Raft: First Impressions!

Happy Saturday Novas! Vacation is over and I’m super excited to talk about a new survival game that I have been playing. Power Up Players for today’s First Impressions Post on the video game Raft!

Developer: Redbeet Interactive

Publisher: Axolot Games

Release Date: May 23rd, 2018

Platform: PC

Genre: Survival

Price: $19.99 on Steam

 

By yourself or with friends, your mission is to survive an epic oceanic adventure across a perilous sea! Gather debris to survive, expand your raft and be wary of the dangers of the ocean!  -https://raft.itch.io/raft

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Raft is a unique survival game where you start on a 2 x 2 plank raft with a shark circling you and a plastic hook in hand. To start surviving and building your raft into a respectable home, you will use your plastic hook to grab items floating in the ocean. Listen, I know this game sounds like it’s no fun at all, but playing with my friend Xsanie, we have been having a blast surviving the ocean a la Castaway style! The game is still in development and available for Early Access, but I’m mostly happy with the progress so far.

Game Play-

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The game play is enjoyable as you build and create a raft to survive. You can make your raft as luxurious (with paint, hammocks and furniture) or as minimalist as you would like. Many items can be found by reef diving in the water, but make sure you have the shark distracted or he will bite you. You can die from the shark, your health going to 0, starvation and not having enough water. I think I really enjoy having to multi-task, protect the raft and make sure that Xsanie and I have food and supplies to survive.

Research-

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When we found out how to research items in the game, a entirely new experience was created. When the game is started, you have based recipes like how to make a base for the raft, water purifiers and grills. Once you build a Research Table, you can place items like wood, plastic, rope, etc into the table to unlock new crafting recipes. This open ups possibilities for comforts, upgraded grills & purifiers and more.

 

Danger-

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1st lesson…Stab him with the pointy end!

Jaws is a constant thorn in your side throughout the entire game. I thought I could be smart and build my important items in the middle of the raft, because the shark can bite off pieces of your structure. I was wrong! The shark sometimes comes out of nowhere and bites the middle of the raft!!! How does that even happen? Once the shark bites off a piece of your raft, any item located on the section sinks to the bottom of the ocean. It’s quite annoying actually. Once you have a garden planted you also have to watch out for Seagulls that will fly in and eat everything.

 

Final Thoughts – I really enjoy raft and it’s a great game to play with a friend. Once the raft begins expanding, it’s great to have the extra pair of eyes and hands when the sharks or storm attacks the boat. Raft is currently in Early Access and there have been noticeable glitches like when you can’t see your hook and you miss barrels because of it. Hopefully the games gets an update that improves the experience, but all in all, it was worth the $20 that I spent. I will say it’s a bit tedious after floating for 3 hours so having different modes or even having larger islands that you can explore and stay on for longer periods of time would greatly improve the game.

This is the section of my reviews where I like to list my top reasons to Play or Skip the game.

Play:

  • A unique new survival game
  • Multiplayer Fun
  • Crafting Fun

 

Skip:

  • If you get seasick lol
  • If you prefer survival games where you can explore land and new areas

Have you played Raft? What games are you currently playing? Do you like Survival Games? Let’s talk survival!

-Luna 🙂

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October Update!

I have not posted, AT ALL this month…I am so ashamed. Let me cut right to the chase and explain why I have been so MIA these past few weeks…

  • Work: As some of you know, Luna and I work at the same place and recently some changes were made and out Internet usage has been limited.. Trust me folks, we cry everyday about this. The boredom is REAL.
  • Relationship: My boyfriend, the magic ki7aoMechanic, has recently been promoted to Manager/Mechanic and has been given the challenge of running a new shop for the next 30 days! Woohoo!! Exciting changes are on the horizon for us but it is kind of stressful for him so I am trying to be crazy free for the next 30 days…Now some of you are like, “Wait, wait, wait, did she just say crazy free”?  Why yes, yes I did. Ladies and gentleman, I am a crazy but loving girlfriend which means I am constantly hangry and wanting chicken nuggets. IS-THAT-A-CHICKEN-NUGGETWith my boyfriend’s 30 day challenge ahead, I want to make sure that there are no distractions at home that would cause any stress to him! It’s already been three days and I’ve only had 1 meltdown…that’s a new personal record.
  • Mentally: If you have ever watched  an episode of Scrubs and seen JD zone out and let his mind have one of those moments, that’s basically me. I am the girl version of JD. I always have 34646412175 random thoughts going through my mind and it’s hard for me to settle down and write. I also have these depression spells where I basically refuse to do anything or see anyone because I can’t get myself to walk out of my house.
  • Writing Rut: We’ve all been through the rut. You know the drill. Any time you try to write out your thoughts it ends up becoming empty scribbleswritersblock

I am starting to feel like myself again so hopefully I will have some posts coming out soon! It’s kind of weird for me to write about my life, how I feel, and what I am going through but I think it will make myself and my writing stronger. I will also have some of my Poetry and Creative Writing for you to read in the next few days as well!


It is still the month of October which means HALLOWEEN is upon us! MUAAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH.marge.

I have a mini pumpkin that needs to be decorated for our Mini Pumpkin Contest at work and I still have to find and make an appropriate costume for work. I have a few ideas and I wish I could share them with you but I don’t want Luna to know as we are very competitive when it comes to work contests!

So far, I have watched random episodes of the Walking Dead, the Addams Family, the Addams Family Values, Jason goes to Hell, Michael Myers, Twilight, Hocus Pocus, the Nightmare Before Christmas, Chucky, Ghost Adventures, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and a few others that have played randomly at work.  I think I have a good mix of Zombies, Vampires, Monsters, crazed Dolls, and Witches so far going on for this month for me!

With only a few days of October left, I can only feel Thanksgiving and Christmas just blurring by right before us! As much as I adore Halloween and the spooky vibes that it brings, I am super excited for Christmas! My boyfriend’s family from Mexico will be coming for the first time and we already have plans galore for different activities in the area! I love to craft so I may try to make my own Disney Ornaments this year!!! craft

I have so much to plan… Until next time…

Nagems-