Games That Don’t Have a Thread Catch-All

LOL UPDATE: the game has been patched since I posted before, adding in a bunch of bug fixes and tweaks to difficulty, including many more sliders to tailor things.

Patch notes here: https://steamdb.info/patchnotes/1466...

The patch looks promising, as it addresses nearly all my gripes. Looking forward to my next session, which starts … now

Tried the demo for this after the review. Honestly very solid. Funny and interesting typing game but not really about speed typing. While exploring a dungeon. Almost closer to wordle. Funny too. Lots of difficulty settings which is nice.

I can vouch for Cryptmaster, feels like a really fresh take on a grid-based dungeon crawler.

omni wrote:

Another Steam Next Fest, another 11 games from my wishlist (and 3 or 4 others that have grabbed my attention) now have a demo available, along with hundreds of others. This is a great time to see how far some upcoming games are from being 'ready' (not always related to how close they are to Early Access release, or full release).

What do you recommend trying?

The Alters looks absolutely fascinating

The Alters was pretty good, but ran really poorly on my gaming laptop at the time (note I'm also running on Linux, so there's an added layer that Windows users may not experience). Definitely keeping an eye on it.

Obviously depends on what you enjoy, but others that I have tried:

Mirthwood: Almost forgot this one. Described as a cross between a more mature Stardew Valley mixed with Skyrim and Rimworld, how could I say no! I think you only get a few in-game days with the demo. Love the feel of the intro, so interested to see where this goes both in terms of development and story.

Republic of Pirates: A non-Ubisoft, Pirate-themed Anno game. Haven't gone very far into it, but I'm *desperate* for more good Pirate games. We can't cling on to Black Flag and Sid Meier's Pirates! forever. This one played well and was pretty interesting without offering (so far) anything game changing. Again I haven't got very far, so maybe things really come to the surface once you are hiring additional captains and attacking fleets or outposts.

Endzone 2: An extension from Endzone 1, and similar in many ways. Surviving the Aftermath is also along the same lines when it comes to building the base and scavanging materials etc. Nothing forumla-defining so far.

Project Castaway: Quite early on, but enjoyed the little time I put into it. It's a bit like starting out in ARK - sticking to the beach areas initially, building a quick basic hut etc. Why do these games love motion blur so much??

ASKA: Another survival crafty game, felt pretty good, but found the tutorial could use some work. It wasn't that clear what could be harvested and how (or why). Need to put some more time into it.

Fata Deum: A "God Game" similar to Black & White. I haven't put too much time into this, and again it ran pretty poorly for me. This is the second time I've tried it during a Next Fest and while it looks appealing, I dunno, something just doesn't grab me enough to keep playing. Still interested enough to keep it on my wishlist (been on there since 2021...) and see where it gets to.

Others I have downloaded and still to try are: Backwoods, First Dwarf, Hidden Pass, Skye: The Misty Isle, Star Vortex, Tactical Breach Wizards and Wizards of Legend 2. If anything stands out, i'll pop a note in here. A theme of 'haven't put too much time into it' probably means the above isn't that useful... damn work getting in the way

This has a ton of potential. The original game appealed but it sounded like the game had numerous flaws that blunted the game’s ambition. Hopefully they can remedy those problems. They go over a number of their other remasters at the start.

@Omni regarding a pirate fix have you tried Vendetta?

Failed on the link but it's Vendetta - Curse of Raven's cry

Nightdive needs to hold off on remastering every game they can think of, and finish System Shock 2: Enhanced Edition already.

kborom wrote:

@Omni regarding a pirate fix have you tried Vendetta?

Failed on the link but it's Vendetta - Curse of Raven's cry

I have not, no. A brief look brings up very mixed reviews on Steam, and a bundle of 'worst game of 2015' hits on youtube. Maybe it improved after that?

Fallen Aces launched into early access with its first episode.

Playing through it now - excellent pulpy aesthetics, open levels with multiple paths to your goal, fun combat sandbox, and a touch of stealth and immersive sim elements. So far, it's pretty...aces.

omni wrote:
kborom wrote:

@Omni regarding a pirate fix have you tried Vendetta?

Failed on the link but it's Vendetta - Curse of Raven's cry

I have not, no. A brief look brings up very mixed reviews on Steam, and a bundle of 'worst game of 2015' hits on youtube. Maybe it improved after that?

I've just checked and I played without any issues in 2018 for over 30 hours. Not sure why I stopped but I suspect there was another game I was looking forward to and just never got back to it.

