What I've Been Playing This Week (aka Pile of Shame Sunday)

Screenshot from Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
That's not Max from Sam & Max, surely....

The following post is part of a series of posts that are published every Sunday to update readers on what Mark G has been up to with respect to finishing off games on his "Pile of Shame". The games to target are picked by Choicest Games contributors Choona, Luke and Lanna. As I'll be talking about my progress through these games, there may be spoilers ahead, especially for games containing a narrative. Consider yourself warned.

Minecraft: Story Mode

  • Picked by Lanna
  • Percentage Complete = 75%

It's a Cluedo Whodunnit? Episode! As Homsar would say: "I'm just in time for the Murder Mystery!" Coooool.

Anyway, it's probably one of the best episodes so far despite not knowing anything about these apparently "famous" Youtubers that have been included in this episode (but maybe it appeals to the hardcore Minecraft players out there). Notifications seem to be fixed in this episode but lip synching issues are back. These last couple of episodes feel like they belong in a series like Stargate or Quantum Leap... considering Jesse's intrepid group are travelling via portals to different worlds and trying to solve problems the locals in each realm have to deal with - and this is not necessarily a bad thing; in fact, I think it would be totally choice if Telltale ever decided to make a Star Trek Telltale series, just putting it out there...

The Testament of Sherlock Holmes

  • Picked by Lanna
  • Percentage Complete = 25%
I haven't made any further progress on this – it's now on hold while I am distracted by Telltale adventures 😊.

Battlefield 1

  • Picked by Lanna
  • Percentage Complete = 10%
I haven't made any further progress on this – it's now on hold while I am distracted by Telltale adventures 😊.

Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis

  • Picked by Luke
  • Percentage Complete = 25%

I played another hour of Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis and at least according to HowLongToBeat.com, I'm about 25% in (it apparently takes 8-9 hours to complete the game). I'm at the stage where I've just finished up what I had to do in Monte Carlo (basically duping a guy to part with one of three Atlantean artifacts: a stone disk) and now wandering around Algiers.

The game seems to have some flexibility when you approach puzzles since you often get a choice of whether you want Indiana Jones to solve it or Sophia (or sometimes both). I've yet to see what the ramifications are for the story as a whole when picking one over the other but that's something I guess I'll check out once I've finished the game. I also like the fact that Sophia acts as a walking hints guide or at the very least is there to remind you of what your current objective is - it makes it easier coming back to a 90s adventure game after being spoilt by Telltale adventures where there's pretty much no puzzle solving at all. I also like the fact the game is broken up into stages so in general there are very little "rooms" to explore (since having access to lots of rooms increases the difficulty of an adventure game).


  • Picked by Choona
  • Percentage Complete = 90%

Up to Stage 10-2 after 1 hour and I'm now at the penultimate "master" (apparently). I like this current master who is an owl called "Hu" because he grants the "Zen ball" ability which are basically balls with auto-aim on (ZOMG H4X!): it's just what I need considering how bad I am at aiming in this game.

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