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.

Mobile MOBA 'Planet of Heroes' Soft Launches in Canada, Germany, and Singapore

Back in July of last year, My.com announced that they'd formed a new internal studio called Fast Forward who would be developing a built-for-mobile MOBA called Planet of Heroes, and the following month they released the first gameplay trailer for the game and kicked off a closed beta test. Well, it's been about six months since then and this week Fast Forward has soft-launched Planet of Heroes in the iOS App Stores of Canada, Germany, and Singapore. They've also put together a new trailer showing a lot of what you can expect in Planet of Heroes...

Kingdom-Building Survival Game 'Kingdom: New Lands' Coming to iOS and Android January 31st

You may recall seeing Raw Fury's Kingdom way back at GDC in March of last year when we went hands-on with an early build of the mobile version. The plan was to release the game on mobile later that summer, but it didn't quite pan out that way. That's not such a bad thing though as this past August saw the release of an expansion for Kingdom on desktop and console called New Lands, and since the mobile versions took a wee bit longer than anticipated now we'll be getting the full Kingdom: New Lands experience when it arrives on iOS and Android at the end of this month...




Out Now: 'WarFriends', 'Z-Exemplar', 'Stickman Surfer', 'Red's Kingdom', 'Drop'd', 'Sky Dancer', 'Polywarp', 'ChocoRun2' and More

It's either Wednesday or Thursday for everyone around the globe (if it's Saturday something has gone horribly wrong where you live) which means that a ton of new games have arrived in the App Store. This week sees the forever-in-soft-launch cover-based shooter Warfriends finally launch worldwide, and the seems-like-forever-in-development ZX Spectrum-inspired horizontal shooter Z-Exemplar finally make its way to release. Those along with the typical wide spectrum of other new types of games can be found in the full list below, so let us know which games you've got your eye on this week!..

Play as a Martial Arts Monkey in Upcoming Beat 'Em Up 'Edo Superstar', Heading to iOS February 1st

Publisher Cleaversoft is partnering with renowned artist Jed Henry and his game development studio Hi-Tops on an upcoming mobile brawler called Edo Superstar, and the first trailer for the game is looking really fantastic. Henry is known for the Ukiyo-e Heroes series which present some of video game's biggest characters in traditional Japanese woodblock art. Edo Superstar is about a martial artist monkey named Masaru who must fight his way to Edo City in order to enter the famed Zodiac Tournament. Winning fights will earn Masaru fame which will help him improve his skills, but he'll need to be careful to avoid his former ninja clan during his journey as they're not too pleased he's forsaken them in pursuit of fame and fortune as a master fighter. Check out the trailer for Edo Superstar...

'Stickman Surfer' Takes the Popular Stickman Sports Series to the Waves this Thursday

Traction Games have been specializing in the stickman-based extreme sports corner of the mobile games world since as far back as 2010, when we briefly covered their original release Stickman Skater [$1.99 / Free] (called just Stick Skater at the time). Since then, they've taken their skinny main character Stickson to the slopes in Stickman Snowboarder [$1.99 / Free] and to the dirt in Stickman BMX [$1.99 / Free], the latter of which we reviewed back in 2011. The next logical step would be to take him to the water, and that's exactly what Stickman Surfer will be bringing to the table when it releases this Thursday. It's not all about hitting the waves though, as Stickman Surfer looks to encompass other activities that one might encounter living by the beach like cruising in your dune buggy, hitting the halfpipe on your skateboard, or just chilling in your beach shack. ..

Way back in June of 2015, Suminell Studios announced their throwback horizontal shoot 'em up Z-Exemplar. They used the classic 8-bit gaming computer ZX Spectrum as their inspiration for how the game should look and play, and appeared to be nailing the authenticity to an incredible degree. Updates on the game's progress were fairly frequent through the rest of 2015, but then things went oddly silent until this past August when the developers posted an update saying they had been quietly toiling away on the game and that it was finally feature complete. The game finally launched on Steam in November, and then on Android about a week ago, and at long last Z-Exemplar [$3.99] has also arrived on iOS as of this morning. Here's a look at the launch trailer from the Steam release...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth'

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...

