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: 'Florence'

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...

Absurd Spear-Throwing Game 'Lichtspeer' Launching March 1st, Up for Pre-Order Now with 50% Discount

It was just about a year ago that we sat down with the good folks from Noodlecake Games to check out four of their upcoming titles at GDC 2017. While both Invert [$2.99] and Flipping Legend [Free] released in the time since then, we've still been kicking back waiting for both Summer Catchers and Lichtspeer. Well, after making a pit stop over on the Nintendo Switch with a special Double Speer co-op edition, Lichtspeer is finally ready to make its debut on iOS in just a couple of weeks. In case you're not familiar, Lichtspeer is a side-scrolling game that has your warrior throwing spears at all manner of enemies in an effort to continue progressing forward and eventually "please the gods and restore balance to the universe." It's wrapped up in a psychedelic art style and over the top German stereotypes, as you can see in the latest trailer...




Who would have thought that Psyonix, the people who released the awesome Star Fox-esque on-rails shooter ARC Squadron on iOS more than five years ago, would go on to create one of the most popular multiplayer games in the world. Yes Rocket League, the giant-soccer-played-with-cars game which feels like it's on every single platform BUT mobile, is a bonafide smash hit. Now Psyonix is looking to build off their partnership with Mattel and their Hot Wheels brand that saw Hot Wheels cars and cosmetic items added into the game early last year. This time around they're bringing things out of the digital world and into the real world with a Rocket League branded RC car set and play arena. Here's a mockup of what that might look like...

Heavy Story-Driven Exploration Game 'Keep in Mind: Remastered' Coming to iOS, Android, and Steam March 8th

While video games are typically lighthearted, fun escapes from reality, sometimes games can attempt to tackle more serious issues and serve to make players think and reflect on something rather than escape it. This has been even more common in the past few years with the openness of digital marketplaces and the explosion of the indie developer scene. One such game that tackles some tough issues, specifically alcoholism and mental illness, is called Keep in Mind from Little Moth Games. The story follows Jonas, who suffers from alcholism and mental illnesses like depression and grief, as he awakes one night in a strange alternate version of his world and must go on to face the darkest demons of his psyche. Here's the latest trailer...

These New 'Witcheye' Gifs are Getting Me Pretty Excited

Back at the beginning of December we posted about a very cool upcoming game called Witcheye from indie developer Peter Malamud Smith which was sort of a throwback NES-style platformer about a witch who could transform into a flying eyeball. You know, normal stuff. While Smith had previously released the clever puzzle/avoidance game Sattelina [$1.99] and its spinoff Satellina Zero [Free] on iOS, he was also part of the team that created the very well-received "lost" NES game The Great Gatsby back in 2011, which you can play in Flash in your browser. The Great Gatsby felt about as authentic of an NES game as you could get without having it actually be from the NES era, and that's relevant to this discussion as Witcheye is going for that same authentic feel. We hadn't really heard much about Witcheye since that original post, but responding to a progress update query Smith swooped into our upcoming forums like a flying eyeball and posted many new animated gifs of Witcheye in action. Enjoy!..

Out Now: 'Death Squared', 'Florence', 'Purrfect Date', 'Nitro Racing GO', 'FLO Game', Flippy, 'Evil Cogs', 'Cubor', 'Hostage Negotiator', 'Hit n' Run!' and More

It's that time of week once again where we round up all the best new games of the past seven days. It's a relatively "light" week this week, insomuch that in the world of mobile that still means a dozen and a half games. Some of this week's earlier arrivals we were able to put through their paces already so be sure to check out our review of Florence as well as our review of Death Squared, both of which we enjoyed a lot. And then check out the full list of all the rest of this week's new games below and let us know which ones you've got your eye on...

Side-Scrolling Hack 'n Slash 'ChronoBlade' Up for Pre-Registration, Finally Launching Worldwide in March

It was way back at PAX Prime (now PAX West) in August of 2015 that we first caught a whiff of ChronoBlade, an upcoming hack 'n slash RPG from developer nWay, but in reality the game has been in development for even longer than that, since at least early 2013 when it first showed up on our forums. That's a long time! In the fall of 2016, ChronoBlade actually soft-launched in Canada with a worldwide release seemingly imminent. Except, that was more than a year ago now and no ChronoBlade! Well the wait is finally over my friends, as this week nWay announced that ChronoBlade will be launching on both iOS and Android next month and they've opened up a pre-registration campaign for the game...

