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.