Play Want Bin Expense: 2017-08-14

Bangarang? Really?

It’s almost Sonic Day!

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Lego City Undercover (Switch)
I don’t even know what percentage of the game we’ve done now. 70? 75? Must be something like that, anyway. There’s maybe three red bricks left to get, 74 gold bricks, and a pile of characters and vehicles still spread across the map. At least I’ve 100%ed one area – Apollo Island – so that’s something, right? And guess what? It hasn’t crashed at all in the last 4 or 5 hours of play. I wonder why.

Persona 4 Golden (Vita)
Seventy hours in and I think I’ve reached the climax. The murderer has just kidnapped a certain someone but we know who he is, and I’m about to dive into the TV to rescue them. In the intermission between the last rescue and this, two most disturbing things (that aren’t really spoilers as they’re not part of the main story) happened. Firstly, there was some culture festival thing at the school, and this involved the main male characters being involved in a cross-dressing beauty pageant. All well and good, but the female ones having to then have a swimsuit show? Um. Then there’s a bit where everyone goes to Yukiko’s inn for the night and it all goes a bit Love Hina and somehow Kanji ends up in bed with a teacher. Sort of.

Plantera DX (Switch)
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I present Level 266 as evidence.

Guitar Hero Live (PS4)
Oh yeah, I have a PS4. I forgot. This was £15 in Argos in the week, so I bought it. The tracklist is terrible, but thankfully the online playlist thing – which I thought was permanently offline but was actually just down for a couple of days – has a far more impressive selection of tracks. The guitar is OK, but the new button layout took some getting used to!

Want

I should have a plugin that posts these automatically, really.

Sonic Mania (Switch) – TOMORROW!
Fire Emblem Warriors (Switch)
Mario Odyssey (Switch)
Golf Story (Switch)
Lego Marvel Super Heroes (Switch)
Metroid II: Samus Returns (3DS)
Picontier (Switch)
SteamWorld Dig 2 (Switch)
Blaster Master Zero (Switch)
Splatoon 2 (Switch)
Stardew Valley (Switch)

Bin

The Guitar Hero Live tracklist. Most of the songs aren’t even guitar heavy. Some of them don’t even have guitars at all.

Expense

£14.99 for Guitar Hero Live.

Play Want Bin Expense: 2017-08-07

We’ll find a pot of gold,
Just sitting where the rainbow’s ending.

Hopefully it won’t take that long.

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Persona 4 Golden (Vita)
As expected, the kid who I thought would be next to be thrown into the TV was indeed thrown into the TV. That’s the Laboratory dungeon, in case you’re wondering where I’m at. I’m also pretty sure he is a she, and have been since he first appeared. It would explain a lot. I’m not really explaining this very well because of spoiler potential, but if you’ve played it you’ll know. I have beaten the robot mid-boss, and also returned to The Game to beat the extra shadow boss there. 57-ish hours in.

Lego City Undercover (Switch)
All the mopping. I don’t know how many hours we’ve spent on this now, but it’s more than 35. Something like 62% completed, but I think I may have stumbled across a bug which might prevent 100% – there’s a rooftop in Vice City (you know where I mean) where you’re supposed to eavesdrop on some bad guys. Thing is, the trigger point to do that never appears. Ruh roh.

Mighty Gunvolt Burst (Switch)
Completed, again, this time with Ekoro. She’s the new DLC character I mentioned last time, and is apparently from Gal*Gun.

Plantera DX (Switch)
STOP JUDGING ME. Level 235.

80 Days (Mac)
Sadly, not a game of the 80s cartoon, but a sort of steampunk (OK, *more* steampunk) reimagining of the original book. You, as Fogg’s aide Passepartout, seek out routes around the world, buy and sell objects, and slowly uncover stories of rebellion and political unrest. And airships. All while grooming your master and ensuring he reaches London within 80 days. On my first playthrough I’ve nearly crossed America, with around 20 days left to make it across the Atlantic.

Pokémon Go (iOS)
I’ve said it before, but I think I might be done. This weekend I managed to reach Level 30, which has taken months since Level 29, and there’s the daunting task of gaining half a million more XP to hit 31. And why? There’s no chance of me catching all the pokeymen. There’s no other goal either. So I might just let it fizzle out now. That said, look at Plantera DX. Hmm.

