good indie game and may or may not return to it, should it get patched again someday. :ponycrusader:

  • G3: Kill not the goose that lays the golden egg - Remaster
    Full Throttle Remastered - Review here (****)

  • G6: Life - Game night (card game)
    Shadowhand - Review here (***)

  • G5: The seven basic plots - …and there’s no plot
    Faerie Solitaire Harvest - Review here (***)

  • G1: Developer/Publisher - Developer go out of business
    Orcs Must Die! Unleashed - More like, “Server go out of service”. I have no comments about the gameplay because the servers on this online multiplayer game has been shutdown. At least I haven’t paid before trying it and I have the other OMD! titles go through. :csgox:

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  • G1: My Game Is Good For My Health - It exercises your brain
    Gnog - Of what I’ve heard, Gnog was designed as a VR game but got overhauled to suit the standard gamers, as well. It’s an intuitive 3D puzzle game where solve different stages that tells a tale by its cute, imaginary visuals. Therefore, it might seem hard to figure but curiosity and exploration gets fun as I figure out the mechanics behind every puzzle stage. Pretty short with a couple of hours playtime but suits well for players in a wide range of age and low to moderate skills. :tdealwithit:

  • G1: My Game Is Good For My Health - It improves your focus
    Unheard - Review here (****) :2019headphones:

  • G7: The Title - Only Capital Letters
    Q.U.B.E 2 - Review here (****)

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  • G5: The Seven Basic Plots - Comedy
    Sam & Max Season One: Save The World - Finally picked up the DVD that’s been collecting dust in my storage room, just to finish off the rest of the episodes of S&M Season One. For those less cultured people that aren’t familiar with the Sam & Max franchise can expect a typical point & click adventure game by TellTale Games standards. The plot is comical akin to the cartoon materials, all the characters are quirky in their own ways and the dialogues are both witty and humorous in an intellectual sense. The puzzle difficulty is mostly intermediate but leaves enough clues to not make them too challenging for an average puzzle player like me. Only the last episode left me clueless for a long while until I consulted an online hint webpage but the plots and humour payoff is pretty satisfying. I have the other two seasons in my backlog but they’ll stay around for a while longer after I get my interest back into finishing the whole series off. :csgogun:

  • G4: Mother Earth - Oceans, Rivers And Lakes
    Return of the Obra Dinn - This detective game has been in my recommendation for a while and I can understand why it’s so brilliant. As an insurance agent, the player has to enter the eponymous, ship that reappeared and assess the fate of each crew member. Using a special tool that views the past events in a suspended animation and related sounds, it’s up to the player to piece together the details and complete the ship’s book as much as possible. The longer I played this game, I uncover more details of the events I’ve visited through observation and deductive skills. I commend the game for its minimalistic style and reveals pieces of the picture largely in a “show, don’t tell” manner. Of course, some details are so subtle or stubbornly impossible to uncover that I had to do many guessworks after about half-way in my gameplay time. At least the story is intriguing as it unfolds at different points of time and one will have to expect some mythical factors coming into play of the plot. I am happy with the experience overall; the gameplay mechanics are largely basic to get around with, as far as I’ve done my way. The challenge of solving the crew’s fates can be largely difficult, depending on your observation and deductive skills. But if you feel confident enough, give it a run and Obra Dinn will suck you in like the time-watch itself. :zscroll:

  • G5: The Mechanic - Turn-based
    Carcassonne - This game is one of the few tabletop games I’ve had and got to play with my family. The funny thing is that while it’s easy to learn the basic, we’ve still had a hard time to learn the rules properly so we went along with the game sessions on our own conditions. Now that I have the digital version, it was a good way to learn the rules properly and can use it to teach my family and friends. The good things about this version is that it features AI players and optional add-ons to the game to make each game round more refreshing. The online gameplay is also a welcome feature, along with personal stats and achievements to go by. The music is soothing but very limited to the point that I can use my own music library to play to, which is fine nonetheless. :tinyjigsaw:

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  • G4: Mother Earth - Space
    Void Bastards - Been on the fence with this one but Humble Bundle made the choice easy enough. Void Bastards has a decent concept of rogue-lite fps with crafting features and quirky enemies to get your experience a bit varied. It gets more fun as I make stronger weapons but its limited gameplay variety leaves a lot to be desired during those 10 hours. :dustpan:

  • G1: The Genre - Shooter
    Tyrian 2000 - Got this title for free on GOG many years ago. Little did I know that this shoot 'em up game is so old that it runs on DOS software, triggering some nostalgia within me. While the main gameplay is pretty standard genre-wise, Tyrian 2000 has already invested well into its contents by featuring the lore added to the story, ship upgrades that you can spend your currency on and different game modes to play on. Although its remastered version from 1999 makes controls compatible and added features, it hasn’t aged pretty well in terms of flow and immersion. But for those players who choose to stick around longer, Tyrian 2000 is worth its free value for shooter nostalgists. :srgthrusters:

  • G3: Newspaper Headlines - Politics & Economics
    Super Bernie World - Review here (***) :coindlc:

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  • G5: The Seven Basic Plots - CATS =ටᆼට=
    Cat Quest - One of the Humble Bundle games satisfying my curiosity, being an action-RPG set in the world of… cats! Your adventure starts off after your sister gets catnapped (pun intended) by a powerful warlock, leaving to you level up by finding quests and clearing dungeons. The stories can get funnily unpredictable on the sidelines and not all is what it seems in the main storyline, which makes the progression fresh. The RPG system is quite basic with varied equipments and some practical spells; this juxtaposition makes the game easy to get into but the replay level isn’t enough for me to replay in Mew Game mode (new game+ mode with selected challenges). Overall, it’s an addictive game that could cater to casual to average action RPG players. The cat world adventure exists…! :cqdamage: :cqhealth:

  • G7: The title contains - 5+ words
    There is no game : Jam Edition 2015 - Another self-aware product? Actually, it’s a self-aware non-game, as it claims to be. There Is No Game is a brief and entertaining output that encourages thinking outside the box to solve obstacles. Effective way of promoting the upcoming (non-)game that might see its release sometime this year. For players that enjoy the meta premise of what games are founded on, like Pony Island but a lighter take puzzle-wise + a narrator’s voice that leads the, umm… narrative. :tinyjigsaw:

  • G5: The Seven Basic Plots - …the plot makes no sense
    Anodyne - This game is an oddity that plays out like an action adventure game akin to early Legend of Zelda games. You are to explore the world that’s representing your protagonist’s subconsciousness; making progress by solving puzzles, fighting enemies and collecting items (mostly cards). The plot in Anodyne is subtle to the point that it’s hard to tell immediately about the intrigue behind the quest you’re on, mostly touching upon the philosophies and life struggles in form of characters you meet up with. If you’re up for some classic genre adventuring while embracing some left-field, thought-provoking narrative, this game is worth it on a sale. :cleankey: