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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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Genshin Impact Progression Guide - Mid-Game (Adventure Ranks 25-35)

Posted by Campbell Bird on October 29th, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: GIGA GACHA :: Read Review »

Once you get up to around Adventure Rank 25, Genshin Impact starts to turn into a different thing. What was once a story-driven affair evolves into something more like a traditional MMO.

This isn't to say there isn't anything to do, though there are fewer novel things to uncover at this stage in the game. That being said, this is where you really need to start focusing your energy in the right direction, particularly if you're a non-paying player. Read on below to get a sense of what to expect in Genshin Impact's mid-game.

Distract Yourself With These Great Mobile Games on Sale Right Now

Posted by Campbell Bird on October 29th, 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.

Genshin Impact - Marvelous Merchant Event Explained

Posted by Campbell Bird on October 29th, 2020

We're month since Genshin Impact's initial release, and we're already here at our second event. The Marvelous Merchant event has already been underway for two days and we have just the info you need to complete this silly scavenger hunt each day.

The Marvelous Merchant event is essentially a new daily quest that consists of three steps: find the mysterious merchant, give him what he wants, and pick a prize. This guide will keep track of each day's locations, what is being asked for, and the prizes that can be redeemed. Read on below to check them out.

Genshin Impact review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 26th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: GIGA GACHA
Genshin Impact is a legitimately incredible open-world adventure with a business model that mostly stays out of your way.
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Genshin Impact Adventurer's Guide

Posted by Campbell Bird on October 26th, 2020

Hello and well met, fellow adventurers of Teyvat! Check out our all-in-one resource for all things Genshin Impact. We'll be sure to add more as we keep playing the game, so be sure to come back here to check for updates!

Before You Play:

Beginner's Tips:

Special Events:

Boss Fight Guides:

Far: Lone Sails review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 22nd, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SHROUDED SAILING
Far: Lone Sails is a meditative expedition of maintenance across a frozen wasteland.
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Genshin Impact Guide - Gacha Strategy: When to Spend and When to Save

Posted by Campbell Bird on October 21st, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: GIGA GACHA :: Read Review »

If you're playing Genshin Impact without spending money, you'll always need to be looking for ways to optimize your play to maximize rewards without getting stuck in a position where you're tempted to spend. The most obvious trap here is the game's gacha system that is constantly dangling cool new characters in front of you in hopes that you'll want to go all-in on Wishes.

Primogems are the only currency you can use on Genshin Impact's virtual slot machine, but you don't always need to be spending them to try and get new characters. In fact, at times that can be a really bad idea. Read on for some tips from a seasoned gacha player about how to manage your premium currency most efficiently.

Genshin Impact Currency Guide - What's Important and How to Spend It

Posted by Campbell Bird on October 20th, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: GIGA GACHA :: Read Review »

Genshin Impact is great fun, but make no mistake: this is a gacha game. It is designed specifically to suck away time and money from you, and one of the ways the game does this is by offering a drip-feed of currencies you will feel compelled to collect and spend in the optimal way.

See below for the most important currencies Genshin Impact offers, how to collect them, and what you should spend them on. This guide is a resource for early game players to know what they're in for in terms of grind, as well as what they should hold onto heading into the late game.

Genshin Impact Guide - How to Beat Pyro Regisvine

Posted by Campbell Bird on October 19th, 2020
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Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: GIGA GACHA :: Read Review »

The end game of Genshin Impact largely revolves around spending resin to take on world bosses and clear domain challenges. These fights grant amazing rewards like rare artifacts and ascension materials for weapons and adventurers, but obviously only if you're up for the challenge.

This guide will teach you how to beat Pyro Regisvine, a nasty little flame flower that lives in a cave between Luhua Pool and Tianqiu Valley. Defeating it is a a must for anyone using pyro adventurers, and key for anyone looking for powerful Gladiator's Finale artifacts. With these tips, you should be able to make quick work of this fight.

Ordesa review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 16th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SMOOTH SPOOKIN
Ordesa is an eerie FMV game that casts an alluring and immersive spell over you as you play.
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Genshin Impact Guide - How to Beat Stormterror

Posted by Campbell Bird on October 15th, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: GIGA GACHA :: Read Review »

If you've followed our progression guide for Genshin Impact up to Adventure Rank 25, you have reached the point where you can face off against Stormterror on a weekly basis for some pretty sweet rewards. Beating this deadly dragon isn't as easy as it is in the story mission when you got a loaner Venti to dish out damage for you, though, so you'll need to go into the fight with a plan.

Regardless of who is on your adventurer team, Stormterror is beatable, particularly if you read his attack patterns and know how to react to them. See above for a video showing a successful run and read on for some tips on how to do it yourself.

Genshin Impact Guide - Everything you need to know about the Elemental Crucible Event

Posted by Campbell Bird on October 14th, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: GIGA GACHA :: Read Review »

Genshin Impact has unveiled its first of what we can expect to be many special events and ongoing content updates. This latest update adds the Elemental Crucible Event. This event is available to any players that have reached Adventure Rank 20, have completed the Prologue, and completed a minor new quest from Timaeus that introduces the event itself.

Read on below for more info about how this event works and if you should take it on.

Genshin Impact Progression Guide - Early Game (Up to Adventure Rank 25)

Posted by Campbell Bird on October 13th, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: GIGA GACHA :: Read Review »

Genshin Impact continues to capture our attention, and if you're looking for a good way to understand the game's systems and how to optimize your progress, you've come to the right place. There's myriad systems, currencies, etc. in this game and it is a lot to take in, but with this handy guide, you should be able to get a leg up on progressing in the game's early going.

For the purposes of this guide, this applies to players who are just starting the game up until around Adventure Rank 25. We'll be developing more guides for later ranks as we get there.

1-800 SUPER review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 12th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SUPER DISAPPOINTING
1-800 SUPER is a short narrative adventure about helping superheroes and villians over the phone.
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Genshin Impact Guide - How to Build a Quality Team

Posted by Campbell Bird on October 9th, 2020

We're still trucking along with Genshin Impact and having a great time. In case you're still on the fence about playing it, check out this piece that should be helpful in making your decision.

Otherwise, let's assume you've been playing the game for a bit and have unlocked a few characters via wishes. Now what? Your next step is to try and figure out who among your heroes belongs on your team to make you as capable as possible. Check out some tips on how to do exactly that below.