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Shock Trooper
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I played this game a long time ago. I hated it with a passion. Did anyone else play this game and if so did they like it or hate it?
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Law Bringer
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I played it and even kept it on my computer for a while before deleting it with extreme prejudice. It's not terrible, but it's not a lot of fun, either. It fails the effort to interesting ratio test. When I'm terribly bored and braindead I just play solitaire or Sparkz.

—Alorael, who isn't sure why he hates the game less than Galactic Core. The lack of humiliating stupid AI may be part of it, but it just may be less prone to tripping some primitive lizard brain hate response.
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Erudite*
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I played for a little while about a year ago. I didn't hate it, but I wasn't impressed with it. The lack of plot was made worse by the way each level began exactly the same way with your boat crashing into an island.

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Posts: 402 | Registered: Thursday, May 29 2003 07:00
Infiltrator
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It's not supposed to have a plot.

I thought it was okay. But I wouldn't register thirty more exactly similar scenarios.

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Posts: 407 | Registered: Friday, May 14 2004 07:00
Shock Trooper
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Strange. The first RWG to not be locked instantly for a while. And yes, Ocean Bound, for lack of a better word, sucked.

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Posts: 287 | Registered: Tuesday, August 19 2003 07:00
Shock Trooper
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quote:
Originally written by xxo:

The lack of plot was made worse by the way each level began exactly the same way with your boat crashing into an island.
I would think after crashing the boat so many times they would get a new helmsmen, but hey, whatever makes the game "move on".
Posts: 228 | Registered: Monday, October 21 2002 07:00
Agent
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I hated OceanBound with all of my soul. It had no plot at ALL.

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Warrior
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1. Since when do puzzle games require a plot? You might as well complain about the lack of realism in Tetris. It is simply not necessary for the purposes of the game.

2. The levels in Ocean Bound were not meant to represent sequential chapters in an ongoing story. The "plot" is purely episodic and specific to the individual islands. The entire purpose of reaching a new level is to experience the same challenges again with different variables (island size and features, number of people, etc). This is a classic feature of puzzle games. It is ridiculous to complain about continuity in such a situation.

Since I seem to be the only person here who even moderately liked this game, I thought I'd point these things out. Don't hold non-RPGs to RPG standards. ;)

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Shock Trooper
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You've got a good point about it not being a RPG. The fact that I have trouble growing food makes me mad at the game.
Posts: 228 | Registered: Monday, October 21 2002 07:00
Erudite*
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You do know that you get less return each time you replant a crop in the same place, right?

I guess Ocean Bound isn't so bad, but I'd much rather play a different game.

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Law Bringer
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Actually, if you're quick on the trigger, harvesting fields that can't produce more than the minimum amount of food still works in a number of levels. Go figure.

—Alorael, who can't speak for anything past the demo because, well, registering this thing would take far more interest than it generates even when he plays it just after accidentally opening GC.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
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I played it once, a while ago... I didn't think it was terrible, but it definitely wasn't worth registering. Alorael explained why best. Lost Souls, in my opinion, is the only good RWG, but I've never played Sub-Terra. Is that good?

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Posts: 3351 | Registered: Saturday, April 6 2002 08:00
Off With Their Heads
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Hrm, lessee. Of the three RWG, Galactic Core is supposed to be terrible, Ocean Bound is supposed to be fairly lame, and Lost Souls is actually pretty good — it's the only one of the five "older games" I've played. Of the other two non-Jeff Vogel Spiderweb games, Subterra is reputed to be quite good, and I think I heard once that Homeland was about on par with Galactic Core. Is that a fair assessment of the situation?

I am going to steal Wizcoski's PC and play Subterra and Homeland to find out what these things are. Subterra is actually supposed to be worth it.

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Agent
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Subterra is good but don't even waste your time with Homeland. It's so bad, it will make your eyes bleed.
Posts: 1233 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Infiltrator
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Heh- the demo for Homeland was ok- I suppose. It tries to be like Fallout or something and at times fails miserably but overall it was allright. Don't know bout the rest of it though.

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Shock Trooper
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Am I the only one that liked GC?
Posts: 228 | Registered: Monday, October 21 2002 07:00
Agent
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Have you talked to Icshi yet?
Posts: 1481 | Registered: Thursday, September 27 2001 07:00
Shock Trooper
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The lack of spam in RWG recently is starting to get borish

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Posts: 287 | Registered: Tuesday, August 19 2003 07:00
Master
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then why don't you go spam some? :P

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Lifecrafter
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I liked Homeland, in a way. At least I was disappointed when the demo ended. Not relieved.

If one takes the emotional approach instead of the technical, one might like it. And screw your need to be sarcastic. At least try to enjoy.

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Posts: 756 | Registered: Monday, August 4 2003 07:00
Apprentice
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I liked GC a lot. It wasn't super complex, yet it was fun. I'll admit it had problems - multiplayer for example, but otherwise it was fun.

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Shock Trooper
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The lack of spam here is starting to make me nervous.

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Posts: 287 | Registered: Tuesday, August 19 2003 07:00
Master
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because you touch yourself at night.

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Infiltrator
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ew

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Apprentice
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I first downloaded a copy of OB for my Mac from a Hotline (great protocol, that) server. I thought "Blah, what a bad game, it's too tedious and simple, I shall most like to delete it soon." I kept thinking that, but never actually did so, rather like the Dread Pirate Cumberbund. I have another rather bad game, which I keep because it has some attributes. I do such things, and especially for computer games.

Later, like a two years, I tried Ocean Bound again. I actually finished the first island, and said, "Well, that was indeed tedious, but not so bad as I initially thought. I still wouldn't want to buy 60-such islands."

On the subject of puzzle games:
If anyone reading this likes logic/puzzle games, I would recommend they try Minesweeper, Stained Glass, or Icebreaker.

-Can-ned Food is making each post worthwhile, even on such simple threads. Either that, or trying to increase his post count, apparently.
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