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Hindsight review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 8th, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HAUNTED HOUSE
This introspective puzzle game occasionally disrupts its own flow but is otherwise a pretty special experience.
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Descenders review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 5th, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ROGUEBIKE
Descenders is such a fresh take on action sports games that it manages to satisfy on iOS, even with troublesome touch controls.
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Card Crawl Adventure review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 3rd, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: THIS RULES
The latest title from Tinytouchtales is yet another great card-based roguelike, and easily their most ambitious one yet.<
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Westurn: Turn Based Showdowns review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 27th, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ROCK PAPER SHOOTOUT
This free-to-play dueling game is a fun way to get inside other people’s heads.
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Blacken Slash review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 22nd, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FIGHTING MACHINE
This abstract roguelike serves up micro levels bursting with variety and challenge.
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Jade Order review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 13th, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ORDER GO
This node-based puzzler doesn’t do enough to differentiate itself from older, more successful games in the genre.
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Dicey Dungeons review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 8th, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: TOUCH & ROLL
The brilliant dice-based roguelike from 2019 has finally graced the App Store and it’s just as good as it was then, if not better.
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Apple Arcade: Ranked - Top 25 [Updated 7.6]

Posted by Campbell Bird on July 6th, 2022

In case you missed it, I am on a quest to rank every Apple Arcade game there is.

Over a year into the Apple Arcade experiment, I’m adjusting my approach to these rankings to make it a bit less cumbersome to update and read. For the most part, this means the number of updates on previously released games will decrease, and the text below each entry will be kept to a brief-yet-accurate justification for its positioning.

This has less to do with the pace of Apple Arcade releases and more to do with the fact that the general quality of games on the service simply isn’t what it should be. In the time that one release comes to the service, multiple high quality games hit the App Store that you don’t have to pay monthly upkeep for. Unless something drastic changes with the service, my opinion on it probably won’t change much. With the most recent update bringing older established titles to the service, Arcade is certainly the strongest it has ever been, but additional shakeups like this will need to keep happening to finally sell me on the service.

Anyway, on with the ranking updates:

Game ranking updates for 7/6:

Paragon Pioneers review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 29th, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: EXPLOIT ENIGMATICALLY
This management game has some less-than-ideal blemishes but still manages to be a fun and satisfying experience.
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Lifeline: Beside You in Time review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 28th, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: PACED-OUT PULP
This text adventure is easy to jump in and out of regardless of your familiarity with the series, partially because it lacks dramatic stakes.
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Hero Emblems II review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 23rd, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MORE OLD HAT
The follow up to Hero Emblems adds some wrinkles to its solid puzzle combat but mostly just feels like more Hero Emblems.
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Abandon Ship review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 22nd, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FTL WITH FLOTSAM
This perfectly serviceable roguelike mostly suffers from having a lot of higher quality competition.
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Barnard's Star review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 16th, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SPACE WAR
This turn-based tactics game is clearly meant to be played in a very specific way.
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Void-X review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 15th, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: STYLISH SHOOTER
This side-scrolling shooter proves that sometimes style can be the substance.
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Hands on with the latest Gamevice controller and Gamevice Live

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 13th, 2022
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Turning your iOS device into a gaming powerhouse has never been easier. With the hardware running in today's phones and tablets, plus software that takes full advantage of it or otherwise can stream powerful games straight to your mobile screen, you can basically play anything you want anywhere you want with something you carry around with you in your pocket no matter where you're going.

The only problem with this has always been how you control these games that you have such easy access to. More complex and demanding games can struggle on touch screens, and--although they're something you can get used to--they can have a hard time replicating the satisfying feel of plopping down in front of a PC or console with a dedicated controller in hand. For years, Gamevice has been at the forefront of trying to solve this problem for folks who want to turn their iOS devices into dedicated gaming devices, and their latest controller (with companion app) is one of the best ways to do exactly that.