Card games 1 player
[Order, order. All rise for his honour Matt Drake, who returns to us once again with another review, this time of a game that's gaining quite the reputation around these parts. Is such a reputation deserved? Well, Mr. Drake has a few things to say. Please, take your seats and remain quiet while the review is in progress.]
The Pathfinder Adventure Card Game came out a couple months ago, and the internet has been a-go-go with praise. I have read glowing reviews, had friends tell me it was simply amazing and heard people compare it to solid-gold toilets with built-in bidets. (I made up that toilet thing. I don't actually know anyone who thinks a gold toilet would be a good idea.)
Well, allow me to retort.
Actually, before I retort, allow me to back up a little and start with this: I have played the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game ten times. Eleven, if you count the solo game I did so I could get a handle on it. I read the FAQ (which is ludicrously long, because the game is chock-a-block full of errors and vagaries). I perused forums and read questions, flipped through pros and cons, and otherwise did my homework to make sure that not only was I doing this right, but I was understanding what the game is supposed to do.
OK, now the retort. The Pathfinder Adventure Card Game is redundant, formulaic and arbitrary. It attempts to emulate an RPG that runs without the help of a DM, even going so far as to crib the name from one of the world's most popular role-playing games, and yet has very little in the way of storytelling or thematic consistency. It is, first and foremost, a card game, and while designed to be played hundreds of times (or at least eight, right out of the box), provides painfully limited reasons to play it once you have mastered the concept.
Alpine Games is a 1-player homebrew video game for the Atari Lynx system. It was developed by Duranik and self-published in 2004.
It comprises 9 different winter games: bobsleigh, figure skating, slalom, freestyle aerials, ski jump, speed skating, snowboard rush, snowboard halfpipe, and biathlon.
Alpine Games is also the name of a game...