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Latest iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad App Reviews:

High Rise review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 27th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MERGING MANHATTAN
High Rise is a surprisingly novel puzzler that rises above the competition

If Found... review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 22nd, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BURN WHILE READING
If Found... is a gorgeous narrative experience about human connection.


Juicy Realm review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 13th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: FRUIT EM UP
Juicy Realm is a small and sweet shooter loaded with charm.

Hello Human review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 12th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: OUTWIT THE OS
Hello Human is a fun little puzzle game about outwitting a rogue AI.


Democratic Socialism Simulator review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 8th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SWIPE FOR SOLIDARITY
Democratic Socialism Simulator imagines a world where the US government actually works for the people.

Kingdom Two Crowns review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 4th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: KINKDOM
There’s a lot of mystery in Kingdom Two Crowns, for better or for worse.


Levelhead review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 30th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: LEVEL UP
It’s no Mario Maker, but that’s kind of the point.

Rebel Cops review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 27th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SCUMMY SHERIFFS
Rebel Cops is a focused spin-off of This is the Police that encourages trial-and-error tactics.


The 5 Best Mobile Real Time Strategy Games

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 3rd, 2020

Real-time strategy games feel like they’d be a perfect fit for mobile, but they’re trickier to pull off that you might think. The traditional mold of base-building and micro management can work on touch screens, but needs to be carefully honed so that it doesn’t end up too overwhelming.

Few titles on the App Store get this right, but the games below are all nail it in their own, unique ways. Check them out. Oh, and click here to check out all the other great lists we’ve been making lately.

Distract Yourself With These Great Mobile Games on Sale Right Now

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 3rd, 2020

There’s a lot going on right now, and I don’t really feel like trying to write some kind of pithy intro for it. All I’ll say is lots of people have been coming together and helping each other in small ways, and I’m choosing to focus on that as I try to stay safe myself.

One of the ways folks are trying to help are by making their games more affordable, or even free, during this time. Check out my top picks below of some great mobile titles that have gone on sale recently:

Games marked with an asterisk(*) denote that the entire developer/publisher’s catalog is discounted, despite the fact that all of their games may not be listed here.

Using your phone in a protest

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 1st, 2020

I can't write about games today. There is a struggle happening in the streets right now and it needs everyone's attention. Here's some good info on how you can use your iOS device safely amidst a protest.

Know your rights

If law enforcement attempts to seize your phone and search through it, you have no obligation to unlock the phone for them. Police only have the right to seize your device if they place you under arrest, have probable cause, or a warrant. Regardless of how the seizure takes place though, they are not then entitled to the information on it.

Dungonian is a card-based dungeon crawler that just launched for iOS and Android

Posted by Cameron Bald on May 31st, 2020

Dungonian is a card-based dungeon crawler from developer SandFish Games that only recently launched as a free-to-play title. It offers an extensive roster of playable heroes to collect and enemies to take down, and it's available right now for iOS and Android.

Depending on your position on the board, you'll typically have several options open to you at any given time. You'll have to make smart use of your limited resources if you're to stay alive, though there still seems to be a slight element of luck involved during runs.

Steam Link Spotlight - Signs of the Sojourner

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 29th, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Steam Link Spotlight is a feature where we look at PC games that play exceptionally well using the Steam Link app. Our last entry was XCOM: Chimera Squad. Read about how it plays using Steam Link's new mouse and keyboard support over here.

For this entry, I took a look at a fascinating game about communication. Signs of the Sojourner by Echodog Games examines how traveling and connecting with other people can change you in the process. While this has been explored in plenty of other games and media before, what's remarkable about Signs of the Sojourner is how it translates this message so elegantly through simple card game mechanics.

Steampunk Tower 2, DreamGate's sequel to their original tower defence game, is available now for iOS and Android

Posted by Stephen Gregson on May 29th, 2020

Steampunk Tower 2 is a DreamGate's follow up to their previous tower defence game. It's available now for both iOS and Android as a free-to-play title and will see players defending their lone base by kitting it out with a variety of turrets.

Set in a world where war has been raging for a long time, Steampunk Tower 2 puts you in the position of commander of the Battle Tower. This giant construct is dropped into various missions thanks to a presumably equally big air carrier.

Clash Royale: The Road to Legendary Arena: P.E.K.K.A's Playhouse

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 28th, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: ROYALLY FUN :: Read Review »

Supercell recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and their best title, Clash Royale, is as good as it's ever been. Even for lapsed players, returning to the game is as easy as can be.

If you want to join us in picking the game back up, we've put together this guide series to help guide you through each arena with a top deck recommendation and some tips for how to do it. Check it out below, as well as all of our other Clash Royale guides.

Pokemon Go Fest 2020 will be a virtual experience this year, taking place on July 25th and 26th

Posted by Stephen Gregson on May 28th, 2020

Niantic has announced that Pokemon Go Fest will still take place this year although understandably it won't be a physical event. Instead, it will become a virtual celebration and is set to be held on 25th and 26th July.

Pokemon Go Fest has proven to be a popular event throughout the world after issues with the original attempt. Since then though the festival has attracted over 600,000 players across the world in places like Chicago, Dortmund and Yokohama.

