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: 'Teeny Titans'

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...

'Slime-Ball-Istic Mr. Missile' is a Cool 'Missile Command'-alike with Pixely Slimes and Real World Locations

Korean developer Lacuna King has unveiled a new project on our forums called Slime-Ball-Istic Mr. Missile, but since that's kind of a mouthful let's just go with Mr. Missile. It takes the classic missile-defending gameplay of Missile Command and adds lovely pixel graphics and real-world locations to the mix, along with a storyline of invading slime creatures. The following teaser shows off how these locations will be portrayed in the game and if you stick around until the end of the trailer you get a glimpse of the actual gameplay in Mr. Missile...




'Shadowstone' Dungeon Crawler from Ravenous Games Enters Steam Greenlight and Gets First Trailer

Back in September of last year, prolific mobile developer Ravenous Games announced a new project called Shadowstone: The Lost Oath, a top-down dungeon crawling action RPG with randomized levels. It looked awesome, and quite a step above their previous mobile efforts in terms of complexity. And there was a good reason for that: Ravenous is targeting the PC first for Shadowstone. However, a mobile port is something they'd like to achieve as well should the game get off the ground in the PC world, and that all starts this week with the Steam Greenlight campaign going live for Shadowstone. Along with that comes the first trailer for the game...

Trees are Your Defense in Minimalist Strategy Game 'Nanuleu', Launching Next Thursday

A pretty interesting trailer rolled across our desk here at TouchArcade today for an upcoming strategy game from developer Selva Interactive called Nanuleu. The story of Nanuleu is that long dormant ancient magical trees that can protect the land from dark forces have awoken, sensing a new threat coming. Your job is to gather resources, expand your territory, and plant the trees strategically to take on the approaching evil forces. It uses a clean and minimalist visual style that reminds me a lot of one of the best strategy games on iOS, Rymdkapsel [$3.99]. Check out the trailer for Nanuleu...

'Don't Be Squared', an Endless Auto-Runner with Platform-Drawing Mechanics, Launches Globally June 30th

Last month, developer SuperHippo announced their upcoming auto-running platformer Don't Be Squared on our forums, and then at the beginning of this month they soft-launched it in select territories. Yesterday, they again took to our forums to announce that Don't Be Squared finally has a global release date, and it's next week on June 30th. Don't Be Squared has a fantastic art style and seemingly great auto-runner mechanics, but what makes it stand out is a platform-drawing mechanic similar to the old Nintendo DS game Yoshi: Touch and Go, which I enjoyed quite a bit a decade ago. Here's a quick trailer from last month showing the gameplay in Don't Be Squared...

Apparently this is the week for color-based shooters! Not long after we posted about Star Crew from Oh BiBi, our old constantly-making-games pals Foursaken Media took to our forums to announce their own color-based shooter called Color Bots. The concepts are definitely similar. In Color Bots, you'll play as a bot stationed at the bottom of the screen as enemies approach from the top. Swiping in any of the cardinal directions changes your bot's weapon color, and you can only shoot and kill enemies that are of the same color as your weapon. If you shoot an enemy with the wrong color, it'll give them a slight speed increase, and if 3 enemies are able to make it to and breach your position it's game over time. Here's some screens...

'Star Crew' is a Clever Color-Based Shooter from the Makers of 'Motor World: Car Factory' and 'Monster & Commander'

Oh BiBi Socialtainment, makers of the popular casual sim Motor World: Car Factory [Free] and the monster collecting/battling game Monster & Commander [Free], have just unveiled their latest upcoming mobile project, a vertical shooter called Star Crew. What stuck out to me about Star Crew is its color mechanic which has you picking a team of 3 fighters out of a large cast of characters who are one of the primary or secondary colors. While playing you can switch between your 3 fighters at will and your attacks are more powerful when blasting an enemy that's the same color as your current fighter. Here's a lengthy video of an in-development version of Star Crew to give you an idea of what the gameplay is like. Just keep in mind that the game is still in an early state...

