Behind the Scenes: What We’re Playing

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The “Behind The Scenes” series is a chance for us to give you a glimpse into the inner workings of HabitRPG, Inc., the company that makes Habitica. Every so often, we’ll treat you to some silly staff shenanigans or show you the work that goes into your favorite features. Enjoy!

Hello Habiticans! It probably won’t come as a big surprise to you all that many of the Habitica Staff are huge video game fans. Today we’re sharing some of the (non-Habitica) games we’re currently playing.

Vicky (AKA Redphoenix):

“I Love Hue (iOS and Android) is a soothing mobile game where you put colors in order. I find it just hard enough to be interesting, but not so engaging so as to suck me away from work I need to be doing and thereby cause more stress. When decisionmaking can get reduced to “is this a purple-y grey or a blue-y grey”, I’m in a comforting kind of zone.

Bastion:  Oldie but goodie! I’m on my first play through (rather than watching someone else play it) and I’m enjoying a lot about the game—particularly the narration performance and art direction. Did you know it was made by a seven person team?”

Leslie (AKA Lemoness):

A snappy, fun pixel adventure where, thanks to a cursed sword, you have only 60 seconds at a time to run around the world, accomplish tasks, and solve puzzles. I thought this game handled its unique constraint in a very clever way.

A beautiful, contemplative, wordless game that uses unique perspectives to drive its thoughtful puzzles as you slowly unfold the plot. Dream-like and fascinating, this mobile game has become one of my recent favorites.

Guildlings (Beta Testing):
Technically this comes out in the summer, but I enjoyed the build that I tested enough to mention it! Fun character banter, great art, and an enjoyable “wizards and wifi” premise… but I probably shouldn’t say too much about it yet. I will note that I particularly loved Syb the Upstart and her various “startups” — a word that has a slightly different meaning in the fantasy world of Guildlings… ;)”

Beth (AKA Beffymaroo):

“Like many out there, I’m playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Nintendo Switch right now. I’m shamefully behind and haven’t had a chance to play in a while, so I definitely need to get back to it! It’s a beautiful game with a gorgeous landscape and soundtrack, and I love all the many many things to do and explore. As far as I’m concerned it lives up to the hype!

On mobile, I’m playing Flutter: Starlight (available on iOS and Android). It’s a moth collecting game, pretty much. I love lepidopterans generally, and I chose the “Starlight” moth version over the original with butterflies because I find the color scheme and music more soothing. I also love learning more about all the beautiful and strange moths out there! Vicky is also playing and we like to compare notes on our strategies for collecting moths during their special events.”

Keith (AKA TheHollidayInn):

Final Fantasy 14 – my default stress relief. I’m a big Final Fantasy fan and this game has been create since the release of A Realm Reborn

Monster Hunter World – A very nice sequel to the ongoing franchise. My friends pushed me to get in to this grind with them, but it is pretty great.

Mafia III – I’m just starting this game because it is on my Humble Bundle Monthly (which I highly recommend getting). So far so good!”

Tressley (AKA Apollo):

Alien: Isolation
A dark, stealthy survival horror game based on the Alien film series. The game’s plot is set 15 years after the events of the original Alien film. You play Amanda Ripley, daughter of Ellen Ripley, while you try to investigate the disappearance of your mother. I’ve really been enjoying this installment in the Alien game series as the stealth/survival horror aspect evokes the original 1979 film’s feeling and tone.

Golf It
A fun mini-golf game focused primarily on the multiplayer experience. The map editor makes for some frustrating, but exciting games with friends. Best paired with a fun group on Discord.”

Sabe (AKA SabreCat):

“Current game: Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura. Isometric RPG from the early 00’s with a fantasy-steampunk milieu. Has a lot of variety in how you can build a character, from gunslingers to necromancers to diplomats!

Also using Tabletop Simulator to play the dungeon-fantasy campaign board game Gloomhaven. Explore the world, level up, fulfill your personal quests, opening sealed envelopes and boxes as you unlock new characters and expand the town!”

Nikki (AKA shanaqui):

“I’m usually playing too many casual games at once, while neglecting a plotty behemoth I should be keeping track of. Right now I’m ignoring my replay of Final Fantasy XIII — I love the whole FF series, but this is not a fave! I do really enjoy strategising with the different class combinations, but I haven’t got to that stage in my replay yet. Casually, I’m playing Kingdom Rush Frontiers, which is a tower defence game with fun Easter eggs now and then. Perpetually, I’m playing Faster Than Light, which I’ve played nearly 200 hours of and won only eight times. I enjoy the mix of luck and strategy, though, and I have some fun mods which make things even more strategic.

