Imagine this: you are trapped in the underworld with your father, but what to do anything to escape, including taking down hordes of enemies in the way and getting help from your estranged family members. That is Hades in a nutshell. This is an action-packed room-based procedurally generated game taking place in the Underworld of Greek Mythology as you follow Zagreus, son of Hades, in trying to reach the surface.
Not only is the game gorgeous and amazingly voice-acted, but the action is also very seamless and responsive. It could be because I’m used to crappy computers, but I am used to playing action games that do nothing but stutter and take seconds before a response from the on-screen character. I recently got this game on the switch, and now I am saving up all my money possible to buy a better computer so I can feel this fantastic playing an action game in the future. I just don’t want to stop playing because of the fantastic gameplay and heart-touching story I wasn’t expecting. I would highly recommend anyone picking up this beautifully made game.
Like the title says, the Studio Ghibli’s beautiful style haws been added to a video game, or something that you could call a video game. Don’t get me wrong, I love it, but I would definitely say that it is not for everyone. Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds boasts itself as a MMORPG featuring some classic classes such as witches, rangers, and swordsmen. I, of course, chose a witch to “play” as.
To be honest, this is more a beautiful cinematic that you enjoy to watch with a side of research management. I large part of the game is managing your inventory and leveling up your weapons and pets. I really am enjoying the story beats, but if you are looking for a hardcore MMORPG in which every single button press effects the action, this is not the game for you. If you want something mindless to do and just want the pretty colors go by like I do, you might really enjoy it. There are some customizations options, but all the classes are gender- and race-locked, so be prepared for everyone looking more or less the same.
The game is available in the Apple and Google Play store. There also seems to be a pretty active PC port if that is your cup of tea. I am currently a level sixty witch, and even though at times it’s a grind, I haven’t felt the need to buy experience boosts are anything, so I do think it is pretty balanced in a way. Of course that fact that you can buy stuff is thrown in your face every couple of levels, it’s not necessary to continue.
Think about it: going to high school, only to be locked in, and finding a body a couple of days in. You would think that it’s out of this world, but instead it’s Danganronpa. I’ve played the first two games as my computer can’t handle the third, but I absolutely loved every moment that I played.
Danganronpa is an insane story with so many plot twists that revolve around solving murders in a think-tank style of accusing everyone without having a single piece of evidence or shred of logic. The characters are lovable and hate-able and each have their own unique characteristics that make getting to know each character an experience. There is also an amazing villain to top everything off. If you are not into learning more about the characters, you can skip this. The art style is unique in that everything seems 2D in a 3D world while other parts stick with the typical animal style with a sprinkle other others. Ether way, it is a gorgeous experience, but do know that there are some very dark themes that I don’t know if I could explain without major spoilers.
It has been challenging to find a mobile game genuinely worth talking about recently, but I believe I have found one. I have been obsessed with this game and completed lots of the levels within hours of downloading. If you love puzzle games, I am confident that you will also love this one. Here, I bring you Peek a Phone.
Snooping through a person’s phone and discovering their secrets seems to be a fun game concept. This time, it is done through short levels that you can get through in a short amount of time. Using your smarts and google, you can solve all the mysteries trapped within each person’s phone. Do know that you don’t have to actually email anyone because I thought that for a while, and it was just because I clicked the wrong button. Don’t be like me. Game available for Android and iOS (My friend told me about this game, and she has an iPhone, I just can’t find the link. Any help would be great).
Alright, so I promise this will be the last idle game that I talk about for a while. This one is called Idle Bouncer and it’s free on Steam (I hope you’re seeing a pattern here.). Unlike the Loading Screen Simulator, every reset gets you further into the game. As my main problem with that game, it was nice that that wasn’t the case with this one. The basis of the game is bouncing balls in these columns to generate energy. Using the energy generated, you improve the entire system and get as far as you can without it getting tedious, and then restarting once again. I absolutely loved this, the first time I opened the game, I had it open for about three hours, I want to say before I closed it and do what an idle game does best. I would recommend this game to anyone who loves idle games as much as I do.
Another one of the idle games that are constantly being opened on my computer is AdVenture Communist, the “sequel” to AdVenture Capitalist. AdVenture Communist is a whole different beast than it’s Capitalist counterpart. Instead of just needing to make sure that you have enough money to purchase a business, you have to have enough supplies in order to purchase an upgrade. There is also a trickle-down effect in which the higher level purchases affect the lower level purchases. This game is honestly a balancing act. If you purchase things too fast, you’re screwed; if you purchase upgrades too slow, it’s going to take you a while to really get started. My head still gets confused as to what I’m trying to do, neither the less. I would definitely suggest getting this game if you are obsessed with idle games as much as I am. It’s free!
I make it no secret that I love idle games. I don’t know what it’s about, but putting in a whole bunch of work so that I can just sit there later. The newest thing that I’ve played has been Loading Screen Simulator. It’s a cute little parody simulator about slow loading times. It was a cute, short little game. My one problem in the game has to do with the reset. Usually, with resets in idle games, the early game gets easier so that you can progress farther in the game. The simulator does not have that; when you get to the end, it’s the exact same gameplay occurring. It was cute for an hour, but then I just had to put it down. It was great to get some achievements on Steam from a free game, but other than that… I honestly would tell you not to waste your time with this game unless you just love getting some achievements.
I went in knowing that I was going to do another one pacifist styled playthrough. This time, I did the true pacifist route. I was not expecting to be an emotional hit as much as I was. By doing the true pacifist route, you learn a whole lot more about the background than you would by doing it regularly. I also made it a point to constantly call my buddy Papyrus in every single room that I went to. He had some very interesting stories to tell along the way that made the journey much more enjoyable. As much as I didn’t want to do the true genocide route, I feel like I need to. Based on some of the information that I discovered my last time around, I think it’ll need to in order to figure out the rest. I’m not going to say exactly, but I need to play the true genocide route. I feel that deep inside, I really need to play it, but at the same time, I really don’t want to. Considering the fact is took me a while to do the other genocide route, I would not look for a review on how that went in the near future, but I will make sure to not delete the game file on my computer so that I get the full experience.
I completed my second play through the amazing game known as Undertale. This time around, I was playing the genocide run, and let’s just say, it hurt so freaking much. I feel in love with these characters, and having to kill them all was truely heartbreaking. After getting towards the end, I realized that I didn’t do the true genocide. I was contemplating redoing the genocide run to do the true one, but I can’t do it. Litterally after the first fight, I had to put the game down for a day or two. In other words, I will not be going back and doing the run. Instead, I will be moving on to doing another pacifist route. This time, I’ll be doing the true pacifist route, so I’ll be wondering what new changes there are now that I’ve killed everyone that I loved and cared about. I’m sure that some of them will remember. If I ever get the urge to see the genocide run, I’ll just watch one of the many videos on YouTube. Degrees of separation from the actual violence and everything.
I have finally gotten around to playing Undertale. In true fashion, I started by playing the pacifist route. I didn’t do the true pacifist route because I had played the majority of the true pacifist route and a previous play through, and I kinda just wanted to get through to see one the of the endings. Even though I didn’t go through all of the flavor text, it was still beautiful and got to my heart. I was trembling at the very last boss. If you have already played or watched someone play this game, you know why the last real battle is heartbreaking. What is making it worse is that I know that I’m going to be doing the genocide run next. I honestly don’t want to do it, but I must to get the full experience. Wish me luck. I might be racing my way through so I can just be done with it so I can get to the third playthrough you have to do. I honestly do not want to do it.