Board 8 > January Game of the Month Club ft. Bloodstained, Hitman, and Gardens Between

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KCF0107
01/01/21 1:09:59 AM
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Januarys Games:
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 (PC/XB1/PS4/Switch)
Hitman (2016) (PC/XB1/PS4)
The Gardens Between (PC/XB1/PS4/Switch/Stadia)

What is Game of the Month Club?
Game of the Month is a community project open to all B8ers where users share, discover, play and/or discuss a select few games every month. The games featured each month are chosen by YOU the users (and Lady Luck)

The Basics
- Each month will usually feature three games that were chosen via a random drawing from a pool of games that users nominated
- For each game you beat, you get a cool point on our just-for-fun standings as well as a nomination for next month's randomized drawing
- In order to receive the point and nomination, you must beat said game within the calendar month
- If you beat one of the current month's games in the previous month, you can apply for a "recently beaten waiver," but you will only receive a point and no nomination should you do so
- Drawing for next month's games is usually around a week before the end of the month
- If you periodically keep us posted on your progress and/or talk about different aspects of the games, then everyone will think you are super awesome!

Nomination Rules
- You get one nomination automatically each month
- You receive additional nominations each month for every selected game that you beat
- Each game you nominate has to be unique from all other nominations and cannot include a game that has already been selected for GotM
- Each game must be a standalone game that can be acquired and played on its own (aka cannot be DLC/expansion that requires the base game)
- Nominations only carry over if you beat a selected game after the drawing for next month's games but before the end of the month
- As a special rule for only 2021, you have 10 supports you can use throughout the year. Your only limitations are that you can't support your own nomination, and you can only use one support per game per month
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KCF0107
01/01/21 1:10:17 AM
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Just-for-Fun Top 20 Standings
KCF - 121
gameking - 108
Mr Crispy - 68
ArkOfTurus - 67
Lolo Guru - 60
KnightOfNee - 35
Cody - 34
MegamanX - 27
Arti - 23
scarletspeed - 23
Wickle - 19
Fenny - 16
tazzyboy - 14
Robazoid - 13
Suprak the Stud - 13
FakeAccount - 12
darkx - 10
GreatPaul - 10
Shonen Bat - 10
MZero - 8
profDEADPOOL - 8
Wigs - 8

Spreadsheet with history
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1X8E8oqzES42W4S82j7WTfNnzNa8c3uXdSE1rnqYG7WM/edit?usp=sharing

Additional noms this month
Cody - 1
darkx - 1
Fake - 1
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KCF0107
01/01/21 1:11:01 AM
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Bloodstained Curse 2 is $9.75 USD on Steam and PS4
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1257360/Bloodstained_Curse_of_the_Moon_2/
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP1104-CUSA23490_00-COTM2PS4APP00000

Hitman 2016 (GotY Edition) is $14.71 USD on Steam
https://store.steampowered.com/bundle/4854/HITMAN__Game_of_The_Year_Edition/

Hitman 2016 (GotY Edition) is $12 USD for XB1 and PS4
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/hitman-game-of-the-year-edition/bt62d5qbj0zl
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0082-CUSA02976_00-000000S1GOTYFULL

If you own Hitman 2, you can purchase the Legacy Pack which includes all of the Hitman 2016's content for $6 USD on Steam
https://store.steampowered.com/app/960831/HITMAN__GOTY_Legacy_Pack/

The Gardens Between is $5 USD on Steam and Switch
https://store.steampowered.com/app/600990/The_Gardens_Between/
https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/the-gardens-between-switch/

The Gardens Between is on Game Pass for PC and XB1

You can also individually purchase all the main episodes for Hitman on Steam for about $9-10 total. GotY edition also includes two other episodes/missions and costumes.
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paperwarior
01/01/21 1:30:19 AM
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Hmmm.
Games I might not play from my wishlist on the Steam sale.

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Underleveled
01/01/21 8:26:46 AM
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Noms:
Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Strong Bad's Cool Game For Attractive People

This might be the last you see/hear from me this month. I'll might take a peek into Gardens Between, but I have a lot of other stuff I want to play so.... probably not.

