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Dear Esther review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 7th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MEANDER ON MOBILE
The mobile version of Dear Esther is enjoyable enough for what that game is.
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Sunset Road review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 3rd, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: CAR TALK
Sunset Road is a strange, short game about the idle chatter that happens on road trips.
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Football Drama review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 19th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MYSTERIOUS MANAGEMENT
Football Drama is an ambitious and experimental management sim that is both alluring and a bit maddening.
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This is the Police 2 review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 16th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: PROBLEMS WITH THE LAW
There’s so much going on in This is the Police 2, and it’s hard to understand or enjoy any of it.
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Telling Lies review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 21st, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: VIDEO VOYEUR
Telling Lies an ambitious expansion of Her Story’s ideas, which makes for an engrossing—but sometimes messy—experience.
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Hyper Light Drifter review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 25th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DRIFTING PERFORMANCE
Hyper Light Drifter is a great game, but this mobile port is not the ideal way to play it.
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Beholder 2 review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 24th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: TOTALITARIAN TIME
Beholder 2 seemingly forgets what made its predecessor so good.
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Meridian 157: Prologue review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 9th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TINY TEASER
It’s nice that Meridian 157: Prologue is free, but it's such a small tease it's hard to tell how the game might execute on its premise.
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Forgotton Anne review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 1st, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FORGET THE END
Forgotton Anne is a gorgeous adventure that has trouble finishing what it starts.
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Void Tyrant guide - General tips and tricks for new players

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 28th, 2019

Void Tyrant is a card-based dungeon-crawler that doesn’t fit in the mold of other games in the genre. Between the Blackjack-style combat and strange gear system alone, you’re left to your own devices to figure out how best to use everything to your advantage to go on a deep run.

It doesn’t have to be this way though! I’ve been playing Void Tyrant constantly both before and after release. Here are some good general tips I’ve learned after many, many hours with the game:

Slow down

Battles can take a long time in Void Tyrant. Even with all the animation and dialogue skip options turned on, everything in the game can feel like it plods along. This is especially true if you’re in a rush to get back to where you died on your last run. Because of this, it can be tempting to try and minimize combat time by tapping quickly through turns.

Avoid doing this at all costs! It’s so easy to make a careless mistake if you’re just trying to rush things along, and a single bad turn can end your run. Always check to see what your opponent has, what cards you can potentially play, and what you can afford to discard before deciding to hit or stand. Taking the time to do this will let you make much better decisions and—believe it or not—allow you to progress more efficiently.

Use ‘em if you’ve got ‘em

On any given run in Void Tyrant, you’ll likely get some consumable cards added to your deck. These special cards usually do not cost much EP to play, with the downside being they disappear from your deck when you use them.

You may be tempted to save and use these cards for when they could really make a difference (i.e. a boss fight), but that is potentially dangerous. As great as consumable cards are, they bloat your deck and make it less consistent. They could even lead to your downfall if you just hang on to too many of them for too long. Instead, just use consumables whenever they seem helpful, and your deck will stay lean and mean (not to mention that you'll also be alive).

Managing EP

Your energy—or EP—in Void Tyrant is perhaps the most valuable resource you have. It lets you pick and play all kinds of cards that can let you overcome the variability of the base combat system.

You should use this resouce as early and often as it is available, but you also shouldn’t squander it. This is to say you should never try to be “saving” EP, but you also should only spend it on cards that will actually give you an advantage in the moment. This might mean discarding more than just the one free discard you get on a turn to find exactly what you’re looking for.

If you do this, you’ll win a lot more rounds of combat, which restores your EP meter with every hit. Whenever things turn south, always remember you can play conservatively and defend against attacks, which allows you to earn back a good chunk of 10 EP.

Void Tyrant review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 27th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BLACKJACK BATTLES
Void Tyrant is an incredibly creative and deep card-based roguelite.
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Minit review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 27th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: WAIT A MINUTE
The mobile version of Minit is an solid version of a clever game.
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'Normal Club review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 11th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: REPETITIVE READING
‘Normal Club takes a cool premise and charming writing and runs them into the ground through repetition and unsatisfactory end points.
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Very Little Nightmares review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 31st, 2019
Our rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar :: TRULY NIGHTMARISH
Very Little Nightmares is a very disappointing puzzle game.
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The Gardens Between review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 17th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: IDYLLIC ISLANDS
The Gardens Between is a beautiful puzzle adventure that you need to experience.
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