Want

It’s that copied and pasted list again. Some of them are pretty close now – Sonic Mania is next week!

Sonic Mania (Switch)
Fire Emblem Warriors (Switch)
Mario Odyssey (Switch)
Golf Story (Switch)
Lego Marvel Super Heroes (Switch)
Metroid II: Samus Returns (3DS)
Picontier (Switch)
SteamWorld Dig 2 (Switch)
Blaster Master Zero (Switch)
Splatoon 2 (Switch)
Stardew Valley (Switch)

And yes, I know Splatoon 2 has been out for a while now but it’s still too expensive. And the very second I buy Blaster Master Zero I just know it’ll go on sale.

Bin

Punctures. On my bike, I mean. It’s hard enough to get psyched up to go out on the thing without having to deal with getting a puncture miles from anywhere. I think it was a badly moulded innertube that caused it this time, so hopefully more luck here on out.

Expense

80 Days (Mac) for free
Hitman Complete (PS4) for £8.64

Play Want Bin Expense: 2017-07-31

Chi-yay

It’s been, uh, two weeks! Take that, Barenaked Ladies. Not that two weeks matters over one week, because I’ve only played the same things in that time.

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Plantera DX (Switch)
No you shut up. I was going to stop. Honest. I can stop any time I like. I’m on level 225 now though. Another hindrance I’ve discovered is that there’s a limit of 100 million coins you can earn when not playing. What this means is, that even though I have the upgrades necessary to continue earning while not playing for a full 22 hours, I actually reach 100m after just 11. What a waste. I’ll stop soon.

Persona 4 (Vita)
At the 50-ish hour mark now, and have beaten the boss in the Void (on my first possibly day to do it), then spent a lot of time building up my Social Links. I opted to spend a week working in Junes to help out Yosuke, and another few days doing my own, and Nanako’s homework. The gang went to the beach, where Kanji lost his pants, and Chie and I are now officially an item. These are not related events, by the way. The story is suggesting that everything is over now, but of course, it can’t be. Best game.

Lego City Undercover (Switch)
Some more two player, mopping up all the collectables. Around 56% done now, I think.

Mighty Gunvolt Burst (Switch)
There was new, free DLC! With a new character! I’ve played just one level so far, but will do the rest ASAP!

Want

Same as it ever was:

Sonic Mania (Switch)
Fire Emblem Warriors (Switch)
Mario Odyssey (Switch)
Golf Story (Switch)
Lego Marvel Super Heroes (Switch)
Metroid II: Samus Returns (3DS)
Picontier (Switch)
SteamWorld Dig 2 (Switch)
Blaster Master Zero (Switch)
Splatoon 2 (Switch)
Stardew Valley (Switch)

Bin

Nothing, I suppose. Power cuts are a bit of a pain at the moment. Not game related, but they’re playing havoc with my NAS. Not a euphemism.

Expense

Nothing this week, or last week.

Play Want Bin Expense: 2017-07-17

Per-so-na! Let’s go away!

Something I should have finished years ago, and yes, I’m still playing that damn farm game.

Play

Plantera DX (Switch)
No, I can stop any time I want. Honest. I just don’t want to stop. And me reaching level 185 this week isn’t a sign I have any sort of problem. It’s fine.

Persona 4 Golden (Vita)
Mainly, however, this week has mostly been about Persona 4 Golden. Playing Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE has definitely helped me understand how Persona works a lot better. Persona is pretty much the same, only much deeper and there’s a lot more to do. My previous concerns about running out of time to rescue people has mostly gone (you’ve loads of time). Another concern – that I couldn’t grind dungeons as much as I wanted – has also been laid to rest now I have the Fox waiting to restore SP in the TV. He’s expensive, but I’ve done a few ema quests to bring the price down. Really, really into the game now.

Want

The same things again:

Sonic Mania (Switch)
Fire Emblem Warriors (Switch)
Mario Odyssey (Switch)
Golf Story (Switch)
Lego Marvel Super Heroes (Switch)
Metroid II: Samus Returns (3DS)
Picontier (Switch)
SteamWorld Dig 2 (Switch)
Blaster Master Zero (Switch)
Splatoon 2 (Switch)

It’s going to be hard not to buy Splatoon 2 in a panic on Friday. Oh yeah, and I remembered Stardew Valley (Switch) isn’t far off now too. So that’s also on the list.