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Shonen_Bat
01/01/21 9:13:37 AM
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I've had Bloodstained for a while but haven't gotten around to playing it, guess I'll do that.

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ViolentAbacus
01/01/21 10:47:31 AM
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On Episode 2 of Curse of the Moon 2

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Cody11533
01/02/21 1:19:08 AM
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Played through the tutorial missions in Hitman and I am addicted. This game is fun.
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KCF0107
01/02/21 1:25:04 AM
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Excellent! Hitman is easily in my Top 10 series, and while Square Enix tried their best to sink the franchise, I/O is too good of a developer and did an excellent job with what they had to work with. I am re-downloading it and hope to begin replaying it around my birthday.
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ViolentAbacus
01/02/21 1:57:04 PM
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On stage 7 of Curse of the Moon 2

So... It's basically just playing through episode 1, but without my favorite character...

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ViolentAbacus
01/02/21 6:02:17 PM
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... Make that playing through the same stages three times

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ViolentAbacus
01/02/21 7:48:28 PM
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Abacus has beaten Curse of the Moon 2

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paperwarior
01/05/21 2:42:15 AM
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I beat The Gardens Between. Pretty cool. Very nice looking with good puzzles. I'm not sure about doing the other achievements.

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Cody11533
01/05/21 7:28:46 PM
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Played like 3-4 hours of Paris, it is very satisfying going for the different challenges and messing around.
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Underleveled
01/07/21 1:12:32 AM
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Underleveled posted...
Strong Bad's Cool Game For Attractive People
Realized that this might not be easily accessible to new players due to being delisted on most/all channels and considered changing it, but decided to look and saw that it was relisted on Steam over the summer and remains available.

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KCF0107
01/07/21 1:45:06 AM
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KCF has beaten The Gardens Between

I first went through this game almost two years ago and went out and bought it for two other platforms to give me incentive to go through it again.

I love the on-rails aspect of it. I can't imagine it feeling as special if it had free movement. The puzzle mechanics are simple and the puzzles aren't especially taxing on the brain, but they are very clever and extremely rewarding to solve. It is also very high on atmosphere and mood, which is right up my alley, and is quite emotional for a game with minimal plot and no dialogue.
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KCF0107
01/07/21 1:47:32 AM
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I have other games lined up that I am prioritizing to play on my birthday, but I hope to squeeze in some Hitman at some point. For now my nomination theme for this month will be sequels. I will begin with:

Titanfall 2
Peggle 2

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Seanchan
01/07/21 6:35:14 AM
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KCF0107 posted...
KCF has beaten The Gardens Between

I first went through this game almost two years ago and went out and bought it for two other platforms to give me incentive to go through it again.

I love the on-rails aspect of it. I can't imagine it feeling as special if it had free movement. The puzzle mechanics are simple and the puzzles aren't especially taxing on the brain, but they are very clever and extremely rewarding to solve. It is also very high on atmosphere and mood, which is right up my alley, and is quite emotional for a game with minimal plot and no dialogue.

This topic got me to buy and finish that game on the Steam sale as well. I will echo most of your comments. It's a simple, fun, relatively breezy experience. I feel stupid for not figuring out the relationship between the 2 characters sooner but I tend to focus on gameplay over story.

I would recommend The Gardens Between if you like puzzle games, especially something like Braid (though this is a much simpler game than that).

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ViolentAbacus
01/07/21 8:45:24 AM
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I started up The Gardens Between last night, though didn't play for too long. Hadn't planned on it, but I'm a sucker for puzzle games.

It's a bit simple/easy, so really hoping that it has an uptick in difficulty. But if not, will at least be a quick one to knock out!

KCF0107 posted...
on my birthday

I'm not sure when it is, but Happy Birthday, birthday buddy! We share this month!


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KCF0107
01/07/21 1:39:44 PM
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All you have to do is check my username
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ViolentAbacus
01/07/21 2:47:11 PM
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I can honestly say I probably would have never made that connection, always just figured they were random numbers.

