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.

Out Now: 'Banner Saga 2', 'Pumped BMX 3', 'PewDiePie's Tuber Simulator', 'Infinite Tanks', 'Agatha Christie: ABC Murders', 'Concrete Jungle', 'Zip Zap', 'Age of Heroes: Conquest' and More

It's turned out to be a "banner" week of new iOS releases. You see what I did there? Because the iOS version of Banner Saga 2 dropped earlier today, I used the word banner in the opening. Yuk yuk. Not just that, though, but the latest entry in one of my all-time favorite series, Pumped BMX, has arrived as has the latest from Sky Gamblers developer Atypical Games, a tank-battling and customizing game called Infinite Tanks. I've got more new games on my plate than I can handle even before all these new releases this week, so I should probably stop yapping and get to some playing. Let us know which games you'll be picking up this week in the comments below!..

'Run-A-Whale' Promises to Make All Your "Skateboarding on the Back of a Whale" Dreams Come True

"So you're making a new auto-runner, eh? Well, it better do something pretty cool if you want to get my attention. Wait… holy crap, you ride a whale like a freaking skateboard? Ok, tell me more!" That is a glimpse into the inner dialogue that took place in my head as I read the email for Run-A-Whale, a passion project of the past two years from solo developer Guillaume Loquin. Even if you're like me, and the thought of yet another auto-runner makes your stomach queasy, I don't think you can deny how absolutely gorgeous Run-A-Whale looks in this latest reveal trailer below. As you'll see, there are two main types of gameplay in Run-A-Whale. In some parts you're diving below the water and then using your momentum and buoyancy to burst through the surface and into the air to collect coins, avoid obstacles, or take out enemies. Then there are times when you'll pop up onto a deck or other solid ground and literally skateboard on the back of the whale. Freaking awesome. ..




In January of 2014 Stoic Studios launched their tactical RPG Banner Saga [$4.99] on PC to much critical acclaim. In October of that year, just shy of two years ago, they launched Banner Saga on the App Store, and it turned out to be a fantastic fit for the mobile platform. The following December, Stoic officially announced what many people had already assumed was coming, a full sequel, and also mentioned their plans to eventually bring that sequel to mobile platforms as they did with the first game. Well, after another well-received launch on desktop this past April and on consoles in July, Banner Saga 2 [$4.99] has finally popped up for purchase in the App Store...

Ubisoft was already a pretty prolific developer in the mobile space, but today they've given themselves a major shot in the arm by acquiring the even more prolific mobile developer Ketchapp. Ubisoft has released a number of mobile games that leverage their popular AAA console and PC brands, as well as licensing popular television IP like CSI and NCIS. They also own Future Games of London who have put out the chart-topping Hungry Shark series. Now, with the acquisition of Ketchapp, they become the fourth largest mobile developer in terms of downloads, according to their press release announcing the deal. ..

Just over a month ago, we told you about Zip Zap [$1.99], an upcoming puzzler from Phillip Stollenmayer and his studio Kamibox, maker of the brilliant existential crisis platformer Sometimes You Die [$1.99] as well as clever puzzlers like Okay? [Free] and Squaredance [Free]. Oh, and I can't forget about my favorite silly time wasters like Pancake - The Game [Free] and 1 Meter [Free]. Zip Zap looked to fall into that "clever puzzler" category, as it has you manipulating various Erector Set-like pieces that are joined with hinges in an effort to scoot, hop, or swing them over to an end goal. The whole thing makes a lot more sense if you watch the trailer for Zip Zap...

The sheer number of mobile devices out in the wild coupled with the ease of downloading apps and their tendency to be free means that download milestones can get pretty crazy compared to other platforms. A million or, heck, even half a million units sold on another platform would be a huge success for most studios, but on mobile it's not even a drop in the bucket anymore. Which brings me to the news that FDG's ape-themed auto-runner Banana Kong [Free] has just reached the 100 million downloads mark across all platforms, and to celebrate FDG will be bringing a huge Beach-themed update to the game on iOS this Thursday. Here's a video showcasing the new Beach content...