Well, there was a load of new iOS games released tonight but not among them was one that we've been highly anticipating since we played it at E3 last week. However, moments ago Teeny Titans [$3.99] from Grumpyface Studios and Cartoon Network finally popped up on the App Store. Better late than never, I always say! If you missed what Teeny Titans is all about, it's more or less a Pokemon-style character collecting and battling game utilizing a huge roster of DC Superheroes in their Teen Titans form. Here is our look at the game from E3 last week...

Out Now: 'Perchang', 'Heavy Metal Tennis Training', 'Rodeo Stampede', 'Hyperburner', 'Super Steampuff', 'NinjAwesome', 'The Sandbox Evolution' and More

Welcome to the best time of week for mobile gamers, the time when we roundup all the new iOS games that have hit the App Store. Let me apologize for not having a list last week, these things are hard to put together when you're spending all day running around the LA Convention Center for E3. This week we're back though, and back with a vengeance! Or if not a vengeance then at least a huge selection of cool-looking new games. Check out the full list below and as always let us know which games you'll be picking up this week in the comments section below...

When Adult Swim Games launched Pocket Mortys [Free] at the beginning of the year, I figured it would be a cute Pokemon-alike dripping with Rick and Mortys fan service that would be a fun way to pass the time for a few weeks, and then it would fade away like dust in the wind. This was not the case. Pocket Mortys has been getting all sorts of updates since its launch, and after two rapid fire spring updates Adult Swim is ringing in the summertime with yet another big content update. Fans had been clamoring for new single-player content, and this update delivers that in the form of the new Morty Games, a series of 5 tournaments that will give you an opportunity to win exclusive Mortys not available anywhere else in the game...

Gorgeous Puzzler 'Perchang' Gets New Trailer Ahead of Launch this Thursday

Last month we learned that Ben Murch, who you may know from developer Rodeo Games, has struck out on his own with a new company called Perchang. Their first game, by the way, is also called Perchang, and it looks like a phenomenal puzzler that has you controlling red and blue contraptions in an effort to get as many balls into the goal as possible in each level. It's described as Marble Madness meets Lemmings, which seems like an apt comparison. A couple of weeks following that announcement we learned that Perchang would be coming on June 23rd, and seeing as that's just a day or so away, Perchang the company saw fit to release a brand new launch trailer for Perchang the game...

Brush Up On Your Ninja Skills with 'Reign of the Ninja' Later this Month

For whatever reason, the touchscreen is highly conducive to ninja activities. Slashing objects as you do in Fruit Ninja or launching ninja stars using a quick swipe across the screen just feels right, and that's what Reign of the Ninja from French studio Dragonslash hopes to convey when it launches sometime this month. It's more or less a collection of 7 mini-games that will test your ninja skills, but what caught my eye about this one is how fleshed-out the lore appears to be and the high quality of the animations that display the characters and story. Check it out...

Philipp Stollenmayer, aka Kamibox, is the creator of Sometimes You Die [$1.99], a minimalist platformer that turned out to be much more than it appeared on the surface and through clever platforming mechanics it also delivers commentary on the genre itself, video games as a whole, and even life as we know it. It's a very powerful and thought-provoking experience. He also made Pancake - The Game [Free], a game about flipping pancakes. It should say a lot that both of those titles, while spanning a wide gap of what people expect a game to be, are among my favorites on iOS, and Kamibox has consistently put out highly playable and interesting games for years now. The latest is called Squaredance [Free], which arrived yesterday and is a minimalist puzzler that uses a swipe-the-whole-board-at-once mechanic similar to Threes! [$2.99 / Free]. This isn't a high score chaser though, as each level has a different board shape which makes your goal of combining all like-colored squares in order to remove them that much more difficult...

