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The Norwood suite is a puzzle/exploration game. It begins with you being dropped off on the side of the road by a blue haired lady in a car. She tells you to go up to the hotel to check in, and that you can find a hotel voucher on the way. On the way up there you can find a bicycle helmet that you can give to a guy on a bench, and this is a hint that you have to fulfill requests for people to progress the game. After that you enter a ‘cave’ of sorts, with a giant aquarium on the wall, and a small puzzle including a battery and having to switch it out to find a key and then open a box to find your hotel voucher. I’m not going to mention every puzzle but this is the beginning. After this you can enter the hotel, redeem the voucher (after you fix the wi-fi, of course) and then you can help the hotel guests with different things to earn items to complete the game. The game contains many interesting and absolutely weird characters, including the two in the picture below who are playing some weird version of chess.

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As you progress through the game and figure out things about a man named Norwood who mysteriously vanished, you also collect pieces of a costume that is identical to what he looks like. The game is a mixture of logic and general puzzle solving so you can really get to work your brain. In addition to puzzle solving there are hidden passages to find, who each give you an achievement. I got distracted and forgot one so I’m missing just one achievement in total for the game.  The game isn’t very long, I spent about two hours completing it, and that was with stopping every now and then to write down everything I did. My memory is awful with puzzle games so I need to write things down to remember what I have to do, where and who it is for.

When I reached the ending, I was very confused, and didn’t understand much so it left me like “what the heck just happened?”. It was a fun game though, so if you like weird stuff, weird graphics but beautiful scenery, I’d recommend this. It’s probably not for you if puzzle or adventure games is not your thing at all because you have to use your brain quite a lot.

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Have you played this game before? Or do you like puzzle games in general?

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The Norwood suite is a puzzle/exploration game. It begins with you being dropped off on the side of the road by a blue haired lady in a car. She tells you to go up to the hotel to check in, and that you can find a hotel voucher on the way.

 

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6 years, and I’m still in love.

Lise —  February 13, 2018 — 4 Comments

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It feels kind of weird to dedicate a title like that, and a blog post like this to a video game, but that is just how it is. For six years now, one game has been with me since day one when it was released, and i have yet to grow properly tired of it. It’s the fifth game in a series, it is a role playing game and its landscapes really reminds me of the ones we have here in Norway. Some have even called it a Norway simulator when they walk through the woods in game. It is far from a hundred percent accurate, but it is pretty close. The mountains I see in the game, I can also see across the river from where I live. Not exact duplicates, but very similar.

Got a guess about what it is? What I’m talking about is the fifth installment in the Elder Scrolls series published by Bethesda, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

The first time i played it was when my roommate at the time brought the game home from work, left it in the living room and then went to sleep. I grabbed the game, stuffed it into his Playstation 3 and 17 hours later i was still playing as eagerly as when I first picked up the controller. I kind of regret sitting in front of the TV screen for that long but boy, i just got immersed in it. I had of course played through some of its predecessors, Morrowind and Oblivion, but there was just something about it that captured my heart. It must be the role playing aspect, and the amazing scenery, both above and below ground. Alternatively in a different realm, even.

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With the addition of mods and expansions a while later, there was always something new that could be added to the game and it just gives it more and more replayability. I don’t think any of my play throughs have been the same and I’m still discovering things years later.

If you haven’t tried it before and you enjoy role playing/adventure games and dragons, you should give Skyrim a try. I’m sure you wouldn’t regret it. unless you really don’t have time to get sucked into an amazing world. You can follow the storyline of the Dragonborn, or you can just live your life as a hunter.. Or you could be a ruthless assassin or the master of the thieves guild. It is pretty much your imagination that is the limit. With the remastered version, and even a Virtual Reality version to pick from, I’m sure you would find one of them to love.

