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: 'Sage Solitaire'

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 official App Store Twitter account is pretty awesome. Far from being just some robot arbitrarily tweeting out links to new games, you can tell that whoever runs the account gives it a lot of personality in the various apps and games that it chooses to talk about. Something that I believe is a new thing the App Store Twitter is doing is posting quick behind the scenes videos about some of the best iOS games. The first ones that I've seen are for the just-released Lara Croft GO [$4.99] and last week's massive hit Horizon Chase [$2.99]...




Two New 'Prevail' Videos Show Off Jetpacking, Using Spells, and Causing General Mayhem

I'll tell you what, it was like an actual miracle that Johnny Two Shoes' open-world space exploration game Prevail was resurrected about a month ago after being left untouched for more than two years. It was one of my most anticipated games back in the day, and I was pretty crushed when it looked as though the project would never see the light of day. Now, just in the past week there have been two new videos posted showing off various aspects of Prevail, and it feels like Christmas. First check out this brief video showing off how the jetpack works as the game's protagonist gets in a gunfight with an enemy ship...

New 'Z-Exemplar' Video Showcases an Option for Smooth Ship Movement

In case you haven't noticed, I've been beating the Z-Exemplar drum pretty loudly the last few months. What can I say, I'm excited for its release! As you probably know Z-Exemplar is a side-scrolling shoot 'em up that developer Suminell Studios is currently working on. You can mash away at this link for all our previous coverage. ..

New Teaser Video for Godzilab's 'Pirate Power' Focuses on Combat

Godzilab struck gold a little over three years ago with their sickeningly adorable (I mean that in a good way) town-building game Happy Street [Free]. With dozens upon dozens of different shopfronts, characters and mini-games to flesh out your happy little street with, Happy Street sucked in tons of players in a big way, myself included. In the midst of releasing near-constant updates for Happy Street, Godzilab has been working on a follow-up title called Pirate Power, which was soft-launched in late June. It takes many of the town-building aspects of Happy Street but puts a greater emphasis on exploration and combating enemies. This brand new trailer gives us a look at that combat portion of Pirate Power...

Yesterday Apple sent out official invites for a media event to be held in San Francisco on September 9th, where they're expected to introduce the new models of iPhone and possibly several other things. One of the biggest rumors surrounds a completely revamped Apple TV. As I joked in the post yesterday, a new Apple TV–and I mean truly new, with an App Store and games and everything–has been rumored for years and years now, and has never actually come to fruition. However, the leaks and info coming out over the past several months almost positively points to a new Apple TV being unveiled on September 9th, and this latest batch of news from TechCrunch is especially interesting from a gaming perspective...

Retro-Modern Flying Game 'PixWing' Coming September 10th

Back in June we caught wind of a lovely looking upcoming flying game called PixWing from developer RymPow Team, which is comprised of folks who also worked on This War of Mine [$14.99 (HD)] at 11-bit Studio. What really caught my eye about PixWing was its use of blocky textures giving it a decidedly retro look, but still having massive 3D open worlds to fly around in. It struck a similar type of old-but-modern style that the recent Horizon Chase [$2.99] did so well. I've been excited for PixWing since it was announced, and at long last the game finally has a release date: September 10th, just under two weeks away...

Telltale Releases a Bunch of New 'Minecraft: Story Mode' Screens

With PAX officially kicking off today, Telltale has sent over some new screens and details from their upcoming adventure Minecraft: Story Mode. Seeing as Minecraft is a massive open-ended game where you can pretty much do whatever you want, Telltale is embracing that theme with Story Mode and for the first time in one of their adventure games you'll be able to create and customize your own main character. The main character will always be named Jesse, which makes sense seeing as the game will have a star-studded cast doing voice work and it would be impossible to have them all record every name imaginable, but you will get to choose between male and female characters and a variety of appearance options. Below is a new screen from the game followed by several different versions of "Jesse" that are possible...

You'll Need to Wait Just a Bit Longer for 'Rebuild 3', Release Pushed Back to at Least September 3rd

At the beginning of June we were treated to a new trailer for Northway Games' Rebuild 3 along with a vague release window of July or August for the iOS version. Great! Rebuild [$2.99] on iOS was one of the best strategy games I had played, so of course I was excited for the sequel. Then early this month Northway announced on their blog that Rebuild 3 was scheduled for an August 13th release. Again, great! Unfortunately, just a couple of days before that release date Northway had to push the release back to August 27th due to a device compatibility issue. Bummer, but I'm patient, you know? Well, today is August 27th and unfortunately Rebuild 3 has been delayed yet again...

Vivid Releases Impressive New In-Game Screens from 'Real Boxing 2'

Earlier this month just ahead of Gamescom,, Vivd Games unveiled the trailer for Real Boxing 2, the long-awaited sequel to their popular 2012 boxing simulation game. Using the new Unreal Engine 4, Real Boxing 2 showcased some pretty incredible visuals in that initial trailer. Now earlier today Vivid has sent over a new batch of screens taken directly from the game, and again, the visuals are quite amazing...

It's that time of year again, as Apple has sent out invites for their September media event which traditionally involves them introducing new iPhones and possibly some other fun stuff. As it's an odd year, that means the new iPhone will most likely be an "S" variant with a largely unchanged overall design from the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus but several new features. The popular opinion is that the iPhone 6S and 6S+ will include a force touch screen like the Apple Watch has, an A9 processor, an improved camera and 2GB of RAM. That last point could be especially interesting in terms of gaming, as lack of RAM always seems to be an issue with beefier games. As usual, the invite itself is filled with mystery and teases, including the tagline "Hey Siri, give us a hint."..

