Games I’m Playing

by Darius Kazemi on July 31, 2009

in games

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve posted here. I guess I will list out the games I’ve been playing recently.

  • Advance Wars: Days of Ruin (DS). I’m a huge fan of the Advance Wars games, and DoR is more of the same. I mean that in the best way. Fortunately, they got rid of the “earn points to unlock maps” conceit. Now you just get all the Free Battle maps from the start. It’s a nice touch.
  • Bomberman (Sega Saturn). Yeah, that’s right. I finally got the Saturn in the office working. This import-only Bomberman game is highly regarded by fans of the series, and 10-player melee mode makes it easy to see why. This is the game of choice for unwinding for ten or fifteen minutes after you’ve closed out a nasty bug.
  • Dragon Force (Sega Saturn). This is a really interesting game. “Interesting” meaning “not necessarily great, but worth playing.” There are two basic game modes. In one, there’s this over-arching story that pretty much boils down to uniting a fragmented kingdom against a big evil guy. You pick one of the seven factions to play, and there’s a kind of castle-capturing wargame that happens on a world map. In addition to the wargame, there’s the actual battles, which are these highly abstracted fights where you pick a formation for your army, and the enemy picks a formation for theirs. Then the fight just happens automatically. At the end, your two generals will typically duel to see who wins. It’s very strange, but I’m finding it pretty compelling overall.
  • Tales of Monkey Island (PC). My sister got me this for my birthday! I’m excited to play it but I’ve only had a chance to get through the opening scene so far. Controls seem a little wonky (read: console-centric) but so far, so good.
  • Bejeweled Blitz (Facebook). When I started playing this I thought, “Hey, these guys are ripping off Puzzle Qu – err, wait, I’ve got that backwards.” Totally addicting.
  • Spelunky (PC). Duh. I get at least a few games a day in. Go download it. Now.
Next up, I’m going to try my hand at Armageddon Empires again. I gave it a shot around the time it came out and it was too complicated, but now I see there’s a pretty good “getting started” guide made by an enthusiast. If I can learn Dwarf Fortress, surely I can learn AE.


Gabriel August 1, 2009 at 11:49 pm

i'm playing spelunky too. It's damn hard, i have not managed to finish it once. But i love it.

Brian Shurtleff August 3, 2009 at 3:36 pm

I finally just beat Spelunky a week ago or so. Trying to work my way up to getting to the City of Gold…

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