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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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Steam Link Spotlight - Jupiter Hell

Posted by Campbell Bird on August 10th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Steam Link Spotlight is a feature where we look at PC games that play exceptionally well using the Steam Link app. Our last entry looked at Roguebook. Read about how it plays using Steam Link over here.

For this entry, we looked at what would probably make a good case for reinterpreting Doom as a turn-based affair tuned for mobile. Jupiter Hell may not be on the App Store, but it sure as heck feels like it should, and it brings sci-fi horror, heavy metal, gore, and gunplay together in ways that remind me of old-school 90s shooter aesthetics.

Salvagette review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 7th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FREEDOM FIGHTER
Salvagette is an innovative (and free) approach to the bullet hell genre.
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SNKRX review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 2nd, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: AUTO-CHESSSSS
SNKRX is a roguelike dungeon-crawler modeled after the classic game of snake that makes great use of auto-chess systems to keep it always feeling fresh.
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Steam Link Spotlight - Roguebook

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 23rd, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Steam Link Spotlight is a feature where we look at PC games that play exceptionally well using the Steam Link app. Our last entry looked at Genesis Noir. Read about how it plays using Steam Link over here.

It's becoming a trend now: PC card games by and large work well on touch interfaces. That is part of the reason why this entry focuses on Roguebook. Other big reasons we're taking a look at it include the fact that Richard Garfield--creator of Magic: The Gathering and (more recently) Keyforge--worked on the design of the card game while the game itself was developed by Abrakam, the team behind what is still my absolute favorite digital collectible card game, Faeria. Side note: Faeria is also great on Steam Link.

Fallen of the Round review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 27th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: KILLER COMBO
Fallen of the Round’s combination of auto-chess and roguelike mechanics is a phenomenal proof-of-concept.
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Card Hog review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 26th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: THREES LITTLE PIGGIES
Card Hog is a solid card-based dungeon-crawler packed with variety.
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Steam Link Spotlight - Neurodeck

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 22nd, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Steam Link Spotlight is a feature where we look at PC games that play exceptionally well using the Steam Link app. Our last entry looked at Loop Hero. Read about how it plays using Steam Link over here.

This entry for the series goes back to a familiar territory: roguelike deck-building. Neurodeck takes many of the genre conventions galvanized by titles like Dream Quest and Slay the Spire, but places them into a more self-reflective structure where you have psychological battles with phobias and fill out personality tests to earn new traits to help you in battle.

Dungeon of the Endless: Apogee review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 16th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ENDLESS STRUGGLE
Dungeon of the Endless is so good that it’s somewhat worth fighting through bugs and control issues to play this otherwise complete version of it.
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Steam Link Spotlight - Loop Hero

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 8th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Steam Link Spotlight is a feature where we look at PC games that play exceptionally well using the Steam Link app. Our last entry looked at Fights in Tight Spaces. Read about how it plays using Steam Link over here.

PSA: Dungeon of the Endless Still Rules

Posted by Campbell Bird on January 29th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ENDLESS STRUGGLE :: Read Review »

The announcement that Dungeon of the Endless is making a return to the App Store via Playdigious as Dungeon of the Endless: Apogee is probably the most exciting mobile news to come out this month. Why? Because Dungeon of the Endless rules, it's perfect for mobile, and it's a shame that it ever got removed from the App Store to begin with.

Meteorfall: Krumit's Tale review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 28th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: QUIPPY QUESTING
Meteorfall: Krumit’s Tale is a well considered and significant evolution of Meteorfall: Journey and then some.
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Seven Scrolls review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 11th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CONDITIONAL CRAWLER
Seven Scrolls draws perhaps a bit too much inspiration from its source material, yet somehow still manages to feel distinct, fresh, and fun.
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The Alliance update to Out There: Omega Edition makes it as playable as ever

Posted by Campbell Bird on January 24th, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A LITTLE LOST (IN SPACE) :: Read Review »

Out There is an old go-to recommendation for a lot of mobile stalwarts, but I could never really get into it. This sci-fi survival game that blended elements of interactive fiction and roguelike mechanics just felt a little off-balance and a little too random for my liking. After being out for six years though, Out There has gone through some changes. The latest of which is a content update entitled “The Alliance” that looked just interesting enough for me to try and pick up the game all over again.

Maze Machina review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 16th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: TEST YOUR METAL
This swipe-based roguelike is remarkably complex yet easy to play.
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