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.

If you listened to our show last week, you know that it's been a pretty hectic couple of weeks for Eli and myself and it's been difficult to find the time to sit down and hammer out our podcast. A shame, especially since we should be celebrating our 200th episode! This week, Eli is in India with an internet connection that's… well let's just say it's not reliable. Not even close to reliable enough to get through even a half hour edition of our show. So it's with a heavy heart that I announce there's no podcast today, but worry not: Eli and I will reconvene on Monday when he's back in the States and record our voices talking to each other for you. Hey, we might even invite Mike Meade on if he's awake!..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'WWE 2K'

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...

Bandai Namco Entertainment's 2015 Global Gamers Day

Last week was Bandai Namco Entertainment's 2015 Global Gamers Day Americas, where they showed off a bunch of new titles that they have in the pipeline for consoles, handhelds, desktop and yes, even mobile. As with most events thrown by gigantic companies, the mobile stuff was a bit scarce with the majority of the focus going towards console and desktop titles. That said, there was still a few noteworthy things in the works for our little mobile devices...

Jeff Vogel's Spiderweb Software has been making incredibly deep RPGs for the past two decades, with many of those titles making their way over to the iPad where they seemed quite at home. The latest from Spiderweb to grace the iPad was to be Avernum 2: Crystal Souls, which was scheduled to launch this week. Unfortunately, that won't be happening, and for the foreseeable future Spiderweb Software will no longer be developing their games for iOS at all...

Out Now: 'Drylands', 'Mega Drift', 'Arcane Tower', 'MLB Perfect Inning 15', 'ZenDots', 'Caves n' Chasms', 'Upthing', 'Magica X Magica' and More

It's new iOS game day and there's quite the eclectic mix of stuff on tap for this week's list. Sports, roguelikes, platformers, racing games… there's even a behind the back runner that looks really cool. I'm telling you, it's getting harder and harder to keep up with all the cool stuff that's always coming out, and I do this for a living. Dive into the list below and let us know what games you'll be picking up...

Little White Bear's 'ZenDots' Blends Pinball and Brick Breaking, Launches this Thursday for Free

Little White Bear Studios knows a thing or two about zen. Heck, half their library of games have zen in their title. Games like TanZen, Zentomino and TriZen offer zen-like tangram puzzles to give your brain a nice, relaxed workout. But now they're hoping that you'll zen out to something a bit more frantic with their latest game ZenDots. It's basically a mashup of pinball and brick-breaking. You have flippers on either side of the screen which you can use to bat balls up and into a collection of more balls at the top of the screen, which then fall down and can be swatted around as well...

Post-Apocalyptic Platformer 'Drylands' Launches Tomorrow, Check Out the New Trailer

Last week we went hands-on with Drylands, a post-apocalyptic action platformer RPG that was inspired by classics like Wasteland and Fallout. Long story short, we liked what we saw and thought Drylands showed a lot of promise. If you've been hoping to get your own hands on Drylands, then good news: developer Angry Bugs has announced the official release date for the game, and it's soon. Like tomorrow, April 15th soon. Check out the brand new trailer...

Just about a week ago, Mortal Kombat X [Free] launched in the App Store. Similar to Injustice: Gods Among Us [Free], it's a stripped-down-for-mobile fighting game/card collecting hybrid which is meant as a companion experience to the full-fledged fighting game of the same name which launches on consoles and PC tomorrow. For the most part Mortal Kombat X succeeds at what it sets out to be, and although it's pretty buggy in this initial release and has a few negative aspects, overall we liked it quite a bit in our review. ..

Out Now: 'Devious Dungeon 2', 'Dragon Hills', 'Tiltagon', 'Rogue Star', 'Dungeon Crawlers Metal', 'Power-Up', 'SBACEBALL', 'Rototo' and More

It's been a pretty intense week of new game releases, though a couple of the heavy hitters have already launched prior to tonight's routine Wednesday night release schedule. Mortal Kombat X is finally available and has its ups and downs but overall is pretty good. Rayark's highly-anticipated action game Implosion also launched a bit early, arriving this morning, and the impressions from players in our forums has been highly positive. But don't get blinded by those two big boys, as there's a ton of great stuff on this list below as well. Check 'em out and let us know what you'll be picking up...

Rayark's 'Implosion - Never Lose Hope' Hits the App Store

Those hoping for a fast-paced character action game for their mobile device have been waiting (im)patiently for Rayark's Implosion [$9.99], and today the game has finally launched in the App Store. We originally caught wind of Implosion way back in September of 2013 when it debuted at the Tokyo Game Show, with a planned release for sometime in 2014. The development took longer than expected though, pushing the release date back several times. Even their January 2015 target was a bit too optimistic, but luckily they didn't miss the mark too much as it's still just early April. I mean, at least it isn't 2016, am I right?..