Out Now: 'Lara Croft GO', 'Ski Safari 2', 'Breakneck', 'Sage Solitaire', 'Swipey Rogue', 'Calvino Noir', 'Sketch Breaker', 'Gasoliq' and More

After such an epic week of new games last week, it's nice to see that things are continuing to roll strong this week. The original Ski Safari is one of my all-time favorite games, so I was excited to hear the announcement of a sequel and even more excited that the release was so soon after that announcement. Ski Safari 2 is out tonight, and it looks killer. Also, Lara Croft GO looks to do to the Tomb Raider franchise what Hitman GO did with Hitman, which I'm very stoked about. PikPok's fancy-looking futuristic racer Breakneck is out of soft-launch, Zach Gage's thoughtful Sage Solitaire is out, along with the dungeon-crawling puzzler Swipey Rogue, the stylish adventure Calvino Noir… just so many great releases. We are truly blessed as mobile gamers, so check out the list below and let us know what you're picking up!..

Clickers and Tacos Together at Last as 'Mucho Taco' Arrives September 10th

This past Cinco de Mayo, Noodlecake Games and developer One Simple Idea thought it would be apropos to announce their upcoming game Mucho Taco, a game that blends the tried and true clicker gameplay with the universe's greatest ever food. Technically, "clicker" might not be the right descriptor, as Mucho Taco uses a swiping gesture to simulate making tacos. Idle swiper? Is that a thing? Besides actually making the tacos themselves, you'll also be growing and managing your Mexican restaurant empire by opening and upgrading new restaurants that will passively collect tacos for you. So many tacos. Here's a trailer detailing all this Mucho Taco goodness...

iOS Classic 'Badland' Getting Level Editor Soon, Beta Testing Starts Today

Back in April of 2013, developer Frogmind released Badland [$1.99] into the App Store, and I don't think anyone at the time could have imagined how much it would evolve over the years. The release version of Badland had a striking visual style, and more importantly it had compelling gameplay that worked beautifully with simple tap controls, which is imperative for a successful iOS game. But the real magic has come since that release, as Frogmind has been incredibly dedicated to furthering Badland and it stands as one of the most updated games in the history of iOS. Tons of additional levels, multiplayer modes, missions, achievements, and much more. Today, Frogmind has unveiled perhaps the biggest update for Badland yet, as they're prepping a brand new level editor for the game. This trailer shows it in action, and it looks really cool...

'Galak-Z: Variant Mobile' Heading to Mobile Platforms in 2016

17-Bit Studios, who you're probably familiar with as the developers of the excellent turn-based strategy title Skulls of the Shogun [$4.99], just released their frantic roguelike space shooter Galak-Z: The Dimensional on the PlayStation 4 earlier this month, and a PC version is following soon. However, according to Eurogamer, 17-Bit is also planning to bring the game to mobile devices next year in a special version of the game called Galak-Z: Variant Mobile. It's too early to get a glimpse at this mobile version, but here's the PS4 launch trailer for Galak-Z proper which should give you an idea of the game...

'Magic: The Gathering' Getting the Match-3 RPG Treatment with 'Magic: The Gathering - Puzzle Quest'

We're living in a world where anything that's even a vaguely popular IP is getting a Puzzle Quest spinoff. (Ok, I'm exaggerating, but seriously, there are a ton of branded match-3 games in the world.) The latest to get such a treatment is the grandfather of CCGs Magic: The Gathering from Wizards of the Coast. On paper, this seems like a pretty incredible idea. Magic the card game has decades worth of cool characters and a whole universe full of lore to utilize. The possibilities are endless for an incredibly deep crossover game, but we'll have to wait and see what developer Hibernum Creations does with it all. For now, here's some screens...

Old-School Shoot 'Em Up 'Z-Exemplar' Gets a Brand New Trailer

I've been keeping pretty close tabs on Z-Exemplar, an upcoming side-scrolling shooter that developer Suminell Studios is hoping will tickle the nostalgia bone for those of us who have fond memories of the ZX Spectrum home computer from the '80s. Z-Exemplar was originally announced with a slick trailer back in early June, and as progress is made on the game Suminell has been great about posting updates in our forums, which is how I cam across these recent animated .gifs that off some of the weapons and features in the game. Now Z-Exemplar has a second proper trailer to share with the world, and it's looking fantastic...

Fancy Force's gory physics-based trials game Happy Wheels [Free] took the iOS world by storm last week when it arrived on the App Store and quickly shot up to the top position in the free games chart. Happy Wheels was originally released as a Flash game way back in 2010, and has grown by leaps and bounds in the years since. With a cast of ridiculous playable characters and vehicles, as well as a community-driven level-creator which has over 6 million user-created levels, Happy Wheels has been a huge success in the world of browser games. Which makes me feel sort of silly that I'd never even heard of it before it popped up on iOS last week. Hey I'm old, I don't know what these crazy kids are into nowadays. ..

One of the most curiously popular genres to emerge in the past few years is the clicker genre. Stripping nearly all the fluff away from most progression-based systems in games, clickers have distilled the satisfaction of watching progress bars increase into bite-sized, single-tap experiences. They're silly, sure, but also strangely satisfying. Clickers aren't for everyone though, and to some the passiveness of it all just isn't enough to get their juices flowing. That's why I really took a shining to Tap Quest [Free], which released a month ago from Nanoo Company...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Horizon Chase'

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...