Working Through My Steam Library | Thoughts

Isolation's got me upping my game guys!

I’ve been a long-time part owner of this blog yet I barely blog, you normally see me on Twitter or procrastinating. But, I really have zero excuses now as I am homebound with nowhere to go and nothing to do and a wife who is moaning at me because she’s still working and I’m not. Happy wife, happy life so I need to change this otherwise she may just kill me before COVID-19 clears.

My reason for not blogging so much in the past is that I’ve had issues with my writing in that I struggled to find my ‘’true voice’’.  I worried about it being taking out of context or being too child-like or too snobby but, ya know, I’m so past worrying about that.

So here goes…

My passion among many things is gaming. PC gaming to be precise. It’s been my passion since I was a young boy and well, I’m not young anymore. This being said my passion for gaming has never gone away. Over the years I’ve played so many game variations, my Steam store games list is a real scroll-a-thon filled with variation upon variation of games. Some so obscure I’ve not even played them and some are amazing but I’ve simply forgotten I had them due to the library being so vast.

Elyse has challenged me to do a PC games series, going through my list on Steam and giving real opinions on whether they’re worth it or not. I plan to do three games in each article but, be warned, some really are obscure thanks to Kinguin mystery packs.

First up is:

♥  12 is Better Than 6 by Ink Stains Games 

Cost: £1.74 - Usually £6.99

This game is a hand-drawn, top-down shooter game with a stealth aspect throw into the mix. You take the role of an escaped Mexican slave whose goal is to flee to the United States, the year is 1873, and you are being chased by people who rather keep you enslaved. The first thing that grasped me was the art style of this game. It's all hand-drawn with pen and paper and, I understand some people might turn their noses at this, but I can assure you that it is visually pleasing, with it's black, white and red colours! (It's very bloody at times). The game features a fully-fledged soundtrack which, I felt, really brought the game to life and complimented it well.

The shooting mechanics are really good, with pressing the right mouse button to cock your gun and left click to fire, so you really have to be careful when trying to take out one of your enemies, you might be able to take those bastards out with one hit, but so can they, and they really want you dead! I found myself having to repeat parts often and re-thinking my strategy for getting past certain areas. 

This game was released in 2015 and I really think that it has aged well. I'm not sure exactly when I added this game to my Steam library, but it was a few years ago, anyway. It definitely falls within the category of "Why the hell haven't I played this before?" one and I genuinely cannot find any fault with it.

If you are wanting to give this one a try and don't have access to a PC, and have a Nintendo Switch, then this is available on that too.


♥  Breathing Fear by LunarPixel

Cost: £1.99 - Only available on the Humblebundle page

Breathing Fear is another one of those games where you have to progress to unlock the story because at the start I had no idea what the heck was happening. It's a spooky game, with a few jumps scares, which when coupled with creepy piano impact noises, had me jumping at least a few times. You start off with nothing other than a flashlight, which acts as your time limit, once the timer reaches zero, your heart rate will start to go up. Once it reaches 70, you're dead. 

To counter this, you'll need to find ways to keep your heart rate down. Things like alcohol, soothing music and praying will give you temporary relief from your slow descent into madness, you know, the usual nerve-calming things, but be warned, these things can only be used once. Limited batteries for the flashlight can be found but they are few and far between. 

Visually, the game graphics are very low resolution and some people might find it hard to make out what is what and, with the added darkness, it makes it even harder to see what's going on. That being said, I really like the pixel art style.

The sound is okay but eventually will start to grate on you, the crow sounds when going outside, for instance, made me want to stay inside the house because it was annoying as hell.

I never had the patience to actually sit through the whole game as it was far too linear for me, you really have to do everything in a set sequence and doing that multiple times just bored the tits off of me. 

Rating: ★★★

♥ Castle Crashers by The Behemoth

Cost: £1.99 - Usually £9.99

This game reminds me of the old Golden Axe games from the late 80s. That's a good thing in my books, as I loved that series! Castle Crashers is a side-scrolling, hacky wacky, type game where you have to save the four princesses and a gem that was stolen from the King's castle, where you, and depending on how many people you are playing with, were attending a party.

There's a lot of slapstick comedy that will give a few laughs, but the thing I liked the most was the role-playing game aspect. As you slay and conquer the King's enemies, you will gain experience points which will help you progress to the next level. As you gain levels you will be able to improve your strength, magic, defence and agility. All of these attributes will help you take down your enemies easier and allow you to progress quicker. You'll also pick up gold and weapons upgrades from enemies, with the gold allowing you to purchase upgrades and potions for healing your wounds because, to be honest, you'll get a lot of them! 

There's not much in the way of dialogue and all of the stories are told to you through what is psychically happening on the screen, so if you have a wicked imagination, this is the game for you. You'll fight all manners of beasts, from catfish (a literal cat with fins on it), a huge hairy troll and battering ram thingy, to name but a few and there are loads of minor enemies to fight along the way. 

You make your progress through the game using a huge, Mario type, map and each place of note can be accessed from here. You can return to all of these places and all of the enemies will be returned to their original state. This is particularly good if you want to test a new weapon and see how much it has improved your damage output.

I've had this game in my Steam library for a long time, and although I have played it on the Xbox, I have never played it on the PC. Word of warning though - if you are not used to playing with the keyboard, then a controller might be needed for this one as the keybindings are a bit shit, you are warned about this on the initial loading screen, though. 

Overall, this is a graphically pleasing title with a decent soundtrack and I will definitely be going back to this one! 

Rating: ★★★★★★★★★
So, that ends part one of this series. 
Have you played any of the above? If not, would you be likely to try them after hearing about them? If you have any recommendations for this series drop me a line over on Twitter or in the comment section below.  

Stay safe!

Hairy Boy

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