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Genshin Impact review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 26th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: GIGA GACHA
Genshin Impact is a legitimately incredible open-world adventure with a business model that mostly stays out of your way.
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Terafyn review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 29th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: RANDOM ROULETTE
Terafyn is a terrifically well-balanced and satisfying card-based rpg until it’s not.
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Steam Link Spotlight - Disco Elysium

Posted by Campbell Bird on July 8th, 2020
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Steam Link Spotlight is a feature where we look at PC games that play exceptionally well using the Steam Link app. Our last entry was Signs of the Sojourner Read about how it plays using Steam Link over here.

For this entry, I dove into Disco Elysium, an open world role playing game where you play as a detective who has just woken up from an epic hangover, and is now tasked with attempting to solve a murder while trying to piece together his own whereabouts and life. What sets this game apart from other role playing games though is that it shies away from combat and instead relies on dialog-based interactions between characters, which works mostly because the game is very well written and full of detailed and lively characters.

The Greater Good review

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By Campbell Bird on April 22nd, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: GREAT AND GOOD
The Greater Good captures the magic of classic JRPGs while still feeling fresh and modern.
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The 5 Best Mobile Games Like Final Fantasy VII Remake (Updated 4.22)

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 22nd, 2020

Final Fantasy VII is probably the most revered JRPG of all time, and its long-awaited remake has tons of folks anxiously awaiting the chance to see the reimagining of a classic. I’m sure its release will be met with equal parts fanfare and outrage, as is usually the case when a high-profile work is revisited.

If you don’t want to have to sift through all of the hot takes around the game to decide whether it’s worth playing, it might be better to just try and find an alternative for now. Check out our top picks for the best mobile games that can deliver an experience close to what Final Fantasy VII Remake promises. Oh, and while you’re at it, click here to check out all the great lists we’ve been putting together recently.

Castle of the White Night review

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By Campbell Bird on April 21st, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: INCONVENIENT CRAWLER
Castle of the White Night is meant to be hard, but some of its design decisions make it hard to enjoy on a mobile device.
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Untold RPG review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 30th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TEXT ADVENTURE
Untold RPG delivers a remarkably grand, nonlinear adventure using mostly text.
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A new PictoQuest update makes it a much better game

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 10th, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: BY THE NUMBERS :: Read Review »

PictoQuest is a charming little puzzle game, but it left us a little disappointed. The game just didn’t seem to use screen space effectively, to the point that using the touch controls (as opposed to the default virtual d-pad) could lead to errant taps. This, combined with a somewhat unpredictable—and arguably unnecessary—layer of RPG mechanics made a game that would otherwise seem perfect for mobile hard to recommend.

Over the weekend following its release, though, there has been an update to PictoQuest that addresses some of these issues. Most notably, players can now solve puzzles in Zen Mode, which nullifies things like enemy attacks in levels. This allows you to sit an ponder out a puzzle without having to worry about time pressure.

PictoQuest review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 5th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: BY THE NUMBERS
The iOS version of PictoQuest isn’t as convenient as it could be, but it is still a solid puzzler.
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Steam Link Spotlight - Might Is Right

Posted by Campbell Bird on January 3rd, 2020
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Steam Link Spotlight is a feature where we look at PC games that play exceptionally well using the Steam Link. Our last entry was Sin Slayers. Read about how it’s a great mobile experience over here.

Much like the last entry, this week’s spotlight is on a combat-focused rpg I didn’t know much about going into. Might is Right has a really old-school feel. You have a main character that you use to wander over a map to complete quests, which usually revolve around fighting parties of enemies.

Lazara Battle Heroes is a fantastical and immersive tactical RPG for Android

Posted by Cameron Bald on December 24th, 2019

Gadgets Gaming's Lazara Battle Heroes has now launched into early access on Google Play. It's a fantastical and immersive tactical RPG which offers layered turn-based combat, a rich fantasy setting, and an extensive story campaign.

The game's outwardly peaceful world is now under threat from mysterious forces. To combat the incoming otherworldly evil, groups of heroes have banded together and are now ready to fight.It's an idle game at heart, which means you'll be able to train your heroes and make progress even when you're not actively playing. It's aiming to be a relatively stress-free experience, with accessible – though still layered – combat and an appealing comic book aesthetic.

Fighting with colonialism in Queen's Wish: The Conqueror

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 5th, 2019
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Sometimes it’s hard to stick with a game, even if you enjoy playing it. Perhaps it’s just too stressful, perhaps it disturbs you, or—as is the case with Queen’s Wish: The Conqueror—you might not be down with its narrative conceit.

Queen’s Wish: The Conquerer is an open-world role-playing game from Spiderweb Software that’s been five years in the making. As soon as you boot it up, you can tell the love and craftmanship poured into the game, particularly via the game’s writing and attention-to-detail. My only problem with it is it’s asking me something I don’t really want to do: reclaim a colony as part of the queen’s empire.

Steam Link Spotlight - Sin Slayers

Posted by Campbell Bird on November 20th, 2019
+ 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. Out last entry talked about Warsaw. Read about how it’s a great mobile experience over here.

PSA: Download Bastion for free, but wait to play it

Posted by Campbell Bird on November 6th, 2019

There hasn’t been much news from Supergiant Games on mobile lately regarding new games, but there’s something going on with their first game. Bastion released on the App Store in 2012, and back then it was published by Warner Bros. This Warner published version of the game has been delisted, but Supergiant has gone ahead and re-released the game, for free... kind of.


Screenshot of the 2012 mobile version of Bastion

This new version of Bastion may be free to download, but has an in-app purchase for unlocking the full game. From now until 2020 though, this purchase is being offered at no cost, so make sure you grab the game before then.

A couple other things to note about this new version. First, it is optimized for newer screens, meaning it can fill your iPhone X or iPad Pro screen. On the not-so-great end of things, you aren’t able to take your save game from the original mobile release of Bastion over to this new one, and this new version has some performance issues. Playing it on my iPad Pro, there was noticeable stutter and dropped frames that hopefully get fixed with an update soon.


Screenshot of the 2019 mobile version of Bastion

Luckily, Bastion is really, really good, especially when you can play it for free. So grab this new version, but then maybe wait for a patch or two before playing it again.

Brown Dust’s latest update offers players a bounty of new content

Posted by Luke Frater on November 6th, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

It's a fantasic time to be a Brown Dust player right now. After a busy October which included the addition of two new Mercenaries and a crossover event with the popular manga That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Neowiz (the developer behind the game)has just introduced another massive update - the biggest so far.

The biggest of these changes without doubt is the introduction of the ‘Jump-start Quest’, which replaces ‘Run Seir Run’. The premise is simple: over the course of one week, new missions will unlock daily for you to complete. Clear the missions to reap Brown Dust’s most generous rewards to date.