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: 'Le Parker: Sous Chef Extraordinaire'

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...

One game that has been very popular in our community but has flown mostly under the radar since its release in June is The Counter of Death [Free] from developer Curlking. This twitch reaction game has you facing off against an onslaught of foes by countering their attacks which leads to you automatically launching an offense of your own. It's done very simply by either touching the giant upper counter button or lower counter button, and paying close attention to your enemy's motions prior to their strike is key to being successful. For such simple mechanics, The Counter of Death is a surprisingly strategic game, and made even better by its fantastic presentation that mimicked old-school kung-fu movies to a T. ..




Colorful Platformer 'Le Parker: Sous Chef Extraordinaire' Hits the App Store

Back in March during GDC, I was fortunate enough to check out a very promising upcoming platformer called Le Parker: Sous Chef Extraordinaire. I had never heard of the game before, nor of developer PlayPretend, and they didn't have an appointment to meet with us or anything like that. They had heard we were at GDC and simply tracked us down and we were able to squeeze in an impromptu demo between meetings, and it ended up being one of my favorite games I saw at the conference. I love conferences like GDC precisely for those unexpected moments when some super awesome game just comes out of the woodwork. Anyway, about a month later PlayPretend released two new videos showing off more of Le Parker, but things had been awfully quiet since then. However, just last week the developers popped back up on our forums to announce that Le Parker was under review with Apple, and just a few moments ago Le Parker: Sous Chef Extraordinaire [$2.99] officially went live in the App Store...

Check Out Two Solid Minutes of Gameplay in Upcoming Retro Shoot 'Em Up '1949 EndWar'

I've been quietly following the development of 1949 EndWar for over a year now, and we first brought you news of this spiritual sequel to Capcom's 1942 back in early October when developer Smallthing released the first official teaser trailer for the game. While the team had originally hoped to release the game before the end of 2016, they feel they need a little more time to get the game just right and are now targeting Q1 of 2017 isntead, along with an expanded set of release platforms like Xbox One, PC, Mac, and possibly even PlayStation 4 and Vita. Anyway, to temper the wait for those like me who are anxiously awaiting 1949 EndWar, Smallthing today has released a new gameplay trailer showing a solid 2 minute playthrough of the first level in the game...

New 'Rocky' Mobile Game Releasing to Celebrate Original Film's 40th Anniversary

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the original Rocky film, and yes, that makes me feel old. To celebrate this milestone, MGM Interactive and developer Tapinator are releasing Rocky, a new mobile game featuring the biggest of Rocky's rivals from the film. That includes Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang, and Ivan Drago. In the game you'll manage a boxing gym and as you build it up you'll unlock 37 different fighters across 4 tiers, including the rare movie star characters mentioned above as well as Rocky himself. ..

Out Now: 'Apollo Justice Ace Attorney', 'Space Madness', 'Swap Sword', 'Knight Slinger', 'Colt Express', 'Arcane Dragons', 'JEX', 'Atlantean' and More

It's another week of new releases, and just like the Thanksgiving lull from last week, there's not quite the usual amount of new games that we're used to. There's still a lot of stuff though! Only in the wacky world of mobile is a list of 26 new games considered a lull. Headlining this week's haul is the arrival of Appolo Justice Ace Attorney, filling in that fourth entry gap in the main Ace Attorney series. There's plenty more potential gems in the list below, so be sure to check out everything and let us know which games you've got your eye on this week. ..

'Apollo Justice Ace Attorney' Hits the App Store

We're just mere moments away from our usual "Out Now" post, but I figured the arrival of Apollo Justice Ace Attorney [$0.99] was worth it's own little heads up. For those keeping score at home, Apollo Justice is the fourth game in the beloved Ace Attorney main series, though it doesn't actually star everyone's favorite ace attorney Phoenix Wright. No matter though, as our own Shaun Musgrave notes in the original announcement of this iOS port, "Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is both important to the overall story of the series and still a pretty awesome game in its own right." Just over a week ago the release date for Apollo Justice was announced, with iOS hitting right now and the Android version coming just one week later...

In March of last year, Kalypso Media released a refreshing take on the roguelike genre with Crowntakers [$3.99 (HD)]. By taking elements from turn-based strategy RPGs and blending in some of the most popular elements of roguelikes, they created an experience that was more than the sum of its parts. Also, by including two difficult levels, one where you could take your characters and experience levels with you game to game and one that was truly permadeath and caused you to start completely over upon death, Crowntakers appealed to a wide audience of gamers. We loved it in our review and really the only problem was that Crowntakers was an iPad-only game, limiting the amount of people who could play it. Well, that's no longer going to be the case as Kalypso has announced that Crowntakers will be receiving iPhone support this coming January. Here's how the game will look on the iPhone...

'Sentinel' Series Developer Origin8 Announce Space Tower Defense Game 'Solar Siege'

Origin8 made their mark on mobile in the early days of the App Store with the fantastic tower defense game Sentinel: Mars Defense [$0.99]. Since then, along with releasing plenty of other games, they've released three sequels to Sentinel, most recently Sentinel 4: Dark Star [$0.99] in August of 2014. After about a year of silence, Origin8 has appeared once again to announce a brand new tower defense game called Solar Siege, which is a spiritual successor of sorts to another of their early titles Space Station: Frontier [$0.99]. Check out the teaser trailer...

As has become tradition for as long as I can remember, Apple will be giving the hard working App Store approval time some time off for the upcoming Christmas holiday by shutting down submissions and releases between the dates of December 23rd and December 27th Pacific Time. Apple sent out a note through their Developer portal urging developers to make sure their apps are "up-to-date and ready for the winter holidays."..

