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.

Game 1 of the MLB World Series between the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants kicks off today, and to celebrate the MLB-developed R.B.I. Baseball 14 [$1.99] is on sale for the first time since its release back in April, down to just $1.99. The original R.B.I. Baseball series was a mainstay of the sports genre on 8- and 16-bit game systems, but had laid dormant since its last entry in 1995. This year, MLB's in-house development studio Major League Baseball Advanced Media looked to resurrect the series with a modern coat of paint, while keeping the gameplay simple and arcadey as a throwback to the series' origins...

PlayStation Era Beat 'em Up 'Gekido' Coming to iOS

Italian developer Naps Team has worked on a number of titles in their twenty year history, but of their original IPs most people would probably known them from their Amiga fighting game Shadow Fighter, or their PlayStation 1 brawler Gekido: Urban Fighters. In fact, Gekido seems to have something of a cult following, and there was even a sequel released for the Game Boy Advance called Gekido Advance: Kintaro's Revenge. Today, Naps Team has announced that the Gekido series is heading to iOS devices, and they've provided the first screen of what it will look like...

Noodlecake's Flappy Golf [Free] is both a fun flappy take on their Super Stickman Golf series as well as a strange social experiment in how schoolyard word of mouth can drive the popularity of an iOS game. As we talked about a few weeks ago, Flappy Golf had seen some incredible organic growth following its initial release back in March, with no real advertising or marketing push behind it...

Hey Sega! This 'Sonic 3 & Knuckles' iOS Port Needs to Happen

Since at least late 2011, Sega has been teaming up with developers Christian "Taxman" Whitehead and Simon "Stealth" Thomley to bring three classic Sonic The Hedgehog games to the mobile platform. Sonic CD [$2.99] in December 2011, Sonic The Hedgehog [$2.99] in May of 2013, and Sonic The Hedgehog 2 [$2.99] in December of that same year. These games were lovingly recreated from the ground up for mobile platforms, and all contained new features and enhancements that weren't present in the decades-old originals. Even better, the remastered versions of Sonic 1 & 2 came as free updates to the bare-bones emulated versions of each game which Sega had been selling on iOS for several years. Each Sonic remake on iOS is a masterpiece, and they all seemed to be quite successful, which meant that a similar remake of the final game in the original Sonic trilogy, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, seemed inevitable. Unfortunately, that's not the case...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Hail to the King: Deathbat'

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...

'Surgeon Simulator' Developer's Next Game is a Bread Simulator, Please Lord Let It Come to Mobile

Those folks over at Bossa Studio are wacky. I mean, they made Surgeon Simulator [$5.99 (HD)], so you have to be a little off your rocker for something like that, no? Today on Twitter, they officially announced their next game, called I Am Bread. Described as "The beautiful story of one slice of bread's epic and emotional journey as it embarks upon a quest to become toasted," I Am Bread is something I need in my life. You'll begin your journey being sliced from a loaf, and then must awkwardly embark on your mission to get toasted. Literally toasted in a toaster. And I think that's the goal of the game?..

Why, hello there, totally random IP crossover! In case you weren't aware, this year marks the 30th anniversary of one of my all-time favorite movies, Ghostbusters, and apparently an appropriate way to celebrate that is with… an update to Fruit Ninja [$0.99 / Free]? Yes, it sounds weird, but that's totally the case, and in fact it's a really nice update for fans of both brands...

Back in July, Bandai Namco soft-launched their new free to play card battling game called Outcast Odyssey [Free], and as of last night the game is now officially available worldwide. While the card battling genre is quickly getting saturated on the App Store, Outcast Odyssey hopes to stand out from the pack with its emphasis on exploration and almost dungeon crawler-like gameplay. It seems to have worked too, as Outcast Odyssey has performed well in all the countries it was available in during its soft-launch, and it has almost universally positive praise from players in our forums...

As expected, Apple has announced new iPads at their keynote event today. If you follow the Apple rumor mill then there aren't really any surprises here: Apple themselves accidentally leaked the new devices through their own iPad manual in the iBooks app earlier this week. Just because it isn't a surprise though, doesn't mean these new iPads aren't damn exciting. Prior to the unveiling of these new iPad devices, CEO Tim Cook went on to tout the success of the iPad in its lifetime, selling more than 225 million of the various iPads since the first one launched in spring of 2010. The iPad also ranks number one in customer satisfaction. Ok, on to the new devices...

Apple's keynote is going strong right now, and before really dishing on the big announcements like new iPads and whatever else, CEO Tim Cook took the beginning minutes to tout how strong the launch of the new iPhone 6 models has been. He also briefly talked about the Apple Watch, and even more briefly announced a new SDK for the Apple Watch which is called WatchKit...

Out Now: 'Hail to the King: Deathbat', 'NBA 2K15', 'Sentinels of the Multiverse', 'Helix', 'Angry Birds Transformers' and More

It's another Wednesday full of new iOS games, which have been making their way across the globe all day and have finally arrived in the US App Store. Probably the biggest release of the week is Hail to the King: Deathbat, for a couple of reasons. One is simply because it looks like a neat hack 'n slash dungeon crawler, but it's also associated with a big-name band (Avenged Sevenfold) and is doing quite the opposite of most licensed mobile games in that it unapologetically targets hardcore gamers rather than trying to appeal to a more mainstream, casual crowd. Should be interesting. Also, the popular card game Sentinels of the Multiverse has arrived on the iPad, and early signs seem to point that it's a winning digital conversion. As always, let us know what you're getting in the comments below!..

First Screens for Upcoming 'Micro Battles' from Donut Games

Everyone loves Donut Games, right? For years they've been consistent providers of perfect "coffee break" gaming experiences for our mobile devices, though they broke that trend with their last release, the ambitious action platformer Traps n' Gemstones [$4.99]. However, for their next game they're getting back to basics. It's called Micro Battles and it's a collection of quick, head-to-head mini-games. Here's some screens...

It never fails to blow my mind just how incredibly deep the game of Minecraft is. What on the surface seems like an adventure that's all about exploring, crafting, block-building and survival has evolved into something that's sophisticated enough people can build working computers inside the game itself. The world of iPhone games hasn't been immune to the "can you make it in Minecraft" phenomenon, and we've seen versions of both Plague Inc. and Flappy Bird recreated inside Mojang's masterpiece. However, this next one takes things to a whole new level. As noted by TUAW, a German Minecraft player has built a functioning iPhone-like device inside of Minecraft. Not only does the device "work" but it even has useable apps. Unfortunately, the following video is not in English, but I still found it impossible to turn off until I'd seen the entire 13 minutes...

There's a New 'Street Fighter' Match-3 Game Heading to iOS and Android in Japan

One of my all-time favorites is Capcom's Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, or simply just Puzzle Fighter, which blends together the Street Fighter fighting game series with matching gameplay to great effect. We haven't heard much from that series in recent years, but according to the source for all things Street Fighter Shoryuken (via Just Push Start), Capcom is readying another Street Fighter matching game mashup for mobile devices in Japan. The game in question is called Street Fighter Puzzle Spirits, and you can see a Japanese language trailer for it below...

While the Pokémon TCG Online [Free (HD)] card-battling game launched for iPad late last month, long-time series producer Junichi Masuda doesn't see a compelling reason to bring any of the proper Pokemon games to tablets or smartphones, according to an interview with Polygon. According to Masuda, "If we were to bring Pokémon to iPad or mobile or smartphones or anything, I think there would need to be… some sort of problem it would be solving, not just that it would be porting over old games, for example."..