Zombieville USA [$0.99 / Free] was one of those early iPhone hits that put developer Mika Mobile on the map. A side-scrolling shooter with a killer art style, Zombieville launched in early 2009 and quickly rose up the charts and maintained a position there for many months to come. Obviously its success led to a sequel a couple of years later, Zombieville 2 [$0.99] which launched in October of 2011. The sequel improved upon the original with a wider range of movement, tons of unlockable characters and weapons, a cool upgrade system, and most impressive of all co-op multiplayer both locally and over WiFi. Well, it's been a couple of years since Zombieville 2 has received any update love, and like any game on iOS it has developed a few issues over the years as new iOS hardware and software has rolled out. With the release of their latest game Lost Frontier [$2.99] now behind them, Mika Mobile took this time to fix those issues as well as bring the beloved Zombieville 2 to the Android platform for the first time...

E3 2016: 'Dragon Raja' is an Impressive-Looking Hack 'n Slash RPG that's Popular in Asian and Heading West

Locojoy Games is one of the top mobile game developers in China, and they're partnering up with US-based Narvalous to bring one of their more popular games, the action RPG Dragon Raja, to the North American market. During E3 we were able to play a brief demo of Dragon Raja, and while it certainly treads familiar territory in the action RPG genre, it had some really impressive visuals and satisfying combat that controlled really well on the touchscreen. Check it out...

E3 2016: Hands-On with Frantic Space Shooter 'Galak-Z: Variant Mobile'

Galak-Z: Variant Mobile, the mobile-centric version of the popular space shooter Galak-Z: The Dimensional on PlayStation 4 and desktop, was announced nearly a year ago in August of 2015, and it finally looks like it's just about ready for release. I absolutely fell in love with the trailers for the console version when it launched, and was excited that the game would be coming to mobile in some form, even if that meant it wasn't quite up to par with its older siblings. After finally getting my hands on a demo of the mobile version here at E3 it certainly seems like it retains all the main aspects that make the bigger version so awesome. Here's a quick hands-on video of Galak-Z: Variant Mobile...

It's Apple's annual developer conference which as always kicks off with a huge keynote address which typically announces all the new features that will be added to Apple's slew of software and what developers will be experiencing during the sessions of the week. Of course, being Apple, there's bound to be some surprises as well! If you're on the web on your computer or on your iOS device, you can mash this link right here to watch the stream which just started moments ago. Also, if you have a fourth generation Apple TV, you can download the Apple Special Events app and watch there, as I'm doing right now. We'll be covering any major game-related announcements, which are typically kind of hit and miss, but even if there's no major new gaming stuff to talk about these events are always fun to follow along with so check out the stream and discuss all the cool new announcements in our comments section below!..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Heroes of Loot 2'

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...

'Bomberman' is the Latest Game to Get the 'Crossy Road' Treatment in Upcoming 'Blast Blitz'

Taking a classic game concept, giving it voxel graphics, and making it randomly generated and endless is exactly what Crossy Road [Free] did with the Frogger formula. And then Down The Mountain [Free] did it with the Q-Bert formula. And then Pac-Man 256 [Free] did it to Pac-Man. And then Shooty Skies [Free] did it to Space Invaders. And then Astro Attack [Free] also did it to Space Invaders. And then Ding Dong Delivery is hoping to do it to Paperboy. And Dude Ball is hoping to do it with pinball. And then and then… Phew! I'm sure I missed some there but anyway you get the point. Crossy Road-ifying things is all the rage, and developer Poly Pandas wants to give that same treatment to Bomberman with their upcoming game Blast Blitz. ..

'Dawnbringer' Gets Cool Cinematic Trailer Ahead of June 16th Launch

A couple of weeks ago, we checked out the gameplay trailer for Dawnbringer, an upcoming open-world action RPG that uses battle mechanics that are similar to mobile classic Infinity Blade. With Dawnbringer's launch looming next Thursday, developers Kiloo and Copenhagen Creators have released a brand new cinematic trailer giving us a glimpse into this game's characters and world. I'm not usually big on CGI cinematic trailers, but when they feature two warriors battling through space, continuing to fight even as they catch fire while blasting through the atmosphere, and crash landing on earth in a huge explosion, still ready to fight, well that's my kind of cinematic trailer...