Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and features weekly top-ten lists! This week is a freebie, meaning the topic can be whatever we want! I decided to focus on games this time. So this is my list of Top Ten Games that made me smile in 2015 (and yes, it is two days late). Not best or anything, but they were games that brought me joy during a difficult year. Though some of these are favorites, others are not but will probably always make me smile when I need it.
Fantasy Life is so adorable and addictive, I’ve fallen in love with this game. There’s loads of content to keep you busy for hours, and DLC you can add that gives you a whole new area after finishing the story. It was the highlight of my holiday in December, even if I played more of it in 2016 technically.
Bayonetta 1 + 2 combo pack was very fun. Although I’d gotten it at the end of 2014 for my husband, I didn’t play it until 2015. And when I did, I had a really great time with it. No link for this one as it’s currently not available at a decent price, but it might still be around in physical stores.
Lego Harry Potter 1-4 was my birthday gift, and having missed the HP world and never getting to play this because I’d heard of the bugs, I was so glad to get this DRM-free version on sale. So far as I played, I didn’t run into much problems, and I enjoyed getting to experience some parts of the books again (I just reread the 2nd book via audiobook, and hope to continue listening to the rest as rereads).
Etrian Odyssey Untold: Millenium Girl is a game I got when it came out, but it took me getting Fafnir Knight to prompt me to actually get into this one. And I love it a lot, as I did Fafnir Knight before I switched to this one. I should finish it this year so I can get to Untold 2, but I have a ridiculous amount of games to play, so who knows!
Puzzles & Dragons is just a fun casual game, that’s highly addictive.
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is a game I honestly wasn’t sure about, but when I saw the collector’s edition for only $45 at a convention, just a few months after its release, I couldn’t walk away. From what I played, I enjoyed it, until I realized how slowly I was progressing, which put a damper on things. But still, the pet pig and those felynes sure did provoke a smile out of me, and I might return to it from time to time.
Terraria is another game I had before 2015, but learned how to play in 2015, and enjoyed. I like Sandbox games quite a bit, as it turns out (which is why I got excited on Twitter this morning when I saw Starbound is now on GOG).
Chilbi-Robo Zip Lash got a lot of dislike, but I couldn’t help myself. And I couldn’t play this game without a silly grin on my face. Sweet as the candy and snacks you collect, Chibi-Robo wormed his way into my heart, despite the negativity surrounding it. I adore this little robot and hope we’ll get to see more of him.
Super Mario Bros 3D Land is a game I waited a long time to play, mainly because I’d wait for Black Friday to try and get a copy, as Target would discount it to $15. This year I had luck on my side, as I was able to grab it before it got sold out like it did in previous years. And it’s quite fun. I look forward to Mario 3D World when I can eventually pick that one up. 🙂
Honorary mention would be Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer, because I’ve loved designing spaces since the original Sims. However, it didn’t make my list simply for the absolute lack of challenge. It’s basically just a sketchbook for designing, but there’s no real point. Still fun though, but I felt I couldn’t add it to this list because of that.
*Amazon links give me a small monetary kickback if you choose to buy from them. GOG links don’t, but I prefer sending people there over Steam and these are the versions I have.*
Don’t have a lot of time right now, but wanted to get this out. There are three new videos on the Youtube Channel in case you missed them: A discussion video, and new Let’s Play’s. So check them out if interested! Also, there are the filmed parts of the Fierce Reads Panel for those interested in those authors.
Long Live The Queen Part 1:
Simon the Sorcerer 2 Intro:
Quick update on the Readathon: Got my copy of Horrorstor from the library, and that was bumped to my first read. I’m loving it! I’ll be reading all night pretty much, so look for a reading update tomorrow night. 😀
Isn’t the cover just cool?? I love that it continues looking like a catalog inside too.
Yesterday was the conclusion to my very first Let’s Play. This is big because it means I get to move on to other things. The second game will start on Friday, and a different game will start next week. If you want to see the end and haven’t yet, please see the videos below. Thanks for watching!
Part 14 (The End):
I’ve been busy. I still want to get reviews up, but I literally have had no time. I’m super tired, but just wanted to inform those interested that the latest videos have been posted. The first game has finished being recorded, and the next parts go up Friday and Monday. On Wednesday or Friday next week, a Let’s Play of the sequel will start. However, in case you’re not a fan, I’ll be starting something different that week too. This means there will be two videos of Simon, and one of a new project.
Next week I shall also be more free, which means reviews are a definite, as well as a post about #ReadingCram. Stay tuned!
Second round of the Mutator sale began today and lasts through tomorrow.
In this round some of the games available are:
Dust: An Elysian Tail, Trine 2 Complete Story, Shadowrun Returns, Overlord + Raising Hell, Driftmoon, Divinity games, Sacred Gold and more.
The Mutator titles received by people include Tower of Guns, Vertical Drop Heroes HD, Syndicate Wars, Smugglers V, Shelter, Unrest SE and In Cold Blood.
It would have been nice to get Shelter, but I didn’t. I think yesterday’s mutator titles were better, but the sale titles were great. Still, there’s plenty to satisfy most people. Also, you do not have to purchase mutator titles if you don’t wish to, so you can simply take advantage of the sale; the one caveat is that you must purchase 3 titles at a time per transaction.
So first off, yesterday I learned about GOG’s Mutator sale. It’s a great way to get some games for real cheap. I spent less than $15 both times. You pick 3 games out of the list, and then buy additional mystery titles for $2 each, up to three times.
The first time around I bought Long Live The Queen, Sword of the Stars: The Pit, and the expansion DLC to The Pit.
Mystery titles I received from that round were: Blackwell Bundle (a cool indie adventure game), Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav (pretty but, not sure), and Wing Commander 1+2 (meh).
I tried again today, buying Two Worlds, The Book of Unwritten Tales and The Book of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles.
Mystery titles received today were: Capitalism 2 (Ok, looks like fun), Legend of Grimrock (one I wanted!), and Eador Genesis (looks great).
Definitely check it out if you like big sales like this. This round of titles is only available for the next few hours; it ends tomorrow. Then there will be new titles at discount prices and a new batch of titles for the mystery ones. I can’t wait to see what’s coming next. This lasts through the weekend, with each new round lasting 48 hours.
In this one, Simon “becomes” a wizard, which I’m sure makes him happy. The description of the starter pack made me think of those fun packs you’d get from those kid club things. Ah, memories… Though the only one I was ever interested in was that Scholastic Book Club that elementary schools got catalogs for. Once a geek, always a geek. 😀
Finally, calls from fans are answered with a DRM-free PC version of the great indie game, Terraria. Right now for a limited time (first 4 days starting today), you can own a copy for only $2.49 USD. That’s a 75% discount and a steal for how many hours you’ll spend playing. You also get the complete soundtrack (Vol. 1 and 2) included in the purchase. For more information, check out http://www.gog.com and http://www.terraria.org.
I’m so excited about this. I never played before, though my husband has played the Xbox 360 version and liked it a lot. Who knows, maybe this will be my next Let’s Play after Simon the Sorcerer 2. 😀 You can bet I’ll be building a library in it. Now if only I could store real books there lol.