Lockdown Survival Guide #13
Updated: Jun 8, 2020
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.
Sometimes (at an increased frequency lately) we just want to play something which won't kill us and we feel like we've still achieved something, and you know what? We got you covered;
Craft the World
Craft the World is one of my favourite time sinks. With more casual game modes for the gamer looking to progress at their own pace, the game does a great job of guiding progression without being too hand-holdy. You are in command of a band of dwarves building and defending their homestead as you mine for materials and explore the underworld. It has a great charm to the graphics and characters and with multiple world types and research trees, there is a great deal of replayability.
The Gardens Between
This laid-back game is slightly different from your average platformer due to its limited controls and no pressure pacing. In the game, instead of playing as the characters themselves, the teenage protagonists follow a predetermined path that is littered with obstacles. By using only the back and forward commands, the player is able to manipulate time and unblock the path to help the characters complete the short course. It isn’t always that easy though as timing plays a big part in the puzzle solving. This game is only 2 ½ hours long, has a really soothing soundtrack and a bittersweet story - perfect to wind down with.
When I play something casual I want it simple and flashy. It all probably stems from the fact I've been gaming a long time and I've built up a tolerance (and even an appreciation) for repeatition without progression. Sonic Generations scratched that itch for me. I can chuck it in and replay one of the stages which has been beautifully remastered from the retro originals I hold so dear. It's an easy and forgiving game which has some great set-pieces, embarrasingly catchy music and forgiving difficulty (save for some of the frustrating bosses). Without a doubt the best 3D sonic game to date.
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 #14!