Card Battler/Open World RPG 'Fangold: The Eventful Adventures of Land of Britain' Gets a New Trailer

Back in September we showed you the trailer for Fangold: The Eventful Adventures of Land of Britain, a card battler/open world RPG mashup that's also a spinoff of desktop MMO Land of Britain. While we've got card battlers coming out of our ears nowadays, Fangold seemed unique in its focus on world exploration, completing quests, and gathering materials to craft cards for your deck. That initial trailer was more of a brief overview of the game, and last month a second trailer for Fangold focused more on the card battling portions. This week developer Potato Killer Studios has released yet another new trailer and this time has chosen to focus mostly on the adventuring portions of Fangold. Check it out...

All-Time Classic 'Tiny Wings' is Heading to Apple TV with Split-Screen Multiplayer

When we look back at the history of mobile games and pinpoint the titles that helped define the platform, Andreas Illiger's Tiny Wings [$0.99] will most certainly be near the top of the list. It took the world by storm following its release in early 2011, and continued the tradition of games like Doodle Jump and Angry Birds in both topping the charts and becoming a cultural phenomenon linked to mobile gaming. We absolutely loved it in our original 5 star review, but about a year and a half later Illiger released a massive version 2.0 update alongside a native iPad version called Tiny Wings HD [$2.99 (HD)] which we also loved. A couple of years later we received a more minor update adding in some new levels and features, but we haven't heard a whole lot on the Tiny Wings front since then. Until today when Andreas Illiger took to our forums to announce that Tiny Wings is heading to the Apple TV. While maybe not quite as whimsical as the amazing teaser trailer for the version 2.0 update, the teaser for Tiny Wings on Apple TV is still incredibly charming...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Don't Grind'

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...

Well it's the eve of Thanksgiving here in America, and it's an incredibly light week of new iOS game releases likely due to that fact. However! There's still some good stuff on offer this week, including the well-received desktop point-and-click adventure Kathy Rain, the latest in the classic RC car racing series Re-Volt 3, a new CCG called Drakenlords, and the super stylish tap-to-shoot game Gun Strider. So check out the list of new games below and load up on some new stuff to occupy yourself during Turkey Day, and as always let us know in the comments which games you've got your eye on!..

'Missile Command'-Alike 'Slime-Ball-Istic Mr. Missile' Gets New Trailer, Soft-Launch Happening Soon

Back in June we checked out the teaser trailer for Slime-Ball-Istic Mr. Missile, an upcoming game from Lacuna King that's an homage to arcade classic Missile Command but with lovely pixel graphics and environments based on real-world locations. Oh, and instead of defending against incoming missile attacks, you're defending against an invasion of slime creatures, so there's that too. Today Lacuna King has released a new full length trailer for Mr. Missile which is looking even better than the first time we saw it in June...

Capcom's 'Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney' Hits iOS on December 1st, Android a Week Later

Last month, Capcom accidentally announced, and then a few hours later officially announced, that the fourth game in the main Ace Attorney series was heading to iOS and Android at some point this winter. We sort of assumed based on the timing of the announcement that the release wouldn't hit before the end of the year and was more likely shooting for early 2017, but… we were wrong! Today Capcom Mobile has announced that Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney will be landing on iOS on December 1st, with an Android release following a week later on December 8th. Check out the trailer to get an idea of what Apollo Justice is all about...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Neon Chrome'

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...

'Tiltagon' Developer Kiemura Announce Speedy Avoidance Game 'Hovercrash'

The husband and wife team that make up Finnish developer Kiemura have announced their latest project, a fast-paced avoidance racer called Hovercrash. LOVE that name. The goal of Hovercrash is pretty simple, just tilt your device to steer along a winding, endless track in order to avoid the obstacles in your path and make it as far as possible before an inevitable demise. While not the first avodance racer of this type, Hovercrash looks to do the formula with a slick futuristic art style, a great sense of speed, and some pretty bad ass hovercraft. ..

Out Now: 'Neon Chrome', 'Super Cat Tales', 'Go Rally', 'Dominocity', 'Replica', 'Battleship Lonewolf', 'Cube Knight', 'Dead Runner - Inner Evil' and More

Welcome to another week of new iOS games, and if you've been feeling a sharp pain in your wallet for the past few weeks due to so many great new releases, I'm sorry to say that this week isn't going to offer up much relief. There's the fantastic dual-stick shooter Neon Chrome which will set you back a fiver, and the incredibly fun top-down racer with full track editor in Go Rally which is another fiver. Then there's the melding of my two favorite things on this planet, platformers and cats, with Super Cat Tales, which is thankfully free to download but will set you back yet another fiver for the premium unlock. To be honest, 3 awesome games for 15 bucks is cheap! But we all know how these weekly binges can add up though, too. So throw financial caution to the wind and check out the full list of games below and let us know which ones you'll be picking up!..

'Escape: Close Call' is All About Avoiding Accidents with Style, Coming to iOS Soon

Pako - Car Chase Simulator [$0.99 / Free] has been one of my favorite mobile games since its release way back in the summer of 2014, and its success has seemed to spawn plenty of similar titles in the years since. The object of Pako is to outrun an increasingly aggressive police pursuit for as long as possible while avoiding hitting other vehicles or objects in the terrain. Tarboosh Games took that concept and built a game around the avoidance and near-misses themselves, scoring you on how stylish and risky you can get with them. The game is called Escape: Close Call and it launched on Steam back in March of this year, and is now heading to the iOS platform...