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.

HTML5 MMORPG 'Mad World' Shows Off Just How Cross-Platform It is in New Video

Just over a month ago, we posted the trailer for Mad World, an upcoming MMORPG that's built entirely in HTML5 and runs right in a browser on iOS, Android, Mac, PC, and Linux (with more platforms likely to come). It was a truly visually impressive game based on what was shown in the trailer, and developer Jandisoft is hoping that Mad World will be the breakthrough title that actually realizes all the promise and potential of HTML5 for games. This week Jandisoft released a new video for Mad World that shows them testing the game on all of those available platforms, and it looks like the game will run just fine no matter where you're playing it...

Pigeon Wings [$1.99] does so many things right, it's hard to pinpoint all of them and why they feel the way they do. First off the game is downright charming, and just the act of playing it puts a huge smile on my face. Second is that it controls impeccably well with a mixture of extremely fine-tuned tilt controls and screen taps. Third is that these qualities coupled with well-designed, bite-sized levels have turned the game into a hotbed of fierce competition, as has been playing out in the game's forum thread since its release a couple of weeks ago. A lot of this I think has to do with slow, iterative development, and as I mentioned when I first posted about Pigeon Wings a little over a month ago the game took over 2 years to complete. ..




Out Now: 'Super Phantom Cat 2', 'War Wings', 'Bottom of the 9th', 'The Girl Who Sold the World', 'Technobabylon', 'Tunnels & Trolls Adventures', 'Piece Out', 'Fast Track', 'Snipers vs Thieves' and More

Welcome to another week full of new iOS games! If you know me even a little bit, you probably won't be surprised to hear that my most anticiapted game this week was Super Phantom Cat 2. Yes, cats and platformers are a combination I can't refuse. I also want to take this opportunity to deliver a Public Service Announcement about the game: It is free to play, with energy timers and all that jazz. HOWEVER, there is an IAP available for 99¢ that will remove ads, and another one for $4.99 that will remove all ads AND energy timers. This isn't very clear in-game, so I figured it was worth mentioning before people got too mad about any freemium shenanigans in what is otherwise an absolutely fantastic sequel to the already great original. If cats and platformers aren't your thing, or you just want MOAR GAMEZ because that's what we do, check out the full list of games below and let us know which games you're picking up!..

'Sonic Mania' First Impressions - The True 'Sonic 4' Has Arrived, and I'm Begging You Sega, I Need It On Mobile

In July of last year, we posted the debut trailer for Sonic Mania, a brand new game in the Sonic franchise that was a throwback to the speedy blue mascot's glory days of the 16-bit era. While the game wasn't officially announced for mobile, there were a couple of reasons I wanted to share that trailer with our audience. First, I'm a huge Sonic fan and simply wanted to make sure other huge Sonic fans saw the news. Second was that it felt like the fitting next chapter to a saga that really began on mobile in the first place. Heading up the Sonic Mania development was Christian Whitehead, a long-time Sonic fan and prominent member of the Sonic fan community who really became known outside of those circles when he unveiled a prototype for a mobile remastering of Sonic CD way back in July of 2009...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Cat Quest'

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...

'Raze: Dungeon Arena' Stealthily Soft-Launches in Australia Under the Name 'Raziel: Dungeon Arena'

Raze: Dungeon Arena is a promising upcoming hack 'n slash RPG for mobile from developer WonderGame. It's been in production for quite some time and we first posted about the game in late June. A couple of weeks later the developers took to our forums to seek out some beta testers for the game, and while that beta period is now over it did seem to produce a lot of great feedback from early players. Now WonderGame is taking the next step in the development process and has soft-launched the game in Australia to test out how their servers and everything holds up in a more realistic live environment as opposed to a small closed beta testing group. The strange thing? They've launched the game under the slightly different name Raziel: Dungeon Arena...

'Hamsterdam' is an Upcoming Mobile Beat 'Em Up with a Really Clever Control Scheme

Muse Games are most widely known for their Guns of Icarus series of airship battling games, and most recently they've been busy with the cooperative focused Guns of Icarus Alliance which launched on Steam back in March. They're not SO busy that they don't have time to squeeze in a really neat looking mobile game though, and that game is called Hamsterdam. It's a beat 'em up starring a hamster named Pimm who looks to protect the town of Hamsterdam from the evil chinchilla Marlo and his Rodent Gang, who are terrorizing the town's citizens and have kidnapped your grandpa. Jerks! The thing that stands out the most to me about Hamsterdam is its novel approach to touchscreen controls, which you can see from this very early gameplay footage released back in April...