'Maxim the Robot' is a Cute Robotic Platformer Heading to iOS and Android

Everybody loves robots, and everybody loves platformers. Right? Well, at least I do, and when you combine both robots and platformers together, it gets me pretty excited. That's the case with Maxim the Robot, an upcoming mobile platformer from FrozenBots Studio. Maxim the Robot features all the, er, features you'd expect from a platformer. Running, jumping, swimming, swinging, sliding, wall-jumping and more. Even… driving a wagon? Sure, why not! Check out the latest teaser trailer for Maxim the Robot...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Vulture Island'

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...

Got a Case of the Mondays? '.Decluster Zero' Developer Has the Answer with Upcoming 'Bullet Hell Monday'

Last year, independent Japanese developer Masayuki Ito gave bullet hell shooter fans two heaping helpings of goodness when he first released .Decluster: Into the Bullet Hell [$2.99 / Free] in March, and then about 5 months later released a completely overhauled and remixed version called .Decluster Zero: Bullet Nocturne [$4.99 / Free] in August. We already loved the original release, but we loved the remixed version even more, and to be honest Bullet Nocturne was such an overhaul over the original that they practically felt like to different games, and it's more than worthwhile owning them both. Well after that double shot of shooter goodness in 2015, Ito is finally back with a brand new shooter called Bullet Hell Monday...

There were a few late arrivals this week, and one of the biggest (both literally and figuratively) is NBA 2K17 [$7.99], which dropped earlier this morning. 2K's basketball offerings seem to be the fan favorites each year over EA's free to play NBA Live Mobile [Free] series, and this year's offering appears to be the most robust basketball offering yet. It features a revamped control scheme and support for physical controllers, and expanded MyCareer mode with an "Off-Day Simulator, more MyPLAYER equipment and attribute options, upgraded badge system, and more", new Historic players, and an expanded EuroLeague with new teams, among other new features...

The sirens are blaring, the news reports are shouting, and one thing is very apparent to you: The nuclear apocalypse is coming, and coming quick. In one minute to be exact. In 60 Seconds! Atomic Adventure [$2.99], which just launched on iOS after arriving on desktop in May of last year, you have one minute to scavenge your house for supplies and to grab members of your family (the ones who you want to survive, anyway) and then drop down into your bomb shelter to tough out this nuclear apocalypse for as long as possible. ..

Out Now: 'Sorcery! 4', 'Batman - The Telltale Series', 'Primordia', 'Faily Rider', 'Vulture Island', 'Tons of Bullets', 'Huetopia' and More

It's that time of week again when all the new iOS games pour from the App Store like a bursting dam, and this week in particular has some pretty heavy hitters. I mean, those few slow weeks earlier this month had to come to an end at some point, right? Telltale's Batman, the fourth and final Sorcery! game, and a port of adventure game Primordia are the headliners this week, but there's also lots of other interesting-looking games I know I'll be filling up my iPhone 7's storage with. So check out the full list below and as always let us know which games you'll be picking up!..

'Harvest' Combines Auto-Running with Farming Sim, Coming in October

Farming sims are nothing new on mobile, but what I like is when a developer blends in some more action-oriented gameplay into the mix. Make you work for those virtual crops, you know? That's what solo developer William Mesilane of Studio Zero hopes to accomplish with his upcoming game Harvest. Originally born from a simple Flash game called Four Second Firestorm Mesilane worked on back in 2006, and then fleshed out in another Flash game called Harvest+ in 2008, Harvest has you running for your life from a combine harvester, collecting fruits and veggies along the way which you can then add to your farm and eventually sell for a profit. Farming ain't easy, and in this case, it's potentially life-threatening...

'Fangold: The Eventful Adventures of Land of Britain' is a Card Battling Game that Features an Open World to Explore

Card battling games are all over the place in the App Store, but a card battler that also features an open world to explore? That's something I haven't seen yet, and it's what Potato Killer Studios is promising with their upcoming game Fangold: The Eventful Adventures of Land of Britain. The game was announced all the way back in May of last year, but this week the developers have released the first official gameplay trailer showing the game in action. In addition to building up decks and battling players in PvP and PvE, you can also roam the land to take on quests from characters in the world, gather up items for crafting, and deck out your very own Inn with awards and furniture. Check out the trailer for Fangold...

