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: 'Death Road to Canada'

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...

Stylish Action Adventure 'Lonely Planet' Renamed 'Alone Planet' and Releasing Next Month

You may recall back in September of last year when we checked out the trailer for an upcoming Zelda-like action adventure game called Lonely Planet from Immersion Studio. You may also recall thinking "Hey, I bet the world-renowned travel guide company Lonely Planet isn't too stoked about the name of that game!" At least, that was MY first thought. Well, it's not clear whether that company actually intervened or not, but either way Lonely Planet has resurfaced all these months later and is now called Alone Planet. In more exciting news, Alone Planet is actually finished and launching soon, and a new trailer has been released...




Capcom announced early this month that they'd be bringing mobile ports of four of their classic arcade games to the App Store, and each week since then they've followed through with that promise. Things kicked off with the release of 1942 Mobile [$1.99] two weeks ago followed by Ghosts'n Goblins Mobile [$1.99] last week. This week the trend continues with Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando Mobile [$0.99], more widely known as simply Commando, which arrived in the App Store early this morning. ..

Out Now: 'Death Road to Canada', 'The Elder Scrolls: Legends', 'Sunless Sea', 'One Finger Death Punch 3D', 'Crash of Cars', 'Sword of Shadows', 'Construction Simulator 2' and More

I'm still feeling fatigued from last week's crazy onslaught of new releases, but here we are again already with another massive batch of iOS games on our plate. Not only are we catching the tail end of Apple's Celebrating Indies promotion which brought forth several more big-time indie game releases, but this also marks the long-awaited release of Death Road to Canada which is one of the most eagerly-anticipated releases of the past few years. Maybe if we ask nicely Apple will give us a week off from new releases so we can try and play a little catch up? As always, you can catch the full list of this week's new iOS game releases below, so check 'em all out and let us know in the comments or in our Discord chat which game's you'll be playing this week!..

'Office Space: Idle Profits' is Going to Need You to Come in on Saturday to Finish those TPS Reports

One of the all-time best cult classic films is Mike Judge's Office Space, which lampooned the ridiculousness of Corporate America so well it's one of the most quote movies around and still feels relevant nearly twenty years after its release. And what mobile gaming genre would suit the soulless lifestyle of a corporate worker bee best? Why, the idle clicker, of course! Enter Office Space: Idle Profits, a collaboration between Fox Interactive and Kongregate. In Office Space: Idle Profits you'll start out in the basement with Milton and his stapler and work your way up the corporate ladder, generally following the plot of the movie which sees you installing a virus into the computer mainframe and syphoning off fractions of a cent until you're rich. Oh, and at one point you'll beat the crap out of a fax machine, naturally. Here's some screens from Office Space: Idle Profits...

I can think of plenty of times over the years that the excitement for the release of an iOS game has been palpable, and the wait for Death Road to Canada [$7.99] ranks right up there near the top. Ever since its initial announcement back in August of 2013, mobile gamers have been dying to take a road trip from Florida to Canada in the hopes of surviving and escaping the zombie apocalypse. Since then the game has actually launched on Steam and the reception there has been extremely positive from those who have played it. While it might have felt like mobile gamers were left out in the cold, the desktop launch of Death Road was actually a good thing as developers Rocketcat Games and Madgarden were able to squash a ton of initial bugs as well as add in tons of extra content, all of which has made it to the mobile release today. ..

'Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times' Announced for Release this Autumn

Just under four years ago, Rodeo Games in conjunction with Games Workshop released the turn-based strategy dungeon crawler Warhammer Quest [$2.99] which was quite positively received by players and went on to be a top seller. Well, you may remember about a year ago that the Rodeo Games team, following the disappointing reception of Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch [$1.99], decided to go on hiatus, and one of the founding members of Rodeo went on to form a new company called Perchang. So far that new studio has released the fantastic physics puzzler Perchang [$1.99], named after the company, but they're about to bring things full circle as Perchang the company has just announced Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times. Here's some screens...

Mobile Fighter 'Smash Supreme' Continues to Look Pretty Awesome

Back in October we caught the teaser for an upcoming fighting game called Smash Supreme, and thought it looked pretty cool. While there wasn't much info to go by, the art style in the teaser and the game's aim at providing competitive online play sounded quite interesting. Since then, developer Gumbug has been plugging away at Smash Supreme and held a closed beta at the beginning of the year, and today they've posted an update in our forums talking about some new features and showing off this very slick animated gif...

'Blocky Blast' is a Fast-Paced Cannon-Launching Action Game Coming this Thursday

I'm not sure if it invented it, but at least for me personally my earliest memories of the "shooting yourself out of a series of cannons to move through a level" mechanic came from the Donkey Kong Country games on SNES. There's something really fun about timing your blasts just perfectly so you can rapidly fire from one to another like some sort of explosive ballerina. The mechanic has been used on mobile too, and the most prominent example I can think of off the top of my head is Big Pixel's adorable Land-a Panda [$0.99 / $1.99 (HD)]. Now developer Squadventure wants to take that cannon-shooting mechanic and crank it up to 11 with their upcoming game Blocky Blast...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Ticket to Earth'

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...

Apple Opens an Entire New Storefront in the App Store Dedicated to Indie Developers

Apple didn't invent the smartphone, but it's hard to argue that their introduction of the iPhone back in 2007 didn't dramatically change the existing smartphone landscape and set the tone for how smart devices should be. In a similar vein, they didn't invent the digital app store, but when they placed the OPEN sign in the virtual window of their own App Store in 2008, they largely brought digital software and app-dominated lives to the mainstream. Apple's App Store democratized software development, especially in terms of games. No longer was game development solely in the hands of the major players in the games industry; now literally anybody with the means to make a game and a hundred bucks for an Apple Developer license could put their creations out in the world for millions to see. It's truly amazing...

