Hi everyone, and welcome back to My Week Unwrapped, where I discuss all the games I’ve been playing over the last seven days. I spent most of my last week playing and writing about Voodoo Detective, but I also fit in some time for other new releases and made more progress with Sokobond. There still isn’t much going on with Genshin Impact, but the long awaited update is finally coming next week, so expect more videos from me. Anyway, there’s a lot to discuss so let’s get to it.
I mentioned Voodoo Detective last week when I made a short preview video of it and even gave some first impressions. I’ve since finished it and enjoyed it so much that I wrote my first full review in the longest time. I know it’s on the pricier side for mobile, but it’s just a joy to play and was designed perfectly for touchscreens. I highly recommend it, but again you can read my full review to learn more. I also have a walkthrough guide here if you get stuck.
Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion
Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion is a tongue-in-cheek action RPG akin to Zelda, in which you play as a turnip who needs to help the mayor complete tasks to make up for the taxes he didn’t pay. It’s got fruit and vegetable puns at every turn and it’s just adorable in every way. The only thing I don’t like about it is how you swap weapons. For instance, you have a sword and you have a watering can. The watering can is used to grow bombs and blocks so you can then push them. The sword is used to attack enemies directly. But to switch them, you have to press the arrow next to the equipped item and then double-tap on the other other to switch. I managed fine for the first 45 minutes since I was never in a position where I needed to switch quickly. But the second boss wants you to hit it with bombs, so you need the watering can. It also spawns worms that crawl at you, so you want to be able to hit them with your sword. I got so frustrated trying to switch back and forth between the weapons that I just let myself die and haven’t been back to the game since. It’s odd, because until then the game was super easy, with enemies posing very little threat. And I might have been fine if there was a smoother way to swap weapons. But as is, I’m not sure I’ll bother with that boss again. It’s still a great game and maybe others won’t have the same trouble I did. It’s also free to try with a single IAP to unlock the full game, so I recommend checking it out for yourself. You can also watch my video below to see where I had trouble.
The Day We Fought Space!
The Day We Fought Space! is a stylish shmup (shoot ’em up) in which you battle your way through waves of enemy ships using all sorts of weapons at your disposal. It’s designed for touch screens and has an incredible amount of customization in the settings. I’m playing on my iPad, so for now I left the controls set for three fingers. It’s been a lot of fun so far, and quite chaotic with how much debris goes flying. But I really like how you can control the spread of the bullets so they either focus on one tougher ship or spread out to cover many weaker ships. I also just got a wrecking back that I can swing at enemies by actually spinning it around my ship with my finger. There are other weapons, too, like homing missiles, that are activated using a double-tap. And you can customize your ship to fit your play style. I think there are only three planets to unlock, but you can adjust the difficulty on them if you want more of a challenge — or to make them easier. So far I played through the first planet a few times and tried the second one — Mars — but failed to beat it. I’ll likely spend more time with the game, but my fingers needed a rest, especially after swinging that wrecking ball. Again, you can watch some of my gameplay video below for a better idea of how it plays.
Broki is a block-placing puzzler in which you have to fill every tile with Tetris-like pieces. You’ve seen games like this before, as it’s similar to Tangrams. But there’s a twist. You have to crush demons with those blocks and each block can only crush one demon. It makes for more interesting puzzles. There’s also seven different modes, all named after the seven deadly sins. I’ve only tried Lust and Gluttony so far and found Lust to be too easy, with Gluttony offering more of a challenge due to the obstacles. I still think there’s too much filler and would rather have a shorter game with all the puzzles offering something of value. But I’m going to try the other modes before judging it. It’s free, supported by ads with an ad-removal IAP, so there’s nothing to lose by trying it for yourself.
I wrote about Sokobond last week when it released, but I’ve since made more progress. I’ve learned that each color introduces a new mechanic, while darker shades of that color use the same mechanic with more difficult puzzles. I’m still enjoying the game, but it sometimes takes me a long time to solve a puzzle. I’m not particularly good at predicting how things will work out until I try them, so I end up with a lot of happy accidents. If you’re a puzzle fan, make sure to play Sokobond.
And last but not least, I’ve been logging in every day for my Genshin Impact dailies, but not much else. It’s been a dry spell while we wait for 2.7 to arrive. I did manage to get 36 stars in in the Spiral Abyss for the third time ever, so I’m proud of that. I also had nearly an extra minute left on the second chamber and had an entertaining win on the third chamber. The big update arrives on Monday night, including a new character called Yelan. I’ve been looking forward to her and hope she’s as fun as she looks. I’ll definitely have her test run up either Monday night or Tuesday.
And that’s everything I’ve been up to this week. I also finished the first season of The Gilded Age. It’s basically Downton Abbey but in New York. It’s also about the clash between old money and new money. Somehow, I’m able to enjoy it even though I would never be interested in watching actual rich people being rich. Anyway, let me know in the comments which games you’re playing and I’ll see you back here next time with more of My Week Unwrapped!