Saturday, 4 December 2021

Steam Discovery Queue - Crusade of the Free XXVI

Continuing freebies from last time... the one in bold is the best of this set.

Collision Hero: A bad side scrolling platformer.

DEAD: Top down pixel shooter where you need to survive against waves of zombies. Bleh.

Ghosty: A cute pixel adventure where you are a ghost. Alas it also features lots of big, pointless areas purely for traversal. When will creators learn we don't need the whole [insert location here]? Sigh.

Janosik: A very cool 2D pixel action platformer where you must rescue your compatriot drinking buddies. Thumbs up despite the sections of grind.

Is It Wrong to Try to Shoot 'em Up Girls in a Dungeon: Side Scrolling bullet hell of mundaneness. Bleh.

Markus Ritter - The Lost Family: A retro video point and click adventure like Gabriel Knight 2 with some amateur acting, but you don't really see games like this anymore. Space bar for tips really helps progress the game.

Rare to see live action games these days...

Power of Ten Demo: Top down pixel space shooter where you need to mine asteroids and deliver resources to planets so they can power up their shields, all while protecting them from enemy space craft. It's not bad, but it could use a soundtrack or something for non-combat periods.

Toast Defense: In this tower defense game, ducks are coming to eat your toast. Cute but dumb.

Tomb Rumble: 2D pixel PvP platformer where you are meant to (violently) compete to claim a treasure and escape. Death turns you into a monster to continue harassing the survivors. Bleh.

Vectromirror 0: First person platformer with annoying controls. Bleh.

Friday, 3 December 2021

Steam Discovery Queue - Crusade of the Free XXV

Continuing freebies from last time... the one in bold is the best of this set.

Air Attack: In this funny little 2D game that plays like "Worms" you must defend your hill with your RPG against waves of aircraft. Pretty neat as the landscape around you inevitably gets wrecked.

Baby Coyote: A 2D hand drawn platformer with an upbeat track but lousy gameplay.

Chroma: 2D platformer with decent controls and the bonus of having your corpses remain on the maps. Super short demo though.

Dungeon Delver: An odd turn based wave fighter where you are a magician going deeper into a dungeon. Spamming abilities 3 and 4 seems like the way to win, but gets boring quick.

Future Fortune: Oh god, another idle game. This one with a cash shop attached. Hell no.

Goblin Dungeoneer: 2D pixel platformer with intentionally bad graphics but nice chiptunes. Later death traps too frustrating.

Mandew vs the Colorless Curse: Pixel 2D platformer which quickly becomes like a black and white Mario, just with worse controls.

Stan Lee's Verticus: Infinite runner faller where you must save the Earth from a Doomsday device while taking orders from Stan Lee. I don't like many infinite x games, but this one is really cool. Helps that it has cool music too.

Saving the planet one bomb at a time!

Tales from Yeoldeburg: A huge WTF game, possibly made by someone tripping balls. Yep.

Tomorrow: In this well rendered first person horror you have entered a subway to try save your bunny, and must avoid a well dressed clown in the process. Pretty neat, but lots of irritating trial and error.

Thursday, 2 December 2021

Steam Discovery Queue - Crusade of the Free XXIV

Continuing freebies from last time... the one in bold is the best of this set.

1 Screen Platformer - Prologue: 2D pixel platformer with numerous death traps and poor controls. Yuck.

ButtonMash: A hand drawn 2D pixel platformer of irritation. Bleh.

Codename TIARAS: Student made 2D platformer with bad controls.

Dodge It!: A game about breaking your space bar while collecting black dots and evading red dots. Garbage.

Gun Witch: A 2D action platformer where you are a student witch who must use her magic kalishnikov to kill the baddies, and graduate from school. Super grindy.

Last Soul: 2D pixel platformer with bad controls. Mouse to shoot, e, D to go right, shift to sprint, F to dash? Nope.

Shotgun Witch: Since demons  stole your spellbook you set out to get it back... with your shotgun! Better music than Gun Witch, but this game is a bullet hell shooter. Not for me.
Phantom Project: A high quality "walk around in the dark and avoid the monster" game. This one did get me frightened, best one of this genre I've run into in these crusades so far.

There are things in the dark, and that candle does nothing against them.

Phi: Student made top down maze navigator where you are a soul eating slug. Eww... and bleh.

Warlock Bentspine: 2D pixel platformer where you play the titular warlock who moves far too slowly to make this game worth playing.

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Steam Discovery Queue - Crusade of the Free XXIII

Continuing freebies from last time... the one in bold is the best of this set.

Flatline: Student made side scrolling platformer where you are a future age ninja. Not bad but the controls for wall hopping feel a bit clunky.

Pixel Poops: So... you need to lay huge turds to trap the people passing by to score points. If too many get away, you lose the game. W-T-F.

Project Kat - Paper Lily Prologue: A well made exploration game with low horror vibes because the protagonist is pretty gutsy. Backtracking here is ok since the map is small, movement speed is fast and there no obstacles in the way. Makes me want to play the full game!

Her reaction to the supernatural: "Meh".

Rival Rampage: Seems to need multiple people to play. As usual, no one is playing it. Fail.

Rocket Bots: Nice graphics for a first person shooter, but its just wave combat against silly looking bots. Bleh.

