Humble Choice – April, 2021

Another month means another choice and if this one had been really bad, I would have claimed that it’s a late April Fools’ joke… but it’s quite… alright. This time around, Naithin actually beat me to it (I know it’s not a race… but I still like bringing it up) and published his post on the topic before me… and he has some interesting thoughts on the topic and I’d recommend checking out his post. I’m not entirely sure if “alright” really hits the mark this time around, personally, and funnily enough, Naithin had that same issue… so yeah. Read his post! Thanks.

As always, Classic subscribers only have the choice of either taking them all or pausing it… For me, it will be a definite pause, again, since I don’t like the selection too much. There are some gems here and there but overall, I’m not a huge fan of a lot of those games, particularly because I own one of the gems already. If I were to get this month’s Choice, though, I’d rank them like this:

In Other WatersJump Over The AgeExploration1
Sniper Ghost Warrior ContractsCI GamesStealth, Tactical Shooter2
Popup DungeonTriple.B.TitlesRoguelike, Dungeon Crawler3
Aven ColonyMothership Entertainment LLCStrategy, Colony Sim4
Rock of Ages III: Make & BreakGiant Monkey Robot, ACE TeamTower Defense (?), Strategy, Racing5
Colt CanyonRetrificAction, Roguelike, Shooter6
Shenmue IIIYS NetAction, Adventure, Open World7
Main AssemblyBad Yolk GamesSimulation, Sandbox8
SkullyFinish Line GamesAdventure, Platform, Puzzle9
Simulacra 1+2Kaigan GamesHorror, Visual Novel, Immersive Sim10
Remothered: Broken PorcelainStormind GamesHorror, Action, Adventure11
F1 2020CodemastersRacing, Team Management12
Awww, man! I love In Other Waters.

So, for starters, I absolutely love and adore In Other Waters. It’s a phenomenal game that deserves more attention and if you haven’t played it yet and you’re eyeing some of the other titles in here, I’d highly recommend taking this game as well for your choice, whatever plan you’re on. If you need more info on it, I’ve written a review on it not too long ago as well. Apart from that, I like playing snipers in shooter games, so Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts seems like a great deal to me… but I have yet to play Sniper: Ghost Warrior 1 and 2, two games that are in my backlog since 2018, so I’d like to do that before I’d grab Contracts. Hence, while it is on Rank 2, I’m not going to grab it anytime soon. Popup Dungeon looks adorable and seems like something that is right up my alley. It’s a Roguelike Dungeon-Crawler with a unique Cardboard-esque art style and I’d love to play it. I may grab it outside of the bundle. Aven Colony looks very fun and also like it’s absolutely my cup of tea but I have yet to get my money’s worth out of Surviving Mars and I also want to give Per Aspera another go, so I’d do that before I’d consider Aven Colony. 

I have yet to finish Rock of Ages II but I loved it and the humour in it… and I heard that RoA 3 wasn’t that good but maybe that’s just my memory playing tricks on me. Colt Canyon looks interesting but I have a lot of games that are similar to it, including Westerado: Double Barreled (link to my review) and 12 Is Better Than 6 (gotta review that eventually). Hence, I’m passing on that for now as I want to replay both of those games and as I have too many roguelikes in my backlog already. I already own Shenmue 1+2 but I have yet to play those… so, again, I want to play the games before it before I purchase the third game if that makes sense. Main Assembly seems interesting but it’s also one of those games that I’d probably get frustrated with if stuff doesn’t go according to plan. Also,… I have a lot of games in my backlog that are similar to that (insert “We already have X at home” meme here)… Yup, I’m that guy today. 

Aven Colony really looks interesting!

At last, Skully just doesn’t really look that interesting to me. The art style is interesting but it’s a puzzle platformer and I don’t like platformers that much. I already own Simulacra and I have played it for an hour or so before I got stuck and then I just never played it again. I may try it out again eventually but I don’t think I need another copy of it and the second game. Remothered doesn’t look like it’s up my alley at all and from the description, it didn’t seem that interesting anyway… and well, F1 2020 is probably great if you like Racing Games or F1… But I don’t like either, so… I’m out for this one.

This month’s Choice is technically alright. I just already own Simulacra 1 and In Other Waters… and I have a huge backlog already and as I already mentioned a lot of these titles are basically like games that I already own… or they are sequels to games that I own but have yet to play… and I would just feel bad if I made this purchase, especially when my financial situation right now isn’t that stable. I have other priorities right now. I don’t think that that entails that I won’t take future Humble Choices… it just means that I won’t take this one and that I’ll re-evaluate adding more games to my collection from now on. Similarly, I saw some great games on GOG the other day for very low prices but I already own so many games and would just never get to Dungeon Keeper 2 or the Monkey Island games, which is why I passed on those.

What do you think? Am I being unreasonable? Is this month’s Choice super good and I’m just tunnelling on the games I already own/have yet to play? Do you agree/disagree with my ranking order? Are you going to take it? Let me know!


This post was first published on Indiecator by Dan Indiecator aka MagiWasTaken.

Humble Choice – March, 2021

It’s March! Spring is coming! Winter is ending! If you’re on the other side of the world, Fall is beginning! More importantly, though, it’s time for another Choice and… this time around I’m very positive about pausing my plan. You could say I’m very pause-itive about not taking this choice. Why? Well… you’ll see in a bit.

Kingdom Two CrownsCoatsink, Fury Studios2D, Strategy, Colony Sim1
WildfireSneaky Bastards2D, Stealth, Action 2
XCOM: Chimera SquadFiraxis GamesTurn-Based, Strategy, Tactics, Sci-Fi3
ElexPiranha BytesPost-Apocalyptic, Open World, RPG4
Control Standard EditionRemedy EntertainmentSci-Fi, Action, Adventure5
Cyber HookBlazing StickTime Attack, 3D Platformer, Parkour6
Boreal BladeFrozenbyteAction, Swordplay, PvP7
AgelessOne More Dream StudiosPuzzle, Platformer, Adventure8
PesterquestWhat Pumpkin GamesVisual Novel, Adventure9
Peaky Blinders: MastermindFuturLabViolent, Strategy, Puzzle, Adventure10
Hotshot RacingSumo DigitalRacing, Arcade11
WWE 2K Battle GroundsSaber InteractiveAction, Sports, Fighting12

So, if I didn’t already own Kingdom: Two Crowns, I would have placed it on top here. I think it’s probably my favourite game out of all these twelve titles. Wildfire’s demo was quite fun but I may just grab it on Steam or in the Humble Store instead of grabbing this bundle. Generally speaking, I feel like the bundles offer a lot of value from a price-perspective, but I feel like my library doesn’t have to grow that much and I don’t think it#s worth it when there are only four games that I’m interested in. It’s supposed to be a “choice” but I can’t remember the last time that I ever had a choice other than “take all” or “take none”.

XCOM: Chimera Squad looked interesting when I saw it on a stream but just like with the other XCOM games I just get too emotionally attached to some of the soldiers and end up quitting when I lose one or two of them. I also have yet to play through XCOM: Enemy Unknown and XCOM 2… so, I’ll hold off on getting another title from the series for now until I’m done with those two!

Now, Elex seems quite cool in theory, especially since it’s by the guys behind Gothic… but something doesn’t sit well with me when I read the word “Elex” out. I think I remember people criticising the unfair difficulty at the beginning and the lacking combat or skill system or something along those lines but I’m not entirely sure and I can’t be arsed to look that up. The biggest problem that I have with Elex is probably just the huge fucking spiders that I’ve seen in those fucking screenshots. If I weren’t such a scaredy-cat, I’d immediately go for it but I guess I’ll just skip Elex completely by not taking this bundle.

Control looked kind of fun in a stream I was watching but it also looked incredibly frustrating. The map is unintuitive, the skill tree is “eh” at best, the powers are fun at first but lose their charm quickly, the enemies in the rooms that you’ve visited before always respawn, and there’s plenty of graphical issues as well as bugs with enemies shooting through walls or instantly killing you with a rocket launcher, which is more than frustrating to watch or experience. I’m not going to get Control anytime soon, if at all.

Cyber Hook looked like one of those parkour games that were in a previous choice. The only difference really is that it’s in a cyber wave style, which can be quite taxing on the eyes, from what I’ve experienced. Don’t get me wrong, it looks kind of cool, but I don’t personally am a fan of it, especially as the demo of it on Steam seems rather bad for me personally as I get motion-sick from it.

