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 finally got Soul Knight Prequel working and you may have noticed that I’ve been playing quite a bit of it. I’ll share my thoughts below. I also finished my Homecoming walkthrough and played some of Little Nightnares. There’s a lot to discuss, so let’s get started.
Soul Knight Prequel
Soul Knight Prequel is an action RPG that is completely online despite having a single-player mode. It’s been out for two weeks but their servers weren’t up to snuff, so most people — including myself — couldn’t get on at all. It’s finally working now and I’ve been playing for the last few days. That said, it’s not 100% fixed, as I’m constantly interrupted by server errors. Most allow me to continue playing, but when the giant cog appears, it prevents me from doing anything and I have to kill the app to get it working again. It’s not ideal, but thankfully that’s only happened twice in about 8 hours of play time. As for the game itself, I am enjoying it, but I’m hyper aware of the F2P aspects. I’m seeing that if you want to try to get certain gear, certain pets, or basically just collect everything, you either have to grind through the same content over and over — or you can spend money on chests and card packs and just about anything you desire to try to get what you want through gacha (aka gambling). I’m enjoying my first playthrough of the game but I can’t see sticking with it after for all that extra bloat. For now, I’m enjoying it and also haven’t spend any money on it. So I recommend giving it a try and see if you can ignore all the F2P stuff. I also have more videos on my YouTube channel if you want to check them out.
I’ve heard such good things about Little Nightmares, so I was very excited to see it was coming to mobile, thanks to Playdigious. Playdead’s INSIDE is one of my favorite games of all time and I played through the entire thing on my iPad. Despite being a game that’s trying to kill you at every turn, the touch controls were simple and made it easier to focus on working out what I needed to do without worrying about the controls getting in my way. I was hoping for a similar experience with Little Nightmares, but from the little I’ve played, it actually feels the opposite. First off, I’m not sure why they added decorative borders to the game instead of just leaving black space there. I find it so distracting and it doesn’t even look good like that. As for the controls, there are different options. The default is “immersive,” a combination between swipes and on-screen buttons. So you have a joystick and a grab button on the screen, but you swipe up to jump and swipe down to crouch. That’s what I used because I don’t really like the alternatives, which include a button for each action. You can also use a controller, which is probably best but also kills the spontaneity for me, as using a controller takes more setting up than just pulling out my iPad or iPhone as-is. My biggest issue with the controls was that the swipe to jump is a little finicky and it’s easy to miss a jump and then fall to your death, being forced to start back from your last checkpoint. Also — and this may be a problem with the game in general — your character moves in a 3D space, not just left and right. So it can be hard sometimes to gauge if I’m lined up properly to make a jump. This is especially frustrating because you’re often running and jumping at the same time and can’t really pause to adjust. To be honest, I don’t know if I’ll stick with the game, as much as I like the whole vibe and atmosphere. It’s just not giving me the same joy that INSIDE did and I’m not sure I want to force myself to play more just to see if that changes. I recommend watching some of my video below to see what the mobile version is like before you take the plunge.
Tingus Goose: Weird Idle Game
I played Tingus Goose a couple of months back and at the time I believe the only IAP available was for ad removal. It was over $20 and not even working at the time, so I just stopped playing. I liked the game, but there was just too much waiting and I didn’t feel like playing for 2 minutes at a time. But this week I was given a code to remove the ads, so I revisited it. It now costs $15, and it does indeed help a lot. The game has quite a few perks you get from watching ads and this IAP allows you to get them for free — to a point. There seems to be a limit to how many free ads you can get in a day. There’s also a lot of other IAPs now and it feels like you could really end up spending a lot of money on a game that doesn’t even have a whole lot of gameplay to it. It also seems to be owned by a different developer now, one with many other idle games. So that could be the reason. I like the art and it’s certainly a creative game, but I think I’ve had my fill of it.
Adventure Escape Mysteries: Homecoming – A Young Kate Mystery
I finally finished my walkthrough for the paid exclusive Adventure Escape game, Homecoming. It’s a standalone story that takes us back to high school with Detective Kate Gray as a teenager. She solves her first case that involves a missing class project. Story-wise, it was very enjoyable, but I did find the puzzles a bit underwhelming. It’s advertised as “intermediate” difficulty but feels more like a beginner’s game. I still enjoyed it, but considering the only way to play it is to spend $9 on the VIP package, you should know what you’re buying. It’s a nice, pleasant game that shouldn’t take you more than an hour to finish and shouldn’t give you too much trouble with its puzzles. If you’re ok with that, by all means, buy the VIP package so you can play it. It’ll also allow you to play Vanishing Act a few days before it goes live to the masses.
And last, I’ve still playing Genshin Impact, of course. Since I finished almost all of the current content in Fontaine, I continued working on cleaning up Sumeru. I finally got all areas there to 100% and found all the oculi, but I’m still missing one challenge. I’ll probably look for that on my own when I have some down time, but it’s not going to be easy. I don’t think version 4.3 is adding any new area to explore, so I might just have to take a break from Genshin outside of new events and characters. That’ll give me more time to focus on other games, so it’s not all bad.
And that’s everything I’ve been up to this week. I also finished the first season of Scream Queens and it was pretty much perfect. I can’t say the same for the second season, though. It takes place in a hospital and I miss the simplicity of the first season. I’ll probably stick with it, though. Anyway, let me know in the comments section which games you’re playing and I’ll see you back her next time for more of My Week Unwrapped!