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: 'Get Me Outta Here'

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...

Indie developer Jesse Makkonen released his psychological horror game DISTRAINT on Steam back in August of 2015, and the game was critically acclaimed and has developed quite a loyal following, even prompting the announcement of a sequel. In November of last year, he adapted the game for mobile and released it on Android where it was similarly acclaimed and garnered more than three quarters of a million downloads. Not bad! This week, the mobile version has also arrived on iOS as DISTRAINT: Pocket Pixel Horror [$0.99] and you can get a very brief glimpse of what it's like in the release trailer for the Steam version below...




In the world of writing about video games, differing opinions are bound to ruffle some feathers. Such is the case with Red's Kingdom [$2.99]. This charming puzzle adventure is polished to the gills in terms of presentation, which is I think something everyone can agree on. But some of its design decisions left our own Carter Dotson feeling more lukewarm towards the game in his review. However, it did garner our Game of the Week nod upon release, and has found a ton of fans in our community, who voted it as Game of the Month for January. A major update last month added a bunch of new levels and several new features which looked to smooth out the game's rough edges, and according to this teaser posted today it looks like more new content is in the works for Red's Kingdom...

Out Now: 'Trailer Park Boys: Greasy Money', 'Get Me Outta Here', 'Office Space: Idle Profits',  'Nonstop Chuck Norris', 'CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Stars', 'Real Boxing Manny Pacquiao', 'Wiz Khalifa's Weed Farm' and Much More

It's the eve of a, erm, "holiday" I guess for some folks out there with tomorrow being April 20th aka 4/20. If you live somewhere that does not use that date format though, then does it still have the same meaning? This is a deep thought experiment people. Anyway, there's all sorts of new games released this week as there are every week in the App Store, and it's pretty likely we'll see Apple celebrating this green holiday with a big new feature. No, not THAT green holiday, but Earth Day, which is the 22nd. We may see some special new releases and probably a ton of different updates to celebrate Earth Day in the next couple of days, but for right now there's a lengthy list of new games already which you can sift through below and as always let us know which games you're interested in picking up this week! ..

'Brawlerz Nitro' Vehicular Arena Combat Game Resurfaces After Nearly 3 Years

Back in August of 2014, developer Bail! Enemy Jet! first announced a new vehicle-based arena combat game called Brawlerz Nitro in our forums. The original teaser video looked really neat, and the game promised tons of vehicle customization, tons of different abilities, and of course a ton of awesome offensive and defensive weaponry. They also said that they were aiming for a Q4 2014 release window for Brawlerz Nitro. Welp, that sure didn't happen! The good news though is that Bail! Enemy Jet! resurfaced today to post an update on Brawlerz Nitro and the project is most certainly still alive. They ended up doing some pretty massive overhauls on some of the core systems in the game, explaining the more than 2 year delay, but things are finally back on track and they'll be launching the Steam Early Access version this Friday. Check out the brand new trailer...

Back in early March, we told you that HeroCraft was looking for beta testers for the mobile port of their hit Steam game Tempest: Pirate Action RPG, which as you might guess is a pirate-themed action RPG. About a month later, we learned that the game was just about finished and was scheduled to launch on April 18th. Today I woke up and looked at the calendar, and noticed that the date is April 18th. You see where this is going? Yes, as of this morning Tempest: Pirate Action RPG [$7.99] is now available on the App Store and if you've missed our previous coverage you can see it in action in the following trailer...

'Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm' will be Playable at Nordic Game Conference Next Month

With the massive success of the original Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas [$8.99] following its release back in the fall of 2013, it was no surprise to us that news of a sequel would be a pretty big deal to fans. What I didn't expect was that the sequel would be changing up the formula pretty significantly, going from an isometric view to a full-blown 3rd-person perspective and opting not to continue the story of the first game. Instead, in Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm, you'll be playing as a new hero in an alternate time period to that of the first game. As much as I love the original Oceanhorn, these changes had me really excited, and when developer Cornfox & Bros. released some new screens of the game at the end of January, it pretty much cemented the top spot on my most anticipated games of 2017 list. Here's a few of those Oceanhorn 2 screens again because, well, why the heck not?..