One of my very favorite recent releases is the Out Run-inspired arcade racer Highway Runners [$1.99] from developer Brownieless Games. It launched amidst the madness of the holiday rush mid-December, and once that craziness had finally cleared and the new year was upon us I was just about to pull the trigger on a "Hey guys check this out!" kind of article about it. As luck would have it, though, our own Chris Carter came through with a full review right at that same time, which is far better than my own silly ramblings would be. At any rate, the word was out! And I was very happy about that. While most who have ventured into Highway Runners have loved it, two major requests have arisen pretty frequently. One was for touch controls, as the game originally launched as tilt-only, and the developers added in a wonderful touch option just prior to us posting our review. So that took care of that. The second major request was for native iPad support, and as of today that's officially a thing with a new Universal update for Highway Runners...

'Golf Zero' is Shaping Up to Be the 'Super Meat Boy' of Golf Games

It was just a few days ago that we took a look at Golf Zero, a new upcoming game from developers Colin Lane and Brad Erkkila that blends platforming with the basic concept of golf. I was already sold on the idea based on the few teaser gifs that had been shared up to that point, but then Mr. Lane went and posted a new teaser gif to Twitter today and, welp, "things are getting a bit out of hand now" to quote Lane directly...

Multiplayer Match-3 Game 'Chief Puzzle Officer' Releasing January 19th, New Trailer Released

Back in November DuoFun Studios started a pre-registration and beta test for their upcoming real-time multiplayer matching game Chief Puzzle Officer. Apparently the response was fantastic, with more than 50 members of our forum community signing up to test and 450 people signing up for the pre-registration. Well, all that hard work is finally paying off as Chief Puzzle Officer is all set for release next week on January 19th, and to celebrate they've created a brand new launch trailer which you can see below...

Announced this past November, and slightly delayed last month, the iOS port of award-winning murder mystery board game Mysterium [$6.99] is now available in the App Store. Mysterium is a cooperative board game that has one player playing the ghost of a murder victim who uses various types of cards to give clues to the other players–who are paranormal psychics by the way–as to who, where, and how they were murdered. It's up to those other players to use those clues to ultimately solve the mystery of the murder...

Out Now: 'The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth', 'Sonny', 'Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links', 'Bubble Witch Saga 3', 'Super Hyper Ball 2', 'Towaga' and More

In case you haven't heard, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is out on iOS! It's been a long, strange journey but well worth the wait to finally have one of the finest roguelike dungeon crawlers in the world in our pockets at all times. If you can manage to pull yourself away from Isaac for a bit, though, there's actually a ton of other awesome stuff arriving this week, as is the case with pretty much every week on the App Store. Plus there's a handful of pretty darn awesome games that are scheduled to arrive today but just haven't shown up yet, so whenever those start showing up we'll update this post here. So be sure to look through the full list of games that actually are out now below and let us know which ones you'll be picking up this week!..

This past November Netmarble opened up pre-registration for a new PvP game set in the Star Wars universe, and following a fairly brief soft-launch period that game, Star Wars: Force Arena [Free], is now available in the App Store. In the game you'll control a main hero from either the Rebellion or the Imperial side, and then develop and use a deck of cards that will spawn your troops. The action plays out on a MOBA-style battlefield, but the actual mechanics are much closer to something like Clash Royale. It definitely seems to find that sweet spot of quick and accessible action that suits mobile so well. ..

When Don't Starve: Pocket Edition [$4.99] arrived on iOS back in July of 2015 (has it really been that long already?), Klei Entertainment provided a beautiful port of their critically-acclaimed survival game that was revamped and tailored to work with the touchscreen. It used a tap-to-move and tap-to-interact-with-stuff control scheme that worked perfectly, but it was one that didn't suit the tastes of a lot of players, myself included. I mean, in theory, a truly native touchscreen control scheme is far better than just slapping some virtual controls on a game and calling it a day, but I'm among those who actually prefer virtual sticks and buttons most of the time, and it's always nice to at least have the option. ..

