What? Yet another Steam Pack so soon after the last?
Well... yeah. Over the last few weeks, I played a ton of short games, and still wanted to acknowledge them somewhere. I was debating whether to keep this Pack for the next round of reviews, or publish it right now, and eventually decided to release it now.
I guess some articles have 4 games, others have 5 – it all depends on how many I can fit within 2000 words.
So it seems I’m late to the party yet again. This game developed and released by Soviet Games is apparently quite famous! I have the Steam version, let’s keep it to that one, let’s not mention any other versions circulating. Yes, we have a product from Russia here, and it’s a romance visual novel with character designs taking a lot of cues from anime.
|"So I slept for 5 months?|
I'm cool with that. Screw the cold Russian winter."
|Why do I feel like singing "In The Summertime" right now?|
|This girl saw the future, watched Sonic Boom, and|
decided she wanted Sticks' haircut.
|There are interesting touches here and there, some which|
will slip over the heads of fans in America who don't
know Russian culture.
|Thanks, seldom-appearing information window!|
Good game, really.
Jigoku Kisetsukan: Sense of the Seasons
Now jumping into a whole other different genre: Bullet Hell vertical shoot’em ups! Ah yes, I remember that genre. One of the first games I ever reviewed for this blog was in that genre.
…Oh God, this one is insanely tough. I already said “Bullet Hell”, and that’s not an exaggeration.
|This is only the beginning.|
|Ah, that's more like it. And, for the record, that's on|
the easiest difficulty.
And the bullets JUST DON’T STOP. I mean, it’s hardly a surprise for the genre. You focus far less on killing the enemies and bosses than you focus on your own survival. My eyes were on my character and the bullets flying at it. Thankfully, every boss has phases and each phase has a timer – which skips to the next phase or ends the fight (on the last phase) if it hits 0. So technically, there IS a Pacifist option here – you can apparently beat the game without killing anything! Tough, but a nice change of pace.
|I never got to the boss past this one.|
By Golly, I may not have completed this one yet, but I can see myself trying again and again!
|The ambiance here is nice. Quite a change of pace|
from the storm of bullets I had just before.
This world takes inspiration from “Tibetan theology and philosophy” (or, at least, that’s what the Steam page says). More specifically, it’s said to take place in Bardo, the Tibetan word for limbo (and, thus, the most likely candidate of a name for the place). The world, however minimalist, is breathtaking. There’s not much to say about the character, and the gameplay is similarly minimalist: Go around the map, collect emblems in homes, find their shrines around the map, set them in place, open the doors of the temple…
…And reach enlightenment.
|I could walk through this all day!|
Well, okay, for 30 minutes maybe.
My only critique is that you can’t map the keys to your liking, so you can’t choose to use the arrows to move – only WASD, while jumping is done with the Spacebar and interacting with items is done with E. Checking the inventory is the Tab key, and you have to press Tab again to leave it – not Escape, as that opens the game menu. A bit of an issue there, but it’s still manageable.
Trick & Treat
I never said every single RPG Maker game would have its own full article – some are simple adventures that don’t need much description. Developed and published by Rabbiton, this is a short, no-combat game focusing more on exploration, discovery and puzzles.
|"Including the non-Halloween candy?"|
"ESPECIALLY all the non-Halloween candy!"
There is definitely something off about this giant mansion that looks like a castle, the ghastly guests, the living dolls and the bizarre ways to die… wait, what? However, the greatest question remains: Can Amelia collect all the candy for herself and Charlotte?
|Dammit, more blood splatters to clean up. How inconvenient.|
|How could a pumpkin kill anyone? That's silly.|
The sjkeleton is already dead, though... so, clown?
No, really, I recommend this one. It’s free, it’s good, it’s sufficiently unique in comparison to the usual RPG Maker titles, and it’s worth a try. Especially in October. But hey, a good Halloween game is good all year.
|Surrounded by my fellows...|
Even if I am just wearing a costume...
Hopefully I’m done with Steam Packs for a while now.