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Aerial_Knight's Never Yield review

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By Campbell Bird on April 4th, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: LABORED LEAPING
This stylish runner has some great ideas, but they don’t quite come together as seamlessly as they should.
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Fury Unleashed review

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By Campbell Bird on March 24th, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TOUCH AND GUN
This action roguelite delivers fast, combo-based action that feels surprisingly comfortable to manage on touch screens.
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El Hijo review

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By Campbell Bird on January 31st, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SNEAKY PROBLEMS
This non-lethal stealth action game would be enjoyably innovative if not for some irritating design and control choices.
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Skeletal Avenger review

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By Campbell Bird on December 9th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: BARE BONES
Skeletal Avenger is a great premise that uses some tried-and-true systems, but none of it really comes together in a way that satisfies.
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PAKO 3 review

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By Campbell Bird on December 7th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: DRIVING GAME 3
PAKO 3 ditches almost everything about the previous entries that gave it some edge and personality. Now it just feels like it could be called Drivey Cars Game.
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Sparklite review

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By Campbell Bird on November 10th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: NEEDS A TUNE UP
While fun enough for what it is, Sparklite’s component parts don’t fit together as well as they should and it mobile version has some key issues holding it back.
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Steam Link Spotlight - Nuclear Blaze

Posted by Campbell Bird on October 29th, 2021
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Steam Link Spotlight is a feature where we look at PC games that play exceptionally wall using the Steam Link app. Our last entry looked at If On a Winter's Night, Four Travelers. Read about how it plays using Steam Link over here.

This entry is for a game that isn't quite exceptional on Steam Link so much as it is exceptional for the kind of game that it is. Nuclear Blaze is an action-oriented puzzle-platformer where you play a firefighter who finds themselves in a mysterious subterranean nuclear facility.

The basic idea of the game is that you're armed with a water pack and hose which you use to help you navigate your environment, most of which is on fire. By aiming your hose and making judicious use of your limited water supply, you can douse the flames of an area, which typically allows you to move on to the next room.

The key to putting out fires in Nuclear Blaze is to do so quickly and strategically. If you put out a portion of a fire, it always has the chance to relight if left too long next to things that continue to burn. You can't just spray your hose willy nilly though or you'll run out of water, so making your way through a room often looking like charting a path that allows you to reach the flames effectively while also passing water stations to refill your tank, and then seeing if you can execute on that path in a timely fashion.

Because of how timing and efficiency are important in Nuclear Blaze, I wasn't confident that it would feel good when streamed to a touchscreen device. But, to my surprise, it works pretty well! I think most of this is due to the game's overall design. It doesn't have particularly complicated controls, and the way that most rooms let you take your time to figure out your approach to extinguishing fires no matter how many times you've already tried to solve it, are tremendously helpful to making it a comfy experience on iOS.

That said, the easiest control layout for the game is to use virtual buttons, which isn't ideal. As you can see in the video capture of the game there are times where I missed button presses and died as a result, but Nuclear Blaze is thankfully quite generous with its checkpointing so it didn't feel like a huge setback.

Even thought it's not perfect on Steam Link, Nuclear Blaze was surprisingly fun to play. I could also see it getting some revamped controls and coming to mobile at some point, since there is nothing else about it from a visual or complexity standpoint that would hold it back on mobile devices. I'm not sure that will ever happen, but one can hope!

Nuclear Blaze was developed and published by Deepnight Games. It launched on October 18, 2021 and is available on Steam for $9.99.

Dungeons & Miners review

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By Campbell Bird on September 9th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SHALLOW GRAVE
Dungeons & Miners is a conceptually great action roguelite that unfortunately is a little too thin and issue-laden to enjoy properly.
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My Friend Pedro review

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By Campbell Bird on August 5th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SLO-MO SLAYER
This manic action game works well on mobile thanks to its swift pacing, slow-motion mechanics, and clever scoring system.
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Trials of Mana review

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By Campbell Bird on July 30th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MANA-GEABLE ON MOBILE
Trials of Mana is a straightforward action rpg that plays well on mobile despite a few missing features.
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The 5 Best Mobile Stealth Action Games

Posted by Campbell Bird on July 30th, 2021

Action games are a hard sell on mobile, and they get even harder if the more precision they require. Stealth games are one such subgenre that just doesn’t feel like it could work well on small touchscreens where you’re prone to being distracted or mistapping by accident.

And yet, that hasn’t stopped plenty of developers of rising to the challenge to make some great stealth action games to enjoy on iOS. Here are our five favorites below, along with links to reviews so you can learn more about them.

Huntdown review

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By Campbell Bird on June 16th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BACK TO THE FUTURE
Huntdown looks just like a forgotten action arcade game from the 80s or 90s, and it mostly plays better.
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Space Marshals 3 review

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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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Gun Rounds review

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By Campbell Bird on August 3rd, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SHALLOW SHOOTER
Gun Rounds is a stylish turn-based shooter that could use a little more substance.
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One Finger Death Punch II review

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By Campbell Bird on July 13th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TURBULENT TAPPING
One Finger Death Punch II is a frenetic action game that plays well on mobile, despite a few missing features.
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