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TalkBack / Re: The House In Fata Morgana (Switch) Review
« on: June 20, 2021, 03:31:03 PM »
I bought this game on the flurry of 10s I’ve seen in reviews all over the place (including right here) and… I feel like I’ve been led astray somewhat.

Sure the game’s story as a whole is gripping and satisfyingly twisty-turny and the art direction and music are usually beautiful (though with vocals surprisingly—and clearly unintentionally—out-of-tune at times)… but in no way can I grade this game as a 10. While the plot/story is compelling, the writing is unnecessarily long-winded; there are whole scenes replayed/re-used with the tiniest alterations to lengthen the gameplay duration, there is hardly any interaction for literally hours at a time, and the console interface is clunkily designed with no explanation of how anything works even just as a slide prior to beginning the game. As the 4th (?) rehash of this game, these lingering flaws are simply inexcusable.

I keep wondering, am I missing something? So many reviewers have given this title a perfect score… what am I not seeing? Maybe this visual novel style of game just isn’t for me? Could it be that, after garnering a high/perfect metacritic score, are reviewers simply reticent to step out of line to ruin it?

To me, it’s an 8.5: good, but far, far from perfect.

I’m curious about others’ takes on this “game.” Anybody care to enlighten me? 

TalkBack / Re: Pikmin 3 Deluxe (Switch) Review
« on: October 30, 2020, 03:04:04 PM »
Man, I can't wait for this. Never had a Wii U, so this is my chance. My copy is *checks tracking* not getting here till next week. Bleh.

Right there with you on the missed opportunity with online play... would've been a great way to get someone who already bought/played the game once to pick it up again. Was really hoping for online coop play, especially with it being full-price, but it IS Nintendo.

TalkBack / Re: Pikmin 3 Deluxe Demo Now Available
« on: October 14, 2020, 06:26:29 PM »
Missed out on Pikmin 3 originally, so I can't flippin' wait. Played through the demo twice so far, and three days in the game world just isn't enough. Can't wait to play through the whole game later this month. <3

I’m one of those people who didn’t have a Wii U so missed out on Pikmin 3. I’m honestly really excited about this! And you know, I’m gonna think on the positive side here: maybe they’re rereleasing it so that anyone who hasn’t played a Pikmin game before will get to know this charming series and be amped for Pikmin 4 later?

Edit: $60 is steep though... :\

General Gaming / Re: Board Game Discussion!
« on: March 09, 2020, 03:46:55 PM »
 That is great you're letting your kiddos figure things out on their own instead of showing them how to win. And I love that your daughter went and planned out her farm in minecraft! That's some dedication there, and shows the power of games for learning. My little one is two, but is already showing some interest. He calls my game, "Hunky," which is just <3, and wants to play with the pieces. I'll take it. Speaking of...

By the way, I'll also put in a plug for the game being designed by NWR forum member decoyman. Play as animals competing to gather resources in preparation for the winter, and see who is best prepared to make it through to spring. Cute, and sounds like a fun theme. Not sure why he's not pushing it more, but I don't mind throwing it in everyone's face multiple times... hahaha. :)

More info here:

Thanks for that, ejamer. ;D I long ago lost my "forum regular" status, so I hesitate to just come in here and spam you all with a tangentially-related passion project. ;) But I have to say, it's nice to see some familiar names still. ^_^ Yes, I am developing a board game, and its main theme is friendship. It's admittedly sort of an unusual theme for a competitive board game, but the design space is fun and not often used: interact with others in friendly—even sometimes board state-improving ways—to earn bonus points. This makes it a good game for families or anyone new to games (I think a little Nintendo rubbed off on me). I've been developing/polishing it for four years, so I was pretty excited to launch the campaign. Would love to have anyone interested check it out!

General Chat / Re: I'm making a game!
« on: March 04, 2020, 08:24:28 PM »
You should have let us know earlier to help get early pledges.

Egad, I know. I don't want to look at that kicktraq thing, it only makes me stressed out!

I do have some ideas to boost the numbers before the end. Hunker was named a Showcase Game at Emerald City Comic Con in a week and a half. 90,000 people attend this con, so I was hoping for a big boost there... but now it may be canceled due to the Coronavirus. :\ I'm also formulating a new Kickstarter-exclusive character, which I'm really excited about... but again, I should've had that from the beginning. Ah, well. If I need to relaunch down the road, I will.

Anyway, thanks for checking it out!

General Chat / Re: I'm making a game!
« on: March 04, 2020, 05:20:33 PM »
Hey all, I wanted to let you know that Hunker has launched on Kickstarter. I hope you'll check it out if you like forest critters or pretty art or boardgames or FRIENDSHIP or all those things mashed up into One Neat Thing. We just passed $10,000 pledged, which is really exciting! But… board games are real expensive to produce and ship around the world, so still have a ways to go. At least we've still got almost three weeks to get there.

