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Short Review – Papers Please

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This is one incredible little game and it all (well mostly) takes place in a tiny little border control booth. It’s up to you to let people in to the country and of course they have to have the right papers, a good reason, ID, a visit visa or sometimes even unique documents. The rules of the games change for every work shift that passes you by and you have to make sure that you take a real good look at EVERYTHING to see if the documents are real. If they are you send them on their way in to the country, and if they’re not, you send them packing (or call the security on them).

When I started playing I really enjoyed making sure that all the papers are correct and it feelt simple enough to keep a good flow. But… the further I came in to the story everything started to get harder and harder. Checking the papers became a timed puzzle that you have to solve as fast as possible, you have a family that you have to feed and get medecine for, you have events and secret organisations that you have to make sure to keep track of. And once in awhile… you have to reach for a gun… and shoot intruders.

Everything is creating a horrible and very… realistic story which really ends up touching you. I was surprised by how much you could feel for this game. Definatly worth a try if you enjoy story and puzzle gaming.

Recommended!

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Short Review – Shadowrun Returns

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Shadowrun Returns is a RPG game with a turnbased fighting system set in a dystopian cyber-punk world. I’ve always loved the universe and setting for the Shadowrun games, mixing a setting where hackers and shamans, modern firearms and magic powers excist together.

I was a huge fan of the old SNES game set in the Shadowrun universe and was a bit worried about the fact that they had removed the real-time fighting, something I feel like they could have approved on today. But as soon as I got in there and tried it out, it reminded me a lot of the fighting from the new Xcom game and I was emediatly sold on it.

The story in the game has a great flow but you should all be aware that there are no recorded voices, everything is text based and for all of you out there that skips through text, you do not want to do that here. The story is told through dialog and written story segments and it has a GOOD flow that keeps you going through the game in a steady pace. And just like the old Shadowrun game and Fallout games you make dialog choises that may change how things playout for you. It’s a great system that keeps you involved throughout the story.

The game as a whole can feel a bit flat and one-directional at times but it really pulls you through it. You will play this to the end, and I was actually thinking: WHAT it’s over!? Already!? But then I relaized I had actually spent 17 hours playing this game, so… not bad, not bad at all.

Recommended.

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Short Review – Mount your friends

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This game… erm and when I say game I really mean ”game”. Feels like a flashgame that you log on to from some website and play for a few minutes with a buddy or two. And… that’s kinda what this game is. You definatly need a few friends to play with and a maybe even be a bit tired to find the weird moments funny.

So the point of the game is to climb on your friends. Really. You can either decide on building a ”tower” (vertically) or ”bridge” (horizontally) with human bodies in different color and styles that you decide on before the game. The turn passas around between the players each getting a body to control. Then you need to get that body as high up or far as possible on a joint construction and if you’re unable to pass the farthest/highest body already there, you are out of that round. There is also a timer… of course.

Each limb is controlled by a different key on the keyboard or buttons on a pad if you use that (I do!). And the akward moments when you fail with the controls will bring everyone to a laugh, even you.

And that’s the game folks!

This is such a stupid game, yet I actually had fun with it. Me and my friends got many good laughs from this game seeing the other players fail on reaching the top of our naked-body-construction. Sadly that’s all the game will give you. A few playthrough with your buddies and then you’re kinda done. And it wont be fun for hours and hours but rather a few minutes at a time.

I feel like I should not recommend this game knowing how silly and shortlived it is. But for that short moment… we actually had a blast. Dont expect to play this game for long, but if you’re bored for a evening give it a try.

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Short Review – 100% Orange Juice

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If you did not already figure it out, the name IS a word play on: 100% RNG. Which of course means: 100% Random Generator. And you will definatly feel that as you play. This little boardgame /cardgame is about rolling dice, moving around a board, fight the other players, collect stars and play cards from your hand with different effects. And of course you can gain levels and buy new cards within the game in booster packs. All to create a tiny but … a surprisingly fun game.

But this is one of those games that you should definatly play with your friends. All the randomnes of the different situations that occur throughout a round of play will definatly bring a smile to your faces. And as your tiny chibi-like characters run across the board you will want to continue hunting down those other players and points and cards and scores and… so on.