Boreal Blade is a cheap PvP game with swords and… it’s in this Choice because Control, Elex and XCOM cost so much, I guess? Frozenbyte, the Studio behind it, is also behind Trine and I’m not exactly a fan of that series, so… there’s that. Ageless looks kind of cute but it’s just not my type of game. Pesterquest is another visual novel and I don’t like the style of it (and also have to play through the Steins;Gate VN before I get any other VNs). Peaky Blinders is a show about cowboys with razors in their hats. My brothers liked it. I didn’t like it. Why would I get a game about that show? Hotshot Racing isn’t my cup of tea. WWE 2K BG is also not exactly my cup of tea, for the sole reason that I don’t care about Wrestling and that the screenshots looked “eh” on Steam.

Overall, there are four or maybe five great games in there (based on whether or not you’re into Control). I personally wouldn’t grab this bundle but if you’re into any of these games, feel free to grab them. If you’re grabbing the games and if you don’t feel like getting XCOM: Chimera Squad and/or Wildfire, I’d happily take those games, but uh… yeah… I’m quite positive that I’ll pause this month’s Choice. I don’t feel like I’d regret it either or anything like that. I just have too many unplayed games and I don’t need to get every choice really…

What are your thoughts on this month? Let me know! If you’re interested in a different view on Control and the other titles, I can highly recommend checking out Naithin’s post over here. Naithin also has recently written a guest post for Indiecator, so check that out if you’re interested!


This post was first published on Indiecator by Dan Indiecator aka MagiWasTaken.

Humble Choice – February, 2021

Another month passes and therefore, it’s time for another post on Humble Choice. This month’s choice is causing some mixed feelings for me. On the one hand, there are some amazing games in the top-5 for me… on the other hand, you also have a lot of games in there that I frankly don’t like. Let’s get into it…

1Iris and the GiantLouis RigaudRoguelike, Card-Battler
2The Wild EightFNTASTICOpen-World Survival RPG, Indie
3Outward + The Soroboreans + Outward OSTNine Dots StudioOpen-World Survival RPG, Fantasy
4Endless Space 2 – Digital Deluxe EditionAMPLITUDE Studios4X, Sci-Fi, Strategy, Multiplayer
5Valkyria Chronicles 4: Complete EditionSEGATurn-based, Strategy, RPG
6Trine 4: The Nightmare PrinceFrozenbyteAction-Adventure, Puzzle Platformer
12Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Heart of the ForestDifferent TalesGothic RPG/Visual Novel, Horror
12Train Station RenovationLive Motion GamesSimulation
12ValfarisSteel MantisAction, Platformer, Gore
12Moving OutSMG Studio, Devm GamesLocal Co-Op, Simulation
12Boomerang FuCranky WatermelonParty Game, Fighting
19Lovecraft’s Untold StoriesLLC Blini GamesAction Roguelike, RPG

Rank 1 is occupied by Iris and the Giant. Iris is a game I’ve been following since around March 2020, I think. It looked adorable, it seems like it’s right up my alley and I’m just a sucker for roguelikes. Since I’m looking forward to that title the most, I’ve put it up there. The Wild Eight was a game that initially came out… ages ago… and I followed it on YouTube on several channels and it apparently was fully released in 2019 and I just didn’t notice as I hadn’t followed it in the last two years at all. Generally speaking, it looks like it’s up my alley and I was quite excited about it a while back, so glad to see it here again. Just seeing it is already making me somewhat nostalgic, but since it has gotten mixed reviews recently, I placed it on Rank 2.

I already own Endless Space 2 but if I hadn’t owned it already, I would have placed on Rank 2. The Digital Deluxe Edition comes with two cosmetics and the soundtrack… the latter is amazing, although I don’t care about the cosmetics at all. I think I’ll gift the game to a friend and see if we can play it together some time. Regardless of that, though, it’s a great game. I’ve seen a few streams of it and it’s by Amplitude. Right before Endless Space 2, however, is Outward which looks… interesting. I don’t know much about the game but it certainly looks cool and intriguing. I’ll have to see about that.

Alas, there’s also Valkyria Chronicles 4: Complete Edition… I haven’t followed the Valkyria Chronicles franchise at all, so I don’t know if I’ll need knowledge on the previous games to understand anything – but I know a few people that would like this game and/or that could answer any questions that I may have to me in a matter of seconds, so I’ll have to see if this is gift-material or backlog-material. Oh well. As far as Trine goes, I know a few of my friends like the series but I personally am not a fan of it.

And then,… after Rank 6, it only gets worse, in my opinion. For starters, I’m not a fan of werewolves or vampires or anything like that and it’s always a bummer that Choice seems to always include some sorta game in that direction, but since it’s kind of based on DnD from what I’ve heard (maybe I’m mistaking this for a different title), I may know someone who may like this game. Train Station Renovation is probably the best title out of these last few games, although I don’t personally like it either. May gift it to someone. Valfaris doesn’t look like it’s up my alley. Moving Out? Don’t really like it. Boomerang Fu? Not really up my alley either.

At last, I’m a sucker for Roguelikes but I very much dislike Lovecraft’s Untold Stories. It’s supposed to be an Action Roguelike with RPG mechanics but without the store’s description telling me so, I wouldn’t have guessed. While I do enjoy pixel art in games, something’s bothering me about Lovecraft’s Untold Stories’ art style… maybe the colours? At the same time, I don’t like how every single game set in the Lovecraftian universe is all about Cthulhu. “Oh, you like Lovecraft?” – “Yeah, Cthulhu is pretty cool!” – “Oh, what other stories do you like?” – “There’s more?!”

And I guess I could rant on and on about how uncreative some people are when it comes to Eldritch Horror or Cosmic Horror but in the end, it doesn’t matter really because I’m not a story-writer nor am I a game developer and maybe I’m the weird one here, idk.

Anyways, Humble Choice this month has a lot of games that seem great and that grant you a lot of value out of your twelve bucks… but there are also a lot of mediocre titles there, including a game that comes at three bucks. Maybe this bundle just isn’t my type of bundle… Maybe there aren’t enough management games in there or games about base-building or whatever… Maybe it’s just me… I just wasn’t a fan of a lot of these titles. In the end, though, I may actually grab this title later on, this month, as well, since Iris, Outward, The Wild Eight, and Valkyria Chronicles 4 offer a lot of value. At the same time, I’ll get codes for those cosmetics and the soundtrack of Endless Space 2 and I’ll be able to give away some games to other people, I guess.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Will you grab this one or will you pause it? I feel like I’m missing out on these offers if I don’t grab them, which is kind of rough sometimes… The backlog keeps getting bigger. Oh no… Anyways, if you want to grab it yourself you can grab all of the games as a Classic or Premium subscriber (“for this month only”) and you could even use this following link for it to support me and what I do. This is an affiliate-link, so uh,… disclaimer. Apart from that, you may also want to check out Naithin’s post on this month’s Humble Choice! His ranking is completely different and he has more insights on Outward.

Hope you have a lovely day! Stay hydrated and take care of yourself!


This post was first published on Indiecator by Dan Indiecator aka MagiWasTaken.

Humble Choice – January, 2021

Another year means another month means another Humble Choice. It’s 2021 and alas, it’s time to turn a new leaf. Since Humble Choice has been the most consistent series of posts, I was thinking of making it its own category and basically leaving them like that. Initially, I was thinking of adding a sub-category under the Gaming Journal but I’m honestly not happy with how that’s named and organised and I’ll have to change everything somehow anyways eventually… For now: New Category called something along the lines of “Humble Lich” (Name to be changed) and that should make it more organised in general. 

Alas, what’s up with this month’s Choice? Well, it returns to its roots by giving us a lot of value with just twelve games instead of fourteen like last month. Apart from that, I’ll have to link Naithin’s post and other bloggers’ posts later as well… but they’re not out yet, so there’s that.

