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.

It's not uncommon for Rockstar Games to put their Grand Theft Auto iOS ports on sale, but it's not as common to see the entire library of them all on sale at the same time. That's what we're experiencing right now, in what I'm dubbing "The Great Rockstar Games Grand Theft Auto (and Max Payne) Cinco de Mayo Sale of 2016". Pretty catchy name, no? Right now all of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto iOS ports are available for just a few bucks, down from their already pretty darn cheap regular prices. If you were to do some sort of cost to hours played equation for something like GTA: San Andreas, we'd be talking fractions of a cent per hour of senseless violence and crime. It's an amazing deal and really there are no bad GTA games in the bunch. They've even knocked a buck off of the solid mobile version of GTA's bullet time cousin Max Payne. Now is a great time to pick up any of these that you don't own to fill out your collections. ¡Viva Rockstar Games!..

'Monster Builder' is the New 'Pokemon'-like Monster Collecting RPG from DeNA

I think it's safe to say we are not lacking in Pokemon-like games on mobile, and we've even got some actual official Pokemon stuff both released and currently in the works. That isn't stopping DeNA from taking a stab at the genre though with their new monster-collecting-and-battling RPG Monster Builder. To be honest, it actually sounds really cool. A bunch of aliens invade Earth, and to fight back scientists actually take various types of alien DNA from the battlefield and use it to mix and match with other DNA to create all manner of crazy monsters to use as weapons. Here's the animated intro for Monster Builder...




After a loooonnng soft-launch, Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Identity [$4.99] finally launched world wide just over two months ago. Having not played an Assassin's Creed game since the second game in the series back in 2009, I wasn't totally sure what to expect from this mobile edition. As it turned out I was pleasantly surprised to find an experience that was heavily streamlined for mobile touchscreen play but still retained the essence of what makes Assassin's Creed so fun: whacking dudes while being a stealthy bad ass. ..

Out Now: 'Hungry Shark World', 'INKS.', 'Black Hole Joyrider', 'CarneyVale: Showtime', 'Final Meteor', 'Hexcells' Trilogy,  'Joan Mad Run', 'Super Smash the Office', 'Never Gone' and More

It's that time of week again where a big ol' batch of new iOS games bust onto the App Store scene. It feels like only yesterday that we had a huge list of new iOS games to sort out, but it was actually a whole week ago. I checked a calendar and everything. With the insane pace that new games hit the App Store though, a week might as well be a day. #BackLogs4Life Well, don't let your massive pile of unplayed games stop you from digging into the list below and downloading a bunch more new stuff you may or may not ever play. It's the App Store, this is what we do! ..

King Soft-Launches a Stylish RPG on Android Simply Called 'Hero'

King offers us more than a dozen ways to match candies or sodas or jellies or what have you, and they've certainly seen a lot of success with that, but it's nice to see them branch out in non-puzzle directions. One of our friends over at mobile app analytics firm SensorTower has pointed out a new game from King that's currently in soft-launch on Android, and it's not a matching game! It's called simply Hero, and it looks to be a King-ified take on a mobile RPG...

JRPG Clicker 'Final Meteor' Launching this Thursday, Its Horror-Themed "Twin Game" 'Final Friday' Coming Next Thursday

A couple of weeks back our resident clicker lover Carter Dotson posted the trailer for Final Meteor, a clicker game that aims to bring a similar satisfaction as classic 16-bit JRPGs but in clicker form. The art style in Final Meteor was definitely on point and it seemed like it would be another great entry in the emerging idle gaming genre on mobile. Developer ClapClap Media has reached out to let us know that Final Meteor will be launching this Thurday, May 5th. Here is the launch trailer again if you missed it before...

'Smash Fu' is the New Name for 'Brick Ninja', Coming May 12th and New Trailer Released

Back in late March, Halfpipe Hero [Free] developer Bit Free Games unveiled their new project, an over-the-top tile-smashing game called Brick Ninja. At that time they were seeking beta testers for the project, and it looks like a lot of progress has been made in the month or so since then. The game is now finished and has a brand spanking new name, Smash Fu, as well as an official release date of May 12th. There's also a brand new trailer for Smash Fu, check it out...

'Nonstop Knight', the Idle Action RPG from Kopla Games and Flaregames, Launching Worldwide June 2nd

The mobile platform in an incredibly unique one. Our little devices are powerful enough nowadays to run games that are pretty comparable to full-blown games on PC and consoles, and there's certainly an audience that craves those meaty game experiences on the go. However, there's an even larger slice of the mobile audience who are simply looking to kill a few minutes of downtime here and there throughout the day without having to commit a ton of time or attention to a game. Enter the idle gaming genre. All the fun of progressing and completing missions without all that pesky playing. ..

I think it's fair to say that Mucho Taco [Free] is the preeminent taco-themed idle clicker available on the App Store today. No others even come close, or exist at all, for that matter. Anyway, with Cinco de Mayo looming developers One Simple Idea and publisher Noodlecake have decided to release a massive update for Mucho Taco which adds all sorts of new stuff while also overhauling some of the existing content. Some of the major new features include: a special new map and ritual system that allow for multiple prestiges/play throughs, a new relic system that allow you to permanently augment the look and performance of your restaurants, a new Offline Chef system so you can manage your taco empire even when you're not playing, and of course plenty of new ingredients as well as new ways to use existing ingredients...

