The puzzle and card games that got me into nursing school

A screenshot from the game Toem which is a grayscale line drawing of a log cabin on top of a platform with stairs leading up to it, with some trees around it and some rocks too

I am again for my second episode on the video video games that helped me survive nursing college with out sending my cortisol ranges perpetually on the moon (it is one of many essential stress hormones, for those who’re blessed sufficient to not must know that data).

In my first episode, I talked about fake play, which is my go-to for full stress aid. However I discover that generally, after I’m utilizing a specific a part of my mind quite a bit, like memorizing a whole bunch of pharmaceutical unwanted effects for an examination, one of the simplest ways for me to calm down is to consciously interact a special a part of my mind in some type of considerate problem-solving effort.

For that, I flip to puzzles and card video games. I get the feel-good dopamine hit of figuring one thing out with out the stakes related to an examination, or, you recognize, precise affected person care.

Once more, I am sticking to indie video games right here, some made by a lone developer. The video games right here cowl a variety of issue ranges from “acceptable for youths” to “needed excessive frustration tolerance”. There needs to be a little bit one thing for everybody, from the complicated beginner to the one that used to get probably the most additional math credit score obtainable by finishing logic puzzle worksheets (was {that a} factor in another person’s highschool?)

Only a wacky little sport: Tom

This sport is a tiny (I beat it in just a few hours) however mighty black and white puzzle RPG the place you play as a little bit mouse (I believe it is a mouse? Or some mouse-like creature) who takes a bus from place to position and completes duties and challenges for folks in every area, principally (however not all the time) utilizing a digital camera.

It is cute, it is humorous, and taking up the challenges of exploring each nook and cranny of every new space gave me a little bit tickle of enjoyment each time. I may see this sport being particularly nice for a 7-12 12 months previous who can absolutely admire the sport’s sense of fantasy and surprise, in addition to anybody younger at coronary heart.

Issue stage: Appropriate for kids

One of many landscapes of TOEMhiding secrets and techniques to be found.
Simply one other wacky little sport: Fossil Corner

Fossil Nook is a comparatively easy puzzler with just a few enjoyable options that make it a standout sport. For puzzles, you organize the fossils in a type of household tree in line with easy Mendelian genetics. In different phrases, you determine which fossils belong to which “era” of the puzzle, and that are the “dad and mom” and “kids”, primarily based on easy modifications in fossil traits.

The puzzles themselves are enjoyable if not overly complicated, however what actually makes the sport nice are its wacky scientist-at-home trappings. For instance, you may have an electronic mail account that receives hilarious and weird messages. It’s also possible to maintain a fossil from every puzzle you full, which ends up in you accumulating a complete assortment of fossils. You earn cash, which you should utilize to purchase provides to indicate off your assortment in your garage-slash-lab. It is a cute wacky puzzler with a unusual humorousness.

Issue stage: When you can full a Punnett sq., you’ll be able to play this sport

A screenshot of one of the puzzles in the Fossil Corner, the board has four bands running from top to bottom in yellow, purple, red, and green, and different fossils are found in each band, some with dotted lines connecting them.  On the right is a Fossil manual that reads Traits - one change by generation, aperture, pattern, ribbed, shape and size
What are the puzzles in Fossil Nook resemble
Blood, guts and colours: grinding wheel

grinding wheel is a Viking-themed puzzler the place you propose after which execute lengthy chains of color-based monster combos to advance by way of the puzzle levels. You rack up factors by blasting your approach by way of the utmost variety of monsters in a row.

Usually it is best to stick to at least one coloration of monster (i.e. if I begin out slicing a yellow man, I ought to maintain slicing yellow guys) though there are after all many objects (just like the titular grindstone) that can help you change colours mid-chain to rack up extra factors. There are numerous particular objects, mechanics, and monsters to combine and match as you play.

The entire sport has a cheeky psychedelic-meet-heavy-metal aesthetic, the place every part is each neon and gory. The gameplay itself is completely addictive; though it is not a match-3 sport, it offers me the identical “only one extra stage!!!” feeling Bejeweled Or Sweet Crush used to get me again within the day.

Once I began nursing college, my complete first semester was on Zoom, and I used to be taking part in this sport for about an hour after 4 straight hours of Zoom class to get better.

Issue stage: Begins straightforward, turns into reasonably troublesome

Grindstone gameplay screenshot.  there are approximately 35 monsters arranged in rows of 7, with game icons on the right indicating available tools and accumulated points
On the brink of slice a bunch of little monsters and spray their guts all over the place
When you like challenges: Risky Dungeons

This sport is extremely enjoyable, but additionally a little bit exhausting to explain. It is an episodic roguelike card/cube battle sport the place you are additionally a large cube??

