Hi, all! I’ll be posting my reviews of games as I play them. I don’t have any particular order in mind - I’ll likely just be skimming the randomized list for things that look interesting, staying away from games that seem too long or puzzley due to my own lack of time. Be warned that all reviews will contain spoilers for their respective games.
Starting with 4x4 Archipelago:
Wow! I really liked this one. It feels like a cross between Candybox and Sunless Sea. I’ve only played through it once (“Ignis the Swashbuckler, searching for the Heavenly Spire”), so I can’t comment for sure on the replay value, but I had a blast doing quests and exploring the isles. The only parts I didn’t like were some aspects of the combat (status effects felt a little too strong, I didn’t have a very good ranged weapon so flying enemies were a huge pain, allies felt useless), and feeling frustrated after I squandered all the easy-to-obtain resources. In 2+ hours of playing, I only found one bug, and it was easily circumvented due to the frequent autosaves. Either way, though, I loved this game and I’m very impressed with the execution - I tried to peek at it in Twine, and my laptop almost crashed.
Thanks for playing! I appreciate your feedback. What browser were you playing on? B/c I wasn’t having that text/image problem on Chrome; I had no idea they were so big.
Thanks for reviewing 4x4 Archipelago. I’m glad you had fun playing!
Would you mind describing the bug you ran across in more detail? Since it was something that forced you to load a saved game, I’d like to try and fix it as soon as I can.
EDIT: Yay, I found it based on your description, and fixed it! Thanks again for your help!
I was playing in Firefox.
Here's a screenshot of what I'm talking about:
Hope this helps!
Sure! Here’s what I remember:
The Hunters’ Guild gave me a quest to hunt a griffin. I fought it, but then fled from the fight. When I came back later and searched for the griffin (either with Survival 2 or by clicking on the right environment option), it sent me to a blank screen with no text. Clicking on the “wrong” environmental options still gave me the generic message. Hope this helps!
Yeah, it might be a Firefox thing; I forgot to test it in that browser. >m<
I would say that the goal of modern art is to make it difficult for the audience to articulate their experience.