08/09 A Short Hike (PC) I've heard this can be a very short game. You can reach the peak in an hour. Maybe less. I took a lot longer than that, distracted for three hours. This game is just nice. Incredibly chilled. And even though I've finished it I don't think I'll be uninstalling it. There's still more to see. The only downside is the creators preferred fat pixel mode. I usually love chunky pixels but in this case felt that the game looked much better without the chunks. (A quick trip to the graphics menu allows you to fix it.) And if you've played it before...play it again. They've added a motorboat which has a great scene.
06/09 RAD (PC) Bit of an odd one this. It's a six level rogue like with a Diablo style perspective and design somewhat like the Binding of Isaac. It's a weird collaboration between Double Fine and Namco which means it's wacky and off kilter but with classic Namco arcade sound effects. It's got an 80's straight to VHS feel down to the filters on some of the screens, the colour palette and the new wave music. The plot? After the second apocalypse teenagers are sent into the radiation infested world outside the village. You're armed with a baseball bat and the ability to absorb radiation. Every creature you kill (and some food you consume) with give you XP in the form of radiation. Every level up gives you a new mutation. Maybe a buff or resistance. Maybe extra health. Maybe an arm you can rip off and use as a boomerang, a tail that spawns spider like mini me things, maybe gas that can poison.
It's great and all but it's the very definition of a 7/10 game.
And I fell in love with it. After completing it eight times (out of over 50 runs) with a play time of 60 hours I've probably exhausted everything the game had to offer (and truth be told the ending was anti climatic) but I got an awful lot out of the $11AU I paid for it. I'd hesitate to recommend it over Diablo or Binding of Issac, both better games. It just felt like this was made just for me.
Previously this month
05/09 Super Mario Bros (SNES/Switch)
Earlier this year