Monthend Video Game Wrap-Up – April 2017

~ Game Over ~

NieR: Automata (PS4) – Finished up and got that sweet platinum trophy. Loved every minute of it. I laughed, I cried (multiple times), and I have to say it’s a worthy follow-up to one of my favourites.

PaRappa the Rapper Remastered (PS4) – Yeah, I bashed my head against this wall long enough to get to the end, but I doubt I will ever truly understand how to play well.

Blaster Master Zero (Switch) – What a stellar game! The original Blaster Master is much too hard for me, so this reboot was a very nice way to appreciate the game without all the headaches.

The Unfinished Swan (PS4) – A weird little first-person adventure game that is constantly playing with how you get around its world. Read more here.

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap (Switch) – Beautiful remake of a TG-16 platformer that I didn’t realize that I already own on Wii Virtual Console. Oh well! It’s definitely worth buying again!

Pic-A-Pix Color (WiiU) – Honestly, I’m as surprised as you are that I’m playing a Wii U game. But then again, it’s picross, so maybe not. Also it’s crossbuy with 3DS, so I’ll likely play it again soon!

~ Now Playing ~

Final Fantasy Explorers (3DS) – Not quite as Monster Hunter-like as I want, but it’s still a pretty fun monster/loot/gear cycle. In particular, I enjoy beefing up spells to make them utterly broken.

Has-Been Heroes (Switch) – Easily as frustrating as PaRappa, but the randomness of it allows for occasional runs when you can win battles and feel unstoppable. At least until a boss appears.

Typeshift (iOS) – A simple spelling game that is much more enthralling than any other mobile game before it. Still, probably won’t spend money on the expansion puzzles.

King of Fighters ’98 (Switch) – I felt that I needed a fighting game to tide me over until Pocket Rumble. Though holy crap I forgot how brutal arcade fighters are. Ryan needs practice badly.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch) – This is how I spend my weekends now. Sometimes unintentionally! But that’s okay, because it’s so good.

Snake Pass (Switch) – Its beautiful graphics and music are just a cover for the very difficult gameplay of trying to play a platformer as a snake the moves (generally) like a snake.

Trailer Park Boys: Greasy Money (iOS) – Just what I need in my life: another clicker/idle game.

Stardew Valley (PC) – I can’t help but wonder how anyone would ever finish all the Community Centre bundles without a wiki/guide. Good thing this game didn’t exist before the internet.

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