PC Games I’ve been playing

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So, a few games that I’ve been eagerly awaiting release for are now out. Strangely though, these aren’t the ones I’ve been playing. I’ve held off on a couple of games I wanted (Jurassic World Evolution and Vampyr, for example). The reviews seem to suggest that they’re not worth the price. I will wait until either more content is added to them, or they are reduced in price, before I purchase them I think. Either that, or, I cave in.

I’ve been playing some other games on the PC though. I’m going to talk about the ones that I’ve been playing.

House Flipper

I’d never heard of the term “flipping houses” before, but it’s basically doing them up and selling them on for a profit. This game is just that. It’s all about turning hovels into beautiful abodes. Not only can you flip houses, but you can also be contracted to do odd jobs. These jobs can consist of painting, knocking down walls, cleaning, etc. Taking these jobs helps you to earn some money that you can put into house flipping.

It seems strange to find a game where you clean, paint walls etc fun.. but it is. House Flipper is super relaxing. It’s far easier to clean a house in the game than it is to clean your house in real life. It’s oddly satisfying too.

Assembling things like radiators, toilets, showers, etc is something I never thought I’d be doing in a game either. It gives you an inkling of an idea as to how these things are really put together in the real world. Of course, if you actually do put those things together in the real world, then this might be tedious for you.. or not as detailed as you’d like.

House Flipper even has an upgrade system, which is nice. The more you play, you can get points to obtain better skills in a particular area; like faster cleaning, painting more than one wall at a time, bigger hammers etc.

I’ve put 16 hours into the game so far, in which I’ve now completed all of the odd jobs and renovated and flipped one house completely.
I’m hoping that more content will be added to the game soon. I’d love to see a lot more furniture added. Wallpaper would be a nice addition and not just paint too. More content overall would be nice to see added really.

If you love making houses in the Sims, then there’s a high chance you’ll like what this game has to offer. If the thought of a cleaning simulator sounds dull to you, then you won’t enjoy this at all.. as a large portion is just that, cleaning.

Cities: Skylines

I bought this game a while ago and I actually got my money refunded because I didn’t like it.. there just felt like there wasn’t enough content at the time. However, I recently purchased this game again in a sale, as part of a bundle with a lot of the DLC included with it. I’m glad I did, because I’ve been constantly thinking about what kind of city I can make next or how better to develop what I’ve done already.

I highly recommend waiting for a bundle sale to come along. In my opinion, as a base game without all the add-on content, it feels like it’s lacking a lot. It can also be really expensive to purchase the add-ons when it’s not on sale.

The content that I got as part of the bundle, alongside the base game: After Dark, Green Cities, Mass Transit, Natural Disasters, Snowfall, Relaxation Station, Rock City Radio and Content Creator Packs: Art Deco, European Suburbia and High-Tech Buildings.

My favourite content has been Natural Disasters. It’s both been enjoyable and made the game more challenging. For example, my city was doing amazingly well and then a tsunami rolled in and basically wrecked it. Then, as I was putting everything back to how it was, a massive tornado touches down slap bang in the middle of the city and causes mass carnage.

I’m a bit disappointed that the Natural Disasters pack wasn’t something that was included in the base game though. I feel like a lot of these add-ons should have been part of the base game to be honest. Who are they trying to be, EA?

There’s a new expansion that I want, called, “Parklife”. I’ve got a lot to play with as of right now, so, I can wait until Parklife is cheaper.

I recommend Cities: Skylines if you’re into city builder games.. but do wait for sales!

Monster Prom

A quirky game about your monster character asking other monster characters to prom.

I first heard about this game by watching someone else play it on YouTube. I then learned that Arin Hanson (from the awesome YouTube show “Game Grumps”) voices one of the characters. As does Nathan Sharp (also known as “NateWantstoBattle” on YouTube – though I think he’s now “Give Heart Records” since becoming an independent record label last year. I used to watch a lot of Dice, Camera, Action and loved him on that). Having both of these guys involved with the game made me happy, since I like both of them. Arin voices the werewolf jock character named Scott and Nate voices Damien, the Prince of Hell (who is a pyromaniac).

The art style is really nice and the whole stat system is a nice touch. I do feel that the dialogue options get a bit stale after a few play throughs though. The characters also play up to stereotypes, which makes the characters predictable and a little one dimensional.

