Hi everyone, and welcome back to My Week Unwrapped, where I discuss all the games I’ve been playing over the last seven days. This has been a fairly quiet week, and I spent most of it catching up on Dexter Stardust, but still haven’t completed it. Aside from that, I tried a couple of new games with mixed results. Keep reading to see what I thought.
I was very much looking forward to playing Teacup on mobile. With the gorgeous pixel art and chill vibes, I expected it to be an easy favorite of mine. But unfortunately, I can’t recommend it in its current state. First, I encountered a game-braking bug with an early puzzle but it was only on iPad, so I tried playing on my iPhone. I got past that puzzle without any issue, but the joystick was so far to the left that it was incredibly uncomfortable to use. I still managed to play about 15 minutes before the game froze up with my recipe book open. I couldn’t close it or do anything else, so I just quit there. Then the bug was fixed on iPad, so I started over on there. I got much further, but I can’t really say I enjoyed it. The joystick is still poorly placed and strains my finger when I use it. The character moves so sluggishly, too, and you often half to walk back across a whole area just to get back to the map. I’m not sure why the map isn’t available at all times to change locations easily. I also don’t know why it wasn’t a point-and-click adventure with tap controls instead of a joystick on one side and a button for interaction on the other. I constantly got stuck on things and was getting stressed out by it when it’s supposed to be relaxing. I finally threw in the towel when I tried to speak to a character and nothing happened other than all my UI disappearing, so once again I had no choice but to kill the app. The settings also keep resetting back to the default and then there’s no way to change them without quitting back to the main menu again. This is just too much aggravation for what is supposed to be a super chill game. And I also don’t like when a game shows off fullscreen images in the App Store when in reality it has black bars on any iPads or newer iPhones. It seems very misleading to me. I recommend watching some of my videos if that’s a concern for you. As much as I wanted this game to be an easy recommendation, I’ve had a very bad experience with it so far and can only recommend it to those with a lot of patience for all its quirks.
Dr. Chatelet: Faith
Dr. Chatelet: Faith is a narrative game about a medical school graduate during the Middle Ages. He’s trying to get practice for the real world with things like bloodletting and amputations, but doctors aren’t supposed to do surgery. I loved the idea of it at first, but I quickly got bored. I expected it to be dark and gruesome but instead I just ended up reading walls of text about medicine in medieval times. It felt like I was reading Wikipedia instead of playing a game. The dialogue also didn’t grab my attention and it doesn’t help that all the characters make silly noises when they speak. The mini games are also not all that interesting from what I played so far. For bloodletting, you wait for the arrow to land on green before tapping the screen. For the amputation, you have to press left or right arrows really quickly to get the gauge onto green. But the tutorial didn’t actually help at all and every time I play that mini game, the arrows highlight like it wants to me tap specific ones. But when I did that, I killed a patient. I did better when I just tapped the right arrow quickly until it hit green. I eventually got a bat ending and didn’t really care because I’d had enough of the game by then. But it’s free to try with a one-time purchase to unlock the full game. So try it for yourself if you’re at all curious.
Dexter Stardust continues to impress me with its fully voice-acted story, silly dialogue, and logical puzzles. I completed episodes 1 & 2 this week and I’m now working my way through the third, which is the biggest and longest. I currently have a full bag of items that I need to figure out what to so with. Overall, this has been a pleasant surprise and easily one of my favorite point-and-click adventures. It doesn’t hurt that the UI is user-friendly and it’s quick to move around. I even just got a map that lets me teleport to certain locations once I unlock them. I’m trying to savor this one so I can truly enjoy it, but if it continues to be this good it’s easy to recommend.
And last, I’ve been playing the latest Genshin Impact events, including one that involved gear puzzles. I’d not seen ones like that before, with multiple layers, but I enjoyed solving them. Other than that, I 36-starred Spiral Abyss again. There isn’t much else to do right now, so I’m just trying to have self control and not pull on Yoimiya’s banner while I wait for Sumeru to arrive.
And that’s everything I’ve been up to this week. I also binged the fourth season of The Handmaid’s Tale, which finally gave us some revenge porn instead of just torture porn. I couldn’t stop watching until I finished and now I’m eagerly waiting for the next season to come. I also watched the movie Pig, which surprised me. And I finally watched season 10 of American Horror Story. It was by no means perfect, but I enjoyed it, especially the way the second half of the season wove American history into it. Anyway, let me know in the comments section which games you’ve been playing and I’ll see you back here next time for more of My Week Unwrapped.