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.

'Undefeated' is the First Official Mobile Port of an RPG Maker VX Ace Game, Coming October 3rd

RPG Maker is a software solution that's been around for decades, and unsurprisingly, its purpose is to make it easy for game designers to create role-playing games. This week, it was announced that the first official mobile port of an RPG Maker game is coming on October 3rd. The game is called Undefeated, and although I don't follow the RPG Maker scene or really RPGs in general, it seems to be considered one of the better RPG Maker games around. Check out the trailer...

It's been an absolutely insane week so far. With iOS 8 releasing today, there's been an onslaught of updates being released to support the new software and its many features. That also means there's been heavy, heavy traffic to the App Store, and all day it's been chugging along at the speed of molasses. Also, when there's THIS much action going on, it puts a strain on our own backend stuff that relies on the App Store. So, if you happen to not see any links to some of the games below, let us know in the comments and we'll do what we can. All that aside, it's actually turning out to be a really strong week for new iOS games. Peruse the fine list below and let us know what you're gunning for...

MOGA Rebel MFi Controller Review - Easily the Best Full-Size iOS Controller Currently Available

It's been about a year that we've been living in a world of MFi controllers, but for a variety of reasons official controller support on iOS hasn't been the massive hit everyone expected it to be. While a few decent controllers have been released, none of them have been perfect or particularly "must have", and they all feel expensive compared to controllers on other gaming platforms...

Hands-On with the New 'NHL 2K' for Mobile

Today, 2K Games announced a brand new NHL 2K game for mobile devices, and recently I had the chance to stop by their offices and give a near-final version of the game a spin. As a huge hockey fan, both the virtual kind and the real life kind, I was very pleased with how NHL 2K played. You may recall that this isn't the first time this hockey series has graced the iOS platform, as 2K released NHL 2K11 way, way back in August of 2010. I really loved that game, and it was easily the best hockey game on iOS. Well, it's not like it had a lot of competition, but still it was a solid mobile game of hockey...

[Updated] 'Goat Simulator' for iOS Now Available Worldwide for $4.99

Well here's a nice surprise. Coffee Stain Studios' inexplicably entertaining goat simulator game, titled Goat Simulator, has just launched in the New Zealand App Store. Coffee Stain announced on their Twitter yesterday that Goat Simulator for iOS and Android would be launching on September 18th. As TouchArcade regulars know by now, when a game is scheduled for a Thursday launch, it actually hits the US App Store late Wednesday night at 11pm EST. Prior to that, it hits the NZ App Store on Wednesday morning at about 6am EST, when it's midnight in that territory. So what the heck is Goat Simulator doing launching in NZ on a Tuesday afternoon? I don't know! I don't ask questions, I just download Goat Simulator like a good boy...

Check Out the 'Gunslugs 2' Teaser Trailer, Launching Later this Year

If you've been hanging around the TouchArcade forums for the past few years, then you're no doubt familiar with Orangepixel games, aka solo developer Pascal Bestebroer. He's been making quality mobile games for years now, typically platforming games with sweet pixel graphics and a throwback feel, and he's amassed quite a dedicated following of fans in our community, including myself. His next project is Gunslugs 2, sequel to the original Gunslugs [$1.99] which launched in January of last year. Gunslugs was a platforming shooter in a similar vein to something like Contra, with a huge focus on different weapons and plenty of unique playable characters. Gunslugs 2 follows in those same footsteps, but with improvements across the board. Here's a lengthy look at the game in action...

Avenged Sevenfold's 'Hail to the King: Deathbat' Launching on October 16th

Back in July, Eli had the opportunity to sit down and go hands-on with Hail to the King: Deathbat, an upcoming mobile game from the band Avenged Sevenfold. The game itself is a hack 'n slash dungeon crawler type affair, with a dark and moody visual style and a surprisingly high level of difficulty. Usually when a big-name brand crosses over into the world of video games, the results are very hit or miss, but Hail to the King: Deathbat showed a lot of potential...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Phantom Rift'

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...

First Trailer Released for Foursaken's "Spelunky Meets Match-3" Game 'Puzzle to the Center of the Earth'

Earlier this month Foursaken media announced that they have a new game in the works called Puzzle to the Center of the Earth, which they described as Spelunky meets match-3. It sounds like an odd pairing, but upon further clarification by Foursaken to the Spelunky influence, it actually sounds like a perfect mix. To quote a comment from them, "Spelunky is all about being very aware of your (randomly generated) surroundings [because] so many things can kill you instantly or very quickly - one mistake and you're dead. And then there's all the other stuff like exploration, using items to get you places, etc... Puzzle to the Center of the Earth definitely has all of those elements, they're just a bit different being wrapped in the core matching gameplay." I don't know about you, but that description alone has me excited, but this first gameplay trailer should do the trick as well...

Hands-On Video and Impressions of the MOGA Rebel MFi Controller

Yesterday, MOGA officially unveiled their first full-sized MFi controller for iOS devices, the MOGA Rebel. I had a chance to sit down with the final version of the hardware with company representatives in San Francisco and spend a little time trying it out. I'll be saving most of my thoughts for a full review in time for the controller's release next Wednesday, after spending the weekend really putting it through its paces, but for now here are some initial thoughts and a little hands-on video to give you a better idea of what the MOGA Rebel offers those looking for a decent full-size MFi controller...

Hands-On with the New iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Today Apple unveiled their latest iPhone, and as months and months of rumors have prepped us for, they come in two new sizes, both larger than any previous iPhone. There is the regular iPhone 6 which clocks in at a 4.7-inch screen, and the iPhone 6 Plus which has a whopping 5.5-inch screen. Now, I say whopping because the iPhone 6 Plus is definitely very large, and enters into "phablet" territory. However, my big take away from my hands-on time with both new phones is that it's manageably large, and the big screen really is amazing for watching videos, reading text, checking out photos and of course for gaming. And, if you're not a fan of the super-sized version of the iPhone, the regular 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is also quite a bit larger without feeling too much larger than the current 4-inch iPhone 5s...

First 'Goblin Sword' Trailer Revealed, Launching this Thursday for 99¢

Last week an upcoming platformer named Goblin Sword really grabbed our attention with its beautiful screenshots, and today we're even more excited for the game as for the first time we're seeing it in motion in the game's just released official trailer. To quickly recap, Goblin Sword is an action platformer with 48 levels to play, 6 boss fights, and lots of weapons, armors and items to loot. Oh, and goblins! Check out the trailer...

Ravenous Games Posts First Screens from 'Random Heroes 3'

Hot off the press, Ravenous Games has just posted in our forums the first screenshots for their upcoming game Random Heroes 3. If you aren't familiar with the Random Heroes series, they're run 'n gun style platforming games that feature a wide variety of playable characters and a plethora of awesome weapons to unlock and upgrade. There's normal characters like a cop or a cheerleader, but also crazier ones like the evil scientist from the League of Evil series or a machine gun-toting Abraham Lincoln. Check out the first two screens from the newest entry Random Heroes 3...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Mikey Boots'

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...

It must be stealth game day on iOS, as not only has the very literally-titled Stealth launched but now Sony is getting in on the action with an iOS version of their PSN stealth game CounterSpy [$4.99]. CounterSpy is a much different beast than Stealth. It's a 2.5D game, meaning it has fully 3D visuals but the game itself takes place on a 2D side-scrolling plane. The visuals are incredibly stylish, and the whole game has very cool '60s-era spy movie vibe which fits right in with the theme of the game...