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

Screenshot from Cally's Caves 4
Guess that dude really didn't like the chef's cooking

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 myself. 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.

Cally's Caves 4

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 65%
I've now defeated Boss number 5 so there's only three bosses to go (at least according to the achievements). I also now have the ability to mod my existing weapons with either damage modifiers (e.g. elemental damage) or directional modifiers (e.g. the ability to split bullets). Still enjoying the game – it's a rather casual affair so far which is good, since platformers usually infuriate me.

Hand of Fate

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 91%
On hold while I'm playing Cally's Caves 4 😊

Stardew Valley

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 20%
Despite playing Cally's Caves 4, I actually got a bit of time to play Stardew Valley again. I'm now in mid-summer in terms of the seasons and I even got visited by what I could only describe as a "crops fairy"; the fairy basically came in the middle of the night and caused a few of my crops within a certain radius to be harvestable the next morning. Neat! I also finally managed to reach level 40 of the Mines, but there seems like even more levels to go...

I was also alerted about a train arriving in Stardew Valley; I never knew that a train station existed until I received this notification! However, when I went to the train station there was no train there, no visitors and no special cargo – so I'm not entirely sure why I was notified about it...

The Testament of Sherlock Holmes

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 25%
I haven't made any further progress on this – it's now on hold while I am distracted by... well... a lot of other games 😊.

Battlefield 1

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 10%
I haven't made any further progress on this – it's now on hold while I am distracted by... well... a lot of other games 😊.


  • Picked by Luke
  • Percentage Complete = 37%
I finished another Blacksite mission but at great cost: I lost one of my snipers who liked to sport cool-looking sunnies – I guess the aliens were jelly. Once again, mechs were the harbingers of my doom: I was attempting to destroy a couple of turrets on the roof of the building that housed the objective, so I sent four of my squad up onto a balcony nearby the turrets so they could attack them en masse next turn. Unfortunately, they were spotted by a squad of five enemies including a mech and a Codex. The mech managed to fire two salvos of rockets which meant not only did I lose the sniper, I almost lost the rest of the squad too. I managed to somehow scrape through despite one of my soldiers being unconscious and almost all the others injured. Looks like I'll need to be training up a new sniper then...


  • Picked by Choona
  • Percentage Complete = 30%
There was a huge update recently that took about 45 minutes to download and another 30 minutes to install so I didn't actually get to play Fortnite this week. Hoping to do so next week though!

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