Chants of Sennaar is a wonderful deduction puzzle game in the vein of Return of the Obra Dinn and Curse of the Golden Idol. Rather than solving murders, this one deals with Language. You'll read signs and listen to conversations and solve puzzles in order to be able to understand the language, translate between the 5 languages, and make your way up a tower/caste system.

I'm certain I saw it mentioned somewhere here but I can't find where it was written about. Anyway its great for solo or 'cooperative' play (two+ brains are better than one) and a solid 12ish hours of unraveling to do, extrapolating from my current progress.

polypusher wrote:

I'm certain I saw it mentioned somewhere here but I can't find where it was written about. Anyway its great for solo or 'cooperative' play (two+ brains are better than one) and a solid 12ish hours of unraveling to do, extrapolating from my current progress.

I played this game with a friend, sharing my screen on Discord, and I absolutely recommend it as a coop game. The language puzzles are a great fit for discussing with another person and solving it together.

When I noticed a pattern in the symbol design it felt like such a big brain moment. Big kudos to the game designers for making really interesting logical puzzles.

Picked up Chained Together

It's fun as hell, and super hard as well.

You know how Diplomacy (or Monopoly) are friendship-killers?

This is that, but in video-game form.

It's also incredibly good at forcing rage-quits and giving you vertigo.

mudbunny wrote:

Picked up Chained Together

It's fun as hell, and super hard as well.

I was thinking of picking this one up.. are you playing couch co-op or online? Curious if the cameras are fixed for couch or are both players fighting for control of the camera?

I am playing training (aka solo) mode.

I haven't seen any clips anywhere of what couch coop video looks like.

I grabbed Minishoot Adventures in the Steam Sale and it's such a great little arcade shmup! I consider myself not very good but not terrible at these games and the difficulty curve and general balance and pace of the game is working really well for me. It's also a fantastic Steam Deck game.

I've put some good time into Symphony of War: The Nephilim Saga, which is a Tactics game with an interesting twist - each character on the field are a group of units that you level up and mix and match individually. Some say it makes it more like Ogre Battle than Fire Emblem (the other obvious modern comp), but either way, it's sort of an interesting system. I've been playing on what is basically Hard/Casual, so the enemies do more damage but there's no permadeath. I think the game would be miserable if you're always having to replace the little units with mercenaries - I could see hitting a doom loop at times where you can't field good enough units to fight the actual battles.

Anyway, it's totally fine. The combat is relatively fun, the army building is kind of fun but often devolves into tanky guys up front, healers and archers in back, and then whoever in the middle. Even the Rouge classes or army of just archers still want a tank in front and a healer, so all units start to look kind of similar by the end. But for a budget priced tactics game (and one that regularly gets thrown into bundles on Fanatical), it's worth playing.

A handful of really neat games I picked up in the Steam sale:

Megaquarium is a theme park game based on setting up tanks of exotic fish. Less dolphin shows and more clownfish.

Seconding John's rec for Showgunners a page or so back. It's figured out the feel of Xcom better than anything else that's tried the tbt genre. Not super difficult, but I haven't upped the settings yet.

Golden Treasure. Neat stat-based visual novel about being a Dragon. Reminiscent of a bunch of the "train your princess" VNs but with eating snakes instead of studying fencing.

Aetheris: Banner Saga with lizards. Possibly the prettiest game I've played....ever? Certainly this year.

I'm probably also going to spring for Kaiju Wars based on the demo. Kind of a variation on Into The Breach with a lot of style and humor.

Symphony of War: The Nephilim Saga has been on wishlist a while. It's waiting for that time when it's insultingly cheap or when I actually have time to play it in about 8 years of pile clearance.

Once Human launched yesterday. A word of warning when you first pick your server: they initially meant for everyone to have just a single character, and you'd be tied to the server you selected. They got a lot of negative feedback about that and now let you have multiple characters, but each character is still stuck on a single server. The thing to really watch out for though is that all the cosmetic shop stuff and the battle pass are character bound, so if you bought the battle pass or an outfit on one character, they don't apply to any of the others. Another things that's only an issue for people who played the closed beta tests, none of the reward medals are claimable if you play through Steam, if you want them you have to use their standalone launcher and login with the same account you used during the beta. The steam client has no way to link to that account yet.

The Case of the Golden Idol just came out on Gamepass and it is really good, maybe the best of its kind of thing since Obra Dinn. My kids burned through it yesterday afternoon and I'm thinking of buying the expansions today.

It's an absolutely great family game for families that are into crime scene analysis.

If you like Golden Idol and Obra Dinn, put Chants of Sennaar on your list next. Details up the thread on this page!