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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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King's Path Solitaire review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 20th, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A PATH WORTH TAKING
This solo card game serves up fast, fresh, and fun puzzling using plain old playing cards.
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First Impressions of Apex Legends Mobile

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 18th, 2022
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The next big battle royale game on mobile is finally here. Yesterday, Apex Legends Mobile dropped onto iOS and serves up a modified version of Respawn Entertainment's smash multiplayer hit that is custom tuned for touch and mobile play. I have not played a lot of the console and PC version of this game, but in my limited time with Apex Legends Mobile so far it does, in fact, seem to capture a lot of the original game's spirit, tension, and flow.

To check out the game in action from the initial boot, through the tutorial, and on to real matches, check out the video above. For some more detailed impressions, read on below.

Dislyte review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 16th, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: CLASH OF CLUBBERS
This free-to-play has some inspired aesthetics but otherwise feels like a full embrace of pay-to-win design.
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Distract Yourself With These Great Mobile Games on Sale Right Now

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 16th, 2022

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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.

Apple Arcade: Ranked - Top 25 [Updated 5.11]

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 11th, 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 5/11:

Here's what you need to know about Hundred Days - Napa Valley

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 9th, 2022
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: WINE TIME :: Read Review »

One of the top ten games I played last year just recently released a new expansion. Hundred Days, the winery management simulator, now has a new set of challenges and wine varieties to represent California's wine landscape, and it's a welcome addition to an already great game.

The best mobile games to celebrate Star Wars Day

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 4th, 2022

Star Wars Day is coming, and if you want to celebrate appropriately, don’t shout or tweet “May the fourth be with you.” Play some Star Wars games instead. Trust me, everyone will be better served this way.

If you prefer your Star Wars gaming on the go, unfortunately, the pool of “actually good” Star Wars games is pretty slim. But, with this list of the best Star Wars games on the App Store, you can’t go wrong. Check out our picks below:

Knotwords review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 29th, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: CROSSUDOKU
Zach Gage’s latest puzzle game applies a logical bent to traditional crossword puzzles and may just become your new daily word game ritual.
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We'll Always Have Paris review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 28th, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MOMENT OF CLARITY
This brief adventure explores unique territory while maintaining a swift pace and emotional depth.
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Square Valley review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 26th, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SCORE SCAPING
This puzzle game guides players to build practical townscapes in a ton of creative ways while shooting for a high score.
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Rocket Bot Royale review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 22nd, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TAMPED DOWN TANKS
This battle royale’s genre-bending ideas are sound but they need some more room to breathe.
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Loopy Wizard review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 21st, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: THE MAGIC IS GONE
In producing a second “homage” to Michael Brough’s roguelikes, Loopy Wizard feels like an also-ran.
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Apple Arcade: Ranked - 201+ [Updated 5.11]

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 13th, 2022

This is part 9 of our Apple Arcade rankings. Quick navigation to other parts:

1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75 | 76-100 | 101-125 | 126-150 | 151-175 | 176-200 | 201+


201. Angry Birds Reloaded

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Description:

Angry Birds Reloaded is an repackaging of Rovio's immensely successful bird-slinging puzzler. This title is a remake of the original Angry Birds game, but with some new birds, new challenges, and a whole new game mode.

Rank Explanation:

Angry Birds Reloaded feels about as dry a remake as you can get. The updated visuals I'm sure make the game look sharper, but it truly looks and feels like a game from over a decade ago. That, plus a whole host of consumables and currencies that give it a free-to-play feel, make Angry Birds Reloaded easy to pass over.

Sumire review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 11th, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SWEET AND SCENIC
This adventure game’s simple story and message are held up by gorgeous visuals, solid writing, and excellent soundtrack.
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Rocket League Sideswipe - Threes Guide

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

Rocket League Sideswipe just entered its third season and with it comes yet another new ranked mode. Threes extends the traditional soccer-like arena to make room for an additional car on each team, which adds an entirely new dynamic to what is otherwise very familiar territory at this point.

I've spent a good amount of time with this new mode since it came out and am finding myself steadily climbing the ranks. If you'd like to do the same, here are some tips I can offer that have generally helped me secure wins and work well with my teammates.