The first step



12 is Better Than 6 • Pass the tutorial

I loaded up my Windows 10 installation today, moreso so I could put Sea of Thieves onto my PC and see how it ran, but while I was there, I thought I would investigate a couple of the smaller games I had loaded on in days gone by.

This little title seems to adopt a Wild West tone. It’s a top-down action game, that seems like it would work much better with a controller than keyboard and mouse – particularly a touch-pad mouse where a required right click plus left click for shooting is needed. There’s some fine finger-work required to master that particular sequence, but I managed to do enough of it to get through the tutorial.


I love the art style of this game. It’s simplicity is similar to that of SUPERHOT in it’s strong, plain colours and attention to good gameplay. You can tell a good game when the mechanics are enough to hold your attention over the visuals, but when a game has a good combination of both, and this game does, then I think it’s worthy of a mention.

I’d like to play a bit more of this game over the next few days, but my Windows install runs a bit choppier than my Mac partition, and the internet connection doesn’t seem as stable either. I’ll give it a go and see what falls out of my attempt, but worse-comes-to-worse, I’m sure I’ve got a few clicker achievements waiting in the wings.


Pointless but cool


SUPERHOT • Seen a gruesome sight of an exploding head more than 100 times • 25G • 18.56% of gamers unlocked this

It seems my library is getting a bit thin on quick and easy achievements. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as it encourages me to try new things, but it’s a bit of a stretch when I actually want to play a few things regardless of achievements and I’m looking to tick my challenge off for the day.

Good ol’ SUPERHOT saves the day again though – it’s unnecessary capitalisation and everything.

I can’t quite work out what the other achievement I got today was without doing a bit of a Google and investigating, so instead I’m going with this one, which is a nice simple collectable in the sense of headshots. ‘Exploding heads’ as the achievement description reads is a bit of humorous overexaggeration though, killing enemies really just causes them to disintegrate, so there’s a touch of hyperbole in the achievement description.

A bit more Sea of Thieves planned for tonight. It will likely be my last with a headset for a while, but I do think that my session last night with a couple of people who knew what they were doing has gone a long way to improving my single player experience.

The Package


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered • Complete ‘Crew Expendable’ on Veteran difficulty • 4.49% of gamers unlocked this

Believe it or not, as I write this, I am in the middle of a game of Sea of Thieves with a bunch of online friends. What fresh hell is this? Of course, none of this tomfoolery has resulted in an achievement tonight, and so I’m left with my – still great fun – COD MW Remaster.

The game itself does feel a little more polished than the original MW. I’m fairly certain that they’ve re-done Captain Price’s voice as well – not necessarily for the better – but it’s just ‘different’. I spent a fair bit of time running the opening mission (the SAS HQ) to try and get my time under 19 seconds (for another achievement), but my wife got sick of Price shouting instructions at me, and I decided to push-on with the game. Given that I don’t need a ‘story’ fix from MW … after all, I spent most of last console generation with Soap and team … I’m planning on going through the game on Veteran, just to double-dip on achievements.

Long story short – the game itself holds up well, and I think they’ve done a good job on the remaster. For me, this is just a chance to play one of my favourite titles once more for a whole new set of achievements.

In other words – any excuse will do!

Dictatorship 101



Tropico 5 • Finish all tutorials

There is a whole heap of sales going on across the various internet outlets at the moment. Most of them are prefixed with ‘Spring Sale’ or some non-descript game award nominee list, but either way – if you want a bargain, there’s a few doing the rounds on the web at the moment.

One of the ones that I stumbled across was an exceptionally cheap price for Tropico 5 … a game which I’ve played a little of during its second and third iterations, but haven’t yet picked 5. As it turns out, the game was already in my library and there was no need to rebuy it, or its DLC, but I hadn’t downloaded it to my PC yet, and in the interests of doing something new, I thought I’d give it a go.


At first glance, the game itself seems to lean-in heavily to its pedigree. There’s politics, there’s economics and a beautiful backdrop – not to mention that it runs great, and it has a well laid-out UI that makes the game more-than-inviting to sit down and play. If I was a streamer, I could see myself sitting down for an afternoon session of Tropico 5. But, because I’m not – it remains me on the couch, in my tracksuit pants, playing a game or two while something frivolous is on commercial TV. What a life.


The tutorial itself is broken into three chapters – but you’re given plenty of money to rush completion on buildings and the goals themselves are not that overly complicated. Build this. Research that. The whole end-to-end process for the tutorial took less than half-and-hour, and I don’t feel like I’ve been bombarded with useless information – rather, I’ve been given ‘just enough’ to give me a taste for what I need to know, and I can find out the rest on my own as the game rolls on.


As we’re about to roll into the weekend, I suspect that the next few days might involve a bit of Tropico 5. I’m a little excited to see how I fare in a real game (as opposed to today’s tutorial) after so long away from the older games, and a healthy appetite for RTS.

It’s either going to go very, very well – or very, very badly.

Nuclear Nooby


Quantum Conundrum • Pick up the IDS device • 10G • 64.02% of gamers unlocked this

No luck with Sea of Thieves again tonight, and while the kids were still awake it didn’t feel right for a Tom Clancy, so I shopped around my game library instead. I assume this is a Game with Gold that just got dumped in my library, but I figured it was worth a shot.

This game seems to be a bit Portal-ish in that it has a variety of puzzles to solve using the environment. Admittedly, it’s still early days in the game, but you can already see how it will evolve throughout the various ‘wings’ of the property. I don’t quite understand the premise of the game (I skipped the opening scene – I thought it was just credits but I think there was some story there too), but it does a good job of easing you in … to the point of ‘use R to look’.

