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Campbell Bird

Reviews Editor | 148Apps

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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Twitter: @campbellbirds

Maze Machina review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 16th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: TEST YOUR METAL
This swipe-based roguelike is remarkably complex yet easy to play.
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The White Door review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 15th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DREAM LOGIC
The White Door is a brief adventure with some frustrating puzzles, but a really awesome vibe.
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Apple Arcade: Ranked - 51+ [Updated 1.14]

Posted by Campbell Bird on January 14th, 2020

This is Part 2 of our Apple Arcade Ranking list. To see part 1, go here.


51. Mini Motorways

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Description:

Mini Motorways is the follow up to Mini Metro. Only this time, instead of building public transportation, you are building road ways from houses to buildings with parking lots. Your goal is to create as smooth and quick a flow of traffic as possible, and if too few cars can reach their destination in an appropriate amount of time, you lose.

Rank Explanation:

Mini Motorways is a fine minimalist puzzler, but it doesn’t feel all that different from Mini Metro. On top of that, the games moves dreadfully slowly and has some clunky controls which often result in accidentally building roadways where you don’t mean to.

Apple Arcade: Ranked - Top 50 [Updated 1.14]

Posted by Campbell Bird on January 14th, 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.

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.

Lone Road review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 9th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FREEING ADVENTURE
Lone Road is an intriguing and atmospheric adventure game that is worth the asking price.
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End of the Universe review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 8th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SMALL SPACE
End of the Universe is a somewhat disappointing follow up to Immortal Rogue.
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Swag and Sorcery review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 6th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SWAG DRAG
Swag and Sorcery can be rewarding, but only if you can put up with its inelegant design.
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Steam Link Spotlight - Might Is Right

Posted by Campbell Bird on January 3rd, 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. Our last entry was Sin Slayers. Read about how it’s a great mobile experience over here.

Much like the last entry, this week’s spotlight is on a combat-focused rpg I didn’t know much about going into. Might is Right has a really old-school feel. You have a main character that you use to wander over a map to complete quests, which usually revolve around fighting parties of enemies.

AI Dungeon review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 30th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: AI IMPROV
AI Dungeon is a game where you co-create stories with an impressively creative chatbot.
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148Apps Holiday Sales Guide

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 26th, 2019

It’s almost Christmas, which means a lot of things, including lots of things going on sale. I’m keeping track of the absolute best games getting price drops this year, and there’s a whole lot of them. Some of these titles even made my game of the year list for 2019, so make sure to pick them up at a discount while you can!


Star Traders: Frontiers (Best of 2019) - $3.99

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Ordia (Best of 2019) - $2.99

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Xenowerk Tactics (Best of 2019) - $2.99

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The Ultimate iPad Setup

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 26th, 2019

iPads are awesome. We all know this. But an iPad all on its own can sometimes just feel like a big, unwieldy phone that sits in some corner, only to be dusted off when you need a way to watch Netflix on a flight.

It doesn’t have to be this way, though. With a little additional investment, you can kit out your tablet so that it can serve as your primary computer both for productivity and entertainment purposes.

How do I know this? Well, I’ve been an iPad owner for years, and have written the vast majority of everything I’ve ever posted to this site using one. With all of this in mind, I’ve put together a handy little guide on things to pick up (or skip) when looking to make your iPad the absolute best it can be for everything.

For the purposes of this guide, I’ll be speaking about items generally, as your wants and needs around said items might shift depending on which model of iPad you have. I’ll also be sharing my personal favorite picks, but those are all based on how well they work with an iPad Pro 11 (2018), as it's my current iPad of choice.

Game of the Year 2019

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 23rd, 2019

2019 has been one of the weirdest years in mobile gaming yet. With Apple Arcade emerging alongside other game subscription services like GameClub and Playond, it feels a bit like the wild west again. I’m not exactly blown away with any of these services so far, but it’s nice to see folks attempt to create spaces on the App Store for quality games to thrive.

Speaking of quality games, I played quite a few of them this year. By a rough count (I try to keep a list every year), I ended up playing over 350 mobile games in 2019. I wish it was a little harder to cull that huge list down to ten favorites, but it honestly wasn’t. The ten games you see below are my favorite games from 2019 by a country mile.

Song of Bloom review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 18th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ROOM TO GROW
Song of Bloom is a wonderfully creative game that feels uniquely suited to mobile.
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Simulacra 2 review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 17th, 2019
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: NOT LIKE THIS
Simulacra 2 struggles to get you invested in its shallow, clumsy narrative.
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Two Spies is pretty fun, but it's hard to play with other people

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 12th, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Two Spies just dropped on the App Store this week, and it looks pretty neat. The game has two players capturing various cities across Europe, with the goal of eventually spotting and striking the other spy down. It may be simple-looking, but after playing the tutorial and a few bot matches, there’s a hidden depth here that makes it seem like something I’d want to play regularly on my phone.