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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 May 25th, 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.

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.
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Clash Royale: The Road to Legendary Arena: Barbarian Bowl

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 21st, 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.

Apple Arcade: Ranked - Top 50 [Updated 5.20]

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 20th, 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 5/20:

  • Overland (#3)
  • Spaceland (#22)
  • No Way Home (#35)
  • Winding Worlds (NEW) (#36)
  • Butter Royale (#67)

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 - 101+ [Updated 5.20]

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 20th, 2020

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


101. The Get Out Kids

Description:

Interactive fiction is a good way to describe The Get Out Kids. It’s a very story-focused adventure game set in the 1980s. What starts as a fun night of mischief between friends becomes something much darker and more sinister, and it’s up to you to figure out what’s going on by tapping your way through diorama-like scenes.

Rank Explanation:

Apple Arcade has quite a few adventure puzzlers on its service, and The Get Out Kids is probably the hardest one to recommend. The controls are awkward, the puzzles too simple, and the whole thing moves at a snail’s pace. Aside from an intriguing setup and nice visuals, The Get Out Kids isn’t a particularly strong Apple Arcade title.

Apple Arcade: Ranked - 51-100 [Updated 5.20]

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 20th, 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.

The 5 Best Mobile Racing Games

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 19th, 2020

With KartRider Rush+ making a splash this past week, we figured it was high time we updated our list of the best mobile racing games out there. From realistic racing sims to futuristic arcade racers (and even racing management games!), check out our top picks for the absolute best games for those with a need for speed.

If you’re more interested in games where driving is the key focus, check out our list of top driving games here. For all of our most up-to-date top lists, click here.

KartRider Rush+ Guide - Tips for new racers

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 18th, 2020

KartRider Rush+ continues to be a surprisingly refreshing and fun kart racer that's entirely free-to-play. The main reason for this is just how high its skill ceiling is. Check out the video above if you're curious to know what top level play looks like.

In case you're looking to dive in (or already have) and are looking for tips to be a better racer, take a look at some of these tips and strategies to up your game instantly.

KartRider Rush+ might be good, actually?

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 15th, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

It's hard to find good racing games on mobile. Most of them are free-to-play, and free-to-play racers generally suck. Even Nintendo couldn't put together a competent Mario Kart game, opting instead for a weird score chaser that resembles--but feels nothing like--actual Mario Kart.

So, when Nexon released KartRider Rush+ earlier this week, I had low expectations, but I decided to boot it up and try it out anyway. I played a few races, and then I played some more. Then I joined a racing club, found myself friending people, and racing even more. Before I knew it, my week was consumed with playing KartRider Rush+ because--somehow--it has managed to create a free-to-play racing experience that actually feels good.

Clash Royale: The Road to Legendary Arena

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 15th, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: ROYALLY FUN :: Read Review »

Clash Royale just kicked off its 11th season and the game 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 all of our recommended decks as we post them below, as well as all of our other Clash Royale guides.

Clash Royale: The Road to Legendary Arena: Bone Pit

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 14th, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: ROYALLY FUN :: Read Review »

Clash Royale recently kicked off its 11th season and the game 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.

Arena 2: Bone Pit

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.
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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.
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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.
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Clash Royale: The Road to Legendary Arena: Goblin Stadium

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 7th, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: ROYALLY FUN :: Read Review »

Clash Royale just kicked off its 11th season and the game 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.