Greetings, fellow travelers! The Weekend Wizard Inn is open for business, so grab a seat and discuss what’s in your gaming quest log for the next few days. Maybe even do so over a piping bowl of ogre blood stew, a roasted giant’s toe, or a cool mug of our freshest male snail ale! There’s a great spot over near the fire with some of your fellow mages, and it appears a purple-robed fella with a… mask of sorts… is waving you over!
Hey, folks! I’m Trash, a fellow mage (and somehow always the first to arrive), and every Friday evening I’ll be here at The Weekend Wizard Inn to help get the conversation started.
On deck for me this weekend, we have…
1: The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories
The Missing is the latest Swery title (Deadly Premonition, D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die) that has you searching for a missing friend by way of dismembering yourself to solve a series of puzzles and platforming challenges. Need to weigh down a pressure plate? Lob off your arms! Is that something shiny down in the bottom of that tiny hole? Send your head down to scout things out!
The deep story is told by way of text messages that unlock throughout the game, which has been highly praised by many folks in my social media network for the way in which it portrays the protagonist, her missing love interest, and her mental health struggles.
I tend to love Swery stuff since it’s always “out there,” so I’m surprised it’s taken me this long to get to it. I’m really curious as to where the story goes and how the horror elements play into it (especially the dismembering).
I feel like GRIS has been on my agenda since the week it released and I still haven’t touched it. That all changes today! It’s appeared on quite a few “best games of 2018” lists, which is rare for such a late-year launch.
If you’ve stepped foot in The Weekend Wizard Inn over the last couple of Fridays, then you already know the story here. For those of you who haven’t, GRIS is a super artsy puzzle platformer that apparently tackles mental health as well. I’ve not played it yet so I can’t really go into more details than you’d find over at Wikipedia, but apparently, I’ll be having a puzzle platformer weekend.
That’s probably enough for me, though. I just finished up the awesome 1920s San Francisco whodunit visual novel A Case of Distrust and if I can get through the two games above then I’ll finally get to work on my top 10 games of 2018 list. Fingers crossed!
Santa was kind to me this year and I ended up with Switch copies of Moonlighter, Katamari Damacy Reroll, Dead Cells, Black Bird, Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu!, Cave Story, Mega Man 11, the SNK 40th Anniversary Collection, and Owlboy… so I’m not going to be at a loss for things to play for a while. The backlog grows and grows and I’m destined to live on my Nintendo Switch through 2019.
What about you, folks? Any big gaming plans this weekend? Sound off down in the comments!
Trash is the Middle-aged Horror Mage here at TWRM, an irregular co-host on The Unlikely Herocast podcast for CA! Radio, and sole contributor for his own games-related website, Cheap Boss Attack. Follow him on Twitter @Trashlevania!
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