Here’s my ranking of them:

1Pathologic 2Ice-Pick LodgeRPG, Survival, Thriller
2Ancestors: The Humankind OdysseyPanache Digital GamesRPG, Open-World, Survival
3Tales of the Neon SeaPalm PioneerAdventure
4MinoriaBombserviceRPG, Adventure
5Song of HorrorProtocol GamesAdventure, Horror
6Warhammer: ChaosbaneEko SoftwareHack n Slash
8The Ambassador: Fractured TimelinesTinydino GamesAdventure
9Vampire: The Masquerade
Shadows of New York
Draw DistanceVisual Novel
10Total Tank SimulatorNoobz from PolandStrategy, Action, Simulation
11Not TonightPanicbarnSimulation
12PC Building SimulatorThe Irregular CorporationSimulation

Now, as you can see I placed Pathologic 2 right up there on the first spot because I love the setting and the idea behind it. Its tutorial is played on a stage, the story is dark and disturbing, and the game seems to be rather challenging. UltrViolet wrote about this game the other day and it seemed more than interesting, so this was the most certain title on this list. As for the other games, it was hard to rank them in any way…

Take the second space for instance, where I’d make room for Tales of the Neon Sea, a rather interesting neon-styled adventure with pixel art and a cyberpunk setting and… you can play as a cat apparently… Uh, so this title looks very interesting and I’m looking forward to *eventually* playing it but Ancestors has been on my wishlist for ages now and looks like something that I’d really enjoy. In Ancestors, you basically take control of the ancestors of humankind and try to survive, explore, expand, and evolve to become the humans we know today. 

Next up we have Minoria and Song of Horror. I don’t know the Minoria games that came before this one as I’m uneducated in the genre, but the graphics looked cute and the game’s combat looked cool and it kind of reminded me of Hollow Knight, so I placed it up there. Song of Horror, on the other hand, is a title that I’ve seen a bit of now and then while watching KingArgaroth (go follow him!) play it on Stream. It’s a bit of a Horror-Adventure with puzzles in it and I honestly can’t remember the story, which is a good thing because I’d like to experience it myself eventually. I’m not the biggest Horror fan, which is why I ranked Minoria higher than Song of Horror but from what I’ve heard SoH is great!

Alas, we get to the hard part. I’m not entirely sure what to say about the other games as I don’t really care about them. I mean, I already own a few Warhammer games, which is why I’m looking forward to giving Chaosbane a go eventually… but Deleveled seems like just another gravity-based puzzle game… or rather a game with a different world that is on the other side of your world… and I’ve seen that formula in a lot of other games as well, so I’m sceptical about this game. 

The Ambassador seems interesting to a degree but I’m not a fan of the art style and I also think that I know at least three other games that are older than this title with a similar premise, which is worrying. As far as Vampire goes, I’m not a fan of the franchise, so I placed it rather low as well. It’s gonna be another title to give away to people that actually like it a lot and can’t understand why I’d not like it.

Total Tank Simulator could be fun but it also be just not my cup of tea. Judging from the description and the art style alone, I don’t really have an opinion on it, just yet.

And well, as far as Not Tonight goes, I don’t really think I have to say too much else. I had to google the studio to make sure that they didn’t work on Papers, Please… but it’s a separate studio. It’s a game that utilizes the Papers, Please formula… five years after Papers, Please came out… but it’s not as “Soviet” as the original game but plays in a dystopian British setting where Brexit failed and where you’re a… Bouncer? I mean, according to reviews, the game doesn’t really add a lot to the formula apart from being a bouncer and being able to sell drugs to people in line… and the Brexit of course, but I guess I’ll have to see for myself if it’s just a rip-off or if it feels like a different game. I mean, a lot of games share similarities or are based on the same idea. *winks at Rogue and the whole roguelike-genre until my eyelashes start bleeding* But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing, inspiration is important… It turns into a problem when people make money off an idea without adding anything to it or without even trying. So, I don’t know if that’s the case here or if it’s going to feel like a different game or like a rip-off. I’ll have to see for myself.

At last, PC Building Simulator seems like it’s just not up my alley. I mean, I have built one PC… and it was interesting… but I don’t want to do it again unless, of course, it’s IRL. I just don’t usually enjoy simulation type games where you do mundane tasks without any form of expressing creativity. I mean, House Flipper at least leaves you the option of having fun and wrecking the house or doing a little bit extra for the job… Euro Truck Simulator is weirdly relaxing and rather enjoyable… PC Building Simulator could also be quite relaxing but I’m just not enough of a technical person to play it, I think. 

Alas, there are a lot of games that I have strong and positive opinions of while there are also a lot of games in this month’s Humble Choice that I have negative opinions of… and there are titles that are just not my cup of tea. It’s a weird mixture but I think it’s still a Choice that is worth grabbing, especially due to the first six games in my ranking up there. I feel like there is a lot of value to grab there.

If you’ve enjoyed this post, let me know what your ranking would be like. Do you think you’ll go for this month’s Humble Choice? Do you pass? What’s your opinion on “Not Tonight”? 


This post was first published on Indiecator by Dan Indiecator aka MagiWasTaken.

Humble Choice – December, 2020

It’s December! And that means that it’s time for another Humble Choice!

This time around it’s rather disappointing. Like, Naithin already said it earlier this month but I feel like there are other reasons for it being disappointing than just the absence of AAA-titles.

Alas, let’s dive into this: This month’s Choice contains a total of fourteen games on top of a coupon for one month of “EA Play Pro”, which is… alright. I’m not interested in EA Play Pro, so I’m not opting in for that… it’s also not a month of it but rather just a little bit off it which is super “eh”.

The games themselves are alright, I think. In this month’s Choice, there are all kinds of games available but nothing really too thematic… More about that later.

1Children of MortaDead MageRoguelite, Action, Story-Driven
2One Step From EdenThomas Moon KangCard-based, Strategy, Roguelite, Real-Time Action,…
heck i don’t even know
3Still ThereGhostSharkPoint n Click, Adventure, Space
4Shining Resonance RefrainSegaAction, RPG
5Frog Detective 1Grace Bruxner, Thomas BowkerAdventure
6Frog Detective 2Grace Bruxner, Thomas BowkerAdventure
7Overcooked! 2 + 2DLCsGhost Town Games, Team17 DigitalCo-Op, Cooking, Simulation …Madness
8The Beast InsideIllusion Ray StudioSurvival, Horror
9Zwei: The Ilvard InsurrectionNihon FalcomAction, JRPG
10Zwei: The Arges AdventureNihon FalcomAction, JRPG
11IndivisibleLab Zero GamesAction, RPG
12Path of GiantsJourney Bound GamesPuzzle, Adventure
13StrugglingChasing Rats GamesPhysics, Platformer
14Tabletop PlaygroundPlasticity StudiosSimulation

For now, the games included are actually rather nice. Children of Morta, One Step From Eden, Still There, and Shining Resonance Refrain look really promising. Children of Morta, in particular, is something that I personally have already played (and reviewed) but I could gift it to a friend and we could play it together. I feel like that could and would be really cool as it’s definitely a title that is better with friends.

One Step from Eden is this weird mix of Real-Time-Action, Roguelite mechanics, Strategy, and Deckbuilding… and it looks like it’s just up my alley. To begin with, I love Roguelite games when done well and when they’ve got their one spin on things… so, I’m looking forward to playing this title. Still There looks interesting, especially with the Space theme. I wonder what the story is going to be like. It’s a story about grief, technical puzzles, wacky AIs, dark humour, and… coffee? Idk, I actually have high hopes for this title and am looking forward to playing it myself in 2021. Shining Resonance Refrain looks like fun but I honestly don’t know if I’ll like it or not. Like, depending on much the characters interest me, it could be better or worse. 

I love the Frog Detective series and am looking forward to playing and writing about the second game! I ranked Overcooked 2 behind these two games as Humble Choice comes with two DLCs for that game but not with friends or time. Overcooked is a ton of fun, don’t get me wrong… but you’ll need to find people to play it with and then the stars need to align and all of that… it’s a hassle. 

As far as the rest is concerned, they are alright, I guess. The Beast Inside is a game that is “eh” from what I’ve heard. The Zwei Games are from a franchise that I’ve never heard of. I’d be happy to dive into them but honestly, I’m not typically a huge friend of JRPGs. The Ilvard Insurrection seems like it has the less annoying characters in it… but not too sure if it matters too much for the ranking. 

Path of Giants and Indivisible look interesting but I’m not in the mood for another puzzle game or a platformer, so I placed those behind the Zwei series. Struggling is a Physics-based platformer, which sucks because I don’t like that kind of games usually. And as far as the Tabletop Playground is concerned, I feel like you need to use the Tabletop Simulator most of the time since it’s just more popular. Most of my friends (if not all) use TTS and not TTP, so owning TTP is a waste, really, I think. Unless you go for local sessions or unless you have a friend group that uses TTP or got this game from this month’s Choice.

