With things returning – more or less – to normal around here, I found myself with more leisure time than I’ve had for several months. As a result, I did a lot of gaming, reading and watching throughout October, and this blog is WAY longer than I anticipated it being.
What I Played This Month
Haunted Domains – The first week of October was hectic as well, heck, so I picked something that I could play in REALLY little increments if needed. This creepy time management game fit the bill – each level is only about 5 minutes long! I didn’t finish it, but I would say I played to satisfaction.
Gourmania 2: Great Expectations – I remember really liking the first Gourmania, so when the second one showed up on Utomik, I thought I’d give it a whirl. It wasn’t great, but I managed to run through from beginning to end in under three hours, so, I guess I can’t say it was completely awful either.
Elder Scrolls Online – After barely touching ESO for almost a month, I started logging in daily again for the Dragon Rise event – not because the event interested me, but because I still needed two berries for my Onyx Indrik.
Dead Rising 3 – Completing the main story with the “S” ending took me just over 20 hours. By far, the easiest of the Dead Rising games I’ve played – I really enjoyed the more relaxed time limit, although I could have done with a LOT less driving.
Monster Prom – It took me a little while to “get” this one, but it has grown on me. It’s perfect for when I only have a little time to game (I read fast enough that the 60 minute game is about half that), and it oh-so-vaguely reminds me of Long Live the Queen, which I played obsessively for awhile.
Yoku’s Island Express – I spent a lot of time confused, and ho-boy, I am bad at pinball, but I just kept going back to it over and over. I couldn’t really play in long bursts since using the controller makes my hands cramp after awhile, but it was charming and adorable. Despite one very frustrating part, I was able to finish the main story.
The World Next Door – True confession – I was totally in this for the frenetic match-3 game play, and that aspect of the game did not disappoint. It was super short, which, to be fair, I apparently missed a lot of side quests, but nothing that detracted from the actual combat game play. Overall, I was pleased for the $3 I paid.
Night Call – I’d never heard of this before browsing the XBox Game Pass for PC library, but I am so glad that I did. Totally captivating.
Taptiles – I had completely forgotten about this game, but I was in the Windows store looking for something else, and I re-discovered it. I was even going to pony up and pay for it to get rid of the ads, but apparently, it’s not a one-time purchase but a subscription? Oh no. I’ll live with ads, thanks.
Where the Water Tastes Like Wine – It makes me a little sad when a really interesting concept becomes a mediocre (and sometimes frustrating) game, but I am going to poke at it for a little longer, because the good stuff is oh-so-good.
Viscera Cleanup Detail – House of Horror DLC – I only dabbled a little in this, to have something to keep my hands busy while I watched scary stuff on TV. Although I’ve enjoyed VCD in the past, this is a LONG level, and I’m not sure I’ll ever actually complete it.
This month I played 2 games on Utomik, 2 on XBox Game Pass for PC, and 7 from my own library!
What I Read This Month
I read five books this month – all of them ghost stories, and three from the Riveting Haunted House Mystery series. I abandoned one book, and have two in progress. Not bad, coming off a couple of months where I didn’t read much of anything at all. I’m at 22/30 for my 2019 Good Reads Challenge.
What I Watched This Month
The Boys – Although I initially wasn’t much interested, this is the dark and awful super hero show I didn’t know I wanted. I’ve been savoring it, so I still have a couple episodes left to go, but I’m surprised how captivating it is.
Halloween Baking Championship – I not only watched the new season, but devoured the past seasons available on Hulu as well. This also reminded me how much I hate waiting for new episodes.
Hallotober Movies Galore – I’m sure I missed some, but every chance I got, I tossed a horror movie on TV.
Whew, that was a lot. Sure, I deviated a bunch from my initial monthly goals, but I’m really satisfied with all the good stuff I got to enjoy in October.