Sunday, March 29, 2020

Meteorfall: Journeys - Android Game Review

Meteorfall: Journeys is an interest deck-builder rogue-like, which will probably remind anyone of Slay the Spire (StS) as they are so similar.

There are indeed a lot of similar mechanics, including having several characters with their own special cards and differing mechanics. I haven't played that much so far, but while I really liked it at first, I got a little bored after the first couple of games. Maybe the progression is a little slow (unlock just some cards per character), like StS?

I'm not sure why and I will almost certainly try it a little longer.

The Ancient Ones - Book Review

The Ancient Ones, by David Brin, is a comic SF novel, in the style of the HitchHiker's Guide.

It parodies mostly Star Trek, although there are a few jokes that reference Star Wars and Dune, among many others.

The story takes place on a Star Trek style ship that goes to first contact with a planet. But as soon as it lands, they discover it is full of vampires, werewolves and other monsters.

The start was a little weak, but I think it really got more enjoyable in the last half, and I look forward for more stories in the same universe - which seems to be well set up in this book.

Even better, it was on Kindle Unlimited (Brazil) so it was free for me.

Overall, recommended for fans of parodies, comedies and SF.

Friday, March 20, 2020

My Friend Pedro - PC Game Review

My Friend Pedro is an interesting side shooter, with some clever additions, such as focus time, wall jump and split shooting.

It does look nice, but I don't really like the wall jumping and flipping movement. It is not bad, but I don't particularly like it so far...

Update (24/03/2020):  I've played it a lot more, and it gets a whole lot better. Lots of interesting mechanics and clever, puzzle like "rooms". I really like it right now.

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Warstone TD - PC Game Review

Warstone TD - as the name already points out, is a Tower Defense game.

To be honest, I am not sure if I like it or not. Graphics and music are very nice, but on Windowed it maxes out at 2048  x 1080 - which is quite annoying in a quad HD monitor - fixed, it now supports Quad HD (2560 x 1440) and looks great in it. It cuts out almost all the lines of its bubble text. And the UI is annoying at times (for example, you have to keep scrolling on an almost screen size TD level to see all controls).

There is a lot going on, unlike most TD games. You actually have to develop your base, adding new building to get new units and capabilities. You have two different kinds of upgrades (which I consider kind of annoying). And in the actual TD part, you have the usual warriors, some upgrades, and many spells you can use.

It also has reverse TD with regular TD on certain levels (i.e. you are sending units on a path while defending another path).

On the bad side, I was able to lock myself from continuing (at some point I didn't have wood for a building I needed, and no way to get more wood. So I had to restart the game. If it wasn't on the beginning I would have given up altogether.

Overall, I can't recommend it. But if you got it on Humble Choice (or are thinking of selecting it), it might be worth checking it out.

Update: Ok, I've played it about 16h but there are super annoying things I can't get over. One is that the game has a connection to the server even in single player, and if it drops even for a second, the whole level is lost. As I am typing this, it dropped the connection to the server 25 minutes into a level (which, BTW, can't be saved). This happened 2-3 times already, but this last one I insisted and it corrected itself...

Another time, the connection dropped after I finished a couple of levels, and I lost the progress on that. Another 40 minutes.

One thing I didn't mention is that the amount of tactical options is huge. And for the skills, you can even redo the whole selection, which opens the possibility of picking builds for specific levels - for example, having different spell powers, skills that add to specific units, etc.

Update (18/Mar/2020): New release. My favorite item so far is that it support Quad HD, so it looks much, much better.

Monday, February 17, 2020

My new blogs about Intermittent Fasting

I've created a couple of blogs about Intermittent fasting:
https://stgsys.net/jejum-intermitente/ (in portuguese)

and

https://stgsys.net/intermittent-fasting/ (in english)

The reason is simple - I really believe in intermittent fasting potential for weight loss and improved health, as shown in many studies.

Yet there is a lot of misinformation and it is easier for me to point out to a single place with articles and videos about the subject.