Overall, this month’s choice has been alright. I’m not too bummed out by the lack of AAA titles… especially as I run an Indie blog and as some of those games have been on my wishlist actually… So, I’m getting a better deal here than at the Steam Sale right now. The issue is that I have CoM already and that I don’t care about JRPGs too much. They’ve been either hit or miss for me, which is annoying. 

I feel like there’s a bit of a missed opportunity here. The only “choice” we have is whether or not we take them all or not. I can rank them and write about it but I don’t feel like there actually is much of a Choice here. There are twelve games every time and only two drop out. As a Classic subscriber, I get all twelve of them each month. My Choice is literally “pay” or “pause”. 

Instead of giving us twelve games to chose ten out of. how about offering more games to make the choice more meaningful? Two drop-outs are nothing compared to five or ten, right? Or how about introducing a bundle system with fewer games but they’re all themed around similar topics, settings, genres, etc.? The Strategy bundle that both Nait and I would love, the Sim bundle for people that love those farming simulations, and the FPS bundle for fans of guns. Next month? Sports bundle, Tech Bundle, Roguelike Bundle. Next month? Action bundle, Puzzle Bundle, Party game Bundle. And so on.

Instead of giving you the choice to pause or unpause, they’d grant you the Choice of one of three bundles. It would be like Humble Monthly but potentially a bit cheaper or more predictable or maybe it’s just a thinner version of Humble Choice. 

Heck, you could also just create the selection using three themes and then have equal parts of different genres in there so that some people aren’t too upset about it. I was a bit disappointed at first as I saw a lot of JRPG-ish games in this choice but I still ended up going for it as I’m quite excited about trying some of these games out.

What are your thoughts? What suggestions would you have to change or improve Humble Choice? Have you grabbed this month’s Choice? 

On another note: I’m a Humble Partner and alas have this affiliate link right here: >>> Affiliate Link <<<

If you want to, you can use that link to get Humble Choice and also support me. No extra costs. It just supports me a little bit as well as the Trevor Project and it would be cool if you could consider it. There is also another deal for the annual plan and it’s a bit cheaper than usual, so if you wanna go for that annual plan… use this link here: >>> Affiliate Link for that offer <<< if you want to.

Either way, I hope you’re having a great time. It’s a bit late for this month’s choice but better late than sorry! December and 2020 aren’t over yet but we’re there soon. Hope you have some nice holidays and a great start into the new year!


This post was first published on Indiecator by Dan Indiecator aka MagiWasTaken.

Humble Choice – November 2020

For the past couple of months, I’ve been doing a few posts about Humble Choice and my choices. The idea for this originally stemmed from Naithin over at Time to Loot. I really like doing these kinds of posts but I feel like I haven’t credited him enough for it, so before I head into this month’s Choice, I wanted to stress how important it is to credit the original series of posts. Alas, please check out Naithin’s post on November’s Choice first before you head into mine. He’s probably got other views on this month’s Choice from me. I think that reading both sides would really enhance the experience, especially since he’s a great guy who’s really worth checking out! 

Just like last month, this Choice continues the trend of having great games and interesting choices!

1Little MisfortuneKillmondays GamesDark Interactive Story
2Yakuza Kiwami 2SegaAction-Adventure
3DarksburgShiro GamesCo-Op Roguelite
4Smile For MeYugo LimboUnconventional Point & Click
5Darksiders 3Gunfire GamesHack & Slay
6Crying SunsAlt ShiftTactical Rogue-lite
7YouropafreclePuzzle Platformer
8TsioqueOhNoo StudioDark Point & Click
9Imperator: RomeParadoxGrand Strategy
10DarkwoodAcid WizardSurvival Horror
11Townsmen – A Kingdom RebuiltHandyGamesColony Sim
12Rover Mechanic SimulatorPyramid GamesSimulation

There are twelve games available and Classic/Premium subscribers get all twelve of them! Hence, I wanted to rank these in a similar way to what Nait does. The first spots obviously are games that I really am looking forward to while you could consider the last two spots “drop-outs” or rather game keys that I’ll gift to friends.

Little Misfortune is a game that I’ve been meaning to buy at one point eventually but I never got the chance to do so as “buying new games” is not a priority for me – especially with my 900+ game backlog… But I’ve heard great things about this game and I really like the art style and the direction they took this game in. While it looks all cute and innocent, it actually features a lot of mature, dark and potentially even gross topics. The narrator of the story is creepy while Misfortune is an innocent gem full of hopes and bad luck. The game presents some sort of deception as a friend of mine picked it up, streamed it on her family-friendly channel on Twitch (unaware of the 18+ tag that this game has) and deeply regretted it after a while. Personally speaking, I know only a few scenes from the game but stayed off from all sorts of media and articles on it since I didn’t want to spoil myself too much. I’m relatively sure that I’m going to play this game shortly over on Twitch and I’m looking forward to that!

As for the other titles, Yakuza Kiwami 2 and Darksiders 3 are games that I’ve heard great things about. The Yakuza series is a franchise that I haven’t looked into yet but from what I’ve heard it certainly is something that I’d enjoy, so I’m looking forward to that. This game being in this Choice just means that I’ve got yet another game in my library that I will play for sure, eventually! As for Darksiders 3, it has some interesting aspects to it with nice themes and a somewhat funny story about the apocalypse being initiated too early and one of the apocalyptic riders having to clean up (in the previous games), so I’m sure I’ll like it. 

Darksburg and Smile for Me are unconventional in a lot of ways. Darksburg focuses on co-op rogue-lite action, so I’m looking forward to maybe playing this with a friend of mine over on my discord. Smile For Me is a point & click adventure where you can’t speak and where you have to nod or shake your head to solve a mystery. I’m not typically a fan of point & click games but since Ms Magi is into those, I thought about picking some up and maybe enjoying them with her eventually. Smile For Me is also one of those titles that would be great for another Indietail

Crying Suns is a tactical Rogue-lite in the manner of FTL and some other titles and alas, I’m more than sure that I’m going to like this game. The style of it and the gameplay systems seemed quite interesting to me and as I no next to nothing else about it, I’m quite sure that I’ll review it eventually, too. 

Youropa is a 3D Puzzle Platformer about gravity and perception, I think. Apparently, it features some degree of Metroidvania systems in it as well, which is interesting. Overall, I’m looking forward to trying this out eventually and maybe writing a post on it. I’ve got a few puzzle games like this one lined up that I need to finish eventually and I love innovative puzzles a ton, so I’m really happy to have acquired this title. 

Now, Tsioque seems to be another Point & Click adventure but while I personally have no interest in it really since I don’t like the art style, I was thinking of gifting this to Ms Magi. I think this could be a nice game for her. 

Imperator: Rome is a Grand Strategy game by Paradox, so it should technically rank a lot higher than 9th place… but I’m actually not too keen on playing a game set in Rome. It’s something that I don’t like as much as I should maybe… the problem with Grand Strategy is that the tutorials can be long and that it can get quite hard to get into those games, at least for me. Alas, I’ve ranked this relatively low. Darkwood, on the other hand, has a new twist on Survival Horror Games but I’m not entirely sure if I’m going to like it, so I ranked that one also relatively low on the scale.

As for the last two entries, I frankly despise the art style of Townsmen and it feels way too similar to other games in the genre. In essence, all colony sims are… colony sims… and I love colony sims… but if a game doesn’t add any value to it or if a game doesn’t spin its own twist on the genre, I don’t feel too good about it. Rover Mechanic Simulator is a game that I also wouldn’t like at all. This title and Townsmen are titles that I probably would gift away to people that would probably enjoy them more than me. I have this one friend who is really into tech stuff and simulation games like this – so it would be a great birthday gift for him… but maybe I’m also just a bit worried that a Pyramid Games game is going to feel a bit janky or that it may disappoint me, on top of not being my cup of tea.

This sums up another Humble Choice. I personally never really liked the “list”-style post that I did for Humble Choice. Naithin’s approach of adding a table to the post and ranking the games, however, was something that I wanted to try out eventually, too, and I think I actually like it. While Naithin puts his own spin on things and has a different perspective on these games, on top of adding his own personality to his posts, I’m trying to justify the ranking or the reason for picking up these games. I feel like this adds a bit more insight into the post instead of it just becoming “yet another list” or “yet another top 10 post”. 

