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Doors: Paradox review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 26th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DOOR-O-RAMA
This puzzle game keeps things chill and manageable in all of its fun diorama-based levels.
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sugar (game) review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 19th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TOO MUCH SUGAR
This physics puzzler starts out as a sweet surprise but grows stale the further you get into it.
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Hundred Days review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 15th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: WINE TIME
Hundred Days is a satisfying and idyllic management sim about making wine.
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Apple Arcade: Ranked - Top 25 [Updated 10.13]

Posted by Campbell Bird on October 13th, 2021

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 10/13:

I Saw Black Clouds review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 7th, 2021
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: IN THE DARK
Wales Interactive’s latest FMV title is a messy step backward in their catalog.
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Pokémon UNITE review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 1st, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MONSTER MOBA
Pokémon UNITE is a solid spin on the MOBA genre, but it feels like it should be more special.
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Nauticrawl review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 24th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: MYSTERY MECH
Nauticrawl is an immensely rewarding narrative adventure about learning how to drive an otherworldly vehicle to freedom.
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Dungeons & Miners review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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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Shattered Pixel Dungeon review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 31st, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: RUNS OF RANDOMNESS
This pixelated dungeon-crawler has a huge amount of variety, for better and for worse.
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Behind the Frame review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 25th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ART IMITATES ART
This narrative adventure starts as a meditation on the life of an artist before revealing some hidden layers to its story.
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What Remains of Edith Finch review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 23rd, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: IMPRESSIVELY CONSTRUCTED
The iOS port of What Remains of Edith Finch is about as perfect as you can get, but the game feels a lot like the Finch estate itself: a structural marvel with hints of life inside.
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Rush Rally Origins review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 18th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MORE RALLY LESS STUFF
Rush Rally Origins brings a more arcade feel to Brownmonster’s unrivaled racing series, but it loses quite a few things in the process.
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Nova Island review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 17th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: TAKE A CHANCE
This truly free card battler is one of the most refreshing finds you can make on the App Store.
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You First review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 12th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: RELATIONSHIP PROBLEMS
Despite some flashes of promise, You First is a visual novel that struggles to tell a coherent and genuine story.
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My Friend Pedro review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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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