Rythm Brawl: A pixel "fighter" that involves pressing buttons to the beat, but the buttons don't seem to match up to the song. Bleh.

Space Warfare: A 2D clicker/idle game where you need to focus on upgrading mines and factories on various planets. All the spaceship fighting stuff is automated. Bleh.

SPACE/MECH/PILOT: An idle/clicker set in space. Bleh. I think I'm going to just skip all idle games from this point.

Ties: A kiddy 3D platformer where you play as someone with a parasite head crab who can grapple to some ledges and constantly talks to you in baby speak. Cute but... bleh.

Unity Invaders: Invaders made by someone learning Unity? Bleh.

Steam Discovery Queue - Crusade of the Free XXII

Continuing freebies from last time... the one in bold is the best of this set.

Amarok Dreams: Walking simulator in the dark where you can only walk on the maze like walkway. I assume there's some sort of monster too, but the walking part got too boring for me to find it. All the flashing screens don't do this game any favors.

Arcus: You play a mercenary archer who goes takes contracts to defend villages against undead, then spend your earnings for more gear. It plays a little like a shooter where you must manually fire your bow from the defense towers. I quite like it.

Cool idea.

Bounty Below: An idle clicker game with some nice piano music while digging rocks. When the shop prices reach past the quintillions you can tell this was designed to be left on for a long time. Not my sort of thing, but damn haunting piano track kept me going for too long. :P

Consternation II - Another "walk around in the dark and avoid the monster" game with Minecraft level of blocky graphics. Bleh.

Cyberplug: An odd platformer I didn't get into. Doesn't help that everything was in Spanish.

The Hidden Room: Did not like my graphics card, but is basically a first person "solve the room" game. I gave up early at the QR code segment but others who like puzzle games might enjoy this.

Incremental Epic Hero: Go on an epic quest... while idle. Eh, Bounty Below is better.

Psych: In this 3D action adventure you play an escaped alien lizard who has to escape from futuristic slug ghost people. Got boring very fast.

Ruka: A cute and short grid puzzler where you need to navigate through each room in a haunted house with a set number of moves. Not bad.

The Scary Square: No walking in this silly horror - you simply sit across from the monster the whole time while playing various sounds. Lol.

Monday, 29 November 2021

November 2021 Review: The Crusader

This free games crusade I'm undertaking on the Steam store is much bigger than I thought! So much so that I'll be adding a new section to my end of month posts for them, including a "highlights" section to spruik the ones I liked the best in case you missed them.

Otherwise I've been enjoying a number of shows including the popular Squid Game. If you've already seen that or don't care to watch it at all, I recommend watching TwoSetViolin's Squid Game: Music Edition on youtube (turn close captions on for more fun). It's very cool! Here's a hint as to the other show I'm really enjoying...

Crusade of the Free: 210 games this month, 210 total.

Free Games Highlights this month that you must try:
Dinner with an Owl - show casing that sometimes less is more in this short point and click adventure.

Liquidators - a first person game where you must stop the meltdown at the Chernobyl reactor. No monsters, still horrifying.

High Entropy Challenges - first person stealth puzzler with short levels and is the best free game so far.

Most Viewed Posts in the last 30 days:
Strange Brigade
Steam Discovery Queue - Crusade of the Free II
Tales of the Blight II: Morrigan

Hmm I wonder if Strange Brigade's position is helped by DL's video link of it. Also it's not surprising that it's Morrigan's Dragon Age story that makes it to the top three, but I am surprised Sera's one was a close fourth. :)

Sunday, 28 November 2021

Steam Discovery Queue - Crusade of the Free XXI

Continuing freebies from last time... the one in bold is the best of this set.

Agent of Chaos: A top down action game where you are an evil spirit that must stop waves of heroes. Terrible camera angle mixed with poor controls make it a poor game.

Bubble People: An odd find the spot game where you must "pop" objects in the scene. Good thing right click lets you know what you need to look for, because some of the items are pretty hard to find.

Crystal Maidens: An adult game (which opens with an H-scene) where you must recruit a band of maidens to fight the dark wizard who has also recruited a band of maidens? Whatever, the combat missions where your girls mostly auto-fight actually does have some interaction, the art is pretty nice and there's actually a point in "getting to know" your team (using currency) as it ups their stats. It's actually a decent setup, but it is very cash shop heavy - and is one of those games where you need "energy" to do stuff.

The Debug: Um. I think you are a tripping turtle who is meant to flick moths off a tall tree. Very WTF.

Ice Demon: A pixel fighting platform martial arts game which I didn't get into at all.

Idle Pins: Definitely an idle game. Also boring. Bleh.

Priest Simulator - Heavy Duty: This is the one of the most WTF Polish first person shooter games I ever played, and is also one of the best given the graphics quality and humor. I especially enjoyed the exorcism section. Recommended!

It's time to smite evil!

Space Merchant: When its not spitting errors at me, it's clearly a mobile port of a semi idle game - or at least a game with a lot of waiting. Bleh.

Squadron 51 Prologue: A Portuguese side scroller where you take the role of a combat plane taking the fight against some UFOs. Uses live action video which is pretty cool, and while the game certainly is shiney (in a black and white / dated kind of way) the game play isn't anything out of this world.

UEBERNATURAL - Prologue: A pixel side scroller game that pays homage to the TV show, Supernatural. Wish it had a better checkpoint system though.