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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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Ordia review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 1st, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: PLATFORMING PERFECTION
Ordia is a truly special platformer that knows exactly what it’s supposed to be.
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Zombicide: Tactics & Shotguns review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 30th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: ZOMBIE BLAST
Few strategy games create intense and satisfying gameplay moments as often Zombicide: Tactics and Shotguns does.
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SpellForce - Heroes & Magic review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 29th, 2019
Our rating: starhalfstarblankstarblankstarblankstar :: INEPT STRATEGY
This strategy game has layers of issues, but not much else.
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AFK Arena - Arcane Labyrinth guide

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 24th, 2019

Looking for more tips and tricks for AFK Arena? Check out our AFK Arena Guide Compendium!


Looking for more tips and tricks for AFK Arena? Check out our AFK Arena Guide Compendium!

Ok, so if you're like me, you've been playing (and sometimes waiting) your way through AFK Arena, only to learn there's a lot more to it than there appears on the surface. There's guilds, a PvP arena, and all sorts of other systems and game modes to pay attention to, and–quite frankly–it can be confusing.

Today, I want to demystify one of the more unique game modes in AFK Arena, the Arcane Labyrinth. This is a quasi-roguelite mode where you take the units you've been powering up and try to battle your way through three floors of a dungeon. It just so happens that this dungeon is full of super powerful enemies, amazing loot, and permadeath. If you've been looking around for tips on how to navigate this labyrinth successfully, then look no further! We have everything you need here.

Whispers of a Machine review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 23rd, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: WITHERING WHISPERS
This adventure game struggles to deliver on many of its promises.
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Twelvesmith review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 22nd, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: PARED DOWN PUZZLER
Twelvesmith is a stripped-down Evergarden successor, which makes it great for on-the-go play, but also slightly disappointing.
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AFK Arena - Guide Compendium

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 22nd, 2019

AFK Arena has a lot going on in it, to the point that it can be pretty confusing. To help you on your journey from AFK zero to AFK hero, we've put together a collection of guides on this game so you know what to do when, what pitfalls to look out for, and what new things you can look forward to in the future.

We'll be adding to this list periodically, so keep checking in here for updates!

AFK Arena guide - Tips and tricks for the Egg Hunters event

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 22nd, 2019

Want to know where to begin with AFK Arena? Check out our AFK Arena beginner's guide!


Looking for more tips and tricks for AFK Arena? Check out our AFK Arena Guide Compendium!

Just in time for Easter, AFK Arena launched their first special event. Egg Hunters is all about hunting down ways to collect a new currency (eggs, naturally), and then redeeming them for neat prizes.

While it sounds cool in practice, it's actually probably not all it's cracked up to be. In any case, see below what you can and should expect from this Egg Hunters event so you can make the most of it.

Mobile games you probably haven't played yet, but should [Updated April 18]

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 18th, 2019

The App Store is bursting at the seams with all kinds of apps and games of varying quality, but one of the most consistent issues with it is discoverability. Despite having what seems like unlimited money and a full App Store editorial team, Apple is astonishingly bad at celebrating games that aren’t already hugely successful.

To be fair, Apple doesn’t have much reason to do this. It takes more work, and it’s far easier to sell people on games with name recognition and/or a mass market appeal than it is to actually explore a huge backcatalog and dig up some hidden gems.

Don’t fret though, that’s where we come in! See below for some amazing App Store finds that you probably haven’t gotten around to yet, though you probably should:


Sled Dog Saga - download for iOS


"Dog Sled Saga is a really solid management game that will charm you if you have any affinity for dogs. The races might feel like they get a little too easy once you figure them out, but the loop of continuously upgrading stays satisfying throughout."


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AFK Arena guide - Tips and tricks for beginners

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 17th, 2019


Looking for more tips and tricks for AFK Arena? Check out our AFK Arena Guide Compendium!

AFK Arena may be a less intense form of a gacha game, but that doesn’t mean it’s totally straightforward. As with other games in this genre, there’s a bevy of systems, modes, currencies, etc. that you’ll want to be familiar with as soon as you start playing, regardless of whether you’ll be engaging with them immediately or not. This is especially true if you don’t plan on spending any money on it.

To help you hit the ground running in AFK Arena, check out these handy tips. All of them are sure to help you get a head start on understanding this fascinating gacha/idle hybrid.

Mana Balls review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 16th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: BEGUILING BALLS
Mana Balls is an inventive arcade game that is weighed down by annoying free-to-play design.
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AFK Arena review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 15th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: WAITING GAME
This gacha games plays more like an idle game, while ditching some of the worst parts of its contemporaries in the process.
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Solar Settlers review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 12th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SOLAR SYSTEMS
It may not be the prettiest card game out there, but Solar Settlers is a unique and satisfying solo card game that’s worth exploring.
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Spellsword Cards: Demontide guide - Tips and tricks for Campaign Mode

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 11th, 2019

Spellsword Cards: Demontide is a wonderful little single-player card game, but it can also be quite unforgiving. Parts of it definitely look and feel like Hearthstone, but you can’t just play this game like its your favorite collectible card game (CCG) and expect to do well.

Specifically, Demontide’s Campaign Mode will punish you heartily unless you learn a few key lessons that the game unfortunately doesn’t do a great job of teaching you. Luckily, I’ve put in many hours into the game as of this writing and can step in to help any card battler that’s been banging their head against Demontide’s tough Campaign with some tips. See below:

The best driving games on iOS

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 10th, 2019

With the recent release of Rush Rally 3, it's easy to be excited about mobile driving games. Figuring out what games in this genre are worth picking up, on the other hand, is a whole other story.

Forget things like the Asphalt series, CSR Racing 2, or Need for Speed No Limits. Those games all may promise fast and fun cars, but they are all compromised experiences at best, not to mention the fact that they're all free-to-play. Check out these picks for the best premium driving experiences available on the App Store.


Absolute Drift - download for iOS


Absolute Drift feels positively incredible when you finally learn to coast around a corner in a perfect arc, but doing this takes quite a bit of practice and feels nigh impossible without a controller. If you happen to have an MFi controller handy and a bit of patience though, it can be a really rewarding experience that feels completely unlike any other driving game on the App Store.”


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