Author Archives: Jared Nelson


About the Author

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.

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Puzzle to the Center of the Earth'

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...

Long-time TA'ers may remember a segment we used to do on our podcast called Jared's Kitty Korner, where each week we highlighted the cream of the crop in the world of cat games. We've since retired the segment, but every once in a while some hot cat game news pops up and it's time to briefly revisit the Korner. Today, that hot cat game news is that Rusty Moyher's Box Cat [$0.99] has received a much-needed update adding widescreen and iOS 8 support, as well as Retina graphics on the iPad...

Strategy buffs listen up: Slitherine has unleashed their latest WWII-themed strategy game Battle Academy 2: Eastern Front [$19.99 (HD)] for the iPad. For whatever reason it didn't follow the typical weekly release schedule, and wasn't included in our list of new games last night, but it's definitely one you don't want to let slip through the cracks. As the name implies, the sequel to 2012's excellent Battle Academy focuses on the Easter Front and has you playing through 30 missions across 4 different campaigns as both the Axis and Soviet forces...

'Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf' Launching Worldwide October 28th, New Trailer Released

Over a year ago, back in August of 2013, developer HeroCraft announced a card-based tactical strategy game set in the Warhammer universe called Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf. The initial screens looked great, and the following December a brief trailer was released that gave us a glimpse at the game in action. A lot of time has passed since then, but today HeroCraft has finally announced a worldwide release date for Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf. It's coming next Tuesday, October 28th. Here's a brand new gameplay trailer...

Foursaken Media Officially Announce 'Heroes and Castles 2'

Regular readers of our site know that we're big fans of Foursaken Media, and it's almost a running joke by now just how productive the team of four brothers is at pumping out new iOS games. It seems like just after they release a new game, they're right there the next day announcing their next game, and once THAT game releases, they announced yet another new game, and so on and so forth. The funny thing is, every time they're ready to announce a new game, there's a bunch of devoted fans in our forums hoping and praying that the new game will be Heroes and Castles 2, a sequel to the beloved original. Well, good news! The "Foursaken Cycle" is continuing, and after their release of Puzzle to the Center of the Earth [Free] just yesterday, the team has finally officially announced Heroes and Castles 2 in our forums. Here are a bunch of early screen shots...

Square Enix's excellent Hitman-themed puzzle strategy game Hitman GO [$1.99] has just been updated with a new classic level pack and iCloud integration, and it's on sale again for just $1.99. The new chapter of levels is called "St. Petersburg Stakeout" and is based off of the same level from the 2002 console game Hitman 2: Silent Assassin. The new pack contains 8 levels, and if you remember that St. Petersburg Stakeout level from Hitman 2, you'll definitely recognize it here too...

Out Now: 'NHL 2K', 'Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge', 'Puzzle to the Center of the Earth', 'Mmm Fingers', 'Ghostbusters Pinball' and Much More

Here we go folks, another Wednesday night/almost Thursday morning and another huge batch of new iOS games have hit the US App Store. This week is particularly strong, with a new game from Foursaken Media, a new entry in the classic Tilt to Live series, a desperately-needed NHL hockey game for mobile, and just so much more. Make sure you take your time looking through the entire list below and checking out impressions in the forum threads, and as always let us know what you're picking up in the comments below...

Ahoy hoy retro RPG enthusiasts, here's some very welcoming news: Square Enix has just updated their iOS port of Final Fantasy V [$15.99] with iCloud save syncing and MFi game controller support. As the update descriptions says, "Game data saved with iCloud can now be shared across devices! At home or away, on your iPhone or iPad, pick the play style that's best for you." Neat! The update description also mentions now supporting the Logitech PowerShell Controller specifically, but as was the case with a similar update to Final Fantasy VI, the game does indeed work with a Steel Series Stratus and I'd imagine all the other MFi controllers as well...

As fans of Pixbits' Junk Jack X [$4.99] are well aware, the developers of the 2D crafting adventure game are always on top of holiday-themed and seasonal content updates. With Halloween approaching at the end of this month, Pixbits has pushed out their latest update for Junk Jack X, and it's stuffed like a scarecrow with all sorts of spooky new goodies. There's a new Halloween biome, new mobs like a Zombie Witch and Black Cat, spiders that will drop from trees (yuck), new Halloween cooking recipes, and lots more...

Game 1 of the MLB World Series between the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants kicks off today, and to celebrate the MLB-developed R.B.I. Baseball 14 [$1.99] is on sale for the first time since its release back in April, down to just $1.99. The original R.B.I. Baseball series was a mainstay of the sports genre on 8- and 16-bit game systems, but had laid dormant since its last entry in 1995. This year, MLB's in-house development studio Major League Baseball Advanced Media looked to resurrect the series with a modern coat of paint, while keeping the gameplay simple and arcadey as a throwback to the series' origins...

PlayStation Era Beat 'em Up 'Gekido' Coming to iOS

Italian developer Naps Team has worked on a number of titles in their twenty year history, but of their original IPs most people would probably known them from their Amiga fighting game Shadow Fighter, or their PlayStation 1 brawler Gekido: Urban Fighters. In fact, Gekido seems to have something of a cult following, and there was even a sequel released for the Game Boy Advance called Gekido Advance: Kintaro's Revenge. Today, Naps Team has announced that the Gekido series is heading to iOS devices, and they've provided the first screen of what it will look like...

Noodlecake's Flappy Golf [Free] is both a fun flappy take on their Super Stickman Golf series as well as a strange social experiment in how schoolyard word of mouth can drive the popularity of an iOS game. As we talked about a few weeks ago, Flappy Golf had seen some incredible organic growth following its initial release back in March, with no real advertising or marketing push behind it...

Hey Sega! This 'Sonic 3 & Knuckles' iOS Port Needs to Happen

Since at least late 2011, Sega has been teaming up with developers Christian "Taxman" Whitehead and Simon "Stealth" Thomley to bring three classic Sonic The Hedgehog games to the mobile platform. Sonic CD [$2.99] in December 2011, Sonic The Hedgehog [$2.99] in May of 2013, and Sonic The Hedgehog 2 [$2.99] in December of that same year. These games were lovingly recreated from the ground up for mobile platforms, and all contained new features and enhancements that weren't present in the decades-old originals. Even better, the remastered versions of Sonic 1 & 2 came as free updates to the bare-bones emulated versions of each game which Sega had been selling on iOS for several years. Each Sonic remake on iOS is a masterpiece, and they all seemed to be quite successful, which meant that a similar remake of the final game in the original Sonic trilogy, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, seemed inevitable. Unfortunately, that's not the case...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Hail to the King: Deathbat'

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...

'Surgeon Simulator' Developer's Next Game is a Bread Simulator, Please Lord Let It Come to Mobile

Those folks over at Bossa Studio are wacky. I mean, they made Surgeon Simulator [$5.99 (HD)], so you have to be a little off your rocker for something like that, no? Today on Twitter, they officially announced their next game, called I Am Bread. Described as "The beautiful story of one slice of bread's epic and emotional journey as it embarks upon a quest to become toasted," I Am Bread is something I need in my life. You'll begin your journey being sliced from a loaf, and then must awkwardly embark on your mission to get toasted. Literally toasted in a toaster. And I think that's the goal of the game?..