Even tho the game is random and alot of players will state that it is ALL random, you do actually have a few desicsions that still makes the game somewhat strategic. You can often decide to walk in a certain direction on the board, you build a deck of cards that goes in to the pool of cards that players can draw from, you decide on which goal you want to go for during the game and you decide which cards to play and when to play them. So there are desicions to be made! A lot mor than you would originally think anyway…

If you already love tiny random games with cute art and very positive music. Go ahead and get this game! If you don’t… well you’re probably not reading this anyway!

Recommended!

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Short Review – Long Live the Queen

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Let me just start by saying that this is a suprisingly fun game. If somebody told me I would spend over 15 hours playing this game I would not believe it. This is a visual novel which means that you basicly play through a story making descisions along the way changing up the story everytime you play it through (which can take between 10-40 minutes). Depending on the path you take you will lead to different endings and a lot of them being… your death.

Throughout the game you will level up different traits, depending on what you choose to focus on different part of the stories will be easier for you to complete and changes your possible paths. If you fail a test it’s not the end of the world unless… you die. And even if death comes a lot and often and forces you to restart it’s acutally not frustrating, instead it works as a motivator to play differently next time.

With every restart you want to know what happens if you level different traits, completing a trait test you didn’t complete the last time. For example, if I become a animal trainer will my pet dog become a great strong guard dog? Or will I be able to tame animals throughout the story? You want to know!

I do understand this game is not for everyone, if you’re not a fan of slow/reading heavy games you probably dont want to get this. But if you get a chance to try it, DO SO. Suprisingly fun and of course you want to collect every possible DEATH achievement…

Recommended!

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Short Review – Prison Architect

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Back in the day I was a huge city builder fan. I loved the old SimCity games where you could focus more on the outline of your city and make everything ”feel” good for you. Than the later games have added plenty of tiny functions that I never really liked that much. The micro management was never really THAT fun there. Prison Architect gives me that awesome feeling that those older city builders did, focusing on building and having fun rather than micromanagement.

I can build a prison that have a layout and style that I like. And once you’ve finished a huge chunk of the prison you can start to micromanage the different sections and rules of the prison and even though I didn’t like that in the citygames I love it here! Becuase everything you change have an almost emediate effect on your prison.

I also love that this is one of those games that actually keeps getting updated! You get new things and new game rules to play around and the game is even getting a bit harder (and that’s a good thing). Truly my only complaint about Prison Architect is the fact that once you’ve gotten far enough with your build it can be a bit slow. You’re prison is safe, you’re guard do their job and you keep getting money to advance babysteps forward. And that means waiting for that money you need to keep building. Some time ago you could even let the game run by itself to just get money and not really losing anything for doing so.

Overall a great city bu…. prison building game that will bring you hours and hours of gaming fun.

Recommended.

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Short Review – Ultimate General: Gettysburg

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This is a tiny strategy game, and when I say tiny I mean the overall content of the game. There is a short campaign that takes you through the battle at Gettysburg and you may do so by either playing the Union or Federate side, changing history while you’re at it.

But the game is NOT tiny when it comes to the amount of fun you can have with it. You can switch up the AI’s playstyle and difficulty for every playthrough and you also change your own way of trying to beat it. If you’re a RTS player that enjoy the fighting part of the Total War games you will probably enjoy this game as well. It does not have THAT much of depth yet, there are not a ton of different manouvers you can do for each unit but the overall gameplay feels amazing.

Drawing lines over the battlefield to move your units feels and works great. It takes a second to get used to, but as soon as you get the controls in to your head you’re gonna focus on putting your units in the best strategic positions and doing brave charges in to the enemy lines.

There are however some issues if you play on a lower difficulty, you can actually be to agressive and push the AI army in to a corner of the map making them unable to move. But then again… there is also a multiplayer mode!

Great game overall. Recommended!

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Short Review – Brothers a Tale of Two Sons

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Brothers is a incredible game taking place in a fantasy world. You take control over two brothers that are out on a adventure to find medecine for their sick father. The adventure takes them through several different enviorements and puzzles, each with a new mechanic and style.

The world you move through is beautiful and the enviorements you go through speak their own story that is seperate from the adventure your own. Even if the adventures you’re on is very straight forward, the world around you draws you in and makes you believe that it’s a bigger and more important place.

The creators of the game stated that they wanted the game to have a good flow, imaginative world, puzzles that are different every time and make it short to make it a experience that anyone could get through. And they deliver on each part of their promise, the game is filled with emotion and the puzzles are FUN. It was a long time ago I played a game that was so simple yet so very giving at the same time. What will I experience next?

Play this game!

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