Thursday, 18 August 2011

Really Bad Rats

I knew it. I got half way through Bad Rats and gave up. One of the most annoying things about it is that although it's physics-based (or perhaps because of it) sequences don't always happen in exactly the same way when you run them. So you might set up a sequence and have it work most of the way then fall down at the end, so you tweak the end part and re-run it only to find that it now falls over at the beginning...for some completely unknown reason. Run it again and it might work this time. It's pretty annoying, and a real deal breaker for a game like this that absolutely depends on sequences running the same way every time. I guess they must have introduced some randomness to the initial ball drop, or something - whatever they did, they shouldn't have done it. Most ridiculously, even if you load the complete setups that the developers used (which you can see after you complete each level), they still don't work half the time because of the randomness...crazy.

Anyway, that wasn't what led me to quitting the game. I was doing pretty well and progressing through the game - to about level 23 (out of 44), I think - when the game sprang its timer on me. I'd never really noticed the timer except for the fact you get less points at the end of a level the longer it took you to finish it. Anyway, I couldn't figure out how to complete the level quickly enough and the timer ran out - fair enough, you might think, I'll get no points for the time factor at the end - but no. Time ran out and the game finished. I hadn't saved in a few levels because I didn't think it was possible to 'die' as it were, and there was no way I was going back through those levels with the whole randomness factor and all that entailed. Quit. Uninstall. Good-bye Bad Rats. I might return to it one day, but somehow I doubt it.

Next up, it's back to the old school with Bard's Tale 1. I used to have Bard's Tale 3 back in the day (and kept it until moving house last year...I WISH I hadn't thrown out all those games now, but I digress), but I never got very far with it. 1 looks very similar to 3 from what I remember. Flippin' hard, as all those games were, but okay so far. I've only had a brief run around the first town, though, so it could get much worse. Oddest thing so far is that it carries on playing even if you're standing still, so you'll have monster encounters while your party's just waiting outside a shop. I'm also dropping back into Avencast every now and then. More on that later.

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