Bin

Nothing game related. Aside from my Vita 64GB memory card being knackered. Not sure it’s worth replacing now.

Expense

Nothing! This week might be another story, however…

Game Dev Diary: Snakes When They Meet v0.99

Why did it have to be snakes?

Over the last week I’ve been writing a very basic game for the Fantasy Console Game Jam over on itch.io. The theme was “Union”, and I decided to write a “snake” type game where you control two snakes, and have to join them up by reaching the goal at the same time.

The twist is that you control both snakes at the same time, with the same controls, only one is a mirror. When you press up, one snake goes up and the other goes down, and so on.

You’ll see that this is v0.99. It’s playable, but there only four levels. I realised that the task involved with coming up with levels – interesting levels, that aren’t just all one-go simple or virtually impossible – is massive. I spent as long designing two of the four levels as I did writing the entire game “engine”, so there was no way I’d manage a complete set of levels in the allowed time.

I could easily add more levels, and I’ve ideas for other things to do as well, such as different start locations, wrap-around levels, or rotated controls (so when you press up, one snake goes up but the other goes left, for example), but my aim was to create a playable concept and I’ve done that.

It’s not going to set the game jam alight, and certainly looks way less professional than the other submissions, but I think there’s something here, at least. Importantly, I’ve learned a few new techniques that might be useful for something else.

If you want to play it, it’s on itch.io:

Play Want Bin Expense: 2017-07-10

To play, this device must be in Hand Held Mode.

I did some completing things. And restarted an old thing.

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Plantera DX (Switch)
No, I’m really done with it now. I’m past level 160, have all the upgrades (although not all the upgrades to the upgrades), but as I mention on my gaming diary, improvements are becoming too hard to buy. The return on investments isn’t worth the investment, but without it I can’t afford to expand or buy better stuff. I’m classing it as completed. So there.

Mighty Gunvolt Burst (Switch)
Now this is definitely completed. Twice, in fact – as both Gunvolt and Beck. I preferred Gunvolt’s runthrough, as he’s far more acrobatic (once you’ve upgraded him, anyway). It’s a pretty short game, but it’s so, so good. And it’s Mega Man in everything but name, and it’s much better than Beck’s Mighty No. 9.

Virtua Fighter 2 (PSP)
The Mega Drive version on the PSP compilation on my Vita, to be most accurate. It’s rubbish. I completed it, as Jacky, but didn’t enjoy it. Slow, jerky and with unresponsive controls.

Persona 4 Golden (Vita)
It has been two and a half years since I last played this, but I’m back on it now, continuing from my old save (just after saving Yukiko). I was a bit lost, but it’s coming back to me, slowly. I’m understanding the Persona system a bit better too, having played Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE last year. Had quite a bit of hassle getting my Vita to actually load games though – I think my 64GB memory card is knackered. I’ve reverted to my 8GB one for now, which seems to be OK. 64GB cards are more money than a Vita is, so I don’t think I’ll be buying another.

Want

All the. Same things. As before. Truth brings.

Sonic Mania (Switch)
Fire Emblem Warriors (Switch)
Mario Odyssey (Switch)
Golf Story (Switch)
Lego Marvel Super Heroes (Switch)
Metroid II: Samus Returns (3DS)
Picontier (Switch)
SteamWorld Dig 2 (Switch)

Also, I think I’ll enjoy Blaster Master Zero (Switch) having played the demo and the sort-of-similar Mighty Gunvolt Burst, so I want that.

And Splatoon 2 (Switch).

Bin

I have done my back in which has made my hands even worse. Ho hum.

Expense

I had a funny five minutes and bought a Greenman Gaming loot box thing. I got 21 games, for around 42p each. I have no idea what any of them are (well, apart from D/Generation):

Skilltree Saga
D/Generation HD
Annie Amber
Dustoff Heli Rescue
Cross Of The Dutchman
Aerial Destruction
Planes Bullets And Vodka
Magical Brickout
Lifeless
The Asskickers
Rise Of The Triad
Stone Tales
Woodle Tree Adventures
Valkyrius Prime
Taxi
Merger 3D
After The End: The Harvest
Drop Hunt
Energy Balance
The Incredible Baron
Super Death Arena

Play Want Bin Expense: 2017-07-03

Plantera is a play on Pantera, right?

