Blog 470: Puzzled

a.k.a. The Constipated Mathemagician

Drakensang: The River of Time made me do something very strange a couple of days ago. Something I haven’t done for a game in… well, a long long time.

The game presented presented me with a very particular kind of challenge. A mathematical challenge: given a set of items, the game asked that I split them up into four boxes according to a small suite of rules.

The challenge was not such a difficult one, but there were far too many numbers for me to handle it alone. I sat back, picked up a propelling pencil, and started working it out… On paper.

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Blog 469: Drakensang: The River of Blog

a.k.a. Drakensang: I Am Still Not Disappoint

Drakensang is one of my most beloved games from recent years.

So I was pretty stoked when I heard they were making a follow-up (a prequel), and that it was described as “more of the same”. What could possibly go wrong?

Unfortunately, developer Radon Labs died and were bought by an MMO developer. While Drakensang: The River of Time did appear to get an international release, it apparently slipped out some time in January without me being any the wiser — I was under the impression that a real box edition never made it to UK retail before the company went bankrupt. Then again, it probably didn’t make it to UK retail, because I only found it when I tripped over it on Amazon t’other day.

Like my last internet purchase (Elegant Machinery’s amazing A Soft Exchange), it arrived in excellent time (so it probably was on UK soil in a warehouse… somewhere). And, like its predecessor, it is bloody gorgeous.

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