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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 June 7th, 2023

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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.

Legend of Keepers review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 1st, 2023
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: LIGHT WORK
This reverse dungeon-crawler doesn’t quite know how to make its systems fit together in ways that satisfy.
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Lost Words: Beyond the Page review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 24th, 2023
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MORE THAN WORDS
This narrative platformer has some affecting visual design that make an otherwise bumpy road feel worth going down.
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Omega Strikers - What you need to know about the 2.1 update (and how to get creator skins)

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 18th, 2023

Note: There are also FREE creator skins available if you use the following codes by going to the in-game store and tapping the "Coupon" button:

Since its official release, I've had a hard time putting down *Omega Strikers. I'm still very much as high on it as I was when I posted my glowing review, and now there's even more reason for me to play it. This week the game saw its first significant update, which added new characters, a new map, and some other little tweaks to make this already great game even better.

You can check out footage of my time inspecting and trying out the game's new characters (and going through the shop to purchase all the new skins, emotes, etc.) in the video above, and you can read on for some additional impressions and an overall evaluation of the update.

Torecower review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 18th, 2023
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: GESSERLAME
This tower defense roguelite is a downgrade from its excellent predecessor in nearly every way.
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Take a look at War Mongrels (now that it is compatible with more devices)

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 15th, 2023
iPad App - Designed for iPad

I always get excited to see how certain developers push the envelope when it comes to gaming on iOS. As a result, it should come as no surprise that I was eager to get my hands on War Mongrels from Destructive Creations. This version is a straight port of the PC and console title, and--although it may not be a technical marvel on those platforms--bringing it over in an essentially unchanged state kind of is.

The game came out three weeks ago and I immediately got a code for it, but the hold up on posting impressions was due to the fact that this mobile version had some significant issues running on the devices it says it is compatible on the App Store. And by significant I mean that when trying to play the game on my 3rd generation iPad Pro the game wouldn't even boot to the menu. The only thing I could do was view the production logos before the game hard crashed out to my home screen.

Omega Strikers - Advanced Tips

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 10th, 2023

I have still been sinking a lot of time into Omega Strikers and having a blast with it. Since my last guide, I've picked up on a few things that I would call more advanced tips for once you already have a pretty good handle on the game.

If you feel like you are a competent player in terms striker knowledge and knowing how all the mechanics work, see below for some more nuanced tips that can help you lock up victories.

The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 8th, 2023
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: STRETCHED OUT SOLVING
This FMV mystery game is bursting of twists and turns, but certain ways they are meted out can make the experiencing all of them a bit tedious.
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Omega Strikers review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 5th, 2023
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: PUCKING EXCELLENCE
This multiplayer game’s unique blend of sports and MOBA concepts is both extremely entertaining and free-to-play friendly.
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Mia and the Dragon Princess review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 3rd, 2023
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: AMBITIOUS ACTION
This FMV game puts the focus on action and little else.
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Omega Strikers guide - Tips for beginners

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 2nd, 2023

Since the official release of Omega Strikers last week I've been playing a heck of a lot of it. In that time, I've unlocked all of the strikers, played a good amount of all the game modes, and ascended out of the lowest ranks of the game's competitive mode.

I'm still by no means an expert, but there are a few things I've picked up that have really elevated my game and could possibly raise yours as well.

Everything you need to know right now about Omega Strikers

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 28th, 2023
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: PUCKING EXCELLENCE :: Read Review »

At the end of last year, I had the opportunity to test out Omega Strikers while it was still in beta. Fast forward to now and the game is officially out with some marked improvements and changes. It'll take some time to solidify thoughts on the game into a fully-fledged review, but until then I can share some impressions and recommendations about this exciting new kind of multiplayer game.

If you aren't up-to-date on what Omega Strikers is, it's a 3v3 competitive game about a fake sport that most closely resembles hockey. Teams all control hero characters with special abilities that they can use to hit a puck around (or each other) as they try score goals. In press releases it's commonly described as "Rocket-League-of-Legends," which is accurate enough, though I'd say a more apt comparison would be to games like Windjammers and Pokémon Unite.

Scenic Route's Generations review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 27th, 2023
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: PUZZLE PORT
This meditative puzzle game ported from the Playdate feels a little threadbare but it is otherwise a fun and competent port.
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Roundguard review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 25th, 2023
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: ARCADE GEM
This puzzle-y, arcade-y roguelite makes dungeon-crawling a relaxing but surprisingly deep experience.
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Vampire Survivors - DLC Overview and Which One to Get

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 19th, 2023
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Vampire Survivors rules. Not only did we love it in our initial review, but it got pretty high honors in our Game of the Year Awards. We're talking about it once again because the game is now bigger and better thanks to two recent DLC add-ons.

Legacy of the Moonspell and Tides of the Foscari both add quite a bit of content to a game that is already jam-packed with secrets and unlocks, but you may find yourself wondering if they're worth jumping into. Before diving into an explanation of each one, the short version is that if you enjoyed your time with Vampire Survivors and want more of it to play, you should absolutely just get both. They are totally worth it, especially considering the base game is free and buying both costs less than $5. If, for whatever reason, you are more discerning or on a very tight budget, read on below for a breakdown and recommendation for these DLCs.