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 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.
This is the first Weekend Wizard Inn post of 2019, by the way! I’m excited to keep this rolling every weekend so everyone can join in and discuss their weekend gaming plans, and hopefully you have as much fun commenting as I do writing it up!
On deck for me, we have…
1: The World Ends With You -Final Remix- (Switch)
I never got around to this stylish JRPG when it released for the DS way back in 2007, but I currently have the RPG itch and figured now was as good a time as any. Much to my surprise, the newly released Switch version doesn’t support the Pro Controller, instead favoring touch controls in handheld mode or using a single JoyCon to point at the TV like a point-and-click cursor while docked. Like I said, I had no idea what I was in for — just that the game was well loved.
Thankfully, single JoyCon play has been mostly good. You can quickly re-center the cursor with a press of the Y button while moving Neku by holding R or B (or somehow reaching the off-centered JoyCon analog) to have him chase the crosshair. There isn’t a lot of manual input required, so every action does fit quite nicely on the tiny JoyCon.
I haven’t played more than two hours so far, but I’m digging the music and art style. Neku is a bit of an edgelord and his dialogue is tough to swallow as a 37-year-old, but I’m curious to see where this game-within-a-game goes.
2: Lumines Remastered (Switch)
Puzzle games aren’t usually my thing, but Lumines Remastered has its claws buried deep. This is a remaster of the original PSP release, but I couldn’t tell you what’s been changed other than the upscaled resolution.
Essentially, you’re continuously given squares that consist of four blocks and each block is either one of two colors. You have a wide stage to drop them on and by rotating and dropping them the goal is to form a four-block square of the same color. Lumines is heavily rooted in its music, so while a song plays you have a line that sweeps from left to right at a specific pace. Once the line sweeps over your like-colored squares, they disappear.
It’s easy enough to pick up and play, but as someone who doesn’t play a lot of puzzle games, I’m finding it incredibly challenging — which is good. It always seems fair and the pace at which it ramps up the difficulty doesn’t feel crippling as a newcomer. I can see myself getting better with every attempt, which is rewarding enough.
Lumines Remastered is my pick-up-and-play game on the Switch currently, so I may only get a few rounds in before Monday rolls around. I’m really enjoying it, though.
3: The Aquatic Adventures of the Last Human (Switch)
This is one I haven’t touched yet, so I’m not sure what to expect. According to the game’s Steam page, you explore the underwater ruins of Earth after humanity has gone extinct. The gameplay mostly consists of exploration and boss fights, but they can be tackled in any order.
Supposedly, it’s super challenging. The music and visuals are also highly praised in the reviews. It’s on sale right now for $1 on Steam, so maybe have a go yourself. It launched there back in 2016, but I picked up the newly released Switch version.
4: Capcom’s Beat ’em Up Bundle (Switch)
Also on sale right now for 20% off, Capcom’s Beat ’em Up Bundle has been on my radar since it released. That’s not much of a discount, but with my saved up Gold Coins, I figured I’d bite.
I’ve been on a big compilation kick lately, having spent a lot of time recently with the SNK 40th Anniversary Collection (which is incredibly well crafted), and I do have a fondness for the older Capcom brawlers.
This collection consists of Final Fight, Captain Commando, The King of Dragons, Knights of the Round, Warriors of Fate, Armored Warriors, and Battle Circuit — half of which I’ve never played. Having shorter classics to fall back on is always nice.
That about does it for me. What about you, folks? Any gaming plans this weekend?
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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