My Week Unwrapped: July 28, 2023 – Return to Monkey Island, OXENFREE II, The Squire’s Tale, Geo Gods and More

Hi everyone, and welcome back to My Week Unwrapped, where I discuss all the games I’ve been playing over the last seven days. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to play too many games this week because of personal stuff I was dealing with. But I still started new games and continued — or even finished — some from last week. Hopefully I’ll have more for you next time, but there’s still plenty to talk about today.

Return to Monkey Island

I confess, I have no experience with any Monkey Island games, but I was still excited to see Return to Monkey Island release on mobile. I’ve appreciated other games from Ron Gilbert (such as Thimbleweed Park) and I know the Monkey Island series is very popular. Also, the game gives a recap of what’s happened so far, so I don’t feel like I’m going in completely blind. I’ve only spent a couple of hours with the game so far and I’m enjoying myself. There’s a ton of voice-acted dialogue — if you like that sort of thing — and little details for those who like to explore every nook and cranny. The game has gotten quite a few chuckles out of me, but I’ve also gotten stuck a few times on the puzzles (I chose the harder mode). The current heat wave is frying my brain and making it a little difficult to think clearly. But I do plan to play more and — hopefully — make it through the whole game. There’s already plenty out there to help you decide if the game is right for you. But if you’re concerned about the touch controls, don’t be. It’s been adapted perfectly for touchscreens and feels great to play on my iPad. So if you, like me, prefer to play point-and-click games on an iPad instead of a PC, now’s your chance to play Return to Monkey Island without compromise.

OXENFREE II: Lost Signals

I was close the end last week with OXENFREE II and it took just one more video to complete the game. As I said before, the biggest draw for me of the series is the writing and the characters and that stayed true till the end. I also tried to find all the collectibles, but I had missed two and didn’t feel like going back to look for them instead of continuing on. Unfortunately, there’s no way to go back and explore after you finish the game and I doubt I’ll start over to look for them. There are multiple endings, as well, but again — that requires playing through the entire game again. I get why they do that, but I wouldn’t mind a way to just change the final decision to at least see what the different endings are like, since there’s one big choice with three options. I guess that’s what YouTube is for? In any case, I enjoyed my time with the game and I my ending was satisfying enough that I’m not sure I feel compelled to replay. If you have a Netflix subscription, definitely play OXENFREE II sooner than later.

Adventure Escape Mysteries – The Squire’s Tale

I finally finished my walkthrough for The Squire’s Tale. It was by far one of the easiest Adventure Escape games, but I still had a good time with it, thanks to the characters. I’m still amazed that these games are completely free without any ads. The only catch is that you have to wait between chapters if you complete them too quickly — or buy keys to play them sooner. If you’re short on cash and haven’t played any of these games yet, you have a big library to go through, and this one is as good a place to start as any.

Geo Gods

I didn’t play Geo Gods as much as I would have liked to this week. But I did squeeze in some time this morning and I seem to be improving! My high score (which is an average of the last six games) finally went up and I got a score above 300 while actually trying, instead of by accident. Still, I have a lot to learn, as some of the rules are still fuzzy to me. I might replay the tutorial as a refresher. I still highly recommend the game and plan to play more. Don’t skip out on this one, especially since it’s free to try.

Genshin Impact

And last, I’m still chugging along playing Genshin Impact. This week brought the second half of 3.8, but I have both characters already and am not willing to spend wishes on either of their cons or weapons. So I’ve just been focusing on the events, especially the summer one. I managed to unlock the gadget that shows all temporary items on the map and now I only have a few chests left to find! I have to say, that gadget made this event far more enjoyable and a lot less stressful than last year’s. I hope they include a gadget like this for all future summer events. In fact, I’d love to see something like this for the permanent content once you reach 100% in an area. Since 100% doesn’t actually mean you found every last chest, it would be nice once you’ve put in that much effort to have a little help. As is, there’s no real way to know if you’ve missed anything without using external guides. Anyway, I’m glad to be nearly done with the summer event even though I enjoyed it. Now I’ll have more time to spend on other games while waiting for the big 4.0 update that brings us Fontaine, a whole new area to explore.

And that’s everything I’ve been up to this week! I also finished watching Deadloch, and was completely surprised by the reveal of the murderer. I also finished the latest season of Black Mirror, which had a couple of standout episodes but the rest weren’t that strong. I also binged the new season of The Dragon Prince over a couple of days and have now started Outer Range. I did notice the second of Good Omens is out, so I’ll likely watch that this coming week. Anyway, let me know in the comments section which games you’re enjoying and I’ll see you back here next time with more of My Week Unwrapped!

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. A

    I thought id share my months gaming highlights.
    Lost in Play
    Faraway 2 and 3
    Sky: Children of Light
    Jumping Flash!
    Harmonys Odyssey
    A Plague Tale: Requiem
    Wonderputt Forever

    Currently working on:
    Humanity (my main focus)
    Pixeljunk Eden Encore

    Had a great month in gaming.

    1. Renier Palland

      Are you playing Plague on Xbox Cloud? It’s quite a magnificent creature that one.

      Immortality changed the way I view games in general.

      You should try these if you haven’t yet:

      Before Your Eyes (Netflix)

      There Is No Game – I assume you’ve obviously played it, but one never knows…

      Bear’s Restaurant (trust me on this one)

      Sumire (one of the saddest games I’ve ever experienced)

      If you’re on Xbox Cloud, or similar, try As Dusk Falls

      1. a

        i know it may be hard to believe but i actually played every game you mentioned. and yes, plague tale reqiuem on the cloud was a thing of beauty.

  2. Mel B

    Deadloch was absolutely wonderful. I rewatched it several times before the finale aired bc it was just such a great mix of humor and drama. I absolutely love the commentary that comes with the reveal and cannot wait until season 2 comes out. So good!

  3. Renier Palland

    I have some VERY mixed feelings about the Oxenfree sequel – I should stop tagging you on Twitter…

    Return to Monkey Island is so much fun. I am also a huge fan of Ron Gilbert, so I’ve played the rest. This is by far the most interesting one.

    As for A Squire’s Tale, I think Haiku hired new writers, because I laughed myself stupid. It is such a sardonic meta-game!

    Geo Gods did nothing for me. And what’s-his-name (I have COVID, AGAIN – MEMORY LOSS!) is one of the best, if not THE best, card gaming developer out there. But Geo Gods feels hammy and heady and heavy handed.

    Also, Black Mirror… I waited so long and meh..

    Sorry for always tagging you! Ha.

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