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Wordsmyth review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 26th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SMOOTH SEARCH
Wordsmyth is a refreshingly chill take on Boggle.
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Inked: A Tale of Love review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 24th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: TRACED TROPES
Inked would be a more enjoyable game if it had a better sense of what it wanted to be.
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Apple Arcade: Ranked - Top 25 [Updated 2.22]

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 22nd, 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.

Anyway, on with the ranking updates:

Game ranking updates for 2/22:

Five Dates review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 16th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: LOVE LOCKDOWN
Five Dates successfully captures the awkward excitement of going on video dates.
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Street Masters review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 11th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: NOSTALGIA KNOCKOUT
Street Masters is a clunky board game that looks cool and offers a lot of bang for your buck.
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Battlecruisers review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 9th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FREE THE SAILS
Battlecruisers is a neat and free strategy game.
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Pink review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 1st, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: LOUD AND PROUD
Pink is the brightest and boldest color-inspired puzzle game from Bart Bonte yet.
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Ghost Beat review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 28th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ONE GOOD NOTE
Ghost Beat is a simple rhythm game with its own quirks that make it stand out.
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The Pillar review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 21st, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: WITNESS THIS
The Pillar is a good way to enjoy a mobile-friendly take on The Witness.
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Erica review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 19th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: WHO IS SHE?
Erica is an abrasive and strange FMV game in ways that make it more interesting than it would otherwise be.
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There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 17th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: THIS AINT NO GAME
This lovingly-crafted meta adventure tells a silly but charming story about games for people who love them.
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Orwell's Animal Farm review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 11th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FARMING THE FORMULA
Orwell’s Animal Farm may look different, but feels all too familiar.
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The Complex review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 4th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: NOT SO COMPLEX
The Complex is a formulaic FMV adventure that would be more enjoyable if not for some significant design flaws.
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Embracelet review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 2nd, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SCHLEP THROUGH SLEPP
Embracelet is a touching and enjoyable narrative adventure despite the fact that it has significant control issues.
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Iris and the Giant review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on November 30th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SHIFTY EYES
Iris and the Giant is a standout experience in an ever-growing sea of deck-based roguelites.
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