I may (or may not? Nobody seems to be able to say…) be doing the travel thing again soon and, as part of that, I’m preparing myself for the 26 hours on a plane. (Shudder.)
Given that I’m only going to be taking my N3DS, I’m doing some research and seeing that two of the most perfect games ever made will be coming out soon: Super Metroid and Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past. Download them, install them, be amazed that they still hold up. (Well, technically, I only know that Link to the Past holds up… but I’m betting that Super Metroid does. It sure as heck held up in ’94.)
Brilliant little action RPGs that have mastered game design. Here is an obstacle. Here is a tool to help you overcome the obstacle. Here is a boss to fight that requires you use the new tool. Here is a new area!!! Here is a new obstacle…
Which brings me to the games that I cannot go back to.
Having purchased Talisman: Digital Edition all the way back in 2014, I finally said “Hey, I should play that! I loved playing that back in, oh, 1992ish!”
Well, I didn’t even make it once around the board. Roll a die. Go that many spaces. Draw a card. Roll a die. Maybe roll another die. Wait for the three computer players to go. No, you can’t speed them up.
Ugh. How did we play this for hours? Well, we probably had each other. And not dating probably allowed us to sublimate frustration into something goal oriented. Also, we hadn’t really discovered *AMAZING* board games at that point. We were merely fumbling around the idea that, surely, there must be something wonderful that was possible. Something where we could throw dice and be excited about what we were doing… rather than merely doing this because, well, Metroid and Zelda didn’t have multiplayer.
So… what are you playing?
(Picture is “Untitled” by our very own Will Truman. Used with permission.)