First Trailer Released for 'Pinball Breaker Forever' from XperimentalZ, Coming this Month

Towards the end of February, Don't Run With a Plasma Sword [$1.99] developer XperimentalZ Games announced their next mobile gaming project, a mashup of pinball and brick breaker appropriately called Pinball Breaker Forever. At that time they only had a few early screens of the game as they were looking for beta participants, but since then the game has progressed nicely and today XperimentalZ has sent along the first trailer for Pinball Breaker Forever, and it looks like great fun...

'Tiny Tower' 5 Year Anniversary Update Coming May 26th

A few weeks ago Nimblebit announced they were in the midst of creating a massive update for their mega-hit tower building game Tiny Tower [Free] in anticipation of its 5-year anniversary. At that time they were seeking beta participants to try out the new update, and apparently that testing has gone well as today Nimblebit announced that the 5th Anniversary Edition of Tiny Tower will be available on May 26th. As mentioned before, this update will include improved visuals, streamlined tower manageent, tons of new missions and floors to build, and even the ability to share Bitizens between friends...

The simulation game factory that is Kairosoft continues to crank out new games to the iOS platform in the West, with the latest being Pocket League Story 2 [Free] which has just arrived this morning. It's a sequel to their 2012 fan-favorite release that had you putting together your own soccer team and then training them and making them into the top team in the world. Being a Kairosoft game it wasn't just about the team either, as you had to build a stadium to play in, a training facility for your team to practice at, sell merchandise to fans, and all those other little responsibilities that go along with managing a major sports team...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'War Tortoise'

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...

Out Now Part 2: 'Angry Birds Action!', 'Boxy Kingdom', 'PsyCard', 'Agent Gumball', 'REDCON', 'Egz', 'Runaway Toad' and More

Hey, well wouldn't you know it was one of those weird weeks where a ton of games came out, but there was still a significant number that trickled out after the usual weekly time. So! Here we are with our second edition of Out Now for this week, with a handful of pretty noteworthy games that weren't out when we posted our list last night. And if even more games trickle out after this list? Well, I guess we'll do a third list, heh. Check out the list of stragglers below!..

Upcoming Enhanced Mobile Port of 'Romancing SaGa 2' Gets First English Language Trailer

This past December, Square Enix announced that they would be releasing an enhanced port of their classic 16-bit RPG Romancing SaGa 2 on iOS devices in Japan. Given that the game had never been translated to English, and that it was a highly quirky and niche game to begin with, it seemed pretty unlikely that the game would ever make it outside of the shores of Japan. Which was a shame because it was such a unique title. Well, earlier this month we were very happy to have been proven wrong as Square Enix confirmed that the Romancing SaGa 2 iOS game would indeed be releasing worldwide. Today they've posted a brand new trailer for the game detailing its many features, both new and old...

Prettygreat's second mobile game Slide the Shakes [Free] has been a pretty surprising hit since its launch back in February. The simple and satisfying act of pulling back and launching shakes while trying to get them to stop sliding on a specific landing zone works incredibly well as a mobile game, and Prettygreat was surprised to see how quickly players were devouring the game's original 100 levels. After adding 25 new levels last month for Easter, they're back again with another batch of new Slide the Shakes levels. This time there's a whopping 50 new levels as well as new elements like the portal and wind that'll affect your shake sliding. It's all explained in this needlessly dramatic and action-packed trailer...

Sugary Logic Puzzle Game 'Puzzlepops!' Arrives May 12th, New Trailer Released

During GDC last month, I had the chance to sit down with ex-Halfbrick designer Layton Hawkes and talk about his experience striking out on his own and developing his first solo game, a logic puzzler called Puzzlepops! Despite its bright colors and candy theme, Puzzlepops! is a truly hardcore puzzle game that will test your brain to the fullest. I was really impressed with it at GDC, and I'm happy to learn that Puzzlepops! is finished and has a release set for May 12th. Check out the brand new trailer...

'Avadon 3: The Warborn' Gets a Trailer, Coming to iPad, Mac and Windows this Fall

"They don't make 'em like they used to!" is an expression that does not apply to Jeff Vogel and his development studio Spiderweb Software. He began making in-depth RPGs for desktop computers back in 1994, and has continued to do so for the past two decades while retaining the old-school visuals and gameplay of those original mid-90s titles. We're quite fond of Spiderweb's games around here, so we're stoked to hear that their latest release Avadon 3: The Warborn will be hitting the iPad alongside Windows and Mac machines later this year. Check out the brand new trailer...

Out Now: 'War Tortoise', 'Pathfinder Adventures', 'Disney Magical Dice', 'Apestorm: Full Bananas', 'illi', 'Spellbinders', 'Outdodge', 'Taichi Panda: Heroes' and Tons More

Whatever that so-called "lull" was during the past couple of weeks while Apple filled up their feature slots with Earth Day stuff, it's definitely over now. There is TONS of new iOS games this week, with lots of high-profile stuff we've been waiting on as well as a lot of surprise games that look pretty interesting. So dig into the big ol' list below, check out what people are saying in the forum threads, and let us know in the comments which games you're interested in grabbing this week!..

Super Meat Cat? Asura's 'Cat Knight Story' is a Masochistic One-Touch Platformer Looking for Beta Testers

Are you tired of waiting for the iOS version of Super Meat Boy that most likely will never see the light of day? Asura Game Studio is hoping to give you the fix that Team Meat won't with their upcoming one-touch precision platformer Cat Knight Story. Yes, it's a game about a cat, which gives it bonus points in my mind. However, it also looks like the kind of masochistic platforming that I enjoy. You can see the pretty clear Super Meat Boy influences in this first trailer for Cat Knight Story...