I completed three games, The Talos Principle, Subnautica, and Europa 1400: The Guild, beat Journey and made progress in Knights of Pen and Paper +1, and Solitairica in June 2021. As a result, I have remarkably completed ten games in six months.
Backlog Changes 📉📈
To begin with, I added eight games to my backlog: Frostpunk, Never Alone, Control, Sonic Mania, Horizon Chase Turbo, Shadowrun Returns, Shadowrun: Dragonfall, and Shadowrun: Hong Kong.
On the other hand, I completed three games: The Talos Principle, Subnautica, and Europa 1400: The Guild, and also beat Journey.
In the end, my backlog increased by 4. 😑 And I have completed nine out of 12 of the games on my list to complete this year.
The Talos Principle
The Talos Principle is a 3D puzzle game but its most interesting aspect is its story and philosophy. Most of the puzzles take place in one of three crumbling worlds, but it quickly becomes clear that these worlds are part of a simulation. The architects made the simulation because they knew that their world was coming to an end. In the end, you must choose to stay in the simulation or destroy it and return to what is left of the outside world.
The puzzles range in difficulty, but I found the ones that required precise timing and motor control to be the most difficult. Though I did require a guide for some puzzles. I used this playlist from J22 Gaming and this guide from GamePressure when I needed help.
Europa 1400: The Guild
The Guild: Europa 1400 is a medieval business simulator, where you play as a member of the merchant class at the start of a dynasty. The game is almost 20 years old, and it shows in its interface, though its gameplay is deep and complex.
I played through one of the handicraft businesses and tried to start a second but the town couldn’t hold anymore. Trying to continue would require lots of waiting, i.e. building up enough money to buy an existing business, or using politics to kick out the other business owner. Since there was nothing more to do in that area, I didn’t feel compelled to continue playing. The more political or underhanded areas of the game do not interest me. I am definitely interested in a game similar to this but with an updated interface.
Subnautica is an open world survival action-adventure. I played it on Freedom mode, which simplifies the survival aspect. Even with that, there were several times I had to leave this game because of some danger or frustration. Especially frustrating was the frequent crashing and how long it would take to save or load the game.
I finally picked up Subnautica again at the end of this month. Starting simply to look for blueprints to upgrade my equipment I realized how close I was to the finish and kept going. After that last hurdle, it was relatively easy to complete.
I did like the underwater theme, as I do enjoy snorkelling 🤿 but diving deeper was unsettling.
Progress & Milestones 🏆
Granting that I completed two games this month, I also made progress on three other games. I beat the sixth champions/deck in Solitairica on normal, the Bard, and I am working on the Barbarian and the Vanguard.
I am really enjoying Knights of Pen and Paper +1 and I think I’m nearing the end of the story. This game is going to require several playthroughs to complete.
I started Two Worlds II. I really hate the player character. The combat is a little difficult but hopefully with practice it will get easier.
What to Play Next ▶
On the whole, I will continue playing Solitairica, Journey, Two Worlds II, and Knights of Pen and Paper +1 in July 2021. If I get them done early I might move on to Knights and Merchants, or Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey from my list of games I want to play in 2021.
What were your game backlog accomplishments this month? What commitments have you made for next month? Let me know in the comments.