Out Now: 'The Big Journey', 'Ticket to Earth', 'Ghosts'n Goblins Mobile', 'Golf Zero', 'Euclidean Lands', 'Bit City', 'Mushroom 11', 'Kingdom: New Lands', 'Into the Badlands Blade Battle' and More

It's another week which means another batch of new iOS games, and typically I'm pretty enthusiastic each and every week. I mean, even the "weakest" week always has a handful of gems, and your normal week usually has more great games than anyone can play. This week, though. My goodness. In case you aren't aware, Apple has been doing a Celebration of Indies promotion for the past week which has seen them highlight the release of an awesome new indie game each and every day. That means the concentration of higher profile releases is even greater this week than usual, and on top of that there's also the normal slew of releases which features a bunch of interesting stuff. It's an embarrassment of riches out there folks, so saddle up and check out the full list of new games below, and then be on the lookout for even more new releases through Apple's indie promotion through the weekend, which we'll be sure to highlight as well...

'Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion' Arriving on the iPad March 28th

iPad-owning strategy fans were treated to a port of 2004 hit Rome: Total War [$9.99 (HD)] last November, and developer Feral Interactive announced in January that the game's expansion Barbarian Invasion would also be arriving in the App Store sometime in March. Well, it's March, and today Feral has revealed that "sometime" is actually March 28th. Along with this release date announcement, Feral also released a new trailer last week showcasing Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion on the iPad, check it out...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Ticket to Earth', 'Bit City', 'Golf Zero', 'Euclidean Lands', 'Slime-Ball-Istic Mr. Slime' and More

Eli is on vacation this week, so there will be no celebrating completely absurd made-up holidays. Which is a shame, really, as apparently today is National Dumbstruck Day, where you're supposed to be so shocked by something that you literally can't speak. Is this intro paragraph doing that for you? Anyway, I say "Bah, humbug!" to any and all holidays, real or made-up. So let's talk about new iOS games instead. This week is especially interesting as Apple has been running their Indie Games Celebration and has highlighted a new indie game each day since last Friday, so there's an unusually high concentration of great games this week...

'Death Road to Canada' Has Been Submitted to Apple

I feel like that simple headline says more than any words I could write here. We've been following Death Road to Canada, the survival adventure collaboration between developer Rocketcat Games and Madgarden, since its original announcement way, WAY back in August of 2013. Since then, we've written a ton about the game, and just due to the sheer amount of time it's been and the on-again off-again nature of its development Death Road to Canada has become the stuff of legend in the TouchArcade community. Would it ever really come out? Would it live up to the hype? Can a dog really drive an RV?..

'Fairyland Story' is Touching and Gorgeous, Currently Looking for Beta Testers in Our Forums

Warm Heart Studio has posted information in our forums on their upcoming project called Fairyland Story, and I think I'm in love with it. The premise behind it is heartwarming: Dorothy, who is suffering from an illness and confined to a wheelchair, dreams of going on a true adventure. One day a fairy appears and makes that dream come true by taking her on adventures by flying through a number of surreal environments that are inspired by motion graphic art. The developers call Fairyland Story a "beautiful world of geometric kaleidoscope" and it looks absolutely stunning in motion...

Pillar Hop and Avoid DANGER When 'Temple Jump' Arrives this Thursday

It feels like there was a time not too long ago when the "hop from pillar to pillar" genre was super hot, with various incarnations of the formula appearing every other minute. The whole thing seems to have died down recently, but I still think there's room to iterate on that type of game. Temple Jump is the latest game to use that sort of mechanic, and they've added all the bells and whistles this type of game needs. That includes an endless game mode, a level-based challenge mode, a hidden bonus mode, and tons of unlockable characters. Take a look at the trailer for Temple Jump...

Mash Animals Together to Create Adorable Monstrosities in 'Mergimals' Releasing March 23rd

Isn't it funny on those late night shows when they take two celebrity pictures and mix and match their different features together to create an abomination that would be the hypothetical "child" of said celebrities? Do you want to do that on your mobile device but with crazy creatures instead of celebrities? Then Mergimals from German studio Zunderfabrik will be right up your alley. The story in Mergimals is that you've inherited an old magic shop, and you're trying to restore it to its former glory by creating the perfect creature tailored specifically to each customer. There appears to be A LOT of combinations of creatures you can create, and you'll help them grow and mature by playing an assortment of mini-games. Check out the trailer...

'SpinnYwingS' is a One-Touch Flying Game from Strange Flavour that Hits this Thursday

One of the struggles of being an indie developer is that you don't always have the time or resources to work on your own projects. Enter: Contract work. Lots of developers take on contracts to do development for other companies' projects, and once they scrape enough savings together, get back to work on their own. Developer Strange Flavour has taken the past year off to do just that, but they're back with a brand new game that looks like a ton of fun. It's called SpinnYwingS and it's a one-touch top-down flying game. Check out the trailer...

I've been an advocate of the archery-based castle defense game Warcher Defenders [$0.99] from Ogre Pixel for quite some time now. Its trailer caught my attention in May of last year just a few weeks ahead of its release, and I even thought highly enough of the game to include it in our list of Hidden Gems of 2016. While it's been a while since the game came out, Ogre Pixel has been working hard on a pretty major update to Warcher Defenders and it's finally in its final stages and targeting a release next month. Probably the most major change in this update is the ability to hire mercenaries to fight alongside you as you defend against all manner of evil enemies. You can catch a glimpse of the mercenaries in this new trailer for Warcher Defenders...