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.

Out Now: 'Exiles', 'Radiation Island', 'Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered', 'Playworld Superheroes', 'Active Soccer 2', 'Destructamundo', 'Pro Pinball' and More

It's either Wednesday night or sometime during Thursday wherever you're at in the world, and there is an avalanche of new iOS games that have been released. I mean seriously. Fans of old adventure games get a remastered Indigo Prophecy, the Sky Gamblers folks have released a crazy first-person survival game called Radiation Island, pinball classic Timeshock gets new life in Pro Pinball, and the sci-fi open-world adventure Exiles is finally available after what feels like forever. And that's just a fraction of the killer new games, so check the full list out below and let us know what games will have you mashing the download button today...

A Toast! Bossa Studios Confirms 'I Am Bread' is Coming to iOS

I'm not super religious or anything, but every once in a while I need to call upon a higher power to make my dreams become a reality. When Surgeon Simulator developer Bossa Studios announced their new game I Am Bread back in October of last year, I had a simple request for the Big Man/Woman upstairs: Please Lord let it come to mobile. Ask and ye shall receive, they say. Today in Bossa's weekly I Am Bread video series, aptly titled the Bread Diaries, the studio officially announced that I Am Bread will be heading to iOS. In case you missed the official trailer the first time around, go ahead and bask in its toasty goodness...

It was just about a year ago that Mi-Clos Studio launched their haunting deep-space survival game Out There [$3.99] to critical praise, including our own 5 star review and Game of the Week nod. In July of last year the studio announced that Out There would be getting a huge revamp dubbed the "Omega Edition" and along with that it would be expanding to PC, Mac and Linux. Just last month, Mi-Clos revealed the first images of Omega Edition and detailed some of the changes and new features that it would include. Today the beta version of Out There: Omega Edition has launched and Mi-Clos has released the first trailer showing off some of the new features in the game, including the slick new graphical engine...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Dragon Quest V'

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...

'Cut the Rope' Developer ZeptoLab Announce 'King of Thieves', a Hybrid of Platforming and Defense

For a number of years, Angry Birds was the face of mobile gaming. It was a household name across the globe, and it seemed like everyone and their brother had played or at least heard of Angry Birds. One of the first games to really rival that type of success was ZeptoLab's Cut the Rope. The series' casual-friendly puzzle gameplay has captured the hearts of over 600 million people across all platforms and titles, and just as many have fallen in love with its adorable main character Om Nom. ZeptoLabs has been riding high on the success of the Cut the Rope brand, and it's always interesting to see where a company goes after having a mega-hit like that. Today we get the first glimpse of what's next as ZeptoLab has announced their latest project called King of Thieves. Check out the teaser...

When the absurd PC hit Goat Simulator [$4.99] launched on iOS last September, it was a joyous event. I'd seen all the crazy videos and read all the reviews, and I knew that Goat Simulator was something I needed in my life, but for whatever reason I never got around to playing it until it hit iOS. Once I had though, it was basically everything I'd ever hoped for, and we gave it high marks in our review. However, the iOS version wasn't quite up to snuff with its PC counterpart in terms of content, but developer Coffee Stain Studios let us know on their blog that big things were in the works for the mobile Goat Simulator. Today, one of those big things was released in the form of a new update for the game...

When Apple added widget functionality in iOS 8, it greatly expanded the kinds of cool things you could do with the lock screen on your iOS device. Most widgets have offered some sort of utility benefit, but there's a small number of developers who have brought gaming to the lock screen through widgets. First we had Overglide, which allowed you to play a simple cave flying game on your lock screen. Then there was the inevitable arrival of a 2048 widget. Widget functionality was even added to one of our favorite "non-game" games, Godville. Now, Overglide developer AA Mather is back with another widget game, and this time they're bringing a PC classic to the lockscreen with Minesweeper - Widget Edition [$0.99]. ..

