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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 Battle of Polytopia Guide - How to Hop Into The New Multiplayer Update

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 15th, 2018

A new update just released for The Battle of Polytopia (formerly Super Tribes), which introduces online multiplayer. For all the fans of Midjiwan’s lite take on Civilization, this is certainly welcome news, but playing online isn’t as easy and straightforward as it could be. Luckily, we’ve gone ahead and figured out the best way to start hopping online and playing against people. Check out the tips below:

Pay to play

Although The Battle of Polytopia is a free-to-play game, you can only unlock access to the game’s multiplayer mode if you’ve made at least one purchase in the game. If you’re not sure if you want to shell out just to play online, no problem! You can test out The Battle of Polytopia as much as you want offline for free before deciding whether you want to dive into an online competition or not.

Florence review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 14th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A BRIEF FLING
Florence is a brief, but beautiful experience.
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Purrfect Date review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 14th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: CATS ARE JERKS
This parody of a dating sim suffers from some unlikable characters and repetitive gameplay.
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Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 13th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: A MINI MARVEL
Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition is an amazing new model for mobile ports that should get applied to more (and better) games.
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Arena of Valor Guide - The Best Heroes to Support the Team

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 9th, 2018

Arena of Valor might just be the best MOBA on mobile, and a ton of people are playing it. The only problem is, everyone wants to play as a carry or other high damage dealing character. While I get the appeal of wanting to lay waste to the enemy team like a perfect killing machine, the key to victory is about having a quality and balanced team, which might require you to play more of a support role. These characters aren’t quite as straightforward as high damage dealers, so check out this handy guide to pick the right support character for you:

Dig Dog Guide - Dig Deep to Discover Your Inner Dog

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 8th, 2018

Dig Dog is a platforming game that feels something like a cross between the arcade simplicity of Dig Dug and the ultra tough (but unwaveringly fair) Spelunky. Here’s a few tips to help you get better in your dogged pursuit of bones.

Go the distance

When you first start playing Dig Dog, I recommend just trying to get as far into the game’s Bone Hunt mode as possible. This is both because the Dig Dog’s other mode seems almost completely lacking in challenge and also because getting through levels in Bone Hunt can unlock new worlds that you can warp to immediately on new runs. If you clear enough levels to visit a new world a few times, you eventually get the power to warp straight there, which can cut out having to replay older and easier worlds.

Older dogs learn newer tricks

Dig Dog - Treasure Hunter review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 8th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DIG DOGGONE IT
Spelunky meets Dig Dug in this charming minimal platformer.
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Dandara review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 6th, 2018
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: A JARRING JOURNEY
Dandara’s take on the Metroidvania formula is admirable, but unfortunately not well realized.
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Dice Soccer City Guide - How to Roll Over the Competition

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 5th, 2018

Dice City Soccer is a game that’s all about taking chances and rolling the dice. It’s not just a matter of luck though. Check out these tips to help you roll past the competition:

Team work makes the dream work

The basic idea of Dice City Soccer’s matches is that the team who rolls a higher set of three dice pushes down the field toward their opponent’s goal. With that in mind, it might seem like picking players that have a high probability of rolling high numbers is your best bet every time, but this strategy has its limits. Instead, it’s generally more effective to pair players that work well together so you can take advantage of abilities that can modify your rolls and your opponent’s rolls. Try pairing up players that activate abilities on the same numbers, and you’ll see your team working better than just rolling high numbers.

Headshot ZD Guide - How to Survive Just A Little Longer

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 2nd, 2018

Surviving in the zombie apocalypse can be quite tough, particularly if you’re dealing with the kind of zombies that can only be dispatched with shots to the head. Headshot ZD gives you that exact task in a free-to-play, survival-action format, and it’s one of those games where it’s surprisingly easy to fail if you’re not careful. In the interest of saving you and your zombie team from being eaten alive, keep these tips in mind:

Skeleton crew

As you play Headshot ZD, you may run across survivors that will want to join your crew. In most zombie games, you might want to take these people under your wing, but Headshot ZD is not most zombie games. This is a game about survival, and the more people you bring into your settlement, the more mouths you have to feed. Unless a survivor has some unique weapon or really great stats, you might just want to keep your crew to one or two members, particularly in the early game.

Disc Drivin' 2 Guide - How to Slide Your Way to Victory

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 2nd, 2018

Disc Drivin’ 2 is not your normal racer. Its turn-based gameplay and disc-based antics make for a really unique gameplay experience that might not be so easy to handle at first. Rest assured though, if you keep these tips in mind, you’ll be shuffling around the track with the best of them in no time:

Take your time

In a racing game, speed and quick reflexes are your friend, but in Disc Drivin’ 2, that’s not quite as important. In fact, rushing through your turn can easily lead to you making poor shots or invalidating all of your progress. Using all of your camera options available to you at the start of a turn is a good habit to form, and one that can make sure your prepared when you make your shot.

