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Barnard's Star review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 16th, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SPACE WAR
This turn-based tactics game is clearly meant to be played in a very specific way.
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Diablo Immortal Beginner's Progression Guide

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 14th, 2022

Now that I've spent more than enough time in Diablo Immortal to find a purpose in it and also render an opinion on it, I wanted to share some thoughts on how others can join in on a similar journey and get to the fun stuff in the game a little faster.

When I started playing the game, I was flying completely blind and found myself getting bored mostly because I wasn't advancing as quickly as I wanted to and was unclear on how to even figure out what I was supposed to do or what I was even chasing. With that in mind, I've laid out a progression guide here that is focused on helping other hapless players find their way a little easier.

Rocket League Sideswipe - Threes Guide

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 7th, 2022
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: MULTIPLAYER MUST-HAVE :: Read Review »

Rocket League Sideswipe just entered its third season and with it comes yet another new ranked mode. Threes extends the traditional soccer-like arena to make room for an additional car on each team, which adds an entirely new dynamic to what is otherwise very familiar territory at this point.

I've spent a good amount of time with this new mode since it came out and am finding myself steadily climbing the ranks. If you'd like to do the same, here are some tips I can offer that have generally helped me secure wins and work well with my teammates.

Phobies review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 8th, 2022
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: MONSTROUS MONETIZATION
This multiplayer game has a solid sense of self but is woefully monetized to intentionally keep matches unbalanced.
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Rocket League Sideswipe - Duos Guide

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 2nd, 2022
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: MULTIPLAYER MUST-HAVE :: Read Review »



Rocket League Sideswipe continues to be an amazing and deep mobilized version of everyone's favorite car-based soccer game. Now that we're mid-way through the game's second season, it's high time I share some top tips for the game's primary mode: Duos.

I'm not to be a top competitive player, but there are a few things I've noticed make a big difference in trying to win games. Read on below and see if any of these suggestions work for you as well.

Rocket League Sideswipe volleyball guide - tips and tricks for season two's new game mode

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 7th, 2022


Rocket League Sideswipe's second season just introduced a new game mode: volleyball. Although it might seem straightforward enough translate all of the strategy from the game's default mode or previous basketball variant to do well, here, Rocket League Sideswipe changes in some pretty significant ways when all of a sudden you're trying to keep the ball from hitting the ground on half of the game field.

If you're still trying to wrap your mind around how this mode works and what you need to do to be a competent teammate, you're in the right place! I've been playing this new game mode extensively since its launch last week, and have learned a few tricks on how to be just that. Read on below!

Pokémon UNITE - Tips and tricks for new players

Posted by Campbell Bird on September 28th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MONSTER MOBA :: Read Review »

We were pretty high on Pokémon UNITE when we finally got a chance to play it last week, and that didn't change over the weekend. In that time, we've been able to pick up on a lot of the nuances of this Pokémon-themed MOBA and share it with everyone who is deciding to pick it up on mobile, too.

Read on below for some insight on how to improve your game from the perspective of a beginner.

The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War lets players fight for the One Ring in a mobile strategy game, out now on iOS and Android

Posted by 148Apps Staff on September 23rd, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War, NetEase’s officially licensed geo-strategic war game, has finally been released today on iOS and Android devices. Players from all over the world can now experience Middle-earth once again in stunning accuracy as they march to Dol Guldur for control of the One Ring.

As a geo-strategic game, The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War sets itself apart with its millions of tiles that are just ripe for the taking. Players can conquer their own neighboring tiles as well as those of their Fellowships and Faction members (which you can choose from Gondor, Rohan, Lothlórien, Erebor, Mordor, Isengard, Angmar, and Rhûn). These tiles can either contain automatically spawning resources, or Control Points that provide access to capturing a whole region. Tiles can also have harbors that offer passage from one side of the map to another, providing a strategic advantage for your troops when it comes to expanding your territory.

You’ll start your journey by picking your ring, and once you do, there’s no looking back. The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War is available to download on the App Store, the Galaxy Store, and on the Google Play Store. It’s a free-to-play game with in-app purchases.

The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War, Warner Bros. and NetEase’s upcoming mobile strategy game, is now open for pre-registration

Posted by 148Apps Staff on August 25th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Geo-strategic seasonal wargame The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War is now open for pre-registration. The hit franchise comes alive in a whole new way for Tolkien fans, as NetEase Games and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s mobile strategy title lets players experience Middle-earth from the palm of their hand.

The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War lets players experience complex alliance-building and tile-based systems in a thrilling reignited war to gain control of the One Ring. In this immersive strategy title, you’ll have to fortify settlements, outwit enemies, amass your army, and make difficult decisions with lasting consequences throughout the game. The simulated warfare coupled with masterful storytelling stays true to the gripping narrative of the world of LOTR, with the official license bringing the iconic world to life through authentic settings and characters.