Check Out a New Video of 'Hero Emblems 2' Showing Off the New Shop Interface

I'm so flipping excited for Hero Emblems 2 that even something as mundane as a new shop interface has me jumping up and down. And you should be excited for it too!. The sequel was originally announced way back in September of 2016 with a fantastic reveal trailer, and just a few days later our own Shaun Musgrave was able to go hands on with a very early version of Hero Emblems 2 at that year's Tokyo Game Show. We always knew that the game would be more than a year away even when it was first announced, but it turned out things were going to take even longer than expected as this past November developer HeatPot delayed Hero Emblems 2 to some nebulous point in 2018. Well the good news is that we're at least IN 2018 now so the wait grows shorter every day, and today HeatPot has shown off a new video of Hero Emblems 2 which shows the new shop interface and UI which is quite different than it was in the original game...

Need something romantic to do on Valentine's Day this year? How about a road trip. Maybe to Canada? Maybe with a horde of deadly zombies trying to kill you the entire way? I really can't think of anything more romantic than that. Rocketcat Games and Madgarden seem to agree, as they've just released a surprise update for their zombie road trip simulator Death Road to Canada [$11.99]. The centerpiece of this update will be a special Valentine's Day Event, but of course you'll need to play on actual Valentine's Day to see it, so check back in tomorrow for that. When you do, Cupid will join your party and according to the developers "his sayings are VERY romantical" and he'll be sporting a new weapon, the bow and arrow. ..

You all are probably familiar with developer Paul Pridham, aka Madgarden, through his collaboration work with Rocketcat Games on titles such as Punch Quest [Free] and Death Road to Canada [$11.99], but did you know this one man wonder has also been making and releasing solo projects for many years now? It's true! One such project is the extremely laid back space shooter Chillaxian [$1.99], which he originally launched back in July of 2013. As you might have guessed from the game's title, this is an homage to the classic arcade shooter Galaxian, but like… more chill, maannnn. Move back and forth across the bottom of the screen as you fire at waves of enemies at the top of the screen. However, in Chillaxian these groups of enemies are much more lively and expand and contract in a mesmerizing–and yes, chill–kind of way. Blast through as many levels as you can, with checkpoints every ten levels and boss fights every 5 waves. It's simple, relaxed alien blasting that we really enjoyed in our original review from 2013...

One of the heavy hitter releases of last year was Perchang's Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times [$4.99], a long-awaited sequel to the beloved 2013 tactical turn-based strategy game Warhammer Quest [$2.99], originally from Rodeo Games. Built on the same solid foundation of the original, Warhammer Quest 2 offers a brand new storyline to play through and also expands on that first game in a number of interesting ways, the most dramatic of which being the visuals which are now in full 3D. Sure, fancy visuals are nice to look at and all, but here it also allows you to zoom into the action and get a much better sense of your perspective while playing, which was very cool. Overall Warhammer Quest 2 offered exactly what you'd hope for from a sequel, retaining everything that made the first game so good while expanding and improving on the formula. We really loved it in our 5 star review...

Design the Look and Taste of Your Dream Beer in 'Brew Town' Craft Beer Simulator from 'Fist of Awesome' and 'Neon Horizon' Developers

AppBox Media, responsible for Neon Horizon [Free] among many others, and Nicoll Hunt's studio I Fight Bears, of Fist of Awesome [$0.99] and Maximum Car [Free] fame, are teaming up on something decidedly different for both developers. It's a beer crafting simulation game called Brew Town, and it's arriving on iOS and Android March 22nd. Like creating games in Game Dev Story, in Brew Town you'll be responsible for creating new and interesting beers, then stocking and (hopefully) selling them to eager customers. As we all know how fun it is creating silly game types in Game Dev Story, I think Brew Town will take things to the next level with their robust custom bottle creator. Check it out and the rest of the game in this trailer...

