The Christmas Steam sale is over signalling the end of the holidays and the beginning of the rest of Winter and I’ve gained a few new titles in my little ahem collection.


Cook, Serve, Delicious: Any of you following me on Raptr, Steam, and/or Twitter will have noticed how much time I’ve put into this game since grabbing it in the sale. It caught my eye as I’d played something very similar on Facebook called Kitchen Scramble. I’d really enjoyed that game but inevitably had to stop playing because of the usual payment block. So I snapped up Cook, Serve, Delicious and gave it a go, and lo and behold, it was 10 times better than the Facebook alternative.

It’s basically a restaurant sim, you are given a rundown restaurant in a tower and told to improve it. You choose what’s on the menu day-to-day based on positive and negative factors, as well as what you prefer making, you have to pass safety inspections, keep the place clean, buy new foods, upgrade foods, gain stars for your restaurant, participate in challenges, take on bets to earn extra coins.. it all gets a bit manic but it’s fantastic. Syl did a nice little Let’s Play if you’d like to see for yourself.


DuckTales Remastered: I haven’t yet had chance to play this one but thanks much to Stoove for the Christmas gift! Have been dying to play me some DuckTales since I discovered it was a thing several months ago. Altogether now.. ♪Life is like a hurricaaane, here in, Duck-berg..


Dust: An Elysian Tale: Another gift, this time from the lovely Kihira! I’ve wanted to play this game for forever. It’s so pretty and sounds fantastic. Hoping to soon. Thank you, lovely. 🙂


Left 4 Dead 2: ‘Twas free one day so I nabbed it. No idea if it’ll be my kind of game or not but you really can’t argue with free. I am intrigued, so it’s nice to have the option to play it now.


Long Live The Queen: I’d had this one on my wishlist for a few months as well so snapped it up when it went on sale. Have played a little bit of it and I love it. The music is gorgeous, the art style also, and the gameplay is ever-so-slightly confusing but interesting. It’s basically a strategy-thingy in a pink package. I like it.


Magical Diary: I saw Lady Jess had purchased this one in my Steam friend activity and it caught my eye. I have a thing for “magic schools” and the anime art style and affordability of the game cinched the deal so I picked it up for myself as well. I’ve put in a few hours and adore it.. though make no mistake, it is a visual novel with a heavy focus on dating. However, I really like how it handles gender, sexuality, and so on. It doesn’t even flinch when it comes to these issues. There’s even a lesson telling young Witches and Wizards the polite way to refer to somebody before knowing their gender (e, emself, em, etc.). However, it somewhat broke my heart so right now I “hate” it. runs off to cry and write fanfiction


Nihilumbra: Haven’t had chance to play this one yet but from what I can tell, it is a game following a part of the abyss which you control. This baby abyss doesn’t want to be evil so sets about to change the world but the abyss wants it back as it longs to be whole and it looks gorgeous and I’m so glad I picked it up when I did. It pretty much looks like cheerful goth which has me practically clawing at the gate.


Surgeon Simulator 2013: I grabbed this one on Christmas Day, I believe. I gave it a quick go. Couldn’t work out how to pick up a scalpel let alone give the poor guy a heart transplant so put it aside for the time being. Hmm..


Titan Quest: Okay, so.. I haven’t been near this game since my ex (the same guy who introduced me to World of Warcraft many years ago) was raving about it for being, and I quote, “just like WoW.” Ahem. So.. he was a bit of a weird one. I’ve never really played Titan Quest myself and even I know this is nothing of the sort. However, I am a big fan of Diablo III (shut up, I never played II to have anything to compare it to, I liked it) and Torchlight II, so I guess I like the action/RPG style games. Couldn’t say no for £1.99.


The Wolf Among Us: And another gift. This one from my lovely fiancé-boyfriend-partner-thing, Dan. Or Ryyu. Whatever you know him as. I have a humongous amount of love for Telltale’s The Walking Dead and have been eagerly making grabby hands in the general direction of Wolf Among Us hearing the story’s premise (the same grabby hands are also going out towards the Fables comic series). So he gifted it to me as a Christmas present while it was on sale. Can’t wait to play it on my new PC!

Sadly, I missed out on The Walking Dead: Season 2 and The Stanley Parable as they went on sale after we’d reached our reckless spending limit, but I can’t say I’m disappointed in the little stash of games I’ve picked up over the holiday season. Now just to work out a formula to make sleep entirely optional…