That’s my kind of game.

The IDS device in the achievement description seems to be the primary method for switching worlds, the mechanic for solving puzzles, so that should give you some idea about how early in the game I am – but hopefully I’ll chip away at it a bit more over the next few days. That, or I’ll finally get around to playing the shiny new copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered that I bought today … and is currently enjoying a nearly 100GB downloading patch. That’s definitely not a kid-friendly title, but I do plan on working through a few levels on the weekend for nostalgia’s sake!

Lemme Upgrade Ya



Ragnarok Clicker • Get 200 adventurer upgrades

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know what you’re thinking. ‘Another clicker.’ Well bad luck, Donald Duck, I. Bloody. Love. Them. I’m still not sure what Ragnarok is … I know it’s the title of a Thor film, but that’s about it. I also don’t really care that much – for me, Ragnarok Clicker is more about the cute aesthetic rather than any great story or literary connection. I like the characters. I like upgrading my characters and I like the sweet, sweet satisfaction of killing bad guys by – essentially – doing nothing but building up an army of soldiers that do the work for me. There’s a reason that clickers are so good … and it’s because it scratches that itch of accomplishment while never actually – and I suppose it’s a crude analogy – treating the infection that is causing the rash in the first place. It’s deliberately endless, and that requires some willpower to be able to bail from the game when you’ve had enough of it.

Of course, that’s great in theory. Thanks to Steam Cloud Saves, I’ve been able to pick up on the likes of Clicker Heroes a year or two after first playing and suck down a big pile of idle gold goodness.

Today was as much about progress than anything else. I did a bit of a shop around the Ragnarok achievements before launching the game, and while I’m still a bit bitter about transcending a level or two before the next achievement, I’m also making good progress against a range of other achievements – so I’m willing to just keep checking in and clocking-up upgrades and gold as needed, and earning the achievements when I do. Today was my 200th character upgrade, which – again, if I hadn’t transcended – would probably have come along eventually through progress, but letting bygones be bygones lets me earn this achievement today and tick it off my list of things to do!

Tonight is a free-er night, so I’m going to make one final push for progress in Sea of Thieves and then (most likely) head back to something Tom Clancy (either The Division or Ghost Recon).



Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands • Skydived 10 times • 15G • 35.33% of gamers unlocked this

It’s done. My last ‘in the bank’ achievement, or ‘low hanging fruit’ as I’ve liked to use on this blog, is done. The reason is a little bit sad actually, in that tonight was a training night and the Married at First Sight finale is on, and so after a late dinner and an episode of Shameless I needed something quick and easy to get through so I could get in position for the finale. Oh God … I’ve turned into one of those people.

To be honest, this mad rush could have gone a lot quicker if there was a more simple single player process to be followed in Sea of Thieves. I tried, I really, really tried to make some progress as a Pirate, but I think it is absolutely designed for group play. Que Sera Sera.

Anyway, time to get into the MAFS!

Am I Being Organized?



Mountain • Mountain organizes itself

Today is Mountain day – and letting Mountain run by itself for a few hours seemed to collect a few achievements – notably a couple for doing just that: leaving it by itself!

I wanted to choose an achievement today that actually required me to do something, and I suspect that this one popped because I started cleaning up the mountain. The few hours that I left it allowed it to start accumulating junk … a brick, a CD, the arrow that landed there the other day, etc. Now that I’ve worked out how to actually remove it from the mountain (click and hold rather than click-and-flick!) then I was able to start playing around with the mechanic and seeing what worked. What worked, apparently, was that the mountain rewarded me with an achievement.


As expected, Mountain serves as a beautiful backdrop screensaver or just something nice to have on in the background. Every now and then, much like a fidget spinner, I would zoom in or out on the screen just to see if anything was happening – but for the most part, I’ve left my mountain alone for the day. I might fire it up for a little bit more this afternoon, at the risk of burning through a few other achievements, but I’m fairly sure I’ve said before that while it’s nice to have some ‘in the bank’ for busy days, it’s also a disincentive for pursuing more ambitious goals and other games.

Either way, I’ve enjoyed my time with Mountain. Maybe there’ll be another chance to revisit it in the coming weeks before I move on in the Steam Library!

Begin with a BANG


Tom Clancy’s The Division • Access the Tactical Operations Center • 10G • 10.92% of gamers unlocked this

I’ll admit, it took me a while to work my way around the glut of DLC that I got with the season pass. After the ten minutes of downloading all the outfits, I then struggled through working out how and where to access the respective expansion packs.

After a quick Google, I found the necessary mission I needed to complete to trigger access to the new ‘Tactical Operations Center’. The mission itself wasn’t complicated as far as Division missions go, but there was some confusion around the Base of Operations itself. The AR guide that tells you where to go seemed to die a bit while I tried to find the TOC entrance, but I put on my big boy pants and worked it out.

Tomorrow, I’m making a commitment to try and master Sea of Thieves. It’s really not my cup of tea, but it’s the latest ‘next big thing’, and because it’s free with Game Pass, I figure ‘why not?’

Let’s sea(!) what happens …

I Can Sing!



Mountain • Mountain sings

I feel like I’m so incredibly close with another Clicker Heroes achievement, but I just couldn’t get it over the line tonight – so instead it was back to the original plan, and pursue another Mountain achievement. My total playing time is still tracking under an hour (I ended up off-site at work today and couldn’t have the soothing picture of a mountain rotating in the background), so there’s still plenty of backup scope to go here … but in the interests of variety, I like to try a variety of different titles.

There’s probably not a lot else I can say about Mountain tonight! Not without a bit more gameplay, and that’s not happening before midnight. Let’s see what falls out of the mix tomorrow!