'Fallen London' Developer Failbetter Games Bringing Their Roguelike Exploration Game 'Sunless Sea' to the iPad

Failbetter Games, who brought their fantastic literary adventure Fallen London [Free] to iOS last May, are celebrating their 7th birthday as a company today, and they've taken this special occasion to announce that their haunting roguelike exploration and survival game Sunless Sea will be coming to the iPad this spring. Sunless Sea takes place in the same universe as Fallen London, and has you exploring the subterranean ocean known as the Unterzee by ship. Managing your resources like food and fuel is crucial, but you'll also need to manage you and your crew's own sanity, as the Unterzee is filled with so much awfulness that just sailing through it for too long can drive a person mad. Here's the launch trailer for the desktop version of Sunless Sea to give you an idea of what it's all about...

'Slap Shots!' and 'Puff' Coming to the App Store Soon from Frosty Pop Corps

Frosty Pop Corps, the folks who brought us games such as High Dive [Free] and Big Fishy [Free], are back at it and have not one but TWO games coming to the App Store in the very near future. We'll start with the one that's releasing first, which is a wacky take on hockey called Slap Shots! In it you'll control a single hockey player who seems content on just spinning in a circle, while the typically stationary goal goes moving about the screen. Your goal (HEH) is to stop your player so they're aiming towards wherever the goal is as well as time the power of your shot appropriately. Here's a video to supplement my terrible description of the game...

If you're living in China and are anxious to get in on the whole Pokemon GO [Free] phenomenon (well, what's left of it anyway) then I'm afraid I've got some bad news. According to a report in Reuters, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) will not license Pokemon GO or similar games for release in China until they've had adequate time to evaluate the risks involved with doing so. What sort of risks? According to the games panel of the China Audio-Video and Digital Publishing Association, which is governed by the SAPPRFT, those risks include "threat to geographical information security and the threat to transport and the personal safety of consumers." Seeing as how playing Pokemon GO has been linked to accidents and even deaths due to distracted driving and walking practices, I'd say they actually have a pretty good point!..

New Version of Cult Flash Hit 'Sonny' Gets a Trailer and–Surprise!–It's Coming this Thursday

Just this past Friday we brought you the news that the cult Flash RPG series Sonny would be making its way to iOS soon, and showed you a few new screens and linked to a preview on the Armor Games website that went more in-depth to the battle mechanics in the game. Also, based on some of the information available at that time, it sounded like this new version of Sonny would be including everything from the first two games as well as some additional storyline content and a conclusion to the series. However, that's not quite the case! The version of Sonny that's coming to iOS is actually a totally new version, and it's also NOT Sonny 3. For full clarification, here's the official statement, followed by a brand new trailer for Sonny: ..

The iOS App Store is a crazy place. In early October, we previewed a then-upcoming game called Level With Me [Free], which had you balancing various types of objects on a teeter-totter-like board by blowing floating bubbles onto its underside in order to raise or lower each side and keep said objects from sliding off. The objects include things like a heavy bowling ball, a bouncy beach ball, humans, zombies, and more, each requiring different strategies to ensure they stay on the board. The game was level-based in a way as you'd have to balance each type of object for a certain amount of time before completing a level and moving on to the next, but it was also endless as your ultimate goal was to complete as many levels in a row as possible. You know, it's a tricky game to try to explain, so why don't you just check out the trailer for Level With Me...

Mobile Port of Critically Acclaimed Board Game 'Mysterium' Finally Hitting this Thursday

Our resident board game expert Tasos brought us the news in early November that the award-winning and critically acclaimed murder mystery board game Mysterium would be heading to mobile devices in December. Unfortunately, December rolled along and Mysterium was nowhere in sight, and once again Tasos got to the bottom of the situation and discovered that the game needed just a wee bit more time in the oven before it would be released, likely sometime in January. Well? It's January! And we've got confirmation that Mysterium will finally be hitting iOS, Android, AND Steam this Thursday, January 12th. Huzzah!..