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Bad North: Jotunn Edition review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 21st, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: INDECISIVE VICTORY
You are never full in control of things in Bad North, and that’s part of what makes it such a tense strategy game.
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Apple Arcade in review

Posted by Campbell Bird on October 18th, 2019

This weekend, Apple Arcade will officially be one month old. That means anyone who signed up for the free trial on day one has a decision to make: Stick with the service and shell out $5 a month, or cancel and go about your merry way.

As someone who dove head first into Apple Arcade by playing 35 games since launch (and counting. See their rankings here), I’ve come away ambivalent about the service in its first month. While it is really nice to have a huge, curated list of premium games from a lot of well-known developers, there’s a lot about the service that could be improved. To illustrate this, check out some of my notes I kept while thoroughly testing the service:

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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Armajet review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 15th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: WEAPONS FREE
Armajet’s multiplayer shooting is appealing mostly because of its surprisingly fair free-to-play model.
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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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Xenowerk Tactics review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 9th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: EASY EXTERMINATION
Xenowerk Tactics is a fun and dynamic strategy game that is a little too easy.
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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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SimpleRockets 2 review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 20th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: NOT SO SIMPLE
SimpleRockets 2 celebrates and rewards tinkering, experimentation, and lots and lots of patience.
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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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Sierra 7 review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 12th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: TACTLESS TACTICS
Sierra 7 is an interesting on-rails shooter that is marred by annoying free-to-play design.
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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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