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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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The Mooseman review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 20th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MYSTERIOUS MOOSE
This adventure game gets by mostly on its unique style.
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Never Stop Sneakin' review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 19th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TACTICAL ARCADE ACTION
This parody of Metal Gear Solid is not actually a stealth game, and that’s fine.
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Oddmar review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 19th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: WORTHY OF VALHALLA
Oddmar is among the best platformers on the App Store.
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Original Journey review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 18th, 2018
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: NOT SO ORIGINAL
The originality of this shooter is overshadowed by an all too familiar problem.
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Project Highrise guide - How to get started on ground floor

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 13th, 2018

Project Highrise gives you a lot of tools and deep systems to grapple with while building the skyscraper of your dreams, but in doing so, it can be hard to know exactly where to start. As we dumped time into the game while reviewing it, we came up with this list of tips that should be good for getting you started with the game:

Builders can be finicky

The one constant in every Project Highrise building is the presence of a construction crew. These are the people that follow your directions when it comes to building new floors, installing apartments, outfitting offices, etc. They are the true key to your success in the game, but they aren’t always the easiest people to control.

Since you have no direct control over builders, they choose when to work and what to work on. The main things you need to know about their habits are that your builders generally work on projects in the order that you mark things for construction, and they won’t work tirelessly. Every once in a while they’ll want to take a break. Keeping these things in mind, make sure you build things in the order that you want them to go up and make sure you don’t wait to the last minute to build crucial additions to your building.

AZ Rockets review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 12th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: NOT ROCKET SCIENCE
This arcade looks really nice, but that’s about it.
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Killing Time at Lightspeed review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 12th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A LIGHT
Time travel through your social media feed in this creative and thoughtful interactive fiction game.
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Project Highrise review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 12th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: A TOWERING ACHIEVEMENT
Project Highrise is a phenomenal building management game that's a phenomenal fit on mobile.
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JoinDispatch review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 10th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: OK JOB JOINDISPATCH
This text-based adventure is a satirical take on the gig economy, but it also bites off a little more than it can chew.
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What You Need To Know About Sdorica -sunset-

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 6th, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Rayark, the celebrated developers of Implosion - Never Lose Hope have another game on the horizon. In two weeks, Sdorica - Sunset, will be hitting the App Store in the US, which is a fantasy puzzle rpg of sorts. In the lead up to release, we’ve been playing Sdorica to unpack exactly what it is so you’ll know what to expect when it comes out on April 19.

It’s a unique matching game

As a game, Sdorica fits into the same mold of a bunch of puzzle rpgs. You have a cast of characters that you level up and take on missions to fight all kinds of other enemies using turn-based gameplay that involves matching blocks to unleash attacks and abilities.

That said, the matching in Sdorica is a little unlike most games we’ve seen before. Your matching field is only two rows deep and features as many colors of tiles as you have people in your party. There’s no shuffling blocks around or anything like that, either. Instead, you tap on any tile you want, and you have the option to drag to select any nearby blocks of the same color to be included in the match. Depending on the number of blocks you select, your character will perform different moves, and you have to learn how best to harness these abilities so you can beat your enemies before they beat you.

Ava Airborne guide - Tips and tricks to soar onto the leaderboards

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 5th, 2018

Ava Airborne is an endless runner much in the same vein as something like Alto's Odyssey, but instead of riding over the ground with a board of some kind, you pilot a hang glider and try to avoid the ground at all costs. With this new mode of transportation comes some unique gameplay mechanics that make Ava unlike other runners you've played, so make sure to keep the following tips in mind to make sure you soar your way onto the leaderboards:

Focus on unlocks over score

When you're just starting out, the best way to make sure you can maximize your score in Ava Airborne is by not thinking too much about making your runs longer or scoring big. I know, I know, it sounds counterintuitive, but this is because Ava Airborne is full of unlocks and it's best to focus on getting those first to make sure you can have super long, high scoring runs in the future.

You might think that scoring well in the game will lead you to unlocks faster, but that is exactly where you'd be wrong. Ava Airborne is a little nontraditional in its upgrade system in that it only unlocks a maximum of one set of upgrades per flight. So, even if you soar over 10k meters in one run, all of the points you earn will only go as high as your next level before stopping and squandering the rest. So do yourself a favor and focus on the level grind before trying to go big.

The Pillars of the Earth review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 5th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: ADVENTUROUS ANIMATION
The Pillars of the Earth is an amazing narrative-driven adventure game with a unique setting and cast of characters.
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Swarm Simulator: Evolution guide - How to play like a good little drone

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 4th, 2018

We all love a good idle game from time to time, don’t we? Good thing there are new and good ones coming out all the time, like Swarm Simulator: Evolution. In this game, you breed humble Drones to gather meat and eventually harness that power to do all kinds of crazy things like travel through time and evolve to higher forms of being. In order to get to these late-game points though, you need to be a good little drone and manage your colony optimally. Here’s exactly how to do that:

Adjust your quantities

Swarm Simulator is all about using your gathered meat and hatched Drones to purchase all kinds of other bugs, like Queens, Locusts, and more. If you want to truly maximize your purchasing potential though, you shouldn’t just buy as much of any one bug or item at every opportunity.

Although the game offers by default to spend all of your gathered resources on buying as much of any one thing as possible, this isn’t always the best idea. To avoid this, you can the purple button in the bottom left of the screen to adjust your quantities. Doing this can allow you to purchase the bugs you need while keeping any resources you need to bank in tact.

Kingpin guide - How to bowl like a champ in this unique runner

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 2nd, 2018

Kingpin Bowling is the a neat arcade runner where you control a bowling ball as you try to hit pins and avoid obstacles to net a high score. Although its gameplay is largely pretty similar to a lot of other runners out there, there are some things about it that make it uniquely challenging. This guide can help you navigate these things though and help make sure you’re a top bowler.

Pin types

Most endless runners want you to go as far as possible to score big, but that’s not quite the case with Kingpin. This game is all about hitting pins, and it couldn’t care less how far you actually roll. If you miss three pins or hit an obstacle, your run is over, and your final score is determined by the pins you hit.

For the most part, each pin is worth one point, but not all pins in Kingpin are created equal. Pins with blue stripes are worth two points each, and pins with golden heads give you five coins when you hit them. Make sure that if you’re going to miss a pin, it’s not one of these special types, as they are much more valuable than the regular, red striped pins.

Honkai Impact 3rd guide - What you need to know to get a head start in this anime brawler

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 30th, 2018

Want a new beat em’ up on mobile? Look no further than Honkai Impact 3rd. This gorgeous anime brawler involves building teams of powerful Valkyries to take down some vicious, futuristic foes. If this sounds like you’re cup of tea, check out this guide to help get you started out on the right foot.

Know your enemy

Honkai Impact 3rd is kind of like Fire Emblem games in that there’s three types of heroes and enemies, with each type being strong or weak against another. In the case of Honkai, Mecha types are strong against Creature types, Creature types are strong against Psychic types, and Psychic types are strong against Mecha types.

In the heat of a battle, it might be hard to recognize enemies by type at first, but if you pay close attention, each enemy has a distinct color scheme that tells you their type. Use that to your advantage to make sure you’re using the right Valkyries against the right foes.