This is part two of two of my quick look at LudoNarraCon 2020.
Looking over the list of games on sale for LudoNarracon2020, I was surprised by how many I already owned. Granted, many of those were from bundles – in fact, I can only think of a couple off the top of my head that I made a deliberate purchase of. Still, of the ones I have already played, there isn’t a single one I’d try to talk someone out of. However, I definitely had some that I enjoyed more than others, so these are my top 5 recommendations from LudoNarraCon2020.
This is one I bought on a whim, played immediately, and played all the way through, but I was surprised to see it as part of LudoNarraCon. Sure, the story is very cool, but it’s the frenetic match-3 gameplay that really did it for me. I talked about it here a little after playing the demo, and for someone who likes both match 3 gameplay and a bit of speculative fiction, I’d recommend it without reservation.
This is another game I played and wrote about back in October. I played this one on XBox Game Pass for PC, and even though I didn’t fall in love with the gameplay, everything else about the game really worked for me. So much so that when I spotted it for 75% off on the Humble store, I picked it up to go back and play around with at my leisure, and at its current price, I’d recommend it to anyone who is intrigued by the art of storytelling and is interested in the Depression-era setting.
Her Story is a great game, but only if you go in almost completely blind. The real game here is the deductive leaps you need to make – figuring out what keywords are important and what is extraneous as you watch video clips of police interviews with the main character. It’s sort of a choose-your-own adventure movie, and you’re tasked with rebuilding the story from its component parts. The nature of the game means it’s not at all replayable, and best played in a single sitting, but it’s also a fascinating take on what video games as a medium are capable of.
Monster Prom is a visual novel / dating simulation that requires some measure of strategy to get your desired outcome. Game sessions are fairly short, and there’s a good amount of replayability here. It took me a couple of passes to really start to get it, but the quirkiness grows on you, and it would be great for folks who like to hunt for achievements.
My top recommendation, however, would be Night Call. Another game I played through the Xbox Game Pass for PC back in October, and was then thrilled to get in the February 2020 Humble Choice. Full disclaimer: I have only played through the first case (and plan to do so again when I go back to it), but oh man.
As much as I loved the detective work that was required, what really made the game for me was the random conversations of the passengers in your cab. It was a game I thought about long after I stopped playing, and for a gamer who likes both investigative fiction and slice-of-life stuff, playing Night Call is a no-brainer.
Is there a game featured in LudoNarraCon 2020 that you absolutely loved? One you hated? One you’re really looking forward to? Feel free to tell me about it in the comments, or let me know if you post about it on your own blog!
Part one of my Quick Look at LudoNarraCon2020 focused on the games I’m interested in buying and playing in the future. LudoNarraCon2020 runs through April 27th, although many of the demos & sales are available until May 2.