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: 'Time Recoil'

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...

Released on Steam in November of last year and PlayStation 4 this past August, ICEY [$2.99] is a stylish side-scrolling action game that has just surprise released in the App Store. This falls into the realm of yet another Steam game that I've never heard of before that's apparently quite critically acclaimed, and now that it's shown up on iOS I finally have the chance to experience it. ICEY reminds me quite a bit of the incredible Dust: An Elysian Tail [$5.99] in that combat is fast and heavily focused on cool combos and special moves, but the game takes place on a 2D side-scrolling plane. There's also quite an interesting narrative in ICEY, as the omnipresent narrator is constantly guiding you and telling you what to do, but you can choose to defy its instructions and branch out into areas on your own...




It's always a happy day when one of my favorite older games gets a 64-bit update and is saved from the doom of the Appocalypse. Today's example of this is ZeMind Game Studio's unique space shooter Starborn Anarkist [Free]. Initially released in December of 2013, Starborn Anarkist isn't your typical dual-stick space shooter, of which you can find many on the App Store already. Its main hook is the ability to build and customize your ship using a variety of ship blueprints and parts that you'll drag onto a grid and connect in the game's garage. I can't stress enough just how much fun it is to try out wacky ship designs and see what works, and the collecting and unlocking of new parts and blueprints is one of the most engaging forms of progression I've seen in a mobile game. It's very possible to create a total clunker ship that barely functions right, but that's part of the fun, and with randomly generated enemies and an endless nature Starborn Anarkist is one of those games that I'm always guaranteed to have a good time with when I fire it up...

Out Now: 'Warhammer Quest 2', 'Time Recoil', 'Game of Thrones: Conquest', 'Mmm Fingers 2', 'Campfire Cooking', 'Syllablade', 'Returner 77', 'B-Grade Renegade' and More

It's once again that time of week where we round up all the new iOS game releases of the past 7 days, and what a week we've got folks. The long awaited Warhammer Quest 2 arrived a day early and has been getting a positive reception so far, 10tons' latest top-down shooter Time Recoil has arrived sooner than I thought it would too, and Game of Thrones: Conquest is out of soft launch and now available worldwide. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. So check out the full list of games below and as always let us know in the comments section which games you'll be picking up this week!..

When Capcom launched Street Fighter IV Champion Edition [$1.99] this past July, they had already laid out plans for at least two content updates for the game that would add in 6 additional players to the roster. The first of those updates landed the very next month, adding Evil Ryu, Guy, and Gouken to the mix as well as some welcome play balancing and performance optimizations. Now today, about two months removed from the previous update, Street Fighter IV Champion Edition has received the second of those promised content updates. ..

After waiting for more than three years, Rocketcat Games and Madgarden finally released their magnum opus "Randomly Generated Road Trip Action-RPG" Death Road to Canada [$10.99] on iOS this past March. Spoiler alert: It's pretty good. Since then, the developers have been releasing content updates for both the desktop and iOS versions of the game, like the huge COCCYX update that hit in June and the massive DUODENUM update that released in August. Alongside all the critical acclaim and tasty content updates, there's one big question a certain segment of the mobile gaming audience has still been wondering: When is Death Road to Canada coming to Android? Well, the Android-porting wizards at Noodlecake Games finally have an answer: October 26th. ..

'Gundam Battle' Releasing in China this Year, Worldwide in 2018

Bandai Namco Shanghai and KingNet are partnering up on a new mobile action title based on the Gundam universe, and it has just successfully completed a closed beta test in China and is looking to release worldwide early next year. The game is called Gundam Battle and it features an open-world design where you'll run around battling other players using a variety of the iconic Mobile Suits found in the nearly 40 year old franchise. While not in English, the following trailer for the closed beta that just occurred will give you a glimpse at what Gundam Battle is like in action, and personally I'm thinking it's looking rather cool...

Gumi's Promising Strategy RPG 'The Alchemist Code' Opens Up Pre-Registration

As we reported at the end of August, Gumi Inc is bringing their popular Japanese mobile strategy RPG For Whom The Alchemist Exists to mobile devices out West under the name The Alchemist Code, and today they've also fired up their pre-registration system for the game. This isn't just any old pre-registration though, as Gumi has made sort of a game out of it. "Pre-registered players who execute daily logins and missions will receive Play Tickets that can be used to perform exciting pre-registration summons that contribute to the Pre-registration Milestone Campaign Rewards. The Pre-registration Milestone Rewards that can be unlocked include helpful in-game items that will be enjoyed by all players at launch, such as Apples of Accomplishment, Equipment Summon Tickets, Skip Tickets, Mianne (a 5* Potential Character) and Gems." ..

Noodlecake and No Monkeys Bringing 'Mmm Fingers 2' to iOS and Android this Week

Just about 3 years ago, Noodlecake Studios partnered up with developer No Monkeys to release the frantic avoidance game Mmm Fingers [Free], which tasked you with keeping your finger pressed on the screen as you dodged all manner of hazards that were out to harm that poor finger of yours. The game was one of the biggest hits for both studios, and went on to be downloaded more than 24 million times. Now the developers are back with a bigger and better sequel called Mmm Fingers 2. Here's the trailer...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'The Talos Principle'

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...

Third-Person Bank Robbery Shooter 'Armed Heist' Soft-Launches in Sweden

If you follow along with our Upcoming Games Forum, which you totally should if you care about being on the cutting edge of what's coming out for mobile, then you may have seen a thread that was posted late last month for a game from developer Sozap called Armed Heist. It's a third-person cover-based shooter centered around robbery, similar to something like the Payday series, and it tasks you with becoming the best gosh darned armed robber in the world. Not the noblest of endeavors, but it sure makes for some fun gaming. At the time of the forum posting, Armed Heist didn't have a trailer that was ready for public consumption, but some animated .gifs and a brief video showing some in-game footage of a beta version showed a lot of promise. Now, Sozap has prepared an official public trailer for Armed Heist which you can see below...

