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Random Encounter 289 – Go East, Young Man, and Farm!

Random Encounter 289 Eastward Octopia Under the Castle

On this episode of Random Encounter, we’re “cranking” up our game to chat about a farming-centric piece of DLC for a pixel-art action RPG and a rogue-like on a tiny, black-and-white screen.

First, Nick is here to share his thoughts about the farming DLC for 2021’s EastwardEastward: Octopia. Having received solid reviews back when it was released, this new DLC strips out all of the combat and replaces it with some robust farm-sim mechanics. Coming in at around 20 hours’ worth of gameplay for $6, Octopia might be an essential purchase for anyone who loves the original title or farming games!

Then, Tim makes his first appearance on Random to chat about the roguelike RPG Under the Castle and the tiny handheld console you need to play it, the Playdate. The Playdate is a fascinating piece of hardware, looking like a tiny, high-resolution yellow Game Boy Pocket with a crank on the side. The system is pricy, but does Tim think it and Under the Castle are worth the money?

Featuring: Jono Logan, Nick Mangiaracina, and Tim Rattray; Edited by Jono Logan

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Jonathan Logan

Jonathan Logan

Jonathan (he/him), or Jono for short, is the host of Random Encounter and the Reviews Manager for RPGFan. While reviewing a game, he has been known to drink up to 10 cups of tea to keep focused (Earl Grey, milk, no sugar). Fun fact: Jono holds a Masters of Music Theatre degree, which is only slightly less useful than it sounds.

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