24 November 2014

The Last Door - Season 1 episode 4

The Last Door - Season 1 episode 4.
Point and click adventure.

Joran: Been a fan of this atmospheric story.  A group of friends dabbled in some sort of summoning, and things went very wrong.  It uses a retro-pixel graphics style and gameplay is quite accessible.  Some gripes - some episodes have sequence that are damn hard.

Like: Puzzles are quite logical for this episode.


27 June 2014

Steam sales: offered something I want

Now what

Steam sales, please give me something I want

Come on...

22 June 2014


I have terribly weak thighs.
That has got to change.

27 April 2014

HOTUD shutting down, and my letter

Joran: While documenting old games for my personal database today, I came across this piece of news.

HOTUD (Feb 2014):
"Bad news everybody!

Okay so this\'ll be short, but in all likelihood, I am going to be shutting this page down. It\'s expensive (very), and I do not think it\'s needed anymore given the success of GOG.com, Abandonia, and a few others. I simply don\'thave the time to keep it up and running, nor can do I have the time to make it the kickass community that I think it needs to be. I tried to ping abandonia about taking it over, but I never got a response. if anyone else has any alternative ideas, drop me a line at admin at hotud.org and we can figure something out."

The original "Home of the Underdogs" was site that provided downloaded to Abandon-ware.  Not just that, they had great write-ups on the games - I was often moved by their writings to try them out.
When "Home of the Underdogs" closed down in Feb 2009, supporters/fans set up two sites to continue the legacy:
www.hotud.org <-- This one

My email to the admin:
"Dear Admin,
it's a sad news to hear that the site will be shutting down.
What drew me to the site of HOTU in its original incarnation (other than the downloads) was the homage paid to the various classics.  It was a delight to read passionate descriptions of the games.
Thank you for keeping HOTU alive as long as you could."

What's my point of posting this?
I don't know, something of a homage to the original HOTU, and its spiritual offspring www.hotud.org.
If some kind soul could finance the work, it'll be great.  Else one day, classic games would be placed in an emotionless alphabetical listing.
HOTUD shutting down, and my letter.

26 February 2014

Free Fred

Side scrolling shooter.

Likes: Easy fun; ship upgrades are cool
Dislike: Not much tactical depth, just target prioritisation.

play: http://www.kongregate.com/games/myplayyard/free-fred

subject: Free Fred

25 February 2014

Kamikaze Pigs

Chain reaction game.
Like: cool implementation
Dislikes: Long grinding process, last stage is a matter of luck - frick'in difficult.

play: http://www.kongregate.com/games/MostroGames/kamikaze-pigs

subject: Kamikaze Pigs

18 February 2014

Monster Castle: Level Pack

Monster Castle: Level Pack.
Tower Defense.  Kinda a sequel to the first Monster Castle Defense.
previously: http://joranatplay.blogspot.sg/search?q=monster+castle&max-results=20&by-date=true

Like: I love the first game.
Dislikes: Difficulty; lack of in-game information; random appearance of graveyard (tower sites) makes some situations a matter of luck.

Joran: I want to like this game, but it's too damn hard.  Here's my compilation of tips.

play: http://www.kongregate.com/games/fliptico/monster-castle-level-pack

Defense ideas

1) Slime+Bony Defense
Place a Slime in front of a Bony.  This will allow a Bony to get 2 strikes on the default enemy grunt.
Suggested by: Casaub0n, RobotCrusoe
My opinion: An effective combo for your ground level.  Also a good choice when ground level space is limited.

2) Slime+Dragon Defense
Place a Slime in front of a Dragon.  Once Dragon gets upgraded, it'll get a freeze attack.
Suggested by: col63onel
My opinion: Without an idea what to place at the back, this is a costly setup.  A fully upgraded dragon is very effective against late wave knights as their ice attacks hold them at bay.

3) Sprout Defense
Go pure Sprouts.
Suggested by: watchout5
My opinion: Not favoured.  Sprouts are too under-powered for my liking.  They are for defending long lanes though.

Q. What's the use of Corpe?
A. It gives you extra bones per enemy killed.

Q. How to get 3 stars?
A. Full health, and at least 500 bones.