Twistor
Reko   Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland
 
 
A gamer-scientist hybrid from Finland, I'm a budding space physicist who's enthusiastic about games. I take a habit of writing reviews of games I finish.

Oh, moar info! :abs_happy:

I started my gaming "career" with Game&Watch and when allowed, playing some stronger stuff like Commander Keen , Wolfenstein 3D and Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure , and later the various classic NES games.

Warcraft II was the first game I ever bought with my pocket money. :Dosh: Little Big Adventure and all original XCOM games from the 90s were my childhood's great juice along with Worms and Mine Bombers and Heroes of Might and Magic series. Dragon Warrior IV was the motivation for me to learn English (please bring the series to Steam!).

Skipping ahead: Longest Journey , Civilization IV and Mass Effect have been the high-points of my adult gaming life (not any longer in the outskirts but in a city with a speedy Internet). Oh, I still find gems every now and then, but I can't consider them integral to myself just yet. Killing Floor needs a special mention being the one we first played (well, it's Awesomenauts now) with my awesome wife. :ghlol:

I also read (mostly sci-fi, fantasy and science stuff) and play pen&paper RPGs. My favourite rules system by far is Rolemaster. [ironcrown.com] :lltqsword:

Here's various other things that I fancy to advertize, however miniscule they seem to a random bystander:

You can also find me on Twitch [www.twitch.com], where I seldomly stream.

Finally, there's my Metagamerscore profile [metagamerscore.com], my Astats profile [astats.astats.nl] and True Steam Achievements profile [truesteamachievements.com], if you care about such things. :starfull: I identify as an achievement hunter.

I no longer trade games, because I wish to know the origin of my games. My gift games are for my friends.

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Wanna get recruited and get Rae for a permanent character for free? Use my code (in-game): 7MEF-EVYC-2HFB

I nowadays often play with disabled chat.

Achievement hunting

You can see me playing loads of different games, some of them perhaps good but many instead just casual and boring (e.g. clicker games) or plain-out weird (particularly some visual novels). I play all kinds of games (from easy to challenging) but I mostly concentrate on the ones that have achievements.

I seem to have an odd preference for more obscure games though.

My current long-term projects to complete are Idling to Rule the Gods and Super Meat Boy.

Note: My stance on spam achievement games (games that grant you e.g. 5000 achievements for idling or all of them by merely running the game) is strict: I don't play or promote them because they miss the point, devalueing achievement hunting as a hobby.

Any games I complete I try to review in a thorough fashion. Which brings us to...

Reviews

My curator page. If you enjoy my reviews, I'd really appreciate it if you joined the group and/or followed the curator.:selphinehappy:

I play a very diverse sorts of games and my aim is to produce a review every time I have either fully completed a game (preferably 100% achievements) or spent a massive amount of time with it.

I try to always provide an insightful review and while I'd like to make it fun and interesting to read, the main purpose is to tell you whether the game is fun or not and what makes it so.

I play both old and new games, and I particularly like platformers , puzzle games and turn-based or slow-paced strategy . I also like to play RPGs but I often fail to review them because I won't reach the end because of them being usually so long.

As an achievement hunter, I often review short or "easy" games (from artsy walking simulators to visual novels ), and in case I have 100% completed the game I make sure to provide an estimate for the gaming time you can expect to get out of the title.

Friends' list
Want to be friends? A few things I usually require:

- Have a public profile
- Have a public games' list (so I can see what games we have in common)
- We share some games we commonly like (as seen from the public games' list)

I do like if you give a proper reason for the request, e.g. in my profile comments or popping a greeting and introduction of some sort once you notice I've accepted it (if there's no response, I'll simply unfriend you after a while - feel free to resend the request). Especially if your profile or parts of it are set to private (because bots). Also, if you mostly play CS (any iteration), it's unlikely we'll have much to talk about.

I usually don't trade (hence my inventory's private), though you're free to ask. I have a huge list of game keys though - if you have something I don't, I might be willing to swap keys.

By the way: If you only want to see my reviews in your feed, you could also follow me or my curator instead of friending.
Review Showcase
9.4 Hours played
Decent, if a bit simplistic top-down racing game that takes some skill to master the quirky physics.

Cranks and Goggles uses "real physics" for the cars.

Cars slide, bounce around and are generally a pain in the buttocks to control, at least initially before you get used to their physics. Incredibly, it's fun and frustrating at the same time!

Funny enough, the real physics does not consider the cars inner workings, so you can drive as fast as you like without breaking the car. At least most items on the map can be driven over and/or spread around though.

Since each race lasts only a few minutes, this is an adequate game to go for short runs to pass some time. But it's by no means a superb game, at least not in single-player.

AI shenanigans

For its merit, the AI in the game doesn't appear to cheat: no teleporting cars that magically appear right behind you, or that accelerate or turn with unnatural speed and precision.

Instead, the AI cars seem to hit the corners of the track half of the time. To avoid this, they usually drive safely slowly and, if you mastered the controls, are easy to shake off in any track with lots of bends and curves. At least they are skilled at efficiently handling the long straight portions.

Nevertheless, they are only a nuisance if they are in your way, like in the beginning of each race or if you screw up and they overtake you.

Funky music, buggy sounds

I enjoyed the game's music - it fits the time period and has this classic funky oldies feel to it.

However, sometimes the music or the sound effects would cease to work, only restoring with random chance or by restarting the game, somewhat breaking the immersion.

Controls and technical comments

There's controller support and rebindable keys and buttons.

However, I couldn't make the controller working. Mind that I didn't try too ambitiously though, but usually my Xbox controller works with every game natively so I was surprised it didn't for this one.

Besides the sounds and/or music sometimes disappearing, for me the game was stable without crashes or other bugs.

Conclusions

The 16 race tracks have a commendable diversity to them with their varied landscapes. The landscapes quickly lose interest though, and the tracks themselves aren't particularly interesting. Time trial mode makes them good challenges though, better than the AI anyway.

I played the game for about 6-7 hours (+2 hour idling, just listening to the music while actually playing something else). The main campaign, with different cups and cars to unlock/purchase, and time trials to beat, lasted about 3-4 hours. Couple hours more are needed to grind the funds to buy all cars (required for 100% achievements).

It could be quite fun to play multiplayer with friends as well, for a little while at least. It is fun enough to play solo for a few hours though, but the low price-point makes indulging in multiplayer madness a low-risk endeavour.

~Twistorian Curator~
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Shinyspade May 21 @ 6:10pm 
Adding you in regards to Stability achievements. I'm stumped on Level 19 and i don't know how to get "At meeting with the stars..."
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– Walter Winchell :heartb:

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– Winnie the Pooh :csgostar:

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– Ernest Hemingway :poolball8:

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– C.S. Lewis :BB_Cup:
Happy easter bro!
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ABSOLUTION Feb 17 @ 12:43pm 
I'm adding you to maybe get "Site Cleared" achievement :BlackBone:
stardustsunday Feb 8 @ 6:28am 
Hope you don't mind the invite! I noticed you're from Finland! I have a Finnish penpal and have been interested in Finnish society & culture for many many years now, even learned a bit of Finnish back in 2009 :manylandlaugh: I hope to visit Finland and the Baltic states sometime in the near future, hopefully this year if not within the next few years :mpgb_sge_kotomi: