Pile of Shame Sunday - 14th March 2021

Screenshot from King's Quest V where King Graham throws a custard pie in a yeti's face
You're not imagining things. That's a custard pie.

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.

Disco Elysium

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 17%

Well after playing this game for over 5 hours I've finally completed the first day of the game. It's cool because your partner does a recap of what good and bad things happened during the day. He even comments on your fashion sense! It's very interesting how tailored your journey or experience is when playing this game. Unfortunately, my partner also had to end up financing my outstanding debt to the hotel I'm staying at by selling off some confiscated tyre spinners. Oops. But why was he consfiscating tyre spinners anyway?

XCOM: Chimera Squad

  • Picked by Luke
  • Percentage Complete = 81%

Apparently I'm playing on the Normal difficulty setting so I tried lowering the difficulty to the easiest setting called "Story" and somehow the final mission is still challenging. However, there seems to have been enough concessions that I managed to get past the first encounter with all agents intact by hacking an android to help me shut down the devices (I didn't realise they could do that, so it would've been handy if I noticed this earlier) but when I got to the second encounter, again I lost one of my agents. Next time I play I intend to retry the second encounter again. I may be able to just scrape through at the lowest difficulty but we shall see. While I generally dislike having to mess around with difficulty settings this late in the game, if it means I finish the damn thing, then so be it.

King's Quest V

  • Picked by Choona
  • Percentage Complete = 58%

I've just finished the part where you have to get rid of the yeti. It's such a comical way of defeating him. I mean a custard pie attack? Come on! Oh, an interesting bit of trivia is that the Ice Queen (with the punny name of Queen Iceabella) is in fact voiced by Lori Cole, designer of the Quest for Glory series. So far, things have been progressing well. I'm not sure if it's because I half-remembered most of the puzzles or King's Quest V was one of the easier point 'n' click adventures of this era. I do know there are potential dead-ends in this if you use the wrong inventory items (e.g. when you're starving you can eat the custard pie instead of the leg of ham, and if you don't have the pie, you can’t progress any further) but so far, so good.

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