Ah, my favourite blogger duder is back, and this time he's culture jamming like a mofo. I thoroughly approve. Also, the fact that @Dalai apparently did one as well makes me think that we should have a week dedicated to every user blog parodying VGK's style.
Obviously you're aware that Shining in the Darkness is a game that's always in the back of my mind - something about it at the time really got under my skin (in a good way) and it's a title I can't help but have a bash at every now and then. Side note: It's one of a handful of games that are perfectly suited for play on the Nomad.
I'm with you on the Dungelot thing. I am enjoying that game enough as a fun little time waster, but I feel Brad's description of the game was a little misleading - it feels more like a flashier take on Dungeon 18, a reductive and abstract take on dungeon crawlers. What you've presented here with Mamano is very much what I was expecting from Brad's enthusiastic spruiking. Man, it seems like finishing just one game is going to be a taxing timesink, though! I'm barely making a dent before biting the big one.
Also, the visual style of Mamano has reminded me of another abstract dungeon game, Parameters. I actually finished that game entirely, slowly sussing out what I had to do by myself and ultimately triumphing, before I realised there was an English option. Actually, now I think about it, I should write a blog about that game. Maybe.
Okay, now I've buttered you up with agreeing with you on a bunch of stuff: YOU ARE STRAIGHT TRIPPING BY NOT BEING ON BOARD THE FROG FRACTIONS HYPE TRAIN. You know I love you, Mento baby, but the hell?