And to BeautifulShy, ejamer, ShyGuy, and DrewMG and NWR_Neal (who happened to back already!)... thanks for the support. ^_^

As soon as this thing calms down a bit, I hope to be able to powerup the ol' switch and actually play some games with you all. (My Smash skills are rusting from disuse... so sad!)

Nintendo Gaming / Re: Run The Series 8: Professor Layton
« on: October 29, 2019, 06:20:32 PM »
That is master-level collection dedication there, UncleBob. *golfclap*

I love all Layton games I've played, even the weird Bros one that I completely finished, tyvm. Never got to play the other spin-offs, though I did pick up Millionaire's Conspiracy for my niece (maybe I should try to borrow it from her :P)...

But how did I not know there was a movie?!?! =o

Now that it's out, has anyone picked up the physical? That's what I was waiting for, though I haven't pulled the trigger just yet. I do worry it's going to be one of those low-print-run games that's hard to find later, so I better do that sooner than later.

Gimme that sweet, sweet soundtrack. Almost wanna play it for that reason alone... <3

General Chat / Re: I'm making a game!
« on: August 30, 2019, 06:53:40 PM »
Holy cow! That's a game!

Haha, thanks, ShyGuy. It definitely aspires to gamedom!

True story: my wife fell asleep when she played it on its inaugural run. No one has fallen asleep while playing in at least the last 6 months, sooo… progress! ;D

General Chat / Re: I'm making a game!
« on: August 25, 2019, 07:56:15 PM »
Brrr... The theme leaves me cold!  (Or maybe the game looks fine and I was just desperate for a pun.)
I saw hint of a KickStarter in early 2020?  Is that still the plan?
Look forward to hearing more!

Ha! Hi, ejamer, I was hoping you'd stop by. :)

Yes, that's the plan, early 2020. Probably plan to wrap up before end of February, as my wife is expecting in March or April and then things will get really crazy.

Here's an image of a mid-game state that shows most of the components in the game: custom meeples, bags, tokens, dice, snow tiles, hex-grid region boards, and cards...

General Chat / Re: I'm making a game!
« on: August 25, 2019, 02:40:59 PM »
Thanks, BeautifulShy. I didn't get into modern board games until I graduated college and my life started settling down a bit (relatively—now I have a toddler, ha...). And now years after that, here I am designing my own. :3

Really, this is sort of an ode to Nintendo's influence on my game design philosophy. I took inspiration from a lot of Nintendo games, in that I want even the little things you do in the game to just be fun/satisfying in addition to the broader game as a whole being fun. These little things shouldn't just be a means to an end. Sure, Mario doing his triple jump can get you to new places, but it's also just plain fun and satisfying to pull off. Riding Epona through Hyrule field full-speed can get you places faster, but it's awesome on its own. In PoP:SoT I still remember the thrill of wall-running for the first time. I want the game to get out of your way and just let you have fun in its world. Nintendo is, in my mind, the master of that in video games (h/t Miyamoto).

General Chat / I'm making a game!
« on: August 24, 2019, 06:26:20 PM »
Well, a board game. Still, wheee!! I've been working on it for like 3 and a half years, and it's getting pretty close to done.

Hello, my old friends. Please check out my game, Hunker. Here's a teaser trailer, even.

I actually had a little moment of inspiration when I was working on my target audience for marketing purposes… Hunker is a pretty family-friendly, in fact the animals are all friends who actually get points for helping each other out in the game. And when it comes to gameplay, I tried to make it play fast and free, in fact I had Prince of Persia: Sands of Time in my mind for how I wanted it to play (just as the board game equivalent). As I was thinking about my audience, I realized that… it's Nintendo people. People who like Mario and Animal Crossing and Kirby and Pikmin, and… well, those are my people. You're my people. <3 So I figured I'd come here and show you all what I'm working on.  ;D

Any other game designers (aspiring or otherwise!) around here? If so, what are you working on?

So, which game looks the best?

… Gotta give it to Breath of the Wild, dang. IT'S JUST SO PURTY *eyes cry rainbows*

Haven't tried Senua's Sacrifice yet, or any of the fancy ports because $$. But I will as soon as I can.

Although it was a port, Okami Remaster will always be one of my favorite. In terms of graphic, it's not the best but the art style is rich, vibrant, and quirky. Some of the scenes are breathtaking. The world is captivating and I was hooked the first time I played it on Switch.

Thank you for reminding me! I love Okami, and I actually re-bought this as well. <3 I'm a sucker for the art style.

General Gaming / Re: Skyrim Thread
« on: May 17, 2019, 05:51:03 PM »
I'm really tempted to pick this up. I am out of touch with modern, non-Nintendo gaming, so I'm grateful for all these ports we've been getting recently. Dark Souls, Skyrim, Wolfenstein 2, even FF7, the list goes on…

Thanks, everyone. I wish Pikmin 3 would be released on Switch, Perm. I didn't have a Wii U so missed that one completely. It's one of my favorite series, too... ;<

With all due respect, are you a bot?

