1917 – The Alien Invasion DX


The first game I played for Backlog Slog was 1917 – The Alien Invasion DX. I honestly had no idea what I was getting into here as I didn’t even remember buying it or that it was a Shoot-em-up. I did have some issues with getting my controller to work properly but it turned out to have nothing to do with the game and everything to do with my controller calibration.

I had a lot of fun with this game. I like Shmups, though I’ve never really been good at them. This one moves slowly enough that I was able to get through the entire thing, though it was a challenge. My main complaints were with sound design. The music is OK but it doesn’t really fit with what’s happening on screen. You’ll be fighting a boss and there’s soft elven wilderness music playing for some reason. Also your bullets don’t make any sound when they impact enemies unless the enemy dies. It makes fights feel less epic than they should be.


Once I beat the game I actually started again with the new smaller ship Sturmdecker. It had better firepower and speed but no shields which made the game much more difficult. I got to about level four with that ship and then turned it off for now. I’ll be back though as this is now one of those games I’ll pickup and play occasionally when the mood strikes.

Have you played 1917? Did you like it? Let me know what you think in the comments down below.


If you want to watch some good videos about this game on YouTube then check out the below:

Backlog Slog Challenge

Image showing steam account value and average play time

My Steam backlog has gotten out of hand, partially thanks to all of the great Steam sales over the years. I think we’re all familiar with the problem by now, you see an old game you’ve heard great things about on sale for $0.49 or $2 for the entire four game series and think “Yeah, it’d be stupid not to buy right now”. Well, I’ve been doing that since around 2008 and I’ve racked up an insane backlog. I’ve used steamdb.info’s calculator for most of this information and it’s a great way to feel really bad about your life decisions.

Lookin at my account I’ve got a total value of $3,433 but that doesn’t really matter much to me. What matters is that I’ve got 736 games owned and 408 games I’ve not played even once. That’s unacceptable so this series of posts is going to be about me slowly working through my entire Steam library. The rules are simple, I don’t have to beat a game I just have to play it for at least an hour. That is enough time for me to determine if it’s something I want to continue playing or if it’s something I never want to touch again. If I like it, I’ll aim to finish it.

That’s it. Well, that and the fact that I’m going to use the category/tag ‘backlog_slog’ with all related posts. So if you want to follow along on my adventures then just use that tag and away we go. What’s your backlog looking like? Feeling guilty about it yet? Let me know in the comments down below.