99 Problems and the Brick ain’t One
Good morrow fellow Backloggers!! It’s Monday so that means I get to be super lazy, not want to go to work and release the first Daily Backlog of the week late in the day!! One day, I’ll get a Monday post out early. Though who am I kidding, I probably won’t.
On the less late and more bright side though, I did get some things done over the weekend! The first being I got to take a look at a super fun and charming little “brick breaking adventure” called Strikey Sisters by DYA Games. And the fine folks over there were kinds enough to send me over a review code! Thanks DYA Games!!
To put it plainly Strikey Sisters is the cute-em-up of the brick breaking world. That is, it shares many of the same mechanics as its hard edged brethren such as Breakout or Arkanoid but with an added layer of colorful graphics, cuteness and charm! Strikey Sisters does add another layer as well, in the form of an adventure game. So instead of just going level by level breaking bricks aimlessly, DYA Games added monsters to hinder your brick breaking progress and magical abilities to make it more interesting! Tribute Games released a similar game back in the Xbox 360 Indie Game days called Wizorb. Which is on my backlog as well!
That’s not the only thing you’ll find either! You’ll even run into the occasional boss fight as well as silly and fully voiced cutscenes! Honestly, as a complete package, DYA really knocked it out of the park with Strikey Sisters. It’s fun, addicting and the fact that there’s so much to collect and discover in this game, the replayability is seriously sky high. I find myself revisiting the stages to collect coins so that I can unlock various secret paths and the coveted green gems that make that completion percentage tick upwards.
One of my favorite features in Strikey Sisters are the various power ups you’ll find. Ranging from an iron ball that’ll pummel enemies in one shot and mows through bricks or the lighting storm that randomly strikes the play field killing enemies and blocks alike. They’re especially indispensable during the boss fights, which can be quite challenging at times.
The only real issue I have with the game is that it’s tough to play for extended periods of time. Although there is a lot of variety in the enemies and a range of abilities to acquire, most of the stages just kinda feel samey. And the objective never changes. You destroy all the bricks and then clear out all the monsters. So playing more than four or five stages can start feeling tedious. But I’ll tell you this, an hour later I’m thinking about picking it back up and playing some more!
All in all, Strikey Sisters is a fantastic game that’s easy to pick up when you feel like playing something low key, but is also challenging enough to keep you engaged! I may not be able to sink countless hours into it all at once, but the fact that I keep wanting to come back for more is definitely saying something! I’d certainly keep and eye out for DYA Games, they seem to put their heart and soul into the games they develop and I look forward to trying out more of what they have to offer!
If you’re interested in checking out Strikey Sisters you can find it on the Nintendo eShop for $9.99! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
The Medal of Horror
But, playing super cute brick breaking games wasn’t the only thing I accomplished over the weekend! The other was clearing Leon’s Route A story!
When I first picked Resident Evil 2 back up this past weekend I wasn’t actually expecting to finish it for the first time so quickly. If you recall from my last post, I was still trudging through the poison monster filled Raccoon City sewer lines. But shortly after some chess piece circuit breaker puzzles, impromptu Ada smooching and fighting super mutated G-Virus monsters I was at the end! And now I’m ready to go through Claire’s A route.
I was initially going to just jump right into the B route for Claire just to finish up that side of the playthrough, but I thought it would be fun to do them in sync. So once I finished this run with Claire then I’ll do the B routes for each character one after the other. I’m also really excited to unlock all of the fun things you usually unlock in the Resident Evil games. Like costumes and new gameplay modes! I mean, you get to play as a bipedal sentient piece of Tofu in Resident Evil 2 and that makes multiple playthroughs more than worth it!
I also noticed that Capcom released some free DLC for the game with multiple side stories over the weekend so I’ll definitely be checking that out too once I finish up the main story. I hear they’re laid out similarly to the DLC in RE7 and if they’re anywhere near as good as those, then this is going to be exciting!
After finishing the game for the first time, I’d say my initial impressions are more than positive. There are a few niggly things here and there that are bothering me, but I’ll save that for my full review once I completely finish it. I will say this though, the Resident Evil 2 remake is exactly what I was looking for and it captures many of the things that made me fall in love with the original perfectly. I’m really excited to play more and I hope we see similar remakes for RE3 and Code Veronica!
41 is an Odd Number
Welp my friends, that’ll do it for today!! I’ll be playing more RE2 and Strikey Sisters in the coming days so definitely look forward to seeing more on them! Also, I’ll be recording this month’s podcast soon (probably later this week) so lots of work ahead.
And speaking of lots of work ahead I still need to start Volgarr so look forward to hearing all about that sometime next week!
Until tomorrow, have a great rest of your Monday!
Resident Evil 2 (PlayStation 4)
Strikey Sisters (Switch)
Total Backlogged Games: 737 …the one, the only, 737!
Total Completed Games: 6 …is like a 9 but upside down!
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