'West of Loathing' Launches on Steam Today, iOS Version "2 or 3 Months" Away (Hopefully)

Way back in May of last year, developer Asymmetric Publications announced West of Loathing, a single-player RPG set in an absurd version of The Old West that was a spinoff of sorts of their ridiculously popular and successful browser-based MMO Kingdom of Loathing. The game was announced for both desktop and iOS at that time with a planned release for sometime in 2017. Well, today's your lucky day if you're a desktop gamer as West of Loathing launched on Steam earlier this morning. Here is the brand new launch trailer to give you an idea of what West of Loathing is all about...

Out Now: 'Cat Quest', 'RayCrisis', 'Ristar', 'Silly Walks', 'Standby', 'Snake Towers', 'Power Hover: Cruise', 'Swim Out', 'The Quest - Celtic Rift', 'Strike Team Hydra' and More

Here we are again with another week and another huge batch of new iOS games. It would be nice if the App Store took a little time out every now and then, some of us have lives you know! Anyway, this week sees the long-awaited release of the cat-filled RPG Cat Quest which has been super positively received so far. I've heard it described as Battleheart Legacy meets Crashlands, and if that doesn't get your motor humming nothing will. We've also got a new Sega Forever release with Ristar, and it actually appears they've made good on their promise of an improved emulation experience. At least at first blush, we'll let Shaun dig deeper into that wasp's nest. I could ramble on about all the other great games this week but I'll let you peruse the full list below at your own leisure and as always let us know in the comments which games you're picking up...

PikPok's 'Into the Dead 2' Soft-Launches in Australia

Last week PikPok set up a teaser site for an upcoming game that many people were guessing would be Into the Dead 2, a sequel to their hit 2012 first-person action runner. And it looked like those people were correct as today Into the Dead 2 soft-launched in the Australian App Store. During the very first cutscene in Into the Dead 2 the same walkie talkie and voices from the teaser site can be heard, so kudos to you if you guessed the teaser was Into the Dead 2 related. You win an internet cookie...

Highly Regarded Adventure Series Concludes When 'The Journey Down: Chapter Three' Releases on September 21st

It's been quite a "journey" for the point-and-click adventure series The Journey Down. Originally launched as a low-res free web game called The Journey Down: Over the Edge in 2010, the game was received positively enough for developer SkyGoblin to remake that game in 3D and with full voice acting and release it in late 2012 as The Journey Down: Chapter One [$4.99]. That remade version was also positively received by players and SkyGoblin quickly got to work on The Journey Down: Chapter Two [$6.99], which wouldn't arrive for almost a full two years after the first chapter. It was worth the wait though, as evidenced by our 5 star review, and once finished it was time for yet another painful wait for Chapter Three...

Natural Enemies Become One in Adorable Platformer 'Cat Bird', Coming August 24th

Cats are the natural enemy of birds. I mean, birds flapping around with all those feathers and all that chirping, how could you NOT want to pounce on that if you're a cat? Sylvester the Cat's entire life's purpose was dedicated to trying to eat Tweety Bird. It's just the way of Mother Nature. But what if a cat WAS a bird? That is the deep philosophical question trying to be answered by the appropriately named upcoming platformer Cat Bird. In the game you can run and jump as any nimble-footed cat could, but you can also flap your furry wings and hover for short periods. Also you are adorable, because you are a cat bird. Check out the trailer...

During the mid and late '90s Taito released a trilogy of awesome scrolling shooters starting with 1994's RayForce, then 1997's RayStorm, and finally 1998's RayCrisis which was the third game in the series but actually a prequel to RayForce. Many moons ago, in January of 2012 to be exact, Taito released a port of RayForce [$6.99] onto the App Store. Shooters worked well on the touchscreen and RayForce was a welcome addition to the iPhone's library of shooters. Fans of the series figured that the rest of the trilogy would make a good fit for mobile too, and indeed in June of 2012 the iOS version of RayStorm [$9.99] was released. That just left RayCrisis and later in 2012… it never came. Nor did it come in 2013, or 2014, or 2105. Not even in 2016! What the heck, Taito? Well, it took 5 years, but 2017 turned out to be the year as RayCrisis [$9.99] finally hit the App Store earlier today...