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They are billions is a steampunk RTS (real-time simulation) game. In the game you build a base, build units to fight against hordes of zombies and generally just try to gather resources to do all of these things. The game is a mix between actively attacking the hordes themselves and preparing for waves of zombies to attack you and your more or less prepared base. The first time I played it I thought it was eerily similar to the Starcraft series, but I quickly discovered it is different too. The strategies I remembered from Starcraft does not work because the AI is quite different, it’s just mindless zombies instead of an AI that tries to build a better base and army than you do.

When it comes to building and trying to form strategies, it’s even more different. It’s not about building the biggest base the fastest, it’s all about taking your time by pressing space to pause the game, seeing where the hordes are forming and strategically reinforce those areas. The maps usually have good choke points where you can place walls, gates and towers to prevent the zombies from entering your colony. If they do, you’re kinda fucked. For every building they attack and destroy, the zombies will multiply. If they hit your tents/houses, you suddenly go from four zombies to like 50 trying to take over in five seconds, it’s crazy. It also keeps you on your toes constantly.

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In the beginning, I only made it to day 7-ish because I had no idea what I was doing. Then I saw a strategy saying that you should see it like how the city in attack on titan is built up. You make the inner walls, when it’s safe you can expand and build new walls further out, move your rangers and soldiers there instead, and so on and so forth. You can see in the picture below how the layout is in that.

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That’s how you should be thinking, expand one bit at a time. It helped me so much to think that way instead of trying to just expand, expand, expand without thinking of my defenses! The furthest I have gotten is to day 70-ish but I’m always eager to start over and try again, to see if I have improved at all since last time.

It is a really fun game, although it has a very steep learning curve, it’s really easy to get lost in it. Once you get the hang of it, a full game can be just a couple of hours, but every time it will be different so it has very good replay-ability in my opinion. So, have you heard of this game before? Or have you tried it? What did you think of it?

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How many fucking lines of coke did the creators of this game do exactly? – A youtube commenter on the game’s trailer.

Layers of fear is a psychological horror game and it scared the shit out of me. You play as a painter who is trying to piece together his magnum opus, while experiencing hallucinations of his past at the same time. You explore a manor that seems “normal” at first but it changes as you go. You need to look for visual clues to piece everything together and it is really discomforting. There are some jump scares in the game but honestly just reading every bit of text is what makes it horrifying.

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The story just gets darker and darker as you go on and the game both excited and horrified me. It reminded me a lot of “The picture of Dorian Gray”, and a quote from it is actually displayed at the very beginning of the game. I was almost expecting him to appear somewhere to take care of Basil again and it kept giving me chills down my spine for no reason. Sometimes your brain is your own worst enemy.

I would really recommend this game for anyone who loves puzzle/story driven games. If you don’t like to read, or don’t like scary games, this wouldn’t be for you. But if you do like it, I’m sure you would love it! I got the game for free from the Humble store because it was free for everyone for a while, but I don’t think it’s too expensive to buy either. Plus if you buy it through the Humble store, you support charity too.

I don’t want to say too much about it, because it would be too easy to spoil it, and it seems to be fairly procedurally generated so your experience could be a bit different from mine.

Would you play this game? Or have you played it?  

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Throwback Thursday

Lise —  October 12, 2017 — 12 Comments

This throwback won’t go very far, just back to the Christmas holiday of 2016, leading up to New years. Christmas is pretty much my favorite holiday, although I’ve always had to work during it. This year I will finally have some time off so I’m looking forward to it while reminiscing about last years Christmas. My sister invited us over to her apartment for Christmas so that will be fun.

Besides working, I spent my time making hot chocolates, baking gingerbread cookies, and then I spent some of new years eve playing a game called Year Walk, which is based on Swedish folk lore. It’s rather creepy but also very cool, and it contains a lot of puzzles and symbols you need to remember, as you can see by the drawings I did on my hand. Afterwards I went outside to watch the fireworks, it was really nice.

I’m just hoping this year will be as good, hopefully even better!
What would be featured in your Throwback Thursday?