Last month, a new game from Night School Studio and Telltale Games called Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltrati0n.ipa [$2.99] (or simply Exfiltration for sanity's sake) made a big splash when it hit the App Store. Designed as a companion experience to the first season of the award-winning Mr. Robot TV series, Exfiltration put you in the role of a hapless citizen who happens to find a smartphone on the sidewalk and, upon opening and investigating the phone, gets sucked into a crazy hacker plot. The game plays out entirely through a faux text messaging application interface as you discover new information and plot your way through by communicating with all sorts of people, some who are actual characters from the show. ..

Fast-Paced Pizza Delivery Platformer 'Ninja Pizza Girl' is Getting Close to Release on iOS

Ninja Pizza Girl is an upcoming platformer from Disparity Games, a family development studio comprised of a husband, wife, and their four daughters. The game has launched on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam, and is heading for release on iOS and Android. You may recall we checked out an early version of the game running on an iPad back at GDC in March, and really liked what we saw. Well, according to the developer's Twitter account, the iOS version is close to completion and currently they're working with Apple to decide the best time to launch the game in the App Store. Which means, hopefully soon! Check out the launch trailer for Ninja Pizza Girl...

Atypical's 'Infinite Tanks' is Coming "Very Soon", New Trailer Released

Back in March we took a look at Atypical Games' Infinite Tanks, an upcoming tank-battling game with an interesting card-based customization system that would let you create millions of different combinations of tanks. The game was just in beta during that time, but it still looked quite impressive, and besides the extensive tank customization aspect it also promised robust content for both single-player and multiplayer gaming. Today Atypical has announced that Infinite Tanks is coming "very soon" to iOS, macOS, and tvOS, and they've released this brand new trailer...

'MAXIMUM CAR' Gets a MAXIMUM New Trailer and is Releasing on October 5th

Back in February, Fist of Awesome [$3.99] developer Nicoll Hunt's studio I Fight Bears announced a collaborative project with developer tea&cheese called MAXIMUM CAR, a racing game with retro inspiration and huge explosions. Think of it as Horizon Chase [Free] meets Burnout. That initial teaser video and the developers' previous works had me very excited for MAXIMUM CAR, and the fact that the title is always spelled out in capital letters let me know that they meant business. Well, the wait is almost over for MAXIMUM CAR as today they've announced a launch date of October 5th along with releasing this brand new trailer...

'Mikey Jumps' is a Mashup of the 'Mikey Shorts' Trilogy Arriving Next Month

For the first time in more than two years, our old pal Mikey is heading back to the App Store. Mikey Jumps is a brand new entry from developer BeaverTap Games but it pulls elements from all three previous games in the Mikey Trilogy. With "simple one-touch controls" you'll run and jump in classic Mikey Shorts [$1.99] fashion, hook and swing in Mikey Hooks [$1.99] fashion, and rocketboot yourself around in Mikey Boots [$1.99] fashion, all in the same game! Though we haven't seen any in-game screens or footage, it sounds like Mikey Jumps will be of the auto-runner variety based on its description. You can, however, feast your eyes on this very colorful promotional image below. Oooohhhh, shiny!..

Donut is most well-known for making simple, mobile-friendly arcade-style games, but they went out of their own wheelhouse back in July of 2014 when they released the adventure platformer Traps n' Gemstones [$4.99], and they totally nailed it. It turns out that Donut was quite suited for more meaty experiences, but Traps n' Gemstones was more than two years ago, and in the time since then Donut went back to their usual (but still fantastic!) simpler fare. Well, it was just last week that we were first teased with images from a then-unnamed upcoming platformer from Donut Games, and only a couple days after that we got the first trailer as well as an official name for that game: Vulture Island. Donut was being a bit vague about the release date, simply saying it was "coming soon," but much to my own and I'm sure many others' pleasure Vulture Island [$2.99] has suddenly appeared in the App Store as of just a few moments ago...