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Lockdown Survival Guide #12

Updated: Jun 8

In order to do our part during this most trying of times, We at NOWO have come together to help in the only way we know how - Gaming. We're putting together a daily list of games that we personally recommend you try whilst you remain indoors in the various types of isolation and social distancing we're all experiencing.

Life is tough, so should gaming be (sometimes). Challenging games come in various forms, some expect you to lose and don't punish, and some do. Here's what we think will keep you trying just 1 more time until you nail it;

Sekiro - Shadows Die Twice

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice mixes strong storytelling with a steep learning curve to deliver a difficult but rewarding challenge. The game follows the journey of a Shinobi during Japan's war-ravaged Sengoku period and has drawn comparison with games such as Bloodborne and the Dark Souls series. The gameplay rewards patience and skill with those wanting to run in and button bash finding very quickly that tactic will end in a game over screen. The graphics are great and the setting and lore set it aside from fantasy RPGs if you’re looking for a change.  


This 2D platformer has managed to frustrate even the most elite of gamers, with 9 chapters, 9 B-Sides and 9 C-Sides (which are harder versions of the first original chapters) this game is no easy feat. The main difficulty with this game is the near pixel-perfect platforming needed to complete the levels, along with hard to reach collectibles that get harder to achieve as the game goes on. If you are up for the challenge though, Celeste is an award-winning game with a heartfelt message woven into it that makes all the stress seem worthwhile… once you’ve completed it and sworn never to play it again that is.

Super Meat Boy

(For the record I would have recommended Celeste above but I was beaten to the post on that one)

Super Meat boy is a pixel-perfect platformer made with many short levels giving you quick retries and a great dose of humour into the mix. You'll understand what's on offer here after finishing the first couple of stages and it only becomes more devious over time.

The best reward you can receive following numerous attempts to clear a stage only to finally do so is to be given an instant replay of your achievement tracking your winning run whilst also all your failed attempts fly everywhere at the same time! the resultant carnage warms your heart and makes you chuckle at the same time!

What do you think of these recommendations and more importantly do you have your own? We'd love to hear about them so please let us know (@NerdOut_WordOut). Otherwise please make sure you STAY HOME & STAY SAFE!

Make sure you check back tomorrow for #13!