Merely put, you progress by way of the sport by beating discrete episodes, every consisting of 5 ranges and a boss. Ranges contain battling a sequence of enemies in a card/cube sport – you roll a set of cube every flip, which you then use in live performance with the playing cards in your hand to deal harm and defend.

So all through every episode, that you must handle your playing cards, cube, and well being so you’ll be able to maintain progressing and ultimately beat the boss.

The episodes turn out to be more and more troublesome as the sport progresses. The primary criticism of this sport that I’ve seen in different evaluations is that it’s kind of too troublesome. Personally, I would say the sport is pleasantly difficult, but it surely may not be the only option for those who get simply annoyed. In any other case, for those who like a problem, it is a very enjoyable and satisfying expertise for anybody who likes card, board or technique video games.

Issue stage: 4 out of 5 folks within the form of a cube

A Dicey Dungeons gameplay screenshot with five boxes on the board showing Hammer Spanner, Whisper, Pea Shooter, and the current gadget.  there are dice at the bottom indicating 2 and 3, and a small dice with arms holding a hammer.  The current gadget is HEAT RAY which sounds great, and the other cards are not in use yet, it seems
One of many aforementioned dice-shaped folks within the nook
Wonderful Visible Puzzles Half I: Islanders

In Islanders, you get factors by putting buildings on islands in line with particular guidelines. Over successive turns, you construct a crowded city sprawl till you finally attain a factors threshold to journey to a brand new island, the place you begin the entire course of over (however maintain your factors).

It is an aesthetically pleasing visible puzzle that engages the best and left hemispheres of my mind. There is not a lot development, because it’s an arcade-style puzzler. (This implies you play till you’ll be able to’t get sufficient factors along with your present buildings to unlock extra, then it’s important to begin a brand new sport). Regardless of that, I spent over 30 hours on it, so it was properly well worth the 5 bucks I put into it.

Issue stage: Zen expertise

A screenshot of the islanders with around eight buildable areas, with a lighthouse and some houses in some sections, marked with a lighter green.  The island is in the middle of an ocean and there is a beach at the top right.  The score is displayed in the lower left, and the number of available buildings is in a menu at the bottom including a big house, a small house, lighthouses and something that looks like a wheel?  Maybe it's a water wheel.
A picturesque island in progress
Wonderful Visible Puzzles Half II: Dorfromantik

Dorfromantik could be one of the best visible puzzler ever. A deceptively easy conceit – putting hexagonal panorama tiles to match several types of terrain collectively for factors – hides a mess of complicated methods.

You get additional tiles for excellent placements and for finishing challenges, so that you must handle your sources so you’ll be able to maintain constructing your panorama. The satisfaction of matching tiles completely whereas creating stunning sprawling landscapes is frankly unmatched. I’ve usually opened this sport with the intention of taking part in for just some minutes and solely realized just a few hours later that I had by no means had dinner. Even stress-free music conspires to maintain me taking part in!

Issue stage: Straightforward to be taught, exhausting to grasp

A screenshot of Dorfromantik with hexagonal tiles in different earth tones in the foreground, and tiny little houses and trees in the background
A screenshot of my very own present sport in Dorfromantik
Current sport bonus! wild frost

This sport got here out just a few months after I graduated and handed the NCLEX, so technically it performed no half in my success in nursing college. Nevertheless, it was my essential approach to unwind whereas on the lookout for a job, and it is a actually wonderful sport, so I made a decision it was value mentioning right here.

wild frost is a very lovely and very difficult roguelike deck builder the place you attempt to advance by way of a cartoonish apocalyptic snowscape to defeat the Ice King. Between every battle, you may have the choice of selecting new playing cards, upgrades and/or companions. As you construct your deck, you may have the power to construct methods round complementary playing cards and companions.

There are acorn-based methods! Junk Meals Methods! Tooth Methods! (It can make sense for those who play the sport, I promise).

There’s quite a bit to unlock as you get killed attempting to determine tips on how to get forward in actually punishing battles. i discovered this sport virtually too exhausting for the primary two weeks, then unexpectedly one thing clicked and I now discover it a satisfying problem.

Issue stage: Shout inside your coronary heart

A screenshot of Wildfrost gameplay.  there are small cards with creatures depicted above them like Puffball and Wombat with unplayed cards in a section at the bottom of the screen.
Ah, the thrill of battling toxic mushroom creatures within the frozen tundra.

So that is it. An assortment of puzzling goodness from my cupboard of curiosities (and by “cupboard of curiosities” I imply an enormous digital-only assortment of indie video games).

These video games have given me nice consolation throughout an especially attempting time, and I hope they carry you pleasure as properly. Please point out some other good card or puzzle video games within the feedback!

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