Choose your faction to fight for: Gondor, Rohan, Lothlórien, Erebor, Mordor or Isengard. Command armies and creatures to fight for you. Then, take control of lands and hold your banner up high, whether you’re fighting for good or for evil. The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War is now open for pre-registration on the App Store, Samsung Galaxy Store, and on Google Play in Europe, the Americas, Oceania, and Southeast Asia. Pre-registrants will receive an in-game gift pack with a portrait of Bilbo Baggins, the Hobbit of the Shire, when the game launches on September 23rd.

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Puzzles & Survival adds new hero and other gifts to make zombie-killing more fun in its first anniversary

Posted by 148Apps Staff on August 24th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Who would’ve thought you’d need to use your brain to keep your brain intact? If you want to
steer clear of zombies feasting on your noggin, you’ll have to solve puzzles in Puzzles &
Survival, which is celebrating its first anniversary right now. 37GAMES’ match-3 mobile strategy game invites players to vote on a new skin for Nova (modern or fantasy), as well as craft adventure stories in the future for a new protagonist, Samuel.

Samuel, while previously just a poster boy for Puzzles & Survival, is now a fully usable character with high hit points and a Last Stand ability that can boost his damage output. He can inspire his fellow combatants in the team as well. With the deadly virus sweeping the world, you’ll do everything you can to survive the apocalypse - and Samuel’s Infinite Fury skill on the verge of death can restore a teammate to full fury.

Aside from limited-time in-game anniversary gifts as a thank-you to the fans, players can look forward to the new IP crossover event coming in September. Care to venture a guess? To make sure you don’t miss out on all the post-apocalyptic survival mayhem, download Puzzles & Survival on the App Store and on Google Play and check out the game’s official Facebook page. It’s a free-to-play game with in-app purchases.

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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A Scrub's Guide to League of Legends: Wild Rift - The Best Role for Beginners

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 3rd, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: BETTER THAN PC :: Read Review »


League of Legends: Wild Rift is the friendliest and most accessible MOBA on mobile, but it still maintains a high skill ceiling and demands your full attention while playing. You can't just hop into games casually and assume you'll be a great addition to your team or know how to foil your opponents. It takes time and practice to familiarize yourself with champions, learn the map, and find the item builds that work best in certain scenarios.

Because of this, it is often recommended for players to choose one specific role to specialize in, and after countless matches in Wild Rift I am confident in saying that the most beginner-friendly role is that of the humble support. Read on for the reasons why as well as some tips for being a quality support for your team.

A Scrub's Guide to League of Legends: Wild Rift - How to Learn Any Role

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 13th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: BETTER THAN PC :: Read Review »

League of Legends: Wild Rift is a team game that requires each player to fulfill a specific role. More often than not, the team that covers each role with specialized characters suited to those roles establishes and advantage before the match even begins.

Learning how to play each of these roles is crucial for anyone looking to climb high in the ranks of Wild Rift, or just improve their game generally. Even if you choose to fill one specific role most of the time, knowing how each one works gives you additional insight on how to help your teammates and hurt your opponents in those positions.

But how does one go about learning a new role? That's exactly what this guide is supposed to answer! Read on below to figure out how best to learn a role without wasting you or your teammates' time.

A Scrub's Guide to League of Legends: Wild Rift - Breaking Down the Meta - Team Comps

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 5th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: BETTER THAN PC :: Read Review »

Like all popular competitions, League of Legends: Wild Rift has developed a set of unwritten rules about how to play it well. These rules are known as the metagame or "meta," and understanding why they exist and how to take advantage of them is a key step in becoming a truly competitive player.

The most important aspect of the meta to pay attention to at the moment is team composition. If you've already sunk some time into Wild Rift, it's probably been made clear to you that there are certain hero combinations that are more effective than others. Teams with players who simply pick their favorite heroes tend to be unbalanced in one way or another, and you'll likely either see that reflected in team performance or through one or more teammates complaining about the composition in chat.

A Scrub's Guide to League of Legends: Wild Rift

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 5th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: BETTER THAN PC :: Read Review »

I'm relatively new to League of Legends, but have played a fair amount of MOBAs in the past. Wild Rift has really captured my attention, though, and I've found myself sinking a lot of time into practicing and reading up on how to improve my game.

For anyone in a similar boat (or just new to MOBAs in general), some of the guides out there can read like a foreign language. League of Legends has existed on PC for over a decade at this point and built up its own lexicon and community that isn't always the friendliest to new players trying to familiarize themselves with the game.

In that spirit, I present: A Scrub's Guide to League of Legends: Wild Rift. This is a guide series that will chronicle my own learnings and takeaways from my time spent with the game, translated into what is hopefully helpful tips and information for others looking to do the same.