Portal Knights: Demo Review

My first impression upon starting the Portal Knights demo was that it felt a lot like Minecraft with RPG elements.  The game is described as a sandbox RPG, and the world is split up into a bunch of randomly-generated islands, though the demo only had us exploring one island after I spent a good deal of time customizing my character’s appearance and choosing between a class of Warrior, Ranger, and Mage.

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Ranking Random Snacks and Sweets from Guatemala

A short while back, I ranked some random Japanese snacks and sweets that I received as an early Christmas present (links can be found below).  I was asked if I was going to do any more posts like this, and so I decided to order a couple more snack and treat assortments from various other countries off of Amazon.  Today, we’re going to start with the selection I received from Guatemala, which just so happened to come in a cool box and even included a nifty little bookmark!

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Having now recorded both Psychonauts games for Youtube (not including the VR game), I recently decided to go back and try to get a lot of the stuff I had missed, as I am a bit of a completionist and enjoy getting 100% in games whenever possible. So last Wednesday, I managed to get Platinum in Psychonauts 2 (which means I got 100% in the game and 100% of the trophies). It was a fairly simple feat, though I couldn’t find one of the figments in Loboto’s mind until I looked up a video. It was a red figment on a pink background, and I had apparently walked past it multiple times.

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FNAF: Security Breach: Not Quite Deserving of Superstar Status

It would be pretty difficult for any gamer to be unaware of the premise behind the hugely popular Five Nights at Freddy’s series at this point.  The early games largely involved sitting in place in your office while you check your cameras and try to keep out the roaming animatronics in a pizza restaurant reminiscent of the real-life Chuck E. Cheese.  For years, I, and surely countless other fans, had fantasized over the possibility of a free-roaming FNAF game (an official one, anyway) that would take the franchise to a whole new level in terms of gameplay.  And we finally have it, in the form of Security Breach, where you team up with the titular Freddy and try to survive the night in an 80’s style mall known as Freddy Fazbear’s Mega Pizzaplex.

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Ranking All Artifex Mundi Demos I Played in 2021

I’ve already ranked many of the demos I played in 2021, with one notable exception.  I have yet to rank any of the casual puzzle games published by Artifex Mundi, of which there are a wide variety.  While these games can be a bit cheesy at times, with some comically unenthusiastic voice acting, that’s honestly part of their charm.  Like entertaining B movies.  They’re also solid puzzle games in their own right with some beautiful artwork.  Keep in mind that I’ve only played the demos, which usually cover the first 30 minutes to an hour, so I’m really only judging these based on first impressions.

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Ranking Random Japanese Sweets

Last week, I ranked some random Japanese snacks, courtesy of Mother Duck.  This time, we have a far more substantial list focusing on a plethora of sweets!  Seeing as the majority of the text on these packages was written in Japanese, I did my best to find out what these things were.  There are a few that I couldn’t figure out, but the provided photo should at least give you an idea of what they look like, even if the placement doesn’t match this list perfectly.

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Ranking Rankin Bass Christmas Specials

Earlier this year, I wrote about a dozen reviews covering various Rankin/Bass Christmas specials, which was made possible due to some DVD collections we bought containing a bunch of their work that I had never heard of before.  This was generally a fun endeavor (even if a few were rather painful to watch), but I just realized that I had failed to actually rank them.  (You could say that these specials were made for…Rankin…what?)  So today, I shall be ranking every Rankin/Bass Christmas special that I’ve seen from worst to best.  It will not include A Miser Brothers Christmas from 2008, which was actually made by Warner Bros.  Oh, and if you’re curious about full reviews, then here’s a link to my last review of Jack Frost from 1979, which includes links to most of the others at the bottom.

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