Tag: Steam Game

Slay the Spire

This month the humble bundle early unlock caught my eye almost immediately. Slay the Spire released earlier this year, but I had never picked it up for whatever reason, even though I happen to really enjoy playing card games (and this one has a bunch more to it). I already subscribe to the humblebundle monthly but decided to pay it ahead of time to unlock the two games they mentioned. I have little interest in Squad – but I’m INCREDIBLY glad I picked up Slay the Spire.

It’s a cute little card game where you also earn relics that can add / negate / destroy certain aspects of each fight. You can upgrade cards, visit merchants, and basically follow a path of monsters and bosses until you reach the top of the ‘spire’. There are three acts, three different characters, and before I knew it I had invested multiple hours into the game.

There’s quite a bit of randomness to the initial climb so even if you fail (which I do, often) you won’t feel like you’re doing the exact same fight all over again. Once you beat the first three acts you can also ascend your character, improving rewards for each defeated creature (but also increasing their difficulty). So far I’ve only ascended once, with one character. Lots more to go!

Anyone else pick this game up early?

Garden Paws

When I first started playing Garden Paws I didn’t really understand what I was doing. I saw rooms I could join, and a story mode and a creative mode. I saw a lot of locked rooms that I couldn’t get into and cute little animals that I could turn my avatar into.

I spent some time playing it last night, and this game is just too dang cute! I collected some wood, opened up a shop, sold some items I had collected. Explored the areas closest to me and managed to find some chests with goodies. I was going to go further and get into the crafting portion but alas life happened and I had to step away. I’m hoping to get further in today and maybe I can start up the farming portion!

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself.

Games that Surprise You

When was the last time a game took you by surprise? A game that wasn’t even on your radar and you had barely acknowledged as being out there – suddenly you’re playing it (or reading about it) and you stop and think ‘wow, this is really something special’. I find that we tend to research these purchases far more than we research anything else we spend money on, and that tends to leave us reluctant to splurge on something we’re not 100% sure about.

I don’t look into many of my games before buying them. I sign up for humblebundle monthly just so that I get a surprise selection of games I’ve never heard of each month, and in those bundles there’s usually one or two REALLY neat ones that catch my attention.

Yoku’s Island Express is one such game. It came from the latest humblebundle and I had never heard of it before. It released May 2018, so it has been out a while.

The reason I love it is because I’m a sucker for pinball games. That’s right folks, I LOVE pinball. Rollers of the Realm? I was all over that one. Yoku’s Island Express uses pinball mechanics and it’s just an absolutely beautiful game. One I typically wouldn’t have even given the time of day, because lets face it it’s niche and none of my friends have played it.

So what are your surprise games? Ones that you had never heard of that just caught you off guard. Let me know in comments, and as always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself.

Finding my Star Team

I’m still trying to grind my way through hard mode in Dragon Cliff, but I’ve come up against a bit of a wall. I need better gear, and better characters. Once you unlock ancient it’s a waiting game with RNG to see when you’ll get the next tier, called ‘star’. I’ve only unlocked a handful, and I need many more. Until then I’ve just been grinding.

Still, it’s the best $5 I’ve ever paid for an idle game. I think I have over 100 hours into the game now, and it was well worth the price of entry.

Steam Sale Additions..

Normally a steam sale happens and I don’t end up getting anything at all. Whether it’s because the games I really want are actually not discounted, or because there’s just nothing that piques my interest, this time was different.

I went in with a budget, stuck to it, and walked away with 7 new games (8 if you count Dragon Cliff, the idle game I wrote about previously). I’m pretty excited about everything from my list, they’re all games I know I will enjoy (to varying degrees) and all games I’ve wanted for quite some time. I decided instead of splurging on a really expensive game, I’d take a look at my list and purchase some of the less-expensive (but still highly anticipated) things I wanted.

Garden Paws in particular I’ve been eyeballing for a while because a few friends play it and spoke highly of it. Whether or not I actually manage to carve out any time to play, well, we’ll have to see.

Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

A Place for Idle Games

My latest game fancy is a game called Dragon Cliff – and it’s an idle game on steam. That means it’s mostly hands off, something that you can leave running while you do other things. This one is a ton of fun and you can be as hands on or off as you want.

You have a town, you have some adventurers, you can craft, send them out to fight things, auto fight, return home with all the loot. There are areas that are locked until you level up, you want to try to have your minions get a bit stronger (of course) and it’s just incredibly addictive. It’s silly, since you don’t actually DO a lot, but it gives you a sense of accomplishment when your gaming time may be restricted or interrupted by say, two young children.

I think there’s a definite place for games like these. They might be silly, but they let you remember that you’re a gamer when you may not have the energy to actually dive in. This is important. It might not take a lot of skill per say to play these games, but it’s something I can leave up and running, step away from instantly, and still feel as though I’ve done something gaming related.

It’s also a great price point, $5 CAD – if you enjoy idle games at all I highly suggest checking this one out and if you’ve never played one before this is a great opportunity at not much cost.

Hours Upon Hours

There are very few games out there that I have played as long as I have played Wurm Unlimited (Wurm Online would probably surpass) and I always wonder if that’s a good thing or not. It’s great that I’ve found a game that constantly captures my attention, with a community that can rarely be beat (granted the community also comes and goes in waves, Wurm is not for the faint of heart, even in the Unlimited version) the problem my nomadic gaming lifestyle is not constructive to a game like Wurm.

If you log out your animals die, and if you continue to avoid the server you could lose your entire deed. This helps free up land for newcomers, but it’s also condition on current players that can potentially cause stress. Thankfully the GMs for the specific server that I play on are understanding in these cases, and they grant players a variety of days (depending on how developed the deed is) before it disbands.

I have tried over the years to quit playing, to give up and let my deed disband (it has, once) but I always end up returning. It’s probably the best $5 I’ve ever spent, there were some sales where it dropped down to $1, and for 4,000 hours of gameplay, I certainly have no complaints.

Happy Birthday To Me

Today I dinged, level 38. It feels a lot like 37. I don’t mind leveling up at all, my 30s have been so much better than my 20s, and I’m proud of the life I have.

I did get some awesome gifts. My good friend Moumix bought me Farming Simulator 2019 which I have had on my wishlist since it came out. I’m so excited to give this a try.

I also decided to spoil myself and bought Anno 1800 on steam before they remove the sales and it goes to the Epic Launcher as an exclusive. They are accepting payment until release, which I thought was neat to see. It doesn’t make much of a difference to me which platform I play it on, but I do like trying to keep most of my games in one place.

Anno releases the 16th, and I’ve never played any of the series before, but I did spend some time watching videos on it. I can’t wait to dive in.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself.

My Time at Portia – Diving In

This game was actually gifted to me a bit ago, but time being what it is, I haven’t actually played it (though I had it installed for a while). Today I was finally able to make the time, and now I’m completely smitten with this little gem (I also heard today that it’s coming out on console, including Switch, which is awesome).

So you’ve inherited your Pa’s construction building, and you live on the outskirts of a town filled with villagers. You repair the house that has been sorely neglected (hey, this is sounding a lot like another game out there… except in 3D) meet the town folks, and get down to business.

There’s a ton to do in game. You’re restricted by stamina daily (just like that other game we’re all thinking of) and you can do fun things like.. grow crops, breed horses, fill out commissions for other villagers, adventure in some ruins, and generally muck about. There’s a ton of crafting, skills, and other bits and bobs to keep you busy.

I haven’t delved very far into it yet, having only played for a few hours, but I’m enjoying what I HAVE played so far. I hear that combat is a bit wonky so I’ve actually stayed away from it. Instead I’m focusing on exploration, crafting, and farming. Or at least I will be once I make a few more machines for my construction site. Right now I can’t turn wood into planks, and that’s a priority. We’ll see where I end up next.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Two Point Hospital – DLC

I love two point hospital – and of course that means I was absolutely useless in resisting their two DLC (one is a pre-order). It’s relaxing, and hilarious. Two things that I need a lot of.