So, I have played through/am playing another batch of games lately so this might be quite long as a result, especially when it comes to one of them.
Anyway, let’s get started with Pictopix, the very first picross game I’ve ever played. I’ve been wanting to try this genre of puzzle for a while but was afraid it would not be my cup of tea. Turns out, it kind of is but with the caveat that while I’m enjoying solving these puzzles, I feel like I’m fairly slow in completing them, especially given the fact that I have been playing in Beginner difficulty. Still, I feel like I’m getting better at them and I’m enjoying myself, which is the most important thing at the end of the day.
After finishing Hypnospace Outlaw, I wanted something to play along similar lines and so I settled on Orwell, a game I’ve played through once before but felt okay revisiting. Such an interesting premise and, while it does suffer at times from a flawed execution, it remains a fairly unique idea that I feel more games should explore and expand upon. I’ve heard the sequel is not nearly as good and so I haven’t tried it yet but I might still get to it at some point as there are so very few games like this.
Then I came back to Eliza and finished it after a couple more sessions. This, much like the titular virtual counselor works with its clients, turned out to involve a lot of reflexion. I honestly didn’t expect a game, let alone a visual novel, to reveal facets of my personality that I rarely if ever get to explore in my real life but somehow Eliza did just that for me. I’m usually very much into role-playing, as is evidenced by some of my previous posts on this forum but in this case, I wasn’t playing a role but just being myself and making choices based on my own thoughts and feelings. Not only does this game ask a lot of pertinent questions, it never forces you into answering them in binary ways, nor does it judge you for the choices you make. The clients you meet are also really well written, they feel very human and relatable in a way that reminds me of Disco Elysium of all things. Even the ending I got felt perfect to me, even though I worried I somehow made a “bad choice”, that was not the case at all and I’m really happy about it. This is something very special indeed, Sin really has an eye for these types of games.
Lastly, after so much introspection, I needed something very different, and, given that I still had a voucher from the Epic store, I settled with Journey to the Savage Planet. So far it’s been very colorful, silly, often dumb but also pretty fun. Hopefully it remains engaging until the end but I guess we’ll see.