Author Archives: Jared Nelson


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An avid gamer since he was in diapers, Jared has owned just about every portable and console game system released in the last 30 years. A decade ago, video editing brought him into the world of Macs, and since making the switch he's never had one thought of turning back. The inception of the iPhone and App Store has replaced his need to buy every game and system released, and instead focus on Apple's do-everything device that meets all his portable gaming needs.

This past March, Sega announced a new entry in the beloved Crazy Taxi series which was to be both free to play and exclusive to mobile devices. After a brief soft-launch period, Crazy Taxi: City Rush [Free] is now available worldwide. Now, I'm imagining the arrival of City Rush will be divisive amongst players. On the one hand, Sega has crafted a really good "mobilized" version of Crazy Taxi. It's sort of like a Temple Run game, in that it's behind the back and you auto-accelerate, but you also can choose your own routes through the cities, so it feels less restrictive and more open. It can be played in either portrait or landscape orientation, and visually City Rush just pops with color and style. It's a very bright and happy game. There are also loads of customization options, from a massive fleet of different taxis to unlock to tons of visual customizations as well as ability upgrades for each...

Out Now: 'Angels in the Sky', 'Deep Loot', 'Micromon', 'Super Heavy Sword' and Tons More

It's Wednesday night, the time is right, and the games are here. We've got a great collection of actual premium non-free to play games this evening, which is pretty refreshing. We're expecting a couple more games that are due out tonight but weren't seen in international stores, so keep an eye on this as we inevitably add more stuff when it appears- Potentially as late as midnight Pacific time...

It isn't hard to come up with reasons to recommend 11-bit Studios excellent Anomaly series of "tower offense" games, but just in case you need a new one, all three games in the series are currently on sale for this week only. As mentioned, the Anomaly series is noteworthy for taking the well-worn tower defense genre and mixing things up by putting you in the role of the invading creeps. Call it tower offense or reverse tower defense, but either way it injected a fresh perspective to a genre that's been done to death on mobile...

'Great Big War Game' Not Big Enough, Rubicon Announces 'Ultimate War Game'

Rubicon Development made their name on iOS in 2011 with Great Little War Game, a turn-based strategy game with an Advanced Wars feel that was built for mobile. Indeed it was a great little war game. Then in 2012, they followed it up with Great Big War Game, and as the name implied it was a bigger, badder version of the first game with online multiplayer, which had been a highly-requested feature. It was critically well-received, but failed to really break through to the mainstream mobile audience. Perhaps it was a little too much for your average mobile gamer? So earlier this year, Rubicon released Great Little War Game 2. Its aim was to strip away some of the heavier features the series had gained and focus on what made the first game work so well...

First Trailer Released for Foursaken Media's Next Game 'Phantom Rift'

Foursaken Media originally announced their next project (well, one of their next projects) via a Tweet way back in May. At this time the name of the game wasn't even known, but Foursaken described it as "a mix of Bastion and Mega Man Battle Network with tons of equipment, abilities and customization." Foursaken fans in our forums quickly made a discussion thread based off this limited information, and shortly after Foursaken joined in to reveal some more tidbits on the game. First off was its name, Phantom Rift. It's described as an action RPG where you play as a wizard who's caught in a strange nether-realm called The Rift. You roam around the randomly generated world of the Rift uncovering treasures, battling enemies, and eventually finding out why you're there in the first place...

Tons of Marvel Mobile Gaming News Came Out of Comic-Con Over the Weekend

This past weekend was Comic-Con in San Diego, and being one of the heavyweights in the world of comics, Marvel had plenty to announce at the convention that pertains to their mobile gaming offerings. Without further ado, here's a quick rundown of some new content you can expect for Marvel Puzzle Quest, Marvel Pinball, and Marvel War of Heroes, as well as a brand new game announcement in the form of Marvel Contest of Champions and an updated look at the previously announced Spider-Man Unlimited from Gameloft...

