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Starbeard review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 17th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: LIKE GNOME OTHER
Starbeard is an incredible and unique matching puzzle roguelike.
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reky review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 10th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: COLORFUL BUT CLUNKY
reky is a puzzle game that is less elegant than it appears.
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Coloristic 2 review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 10th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FULL OF COLOR
Coloristic 2 is a great little puzzler about filling grids with color.
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Home Runtaro review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 11th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PITCHING PUZZLES
Home Runtaro is a fun and zany baseball game.
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inbento review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 9th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SOMEWHAT SATISFYING
inbento has all the right ingredients to be a great puzzler, but it still somehow feels undercooked.
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while True: learn() review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 30th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: CODE FOR KITTY
while True: learn() is a surprisingly charming and humorous game about coding, machine learning, and cats.
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Path of Giants review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 29th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: PEAK PUZZLING
Path of Giants is an incredibly well-made traversal puzzler that prioritizes player experience.
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GRIS review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 26th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SKIN DEEP
GRIS is a visually arresting experience, but otherwise not particularly memorable.
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SNIKS review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 14th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SNIK SNACK
SNIKS is a charming and creative puzzler about snakes eating fruit.
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Journey review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 13th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: STILL STUNNING
Journey is still a visual masterpiece, seven years after its initial release.
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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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Sky: Children of the Light review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 18th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: LOST IN THE CLOUDS
Sky: Children of the Light is a technical marvel with some really unfortunate controls.
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Dr. Mario World guide - Other games that will deliver just what the doctor ordered

Posted by Campbell Bird on July 11th, 2019

We now live in a post-Dr. Mario World world, and I gotta say, things don’t feel too different. Nintendo continues to squirt out bad games on phones, causing all but the most stalwart fans of mobile games to question why they even bother downloading games from the App Store.

Things don’t have to be this way though! Nintendo could make a good phone puzzler if they wanted to. To prove it, here’s a list of great mobile puzzlers that can provide in all the ways that Dr. Mario World doesn’t.

Dr. Mario World is yet another disappointment from Nintendo

Posted by Campbell Bird on July 10th, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

As soon as I booted up Dr. Mario World, I knew I wasn’t going to have fun with it. Nintendo’s record on phones thus far has been pretty spotty, with things trending downward as of late.

Lo and behold, a few hours later with the game and the only enjoyment I’ve gotten out of it is seeing Bowser in doctor cosplay. Otherwise, the game’s single-player offerings feel like Candy Crush Saga with less satisfying puzzle mechanics and the multiplayer is... a competitive version of that.

It feels like it shouldn’t be so hard to bring a quality version of Dr. Mario to mobile. It’s a falling block puzzler like Tetris or Lumines, and there are solid-to-great versions of those on the App Store already. Instead of just translating Dr. Mario’s mechanics to the small screen though, Dr. Mario World is a slower, clunkier, and less intuitive puzzler than its predecessor.

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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