Night of (the) Full Moon – A Free Alternative to Slay the Spire?

Surprisingly Good

I held off on doing my review of Night of Full Moon because I wanted to explore a good chunk of its content prior to review, but I’m finding that there is actually just too much content for me to justify holding this off any longer. As such, I’m here to let you know that if you like games such as Slay the Spirebut don’t have the budget, then this is an excellent free alternative! Continue reading “Night of (the) Full Moon – A Free Alternative to Slay the Spire?”

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Wallpaper Engine – Creating Cool Stuff!

Getting Creative!

Today I felt like sharing some recent creative endeavors I’ve been undertaking. I’ll be talking about Wallpaper Engine, a tool that lets you make amazing animated wallpapers as well as sharing some of my works with you guys. If you like what you see here, don’t be afraid to reach out and request something yourself. With that said, let’s start with the review. Continue reading “Wallpaper Engine – Creating Cool Stuff!”

ISLANDERS – Mini Review

Casual Rougelite, City-building?

Not too long ago I decided to pick up a little game called ISLANDERS which is self-described as a minimalist strategy game about building cities on colorful islands. However, it got some media buzz where folks were saying it brought together two genres that normally shouldn’t mix:  citybuilders and rougelites. Was this just a passing fad or something worth your time?

For a studio I didn’t really know anything about, GrizzlyGames absolutely knocked it out of the park with ISALNADERS. It’s deceptively simple, something you can play for five minutes or five hours, and does so while offering a decent puzzle challenge. Let me explain how you play a bit.

Each phase of the game you are given an assortment of buildings that you need to place in order to gain score. In essence, this is a score attack game, so how high can you go? Buildings like and dislike certain things which increase or decrease your score accordingly. If you make enough score in that time, you get to select a new “pack” of buildings and keep going. All the while, you are working towards unlocking the next island, because eventually, you will run out of moves and need a fresh start.

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It’s really that simple! While this may seem too minimalist, its actually something that will manage to hold your attention for several hours. It’s easy to say to yourself, “Just one… more… turn…” which is something you want to see in a game like ISLANDERS.

The more you play the better you’ll get. There’s a weird psychology to the game where you want to make an aesthetically pleasing city, but you also need all the score you can get. After a few runs, you’ll get really good at planning your cities out in advance to achieve both goals simultaneously. That, or you’ll throw beauty to the wind and really get some high scores!

Either way, there isn’t really a “wrong” way to play this one. You may think that needing to hit point goals may make the game a little stressful, but it doesn’t. Play occurs at whatever pace you are comfortable with, there are no time penalties. Failure isn’t a big deal either. Usually, it results in you having made a mistake or just not being prepared for upcoming buildings.

When you are new, this may be slightly frustrating because you will lose games to not optimizing for the late game, but that’s also part of the fun. It never felt unfair to me, there always felt like I had a chance at success even when first starting. Even with 8 hours under my belt, I still figure out new ways to do even better on future games.

The game has a set way it progresses through the islands, which offers variety while still letting you plan ahead accordingly. Really, there is very little randomness in the game. You choose what will come up next most of the time, though you don’t know the exact things a pack will contain, and the packs come up in a certain relative order. Eventually it’ll start giving you random pieces, but at that point you are doing really well on an island. Once you move to a new area, the cycle repeats.

That’s really all there is to ISLANDERS. It has received a few updates which tweak the balance, they have added new buildings, and seems like it will receive further support. For a $4.99 game, it may be a bit expensive for some, but for most it will be worth the cost. I highly recommend this one.


Have you played other strange genre mashup games like ISLANDERS before? What two genres would you want to see mixed? Let me hear your thoughts on this game and those in the comments. If you want to support my writing you can do so via the Ko-fi button below. Thanks for reading and I hope you have a good one!

Galaxy Trucker – Long-Hauling in a Dangerous Space Time

A Great Digital Version!

Please note that I received a review copy of Galaxy Trucker from the publisher for review purposes.

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As you may know, I have a HUGE board game collection. It sits somewhere just over 200 games, but there are great titles that I don’t have for one reason or another. Galaxy Trucker is one of them. It’s always been a game that has interested me with its real-time, frantic, ship-building action that is mixed with random events that may-or-may-not end up destroying your hard work. There just aren’t a lot of games like it out there, so it is a very unique one on that front.

