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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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Distract Yourself With These Great Mobile Games on Sale Right Now

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 24th, 2021

Every day, we pick out a curated list of the best mobile discounts on the App Store and post them here. This list won't be comprehensive, but it every game on it is recommended. Feel free to check out the coverage we did on them in the links below to further vet these discounted games before you decide to buy:

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.

Steam Link Spotlight - Roguebook

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 23rd, 2021
+ 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 looked at Genesis Noir. Read about how it plays using Steam Link over here.

It's becoming a trend now: PC card games by and large work well on touch interfaces. That is part of the reason why this entry focuses on Roguebook. Other big reasons we're taking a look at it include the fact that Richard Garfield--creator of Magic: The Gathering and (more recently) Keyforge--worked on the design of the card game while the game itself was developed by Abrakam, the team behind what is still my absolute favorite digital collectible card game, Faeria. Side note: Faeria is also great on Steam Link.

Divinity - Original Sin 2 - Gameplay Journal Part 6

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 21st, 2021
iPad App - Designed for iPad

Fort Joy fades into the rear-view on this entry of the Divinity - Original Sin 2 Gameplay Journal. I finally decided to take my party right to the magister leadership and strike them down. This period of the game has been the most exciting outside of the initial boat sequence, mostly because I'm not sure what is lurking beyond the walls of the military prison.

Apple Arcade: Ranked - Top 25 [Updated 6.18]

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 18th, 2021

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

Over a year into the Apple Arcade experiment, I’m adjusting my approach to these rankings to make it a bit less cumbersome to update and read. For the most part, this means the number of updates on previously released games will decrease, and the text below each entry will be kept to a brief-yet-accurate justification for its positioning.

This has less to do with the pace of Apple Arcade releases and more to do with the fact that the general quality of games on the service simply isn’t what it should be. In the time that one release comes to the service, multiple high quality games hit the App Store that you don’t have to pay monthly upkeep for. Unless something drastic changes with the service, my opinion on it probably won’t change much. With the most recent update bringing older established titles to the service, Arcade is certainly the strongest it has ever been, but additional shakeups like this will need to keep happening to finally sell me on the service.

Anyway, on with the ranking updates:

Game ranking updates for 6/18:

Divinity - Original Sin 2 - Gameplay Journal Part 5

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 17th, 2021
iPad App - Designed for iPad

Now that I have my quest legs, Divinity - Original Sin 2 is feeling more and more like an epic quest than a curiously rich playground. It also seems like a good sign that I'm ready to break free of the chains keeping me in this starting area to crack open this game and really see what's lying underneath.

Huntdown review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 16th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BACK TO THE FUTURE
Huntdown looks just like a forgotten action arcade game from the 80s or 90s, and it mostly plays better.
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Divinity - Original Sin 2 - Gameplay Journal Part 4

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 14th, 2021
iPad App - Designed for iPad

It only took me four entries in this journal to finally advance some quests instead of just pick them up! Fort Joy has been an entertainingly complex starting area, but it always just seemed I was spinning my tires trying to find the key to moving things forward. I was getting into fights and learning things about the world, sure, but my quest log just seemed to keep adding tasks and I wasn't sure exactly how to check them off the list.

Bike Baron 2 review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 9th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MOTORCYCLE MISMATCH
Bike Baron 2 puts itself in the unenviable position of comparing itself to Trials, and doesn’t quite meet expectations.
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Letter Rooms review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 8th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ATYPICAL ANAGRAMS
Letter Rooms packs a lot of punch by limiting its length and offering up only the best of its anagram puzzles.
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Everything you need to know about Space Marshals 3 - Chapter Two

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 7th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SO FAR SO GOOD :: Read Review »

The excellent Space Marshals 3 just released a new chapter of 12 missions, just about doubling the original release's size. In them, Burton continues his wild adventures through space taking down bounty hunters, illegal intergalactic still operators, and a bizarre space cult, as well as other cartoony, sci-fi/western baddies.

This extended set of missions costs $4.99 (or you can opt to buy the bundled full game for $7.99), so we took a look at it to see if it was worth the asking price. Given Pixelbite's history, particularly with the Space Marshals series, we were confident we'd be getting a lot of bang for our buck, and we were mostly right. Check out the video above for an extended look at most of chapter two as well as some additional impressions below.

The Longest Road on Earth review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 4th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MUSIC VIDEO (GAME)
This minimalistic adventure’s bold artistic choices would be more celebration-worthy if they came together in a more cohesive way.
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A Scrub's Guide to League of Legends: Wild Rift - The Best Role for Beginners

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 3rd, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: BETTER THAN PC :: Read Review »


League of Legends: Wild Rift is the friendliest and most accessible MOBA on mobile, but it still maintains a high skill ceiling and demands your full attention while playing. You can't just hop into games casually and assume you'll be a great addition to your team or know how to foil your opponents. It takes time and practice to familiarize yourself with champions, learn the map, and find the item builds that work best in certain scenarios.

Because of this, it is often recommended for players to choose one specific role to specialize in, and after countless matches in Wild Rift I am confident in saying that the most beginner-friendly role is that of the humble support. Read on for the reasons why as well as some tips for being a quality support for your team.

Overboard! review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 2nd, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SAILING IN CIRCLES
This murder mystery game can take you in a remarkable number of directions, but you might not have the patience to find all of them.
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Divinity - Original Sin 2 - Gameplay Journal Part 3

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 1st, 2021
iPad App - Designed for iPad

All last week I was away on a trip, which seemed like a good test for Divinity - Original Sin 2. Would it be a good game to actually fire up outside of the confines of my own home? It turned out to be a less than ideal test environment though as I did not take transit to my destination and my time away was full of programmed activities. During any downtime that I had, I preferred dipping into more familiar standbys like Genshin Impact or League of Legends: Wild Rift.

But now I'm back and the Gameplay Journal continues. This entry really highlights how deep a game Divinity - Original Sin 2 compared to basically any other mobile game (and arguably most other games in general), as I spent almost 45 minutes in a small prison area, and spending most of that time in a single skirmish. It was pretty awesome, but Divinity - Original Sin 2 still seems to go out of its way to remind you that all of its depth and potential comes with some jank.

Divinity - Original Sin 2 - Gameplay Journal

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 25th, 2021
iPad App - Designed for iPad

Last week, Larian Studios dropped Divinity - Original Sin 2 onto the App Store after touting in at various stage shows as an uncompromised port of the open-world role-playing game running on smaller screens. We have been eager to dig into the game to see if it's all it was promised to be, and are compiling our findings here in our Divinity - Original Sin 2 gameplay journal!

The way it works is simple: a single playthrough of the iOS port of Divinity - Original Sin 2 documented in painstaking detail via gameplay recordings and text impressions, all compiled nicely in this here post. See our opinions on the game evolve over time and decide for yourself whether this mega-ambitious mobile gambit is worth it or not.

Posts below will be updated on a regular basis until the game has been completed. Make sure to check back regularly!