Monday, March 20, 2017

Choicest VGM - VGM #272 - Transport Tycoon - Don't Walk

Screenshot of Transport Tycoon


Original soundtrack composed by: John Broomhall

Why be a pedestrian when you can take the latest in vehicular comfort? Introducing the Leyland Lion! The best the 30s had to offer (or at least according to Transport Tycoon). Don't Walk! Get your ticket to ride, today!

Back when I was a kid, back when I played Transport Tycoon for the first time, I definitely remember "Don't Walk" as being my favourite track. Looking back now, I'm not quite sure why. Maybe because it was groovier or funkier than the rest of the soundtrack. Or at least that's what I thought. Anyway, here it is for all of you to enjoy.

The music was recorded through DOSBOX after selecting the AdLib/Soundblaster FM option in the configuration utility (which is apparently OPL2 emulation).

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Steam Games Sunday - 19 March 2017

Screenshot from Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect 2 made it to #5 for this week's Steam Games Sunday. Now on to Mass Effect 3 (or soon, Andromeda!)

  1. XCOM 2
  2. Rainbow Six Siege
  3. Total War: Warhammer
  4. War Thunder
  5. Mass Effect 2
  6. Sid Meier's Civilization VI
  7. Everyday Genius: SquareLogic
  8. Marvel Heroes
  9. Company of Heroes 2
  10. Pictopix

This week we don't see much change with respect to which games are in the top 10 list (except for the games in 9th and 10th place: Company of Heroes 2 and Pictopix respectively) but there are a few changes in where they rank. XCOM 2 is still at the top although you might start to see this drop off next week as the one who was playing XCOM 2 has finished the game :). Rainbow Six Siege switches places with Total War: Warhammer and is now in second place. War Thunder stays steady in 4th place while Mass Effect 2 has gone up to 5th place (it was in 6th place last week); since I've finished Mass Effect 2 though, you'll probably see it drop off the list but then get replaced by Mass Effect 3 (or even Mass Effect: Andromeda - I'm still not sure whether to wait to finish ME3 or dive straight into ME:A when it's released in a few days). Civ VI has dropped from 5th place to 6th and Everyday Genius: SquareLogic is now in 7th place, up from 8th place last week. Marvel Heroes drops from 7th place to 8th place this week.

Anyway stay tuned for next Sunday to see if this list changes :). Are you playing any of the games on this list? How are you finding them?

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Refunct Review

Screenshot of Refunct
While the visuals are simple in Refunct they are also appealing


  • Reviewed by: Mark Goninon
  • Developer: Dominique Grieshofer
  • Publisher: Dominique Grieshofer
  • Release Date: 16 October 2015
  • Time played: 25 minutes

I managed to get this game quite recently as it was part of the "Humble Overwhelmingly Positive Bundle". You see, what Humble Bundle was referring to in that title is the fact that the most highly acclaimed games on Steam are given a rating of "Overwhelmingly Positive" which usually means the game has an average rating of 90%+ and a considerable number of players have rated the game. Now, I'm one of those people that tends to be a bit wary of Steam user ratings since there's been plenty of occasions where I actually like a game but the Steam user rating doesn't reflect this or vice versa (i.e. a game is considered "Overwhelmingly Positive" but I can't see why). Anyway, the real reason I played Refunct was because the website "HowLongtoBeat.com" (a website that gives you an estimate on how long it takes to complete games) suggested that Refunct was one of the short ones - turns out the website was right.

So what exactly is Refunct? Well it's a short, peaceful, non-violent and relaxing 3D puzzle platformer filled with just under half an hour of jumping puzzles. But is that enough to make this a game worthy of your time?

What I like:


A platformer for those who don't like platformers

While I generally don't mind a few jumping puzzles, the kind you'd find in classic games like Half-Life or Portal, I'm not normally a fan of dedicated platformer games. Refunct is probably a more casual affair for those who are hardcore platformer fans but that just suits me fine. Unlike a lot of platformers where you often die and have to restart again thanks to plummeting to your death or getting killed by one of the level's baddies, the only thing you get to lose in this is a bit of time. I don't consider myself to be an expert in the genre at all but I managed to finish the main game pretty easily (I say "main game" because there are these little collectables scattered around the map which I suspect are meant to challenge veterans of the genre).

Relaxing atmosphere

The game has accelerated day/night cycles and the beauty of the surroundings just makes it a generally relaxed experience.

Steam Trading Cards and Achievements

I don't know how I'm going to earn the last two trading cards since it probably means having to play the game for at least another half hour, but there you have it: this game comes with Steam Trading Cards and (cryptic) achievements.

What I dislike:


Short

While I think the current length of the game (which is around 20-30 minutes) is actually a decent length - maybe it should be the length of the first chapter. However, without a plot or anything else going for it, extending the length of the game might be a bad idea too (unless you're really into jumping puzzles).

Lack of replay value

Once you've finished the game is there much point returning to it? Sure you can try to get a 100% exploration rate (or whatever that figure is when you open the main menu - mine's at 80%) but that depends on whether you're of the "completionist" persuasion and enjoy 3D puzzle platformers.

Learning the keys

On one hand, I like what they've done with the lack of tutorials since the game is pretty easy enough to pick up for those that are used to playing FPSs, although there was one point where it looked like I had to crouch but my default crouch key (i.e. CTRL) didn't work. I had to end up checking the key bindings through the main menu. No biggie - I'm really grasping at straws to fault this game now.

Score – 7/10 (Not Bad)


If you're like me and not normally into platformers with lots of jumping puzzles but want a game that is more forgiving, relaxing and potentially a bit of fun, try Refunct. Sure the game is really short and its debatable if there's any replay value, but it's only $3 USD so the price is right.

Is the game worth $2.99 USD?: Yes. That's just under $4 AUD with current exchange rates. While the game is short, it's fun while it lasts.

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[ LINK: Official Refunct Website ]