Now, lately, I’ve been trying to use affiliate links that I have at my disposal (as I’m a humble partner) more often in my posts. This was the case for my review on Submerged, for instance, where I plugged the link at the end of the post. I don’t want to do that sneakily and not disclaim it or use any other unjust ways of getting you to click on something that will ultimately make me profit a little bit. Alas, here’s a disclaimer: This following link is an affiliate link and if you subscribe to Humble Monthly using that link, I may get a little bit of money and it will support The Trevor Project, a charity organisation that supports LGBTQIA+ youth. This link here basically lets you sign up for Humble Choice if you want to

By clicking on it, you’ll get to the subscription page but you won’t have to subscribe or anything. It just leads you there and it has my partner-code in the URL as a referrer, as well as the charity-code for The Trevor Project. According to the Humble Partner dashboard, I’ll be able to get up to US$15 for every new subscriber and it would help me out but you, of course, don’t have to do so if you don’t want. New Subscriptions don’t cost more because of the link – it just supports me and that charity organisation.

I’m being a bit weird about that, so I’m sorry for that long paragraph. Anyways, I hope you had fun with this post. Are you picking up this month’s Choice? Are there any games that you personally really are looking forward to or do you have any other opinions on the type of games? Make sure to let me know and make sure to be kind to others and stay healthy! Always remember that you matter!


Humble Choice – October 2020

It’s yet another month and while I should’ve done this post at the beginning… I honestly didn’t have a chance yet to do it, especially as there were so many other posts that had to get shipped out before this one.

Last month, I was actually able to grab all 12 games and *being a Classic subscriber* I am able to do the same this month, which is great since there’s a whole bunch of games in this one that I like. Here are my choices!

10 – Fantasy Blacksmith

Fantasy Blacksmith is a “magically realistic blacksmith simulator” that seems like a fun idea. I’d get it for myself since it offers a lot of customization and options to play with to basically smith your own swords. I’m a bit worried though that the controls may be janky or that it’s a bit tedious, so that’s why I put it on Spot 10.

I actually couldn’t find a trailer here so I ended up instead using a First Impressions video by Splattercat – who’s one of the few YouTubers that I frequently watch currently.

9 – Basement

I thought I already owned this one but I actually don’t. It’s a strategy game where you start an illegal drug operation and eventually branch out into other territories, expanding your basement for other laboratories and facilities, eventually becoming a big mafia boss. The strategy and management aspects of the game seemed alluring and while I’m not too fond of the theme of the game, I generally think that it could be a fun idea to try out.

8 – Goat of Duty

I already own Goat of Duty but I could gift this to a friend and they could play it with me. Goat of Duty is fast-paced and silly, which is quite a nice contrast to the games I usually play. I’ve actually got a review out on this game over here if you wanna hear more about this game.

7 – Iron Danger

Iron Danger seems like a great addition to my library and while I’m not going to grab it, I’ll have to wishlist it for sure! It’s a tactical RPG where you have this mix of turn-based and real-time combat. You manipulate time and use the environment to your advantage, which is something that I really fancy. The world seems to have machines already but apparently, there’s also magic and living gods and stuff, so I actually fancy that as well. Overall, seems like a cool idea. 

6 – Lightmatter

Lightmatter is another title that I’d gift to someone else. Personally, I’ve already played through it and I’ve even written a review on it over here – but I’d still get it since it’s a great game and since I enjoyed every single bit of it. For anyone that doesn’t know, it essentially plays in the same universe as the Portal and the Half-Life games. Virgil, the boss of some corporation there, has great plans for the world as he’s found a renewable energy source called Lightmatter that is going to bring world peace to everyone. Sadly, stuff isn’t that easy as there seem to be dangerous shadows as well in the labs. The game features a lot of light-based puzzles and generally, Virgil’s commentary, the search for a cat, and the level design overall are highly enjoyable and definitely what makes this game *shine*. (Okay, I’ll see myself out..)

5 – Fae Tactics

Fae Tactics has been on my Steam wishlist for ages and it will stay there since it’s a great game from what I’ve seen. I’ve seen a little bit of it in various streams and it definitely looked like something that I’d enjoy. Turn-based tactical gameplay is just right up my alley and if you add some magic into the mix, it’s obviously the choice to go for me.

4 – The Suicide of Rachel Foster

I don’t know anything about TSoRF. It’s published by Daedelic Games, which is a studio that I personally have been a fan of for quite a while and who also published Partisans 1941! It combines mystery, thriller and horror elements with a mature and touching story. I’ve heard great things about this game. I’ll check it out for myself, eventually!

3 – Autonauts

Autonauts is a game about programming little robots to then build other robots… and uh… it’s similar to Satisfactory and Factorio in a way, I guess. You essentially can automate a whole bunch of things and programming the robots makes use of a scratch-like programming language that is quite easy to handle and makes it possible for even people with no clue to learn programming, I guess. I mean, Scratch is made for kids to learn about programming, afte rall, so yeah. It’s super cute and I would have loved to get this for myself. It’s on my wishlist, though, so eventually, I’ll get it!

2 – Tropico 6: El Prez Edition

I love the “Tropico” games. I played a ton of Tropico 3 and own Tropico 4 and 5 and will eventually play them as well… I actually didn’t know that Tropico 6 came out already… so yeah, as a fan of the franchise and as I enjoyed Tropico 3 so much (and as it only gets better, from what I’ve heard), I’d definitely grab this one for sure. If you haven’t known yet, you essentially play a dictator in the Tropico games and you govern a tropical island. You can turn it into a tourist hotspot, an industrial country or do anything else with it. You also will have to balance your relations to different countries and the needs of your people. I generally really liked Tropico so far, since you can be a very bad guy or a good guy and you can do questionable stuff that would only work in here but not in Sim City or wherever. 

1 – Sunless Bundle

I actually already own Sunless Sea and I loved it. It’s top-notch Lovecraftian horror combined with exploration-based gameplay and an intriguing story. Sunless Sea is a lot of fun and I gotta play it again to write about it sometime soon! As for Sunless Skies, it strikes a similar note but you play on spaceships in the sky and it features other systems, and grabbing both of them at the same time is great. It’s two games for the price of one choice on top of getting the phenomenal soundtrack as well and supporting the devs. Survival, Strategy, Management and Exploration type games are generally my jam, so it’s to be expected of me to recommend the Sunless franchise so much. 

As for the drop-outs: I already own The Uncertain but haven’t played it yet. It’s a story-driven adventure game set in a post-apocalyptic world, featuring Sci-Fi elements and robots and it seems to be quite atmospheric but generally, I know nothing about it apart from the Steam Store info and I’ll have to play it myself in order to judge whether or not I’d gift it to others. Also, chances are that you own it yourself if you grabbed it for free in 2017 as I did. Meanwhile Shadows: Awakening didn’t really interest me too much. Something about it just didn’t catch me in the same way that other titles did. Fantasy Blacksmith is much more interesting to me than another isometric ARPG. 

Either way, that’s it for October really. October’s Choice felt like a good mix overall. We’ve got nice story games, nice strategy games, nice action games and other adventures. I would have liked it more if there would have been more scary titles to play in Spooktober but at the same time, someone else would have hated that.

Are you going for this month’s Choice? What are your choices? Would you rank some stuff differently? Did you originally plan to not grab some game but now decided to do so after my post? – Actually, that last question may seem weird but I’d love to hear how these posts influence people’s interest in games and stuff. Be sure to let me know if you have any thoughts on that!


Humble Choice – September 2020

September’s Humble Choice is out now and this one is somewhat tricky!

The bundle contains a lot of games that I want to own… but also games that I already do own, so I’m still not sure what I’ll do about this. I think what I’ll do here is that I’ll list the ten choices I would make if I didn’t own any of these games from the 10th spot to the 1st spot!

10 – Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair 

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a brand-new 2.5D platformer from some of the key creative talents behind ‘Donkey Kong Country’. With their arch-nemesis Capital B up to no good, the buddy duo needs to spring into action once again to save the day. To thwart his evil plan of using a “Hivemind” device to enslave an entire kingdom of bees, our heroes need to take the fight to Capital B’s “Impossible” Lair. Things look tough, but with the help of Queen Phoebee and her Royal Beetallion, Yooka and Laylee might just have a chance! 