Ehh??? Point me at a picture grid asking to mark all that depict street signs, and I will succeed! Show me a field of swirly, garbly text, and I will type the letters true! Give me a checkbox that reads "I'm not a robot" and I will surely tick that box no matter how small!

Besides that, I knew you an internet lifetime ago, when you were the Man of TVs, waging unending wars of changing allegiances with a relentless mafia. So, no sir, I am no bot. Nay.

Or were you talking to someone else? :3

Skyrim… never played that either, but I know enough to at least enjoy all the memes. :P

Owlboy! Nice!

I knew I could count on you all. My wishlist is getting very full. <3

Whoops, I left Mario Odyssey and Starlink off my list! I have them and will try them next!

I also have to say, Smash is pretty amazing-looking. So much polish. And the score/sfx! Top-notch.

Senua's Sacrifice looks rad, and I'm going to have to look up Snake Pass… Panic Button ports I'll check out! I actually played Wolfenstein (the original!) way back on DOS, haha. It was amazing for its time.

What about another port, Dark Souls? A friend of mine raved about it, and I'm tempted to check it out…

Ooh nice, thanks, just watched a trailer about that one... wow, that style.

Hey all! Until very recently I have only had the means to play my Switch in handheld/portable mode. (Yes, that mournful braying you hear in the background is that of perhaps the singularly saddest trombone.) Beyond that, being a Nintendo guy, I’ve never really had the chance to play any HD games. But after moving into a new apartment and Uncle Sam deciding to give us a bigger than expected tax return, my wife and I got a pretty nice projector! I’m super excited to try out some HD games on the big screen (wall?), but I admit I am a bit out of the loop when it comes to what’s out there for Switch.

I have Zelda, Smash, Splatoon 2 and a handful of indie games, but not much else. And I like pretty much all genres of games other than sports/racing. So please, enlighten me, and hit me up with your recommendations for some of the prettiest Switch games out there. ^_^

General Gaming / Re: Board Game Discussion!
« on: March 21, 2019, 02:42:42 AM »
Currently some coworkers and I get together to play once or twice a month, so we get to try a few new ones.

Jealous. I recently moved and all my board game friends are far away. ;<

And yes, Catan and Ticket to Ride are why we’re having this discussion today. 😬

General Gaming / Re: Board Game Discussion!
« on: March 21, 2019, 02:39:09 AM »
Yay, my peeps!

There is a sandstorm element in Desert that’s pretty different from anything in Island (that’s how the tiles get buried iirc), but there are similarities, too... trying to collect certain things, parts of the map becoming unavailable (but you can reclaim (excavate) them temporarily)... umm but yes, good ones! Lots I haven’t heard of too, which is cool. :D

But don't just ask - tell us what you like too!

Oooh ok ok—
Probably my favorite, which just got a rerelease this past year... Pillars of the Earth. Worker placement game where you’re trying to contribute the most toward building a cathedral in medieval England. It’s based on a book series by Ken Follett but you don’t need to have read them to enjoy the game. Absolutely beautiful art and production.

Letters from Whitechapel is another favorite. One player takes on the role of Jack the Ripper and the others play as constables trying to catch him before he completes his fourth grisly murder. Hidden movement game.

I’d also have to say that Dead of Winter is right up there too. Really dig the storytelling aspect to that one. Zombies are generally a good time, too. ;)

So, any games on the horizon that you’re stoked about?? What’s the hot thing out there these days??

Golf clap to Steefosaurus for providing an epic final day, and khush and pokepal for being the unbreakable townie duo. Also, I wonder how many times MASB nearly blocked our hits... Anyway, this was a fun time, thanks for having me back. And sorry to my mafia peeps for my presence being so spotty. Work+toddler+being sick+moving to a new apartment = a bunch of lame excuses!

We had challenges after day 1 because decoyman was largely unresponsive and Lucario wanted me to communicate via the NWR discord, although I had never been on there before, so I didn't want to raise suspicion as to why I was there all of the sudden during the middle of the game.  Turns out it didn't matter much in the end.

It was close in the end! Kudos to lolmonade and lucario for keeping us in it after I went out. Never forget what coulda been... it woulda been glorious... *fistbump*

General Gaming / Re: Board Game Discussion!
« on: March 17, 2019, 05:23:40 PM »
Sort of have this thread.

I swear I did a search before I posted. ;(

General Gaming / Board Game Discussion!
« on: March 17, 2019, 04:20:42 PM »
I'm kind of surprised a board game discussion thread doesn't exist here! I've been playing more board games (the physical kind) than video games for the last few years, and I love everything about them. The tactile nature of all the pieces, the way it brings friends/family together, the strategy, the art... I've even started designing my own board game! (But that is a topic for another time…)

Any other board gamers around here? What's your favorite game/genre/mechanic/etc.? Why? Any board game you've really been playing (or wanting to play) a lot of lately, or are looking forward to releasing?

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