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Lockdown Survival Guide #6

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.

For those unable or unwilling to commit hours of their day to a game we've got some recommendations for a short burst of play that you can enjoy for the length of time it takes to watch an episode of Peppa Pig or for the kettle to boil;

Horizon Chase Turbo

You can get your fix of Horizon Chase Turbo in literally 2 mins if that's all you have. The game is the sequel to Horizon Chase which was exclusively a mobile game and its roots show here as it's perfect for that quick fix. It's also been beautifully upgraded in it's transition to PC and consoles to provide loads of depth needed for those mediums. Basic to look at the game has you driving blisteringly fast in an Out Run come Ridge Racer fashion from the back of the pack to the top of the podium. There's a shedload of tracks and variety to stop you getting bored with repeating the same task in that short time too along with a basic progression and grading system which will mean once you've tried the 48 odd tracks of the world tour mode, you'll have no issue going back to get your super trophies.


This sweet puzzle platformer sees Yarny, an anthropomorphic ball of yarn, journeying through his creator’s memories. Due to his size, everything is much bigger and much more of a challenge so it's not as simple as just travelling from one side of the level to the other. Yarny does have his yarn lasso though that assists by launching him to higher platforms, transforming into tight ropes and swinging him from branch to branch. This game is beautiful and only around 6 hours in length and with its short levels, it is the perfect game to get into with the intention of only playing a level or two in the evenings. There is also Unravel Two, which continues with all your favourite yarn mechanics but with the addition of a player 2!

Slay The Spire

Slay the Spire is a roguelike, deck building, turn-based RPG. The game is based around fighting your way through enemies on your path up the spire leveling up and building your deck of cards which functions as your available actions. I’m sure you could sink many hours straight into this game but with a run lasting about 30 mins to an hour at most, I find it’s good to fit in a quick burst on gaming in between other tasks. The risk/reward style of the game keeps each run fresh and new characters are unlocked the more you play to keep you interested.

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 #7!