Hi everyone! Welcome back to another installment of My Week Unwrapped, where I recap all the games I’ve been playing over the last week. It’s been a pretty busy week for me, though I can’t talk about everything I’m playing, as some games are pre-release. But there’s still plenty to discuss!
Monument Valley 2
Ustwo Games’ Monument Valley 2 has occupied a lot of of space in my head this week. It was a surprise release announced at Apple’s WWDC event and heavily marketed by Apple. It was rare for me in that I had no idea it was coming, but I still hit the BUY button the second I saw it available, without even looking at the description or screenshots first. While it is certainly a stunning game, I found it severely lacking in the puzzle department. Having found the first game a bit too easy, but absolutely adoring the Forgotten Shores expansion, I wholly expected more of the latter. But even the Ida’s Dream expansion provided more of a challenge than this sequel. I’m not sure what happened, but it’s gotten me a bit down, as I can’t believe that we got a new Monument Valley game and I deleted it shortly after finishing my walkthrough and review. What’s more, is that when I read other reviews of the game, hardly any of them mention Forgotten Shores, and it makes me wonder if people just haven’t played it. So if you’re a Monument Valley fan and haven’t done so yet, please go and play Forgotten Shores expansion.
All That Remains
I got a chance to play through Glitch Games’ upcoming adventure game, All That Remains Part 1 ahead of release. But I have it on good authority that the game should be in everyone else’s hands this month, if all goes according to plan. It’s a solid puzzler with more of what we’ve come to love from the Glitch guys and you can read more about it here.
Kosmonavtes: Escape Reality
You may remember LKMAD from the pretty first-person adventure game, Panmorphia. While Panmorphia 2 is still in the works, Lydia has meanwhile released a free adventure game in the vein of Haiku Games’ Adventure Escape series. It’s called Kosmonavtes: Escape Reality. I’m only halfway through, but so far it’s a very well-made game. I also appreciate the whole escaping reality part of it, as it follows a young woman named Vala who needs to find a job but is tired of searching and wishes she could be an astronaut without any of the training. And she might actually get her wish! The game can be played entirely for free by watching ads to unlock the last four chapters, or you can unlock them through and in-app purchase (IAP). Either way, if you like adventure games you should definitely check it out. It’s free to try so there’s nothing to lose. And if you get stuck, make sure to use my walkthrough guide in progress.
I only played it a bit, so I can’t really say much about it, but if you’re into zombie survival games, Headup’s Dead Age seems like an interesting one so far. I just don’t really like zombies much. But I was enjoying the writing and the whole presentation until I got myself killed. Perhaps when I have some breathing room between games, I’ll give it another go.
Mr. Pumpkin Adventure
I played some of Dreamsky’s puzzle adventure, Mr. Pumpkin Adventure. I downloaded it to my iPad, only to find out that it’s not optimized for that. Perhaps the HD version is, but I’m not enjoying it enough yet to want to spend money on it. Particularly because things are pretty small on an iPhone and it’s ruining the experience a bit. I’m not sure why they would release either version as iPhone-only, as iPads are the best way to experience a point-and-click adventure. Anyway, I might go back to it on a quieter week, but for now it’s just not doing it for me. But you can try the free one for yourself and see if you like it.
And last but certainly not least, I downloaded Loveshack’s FRAMED so I could replay it before the upcoming release of FRAMED 2 this coming week. I noticed some changes to it, so I decided to update my walkthrough and make new videos for the entire game. It’s currently Apple’s Free App of the Week, so if you somehow missed it before, now’s a great time to play it. And if you get stuck, make sure to try my complete step-by-step walkthrough guide. I’ll most definitely have news about the sequel/prequel in a few days, so keep your eye on this spot.
And that’s everything from this week! Let me know in the comments section if you picked up any of these games and what you thought of them! Next week should be even crazier because of the big release mentioned above. I’m gonna need a vacation!
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Just FYI, Mr Pumpkin Adventure is available for iPad for $.99