While I like the idea of it being a spiritual successor to Banjo Kazooie, I never liked that game due to my hate for platformers. And I’m not going to like this one either. But it’s better than the other two remaining games and it’s probably going to be a good gift to someone who’s more fond of platformers.

9 – The Shapeshifting Detective 

The Shapeshifting Detective is a supernatural-noir murder mystery FMV game where you play as a detective who can shapeshift into other characters, allowing you to unlock secret conversations and private encounters. 

The game features more than 1600 full HD video responses, a simple questioning interface with unique ‘delete’ mechanic, and a randomly chosen murderer at the start of the game. – This seemed quite interesting but I don’t usually play games that are based on video responses made by people. Hence, this is one of those games that I’d give away to other people. 

8 – Lethal League Blaze

 Lethal League Blaze is an intense, high-speed ball game, with unique characters, outta sight sounds and none of that weak shit. In Shine City, the anti-gravity ball game has long been illegal. The group who kept playing was dubbed the Lethal League. Even now, with their sport pushed underground, players and crews compete in the League for challenge and respect.

Lethal League was quite a lot of fun but nothing I’d constantly play… Lethal League Blaze is a better version of Lethal League and I’d love to play it with friends.

7 – Golf With Your Friends

Why have friends if not to play Golf… With Your Friends! Nothing is out of bounds as you take on courses filled with fast-paced, exciting, simultaneous mini golf for up to 12 players!  

Every now and then people want to play Golf… but online… and then some people have Golf it! while others have GWYF… and I already have Golf it but don’t own this one, so I’d go for this one in case that I really wanna play Golf with my friends… through crazy Parcours and stuff… yup.

Honestly, these last four spots are just on the same level.

6 – Evoland Legendary Edition 

Evoland is a journey through the history of action/adventure gaming, allowing you to unlock new technologies, gameplay systems and graphic upgrades as you progress through the game. Inspired by many cult series that have left their mark in the RPG video gaming culture, Evoland takes you from monochrome to full 3D graphics and from active time battles to real-time boss fights, all with plenty of humour and references to many classic games.

I already played Evoland but I’d actually go for this since it includes the second game and the first game… and I have yet to play the second one. Evoland was a very cute and fun journey through the ages of RPGs that is constantly referencing and mocking stereotypes and features from other games, such as Zelda, Final Fantasy, and others… It takes itself not too serious while also providing you with a bunch of entertainment. Honestly, just great – and with the Legendary Edition, you get two games for one choice!

5 – Strange Brigade

Egypt, 1930’s. Erased from ancient history and buried in a nameless tomb for 4,000 years, Seteki the Witch Queen has risen once again. Only one troop of daring heroes can stand against the fearsome power of Seteki and her army of mummified monstrosities: The Strange Brigade! Explore remarkable ruins, solve perilous puzzles and uncover tantalising treasure while blasting your way through an array of undead enemies in thrilling third-person action that’s certain to bring out your inner adventurer! 

Strange Brigade looked interesting… it’s a Co-op Action-Adventure game that you’re able to play with up to three other players and that features Zombies – or rather Mummies! It kind of reminded me of Left 4 Dead 2 but with an Indiana Jones setting of sorts… and even if I’m not the biggest shooter-player, I think I’d enjoy myself a fair bit with this one since it, again, seems a bit similar to the likes of Serious Sam and L4D2. 

4 – The Occupation

The Occupation is a fixed-time, investigative thriller set in North West England on Saturday 24th October 1987. Your role is to uncover evidence as a journalist by sneaking through restricted areas and questioning people on their actions through a series of one-on-one interviews. All this takes place in a detailed, systems-driven world where people will react to your actions and where time is your biggest enemy. 

This title seemed really interesting to me since it fills the need for another Stealth-Adventure game that is more along the lines of an Immersive Experience. It’s also another Indie game so I may review it in the future once I’ve played it. It seemed quite interesting and has a lot of positive reviews, hence I thought I’d go with this.

3 – Generation Zero

Welcome to 1980’s Sweden. The local population has gone missing, and machines of unknown origin roam the streets. Explore this vast open world to unravel the mystery of the invaders, perfect your fighting strategies and prepare to strike back. In Generation Zero, living is winning.  

Generation Zero has been something that I have been aware of… but I never really looked into it since I didn’t want to the game for myself in case I ever play it… and well, here’s the game in the bundle. This one might very much be a reason for me to go for this bundle. It’s a Survival game that can be played with up to three friends and where you have to strategize a bit and be stealthy instead of brute-forcing your way through the game since the machines are quite strong and they do not forget!

2 – Forager

Forager is a 2D open-world game inspired by exploration, farming and crafting games such as Stardew Valley, Terraria & Zelda. 

I reviewed this title a while ago and really enjoyed myself, especially with the newer content. It’s a great game that gets you a lot of content for relatively low bucks and a relatively simple but addictive game formula!

1 – Catherine Classic

Explore the pleasures and horrors of love as Vincent, a man with a hard choice to make: marry his long-time girlfriend Katherine or move on to the incredible blonde he just woke up next to — named Catherine! But beware! Make the wrong choice, and you could end up dead. Delving into themes of free will and the delicate nature of relationships and the choices we make, this action-adventure-puzzle game is an experience unlike anything else.

This game is an all-time favourite for me. I loved it when I first played it and I still, every now and then, play through it again. I love the characters, the story, the different endings, the game mechanics. It’s a unique mix of a puzzle game and sort of an Anime Romance-Horror-story where your choices matter. The soundtrack is great, the puzzles are quite challenging and a lot of fun, and there are some interesting sides to everything in this game… my favourite part probably is the bar in the game: The Stray Sheep. There, you’re able to decide what you drink, you can get drunk, talk to others and help them with their problems, which is really cute. Oh, and then, of course, there is plenty of room for humour, philosophical themes and other lovely features, making this an excellent game that I can highly recommend to everyone that loves games where you influence the outcome and games with challenging puzzles!


  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries of New York 
  • Fun with Ragdolls: The Game 

I own the other Vampire game from last month’s Choice but this one is a Visual Novel set in a universe that I have no clue about. It just didn’t feel like the right choice. Fun with Ragdolls seemed like it was a game along the lines of Human Falls Flat and some other Simulation-type games with janky controls and janky physics… and I’m not a fan of those. I get quite frustrated with some of the controls and hence didn’t go for this one.

Now, out of these ten choices, I own Forager, Catherine Classic, and (technically) Evoland… I think it might actually be worth it to go for this. I’ll be able to give Forager and Catherine Classic to friends or give it away on Stream since these are great games, and as for Evoland, I get to play the second one, which is quite excited and I may replay the first game as well while I’m at it!

Overall, this month seemed mixed a lot better compared to the other months. There seems to be something for all kinds of people but I could see how it maybe is a bit rough to choose for people that aren’t particularly into Indie stuff or that don’t know or appreciate games like Evoland or Catherine. Honestly, I’d say that Catherine Classic is a real powerhouse in this one as it essentially “carries” the whole Choice this month. If I didn’t own it already, I would have immediately gone for this Choice. In the end, I’ll probably still go for this month’s Choice due to Generation Zero, Strange Brigade, The Occupation and Evoland – and I’ll make sure to give these extra-copies to people that like and appreciate these kinds of games.

The extras include Alt254 and a sneak peek of Carto, two cute little games that I’ve never heard about. But they look adorable and I’m looking forward to playing them!

Anyways, that was it for this month’s Choice. I hope that you enjoyed this post and in case you’re wondering where I got the idea from, check out Naithin! He’s another lovely blogger and I thought providing people with my opinion on Humble Choice might be also quite good. Be sure to check out his post here! 🙂 


Humble Choice – August 2020

Oh boy, August’s Humble Choice… is great! I was wondering what this month’s gonna be like and I was surprised at the number of games from my wishlist… but I feel like I’m drifting away here. 

What were my choices? Why did I pick them? In what order did I decide on picking them? 

Well,… Classic and Premium subscribers get all 12 choices this month only, so I had to pick all of them… but still, there are some games that I’m probably give/gift away while there are others that I picked because I’m excited about it. Hence the post. 

