The name's Mandrake. I've been part of Elekk's community since November 2017. I live in the UK and mostly toot about #gameing (specifically #indiegames), what I've been playing recently, and whether there's any games being given away for free. I also really like #DoctorWho and listening to #darksynth.
Also I'm horse
Humble are doing a special bundle this week to raise money for organisations responding to COVID-19! https://www.humblebundle.com/conquer-covid19-bundle
Personal highlights in this bundle: Hacknet, Into the Breach, Tropico 4, Pikuniku, GNOG, Psychonauts
So I've been playing #BrutalLegend this evening and... yep, that's definitely Jack Black: The Video Game. Ozzy Osborne's cameo is incredible, as is the heavy-metal soundtrack.
Heard COVID-19 joke once...
Man calls doctor using video chat. Says he's depressed. Says he feels increasingly isolated in a world of social distancing and what lies ahead is vague and uncertain. Doctor says, "Treatment is simple. Great clown Pagliacci is live-streaming tonight. Go and watch him. That should pick you up." Man bursts into tears. Says, "But doctor... I AM Pagliacci!"
Broken Age in a spoilery nutshell
Act 1: a charming story about adolescence, breaking from society's traditions and subverting your parents' expectations, interspersed with simple but relevant puzzles
Act 2: solve these convoluted and purposely-timewasting puzzles, then defeat these evil alien incel eugenists
Free stuff on the Epic Game Store
Broken Age Act 2, rant about one specific puzzle
Also why can't I make Shay lick the frosting off the cupcake himself why do I have to give it to this one specific character so that they can lick it off for me this makes zero sense
Broken Age Act 2
This blogpost is a great critique of Act 2's puzzles, by the way: https://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/StanislavCostiuc/20170126/290075/The_Two_Conflicting_Acts_of_Broken_Age.php (spoilers)
Basically, it's pretty obvious that this game had a troubled development and that Double Fine were pressured into making it feel more like the point-and-click games from the Good Old Days, when these kinds of annoying puzzles where everywhere. Sometimes, it's better to ignore the vocal minority.
The voice-acting, dialogue, and visuals remain excellent, though.
Broken Age Act 2
So I've been playing through #BrokenAge Act 2 and the puzzles are definitely a step backwards from Act 1. Rather than having just simple-but-straightforward inventory puzzles, there's a variety of frustrations involving timing sections, abstract descriptions of knots, metapuzzles dependant on player knowledge, and an instance where you need to do absolutely nothing for a whole minute. Solving this stuff doesn't make me feel satisfied or clever, just relieved when it's over.
Hey all. I haven't really been using this account for a while, but for the sake of my old friends who can't deal with the hellbird I'm dropping this here:
In light of what's going on in the world I'm giving all my games away to encourage you to stay home and stay sane. It's not a lot but it's what I got.
Drop me line in the itch comments 👍🏼
COVID-19, Kojima video games
It only took four months for #DeathStranding to turn from being this weird and self-indulgent vanity project, to suddenly becoming the most prescient video game of our time. How does Kojima keep doing this?
Animal Crossing New Horizons, arachnophobia
Why did Nintendo think it was a good idea to put a realistic tarantula that chases after you into this game?! https://www.twitch.tv/limealicious/clip/InspiringNeighborlySnoodJKanStyle (streamer: Limealicious) #ACNH
Tomb Raider (2013 reboot, not the 1996 original) is free to keep on Steam right now until Tuesday: https://store.steampowered.com/app/203160/Tomb_Raider/ #FreeGame
Long story short, I'm horse now 🐴
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