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Divinity - Original Sin 2 - Gameplay Journal Part 3

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 1st, 2021
iPad App - Designed for iPad

All last week I was away on a trip, which seemed like a good test for Divinity - Original Sin 2. Would it be a good game to actually fire up outside of the confines of my own home. It turned out to be a less than ideal test environment though as I did not take transit to my destination and my time away was full of programmed activities. During any downtime that I had, I preferred dipping into more familiar standbys like Genshin Impact or League of Legends: Wild Rift.

But now I'm back and the Gameplay Journal continues. This entry really highlights how deep a game Divinity - Original Sin 2 compared to basically any other mobile game (and arguably most other games in general), as I spent almost 45 minutes in a small prison area, and spending most of that time in a single skirmish. It was pretty awesome, but Divinity - Original Sin 2 still seems to go out of its way to remind you that all of its depth and potential comes with some jank.

Divinity - Original Sin 2 - Gameplay Journal

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 25th, 2021
iPad App - Designed for iPad

Last week, Larian Studios dropped Divinity - Original Sin 2 onto the App Store after touting in at various stage shows as an uncompromised port of the open-world role-playing game running on smaller screens. We have been eager to dig into the game to see if it's all it was promised to be, and are compiling our findings here in our Divinity - Original Sin 2 gameplay journal!

The way it works is simple: a single playthrough of the iOS port of Divinity - Original Sin 2 documented in painstaking detail via gameplay recordings and text impressions, all compiled nicely in this here post. See our opinions on the game evolve over time and decide for yourself whether this mega-ambitious mobile gambit is worth it or not.

Posts below will be updated on a regular basis until the game has been completed. Make sure to check back regularly!

Divinity - Original Sin 2 - Gameplay Journal Part 2

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 24th, 2021
iPad App - Designed for iPad

We've been continuing to plug away at Divinity - Originial Sin 2 over here, and it's been an enjoyable experience. Since it is a hefty ask for any mobile gamer to try and start playing though, we're continuing to document our time with it and post impressions as we make our way through it.

In this segment of our coverage, we've got two videos detailing the first steps you take after the prologue chapter (which you can view here). This section of the game is its first open-ended portion, though all the different quests and paths are somewhat constrained in a kind of prison camp called Fort Joy.

Divinity - Original Sin 2 First Impressions

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 19th, 2021
iPad App - Designed for iPad

We all knew Larian Studios was working to bring an "uncomprimised" port of Divinity - Original Sin 2 to iOS, but I'm not sure anyone was prepared for it to surprise release yesterday. After hearing the news, I sat down as soon as I was able to play through the game's prologue, record the entire session, and take down some first impressions. Ultimately, Divinity - Original Sin 2 is everything Larian says it is on iOS, though there are some things that stuck out to me that are worth noting if you're curious about purchasing the game.

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.

Raziel: Dungeon Arena's newest character is elven druid Sarah “Pirrosa” Mander

Posted by 148Apps Staff on October 29th, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Raziel: Dungeon Arena's October update offers a little bit more than usual Halloween-themed outfits you often get this time of year, though those are here too. But beyond that, there is a new character, mercenary system and much more.

In need of some assistance in battle? Then you'll probably be a big fan of the new mercenary system. This will allow you to recruit a loyal companion who will join you on the battlefield, bringing their own unique abilities with them. They can also be equipped with your choice of weapons and armour to add more strategic depth.

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
+ 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 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

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and 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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