So here are my picks for August’s Choice:

1) Through The Darkest Of Times

Ever since I played the first chapter of it at last year’s GamesCom and ever since I had that interview with one of the devs back then, I have been meaning to play it… but other games always managed to find their way in first… So, now’s my chance to play it. It’s essentially a historic and very strategic management-game where you’re the leader of a small resistance group in 1933’s Berlin. It’s quite similar to the White Rose – and from what I’ve heard from the Devs, they’re going for a very detailed approach of what happened and how it happened. This is something that I find very applaudable. You essentially try to deal small blows to the Nazi regime by dropping leaflets or painting messages on walls, sabotaging them, gathering information and recruiting more people. This was basically an instant lock!

2) A Case Of Distrust

This was one of the aforementioned titles that just happened to be on my wishlist for ages now. It plays in 1924’s San Francisco and features a great soundtrack, an interesting story, lovely visuals and (just like TTDOT) historically accurate details. Honestly, it’s a narrative mystery game and someone once recommended it to me, so I wanted to try it out when it’s on Sale or whatever… and the themes of poverty, racism, and emancipation as well as other issues are something that is of interest to me. I really am looking forward to playing and possibly writing about this game!

3) Automachef

You build production lines for food… it’s a management game again… I want to play it. As you may be able to tell, I’m not really sure what to say about this one. From what I’ve seen it looks a bit like SpaceChem but less complicated and with some cute animations. I like the automation/optimization aspects of games like Satisfactory, Good Company or tycoon/management games like this one… so I’m looking forward to this title. Might be a lot of fun!

4) Wargroove

Being another title from my wishlist, I ended up picking this one without really looking at it. I mean, I thought it was like Fire Emblem… and the graphics are cute… and it’s by Chucklefish Ltd., which is always a good sign… and it’s a turn-based strategy game, which is always quite nice. I’m looking forward to this title.^^

5) Call of Cthulhu

As a Lovecraft fan (his works, not his views), I must say that I’m not a fan of Lovecraftian games. While that sounds contradicting (after all, I like games… and Lovecraft), it’s mostly due to a lot of games not depicting the aspects of Eldritch and Lovecraftian Horror too well. Therefore, I usually stray away from them since essentially too many games are calling themselves “Eldritch” or “Lovecraftian” these days. There are some good titles that depict the psychological aspect of Lovecraftian Stories quite well, like Call of Cthulhu: Darkest Corners of Earth… but a lot of other games are doing Lovecraft’s name no good, which is something that I always worry about. Call of Cthulhu, the game that I picked here, is a game that I have mixed feelings about. While the steam reviews are “mostly positive”, I still am a bit worried that it may be a disappointment. Either way, it’s now a choice and I’ll play it myself! Completely blind! Potentially during Spooktober on Twitch!

6) We Were Here Together

This seems to be a puzzle game that is Co-Op-ONLY and requires you to communicate with your partner in order to solve puzzles together. Duh. The concept sounds rad, the world looks cool, and it’s also been on my wishlist for not too long since I heard that it’s quite challenging at parts… so I’m looking forward to this. Potentially I could play this with MuddChi on Twitch since she likes Puzzle games! I’m excited!

7) Genesis Alpha One Deluxe Edition

Long title for a game that features an even longer list of genres… We’re in space and build our own ship and expand and create life forms and procedural generation and shooting and action and what the actual fuck is this abomination of a game? I love it! Looking forward to seeing what it’s actually like… it just seemed to be something that is a wild mix of all kinds of things… and I couldn’t be bothered to try to comprehend all the information on this title (maybe I need more coffee?), so I ended up just picking it up! 


Honestly, I am not too much of a fan of vampires in games but I love it when you can be “the bad guy”… and that’s something you do in this game… I think… at least you can opt in to “embrace the monster within”. I can also decide on “dooming London” instead of saving it… so I may actually like this game. The aesthetic seemed cool, too… I’ll just have to see how much fun it actually is. 

9) Hello Neighbor

It’s a stealth horror game… but it’s less dark and less jump-scare-y than other games in the genre, so I thought this might be quite fun to play during Spooktober as well. Essentially the remaining few games are either “eh” or “alright”, so I didn’t really know what to pick out of the remaining ones. Luckily, Humble choice chooses me by just letting me pick ALL OF THEm. Btw, it’s spelt “neighbor” but I like the British variant more with the U… This game is gonna be interesting, so I’m looking forward to playing it! – Oh, and it also features extra content in the form of “Hello Neighbour: Hide and Seek”, so uh, make sure to grab that, if you grab this month’s Humble Choice!

10) Little Big Workshop

This one was harder. Spot 10 would have either been Little Big Workshop OR The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters… but why? Technically, Little Big Workshop would be exactly the kind of tycoon/management-style game that I like and adore… but it just seemed very similar to a lot of other games that I have tried before… and games that I have seen before. The art style is different but it really reminded me of the upcoming “Good Company”… so I was a bit hesitant… but in the end, I’d pick this title over The Coma 2 due to it being a tycoon/management game. 

Alas, the “drop-outs” that I’ll just give away since I get all 12 choices this month:

The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters

It’s an atmospheric, story-driven Horror Game set in Korea (judging from the names) where you have to survive the horrors presented to you by Dark Song, solve puzzles, craft items and reveal clues. The game seemed interesting but also rather clunky in terms of design and art style. I’ve got to pick it up regardless of my thoughts on it but I would have dropped it if I didn’t have 12 choices. 

American Fugitive: State of Emergency

This title seemed just like a trashy title that I wouldn’t like at first… but then something caught my eye: Fallen Tree Games, the studio behind it, is run by two people that have worked on titles like Crysis and (more importantly) TimeSplitters before… and I loved the TimeSplitters games… so, I may check this game out on YouTube and then decide on whether or not to keep it or not… in any case, I would have dropped it if I had had only 10 choices.

These two titles will probably be given away. Again, I may reconsider that in the case of American Fugitive… but it probably is better as a gift/giveaway.

Oh, and since I was “loyal” to Humble Bundle and stuck around for the last couple of months, I now own the Bonus Game: “Vikings – Wolves of Midgard”, which seems to be a hack n slay title that is… uh… interesting. I don’t usually like Vikings but I accidentally redeemed this one instead of a different game, so now I own both of them. 

The DRM-free extras that are contained in the August 2020 Choice consist of Zodiac XX, Wildfire (Sneak Peek), and Booth! Wildfire is something that I’ve been aware of before… and I’m looking forward to eventually playing the full game… Playing this sneak peek now is going to be a treat! Zodiac XX looks interesting… Booth could also be quite cool… I’ll probably write about those games!

But yeah, that’s it for this month’s Choice. I feel like they are adding too many Simulation or Management type games these days, which probably upsets other people… I’ve heard that a lot of people pause it more often than not… and then there’s the issue of some of these games appearing in Bundles afterwards for a lot less money… It’s a total of 300€ worth of money if you were to buy them at their full price… but I doubt that everyone’s interested in all of them and I’d say that it isn’t necessarily “worth it” to get this Choice if you’re only interested in one of the games… In my case, I really was a fan of “A Case Of Distrust”, “Through the Darkest of Times”, “Call of Cthulhu”, “Wargroove”, “Automachef”, and “We Were Here Together”, so naturally I’d go for this. Totally worth it for me. “Vampyr” might be fun… and the other titles might be quite interesting. We’ll see!

It could be a lot better if they added more variety to it. RPGs, Shooters, Horror, Simulations, Indie, AA, AAA, Story Games, Casual Games, etc. Mix it up a bit more. Especially when October comes, the choices should be more “special” to attract more people. While I like Simulation and Management games… I don’t think that everyone is going to agree with all of this and just continue their sub for this service if it’s really for just one game and one game only, every month.

Anyways, I hope this post helped you make your *choice* (haha.) and I hope you enjoyed this one! 


This post is part of the Blaugust 2020 event. Wanna know more about it? Then check out my post on it or Bel’s post where he also linked everyone who’s participating! Be sure to check out the others as well!

Humble Choice July 2020

I forgot to pause July’s Humble Choice so here’s what I got this month – actually wasn’t too bad, so that’s quite awesome! 

As far as June went: I did get the bundle but I forgot to post about it and with exams and everything going on, I ended up not caring enough about it. For anyone who’s interested, here are my choices for June:

Either way, it’s August already but I wanted to talk about my July games as you can still claim them if you want to! Overall, I’m quite happy about the July games. The selection this time around consisted of:

  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall – DELUXE EDITION
  • Void Bastards
  • Railway Empire
  • Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock
  • Yuppie Psycho
  • Beat Hazard 2
  • Sigma Theor: Global Cold War
  • Metal Unit
  • Don’t Escape: 4 Days To Survive
  • Verlet Swing
  • Basingstoke

Now, most of these games seemed awesome but due to the 10 Game Limit, I couldn’t take them all and honestly I wouldn’t have needed to. The games I didn’t pick were Verlet Swing and Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock. 