Over the weekend at Comic-Con, Telltale Games announced that their ultra popular, critically acclaimed adventure series The Walking Dead will be coming back for a third season at some point in the future. The news was initially announced at a Comic-Con panel hosted by Skybound Entertainment, who publishes Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comics from which Telltale's game series is based on, and later confirmed by Telltale's official Twitter account...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Traps n' Gemstones'

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one...

It's been just over a month since Double Stallion's Big Action Mega Fight! [$2.99], or BAMF! for short, switched from being a free to play game and rejiggered itself to be a pay-once game with no in-app purchases. According to a recent interview with Pocketgamer, it looks like that decision is working out for the best. BAMF!'s designer Nicolas Barrière-Kucharski tells Pocketgamer "On a business level, during our $1.99 launch week June 25th to July 1st, revenue from the premium version of game across all versions surpassed lifetime revenue up to that point." That means in that in just that first week after switching to a paid game, BAMF! made more money than it had in the six months it existed as a free to play title. That's quite a turnaround...

It rolled out a bit later than the rest of this week's releases, but yesterday Slitherine unleashed their latest iPad strategy game Commander the Great War [$19.99 (HD)] onto the masses. Like most of Slitherine's games, this one is centered around war, specifically World War I or The Great War as the title implies. The game consists of five different campaigns that span the globe, each taking place during a different year of the war. The campaigns are based on the real history of the war, but there are opportunities to diverge from the historical timelines and enter into alternate histories based on the decisions you make during play. Topping off the immense single-player component of Commander the Great War is cross-platform online multiplayer. ..

At this time last month, True Skate [$1.99] had just received an update adding in a course from the 2013 Street League Skateboarding stop in Kansas City and dropped its price to free to celebrate the Street League event occurring that weekend in Chicago. Well, Street League is heading to LA this weekend for the second stop on their 2014 tour, and that means that today we have another new park and another price drop for True Skate. The new park is based on the 2013 Street League Portland course, and here's a couple of screens to give you an idea of what it looks like...

Apple "Frustrated" that "People Don't Want to Pay Anything" on Mobile, Says 'The Banner Saga' Developer

There's a very interesting interview over on Polygon with Stoic Studios, developers of the hit tactical adventure title The Banner Saga which launched on Steam back in January and is on its way to the iPad. In the interview Stoic touches on what it's like developing a game as a fledgling indie studio, and two things in particular really stood out to me...

Historically, movie tie-in games have sucked, but it seems like that trend might ever so slowly be changing. Temple Run has produced a couple of fun movie tie-in spinoffs, the Guardians of the Galaxy mobile game is pretty good, and the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [$3.99] game seems really promising. Another good example is Glitchsoft's recent Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past [$2.99]. Sure, it might not change the world or anything, but it's a surprisingly competent action platformer that does great fan service in the form of many playable characters. Today a new update has landed for the game that increases that number of playable characters with the addition of both Storm and Polaris. Here's a short video showing off both Storm and Polaris in action...

Out Now: 'Modern Combat 5: Blackout', 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles', 'Traps n' Gemstones', 'Revolution 60', 'The Great Prank War' and More

It's another Wednesday night filled with new iOS game releases, but for many people out there today is simply "Modern Combat 5 release day." And that's cool, I totally get it, we've been waiting a long, long time for Gameloft's latest FPS. Luckily, it looks like it was worth the wait. Check out our review of the single-player portion of the game, and look for a review of the multiplayer portion soon. Besides that major release, there's also a surprise arrival of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the official mobile game of the upcoming movie. It's a beat 'em up made by the guys who made Combo Crew, so I've got high hopes for it...

Pixbits' Junk Jack X [$4.99] is one of those iOS gifts that keeps on giving, and today its newest update has arrived adding all sorts of summer-themed items, an entire new planet, and even the ability to go fishing. The summer items are summer-y things like popsicles and water balloons, as well as some jazzy new outfits like you can see in the screen below. The new planet is Mayan-themed and named Yuca, and it contains 15 new mob types, lots of new blocks and items, and some special Yuca equipment and weapons. ..