Check Out Some New Videos of 'Shadow Fight 3', Currently in Close Beta

It's hard to believe that it's been nearly a year since we last posted about Shadow Fight 3, but here we are. The long-awaited sequel to Nekki's ultra-popular fighter Shadow Fight 2 [Free] was originally supposed to launch last fall and bring the series from 2D into glorious full 3D. Well, that release window came and went, but the good news is that Nekki has been hard at work on the game in the time since, and are currently conducting a closed beta test for Shadow Fight 3 which is a sign that things are getting ever closer. Another sign is the release of more promotional items, and just last week Nekki released a gorgeous new cinematic trailer for Shadow Fight 3, which you can see below. Digging around their YouTube channel further I found a couple of other worthy videos, so following the cinematic trailer is a developer diary video that gives a quick glimpse into the process of creating music and gorgeous animations in the game, with a very brief glimpse of the game itself in action towards the very end. Finally, the third video is from February and features a full in-game fight captured from the beta version of the game. Enjoy!..

Frantic Twitch Auto-Run Platformer 'Binary Dash' Launching Next Thursday

Auto-running platformers are not new. Hardcore precision platformers like Geometry Dash are not new. Runners where you can flip between running above the ground or below the ground are not new. In fact, all three of these things I've just mentioned are in abundance in the App Store, but I'm not sure I've ever seen them all come together in one game quite like they do in the upcoming Binary Dash from developer Star Garden Games. This game looks like an absolute gauntlet of pain in the best way possible, and it's all tied together with a colorful art style and some catchy tunes. Check out the launch trailer to see what I mean...

As most of you probably know, it's tough covering the onslaught of new mobile game releases on a daily basis. We do the best we can to be as thorough as we can when we put together our weekly new games lists, but inevitably there are games that launch after that list is posted or over the weekend which I try to group lovingly into a "leftovers" pile on Mondays and sort through to see if there's anything interesting that we missed. Today I came across an email sent to us over the weekend from Lemondo letting us know that their PS4/Steam/Wii U multiplayer platform arena shooter WinKings [$4.99] had made its way to iOS. I hadn't heard of this game before but the videos looked pretty awesome, as you can see in their launch trailer for the desktop and console version...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Planescape: Torment'

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...

The Bowmasters are Hitting the Road in Crazy Physics Racer 'Happy Racing'

Playgendary first got on our radar back in August of last year when I found myself fully engrossed in their game Bowmasters [$3.99 / Free], which is a 2D artillery game with all the blood and gore of a Mortal Kombat game. Bowmasters has since received a ton of updates, including online multiplayer and lots of new characters. Now Playgendary is teaming up with ChillFleet to take many of the characters from Bowmasters into the world of wacky physics racing games with their upcoming Happy Racing. Here's the trailer...

Nitrome and Neutronized Tease 'Drop Wizard Tower' Coming Soon

In January of 2015, developer Neutronized released Drop Wizard [$1.99], a single-screen platformer that was an homage to classics like Bubble Bobble but one with some interesting mechanics that made it almost more of a puzzler than an action game. We enjoyed it a lot in our review from then, and today we are very happy to see that there's a sequel of sorts in the works, and that Neutronized will be teaming up with Nitrome to bring the game to the world. Earlier today Nitrome teased this gif on Twitter of the forthcoming Drop Wizard Tower...

Out Now: 'Planescape: Torment', 'Mallow Drops', 'Charming Runes', 'Footy Golf', 'MLB Perfect Inning Live', 'Full of Stars', 'Zombie Safari', 'Arcade Ice', 'The Contender' and More

It's that time of the week when we round up all of the new iOS game releases of the past seven days, and boy what a seven days it has been. Classic RPG Planescape: Torment is probably the most high profile of the bunch, but don't let this week's list fool you, there's a ton of neat stuff that released this week. Mallow Drops is an excellent puzzle platformer making its way over from desktop, Charming Runes is a polished and, well, charming take on the extreme breakout formula, and Footy Golf is the latest puzzler from the fantastic folks at Donut Games. Check out the full list below and let us know which games you've got your eye on this week!..

'Galaxy of Pen & Paper' Coming in July and Will Release for iOS and Android

The original Knights of Pen & Paper [$4.99] from Behold Studios was a quirky spin on the RPG genre, as it had you playing as a group of friends who were themselves playing some good old-fashioned tabletop RPG. This game-within-a-game style allowed for a ton of humorous references and tugs on the nostalgia strings, and despite being a bit grindy and imbalanced Knights of Pen & Paper was an enjoyable experience. In 2013 Behold teamed up with Paradox to flesh out the content and balance the game with a massive expansion. In 2015, with Behold busy on another project, Paradox tapped KYY Games to create Knights of Pen & Paper 2 [$4.99], which upped the graphical style from 8-bit inspired to 16-bit inspired and hoped to add in some new features. Unfortunately, upon release, Knights of Pen & Paper 2 failed to live up to its predecessor, though to its credit since then it's been dutifully updated and expanded upon quite a bit. ..

