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Campbell Bird

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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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Tap! Captain Star review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 15th, 2019
Our rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar :: CLICK ELSEWHERE
When a clicker is both exploitative and generic, it’s a rough combination.
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Everything you need to win at Dragalia Lost for iPhone, iPad, and Android

Posted by Campbell Bird on January 14th, 2019

Want to up your Dragalia Lost game? You've come to the right place. Here at 148Apps, we've been digging deep into Nintendo's latest gacha game to find the best tips, tricks, and strategies to share with all of our future co-op team mates (read: you).

Whether you want to know the best tips for getting through the latest event content or where to focus your time and efforts as a free player, we've got you covered. If there's something you don't see in our guide list though, let us know in the comments and we'll be sure to add it!

Dragalia Lost Review


General Guides

Progression Guide
Wyrmite - How to get a bunch of it quickly
How to be a Good Teammate
Daily Tasks Guide
The Imperial Onslaught Guide
The Best Four-Star Adventurers
High Midgardsormr - Prep Guide
Weapons Guide


Loyalty's Requiem

Loyalty's Requiem Guide
Phraeganoth Raid Guide


Trick or Treasure

Everything You Need to Know About Dragalia Lost's Upcoming Halloween Event
Trick or Treasure Jumpstart Guide


Kindness and Captivity

Kindness and Captivity: What You Need to Know
Hypnos Showdown Guide
Kindness and Captivity: How To To Close The Event Out Properly


A Wish to the Winds

A Wish to the Winds Event - What to Expect
Ruler of the Shore Guide


Resplendent Refrain

Resplendent Refrain Event - What to Expect
Sabnock Guide

DUNKYPUNG review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 12th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: TOUGH AS NAILS
Brutal difficulty can be fun, but DUNKYPUNG is perhaps a bit too hard.
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Least Anticipated Trends of 2019

Posted by Campbell Bird on January 11th, 2019

Earlier this week, I wrote about some of the things I’m most excited about on the mobile front for this coming year. Now it’s time to invert that a bit, but not exactly. If this were a true flip, I’d be talking about games like they’re bad before I’ve even played them, which is obviously poor practice.

Instead, I’ll try to predict some of 2019’s worst trends as they pertain to mobile and tell you why I’m not looking forward to hearing about them, and why you shouldn’t either.

Apple Editorial continuing to be a thing

Editorial content for mobile is great and—in my (biased) opinion—pretty necessary. The App Store isn’t quite as wild as the Android market, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t imitations, clones, and straight up awful garbage coming out on the store every day. This is probably why Apple’s new editorial games content exists on the App Store now, but just because it exists doesn’t mean it’s good.

In fact, my entire experience engaging with Apple’s written content around gaming has convinced me that it’s pretty rotten. Picks of new games seem to hinge on whether they can sell more copies of it because of some sort of name recognition or impressive screenshot, and they cover up their weak/questionable picks by burying them in lists of mobile titles other mobile outlets have already scrounged up and identified as great games from before Apple Editorial was a thing. It’s almost like they have no actual integrity and are just trying to get people to buy more games. It’s almost like whoever is writing for that team has a vested interest in people buying games.

All of this was true in 2018, but I super don’t look forward to seeing it continue to grow in 2019.

Most Anticipated Games 2019

Posted by Campbell Bird on January 8th, 2019

All told, I think 2018 was an ok year for mobile games. There were some truly great titles, but there wasn't any sort of deluge of amazing games as there have been in the past.

2019, however, is looking to be quite a stunner for mobile. There's a lot of releases just over the horizon that I really can't wait to get my hands on. See some of my top picks of most anticipated games below:

Space Haven

Space Haven was on my most anticipated games list last year, but I knew it was a bit of a stretch. There was no promised release date for 2018, and the game looks like an ambitious combination of Dwarf Fortress and FTL. Here's to hoping this game can come out this year, and here's to hoping it's the less-combat-forward version of Star Command that I'm hoping it will be.

Mr. Success review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 3rd, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: PARTIAL SUCCESS
Mr. Success is a great tone piece, but maybe not such a great game.
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Miyamoto guide

Posted by Campbell Bird on January 2nd, 2019

Miyamoto can be a pretty tough roguelite for more reasons than one. Even if you stick with the game enough to wrap your mind around the minimal UI, your fights won’t exactly be easy.

But, with a little strategy and planning, it’s definitely possible to beat Miyamoto, even without saving up coins to purchase the most powerful leader units in the game. See below for some things to keep in mind while trying to make a run to beat Miyamoto.

Game of the Year 2018 - Campbell's List

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 29th, 2018

Another year has gone by and I've found myself thinking of a new approach to how I’d like to honor my favorite games from this year. Instead of trying to stack rank games in an ordered list of ten, which seems par for the course, I decided instead to do things a little bit differently.

Below is a list of games I played this year that I have no reservations recommending to just about anyone. I figured this is probably easier than making caveats for certain games to fill out a list of ten, or trying to split hairs over whether one fantastic game is better than the other. I love every game on this list, and the only reason certain games are listed before others is because this list is ordered by release date. Check them out:

Miyamoto review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 28th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CONFUSED CARDS
Minimalism makes Miyamoto striking, but also a little confusing.
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Games to play while you’re home for the holidays

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 21st, 2018

The holidays are about being with family, but that doesn’t mean you can’t play games while you’re home with them. Mobile games are the perfect things to take with you as you travel to wherever you’re going, as they’re experiences you can always have with you and bust out at a moment’s notice.

In honor of the upcoming break, I’ve put together a list of the top four games I plan on bringing with me on my travels. All of these picks have their particular use cases, but all can be played in just about any situation, even if you are going somewhere that doesn’t have a good data or wifi connection.


Out of the Loop

Out of the Loop is a great little party game for 3-9 players with a really simple concept. Everyone playing is clued into a particular keyword based on a category (e.g. animal, household item, etc.), but one player is left quite literally out of the loop. Then, players are prompted to ask each other specific questions and the person who doesn’t know what the word is has to hope they aren’t found out.

This game is a great pick for holiday gaming if you want to get your whole family involved. The instructions for every step of the game are clearly written out on every screen, and the concept is so simple that everyone immediately gets how to play.

Maple Story M DLC Giveaway

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 20th, 2018

Are you playing Maple Story M? Having fun? Wish you could be having more fun with the game by getting free stuff? Then you've come to the right place!

From now until the New Year, you can enter to win a code that can grant you up to $10 worth of in-game items for Maple Story M'. This giveaway is here to celebrate the game's release of the newly released magician Dragon Master class, Evan, and all of the seasonal events associated with this addition. To enter this giveaway, see below:

Ticket to Earth's third chapter makes it a must-play

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 19th, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BETTER AND BETTER :: Read Review »

Ticket to Earth is a game that’s grown on me since its release back in March of 2017. At first I hated it, then I kinda liked it, then I thought it was legitimately great. After developer Robot Circus put out a third chapter to the game earlier this month, I now think Ticket to Earth is probably one of the all-time best mobile games around.

Brawl Stars review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 18th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SHALLOW STARS
Supercell is very good at making their derivative games look good and original, but they need to start doing more than that.
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Gone Home review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 13th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HOME AWAY FROM HOME
If having a mobile version of Gone Home is the only thing that will get you to play this game, grab it. Otherwise, you might want to play it elsewhere.
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7 Billion Humans review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 12th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TEAM WORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK
For a game that is essentially a bunch of coding puzzles, 7 Billion Humans has a surprising amount of charm and personality.
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