Written by. Nick Mosier based on the original Japanese article (publication date: 2021-12-05 14:28 JST)
Now Gaming is a weekly digest that provides a quick overview of what our writers had played recently. Here we have the translated version of this week’s Japanese edition of Now Gaming.
* This is a summarized version of the original Japanese Article
Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon
By. Taijiro Yamanaka
– It’s a falling block puzzle game set in the world of Shovel Knight where enemies, blocks, and healing items drop on the playfield.
– Players control characters from the series such as Shovel Knight himself and move them around the open spaces on the playfield trying to defeat enemies and reach the exit.
– When enemies are side by side, you can attack them at the same time. You’ll want to save them up and attack all at once but getting too greedy can leave you at a disadvantage.
– Enemies behave differently depending on the type, and there are offensive and defensive buffing items which all need to be taken into consideration as well. But enemies and other manner of blocks fall over time, so there isn’t time to just sit and carefully plan.
– I’ve only just started, so I’m no expert, but it feels like there’s a lot of depth here.
Happy’s Humble Burger Farm
By. Keiichi Yokoyama
– It’s a cooking simulator/horror game where you run around a restaurant in the middle of the night tending to customers and all sorts of other strange occurrences.
– There are no other employees besides your dead-eyed boss that doesn’t help in any way. The customers keep on coming, so you have to put patties on the grill, provide drinks, and handle all of the cooking and customer interactions yourself.
– Meanwhile, you’ll be seeing other problems that need to be dealt with. Take care of them to prevent complaints from customers.
– Beyond the working and horror, the overall world is well crafted.
By. Seiji Narita
– It’s a game that delivers the joy of power washing to players.
– I’m not good at cleaning, so I thought to myself, “Will I, someone who can’t even clean my own desk, be able to handle my power washing duties?” But I immediately found myself addicted to the game so much that my daughter asked if the game was fun, but in an I’m worried about you kind of way.
– Water reacts realistically to surfaces and the sound even changes depending on what you’re shooting water at. Seeing that beautiful reflection in a freshly cleaned tile is a feeling beyond description.
– There are various surfaces and types of grime to clean, different nozzles for your washer, and even different detergents to use. It’s fun to strategize the most efficient way to take on each situation.
– My desk still shows no signs of ever being cleaned, though.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
By. Ayuo Kawase
– What I like the most about the adjustments made in version 13.0.1 is the buffs made to my dear Bowser Jr.
– I’m especially excited about the Down Tilt Attack being easier to use. It’s a strong multi-hit move, and I think it’s good for reigning in the pace of matches.
– A character being buffed doesn’t necessarily mean more victories. At least my win percentage hasn’t increased. Even if a fighter is buffed, if a player isn’t skilled with the character, they won’t get results.
– There are some pro players that are sad about their mains getting nerfed. It’s the last balance patch, so if your character was weakened, there’s no hoping for a brighter day.
– For pro players, that’s certainly tough. When adjusting a game, one change can potentially change someone’s life. If you think about it that way, that’s a lot of pressure when making changes.