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 still trying to sort through some personal stuff, so I didn’t play as much as I would have liked to this week. But I did try some new games and also continued with Bugsnax. There’s also a huge Genshin Impact update coming in about two weeks that I’m excited for and will definitely make room in my schedule for. Anyway, let’s get to the games.
Omen Exitio: Plague
Omen Exitio: Plague first released on Steam, but seeing as it’s a gamebook, it’s a perfect fit for mobile — especially a tablet. Like others of its kind, you read it like a book, but you also control your character’s decisions and stats. This particular gamebook is supposed to have a Lovecraftian flavor, and after about an hour with it, I have started to witness some odd happenings. The writing drew me in and the whole presentation made it easy to keep reading and playing for an entire hour in one sitting. I definitely want to spend more time with it and hope to do so over the weekend. If you’re curious about it, I recommend watching some of my gameplay video below.
Hello Kitty Island Adventure
I’ve never played Animal Crossing and I can’t say I’ve ever been all that interested in it altogether. But I was still curious about Apple Arcade’s Hello Kitty Island Adventure, which is supposed to be similar. And I was surprised to find that I actually enjoyed it a lot. For the first few hours, I made steady progress, met quirky characters, explored the mysterious island, and completed many quests. I was impressed because usually these kinds of games feel slow and tedious, repeating the same tasks over and over to make a little progress. But unfortunately, I started getting hints of that after about three hours. There are quests locked behind friendship levels with the other characters and it’s very slow to earn friendship experience after level 3. That steady progress was slowing down and it didn’t feel as good to play. I still might give it another chance, but I’m not sure I’m even enjoying it anymore. Still, if you have an Apple Arcade subscription, I recommend trying it out for yourself.
Not Not 2 – A Brain Challenge
Not Not 2 released while I was busy dealing with family emergencies, so I didn’t get a chance to play it back then. But I finally gave it a chance and I can see it is not going to make things easy. I got through the first five levels, though the one that reverses the controls tripped me up quite a bit. If you’re not familiar with the series, the way it works is that you have a cube in front of you and a direction is displayed on it with a few brief seconds for you to react. So if it says “RIGHT,” then you swipe right. If it says “UP,” you swipe up. Things get trickier when the word NOT is added, or even NOT NOT or NOT NOT NOT. Add to that the reverse controls and I needed a break after a few minutes to rest my fried brain. I’m not sure what tricks are coming further into the game and I’m a little scared to find out. But you should try it for yourself since it’s free with just a single in-app purchase to remove ads.
I finally got back to playing Bugsnax — thought only for another another hour. I did get new Snak-catching tools, though, including an adorable Strabby inside a hamster ball that I can lead around with a laser dot. I do sometimes struggle with juggling the different tools, especially with the touch controls, but I’m still enjoying myself and plan to play more.
And last, I’m still playing Genshin Impact, though there isn’t a whole lot to do right now. There are some smaller events, but for the most part I’m just logging in to do my dailies and waiting for the big 4.0 update that will introduce us to a new area called Fontaine. I’m looking forward to that and hoping it reignites my love for the game. I’m also curious about the new characters coming. But for now I’m just going to relax and enjoy the break.
And that’s everything I’ve been up to this week! I also watched Good Omens 2, which had its issues but was still thoroughly entertaining. And it has a very clear setup for a third season, so I hope that happens. I also watched Knock at the Cabin, which somehow managed to be even dumber than I expected. I also just started The Rings of Power, but it’s overly serious and I’m not sure I’ll make it far. I could use other suggestions if anyone has any to offer. Anyway, let me know in the comments section which games you’re playing and I’ll see you back here next time with more of My Week Unwrapped!