Huh, apparently I’m into strategising and tactics? Good to know…”

Sara (AKA piyorii):

“I’m playing Nier: Automata. The game has an existential, calm post-apocalyptic atmosphere to it that I really enjoy exploring. Its one of those games that sticks with you after you turn it off, and I find myself talking with friends about our interpretations. It also has a very in-depth combat and upgrade system that has you learning slick combos and new strategies long into the game. I’m on my third playthrough, but unlike most games, each playthrough is like a sequel built into intended experience of the game as a whole. the first time you beat it, you don’t get all the story! I’m having a lot of fun exploring the world and uncovering all the secrets it’s hiding, and would highly recommend it to anyone who likes third person action RPGs.”

What games are you playing right now? We’d love to hear your recommendations! Feel free to share them in the comments, or pop into the Tavern chat to discuss there! ❤


12 thoughts on “Behind the Scenes: What We’re Playing

  1. The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land on my Tablet. I’ve been playing for over a year and I’m level 59 and almost all of my characters are level 20. I figure I’ll finish upgrading the last character to 20, then switch to another game. It’s WAYYYYYYyyyyyyy addictive! It’s a good stress reliever. There’s something oddly fulfilling about blasting away the undead…


  2. Yurix

    Nowadays, I spend a lot of time (perhaps a bit too much) playing ‘Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom’. The game is a fun JRPG that shows a solid story with multiple gameplay events, like commanding armies and building your own city. I’m not halfway done, but I’m having a blast!


  3. Aaron Glanzer

    There’s a new RPG game that came out called For The King! It looks really exciting. My girlfriend and I are about to play it together


  4. mbridgham

    I am a serious fan of the Trese Brothers games and if you don’t know them I highly highly recommend them – on all platforms. Old fashioned design with very smart and elegant story and gameplay across several genres. Currently playing early release of Star Traders: Frontiers on Steam. The original Star Traders, Heroes of Steel and Battleforce are all stellar, if you’ll pardon the expression and their cyberpunk game is one of the best of the genre. They are also way above the norm on personal interaction with user support and inclusion. Because of their style these serve well as games on the go or long-session games. Skyrim continues to dominate my console time even after all these years (I don’t have time to play for extended periods) and I’ve gotten hooked on Townsville in the casual universe.


  5. Self employed, I usually found myself too busy for gaming, That was until about 2 years ago when I discovered Rocksmith (Rocksmith 2014 Remastered). Since then I’ve logged just over 600 hours on this excellent guitar game. It’s like Guitar Hero, except you plug in a real guitar and learn real skills playing along to popular hits. I’ve found it rewarding on so many levels. Not just the game play (there are games within the game which teach different skills; chords, scales, tremello and so on, even jamming by ear). The fact that I’m learning a skill that I can take away and use at parties, festivals and just by myself, away from the computer is what compels me to keep coming back daily. I’m a late starter so my friends are quite impressed that I’ve been getting so (relatively) good so quickly but they still think it’s ‘just some game’ – It’s my full time hobby now!


    1. BardoVelho

      Thank you so much for suggesting Rocksmith, it’s really fun!! (And sometimes playing the guitar\bass can be not fun at all… so playing Rocksmith is highly motivating. I really love when game developers make efforts to create useful software. Playing games is the best way to learn, and it’s a pity that most of the games are just for burning time. Rocksmith is a great example of a learning tool in a game. I wish there were more developments like this, specially in the field of music learning and practice.


  6. Thanks for the recommendations. There are times that I get tired with all my games, and don’t know what’s good out there. I know I want something different, but I don’t know what that is. I see several on here to check out, once I finish my runthrough of Plants vs. Zombies II.


  7. I love rhythm games, they always get me in the mood to feel like I’m playing musical instruments on the go. I’d certainly recommend Lanota by Noxy Games for mobile. It has a beautiful and light story and many of the songs and unique gameplay are good too. Also, be sure to check out Rayark International as well: Deemo, VOEZ and Cytus are all amazing rhythm games ❤


  8. Emirblade

    I’m playing Super Mario Odyssey right now. I’ve had it for a while but finally have the time to play it. Its such a simple yet engaging game.


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