'Mortal Kombat X' Launches in the App Store Ahead of Console Release Next Week

Early last month, Warner Bros. and NetherRealm Studio teased a mobile version of Mortal Kombat to launch alongside the next iteration of the venerable fighting game franchise on console and PC, and as of just a few moments ago we noticed that Mortal Kombat X [Free] is actually already available in the App Store. Well… sort of. While it's showing up in the App Store, a couple of of us here have had trouble actually downloading the game, though Carter seemed to get his working. Go Carter! Your mileage may vary, but it's likely just a weird App Store SNAFU. Something similar happened with the launch of DuckTales last week but it was a temporary thing...

'Devious Dungeon 2' Coming Thursday, New Trailer Released

Back in January, Ravenous Games announced Devious Dungeon 2, a sequel to 2014's action platformer with roguelike elements Devious Dungeon [$1.99]. We quite enjoyed the original Devious Dungeon in our review, despite a few flaws, so we've been pretty excited at the prospect of an improved sequel. One of the major improvements in Devious Dungeon 2 is the addition of 3 character classes–Rogue, Mage and Barbarian–which all play differently from one another and should inject some much-needed variety into the Devious Dungeon formula. Ravenous has finally wrapped up Devious Dungeon 2 and has announced that it'll be making its way to the App Store this Thursday, April 9th. Check out this epic new trailer...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'CivCrafter'

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...

Hands-On with 'The Executive' - Flame-Kicking Werewolves Like it Ain't No Thang

It was nearly two years ago that developer Riverman Media announced The Executive, a game about a corporate CEO whose co-workers turn into werewolves and stage a massive attack against him. Naturally, being a bad-ass corporate CEO, he fights back, and fights back hard. Ok, if that sounds like a crazy premise, remember that Riverman Media were the ones responsible for the awesome Pizza vs. Skeletons [$4.99 / Free] a few years ago. So in that context, this is just another day at the office. Anyway, two years is a long time to wait for anything as awesome-looking as The Executive, and the only real update we've had on its progress was also a very long time ago in December of 2013 when a new trailer was revealed...

Out Now: 'Tiny Dangerous Dungeons', 'Dual', 'CivCrafter', 'A Day in the Woods', 'Last Voyage', 'Magic Rampage', 'Corridor Z', 'Boom Dots' and Much More

Hello mobile gamers, hopefully you survived this April Fool's Day without being tricked too badly, but here's something that's the honest truth: There is a crap-ton of new iOS games being released tonight. This list took way longer than usual, and it already takes a long time to put together. So this is as witty of an intro as you're going to get, but be sure to check out everything below because there's some real winners among the bunch. ..

The best advice I can give any aspiring mobile game developer is "Just make Crossy Road, JEEZ!" Developer Tyson Ibele took that advice to heart and created The Quest Keeper [Free], which just launched in the App Store earlier today. The key point in "Just make Crossy Road, JEEZ!", which I should probably make an effort to make more clear from now on, is to not simply copy Crossy Road verbatim, and thankfully The Quest Keeper definitely has its own identity. The voxel graphics and isometric perspective look like they could be the dark cousin of Crossy Road, but the two games play very differently. ..

Hey iPad owners, if you've been jealous of your Android counterparts because they've been playing Boss Monster for the past week, be jealous no more: Boss Monster [Free (HD)] has just released in the App Store for iPad. The history of Boss Monster is a pretty crazy one. It began life as a successful Kickstarter project back in November of 2012, which produced the physical tabletop version of Boss Monster that went on to be quite popular. Then in September of last year, a second Kickstarter was launched in order to bring the physical game to digital platforms. So, video games were the driving influence behind the physical game of Boss Monster, but then the physical game ended up becoming an actual video game, thus completing the circle of life. ..

If you've been awaiting the arrival of that Marvel beat 'em up game, no not THAT one, THIS one, then wait no longer: DeNA has just officially launched Marvel Mighty Heroes [Free] in the App Store and on Google Play. The game was originally announced back in February, and entered soft-launch just under a week ago. That's probably one of the quickest soft-launch periods I've ever seen, but hey, I'm not complaining. ..

'Star Wars Rebels' Table Heading to 'Zen Pinball' and 'Star Wars Pinball'

We were very pleasantly surprised with Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions [Free], our Game of the Week pick last week, both because it's a really good action platformer and because it utilizes the Star Wars license really well. Along that same line, Zen Studios has always done a wonderful job of bringing Star Wars (and many other massive IPs) to the world of pinball, and they're keeping that train rolling while getting in on the Star Wars Rebels action with a new table coming soon to both the Zen Pinball [Free] and Star Wars Pinball [$1.99] apps. Here are a couple of screens from the new table...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions'

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...