But Happy Birthday.

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Underleveled
01/07/21 3:19:49 PM
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I never would have thought so either, but happy birthday!

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Cody11533
01/07/21 3:29:55 PM
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July 1st?

Happy birthday
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WickIebee
01/07/21 4:09:08 PM
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KCF0107 posted...
For now my nomination theme for this month will be sequels.

What a novel thought, as I need to resume nominating the sequel that someone else was nominating for some time.

Ys 2

Also happy birthday.

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KCF0107
01/08/21 12:02:34 AM
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Thank you everyone!
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MetalmindStats
01/08/21 12:20:25 AM
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Nominate Hexcells I guess.

Also, happy birthday, KCF!

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ViolentAbacus
01/08/21 10:08:01 AM
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I'll have The Gardens Between finished up tonight.

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ViolentAbacus
01/09/21 10:50:19 AM
#28:


Abacus has beaten The Gardens Between

Overall I didn't care a whole lot for it, it was kind of boring. Though will say it kept my interest more towards the latter half of the game.

Nominations:
Yakuza 3
Quantum Conundrum
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

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Great_Paul
01/09/21 2:03:35 PM
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ViolentAbacus posted...
Nominations:
Yakuza 3

I will support this nomination

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Cody11533
01/10/21 11:09:54 PM
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Hoping to get back to Hitman this week, haven't had a chance to play recently.

I'll go ahead with my nominations: Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! and Resident Evil 2
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TheArkOfTurus
01/11/21 12:22:15 AM
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ArkOfTurus has beaten The Gardens Between

I enjoyed it. It kinda felt like there was some squandered potential given how many times it introduced a concept for a level, then never used it again, how short it was, and how few challenging aspects there were, but it was definitely worth the playthrough.

Have been having kind of a hard time finding the motivation to play any of these games, even though they're all games I've wanted to play for awhile, but I'm sure I'll get to the other two eventually.

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Underleveled
01/11/21 1:32:36 AM
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Cody11533 posted...
Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!
support

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Cody11533
01/11/21 8:06:07 AM
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Realized I meant to nominate Resident Evil 2 Remake, not the original.
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TheArkOfTurus
01/11/21 5:27:16 PM
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Nominate One Step From Eden and Rakuen

Probably should stop waiting until I finish everything to nominate with supports on the table now.

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KCF0107
01/11/21 6:18:45 PM
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Cody11533 posted...
Realized I meant to nominate Resident Evil 2 Remake, not the original.

Does the distinction matter? Is it more like Tomb Raider vs Tomb Raider Anniversary or Ratchet & Clank (2000-whatever) vs Ratchet & Clank (2016)
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Cody11533
01/11/21 6:32:09 PM
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I'm honestly not sure, I'm not familiar with the original version. I wanted to make that distinction clear if needed.

I'll defer to someone with knowledge of both versions, but if you're fine with counting either version under the nomination that would work for me.
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Great_Paul
01/11/21 6:36:12 PM
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@Snake5555555555 would be a good person to ask.

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Snake5555555555
01/11/21 6:54:15 PM
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Yeah the difference is night and day and is definitely more like the Tomb Raider comparison. Totally new cutscenes, layout, puzzles, everything, worse B scenario but that's neither here nor there. So yeah the distinction is important.

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KCF0107
01/11/21 7:32:44 PM
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Well now I'm confused because TR Anniversary is a faithful remake while R&C 2016 is somewhat faithful but adds different areas, bosses, and weapons to where it feels like it should be distinguished from the original.
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Snake5555555555
01/11/21 7:36:28 PM
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Oh I didn't realize we were talking about faithfulness. Then it's the Ratchet example. (I didn't play the Ratchet remake and thought it was more of a remaster sort of deal.)

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KCF0107
01/11/21 7:42:21 PM
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We are trying to determine if the RE2 remake should be considered its own thing or if it doesn't distinguish itself from the original enough, outside of tech advances across gens, to where playing either version is sufficient for Game of the Month.