Future Game of the Year 'Unicycle Hero' Marries Track and Field Events with Unicycling

It's 2017, why are we still using our legs and arms for things like running, jumping, and throwing? Limbs are an outdated technology, and while the world around us advances at an incredible pace here we are using our regular old limbs like Neanderthals. Luckily developer Unept, creator of such fine mobile games as Level With Me [Free], Hue Ball [Free], and Lava Bird [Free], is taking that first big step towards the future with his forthcoming game Unicycle Hero. Here you will compete in Olympic-style events using the highly advanced technology of unicycles. These creates an opportunity for truly superhuman athletic feats like seeing how far you can flip a table...

It feels like it's been a while since we got a new table pack for Zen Pinball [Free] and in fact the last time was at the beginning of February with the release of a Star Wars: Rogue One table. Well that's about to change as Zen Studios has lined up three classic Universal film franchises to make pinball tables out of and they'll be released as the Universal Classics Pinball pack to all of Zen's Zen Pinball/Pinball FX games across all digital platforms soon. The film franchises in question are Jaws (inarguably the BEST film of all time don't @ me), the entire Back to the Future trilogy, and finally E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial which Zen has actually released a new trailer for...

The CSR Racing series pretty much has the single-tap drag racing corner of the App Store on lock, but they've definitely inspired some similar games in their wake. The lovely folks at Stainless Games wanted to get in on that action too but add some of the grit and attitude that they're known for from their beloved classic Carmageddon [Free]. That is exactly what Carmageddon: Crashers [Free] is. Soft-launched a couple of months back and officially released as of today, Carmageddon: Crashers takes the exact same approach as CSR of feathering the gas pedal to get a hot start and hitting the gear shift at the exact right moments to build up speed, except you aren't racing alongside another car but you're actually driving right at each other in a deadly game of chicken. Check it out in action in the official trailer...

'Unbalance' is a Really Clever Looking Minimalistic Puzzle Game Launching Next Week

With so many games coming out on the App Store each and every day, it feels like pretty much every genre has gotten oversaturated. Puzzle games have been a natural fit for on-the-go play for decades now, and that's probably the largest genre on iOS too. But there's a subset of that genre known as minimalist puzzle games that has also become quite crowded, but is still consistently providing some great new experiences. These puzzlers look to strip away all the flash and focus on straight up mechanics. Unbalance is a new minimalistic puzzler from Turkish developer Tvee Games where the goal is incredibly simple: Get the red dot that's living inside a variety of shapes to fall down to the goal below. The way you do that is what's interesting to me. You'll add your own dots into the different compartments of the shape to throw off its balance and hopefully get that red dot to worm its way through the maze inside and eventually out into the goal. ..

'TauCeti Unknown Origin' is a Stunning New FPS from BadFly Interactive, Makers of the 'Dead Effect' Series

BadFly Interactive made a name for themselves with their 2013 first-person shooter Dead Effect, which is sadly no longer available due to it being published by BulkyPix and them going out of business. Anyway, Dead Effect was awesome in the way it blended straightforward run 'n gun shooting with horror elements, making for a creepy and satisfying experience. Its sequel Dead Effect 2 [Free] took those ideas and expanded on them in every way with far more variety and an emphasis on an RPG leveling system, and it received quite a bit of new content following its release in the fall of 2015. Dead Effect 2 was also ported to Mac and PC desktops and the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and with all of that now out of the way BadFly has started up on a brand new FPS project titled TauCeti Unknown Origin. It's still a work in progress but already the teaser trailer for the game is looking quite stunning...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Pigeon Wings'

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...

After launching in Japan back in April and topping the charts, us Westerners finally have a chance to experience Egglia: Legend of the Redcap [$9.99], which missed our weekly out now post from last night but did eventually hit the App Store earlier today. With a development team comprised of folks who have had their hands in many famous RPG series over the years, Egglia: Legend of the Redcap has you playing as an elf named Chabo who mysteriously falls from the sky into the land of Egglia. The land has been broken into pieces by evil forces and those pieces have been sealed into special eggs, which only Chabo can open. You'll join up with a merry band of friends to travel the lands exploring, fighting, and rebuilding the land of Egglia one egg at a time. ..