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12 hours ago, snowbind said:

Thank you very much santa. 

 

12 hours ago, fragglerock said:

Oh shiiiiiiit. 14 gifts?! But I cannot see what they are in the app and I am away from my computer till new year!

 

Assume it is all anime porn and bad rats sequels!

 

Thanks Santa!

 

I can't be the only one who loves finding out what others get, surely? Spill the beans guys :D

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12 hours ago, mr_woo said:

Fucking awesome, thanks so much Secret Santa for

 

Into The Breach

Android Assault Cactus

Prey - Mooncrash

Paratopic

Dungeon Of The Endless

 

Honestly really very generous of you, thanks so much! 

 

Merry Xmas everyone :)

I also got Paratopic after RPS' coverage on that and the supposed similarities to Thirty Flights of Loving. Maybe I'll give it a go after dinner tonight! :)

 

Oh and I found Dungeon of the Endless rockhard. Let me know if you manage to get anywhere near the end! I don't think I ever did in any case. 

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12 hours ago, Gabe said:

Woah, thanks so much Santa, a lovely bundle!

 

Wulverblade - a 2D scrolling beat-'em-up which is a genre I've been eyeing up for a while and this one seems to have good reviews - so looking forward to smashing people in the face when I'm back at my PC on Boxing Day.

Got it on Switch myself and went through it in co-op from start to finish. Excellent little game!

 

(the last time I played a beat-em-up it must've been Rival Turf on the SNES!)

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Ha, my bad.

 

I got abzu - which I really wanted, it looks.like a very chill, trippy, underwater puzzle platformer/ exploration game.

 

Hollow knight, which I have no idea what it is, but I have heard podcasters speaking very highly of it.

 

Xcom 2, which was on my list and I'll be very happy to play.

 

Thanks sants!

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45 minutes ago, VN1X said:

Got it on Switch myself and went through it in co-op from start to finish. Excellent little game!

 

(the last time I played a beat-em-up it must've been Rival Turf on the SNES!)

 

How long is it?

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Got the Sonic Humble Bundle (as amazingly it had 2 Sonic titles I didn't already own on Steam) which means I've got spares for:

 

Sonic Adventure DX

Sonic Adventure 2 + Battle DLC

Sonic CD

Sonic and SEGA All Stars Racing earlymodernsteve

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Collection APM

Sonic Generations Collection Banterbury

 

Give me a PM, and Knuckles.

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19 hours ago, Qazimod said:

Gifts!

 

I received:

 

Curses 'n' Chaos - I only recently added this to my wishlist as I remembered I missed out on the PS+ giveaway ...and I love Tribute Games and any G 'n' G style things.

Bloodstained: CotM - this is at a bargainous price of about £6 at the moment so I expect it will be in a few other lists! :D Again, I thoroughly enjoy classic 'vania so this should be fun.

Jamestown & DLC! - I'd been meaning to get this for ages, so now I can finally see where all the praise comes from.

 

Massive thanks to my Santa! And of course to @JPR for arranging this. :wub: 

 

Immediate impressions of my gifts!

 

Jamestown - a very slick shooter with a very Cave-style setup. Shoot enemies, build up the lil' meter in the top left, hit the "Vaunt" button and soak up the bullets for a big bonus, repeat. Your ship even has a cool Cave-esque beam, and the in-game shop looks like something that could inspire players to spend plenty of time playing and building up currency. :)

 

Curses 'n' Chaos - a fun little 2D side-on wave-survival game with a Ghosts 'n' Goblins style vibe, developed by Tribute (Mercenary Kings guys). Enemies jump onscreen from the left and right, and you have to fend them off and set up traps in order to cover more ground. It's very simple but can quickly become quite moreish - and it's by Tribute, so expect the usual solid pixel work and awesome chiptunes.

 

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon - I don't know what to say about this that hasn't already been said, but it's a nice little love letter to 8-bit Castlevanias. It looks exactly as you'd expect it to look, the music is sweet, you hit lanterns for collectibles, fodder enemies rise up from the ground before pursuing you, and stairs are as daft as they've always been. I can already tell from an early look that this is going to be great.

 

Thanks Santa! :hug: 

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57 minutes ago, NEG said:

Got the Sonic Humble Bundle (as amazingly it had 2 Sonic titles I didn't already own on Steam) which means I've got spares for:

 

Sonic Adventure DX

Sonic Adventure 2 + Battle DLC

Sonic CD

Sonic and SEGA All Stars Racing

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Collection

Sonic Generations Collection

 

Give me a PM, and Knuckles.

I'll take Racing Transformed if it's still available...

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2 hours ago, NEG said:

Got the Sonic Humble Bundle (as amazingly it had 2 Sonic titles I didn't already own on Steam) which means I've got spares for:

 

Sonic Adventure DX

Sonic Adventure 2 + Battle DLC

Sonic CD

Sonic and SEGA All Stars Racing

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Collection APM

Sonic Generations Collection Banterbury

 

Give me a PM, and Knuckles.

 

Would love Sonic and SEGA Racing if it's still going, please.

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Only just had chance to get back to my computer. Thankyou so much to my Secret Santa! Not only did they get me two of the top games on my wishlist, Tyranny & Heat Signature, but also some new games, Zero G Arena & Drakensaag to try out! This is going to be a fun christmas break :D Thanks again!

 

And thankyou JPR for organising this so flawlessly for so many years in a row.

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Thanks JPR and thanks to my secret Santa -

 

Borderlands

Chrono Trigger (Admittedly the pc version wasn't meant to have been done well but I've had an itch to replay this again for a while)

And for the king (To be honest not one I'd even heard of before however it looks like a cracking game so quite excited to give this a try)

 

Anyway's all 3 are downloading as we speak :)

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Sorry for the delay Santa, but I have got on a real computer so I can see what my prodigious packages contain!

 

Super Steampunk Pinball 2D : this may actually run on this computer!

Sonic Mania

Sonic Mania - Encore DLC

Panty Party: installing right now!

VR Regatta - The Sailing Game : wishlist sailing game (I love to sail but cannot afford a boat!)

Dead Cells: wish list, gotten good reviews

X Rebirth VR Edition: been playing a bit of X4 lately, but really miss the VR of Elite, looking forward to trying this!

The Witness: I have heard good things... lets see if my brain box is up to it!

DOOM VFR: loved DOOM 2016 so glad to get back into it, and what better on the 25th anniversary of the original doom! RIP AND TEAR!

Undertale: an antidote to DOOM games?

Finding Paradise

Hexcells Complete Pack: more puzzles! I have seen people here rate it. 

Celeste: strawberries are my favorite fruit so should be all good :D

Stellaris: watched a few Waypoint streams and this looked super interesting.

 

Thanks again Santa just amazing generosity!

 

Also of course thanks to JPR for doing the grunt work and MarkN and APM for additional fun!

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That Santa has great taste in games, I must say. :blink2:

 

Finding Paradise is the sequel to To The Moon, just in case unaware! @fragglerock :)

 

@MarkN Picrastination thoughts: Great style and humor, but the par times are far, far too tight for the average human. That would be my only complaint so far. 4 seconds. 4 seconds?! Aaahhh

 

 

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14 minutes ago, NEG said:

@MarkN Picrastination thoughts: Great style and humor, but the par times are far, far too tight for the average human. That would be my only complaint so far. 4 seconds. 4 seconds?! Aaahhh

 

 

The par times are only that tight on the tiny levels where you can memorise them, and try to crack them out super-fast, because replaying them a couple of times isn't a big issue. After that they get more and more generous as the size increases (there are a few where the puzzles form obvious patterns that I make a little challenging, but generally I don't want you wasting time replaying things, so if you've not ballsed it up a fair bit you should be in the right ballpark).

 

Glad you like the style and humour. It's proved divisive, but I'm super happy with it. FWIW - most of the best stuff is in the latter half of the game (small puzzles are very restrictive) and also the add-on packs which were a lot of fun to create.

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On 25/12/2018 at 18:21, Qazimod said:

Jamestown - a very slick shooter with a very Cave-style setup. Shoot enemies, build up the lil' meter in the top left, hit the "Vaunt" button and soak up the bullets for a big bonus, repeat. Your ship even has a cool Cave-esque beam, and the in-game shop looks like something that could inspire players to spend plenty of time playing and building up currency. :)

 

Completed the final chapter on Legendary difficulty today and watched the credits, although I know there are a lot of extras! The music in that chapter is phenomenal, especially when the entrance to the boss approaches and is timed with that awesome chorus of voices. :wub: 

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I've been playing one of the games I got from my Secret Santa: Lyne.

 

It's a game where you connect different sets of coloured lines through various nodes, avoiding collisions and making sure each node is passed through the appropriate number of times. Like any simple puzzle concept, it's easy to learn while getting increasingly more elaborate without adding more features.

 

I'm about halfway through, and while it's a great time-waster, I don't think it's quite up there with the greats. It seems more a case of trial and error sometimes; trying to see what roughly fits and refining it rather than the step-by-step logic of games like Hexcells, Slitherlink or Picross. Which is fine to keep playing, but I often feel I'm brute forcing it rather than solving it cleverly and methodically. If there are distinct patterns to follow in certain situations then I'm not seeing them but multiple solutions to the same puzzle suggests not. I'm almost halfway through now and the puzzles are still manageable. There's a lot of them, though.

 

Interestingly, taking a peek at the hardest of the global achievements, it seemed unusually high for a game like this. A bit of research reveals that people are picking up this game and hacking the achievements just because each achievement icon contains a letter that you can use to spell words on your profile page. Who knew people do such a thing? But, then I remember it's Steam.

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Cuphead is as good (and hard) as I imagined. It even has the Gunstar Heroes green star weapon! Only complaint is the odd placement of the dash button but you can change it to any other button (or trigger, in my case) so problem solved.

 

Getting A' s and S' s on any level/boss so far however.. :unsure:

 

It really is a work of art when it comes to the visuals.

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I've got Tacoma working! It's brilliant. Exactly my kind of game - piecing together a weird mystery in entirely the wrong order, with an achievement for scoring a Zero-G three-pointer in a constantly-rotating basketball hoop. What more could you ask for?

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