Tearaway Unfolded is the gaming equivalent of a hot bath. You slide into its world and relaxation takes over. It might be a little bit too hot, forcing you to hit the cold tap for a little bit, but there’s no real challenge there. If you’re of younger years, you’ll need more cold water than your adult friends, but the end result is pretty much the same.
Like 37 million other people I spent this weekend immersed in the Mushroom Kingdom and tapping my finger along to Super Mario Run. Nintendo’s first foray into mobile gaming has attracted praise and controversy, with many pissed off at them having the gall to ask for money for their work and others annoyed at the need to be always online.
Another year, another Football Manager and another time sink that will take up well over a hundred hours of my life. My Football Manager addiction has been covered before, and I can reliably inform you that it hasn’t worn off, yet. Which brings us to the newest addition in the franchise, the unsurprisingly named Football Manager 2017. So the question is, how good is it?
Nostalgia is a powerful thing. You only have to look at the legions of adults suddenly remembering their favourite Pokemon to see that. What’s interesting though is when you go into something intended to tickle a bit of that nostalgia buzz with none of that nostalgia to bask in. All of which brings us nicely to Ratchet & Clank.
The rise of mobile gaming has led to a lot of crap. Free to play games, which in reality require you to pay several hundred pounds to actually achieve anything, and thousands of clones of more successful games. However, it’s also led to some very interesting developments in text adventure games and other experiences of that ilk. One example of that is Lifeline, a text adventure that sees you communicating with an astronaut who has been stranded on a moon.
A quick (and possibly silly) video about Trials Fusion. Enjoy.
Keeping up the Tolkien inspired posts, I have just finished Shadow of Mordor, a game by Monolith Productions, which takes place between the time of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. It tells the story of Talion, a Ranger of Gondor, who is killed, along with his wife and son by the, Black Hand of Sauron. However, he is brought back to life when he is merged with the wraith like spirit of Celebrimbor, an Elven lord.
Football Manager aside, my start to game related writing seems to be exclusively limited to indie games that appeared in Indie Game the Movie. This will be the last game, at least until I decide to check out Braid, to do so, but it is also one that has driven me insane, Super Meat Boy. Now, once again I am years behind everyone else on this, I’m sure most of you have played Super Meat Boy, had your fun and it now sits in your Steam library uninstalled, or on whatever console you chose to play it on. To be honest I did the same thing, I bought it a few years back, played it for a bit and forgot about it, until last month, when I decided to go back.
So to debut one of the newest sections of Ramblings About, I am going to make a confession. You see dear reader I have a problem. I have an addiction to popular football management sim, Football Manager. This addiction of course goes further back than Football Manager, to the days of Championship Manager and I imagine if the change is ever made to a different name it will follow on with that.