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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 Mastodon when he's not playing games.

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Top Mobile Game Discounts

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 27th, 2024

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.

Recontroller review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 22nd, 2024
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: VISUAL VALUE
This stylish shooter is little more than a fun visual spectacle, and that’s ok.
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Of Two Minds review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 20th, 2024
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: TOO FAR GONE
This FMV game is most interesting as a curious cultural artifact and little else.
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Resident Evil 4 review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 14th, 2024
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: REMADE BEYOND RECOGNITION
Seeing modern, major releases come to mobile is worth celebrating, but that doesn’t change the fact that this “re-make” is fairly disappointing.
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Yes, Your Grace review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 8th, 2024
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: REIGN ON RAILS
This kingdom management game stands out by prioritizing its intentional and personal narrative.
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First Impressions of Death Stranding on iOS

Posted by Campbell Bird on January 31st, 2024
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Death Stranding has wandered its way onto iOS, and considering it is yet another beefy and demanding title for iOS devices to handle that seem to be trickling out as of late, I took the liberty of trying the game out for myself, recording my first stretch of gameplay with it, and drawing up some impressions to share with anyone who might be interested in picking it up.

Read on below for some detailed analysis and info of the game at first blush, otherwise feel free to watch or scrub through the video posted above to see for yourself what it seems like.

Solquence review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 30th, 2024
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MEDITATIVE MATCHER
This matching puzzle game shows just enough potential to make its zen-like gameplay enjoyable.
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Art of Rally review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 25th, 2024
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: CAR COMPROMISE
This stylish rally racer has a hard time keeping pace with its mobile peers.
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148Apps Game of the Year 2023

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 28th, 2023

It's that time of year again! Join us as we highlight some of the best mobile games of this past year.

Before diving into picks and talking about games, I just need to say that 2023 felt like a real turning point for gaming on iOS, and not in a good way. This year, I played what feels like fewer mobile games than ever, and I chalk quite a bit up to what the reality of mobile gaming is now, which--with a few exceptions--looks a lot like "run with a subscription model or die."

More than ever, the App Store looks like the nightmare marketplace everyone previously (and somewhat prematurely) made it out to be. There's a small sliver of games that are actually worth your time and attention, and many of those are now just solid but unexciting safe bets, many of which you are asked to pay for on a recurring basis to have access to.

This is the headspace I'm in heading in to these awards, so it feels less like the celebration of mobile gaming that it should be. Still, though, there are things I played that I think other people should also check out. So, with that, the awards will roll in piecemeal across this week and wrap up just before we turn over to 2024. See below for the honorifics:


The Categories

For each of these categories, I'll choose a winner and mention some notable runner-ups. Any game nominated or chosen for any of these cateories is then eligible for the final category, Best Game, which is the culminating category where I will construct a ranked list of my favorite games from this year.

First Impressions of Resident Evil 4 on iOS

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 20th, 2023
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: REMADE BEYOND RECOGNITION :: Read Review »

Resident Evil 4 comes to iOS today, and we've taken video of the entire free portion that is available to let you see it in action and get a sense of how this new version fares. The short version is, this game feels an awful lot like the port job of Resident Evil Village, albeit with a modern classic, as opposed to a game that feels like a dated also-ran.

Read on below if you want more detailed perspective on Resident Evil 4 on iOS. Otherwise, you can look through the video to see it in action along with some light captions reflecting on the play session.

Demeo review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 19th, 2023
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: A DIME A DUNGEON
For the asking price, I’d want a little more variety in a dungeon-crawler.
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Hitman: Blood Money — Reprisal review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 8th, 2023
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: NOT SO SMOOTH CRIMINAL
This stealth-action game works surprisingly well thanks to some (imperfect) Feral Interactive magic.
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Coromon review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 6th, 2023
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MOBILE MONSTER TRAINER
Coromon is a reverent but flawed love letter to Pokémon.
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Wizard of Legend review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on November 15th, 2023
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: NOT SO MAGICAL
This action roguelite is fairly standard and otherwise kind of unwieldy in this mobile port.
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Resident Evil Village review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on November 10th, 2023
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: HOW FAR WE’VE COME?
This iOS port is fine, and otherwise this Resident Evil game is enjoyable in a kind of risk-averse, tried-and-true-formula kind of way.
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