Out Now: 'The Talos Principle', Dragon Hills 2', 'Into the Dead 2', 'Beyond Oasis', 'Taichi Panda 3', 'San Giorli', 'cmplt', 'Train Bandit', 'Blocksy' and More

It's that time of week where we round up the best new iPhone and iPad game releases of the past 7 days. While it's not a big week in terms of number of games, it's quite high up there in terms of quality. With the semi-surprise release of The Talos Principle, along with the release of The Witness a few weeks ago, we are plenty covered in terms of atmospheric, graphically impressive first-person puzzle adventures. We are GOOD. Dragon Hills 2 is a sequel to a favorite of mine that looks bigger and better in every way, as is Into the Dead 2. And finally Sega Forever has blessed us with the reissue of classic 16-bit RPG Beyond Oasis. And plenty more too, so check out the full list of games below and let us know in the comments which games you've got your eye on...

Just over a month ago, developer Oddrok released Power Hover: Cruise [Free], a more arcadey, endless high-scoring version of their highly underrated level-based 2015 game Power Hover [$4.99]. Upon launch Power Hover: Cruise offered up four different environments to play through, each with their own unique hazards and features, as well as an extensive cast of playable characters to unlock. Today in our forums, Oddrok has detailed the first big content update for Power Hover: Cruise, which will include three new playable characters and a new environment...

'Cereus' is a "Towerless Tower Defense Game" Built for Touchscreens, Coming Later this Year

Solo developer Casey "Boz" Weeks has been building a new mobile game for the past three years called Cereus, which he describes as a "towerless tower defense game." The idea is that you're tasked with protecting your base at the center of the screen as all manner of dangers head your way. You have three main means of defending yourself, and true to his word, none of them are towers. You can simply tap an enemy to attack it, you can swipe to create a barrier that will reflect enemy bullets back at them, or you can long press on the screen to detonate a huge bomb. You can see all of this in action and explained in detail in the following trailer for Cereus...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Kick Ass Commandos'

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...

'Box Cat' Developer's Twitchy Arcade Game 'Train Bandit' Releasing October 12th

Indie developer Rusty Moyher and his studio Wild Rooster have announced the release date of the twitchy arcade game Train Bandit which is now set to arrive next week on October 12th. Developed during the 2017 Train Jam, Train Bandit is one of those left/right twitch games somewhat similar to Timberman and its ilk that has you playing as the titular bandit hopping back and forth between train cars taking out "The Law" that's trying to bring you down. Here's the brand new launch trailer for Train Bandit so you can see it in action...

Minimalist Button-Pushing Puzzler 'PUSH' Releasing October 18th

Back in August we checked out the trailer for the very interesting upcoming puzzler called simply PUSH. A collaborative project between Klocki [$0.99] and Hook [$0.99] developer Maciej Targoni and Zenge [$0.99] and Art of Gravity [$0.99] developer Michal Pawlowski, PUSH has you, well, pushing buttons and performing various other actions in order to solve each of the game's puzzle boxes. You can see this in action in the newly released trailer for PUSH below...

'Poker Chess Solitaire' is the Ultimate Card Game Mashup from the Makers of 'Moveless Chess'

There are genre mashups, and then there are genre mashups. Developer Beavl is no stranger to this, with their puzzle RPG Faif [$1.99] that utilizes a unique gambling-based combat system or their Moveless Chess [Free] which turns various Chess situations into puzzles to be solved. But they are going all out for their latest game, which spells out its mashup right in the title: Poker Chess Solitaire. The goal will be to to clear boards in a similar fashion to Solitaire, but by making hands based around Poker which also incorporate the rules of certain Chess pieces. Sound confusing? Yeah, kinda! But it also sounds really interesting. Check out the teaser...

'SimpleRockets 2' Coming in Early 2018 to iOS, Android, and PC

Developer Jundroo hit on a winning formula when they released their physics sandbox game SimplePhysics [$0.99] back in March of 2011. The game allowed you to create various types of structures and then let them loose in a realistic physics environment to see if they'd hold up or if your architectural dreams would turn into nightmares. The game was a hit with players, cruising towards the top of the charts early in its life, and a couple of years later they released SimpleRockets [$2.99] which saw a similar sort of success. As you could probably guess based off its name, SimpleRockets let you build the rocket of your dreams and then try to successfully launch it into space, not totally unlike the smash hit indie game Kerbal Space Program. In late 2014 they applied the formula to building planes in SimplePlanes [$4.99], and just this past July they went for a change of pace with the twitchy arcade game Aero Effect [$1.99]. Now, Jundroo is heading back to that earlier success with a sequel to SimpleRockets which you can catch a glimpse of in the teaser below...

Doug Cowley's Hoplite [$2.99] appeared like an early Christmas present when it arrived back in December of 2013 and quickly became a favorite of our community and went on to receive critical acclaim from the gaming world at large. It takes place in a hexagonal dungeon and your task is to dive down to the 16th floor and retrieve the Fleece of Yendor. It's turn-based and there's a simple set of rules for how you can go about moving and attacking the various enemies in the game. Hoplite is refreshingly simple and clean on the surface, but provides an ample amount of depth and replay value through its brilliant mechanics. We absolutely loved it in our review, and it only got better since then with the addition of new modes and features. Basically, it's a must have and absolute iOS classic for strategy and dungeon crawling fans...