1961 Published Reviews

Dislyte

iOS
6.00
Campbell BirdMay 16, 2022
Stylistically, it is interesting, and I'd recommend folks pick it up to play through at least its story if the events that took place during it were a bit more dynamic and less predictable.

Knotwords

iOS
9.00
Campbell BirdApr 29, 2022
The nice thing here is you don't have to actually spend anything to enjoy Knotwords at its core, so make sure to pick it up and give it a try.

We'll always have Paris

iOS
8.00
Campbell BirdApr 28, 2022
We'll Always Have Paris is a wonderful story and experience that is able to delight, surprise, and move you in a remarkably short period of time. It doesn't always strike the balance it needs to between storytelling and interaction, but for the most part it lets you swiftly enjoy everything it has to offer.

Square Valley

iOS
8.00
Campbell BirdApr 26, 2022
Square Valley is a highly compelling puzzle game that captures the spirit of city-building in a pretty flexible and fun package. I just wish I could pop in and out of it a little more easily. Despite this (and a small handful of rulesets that could be a smidge clearer), Square Valley is well worth checking out.

Rocket Bot Royale

iOS
7.00
Campbell BirdApr 22, 2022
There are a lot of ideas happening in Rocket Bot Royale, and most of them are pretty compelling and enjoyable. The only problem is many of these ideas are so thoroughly smothered by the game's monetization systems and blisteringly fast match length that none of them feel like they get room to breathe and realize their full potential.

Loopy Wizard

iOS
6.00
Campbell BirdApr 21, 2022
Loopy Wizard is a neat little Brough-like roguelike, but it's not particularly innovative, nor do its new twists prove to be more compelling than those of the titles it's imitating. They are just different, and barely so. Depending on who you are, you could pick up Loopy Wizard and have a grand time.

Sumire

iOS
8.00
Campbell BirdApr 11, 2022
There's nothing entirely groundbreaking about Sumire, but everything it does is so beautiful that it's hard not to get swept into its world. You won't regret letting this game charm you, even if a few chuckles and a misty-eyed finale is all you end up getting out of it.

M.Duck

iOS
8.00
Campbell BirdApr 05, 2022
M.Duck's confidence and charm makes for a pretty compelling package. It has a great sense of challenge that doesn't overcomplicate things, while also never feeling like it's something that got watered down to feel manageable on a phone. It's just a really great dungeon-crawler that doesn't take itself too seriously.

Aerial_Knight's Never Yield

iOS
7.00
Campbell BirdApr 04, 2022
Almost everything going on in it is fine, good, and even cool on paper, but they just don't seem fully realized and stitched together seamlessly here. As a result, Aerial_Knight's Never Yield is certainly a memorable experience, but not necessarily one I can fully recommend.

Kingdom Catastrophes Story

iOS
6.00
Campbell BirdMar 30, 2022
Kingdom Catastrophes has some solid ideas on how to layer light systems on top of a storybook adventure, but those give you no actual sense of control over how to jump through the right random hoops to progress through its supposedly wide variety of endings.

GrubDash Driver

iOS
6.00
Campbell BirdMar 29, 2022
GrubDash Driver is a maddening critique of the gig economy because it gives players goofy and terrible-feeling mechanics to illustrate the difficulty of the work while still granting rewards that you can freely reinvest into making the work easier to perform, netting you more profits. It's a strange way to try and communicate the struggle of the gig worker since it ultimately does allow for you to make meaningful career and life advancement so long as you put up with it for long enough.

Fury Unleashed

iOS
8.00
Campbell BirdMar 24, 2022
Fury Unleashed does a fantastic job of delivering quick, high-octane roguelite action that feels varied, deep, and manageable on a touch screen. It may not be the most original kind of game out there, nor will it necessarily push your skills to their limits, but it is a bloody good time nonetheless.

Cat Museum

iOS
7.00
Campbell BirdMar 21, 2022
All told, I'm very taken with Cat Museum's dedication to bizarre art design and swift pacing in the adventure game format. I would have loved to see a little more refinement on the puzzle design or perhaps some convenience features to prevent any downtime and perhaps a but more substance to the narrative payoff, but the tone and presentation of Cat Museum's bizarre adventure is still plenty satisfying as it is.