I have no clue about Battlestar Galactica, so I didn’t go for that one… and Verlet Swing seemed a bit too fast-paced for me and I thought that I’d probably burn myself out too fast with it. Alas, I picked all the other games as I (worst case) can gift those away. 

Either way, let’s get into the choices!

Age of Wonders: Planetfall

I wanted to play more 4X and Strategy Games in general, so this one was a given. I’ve heard good things about Age of Wonders and this one is relatively new, so I’m looking forward to getting to this one eventually.

Void Bastards

While I didn’t recommend it in an earlier review, it felt like a better choice than the two that I didn’t pick… so, I’ll just gift this one away in one of my streams eventually and someone else is going to like it.

Beat Hazard 2

This title somewhat reminded me of REALLY BIG SKY but with the option of using your own music? Hell yeah! 

Yuppie Psycho

This title has been interesting from what I’ve seen. Alas, I thought I’d go for it. It’s a horror game. Spooktober is going to be crazy! Looking forward to it!

Sigma Theory: Global Cold War

Mi-Clos Studio’s title Sigma Theory seemed interesting… but I’m not too sure if I’ll get into it. While it is turn-based strategy and management, it felt a bit off. There was something about it, that I didn’t like but at the same time I knew that I should in theory like it. Weird feeling I had with this one. Alas, this one is on the “maybe I’ll redeem it later… or I’ll gift it away”-list. We’ll see!

Don’t Escape: 4 Days To Survive

This game seemed interesting. I’m not a fan of point n click games BUT the setting seemed cool and it has survival elements in there, so I’m looking forward to what the blend of the two genres is like! 

Railway Empire

Personally, I love management games and really am enjoying myself with them. Railway Empire has been on my wishlist for quite some time since it seemed absolutely stunning and since it does not only cover industrial management and simulation options but also tourist attractions and a vast variety of trains! Really excited to play this one eventually!


Four Words: Action. Roguelike. Cute. Style. – It’s been on my wishlist as well for a while, so I’m looking forward to playing this one! 


Snowcastle Games’ take on the JRPG genre seemed quite adorable, so I thought I’d give it a go. It has “a fresh take on turn-based combat and character progression” (according to the description text), so I thought it may be a good fit for a review as well, alas it’s in that collection on Steam as well, waiting for its time to shine. 

Metal Unit

JellySnow Studio created with Metal Unit a cute little side-scrolling platformer with rogue-lite features. It’s futuristic and combat seems cool. In its core, it’s an Action-RPG but I was intrigued as to what the rogue-lite features would be and why there is no “rogue-lite” tag in the Steam Store. Either way, I like the style and thought I’d go for it (even if I’m not a fan of platformers). 

As part of this month’s Humble Choice, we also received DRM-free sneak peeks for Grotto and Popup Dungeon – two games that I wanted to write about anyways in our Lookout Post! Alas, I hope that I’ll be able to get to these soon.

Overall, this month has been quite successful. It’s been a nice selection of games that I’d actually play and not just “like but never get to”. Just the other day, I finished Outer Wilds but I didn’t get to write about it just yet… and with one game done, a ton more have joined the library, resulting in an ever-growing library… a scary backlog is getting scarier by the day. 

Humble Choice May 2020

It’s May and thus, there will be a new Humble Choice – and this time, I thought I’d give you my choices and thoughts.

So, while the idea isn’t new or anything (after all, Naithin and others probably are on it for this month!), I’ll try to do something about this month and talk about why I’m choosing my games and that kind of stuff!

Jurassic World Evolution:
I enjoy playing Tycoon games and also really liked the Jurassic Park films, so this one is more or less of a given. I used to play a lot of Zoo Tycoon a few years ago as I got the complete collection at one of my birthdays and really liked creating these areas for dinos and animals… and eventually pitting penguins against T-Rexes and uh… realising that penguins are a lot stronger than I thought they were.
So, JWE is not only a great fit but also a real bargain. If you think about it, you get this game (and all the other titles) for 12€ (based on where you live) which is thirty bucks less than the steam-prize with no sales… hence this is a no-brainer, I guess.

Rise of Industry:
I like games about industrialization and city-building and resource-management, similar to Banished and Sim City. I remember liking the concept and general playstyle when I used to play an early alpha-version of it… so, I’m excited to play the full version soon.

The Sword of Ditto:
I actually know little to nothing about this one, story-wise. It’s been on my wishlist for a while now and the style of it seemed quite neat. I like RPGs, so this one works for me, I guess.

This one looked interesting but I don’t understand the full concept just yet. Apparently, you’re a small slime-like organism with different abilities that let you stick to surfaces and move around. There also seems to be combat but I’m not too sure about how you fight. Overall, I’m intrigued by this one and will definitely check this one out soon, even when I don’t necessarily know a lot about it.

Warsaw is a WW2-themed tactical RPG similar to Darkest Dungeon but the general theme and presentation of it seemed more amusing compared to DD, so I thought I’ll go with this one and figure stuff out later on.

Warhammer 40k: Gladius:
I own a couple of Warhammer games and I used to paint the small Warhammer 40k figures and whatnot… but I know little to nothing about this game. It’s a 4X (Explore, Expand, Exploit, Exterminate) game, so I thought I’d take it as I wanted to play more of those anyways. I already own Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War 3 and Warhammer 40k: Space Marine… so this one is gonna be quite cool, I guess, once I wanna get into the games and once I’ve played through the other two. After all, Space Marine is older than Dawn of War 3 who is older than Gladius. And Gladius only came out two years ago, so that’s actually quite neat, too.

XCOM 2 (+2 DLCs):
XCOM 2 is another turn-based tactical RPG similar to the Shadow Run franchise… and I already own and love XCOM: Enemy Unknown… at least I used to play the heck out of it a while ago until they killed my favourite unit and character… Alas, I hope that I won’t get attached too much to the characters in the second game… So, that’s why I took this one. I like the genre and the franchise, so a no-brainer here as well.

This one looked interesting but I don’t really understand it just yet, so I just took it as the other options didn’t seem too alluring.

(Bonus Game) Train Valley 2:
As I’m subbed (yet) again, I’m also receiving Train Valley 2 this month, which I’m actually also quite happy about. I played the first Train Valley game and really liked it… Train Valley 2 adds a few new mechanics to the Puzzle-Tycoon-Mix and I’m looking forward to playing this one!

I already own Horace on the Epic Games store and while it wouldn’t harm to have it twice… I don’t really like it and hence will probably give this game away to anyone who appreciates it or maybe in a game-giveaway on a special-occasion on-stream.

Niche – A genetics survival game:
I love Niche. Niche is great. I sadly already own this one… but since I like this one, I’ll give it away on-stream as well, at some point in the future.

The games that didn’t make the cut are Heave Ho, as I just don’t like the game and as it’s not anything that I’d give away (as it didn’t seem too interesting either…) and Chess Ultra.

When I play chess, I usually play it offline on an actual board… or I play it in a web browser. The problem with chess-games is that the player base is generally spread across all the different sides and games and because of that it can take ages to get a game… and even when you get into a game, you can get people that are roping or that are not playing their turns at all or people that are just too bad or too good for you, leading to uneven matchmaking and situations where it’s actually a lot better to just play against the A.I. – so that’s why I won’t choose Chess Ultra.

As for the extras, we’re getting a sneak peek of “Rainy Season” (which is a bit of an atmospheric game about a family that spends time at home during rain) and Fae Tactics, which is another tactical RPG that is getting published by Humble Bundle.

Overall, I’m quite happy with this month. I got a lot of games that I really am looking forward to, as well as two extra games to give away that will find their place eventually. The sneak peek on the two games are gonna be interesting and in the end, this is a good month to be subbed to Humble Choice. 🙂

I hope you liked my take on the “Humble Choice Review” kind of post.


This post is part of a challenge called BLAPRIL. The goal is to post as much as possible during the 30 days of April. There are different themes during some of the weeks and a lot of mentors, newbies and participants participating. Feel free to check this hub-post out and check out the other participants!