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Campbell Bird

Reviews Editor | 148Apps

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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Twitter: @campbellbirds

Hindsight review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 8th, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HAUNTED HOUSE
This introspective puzzle game occasionally disrupts its own flow but is otherwise a pretty special experience.
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Descenders review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 5th, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ROGUEBIKE
Descenders is such a fresh take on action sports games that it manages to satisfy on iOS, even with troublesome touch controls.
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Distract Yourself With These Great Mobile Games on Sale Right Now

Posted by Campbell Bird on August 5th, 2022

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.

Card Crawl Adventure review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 3rd, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: THIS RULES
The latest title from Tinytouchtales is yet another great card-based roguelike, and easily their most ambitious one yet.<
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Chimeraland is one of the strangest games you can play on mobile right now

Posted by Campbell Bird on August 2nd, 2022
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

As part of my job here at 148Apps, I often explore games I have no intention of reviewing or otherwise writing about. Part of being able to offer substantial criticism or perspective on mobile games is to understand a lot of what is out there, even if I don't end up turning those experiences into content or critique.

I went into Chimeraland fully expecting to just dip my toe in to understand what it is before moving on, but it didn't take long to realize this game is... remarkable, to say the least. Although it mostly purports to be an open-world survival rpg (which it mostly is, by the way), it also seem dedicated to being as strange and unwieldy as possible. It's a huge download with an almost minute long initial load (on an iPad Pro, even), and across my first hour with the game I had a hard time making sense of much of what was going on. Check out the video above to see what I'm talking about.

Pawnbarian review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 28th, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: CARDS CLOSE TO CHESS
This ingenious roguelike combines chess and deck-building in ways you don’t necessarily expect.
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Westurn: Turn Based Showdowns review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 27th, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ROCK PAPER SHOOTOUT
This free-to-play dueling game is a fun way to get inside other people’s heads.
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First Impressions of Torchlight: Infinite

Posted by Campbell Bird on July 22nd, 2022

Diablo Immortal only came out a little over a month ago, but it's not the only splashy action rpg making big promises on mobile. Torchlight is a series that has always been an interesting offshoot of Diablo in that it was originally co-designed by the same people who worked on the first two Diablo games, and now it seems to be making its way to smaller screens courtesy of XD Network in the form of Torchlight: Infinite.

I finally got some advance access to the game in its current, early stages and have to say I'm pretty impressed with what I've seen so far. You can check out almost an hour of gameplay in the video above and read on below for some more detailed analysis.

Blacken Slash review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 22nd, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FIGHTING MACHINE
This abstract roguelike serves up micro levels bursting with variety and challenge.
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Netflix vs. Apple Arcade: How do they Compare?

Posted by Campbell Bird on July 20th, 2022

It's no secret that Apple Arcade hasn't exactly lived up to its potential. The initial promise of Apple providing a subscription service for less engagement-focused, high quality titles was only partially realized at its launch, and since then has been officially tossed aside in favor of pursuing the exact opposite.

As Arcade has been languishing, some other subscription services have been trying to establish their own foothold on the App Store, and perhaps the most attention-grabbing of these services has been Netflix. With any level of Netflix's streaming tiers, users also gain access to a mobile game library that so far includes breakout surprise hit Poinpy and modern classic Into the Breach.

Between Netflix's recent moves in securing hot titles for its service and Apple announcing recently that certain titles on Arcade are disappearing, I figured it was high time to compare the services directly as a handy way for you to decide which--if any--mobile game subscription service might be worth subscribing to.

Jade Order review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 13th, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ORDER GO
This node-based puzzler doesn’t do enough to differentiate itself from older, more successful games in the genre.
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Dicey Dungeons review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 8th, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: TOUCH & ROLL
The brilliant dice-based roguelike from 2019 has finally graced the App Store and it’s just as good as it was then, if not better.
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Rocket League Sideswipe's Season Four brings back Hoops and introduces Mutator Madness

Posted by Campbell Bird on July 7th, 2022
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: MULTIPLAYER MUST-HAVE :: Read Review »

Rocket League Sideswipe continues to be one of our favorite multiplayer games to keep coming back to, and recently Psyonix gave players more of a reason to. With Season 4 launching this week, the game's beloved Hoops mode returns for Ranked and casual play in addition to an entirely different casual mode known as Mutator Madness.

The season also brings some new cosmetics that all seem to be revolving around medieval tropes, but the real new thing to talk about is this new mode and exactly how it works. Read on below to find out more.

Apple Arcade: Ranked - Top 25 [Updated 7.6]

Posted by Campbell Bird on July 6th, 2022

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 7/6:

Paragon Pioneers review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 29th, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: EXPLOIT ENIGMATICALLY
This management game has some less-than-ideal blemishes but still manages to be a fun and satisfying experience.
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