First of all, thanks for letting me join in, and I hope it's fair game if I just take old threads and necropost a bit. However, it's not my goal to discuss the reviews, but to share feelings about the games themselves. It comes out as obvious, but in gaming, as with music, cinema, comics or literature, everybody is entitled to have an opinion about having to justify oneself.
Now, on to the first game...
I actually adore Puggsy (the game: the Critic is spot-on when it comes to the character itself. I mean, it's an alien pear with eyes
). I've had it for about 25 years and it always brings me back. It made me a Traveller's Tales fan: I'm still a sucker for their Lego games!
About why I like it, well, first and foremost for its slow pace and mechanics. Puggsy
is one of those rare old games that manage to be actually soothing: except for the chase levels and the bosses, there's no time limit and one can spend his sweet time figuring the puzzles out. The crayon-like backgrounds and Matt Furniss's music help to create this feeling of calmness.
Secondly, the action
is full of secrets and self-referential jokes that have made it to many TT games. I love when games go so hilariously meta.
Its main weakness are the one-hit - and many times cheap - deaths. Then, there's the level layout and some of the puzzles: yes, it's a relaxing game, but after all these years, there have been levels I haven't been able to figure out. This is a good thing from my point of view, as it expands the experience, but it comes as no surprise that many gamers prefer to try new things instead to try and try and try again that very same, ridiculously short level for weeks.
Still, with its shortcomings, I still love this game, and it seems it's actually very popular between us Euro gamers.