Sorry for the confusion.
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paperwarior
01/11/21 8:36:20 PM
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Ratchet 2016 is more like FF7R to FF7. It has some of the same areas and weapons etc. but everything else is different.

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Snake5555555555
01/11/21 11:45:15 PM
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Okay then Re2Remake is in my opinion very different. It has the same basic setup & structure but yeah everything else is vastly different. Progression is different, there's defense items, reworked enemies, areas totally redesigned. You would easily have two different experiences.

Don't worry about the confusion I just hope I'm hitting the right points here.

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Cody11533
01/13/21 8:49:50 PM
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Played through Sapienza in Hitman, that level is huge.

Also I can actually see how the episodic release formula wouldn't have been bad. Getting one level at a time would allow you to master everything without the temptation of moving on after a clear or two.
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MetalmindStats
01/15/21 6:23:09 AM
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So I somehow missed The Gardens Between being on Game Pass until just yesterday, which meant that I started playing it tonight. I'm on level 15, possibly genuinely stuck for the first time as I can only find one way to get both Arina and Frendt past the soda cans and that won't allow Arina's motion to turn the water blocking Frendt off. I'm hoping to come back tomorrow refreshed and figure it out en route to a hopeful finish. Otherwise, it's been pleasant enough so far.

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Seanchan
01/15/21 7:30:46 AM
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MetalmindStats posted...
So I somehow missed The Gardens Between being on Game Pass until just yesterday, which meant that I started playing it tonight. I'm on level 15, possibly genuinely stuck for the first time as I can only find one way to get both Arina and Frendt past the soda cans and that won't allow Arina's motion to turn the water blocking Frendt off. I'm hoping to come back tomorrow refreshed and figure it out en route to a hopeful finish. Otherwise, it's been pleasant enough so far.

If you're talking about the part I think you are, that bit had me stuck for a few minutes as well.

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KCF0107
01/16/21 4:56:24 AM
#47:


I have gone through the game multiple times, and the same level gets me every time.

Constellation 6-1
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KCF0107
01/16/21 4:58:17 AM
#48:


I've finally committed more time to Hitman. I got through Paris in a different way than I did the first time! I drowned Viktor and snapped Dalia's neck while she was working on the laptop. I tried to do Sapienza in a different way too, but boy do I regret the path that I took. I have some manual and auto saves from before I committed to my current plan that I can load up and change things.
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KCF0107
01/16/21 5:01:54 AM
#49:


Monthly Progress
Bloodstained - Abacus
Hitman -
Gardens - paper, KCF, Sean, Abacus, Ark

Nominations
Abacus - Yakuza 3, Quantum Conundrum, Danganronpa 1
Ark - Rakuen, One Step Eden
Cody - Spyro 2, RE2 Remake
KCF - Titanfall 2, Peggle 2
metalmind - Hexcells
Wickle - Ys II

Supports
darkx - Spyro 2
Paul - Yakuza 3
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Nanis23
01/16/21 7:13:54 AM
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I don't take part in those, but it just so happened that I played it in the last week as the final game of my Inti-Creates marathon

I wanted to write a very strong negative review for this on Steam but I just couldn't, because it wouldn't be fair for the developers because it's clear they put a lot of effort and love into it
But god damn it the difficulty is so annoying, this is one of the most frustrating game I have ever played.
Knockback is too strong, some parts in stages are "use invincibility or die" (and it also true for stage 7 boss)
Still, level design is superb, boss fights are as good as Inti Creates know to do, the intermission cutscenes showing you what your characters are up to are cute (and they even have unique intermission cutscenes for the EX episode!)
So it's kind of..hard for me to hate on this, even though I was annoyed when playing 90% of it

Episode 1 - Veteran
Episode 2 - Veteran
Final Episode - Veteran
Episode EX - Casual
Zangetsu only Final Episode - Casual

Casual is too much of a cakewalk, enemies drop hearts, I believe they deal less damage too, unlimited lives, MP bottles restore twice the MP (so you can be invicible forever kind of) and no knockback at all
If there was a difficulty between them or if they just nerfed knockback (not remove entirely) the difficulty would have been perfect

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