However, I never even gave it a go in all these years. I tend to not really enjoy real-time games, even digitally, with only a few rare exceptions. The idea of building this awesome spaceship, just to have it (probably) fall to ruin, kind of puts me off too. Plus, in the physical version it is a bit fiddly sounding. When I was offered a chance to take a look at the upcoming release of Galaxy Trucker for Steam I jumped at the chance to finally give this a go. I’m sure glad I did too, and here’s why! Continue reading “Galaxy Trucker – Long-Hauling in a Dangerous Space Time”

BalanCity & Frost Game Reviews – Two Unique Games, Two VERY Different Opinions

Two Reviews in One?!?

I’m doing something a bit different today and reviewing two games instead of one. Normally I’d do a Mini Review for each game here but then I thought, why not combine the two? Especially since both games offer a unique spin on their respective game genres and both are relatively quick plays for the more casual gamer looking to kill smaller chunks of time while bored. We’ll take a look at BalanCity first and then Frost, so let’s get to it! Continue reading “BalanCity & Frost Game Reviews – Two Unique Games, Two VERY Different Opinions”

Artifact – Great Game, Bad Execution

Predatory Practice

Valve announced, much to the displeasure of many, the release of their newest title since Dota 2 in 2013, a card game titled Artifact. Being an avid player of card games, and having reviewed several of the biggest ones in the market currently, in some form or another (Hearthstone, Shadowverse, and others), I was afforded the opportunity to take a look at this one as well. What sets Artifact apart from those games is that it is not free-to-play, features designs from world-famous Richard Garfield, and mimics the real-world TCG scene seen in games like Magic the Gathering with its closed economy system. There’s a lot to unpack here so let’s waste no time and dive into just what you get with your $20 purchase of Artifact and if it is ultimately worth your money! Continue reading “Artifact – Great Game, Bad Execution”

The Mirror Lied – Mini Review

Halloween Leftovers

I love Freebird Games’ To the Moon, so whenever they release something new I check it out. Well, this is more like a re-release of a 2008 title, The Mirror Lied. The game is pretty abstract and only takes about 30 minutes to beat 100%. It was one of the games I tried out for my brief spooky game play session this Halloween. The big question here, is this any good?

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Really, I have no clue what to think of the story. It didn’t exactly make a ton of sense. Though I am not without some theories. There is a lot of referring to a birdie and a portion of the game where you look at, what appears to be, a virus under a microscope.

My best guess is that some epidemic is, or was, about to take place and that is what the story is about. Past that, your best guess is as good as mine. It is very much up for interpretation.

When it comes to the atmosphere it is kind of spooky but this isn’t a horror game at all. Stuff kind of just happens, the creepiest being a phone ringing with cryptic messages (if you answer). The Mirror Lied has one song for its soundtrack, which I liked ok, but it isn’t the greatest.

As far as an initial impression goes, this is something to check out if you like more experimental games. With such a short playtime it isn’t really asking much of you either. If anything, it is something different.

The creator, Kan, put out a video explaining everything so here you go:

Finally, all the questions answered!


Give the game a go, or not, it is free. What is your best guess for what happened in the story? Let me hear your voice in the comments. If you would like to help me out a bit please click the donation button below. As always, thanks for reading and hope to see you back here again soon!

Angels of Death – Mini Review Part 2 of 2 (Episodes 13-16)

Wasted Time

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The look I’m giving this show

Welcome to part 2 of the Angels of Death review. If you missed part 1, you can read that here. Last time I stated I would be finishing this one mostly as a formality, but I always hope that my expectations can be exceeded. Was that the case with the final four episodes of Angels of Death? Kind of. You see, these episodes were generally better but the ending left a definite sour taste in my mouth.

What exactly it was that made three of the four episodes better is kind of hard to pin down. They didn’t really do all that much different, yet somehow they were more fun to watch. This might have to do with tighter pacing as things reach the end game, or perhaps how the characters interact, but regardless, there is something here that Angels of Death was sorely lacking previously.

Still, they weren’t the best episodes. These improvements were noticeable but nothing near enough to provide a boost to my opinion of the show as a whole. Even if it did, the final episode was really bad. Let’s talk about that.

Image result for angels of death episode 16The finale of Angels of Death is a lot of silent, sweeping shots. After finally escaping, Rachel and Zach make it to, what appears to be, the streets of modern day London. Zach is promptly arrested and Rachel is taken to a mental facility. The few bits of dialog are Rachel’s Dr. saying totally random stuff about Rachel (that is wrong) while being interviewed by a character, who they bothered to animate having a moving mouth, that never speaks because he isn’t Japanese.

