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Wide Ocean Big Jacket review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 24th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FIRESIDE CHAT
Wide Ocean Big Jacket is a refreshing escape from what most games offer.
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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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My scariest game - Simulacra

Posted by Campbell Bird on October 11th, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: TOUCHSCREEN TERROR :: Read Review »

If you really want to be spooked for Halloween, there are few mobile games that can do the job better than Kaigan Games’s Simulacra. This is a game I included on my list of games to get you in the Halloween spirit specifically because it’s the most horrifying game I’ve played on a phone, bar none.

My scariest mobile game - Corpse Party

Posted by Emily Sowden on October 10th, 2018
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

corpse party school girls broken classroom

With the season of creepy stuff and spooks upon us, it feels right to chat about our favourite spooky games, doesn't it? Everyone's got one that stuck with them regardless of the platform. Whether it's the rhythmic drums of Slenderman, the gross mutilated family of Resident Evil 7, or the static radio sounds from Silent Hill 2 (AKA the greatest horror game of all time), everyone's got that one game that rubs them up the right and wrong ways.

In mobile it's a little trickier, only because it's tougher to balance the content and controls in such a way that the experience doesn't feel cheap or underwhelming. That's not saying there aren't tons to choose from, of course. We're very much spoiled for choice.

5 best iOS games to play on a plane

Posted by Emily Sowden on August 24th, 2018

Some of you may absolutely leap at the chance to climb onboard an aeroplane. Some of you may not be too thrilled at the idea of flying, but will get on with it without much fuss. Some of you may be paralysed with fear, like me, from the moment you step in the airport.

However you handle flying, this is a handful of games you really shouldn't be without. I mean, it's not the end of the world if you don't have them, but they're good fun and a good distraction for those less tolerable of air travel – trust me.

What mobile games are we looking forward to in the second half of 2018? - Emily's picks

Posted by Emily Sowden on July 11th, 2018

2018 has been a bit of a mix in mobile gaming. We've had some real gems like Oddmar, Candleman, and Dandara, and we've had some disappointments, but what about the future?

These upcoming games have me excited for a number of different reasons, and some of them are a little – er – weird. Though it's easy to just focus on what we know is coming and what we know we're going to get, it's much more fun to look forward and speculate on what we don't know, eh?

No? Just me? Well, we'd best get to it then.

The Wolf's Bite review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Emily Sowden on April 16th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: COLOURFUL BUT UNDERWHELMING
The Wolf's Bite has a good whack at an original idea, but its success is a little bit varied in the end
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The Pillars of the Earth review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 5th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: ADVENTUROUS ANIMATION
The Pillars of the Earth is an amazing narrative-driven adventure game with a unique setting and cast of characters.
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Far from Noise review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 5th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HANGING BY A MOMENT
Far from Noise is a refreshingly slow-paced narrative game.
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Subsurface Circular review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 31st, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TEKS ON A TRAIN
This sci-fi adventure weaves a rich narrative using a few, sparse elements.
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Beholder review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 22nd, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SHELTER SPY
This unique game has you play as a landlord under an oppressive regime.
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Girl With a Heart of - Fear the Light

Posted by Rob Rich on October 23rd, 2011

Girl With a Heart of (that's the full title, best make peace with it) tells the story of Raven, a young girl living in the dark city of Underfoot. A young girl with an artificial heart. When Underfoot is attacked by the Light's army, Raven will have to make use of her special "condition" to play a vital role in this war. What that means is a mystery (for now). How it all ends will depend on the player.

The concept behind Girl With a Heart of's world is what really caught my attention. I find the idea of a world where the presumed roles of light and darkness are reversed to be fascinating. I also enjoy a good interactive narrative, and I'm curious to see some of these choices and experience some of these "life-altering consequences" for myself. But to do that, I have to wait.

Girl With a Heart of is due out in the App Store next month (November 17th) and will carry a $2.99 price tag.

dream:scape Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on June 20th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: HAUNTING
dream:scape isn't so much a game as an interactive narrative. One that may be familiar and simple, but will also tug pretty hard on those heartstrings.
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