Back in February, I built a new pc solely for the purpose of returning to the world of PC gaming. Since then I’ve fallen in love with Steam and the multitude of games and bargains contained with in! Some of my biggest enjoyment comes from the plethora of retro style platformers that exist out there as they all feel nostalgic and I find that oddly enough…in my old age, Im actually way better at them than I was a kid! Who’d a thunk? These days, video games have become my vice since I quit smoking and emotional eating, so I go through quite a few games. My nightly ‘unwind’ is to play, which all in all is quite a bit healthier than my old habits! Going along with the games, I’ve gotten in with a great community on Steam and I’ve been having a blast posting random game recommendations on there, so I figured I’d start talking games here in an effort to breathe some life into Cinema Fromage.
If you’re on Steam and want to play some time, be sure to add me! Cinema Fromage on Steam
I’m a little thick sometimes. When I first bought SHoDN during the summer sale, I played it about three times and I didn’t get it. There wasn’t a lot of explanation to the game and with the over stimulation that the summer sale brings, I didn’t have the attention span to sit down and give it a chance. I wound up shutting the game down, vaguely wondering if I wasted $3 and proceeded to waste my time in other things.
Cut to three weeks later, I see people talking about SHoDN on the forums a lot and I figure I paid $3 for it; I might as well give it a shot. The first time through, I thought the keyboard controls were a little cumbersome but I was starting to understand the game concept; score points, extend your time, get us far down the tower as you can. Seemed solid, it was starting to sink its claws in.
Later that morning, I was messaged by someone on my friends list, urging me to submit my scores so they had somebody to compete against on the leader boards. I hadn’t even realized there were leaderboards, so I played through again and submitted. That’s when the claws sunk in even deeper; competing against your friend’s high scores is super addictive. I figured I was in there, so I started clicking around in the menus and that’s when I discovered that there’s controller support in SHoDN! Around this time, a game I thought I might have wasted my money on turned into a full on addiction.
SHoDN is dead simple in concept, but with challenging maps and tight controls it turns into a great little time attack platformer. It’s difficult in all the right ways and its design of getting ever farther down the tower, combined with trying to outscore your friends list makes it a game you’ll return to. It’s simple nature makes it a perfect fit for those times when you want 10 minutes of distraction instead of 3 hours of character development, but there’s a strong chance it’s going to suck you into that dreaded, “just one more try” state of mind.
I’ve yet to try the new DLC that was added this week, but it’s officially on the wish list!