A lot of different things this week!

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Grand Theft Auto V (PS4)
I don’t think I’ve progressed the story that much, but I did learn to fly a plane as Michael. And then I went to the airport, stole an aeroplane, and flew it high. So high, that it stalled. Then I jumped out. I didn’t have a parachute. Mike hit the floor at some speed.

Kamiko (Switch)
Yes, I know I completed it. But there were two other characters! So I completed it with them. Then I had to do the first character again, as I’d not done it in under an hour – took it down to 32 minutes. And then, since I’d not found all the secret artefacts, I had to play it most of the way through again. It’s a good game, Brent.

Hey! Pikmin Demo (3DS)
It’s a 2D Pikmin, and I was sure, having seen it announced, it wouldn’t be very good. But of course, you don’t bet against Nintendo and as it turns out, it’s pretty damn great. Only two proper levels to go off, but I’m in.

Plantera DX (Switch)
Level 114, and I’m still playing. Well, I say “playing”, but in reality it mostly just plays itself. I prod it every so often to collect butterflies or whack moles, and if I’ve enough money I expand my garden or replace plants with higher value ones. But that’s it. Can’t stop though.

Nano Assault Ex (3DS)
I really liked Nano Assault Neo on the Wii U, and the only reason I’d never played this 3DS follow-up is because I was convinced I already had. Then I remembered – no! I haven’t! So I did. And it’s really rather good, with incredible 3D graphics. I’m not sure it’d be controllable without the C-stick of the New 3DS though – I gave it a try and decided against it. I’m onto the third “world”, although I’ve no idea how far into the game that is.

Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse – Episode 1 (PS3)
After completing Minecraft: Story Mode, I was really after a proper adventure game with proper puzzles and interactions and actual things to solve. Luckily, I’d picked up the whole series of The Devil’s Playhouse some time ago, so it was there waiting. I’ve completed the first episode – The Penal Zone – and it’s so much better than Minecraft: Story Mode it’s not funny. It’s funny for a start. And there’s puzzles! The one where you have to get rid of a gorilla to enter Momma Bosco’s lab was especially awesome.

SteamWorld Heist (3DS)
I’d totally forgotten to buy the DLC for this, and it being on offer this week prompted me to do so. It’s more of the same, really, but that’s not a bad thing at all. I enjoyed it, completed it, and now wish there was a second lot of DLC or a sequel or something. SteamWorld Dig 2 is out soon though!

Chaos Reborn (Mac)
So a lovely man gave me a free copy of this and I’ve been playing it a bit. It is, as you’d expect from the name, a remake (of sorts) of Chaos. Only on a hexagonal grid. It reminds me a lot of Duelyst, actually, only harder. Oh my is it hard. I’ve won two fights – and they’re technically just the same fight twice. I can’t even come close to winning the second.

Want

The makers of Kamiko confirmed to me that the next game they’re working on, Picontier, is coming to the Switch! So I definitely want that. Also, SteamWorld Dig 2 (Switch). And all these, again:

Sonic Mania (Switch)
Fire Emblem Warriors (Switch)
Mario Odyssey (Switch)
Golf Story (Switch)
Lego Marvel Super Heroes (Switch)
Metroid II: Samus Returns (3DS)

Bin

My hands. Who knew? As for game-related stuff, nothing much really. I’ve lots to play, lots to look forward to, and I’ve not even made a start on some good stuff.

Expense

SteamWorld Heist DLC: The Outsider (3DS) – free, because free credit. Free!

Game Dev Diary: Asset Reuse Invaders v1.00 – Release!

I Made A Game With Cats In It.

And that’s it! Asset Reuse Invaders is complete!

You can see the final version, play the final version, and – if you’re a bit flush – pay for the final version, over at itch.io:

Why you’d pay for it, I don’t know. But please at least play it and let me know what you think. There’s a cheat mode if you’re finding it too hard, but you’ll have to find it yourself (hint: it’s in the code).

And it is hard. Too hard for me, anyway.

Also, there may be bugs. I couldn’t find any, but, meh. Let me know if you spot any. Also let me know your high scores! Mine’s about 500.