PAKO 2 Guide - How to be a Better Wheelman

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 1st, 2018

PAKO 2’s stylish crime action can get really overwhelming really quickly, so much so that it can be hard to understand what you need to do to get better. Don’t fret though, we have some tips to help you be a more effective wheelman:

Spend your money right

Between rounds of PAKO 2, you’ll be banking cash that you can then spend to unlock new cars and levels. Although you might be tempted to spend this cash on whatever the next thing you can afford is, you’d be better off not doing so. You can earn a lot more cash more quickly in PAKO 2 if you save to buy the Misty Fields level and a fast car as your first purchases. Misty Fields is an easy level with no cliffs, and cruising around that level as fast as possible will let you earn tons of cash really quickly.

Gun breakdown

Once you’ve banked a bunch of cash and want to start buying other vehicles in PAKO 2, it’s important to know what you’re buying. Each car comes with its own weapon with it, and they operate pretty differently. Here’s how the guns compare to each other:

    • Pistol: Your standard weapon. Shoots at a standard semi-auto rate. Consistent, but not particularly fast.
    • Heavy Pistol: Shoots like the regular pistol, though a little slower, but a lot more powerful. Is prone to miss. Not recommended.
    • Shotgun: Shoots slightly slower than the pistol, but in a spread. Most shots from the shotgun take out cars in one hit.
    • Submachine Gun: Shoots very quickly. Takes down cars extremely easily. Probably the most powerful gun in the game.
    • Grenades: These only come on the Roadking, the most expensive car in the game. Grenades can do splash damage and take out cars in one hit. They can be really slow sometimes though and doesn’t feel as consistent at the submachine gun.

Speed is key

In PAKO 2, your effectiveness is rated solely by your ability to get people from one point to another quickly. Don’t worry about using roads or bumping into things occasionally, as long as none of those things slow you down. Speedy deliveries grant you a higher score and additional cash to spend at the end of a round, whereas taking a slow and steady approach may get you a longer play session, but very little to show for it.

Don’t get stuck

Once you get a hang of PAKO 2’s controls, there are very few situations where the police will be able to end your run by themselves. As long as you are staying ahead of them and not hitting other vehicles, they might tail you, but rarely will they be able to knock you too off course. If you don’t do this though, it’s very easy for the cops to take you out. Getting stuck in corners, or even just running into too many things and losing speed are the real dangers in PAKO 2. A lack of momentum lets the police pile up and overwhelm your vehicle, so as long as you’re a smooth operator, you can usually prolong your run for quite a while.

Disc Drivin’ 2 review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 1st, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TURN BY TURN
Disc Drivin’ has a few flaws, but it’s also one of the most original racing games out there.
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PAKO 2 review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 31st, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MINOR OFFENSE
PAKO 2 is a super stylish game that is lacking a little bit of depth.
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Meteorfall guide - Tips for the Card Crawling Initiate

Posted by Campbell Bird on January 26th, 2018

Meteorfall: Journey is a card-based rogulike that we love the super tight design of. It can be tough as nails, but there’s something about it that makes it compelling nonetheless. Here are a few tips that might keep you alive a little longer on any given run of Meteorfall:

Optimize your deck

In Meteorfall, your hero is only as strong has the cards in their deck, but that doesn’t mean you should just pick up any old cards and add them to the mix. The key to doing well in the game is making sure your hero draws all the cards you want and none of the ones you don’t. That means you should be choosy about what you put into your deck, and even remove cards if they don’t seem like they’re pulling their weight.

Cash rules everything around me

If you have the right amount of money, you can turn almost any run of Meteorfall around. You never know when a Store or a Blacksmith is around the corner, so be sure to bank your coins and spend them strategically on upgrading or buying new cards that can give you an edge moving forward. Be careful though. Your score at the end of a run is governed by how much money you collect, so be sure not to spend too much if you want to post a high score.

Look out for the boss

In general, it’s wise to fight enemies to level your character and gain experience, but if you aren’t too careful, you can find yourself face to face with a boss with only a handful of hit points left. This is an easy thing to avoid thanks to a little counter in the lower right of the screen, but it can be just as easy to forget and charge ahead, which could prematurely end your run.

Play to your strengths

You can choose to play Meteorfall with one of four different characters, and all of them excel at different styles of play. Bruno is a warrior that is good at dealing damage through basic attacks, Greybeard is a powerful wizard that can take advantage of spell synergies in a few different ways, Mischief is a plucky rogue that can deal a lot of burst damage and gain a lot of potions, and Rose is a healer that can drain her life to hurt enemies before healing back up with relative ease. Each character takes a little bit of practice to get a handle on them, but taking advantage of each hero’s strengths is the ultimate key to success in Meteorfall.