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’m trying to get back to a normal work schedule, and this week I decided to finally catch up on some Netflix games I missed. But what really stole my attention this week was a match-three RPG, which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to those of you who have been following me for a while. It was a relatively light week, but there’s still plenty to discuss, so let’s get started.
I don’t really understand what the name means, but Bright Reappear sucked me in immediately. What sets it apart from other match-three RPGs is that you have action points that allow you to move more than one tile at a time. So instead of just trying to match 3, 4, or 5, you actually want to aim for 6 and even as much as 9! It’s a really compelling mechanic that had me glued to the game for three hours for my first session. However, a large chunk of that was because I was having difficulty beating a boss. I finally managed it, but this is a surprisingly challenging game, as I’ve gotten similarly stuck on two more bosses. I managed to finally defeat the Spider Queen — who has FOUR phases! — but only on my iPhone, when I wasn’t recording. I’ll try and beat her again on my iPad. But now I’m stuck on the Giant Lizard, as he hits so hard that I can’t survive him long enough to kill him. I do like the game, so I don’t want to give up. But I’m also not sure what I can do. There’s loot in the game, but I never see much from enemies I’ve already beaten once. So you can’t farm for better loot. I’ve already added gems to my better pieces and can’t really add more. And the shop doesn’t offer anything worth buying. So I’m not really sure what I can do to beat this boss. But maybe it’ll be easier after a break. There are also six different character classes that offer some variety — though I’m not sure how to unlock the last two. Overall, I’ve been enjoying this one and even if I end up quitting in the middle, I certainly got more than my $2 worth of entertainment from it. So if you’re a match-three fan, I recommend giving it a try.
Raji: An Ancient Epic
Raji is an action/adventure game set in ancient India, where you wield a magical weapon to fight nasty demons. It’s available both on Android and iOS through Netflix, or you can buy it outright on PC. The game looks great on my iPad, and I even enjoy playing it — to an extent. My main issue with it is that it’s a bit awkward on a touchscreen. There are a lot of buttons, and if I’m watching the action, it’s easy for my thumb to miss the button I intended to hit. The battles are fun, but I think they’d be a lot smoother with a controller. Thankfully, save points are plentiful and usually place you right before the spot you died, so it’s not overly frustrating if you mess up. And if you really don’t enjoy the battles, you can also play the story mode that lets you play through the game without the stress of battles. So if you have a Netflix account, I do think it’s worth checking out.
I admit, I’m not a big fan of city builders, as I don’t have the patience to sit and properly plan out what I’m building. That usually means I mess up in some way and lose interest as it gets more difficult. That’s pretty much what happened with Terra Nil, the reverse city builder available through Netflix. Instead of building a city, you’re actually trying to get nature to flourish again. You do need to build some devices and buildings to make it happen, but the end goal is to wipe out all trace of humanity and let nature take over completely. It’s a lovely idea and I did enjoy the time I spent with it. But when I realized I messed up and would have to start over, I lost interest. If you’re more into strategy games and city builders than I am, you’ll likely have a good time, but it’s just not for me.
Which is Witch
Which is Witch is a short little freebie in which you act as a witch hunter trying to identify witches. But you’re actually a witch yourself and are locating them so you can help them get to safety. It’s a game that relies heavily on sound, so headphones are recommended. Basically, you walk around and listen to townsfolk singing. If their singing matches the subtitles, they’re not a witch. Witches will change some words to make a mockery out of it. The first two towns are very similar, but the third is a bit more challenging. The game isn’t long, but it’s free and worth the small bit of time it demands. You can also watch my video if you’re having trouble identifying the witches.
And last, I’m still playing Genshin Impact, but I’m severely burnt out on it. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m ignoring resin and even floor 12 of the abyss. I’m mostly just logging in for dailies and events so I don’t miss anything important, especially primogems. There is a new area coming soon, though, called Fontaine, so maybe they will reignite my love of the game. I wasn’t a big fan of the dessert areas, so I didn’t fully explore them. I’m hoping Fontaine will be more to my liking.
And that’s everything I’ve been up to this week. I also watched a ridiculous reality show called The Rehearsal. And I’ve been re-watching the first two seasons of His Dark Materials in preparation of the third. Anyway, let me know in the comments section which games you’re enjoying and I’ll see you back here next time for more of My Week Unwrapped!