Marvel Future Fight's major May update adds new Guardians of the Galaxy campaign, characters, and costumes

Posted by Cameron Bald on May 27th, 2020

Marvel Future Fight's latest update has now landed, and it sounds like a big one. The focus this time around is on Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, and it introduces all-new characters, quests, and uniforms for players to collect.

The latest characters include Beta Ray Bill, Phyla-Vell, Darkhawk, Nova (Richard Rider), and Gladiator. On top of that, a new Grounded uniform for Star-Lord has arrived, as well as a Cosmic Ghost Rider uniform for Punisher.

Apple Arcade: Ranked - Top 50 [Updated 5.26]

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 26th, 2020

In case you missed it, I am on a quest to rank every Apple Arcade game there is.

Patch Notes:

Patch notes have been removed and have been replaced with (NEW) designation for the games most recently added or updated on this list.

*UPDATE:* As the pace of Apple Arcade has slowed, old games will also be re-evaluated based on reader feedback and content updates. Recently re-evaluated titles will be designated with (UPDATE) next to the title name.

Game ranking updates for 5/26:

  • Outlanders (#8)
  • Yaga The Roleplaying Folktale (#73)
  • Sonic Racing (#95)
  • Towers of Everland (NEW) (#96)
  • Hot Lava (#97)

Games marked with an asterisk(*) are games that suffer in rank due to technical problems.

All current rankings are listed below. More titles will be added frequently until the list is complete.

Apple Arcade: Ranked - 51-100 [Updated 5.26]

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 26th, 2020

This is part 2 of our Apple Arcade Ranking list. To see part 1, go here. To skip to part 3, click here.


51. Agent Intercept

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Description:

Agent Intercept is a cross between a racing game and a puzzle game. You play as a secret agent who is chasing all sorts of villains all over the world. In your chase, you need to drive fast, but you also get points for drifting, hitting jumps, and taking down henchmen. The ultimate goal of any level is to get the best score on the leaderboards, which change out every day when a new level becomes available.

Rank Explanation:

This game gets a lot of bonus points just based on its style alone. The super spy theming of Agent Intercept is so spot on and makes playing it feel really cool. Its “one challenge per day” structure also feels like a perfect dose for this kind of game. I just wish the driving felt a little better. The controls just give you a slider to move your vehicle from left to right, which doesn’t always feel the most responsive.

SINoALICE, Yoko Taro and Pokelabo's fantastical RPG, opens for pre-registration on iOS

Posted by Cameron Bald on May 24th, 2020

Yoko Taro and developer Pokelabo's SINoALICE has now opened for pre-registration over on the App Store. It's already amassed 1.5 million Android pre-registrations, and it's currently slated to launch on July 1st.

This one revolves around iconic literary characters attempting to resurrect their authors. You can expect to see fresh takes on Alice, Cinderella, and many more fantasy characters as you continue along on this strangest of quests.

Combat plays out in real-time and requires you to make best use of your roster of collectable heroes. The game will have two major crossover events with director and writer Yoko Taro's NieR, and NieR series composer Keiichi Okabe is also behind SINoALICE's soundtrack, underscoring the action with "life-or-death gravitas".

Masketeers: Idle Has Fallen's latest update introduces the support character Nightingale to the idle RPG

Posted by Stephen Gregson on May 22nd, 2020

Masketeers: Idle Has Fallen is the latest endeavour from Appxplore, the folks behind Crab War, Thor: War of Tapnarok and Light A Way. It's an idle RPG that's currently available for Android in Early Access and will head to iOS at a later date.

The Early Access version of the game has recently been updated with various things being re-balanced. But most interestingly, it has seen the arrival of a brand new character to the game called Nightingale. She will be a support and has the ability to overheal.

Evil Hunter Tycoon celebrates 2 million downloads with a major update

Posted by Cameron Bald on May 22nd, 2020

Evil Hunter Tycoon has proved to be quite the hit since launching back in March, with its most recent milestone being 2 million downloads. To celebrate the achievement, developer Super Planet has released a new updated called Darkness' Front Yard.

Here, your hunters will advance through a portal in an effort to save humanity from its greatest threat, the Dark Lord. That said, you'll first need to obtain the scroll, so it's a whole thing. This challenging, likely fatal quest will ultimately decide the fate of your town and villagers. No pressure, then.

So how do you find the scroll? Well, you'll first have to catch the new hunting ground's field boss. This would be hard enough as is, but the only way to receive the scroll from the boss is to take him on at hard difficulty or above.

Peak's Edge is an intriguing roguelike puzzler that's heading for both iOS and Android

Posted by Stephen Gregson on May 21st, 2020

Peak's Edge is an upcoming roguelike puzzle game from developer Kenny Sun that's heading for both iOS and Android on June 4th as a free-to-play title. It will see players rolling a pyramid shape through a variety of different levels.

Each side of your pyramid will have a different piece of armour with varying effects that you'll need to make sure are facing certain enemies to defeat them, otherwise, your pyramid will meet an untimely end. That means a lot of the gameplay will see you re-orienting the position of your pyramid to ensure the correct side will hit the enemy.