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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.


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.


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.




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.


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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Here’s some general information about the game:
(taken from its wikipedia article.)

The plot is loosely based on Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in Eighty Days. The year is 1872 and Monsieur Phileas Fogg has placed a wager at the Reform Club that he can circumnavigate the world in eighty days or less. The game follows the course of this adventure, as narrated by Phileas Fogg’s manservant Passepartout, whose actions and decisions are controlled by the player.

After leaving London on an underwater train to Paris or a caleche to Cambridge, the player can choose their own route around the world, travelling from city to city. Each city and journey contains unique narrative content. The developers estimate that on one complete circumnavigation of the globe players will see approximately 2% of the game’s 750,000 words of textual content.

In their role as valet, players must manage finances, their master’s health, and time as well as buying and selling items in different markets around the globe. The choices made by the player in story sections can also have a large impact on how the journey proceeds.

The game has several secrets, Easter Eggs and hidden endings, with the rarest having been seen by as few as 8 players, as well as several references to Verne’s works, including Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and From the Earth to the Moon. The game is also partly inspired by the steampunk genre, featuring such elements as sapient mechanical transport, hovercraft, submersibles and an entire city that walks on four gigantic legs.


I found this screenshot from a mobile version, the pc interface is a bit different.

As a interactive fiction game, it is great! With each journey you get to choose between simply rushing through the journey to arrive in a new city or interact with your master or any of the passengers. The funniest moment I had during my first play through was when Passepartout somehow ended up sneaking into a harem where he was not supposed to be, and left wearing a woman’s silk outfit because he had to disguise himself. You don’t really get to see him in the outfit but it shows up in your inventory afterwards so you can just let your imagination run wild.

In most of the cities you can buy a pamphlet that reveals new routes you can take and each route has a different transport method, a different price, different comforts and different departure times. Sometimes if you reach a city that hasn’t revealed any new routes, just explore it and you will find something new. You can also purchase items in the market to reduce the travel penalty that applies to your master. He has a total of a hundred hearts that reduce whenever you travel, and regenerate whenever you rest at a hotel, for example.


There are so many routes to take, so many things you can do differently and I feel like this is a game with a lot of replayability! After my first few attempts, I feel like I have learned more about how to more effectively travel the world so I am very interested and eager to start the game up again to see what different outcomes I can get and how I can shorten down the travel time to make it in less than eighty days. I would definitely recommend this game to anyone who wouldn’t mind a sort of text heavy game that is more about enjoying the game for what it is rather than relying on action to be happening all of the time!

Have you played 80 Days before or anything similar? Feel free to share your experiences!

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Facial care Friday! 25/11

Lise —  November 25, 2016 — 2 Comments

This week: A’PIEU Steam Eye Mask


This is an eye mask, its kind of like those sleeping masks you use to shut out any light. This particular design, as you can see below, kind of looks like a panty liner of sorts. But apart from that it is pretty cool! On the package it says to use immediately after opening and that is because it contains some voodoo magic science thing i don’t understand. It automatically heats up to ca 42 degrees celsius when you take it out of the pack and you’re supposed to keep it on your eyes until it cools down. The cool down process takes about twenty minutes and during that time it basically acts like a sauna. It might sound horrifying to steam your eyes but it really helps to refresh them and make them relax.

I was horrified of burning my eyes off at first but when i got past the initial reaction i really enjoyed the experience. My eyes felt nice and relaxed and i actually ended up keeping the mask on for way longer than recommended because i fell asleep. But that is no problem since it cools down on its own so no need to worry about burning anything with it.

I would recommend this for anyone who would like to try something fun and relaxing, something a bit different from what you probably are used to because it’s cheap and it is quite the experience.



  • Easy to wear, comes with convenient ear straps
  • Doesn’t heat up too fast
  • Cools down on its own so no need to worry about having it on for too long


  • The design, it would probably be better to use a different pattern.


Have you tried anything like this before?