Welcome back to ‘Games On Toast‘, where I look at all the games I have been playing this past week, and give you my first impression. This week has been one of the most hectic in quite some time, in part to developers sending me codes left, right and centre. I am grateful for the work, but holy-moly, there have been a lot of games! Let’s check them out, shall we?
My Time At Portia
This was a game suggested by a friend of mine, after we started talking about the wonders of Stardew Valley and Animal Crossing. The game had mostly flown under my radar at the time of release, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Now I have played it, I am in love. You are a builder in a post-apocalyptic world who is tasked with doing various odd jobs to make a living. Gathering resources, fighting monsters, spelunking, farming, fishing and socialising are all ready to be explored. There is simply too much to do in Portia, meaning everything you do, is probably helping towards a goal, even if you aren’t consciously aware of it at the time. The game also plods along at quite a nice pace, with a story that defies expectations on numerous occasions. The Switch port is also incredibly solid, with decent visuals, mostly solid performance and lightning quick loading. I am looking forward to playing more, and I review is incredibly likely.
Roombo – First Blood
This is another game that completely flew under my radar. I was playing the aforementioned My Time At Portia whilst having some ‘Grumps‘ in the background. Suddenly this game appeared on the playlist, and I had to have it. The concept is simple: The owners of your house have left, burglars are breaking in and stealing valuables, you must stop them and clean up the mess. Oh, and you are a Roomba. The game plays like an incredibly bloody, Roomba based sequel to Home Alone, and is utterly brilliant. I don’t want to ruin anything, but needless to say, this game is worth a purchase based on it’s concept alone. It is also on offer at the moment for about £3.
The Story Goes On
If you have been here a while, you will know that I love two things: Mega Man and Roguelikes. The Story Goes On due to be the latest Roguelike to hit the Switch in March. You run around as your selected character, hacking and slashing through various rooms, enemies, bosses and floors before dying and starting again. The twist however, is that you are playing a character in a literal story book, seemingly already concluded with your inevitable death. Defying the will of the author and uncovering the various secrets is the true goal. This might sound a bit like Alan Wake, but rest assured, this is game has its tongue rammed so far into its cheek, that I am pretty sure they have permanently fused. A review is coming soon for this one, so keep an eye out for that.
Fortnite Season 12
I can’t help it. Fortnite drags me back every time a new season comes out, and when my son plays it, I need to display complete dominance, otherwise he will usurp me. This season is themed around espionage, and is jam packed with sneaky spy stuff, missions and all kinds of interesting gameplay flourishes. I have thoroughly enjoyed myself so far, and expect to be playing it for quite a while.
Unlock The King
I love chess, and I enjoy a good puzzle game, even if I suck. Unlock The King is a chess based puzzler that tasks you with moving chess pieces in a way that allow the King, to reach the end goal. The concept is simple, and if you have heard of chess, you can pick this up within seconds. Things start getting mind bending fairly quickly, but the game is incredibly solid and equally relaxing thanks to soothing music and a clean artstyle.
Imagine classic Legend of Zelda, specifically the NES original, remove all the world exploration and focus entirely on the dungeons. Go ahead and tart up the graphics a bit and throw in some fancy weapons and upgrades. Finally, inject the game with an unshakeable, mind-numbing level of boredom and you have Knightin’+. Combat is tedious, puzzles are uninspired and the whole game just drags on, seemingly forever. I had very little fun with this one, and a review will be dropping in the next week or so.
That about covers it. It has been a mostly fun week, ending on a bit of a sour note. I plan on reviewing all of these games, mostly due to the fact they were given to me, so look out for those. Let me know in the comments below if you have played, or are planning on playing, any of the games mentioned!
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