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The Last Campfire: A Serene and Engaging Puzzle Game

Always on the hunt for interesting indie games, The Last Campfire is one of the newest additions to my digital library.  Aside from watching a trailer at one point that I now no longer remember, I went into this game knowing almost nothing about it aside from the fact that it involved solving puzzles.  While it’s not always wise to buy a game with very little research, I’m pleased to say this is one minor gamble that certainly paid off.

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The Stingiest Man in Town (1978) Review

This week, I’m reviewing a pair of Rankin/Bass adaptations of Charles Dickens stories.  Last time, we reviewed Cricket on the Hearth (1967), which was…really not very good, if I’m being honest.  And this time, we’re taking on a more well-known Christmas story, The Stingiest Man in Town (1978), better known as A Christmas Carol.

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Cricket on the Hearth (1967) Review

In a past status update, I had mentioned that Mother Duck and I endured a misplaced Christmas marathon (by misplaced, I mean it took place in March) comprised mainly of lesser-known Rankin/Bass Christmas specials (with a little bit of Charlie Brown mixed in).  I say “endured” because some of these were rather difficult to sit through.  But sit through we must because I had become very determined to review them, despite the toll they might take on my sanity.  This week I’m focusing on two Rankin/Bass adaptations of Charles Dickens’ stories, Cricket on the Hearth (1967) and their version of A Christmas Carol, The Stingiest Man in Town (1978).  We’re focusing on the first one today, folks, and it’s going to really illustrate what I meant by “endured” because this one is easily the worst Rankin/Bass movie I’ve seen so far.

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Seasons After Fall is Beautiful, Yet Boring

There seems to be a plethora of games out there where you play as an animal (usually a fox, but sometimes a wolf) exploring forests and other natural environments.  Seriously, it should be a genre all its own.  Fe, The First Tree, Spirit of the North, and Lost Ember are all examples of this, and while I played the first two, I skipped on the latter two because I don’t need more of the same general game.  But I did give one more similar game a chance because it was on sale for roughly $2 or $3, Seasons After Fall.

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Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time We Got a Crash Game This Good

Though I was many years behind when it came to experiencing the original Crash Bandicoot trilogy (and even then, it was the N. Sane Trilogy on the PS4), I am pleased to say there is finally a Crash game that I got the opportunity to play not so very long after its release date.  Yes, I’m talking about Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, a game I really loved despite some mixed feelings concerning the difficulty level….

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The First Tree is Something Truly Special

The First Tree is an interesting sort of game that I have to approach a bit differently than I would my usual game reviews.  The big difference here is…The First Tree is not really a video game.  It is, but it’s not.  It’s more like an interactive story than anything else.  So if it’s a traditional game you’re after, you might want to pass this one up.  But if you’re interested in something a bit different, then by all means, read on. Continue reading The First Tree is Something Truly Special

Playing as a Two-Year Old in Among the Sleep

Going into Among the Sleep, I had no idea what to expect.  In fact, I was not even aware the game existed until I was searching for the release date for Little Nightmares 2.  Though my search was in vain, I was recommended several horror games, the most intriguing being Among the Sleep, which I held onto for many months in anticipation of recording the game for our Virtual Bastion YouTube channel (shameless advertising is shameless, I know…but the playlist can be found here).  I had heard good things about the game, but ultimately, I had no idea what to expect aside from one simple detail.  The game is played entirely from the perspective of a two-year old. Continue reading Playing as a Two-Year Old in Among the Sleep

Inmost Is As Beautiful As It Is Eerie

I first became aware of Inmost thanks to a trailer on YouTube.  I don’t recall even finishing the trailer because the first few moments had already piqued my interest.  The game’s surprisingly beautiful pixel art style and eerie atmosphere was what hooked me.  Oftentimes, it is unwise to judge a game based solely on such shallow details, but I am happy to say that Inmost was one poorly-researched game that paid off.  Having recently published my playthrough of the game over on our Virtual Bastion YouTube channel, I thought it was about time I wrote a review so you, my dear readers, can decide for yourself if Inmost is worth your time. Continue reading Inmost Is As Beautiful As It Is Eerie

Kirby’s Dream Land 3 Review

For the last ten years, Kirby’s Dream Land 3 and I have kept passing each other by, with no more than mere glances in the other’s direction before ultimately going our separate ways.  Whether in the form of a physical SNES cartridge or a quick download vie the Wii U Virtual Console, I have had multiple opportunities to play the game, but have always chosen to spend my money on the highly praised Kirby Super Star instead.  Finally, with the release of the SNES collection provided by the Switch Online service, I hadn’t any reason to ignore this game any longer.  And now, in this post, I answer the question: do I regret taking so long to play this game?  Well…yes and no. Continue reading Kirby’s Dream Land 3 Review

Singing with Animals in Fe

Despite my stubborn love of physical games over digital, I have started to amass a small collection of digital games on the Switch (“amass” meaning about five games, which accounts for about 50% of my entire Switch collection, so…it’s all relative, I suppose).  This all started when I was perusing the Switch eShop out of curiosity and saw a whole bunch of games on sale for $10 or less.  The very first game that caught my eye was Fe, an indie game that was being sold for $5!  With a price tag like that, how could I possibly pass it up?  Fe was, what I’d like to call, an experimental game.  I bought it out of curiosity and because I wanted something unique to add to our YouTube channel.  I have most certainly accomplished that goal, but is it an actually good game?  And furthermore, would I recommend buying it for its full price of $20? Continue reading Singing with Animals in Fe