There isn’t much voice acting in the game either, which made me sad. The voice acting is very minimal, it makes me wonder why there’s even an option to include it at the beginning.. as even if you wanted to voice your own characters, the voice acting doesn’t get in the way of that. The odd chuckle hardly stops you reading a block of text. This game involves a LOT of reading. It’s a dating sim crossed with a visual novel.. that’s crossed with a board game? It’s hard to explain.

I can see it being fun with more than one player and the option to play both locally or online is a nice touch. I don’t have anyone to play with in either instance. Billy no mates over here.

Overall, this game is cute and fun to play a few times. I don’t think it’s worth the current price though. Maybe wait for a sale if you want to give this game a try. Or.. I recommend watching YouTubers play it.. you can get the idea of the game and watch their full play through or see if it’s something you’d enjoy playing yourself.

This Grand Life

I picked up this game thinking it was going to be a lot like other life/financial simulator games I’ve played before. It’s not. It’s very repetitive and extremely difficult to juggle all the needs and get anywhere.

Absolutely not worth the price in my opinion.

Apparently it’s inspired by a game that came out in the 90’s called “Jones in the fast lane” (which I’ve never played before).

You create a character, manage their finances and manage their overall life. Send them off to get a qualification, send them to work, buy them a house, get them items, have a family..

Personally, I find this game really difficult and not very fun. It’s hard enough juggling everything in real life, let alone in a game. The graphics are minimal, there’s just a map and a lot of clicking. After a few hours of playing, I felt like a robot.

Games I’ve just picked up

I love Steam sales, I can often get games that I’ve had my eye on for a while and not been able to bring myself to purchase at full price.

In the latest Steam sale, I picked up the “Klei Survival Bundle” which has a bunch of games from “Klei Entertainment”.

The bundle included: Oxygen Not Included, Don’t Starve, Don’t Starve: Shipwrecked, Don’t Starve: Reign Of Giants and Don’t Starve Together.

I’ve spent a few hours playing Oxygen Not Included since I picked it up and I’ve been enjoying it.. even though I’m terrible at it and my colonists keep dying.. so.. there’s a learning curve to this game for sure.

You can read all my other reviews (on a variety of different topics) here.

What PC games are you currently playing? Do you own any of these titles? Do you plan on buying them? Got any recommendations for me? Let me know all your thoughts below in the comments. I love hearing from you guys! ♥

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9 Comments

  1. June 18, 2018 / 10:26 pm

    I haven’t played a PC game in ages, but I did treat myself to a PS VR bundle last week 😀

    • merkitty
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      June 19, 2018 / 9:56 am

      Oooh that sounds fancy. I haven’t dabbled in the world of VR, but it sounds like it could be fun!

  2. June 20, 2018 / 7:16 am

    House Flipper sounds like a fun game. My husband and I renovated our house, doing a lot of work ourselves, so, playing a game similar to what we did a few years ago is hilarious. I might buy it.

    • merkitty
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      June 20, 2018 / 3:46 pm

      That’s so cool that you renovated your own home. You might find House Flipper fun then.. or you may find it too easy as you have done all the hard work for real.

  3. July 1, 2018 / 5:35 pm

    When I game on the PC, it’s usually to play various simulation games like The Sims, Theme Hospital etc. I haven’t played any that you’ve mentioned but they do sound like the type of game I like. I’ll definitely go and find them.

    • merkitty
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      July 2, 2018 / 2:42 am

      I adore simulation games too! I wish there were more of them, I think they are my favourite genre. I hope you enjoy the ones I’ve played, but I don’t recommend This Grand Life though.

  4. July 18, 2018 / 5:20 pm

    I haven’t played any of these but I have enjoyed watching JackSepticEye playing House Flipper and Monster Prom. I feel like I’d enjoy house flipper though as it sounds very therapeutic and I love house renovation programs haha! xx

    • merkitty
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      July 18, 2018 / 6:30 pm

      That’s how I found out about House Flipper by watching him play it. How funny. Bit embarrassing that I’m older than him and I still watch his channel. Don’t tell anyone!!
      Sounds like House Flipper would be right up your street if you like those kind of programs. ❤

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