The Remastered 'Romancing SaGa 3' Will be Getting a Western Release

A little more than a year ago, Square Enix released an enhanced remake of their classic 16-bit RPG Romancing SaGa 2 on the Japanese App Store. Given the relatively niche appeal of the game outside of Japan, we weren't sure we'd ever get an English language version. However, Squeenix surprised us all by announcing that the game would get a worldwide release, and just a couple of months following its debut in Japan they released Romancing SaGa 2 [$17.99] to the world. As per our resident RPG expert Shaun Musgrave, the game was real good and stuff, and interestingly mobile was the only platform for which they released that localized version of the game. Fast forward to late last month and Square Enix announced that the sequel to that game, Romancing SaGa 3, would also be getting an enhanced remake for both mobile and PlayStation Vita for release in Japan. Again, we wondered whether or not a localized version was in the cards as it seemed the worldwide release of Romancing SaGa 2 didn't exactly bring in the big bucks. Well, it appears that we will indeed be getting an English language version of Romancing SaGa 3 as per the following tweet...

If you're in the mood for a new point-and-click mystery adventure but not really in the mood to pay for one, then this is your lucky day. Secret Files: Tunguska [$3.99] was originally released on iOS back in 2014, developed by Animation Arts and published by Deep Silver. Well, I'm not really clear on what happened to that relationship but all the previously released Animation Arts games that were published by Deep Silver have been pulled and are being re-released under the Animation Arts name only. Transferring products in the App Store between companies used to be a weird issue, but Apple actually implemented a way to do that that did not require a brand new app to be released as it did before. Instead, according to Animation Arts, the previous titles were pulled and re-released as new apps due to technical issues...

'Modern Combat Versus' Developer Q&A with Gameloft Montreal

Yesterday we posted a big feature revealing a ton of details about Gameloft's upcoming multiplayer-focused first-person shooter Modern Combat Versus. In preparing that feature, Gameloft sent over a number of assets and information packages, one of which was a question and answer session with two members of the Modern Combat Versus development team. While this Q&A has definitely been run through the PR-friendly ringer, and we don't typically post PR stuff verbatim because it has a tendency to feel a little fake, we feel there's enough interesting information and insight in this Q&A to post it in full for our readers to take in. So without further ado here's the Q&A session with Charles Ayotte, the Head of Production for Gameloft Montreal, and Alexandre Charbonneau, the Creative Director of Modern Combat Versus, exactly as it was sent to us by Gameloft. Hopefully you find it interesting!..

Cmune Soft Launches Sci-Fi FPS 'Deadheads' and Shutters Previous Military FPS 'Squad Wars' After Just 3 Months

It's hard to get an idea of what Hong Kong-based developer Cmune is up to recently. They successfully launched their military first-person shooter Squad Wars back in January, but apparently the game did not fare so well as after just 3 months they've turned off the servers and have removed the game from the App Store. Part of their reasoning for this is to focus entirely on their new sci-fi first-person shooter called Deadheads, which has officially gone into soft launch today. However, Deadheads has actually been in production for several years and already soft-launched under the slightly different name Deadheads: Infected back in the fall of 2015. That particular version of the game is no longer available, and this newly soft-launched Deadheads appears to use a different app ID...

It's been about a year and a half since Activision snatched up Candy Crush maker King for a smooth 6 billion dollars, and in May of last year the CEO of King hinted that Activision Blizzard was interested in utilizing some of their top IPs in mobile game releases. Could this mean a Diablo match-3? An Overwatch line-drawing game? A Call of Duty reskin of Clash of Clans? Oh wait, that last one already exists. Anyway, Call of Duty is definitely one of the biggest properties for Activision, and the various mobile games that have released in the series have all done quite well for themselves. I'm pretty sure there's STILL a ton of people playing Black Ops: Zombies [$6.99] even though it's well over 5 years old. Anyway, it looks like Activision is indeed ready to leverage their purchase of King and according to a job posting that was spotted by Polygon, they're currently hiring members for a team to create a mobile Call of Duty game that will "strive to transform the best console experience fans know and love, while also breaking new ground for mobile and redefining the genre."..