Who Muted Uncle Marcus?

iOS
6.00
Campbell BirdMar 18, 2022
The concept for Who Muted Uncle Marcus? is fun and full of intrigue, but all that feels squandered when you don't actually feel like you're in control of any investigating. It feels more like a toy you are supposed to poke and prod at until you eventually find out what happens, though it's easy to lose interest in doing that considering the characters and game features you have to deal with to do that.

Labyrinth City

iOS
7.00
Campbell BirdMar 17, 2022
Labyrinth City paints such a vivid and charming picture but unfortunately doesn't prop up its incredible visuals with much substance. Perhaps the books tell a different story, but it seems that mazes aren't Pierre's specialty so much as navigating them is one of the only things he can do. This results in what feels like a very flat (though colorful) adventure experience.

Vivid Knight

iOS
9.00
Campbell BirdMar 09, 2022
Vivid Knight successfully takes the alluring aspects of auto-chess games and transplants them to an enjoyable single-player context. The result is a game that feels incredibly deep and replayable while at the same time being extremely easy to pick up and play. It may have an uneven difficulty spike here and there, but otherwise it's a game that is pretty easy to recommend.

Phobies

Android
6.00
Campbell BirdMar 08, 2022
Phobies is a highly-polished and well-realized game with a really unfortunate free-to-play system layered on top. While it's nice that you can download and check out the game without having to pay anything, matches eventually can and will be decided by who has invested more time and money into making their armies flat-out better, which--it should go without saying--is not something you want from a multiplayer game.

UNREAL LIFE

iOS
8.00
Campbell BirdMar 04, 2022
By the end of Unreal Life, I'm not sure I was able to embrace the narrative payoff, but I almost don't even care. The kind of journey the game takes you on and the way it's presented makes it truly feel one-of-a-kind, to the point that even at its lowest points it is easy to appreciate.

Super Auto Pets

iOS
8.00
Campbell BirdFeb 28, 2022
Super Auto Pets is a fun, silly, and challenging multiplayer game that can be rewarding. That being said its primary mode is based around a randomness that makes it best enjoyed casually. So long as you don't come to this game expecting a super deep auto-chess experience, you'll more than likely have a pretty good time.

Night Skate

iOS
9.00
Campbell BirdFeb 24, 2022
Night Skate is one of the most refreshing runner-type games I've played in a long time thanks to its throwback design and aesthetic. The game just puts off a great vibe and rewards you for vibing with it. There's nothing complicated here, and that's exactly what makes it so special.

Kaiju Attack

iOS
5.00
Campbell BirdFeb 22, 2022
Kaiju Attack suffers from being both light on content and very slowly paced. This combination simply doesn't work for a match-three game that's structured around repetition. Without enough depth to make its down moments feel reflective, Kaiju Attack just feels like a big waste of time, despite its cool look and premise.

Another Tomorrow

iOS
7.00
Campbell BirdFeb 17, 2022
My feelings on Another Tomorrow are complicated. From a distance, all of its individual components are solid, make a lot of sense, and I'd like to see them replicated in other games. When you start bumping up against their limitations, though, they become frustrating, and Glitch Games seems determined to make sure you get to that point. I think your mileage may vary here depending on your own adventure game puzzling acumen as to how much this could grate on you, but for me Another Tomorrow feels like a marginal improvement over the studio's previous attempts at this kind of game.

Dungeons of Dreadrock

iOS
9.00
Campbell BirdFeb 14, 2022
Dungeons of Dreadrock's is a completely unexpected surprise. When you start playing it, it looks and feels like it is just one of 1,000 other fantasy-themed puzzle games you've seen before, but it is so much more than that. Its world feels alive and its action feels so dynamic just by nature of the puzzle logic and design it puts forth. It is a commendable achievement that is worth celebrating. You owe it to yourself to give Dungeons of Dreadrock a try.

Inua - A Story in Ice and Time

iOS
6.00
Campbell BirdFeb 10, 2022
I am glad that I didn't have any complicated puzzles holding me up as I made my way through Inua, but I do wish its storytelling held up its end of the bargain. This artic mystery is still a looker and is somewhat satisfying to make your way through, but if you're expecting some kind of satisfying conclusion, you're in for a let-down.

Please, Touch The Artwork

iOS
7.00
Campbell BirdFeb 03, 2022
I love the tone and core concept of Please, Touch the Artwork. And, to its credit, I know a lot more about Piet Mondrian and neoplasticism because of it. That said, many of Please, Touch the Artwork's puzzle designs wear rather thin pretty quickly, and there isn't quite enough variety or narrative development to make the whole thing feel worthwhile.