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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 - Fallen Star Challenge Guide

Posted by Campbell Bird on November 24th, 2020

All the parts of the Unreconciled Stars event in Genshin Impact are now available, with the latest being the Star of Destiny chapter. This chapter continues the investigation into the mysterious meteorites with the help of Fischl and Mona, but also unlocks a new co-op event known as the Fallen Star Challenge. To see the event in action, check out the video above. Otherwise, read on below for tips about the event and why you should do it.

Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on November 23rd, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: LEFT FOR DEAD
Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead breathes new life into a tired genre, but it doesn’t do enough to help you enjoy its creative challenges.
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Distract Yourself With These Great Mobile Games on Sale Right Now

Posted by Campbell Bird on November 20th, 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 - Unreconciled Stars Event Guide

Posted by Campbell Bird on November 20th, 2020

Genshin Impact's 1.1 update has brought a ton of new content to the game, and one of these things is a brand new event: Unreconciled Stars. This event kicked off yesterday and is running through the end of the month. There are sweet rewards and some cool world-building that happens across the event, so make sure you hop in and start it as soon as possible.

Just keep in mind that Unreconciled Stars is only available to players who are Adventure Rank 20 or higher. If you need tips on how to advance up to that rank quickly, check out our progression guide here before reading on about how to get involved in this event.

Genshin Impact - How to Beat Tartaglia (Childe)

Posted by Campbell Bird on November 19th, 2020

In the 1.1 update to Genshin Impact, the final chapter to the story arc in Liyue reaches its climax with a fight against Tartaglia (AKA Childe), one of the Fatui Harbingers. We won't go into detail as to why this is or the circumstances of the world around the fight to avoid potentially spoiling anything more than we already have, but we wanted to post a guide on the Tartaglia boss fight because it is easily one of the toughest parts of the game to-date.

If you've been struggling to win this fight, particularly on mobile, check out the video above and some tips below on how you can win this fight and continue on your quest.

Lineweight review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on November 18th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SCROLLING WITH STYLE
Lineweight is a brief but ultra-stylish piece of interactive fiction.
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Sine the Game review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on November 16th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: WAVE TRAINING
Gliding along in Sine feels wonderful, but its awkward difficulty feels artificial and unsatisfying.
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Gnomitaire review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on November 13th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SMALL SURPRISE
Gnomitaire is a fun, bite-sized Solitaire game you can enjoy for free.
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Genshin Impact Guide - Bounties Explained

Posted by Campbell Bird on November 12th, 2020

Bounties are new to Genshin Impact in its 1.1 update. As mentioned in our write-up of the new content, players can now grind out reputation for each region available in the game, and one of the ways you can do this is through hunting down powerful boss creatures and killing them in a set time limit.

Watch the video above to see what bounties are like, and read on below to learn everything else you need to know about them.

Apple Arcade: Ranked - Top 25 [Updated 11.10]

Posted by Campbell Bird on November 10th, 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 11/10:

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.

Genshin Impact Guide - What you need to know about the 1.1 update

Posted by Campbell Bird on November 9th, 2020

The time is almost here for Genshin Impact to get its first significant update since launch. There's a lot to look forward to once the game hits 1.1, and we've got you covered on what to expect out of it.

Read on below to learn a bit more about what is coming to Genshin Impact when it updates this week.

Space Marshals 3 review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on November 5th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SO FAR SO GOOD
The first chapter of Space Marshals 3 is more of the same great stealth/action that made the first two games worth playing.
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XCOM 2 Collection review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on November 5th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CONDENSED COMMANDER
Being able to play XCOM 2: War of the Chosen on iOS is a good time, even if the port is far from perfect.
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Genshin Impact Guide - How to unlock Taishan Mansion

Posted by Campbell Bird on November 4th, 2020

While exploring Teyvat in Genshin Impact, you might find yourself stumbling across an abyssal domain that is seemingly inaccessible. When you first discover Taishan Mansion, it is completely submerged underwater. To unlock it, you'll need to do some puzzle-solving, which the video above can walk you through. Or, if you'd prefer, read on below about how to unlock Taishan Mansion.

Here's everything you need to know about XCOM 2 Collection ahead of release

Posted by Campbell Bird on November 3rd, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CONDENSED COMMANDER :: Read Review »

Later this week, the XCOM 2 Collection will finally make its way to iOS. XCOM: Enemy Within has long been a high watermark of strategic depth on mobile, but the game has gotten quite long in the tooth. Feral Interactive's work on XCOM 2 Collection looks to change that by providing a mobile experience that feels fresh and modern to the second entry of Firaxis's reimagined XCOM series.

All that said, porting XCOM 2 Collection is no easy task. Check the video above to see a full video of a mission in the game running on an iPad Pro 11" (2018), and read on below for what you need to know about XCOM 2 Collection ahead of release.