That part really irked me. They didn’t even try to dub it with bad English. Heck, even if he just spoke Japanese, that would have been fine. The Dr. does so just fine. It is weird and nonsensical since they animated the guy clearly talking. Instead, you just get awkward silence and subtitles.

In the end Rachel learns that Zach is to be put to death for his crimes but then he shows up last-minute to whisk Rachel away and fulfill his promise. After the long credits, which were a nice touch just for the fact that everybody is seemingly accredited across all 16 episodes, a bonus scene lingers on the now empty room where Rachel was, with Zach’s knife that he gave to her on the floor with some blood.

You might think that Rachel killed herself based on that, which would be an ok enough end, but game players have confirmed that everything was very literal with the ending. Just do yourself a favor, don’t bother with Angels of Death. It just isn’t worth it for a few alright moments at best.

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I do plan to check the game out, as I recently acquired it during Steam’s Halloween sale, since the game is supposed to be a lot better. Hopefully that is true and when I finish that up you will definitely be seeing a review of that on here. If you would like to check the game out, click the image below. I’m trying a new thing out where certain key images link to places like the MAL page or other useful sites.

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What are your thoughts on Angels of Death? Did you find this to be pretty bad like me, or did you actually enjoy this quite a bit? Plan to check out the game? Let me hear your thoughts in the comments below. If you would like to support me and my content please hit the button below as I’d greatly appreciate it. As always, thank you for reading and have yourself a wonderful day!

Anime ABC’s P is for Psycho-Pass

Living in a “Perfect” World

Image result for psycho passImagine a world where you have the most ideal job for you. In this world you have access to incredible health care, especially in regards to your mental well-being. This is a world where everyone truly belongs, a utopia, if you will. Well… at least for most people. Sure, some folks fall through the cracks but society didn’t really need them any way. No big loss. Welcome to the world of Psycho-Pass.
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Confess My Love – Mini Review

An Endless Cycle of Rejection

This will truly be a mini review, as I have very little to say about Confess My Love by LR Studio. This is a free to play game on Steam that is about, well, confessing your love to a girl. Toted as a horror title I thought this innocent looking title might be a good quick look for Halloween since that was around the corner. Sadly, there just isn’t much here and this isn’t really worth your time unless you plan to play the connected game Transparent Black.

Here was my experience with Confess My Love. I spent two whole hours, with a guide after a bit, getting 100% on this game. At first it was fun to explore and see the various ways your crush, Liza will reject you, but it quickly became tedious. This was especially true if you wanted to get the true ending, which requires you to do a core loop that only has a 1/3 chance of even triggering in order to progress.

To the credit of the developer, the game is streamlined enough that once you do hit that event trigger, you don’t have to repeat the whole loop any more, just part of it. However, a lot of the game is still just walking up to Liza at various times and choosing to confess right away or hesitate a bit.

So is this spooky then? No. It doesn’t deserve the horror tag it received. There is an ending where Liza does accept your feelings but she becomes a ghost thing and murders you unless you run away. Eh.

How about the story then? I at first thought this was going to be a story about how people can get in their own heads. Then with the introduction of the second character, Julie, I thought things would take a more Doki Doki Literature Club route where she would be the one with feelings for you and the, “correct” choice. Well all that is totally wrong!

Instead, and spoilers (but really, you shouldn’t care), it turns out you were dead the whole time, Julie is the Devil, and Liza is just a construct of your own personal Hell in regards to your lingering regret upon death. There is a semi-cute scene where you find out that Liza liked you and she gets this cake you bought her but it was not at all worth it.

One point of praise I can give to Confess My Love is that it has a lovely soundtrack of like 3 songs. Still, I enjoyed it thoroughly as I played those two hours so it wasn’t like the whole thing was awful. The game is just tedious with not much pay out. Conceptually interesting but lacking in execution.

Note:  The game’s translation has since improved dramatically from when this trailer was made

Despite all of this, I am interested in Transparent Black at the price of $0.99 so I suppose I’ll give that a try. If you decide you’d like to check out that game then that is the only circumstance where I’d recommend Confess Your Love as a 100% completion save for this game is REQUIRED for Transparent Black if you want to beat it. I just regret deleting my save now…


What free to play games would you recommend for the spook-tacular season? Have you played Confess My Love? Let me hear your thoughts in the comments below. If you would like to support me please hit my donation button below as I’d greatly appreciate it. As always, thank you so much for reading and have a wonderful day!