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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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The 5 Best Mobile Games Like Hades

Posted by Campbell Bird on September 23rd, 2020

Supergiant Games finally released Hades upon the world this week, and we’re loving it. The game plays to all of the studio’s strengths while still retaining a strong sense of identity. It also just so happens to play rather well using the Steam Link.

If you don’t have Hades, a PC or console that can run it, or perhaps have already blazed through it, try these mobile games that can give you some of the great blend of style and action that makes Supergiant’s latest so good.

A Year of Apple Arcade: The Good, The Bad, and The Future

Posted by Campbell Bird on September 22nd, 2020

Apple Arcade has persisted for just over a year at this point, and although that means I've been busy ranking and re-ranking every game on the service for just about as long, I haven't done much reflection on the service as a whole.

If you want the short version, I think Apple has done a decent job at providing a wide variety of titles on its service, and their near-weekly new releases and title updates give you a reason to dive back into the service on a regular basis. That said, the dedication to keeping Arcade feeling fresh alone doesn't quite justify the cost of subscribing, and it seems like Apple has to put in some more work if they want this service to flourish.

Distract Yourself With These Great Mobile Games on Sale Right Now

Posted by Campbell Bird on September 22nd, 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.

Steam Link Spotlight - Hades

Posted by Campbell Bird on September 21st, 2020
+ 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 was on Disco Elysium. Read about how it plays using Steam Link over here.

For this installment, I took a look at Hades, the latest title from Supergiant Games, which just left early access as an official release. Supergiant Games has a history of making games that all feel distinct from one another, but Hades feels like somewhat of a harkening back to their first release, Bastion. This is to say it's fast-paced, combat heavy action rpg, and it plays surprisingly well using a touch screen.

The Unfinished Swan review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 18th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BUMBLING BIRD
This acclaimed first-person puzzler has a few rough edges in its mobile form, but is still perfectly enjoyable.
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SWORDSHOT review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 17th, 2020
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: SHOOTING BLANKS
There isn’t much substance to match Swordshot’s style, and what is there is fatally flawed.
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Among Us! Imposter Guide - How to be a sneaky killing machine

Posted by Campbell Bird on September 16th, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad


Among Us! continues to be getting a lot of play in these parts, and since our first guide we've learned a thing or two about the game. This is especially true regarding the imposter role, as its a relatively rare opportunity that we've now put enough time into to understand how to win consistently in this sneaky role.

Check out our top tips below, and see if it helps your own Among Us! game.

Clash Royale - What You Need to Know About Clan Wars II

Posted by Campbell Bird on September 11th, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: ROYALLY FUN :: Read Review »

Well, it seems we picked a good time to jump back into Clash Royale. Not only was the game still familiar and easy enough to slip back into, but we got enough lead time to climb the ranks to Legendary Arena just before the game dropped Clan Wars 2 on everyone.

Clan Wars 2 completely reshapes what being in a clan in Clash Royale means and the different gameplay options it grants. It's a big shift for the game as a whole, but it mostly feels like it's one for the better. Read on below to learn about what Clan Wars 2 is all about.

Among Us! Guide - Tips for the uninitiated crew member (or imposter)

Posted by Campbell Bird on September 10th, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad


Among Us! is one of the biggest suprise hits of the year, most notably because it's a two-year old free-to-play game. I get the appeal, though. In following and writing about games through this pandemic, I've noticed a distinct desire for game play to be more social. I even suggested a few games that accomplish this, though I couldn't have predicted the way droves of people have gravitated to Among Us!

For those unfamiliar, Among Us! is a social deduction multiplayer game where up to 10 players take on the role of either a crew member or an imposter. Crew members need to wander the ship and complete tasks to win the game, but imposters try to muck up those plans by sabotaging the ship and killing other crew members. Along the way, there will be times where the crew convenes and votes on who they think is an imposter, and the player with the most votes gets tossed out the air lock. Crew members win if they successfully complete all their tasks or get rid of all the imposters. Imposters win if they kill the entire crew or successfully sabotage the ship.

The gameplay is not too unlike a lot of popular board games like Secret Hitler or Codenames, but in its digital form it can be a bit daunting, particularly if you haven't played a game like it before. With that in mind, here are a few tips to help you dive into Among Us! and have fun with it.

Apple Arcade: Ranked - Top 25 [Updated 9.15]

Posted by Campbell Bird on September 9th, 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 7/28:

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.

The 5 Best Mobile Games Like Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2

Posted by Campbell Bird on September 8th, 2020

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 dropped last week, meaning you can get remastered versions of two of the most iconic “sports” games ever made and experience some of the highest watermarks set in games of generations’ past.

There aren’t many new games like the Tony Hawk titles these days, and even attempts to re-capture the magic of earlier games in the series tend to go awry. That said, if you do want somewhat fresh and mobile takes on arcade, trick-based gameplay, here are our top picks.

Deck 'Em! review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 4th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: FEATHERWEIGHT
Deck ‘Em!’s business model is the most exciting thing about it.
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My Exercise review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 3rd, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: WONKY WORKOUT
My Exercise is a surreal but shallow journey through a child’s exercise routine.
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Catalyst Black - Best Build

Posted by Campbell Bird on September 2nd, 2020

Catalyst Black's Secret Service early access period is still going strong, and we're checking back in to give you the ultimate guide from our series so far: The Perfect Build. With this set of gear and abilities, you will be unstoppable against just about anyone you come up against... at least, that's how it's been working for us.

Obviously, Catalyst Black has a sense of balance that I'm sure Super Evil Megacorp is working on, but we've found a certain combination of items that seems to allow us to mow down just about anyone while avoiding death, helping teammates, and completing objectives. Read on below for to learn more about this fantastic build, or check out our other Catalyst Black guides in our guide list.

Meteorfall: Krumit's Tale review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 28th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: QUIPPY QUESTING
Meteorfall: Krumit’s Tale is a well considered and significant evolution of Meteorfall: Journey and then some.
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