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.

Massive Open-World Space Exploration Game 'Prevail' Rises from the Ashes and Should See Release in 2015

File this under "Best news I've heard so far this year" - the massive open-world interplanetary exploration and combat game Prevail, which was originally announced nearly 4 years ago and had gone deadly silent for the past 18 months, is amazingly enough not dead and in fact it's (supposedly) coming out sometime this year. (Headexplode.gif) Now, gather 'round children as I tell you the tale of Prevail…..

Oh man, Bitcoin Billionaire [Free], what happened man? You swooped into my life in November of last year and I was absolutely obsessed with you for days and days on end. I clicked, I auto-clicked, I bought countless useless items for my crappy apartment and then… it all came to an end, and I craved more. And you promised that more was coming! But that was a long time ago, and I don't know, I feel different now, I guess. Can it still work between us? Do you really have anything more to offer me? The answer, apparently, is a resounding YES as we've just got word that Bitcoin Billionaire is set to get a massive update on August 6th that triples the amount of content in the game...

New 'Mos Speedrun 2' Gameplay Trailer Released

One of my all-time favorite platformers on ANY gaming system is Physmo's Mos Speedrun [$0.99]. Launched in 2011, its focus on speedrunning levels and masterful touch controls had me playing each of its levels dozens if not hundreds of times over and over, hoping to find new routes and techniques that would let me shave just that little bit of time off my final score. I was obsessed, and I loved it. So it should be no surprise that when Physmo began teasing Mos Speedrun 2 with screen shots in June of last year, I was pretty excited. Things were relatively quiet for a while after that, until this past January when we got a proper look at Mos Speedrun 2 with an excellent gameplay trailer. Well, things have been a bit quiet again since then, but now we've got ourselves another new look at Mos Speedrun 2 thanks to this new trailer...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Pac-Man Championship Edition DX'

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...

Earlier in the week I stumbled across a very cool looking trailer for a game called Tap Quest. The goal in the game was to defend a tower in the center of the screen from enemies approaching from either side, and you'd do that by simply tapping either side of the screen to perform a dash attack in that direction. It's simple premise, lovely art style and chaotic action really caught my attention. Well, in a nice surprise, Tap Quest: Gate Keeper [Free] moved swiftly through Apple's approval process and is already available on the App Store...

Wild Bullet Hell Shooter 'Operation Dracula' Launching July 30th, New Trailer Released

A few months back, Carter gave us an excellent preview of Operation Dracula, an over-the-top bullet hell shooter from developer Samurai Games and publisher Crescent Moon. Today we've learned that Operation Dracula finally has a launch date, next week on July 30th, and to celebrate a brand new trailer has been released. Check it out in all its early-90s-era-video-games glory!..

'Five Nights at Freddy's 4' Is Now Available on Steam, iOS Version Hopefully Following Soon

Much like the mythos surrounding Five Nights at Freddy's, the release of the fourth entry in the popular jump-scare series has been rife with vague clues and false leads. However, despite all signs pointing to an August 8th release date, Five Nights at Freddy's 4 has just gone live on Steam, today, July 23rd. Accompanying the release on Steam is a note from developer Scott Cawthon stating: "Ok, so as many of you already know, I'm bad with release dates. The game is finished. Enjoy!" Indeed, good sir, indeed...

It's been almost a year now since Bandai Namco soft-launched a free to play version of the updated take on their classic Pac-Man franchise Pac-Man Championship Edition DX [$4.99], but at long last the game has finally gone worldwide as of earlier today. What took so long? Well, the version that soft-launched last year was built with all the typical free to play trappings, like in-game currencies and timers, and was met with plenty of criticism from fans, especially those who have enjoyed the various premium Pac-Man Championship games on consoles and even right here on iOS over the years. ..

Announced back in May and arriving a wee bit later than the rest of this week's new releases, Adventure Time Puzzle Quest [Free] is now available for download in the App Store. It's very much what it says it is on the tin: Puzzle Quest with an Adventure Time theme. Well, I guess that's not totally accurate. The matching-and-battling gameplay essence of Puzzle Quest is here, but this latest entry hews much closer to D3's other licensed matching RPG Marvel Puzzle Quest [Free], as it's free to play and loaded up with lots of social stuff...

Out Now: 'Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers', 'Qbert Rebooted', 'Special Tactics Online', 'To-Fu Fury', 'The Long Siege', 'Hex Brutal', 'Stupid Zombies 3', 'Vault!' and More

It's turned out to be quite the big night of new game releases. This morning there was hardly anything noteworthy floating around in the New Zealand App Store, but as has been the case lately, lots of stuff popped up throughout the day at random times. Hey, whatever, App Store! There's also some stuff that launched earlier in the week which I've included below, and a few things that are supposed to come out soon but haven't quite shown up yet. So check out the list below and let us know which games you'll be picking up!..

'Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon' is Coming August 6th, New Trailer Revealed

Earlier today while writing a story about Furdemption's forthcoming update, I mentioned that I absolutely hated spiders, but I forgot about one very important exception: Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor [$1.99 / $1.99 (HD)]. Normally I can't stomach even looking at a spider, but in that game it was a great pleasure to experience life as a tiny eight-legged creature exploring a massive mansion; platforming, defeating enemies, and solving puzzles. As you probably know, Spider was our Game of the Year pick way, way back in 2009, and developer Tiger Style Games has been working on the sequel Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon for several years now. Well, it's been a long time coming, but the new Spider finally has an official release date just a couple of weeks from now on August 6th. Check out a brand new trailer as well...

One of my favorite games of 2015 is the adorable and bloody puzzle platformer Furdemption [$2.99] from developer RareSloth, which launched just about a month ago. In it you guide a cute bunny rabbit through the treacherous depths of hell over the course of 100 increasingly complex levels. From the fluid animations, to the wonderful art style and music, to the cuteness of your rabbit juxtaposed with its horrific death scenes, Furdemption fires on all cylinders, and we happily gave it 5 stars in our review. Today we have learned that more Furdemption is coming our way in the form of an expansion titled The Widow's Den. ..

'Tap Quest' Will Blend Simplistic Tower Defending with Chaotic Onscreen Action

One of the things I cherish in a mobile game is unnecessary visual flair. Match-3 games are a good example of this. Take two mechanically identical matching games, one with little fanfare when you make a match and one that literally showers you with particle effects and flashiness. I'll take the one with superfluous visual effects every single time! So this brings me to Tap Quest, the first mobile game from publisher Nanoo Company. ..

Kabam's Mobile RPG 'Star Wars Uprising' Soft-Launches in Select Regions

Last month Kabam and Disney announced a new mobile RPG called Star Wars Uprising that was set to take place in-betweeen the sixth episode of the main movie trilogy Return of the Jedi and the forthcoming seventh episode The Force Awakens which launches later this year. Well, looks like Star Wars Uprising has just soft-launched in several regions of the App Store, as spotted by the eagle-eyed members in our forums. ..

'Adventure Time Puzzle Quest' Launching this Thursday, New Trailer Released

Back in May we learned that D3 Publishing was teaming up with Cartoon Network to create a Puzzle Quest spinoff based on Adventure Time, and today we've learned that that game–the appropriately titled Adventure Time Puzzle Quest–is all set to launch this Thursday. In connection with the release date announcement, a new Adventure Time Puzzle Quest trailer has been released, so give it a look...

SNK has had a large presence on the App Store for a number of years now, mostly thanks to the many excellent touchscreen ports of their legendary fighting games. However, they've put out some original stuff too, like Metal Slug Defense [Free] which takes the Metal Slug characters and puts them into a castle defense game. Or Beast Busters [Free / $0.99], which crosses over the on-rails gallery shooter arcade game of the same name with King of Fighters characters. Another of SNK's original mobile titles is The Rhythm of Fighters [Free], a game that tasks you with keeping the rhythm during classic SNK tunes while a massive cast of fighters duke it out based on your performance. The Rhythm of Fighters was a really novel idea for a game, and it's only barely a year old, but unfortunately SNK is yanking it off the App Store next week...

It released at kind of an oddball time in the week, but we thought board game fans would be excited to know that Days of Wonder has released the digital version of Splendor [$6.99] into the App Store. A couple of weeks back Days of Wonder announced the release date of Splendor on iOS, and our own Tasos Lazarides summarized what the game was all about quite well:..

Bethesda's awesome little vault-building sim Fallout Shelter [Free] has just received its first ever update, which is one part new content and one part bug fix. First, a new Photo feature has been added, meaning you can snap a screenshot of your happy (or unhappy) vault dwellers and save it to your device, either for your own personal amusement or to share with the world via the plethora of social media options...

New 'Love You to Bits' Screens Released, Launching this Fall as a Premium Game

Back in December of last year, you may recall seeing a delightful trailer announcing a new game called Love You to Bits. The game is a collaborative effort between Alike Studio and Pati.io, which are comprised of former 5 Ants developers who worked on the phenomenal point-and-click game Tiny Thief [Free]. In fact, Love You to Bits is something of a spiritual successor to Tiny Thief. It's about a boy whose robot girlfriend gets blown to bits, and his journey across the galaxy to collect those bits and put her back together. Today, the developers have sent over a few new screens of some previously unseen locations in Love You to Bits. Check them out...

'Don't Starve Pocket Edition' Hits the App Store

It's been about a year and a half since Klei Entertainment first talked about bringing their hit action survival game Don't Starve to iOS. At the time they said it wasn't a top priority, but they'd be considering it for sure. Just over a week ago they began teasing it again on Instagram, getting people very excited in the process. Thankfully they didn't make us wait long as Don't Starve Pocket Edition [$4.99 (HD)] is now available in the App Store...