Out Now: 'Dragon Quest V', 'The Witcher Battle Arena', 'Potatoman Seeks The Troof', 'Rocket Cars', 'Yak Dash: Horns of Glory', 'Fast Fishing' and More

Lately it never seems to fail that the "Coming Tonight" post that we put up early in the morning doubles or triples in size by the time this "Out Now" post comes alone, as there's a ton of different games that trickle into the App Store throughout the day. Hey, I'm not complaining! This week there's quite a variety of stuff, from an all-time classic RPG like Dragon Quest V to a thought-provoking platformer starring a humanoid potato. There's even a game about racing yaks. Some soft-launch games have released worldwide as well, like The Witcher MOBA and Illusion Labs' Rocket Cars. Finally, as a huge fan of the original Flick Fishing, I'm stoked to try out the spiritual successor Fast Fishing. Take a gander at the full list below and let us know what you'll be picking up...

NimbleBit's 'Letterpad' Will Feature Apple Watch Support

A couple of weeks ago, NimbleBit announced that they were looking for testers for their new upcoming game called Letterpad. It's a word game that gives you a grid of 9 letters and tasks you with coming up with words from those letters that relate to a certain topic. Well, the game is just about complete at this point, and today NimbleBit have additionally announced that Letterpad will be playable on the forthcoming Apple Watch. Here you can see a mockup of what Letterpad will look like on the Apple Watch...

Two of our very favorite iOS games, Super Crate Box [$1.99] and The Blocks Cometh [$1.99], are getting some update love soon, according to a tweet from developer Halfbot. Super Crate Box is an arena platformer that put indie studio Vlambeer on the map when it released on desktop in 2010. It came to iOS in January of 2012, and despite being a highly-precise platformer, it felt absolutely at home on the touchscreen. Vlambeer had a pretty clever idea for updating the game too, as once certain crate-collection thresholds were met they'd release a new content update. The problem, if you could call it that, was that Super Crate Box was so unexpectedly popular that those thresholds were being met faster than Vlambeer was able to produce content updates...

'Chesslike' Marries Dungeon Crawling with Chess Pieces, Coming to iOS and Android this Month

Everybody loves dungeon crawlers, but it's the type of genre that's so old that sometimes it needs some spicing up. We've seen all sorts of different takes on the dungeon crawler over the years, but there's one genre mashup that I've never seen before: Chess. That's where Chesslike: Adventures in Chess comes in. It's a dungeon crawler-type experience, but your heroes in the game are actual chess pieces, and are bound by the very same rules of movement that they would be in a traditional game of chess. It makes a whole lot more sense after you check out the trailer...

Upcoming 'AGRAV' Has You Guiding a Spaceship Using the Gravitational Pull of Black Holes

There's a new gravity-based action-puzzler heading to mobile called AGRAV from German developer null2, and the trailer has really caught my eye. The game is all about guiding a spaceship through some precarious and hazardous situations, but you won't control the ship directly. Instead, you'll touch the screen around the ship to create black holes whose gravitational pull will change the direction of the ship. As you can see in the trailer, you can pull off some pretty complex movements just using the power of gravity...

'Paper Monsters Recut' Makes the Jump from Wii U and Steam to iOS Next Month

In January of 2012, Crescent Moon Games released Paper Monsters [$0.99], a charming platformer that starred a blocky, cardboard hero. We liked it quite a bit. Fast forward a couple of years and a revamped version of the game called Paper Monsters Recut was released for Steam and Wii U last October, and now that revamped version is heading to iOS next month. Paper Monsters Recut features a visual overhaul that utilizes Apple's Metal framework, which means it looks extra purdy. Check out the trailer for the Wii U and Steam version...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Shadowmatic'

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...

'WWE Immortals' Review - Wrestling with Déjà Vu

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Injustice [Free] on mobile. I'm also a huge fan of pro wrestling. So when NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros., the makers of Injustice, announced a partnership with the WWE to create a new mobile brawler, I got all kinds of excited. The thought of taking the Injustice game and simply plugging in a bunch of WWE wrestlers was enticing. And well, that's pretty much just what they did. WWE Immortals [Free] is basically Injustice: WWE Edition, and while that's not a bad thing by any stretch seeing as Injustice is a proven winning formula, it is somewhat disappointing that there's barely anything substantial to differentiate the games from one another. That said, Immortals is a solid foundation to build upon and it should please fans of both Injustice and the WWE...