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Campbell has been writing about games for the majority of his adult life and made the jump into covering mobile games in 2013. He is always on Twitter when he's not playing games.

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Monsters with Attitude guide - Tips and tricks to be a smashing success

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 22nd, 2019

Monsters with Attitude has the feeling of a non-serious party game, but it actually has quite a bit of depth to it. So, while the moment-to-moment action might feel like frantic nonsense, it is possible to reliably out-smash your opponents.

If you're looking to dive into this free-to-play cross between Katamari Damacy and kaiju, check out some of the following tips to help you be a force to be reckoned with.

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Monsters with Attitude review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 22nd, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: KATAMARI KAIJU
This multiplayer smash 'em up is surprisingly fun even though it has an annoying monetization scheme.
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Game of Gods review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 21st, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: GODS ROYALE
Game of Gods is a fun and unique spin on the Clash Royale formula, provided you can put up with or pay to opt out of its ads.
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The best shooters on iOS

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 19th, 2019

In case you missed it yesterday, Tencent and Activision announced they are putting out a new Call of Duty game for mobile. While details are pretty scant, they did put out a trailer (see above) and have a page where you can pre-register for the game, which might give you in-game rewards when the game actually launches.

Based on what's shown in the trailer, it looks to be a no-nonsense attempt to shoehorn every facet of mainline CoD games into a mobile package, which could be good. Though personally, I have my doubts. There are already precious few first-person shooters on mobile that are any good at all. Many of the best ones, like Call of Duty: Strike Force, have disappeared off the App Store completely. Meanwhile, things like Modern Combat 5 persist, which is a prime example of how to faithfully recreate the feeling of a big budget shooter on mobile while also leaning heavily into every worst tendency of free-to-play mobile design.

In light of all this news and speculation, I decided to dig back into our archives here and pull up a list of the best shooters on mobile. Many of these are not first-person shooters, mind you (as most of the good ones of those are gone), but they can still scratch your shooter fix while we all wait and see if Call of Duty Mobile is any good or not.

The Bug Butcher - download for iOS

Pixelot review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 18th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PUSH PAST THE PIXELS
Pixelot may not make a great first impression, but don't let that stop you from experiencing this great mobile RPG.
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Weather Farmer review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 15th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: CLOUD CLICKER
This clicker puts a fun twist on the genre without overcomplicating things.
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REKT! guide - Is the latest content update worth it?

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 14th, 2019

When REKT! first came out, I was impressed with the game’s ability to channel the gameplay of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater in a small, streamlined package. Be that as it may, I was also pretty underwhelmed with the game’s lack of content.

Fast-forward a year and a half and REKT! now has quite a bit more stuff in it. Given that the game is now more fleshed-out than ever, I went ahead and dove back into REKT! to see if it feels like more than the proof of concept it felt like at launch.

Mobile games you probably haven't played yet, but should

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 13th, 2019

The App Store is bursting at the seams with all kinds of apps and games of varying quality, but one of the most consistent issues with it is discoverability. Despite having what seems like unlimited money and a full App Store editorial team, Apple is astonishingly bad at celebrating games that aren’t already hugely successful.

To be fair, Apple doesn’t have much reason to do this. It takes more work, and it’s far easier to sell people on games with name recognition and/or a mass market appeal than it is to actually explore a huge backcatalog and dig up some hidden gems.

Don’t fret though, that’s where we come in! See below for some amazing App Store finds that you probably haven’t gotten around to yet, though you probably should:

Strain Tactics - download for iOS

Strain Tactics has a ton of stuff going on in it, which makes for a game that feels really chaotic. One second, everything could feel totally manageable and predictable, and, in the next, your whole party can literally be on fire. No matter what is happening though, it is hard to deny the rich, strategic depth that Strain Tactics offers.”

Everything you need to know about GameClub

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 12th, 2019

Game preservation is a problem. When games go out of production, hardware decays, titles get removed from digital storefronts, etc. there’s not a lot of recourse for players to return to titles they once loved. This is a particularly big issue for mobile games, since Apple has proven on multiple occasions that they do not care about games on their store, much less old ones.

Thankfully, there’s some folks out there who recognize this and have have decided to do something about it. GameClub is a new developer that just announced last week their dedication to “bringing awesome premium games back to mobile.” Although they’re only in their early access phase, they’ve already proven they’re up for task. Here’s what you need to know about GameClub, including instructions on how to get into their early access program.

Scorcher guide - Tips and tricks for sand skimmers

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 12th, 2019

Scorcher is a solid runner that’s all about speed and smoothness. As a run progresses, things get faster and faster until you inevitably wreck.

Considering getting far in individual runs is the key to scoring big and unlocking new stuff, you’ll want to make sure you’re playing well. Here are a few tips that can help you do just that.

Scorcher review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 11th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: NOT SO HOT
Scorcher is a runner with somewhat interesting mechanics, but only its visuals make it a standout game.
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Pirates Outlaws review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 8th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SLAY THE SEAS
Pirates Outlaws would be one of the best card-based dungeon-crawlers around if it weren’t for two specific issues with it.
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JackQuest review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 6th, 2019
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: MIDDLING METROIDVANIA
JackQuest both too short and unimaginative to feel memorable.
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Card Crusade review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 5th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: QUICK CARD COMBAT
Card Crusade excels at providing fast-paced card combat.
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Kingdom Rush Vengeance guide - Is the Subaquatic Menace Update Worth It?

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 28th, 2019

Kingdom Rush Vengeance recently added more content to its already pretty packed tower defense game. This update, called Subaquatic Menace, promises more levels, heroes and towers for you to play with.

For fans of Kingdom Rush Vengeance, this is much welcome news, but this update might not exactly be all it’s cracked up to be. After playing through all of the content that Subaquatic Menace has to offer, I can confidently say it won’t sell you on the game if you haven’t already picked it up, and its additions will only make a big difference to diehard completionists.