We've been irrationally excited for Bossa Studio's forthcoming cat-dating game ever since we first heard about it back in August of last year, and just prior to its "official" release date of Valentine's Day this Wednesday the pun-laden Purrfect Date [$4.99] is now available in the App Store. Created by the two-person Bae Team and published by Bossa Studios of Surgeon Simulator [$4.99] and I Am Bread [$4.99] fame, Purrfect Date is "the ultimate crossbreed between visual novel, dating sim, and dark British comedy." You'll play as a human who travels to a place called Cat Island, which sounds like some sort of utopia to me, and you'll date a number of different types of felines in order to unravel some sort of crazy mystery. I don't know, it's a cat dating simulator, do you really need to know anything besides that? Here are two very musical and quite catchy trailers for Purrfect Date so you can get an idea of what it's all about...

Ketchapp releases so many games nowadays it's hard to even keep track. And on top of just releasing a ton of games, the vast majority of them end up breaking into the top games chart, sometimes just briefly but often for weeks or months at a time. It's truly remarkable. Anyway, their latest game, which launched on the sly with little fanfare or warning this past Friday, is called Flippy [Free]. It's a riff on those side-scrolling auto-run platformers that have you switching from the top of whatever surface you're running on to the bottom, where you're essentially running on the "ceiling" of the level. You do this to avoid hazards and as the game progresses things start moving awfully fast, making this an extremely twitchy experience...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition'

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...

SMG's Blocky Puzzler 'Death Squared' Making its Way to iOS on February 14th

After bringing out tons of mobile hits like Thumb Drift, Over The Top Tower Defense, and the One More Line/Jump/Bounce series, Australian developer SMG Studio entered the console realm last year with the release of Death Squared on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. Death Squared is a block-moving puzzler not unlike many we've seen before, except here you're moving multiple boxes simultaneously and you'll need to do so in a way that doesn't trigger a sudden death trap that will destroy one of the blocks, rendering a level failed. On its own Death Squared is a clever and challenging puzzler, but where it really shines is in its cooperative multiplayer for up to 4 players. This was especially true of the Nintendo Switch version with its detachable controllers and tabletop mode. Well, it's been close to a year since Death Squared first launched and SMG is bringing things full circle with a release for iOS. Check out this extremely high-budget trailer touting the virtues of Death Squared on iOS. These guys spared no expense!..

Cross-Platform HTML5 MMORPG 'Mad World' Heading to Steam this Fall, Impressive New Trailer Released

It was in July of last year that we posted the trailer for a very promising upcoming MMORPG from developer Jandisoft called simply Mad World. While the game's art style, soundtrack, and overall theme was really cool, what really stood out about Mad World was that it's built entirely in HTML5 and should run in a basic web browser with complete cross-platform play across PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android and whatever other platforms it ends up releasing on. They showed how well this works in a follow-up video in August. We haven't heard much from Mad World since, but this week Jandisoft announced that Steam will be an additional platform where the game is heading and it should arrive there this fall. They also unveiled an awesome new trailer for the game...

The Battle of Plytopia [Free] originally launched back in February of 2016, and originally under the name Super Tribes. Yes, a copyright claim prompted Swedish developer Midjiwan to change their game's name several months after its release, which is never a fun thing but they dealt with it in stride. All this time later I actually think the Polytopia name fits the game's overwhelming charm much better. But I digress. Upon launch, The Battle of Polytopia won over fans with its incredibly streamlined take on the turn-based strategy genre. Over the decades that genre has grown into something so complex it's not always easy for newbies to jump into, and that's where Polytopia came in, offering a welcoming hand to those who were intrigued but not prepared to overcome the learning curve of the genre's biggest titles. Beyond just being easier to grasp than many other turn-based strategy games, Polytopia was also built with mobile touchscreens in mind, and it showed. Everything was very clear to navigate and understand, which is impressive given that this is a typically information and menu-dense genre. ..

When Sid Meier's Civilization VI [Free (HD)] landed on the iPad back in December, it was a big deal for a couple of reasons. First of all, it was a full port of the PC original which had just launched about a year prior and it made its way to iPad with very few concessions. Full ports of some older hefty console and PC games had made their way to iOS before, like the incredibly impressive GRID Autosport [$9.99] which originally launched on console and PC in 2014, but Civilization VI was even newer than that and still made its way to the iPad which was a really impressive feat. The second big point about its iPad release was the pricing. Original developer Firaxis Games and Aspyr Media, who ported the game to iPad, felt that a full-blown title such as that should warrant a similar price to other platforms. It's a free to try model with a premium unlock IAP normally priced at $59.99 but offered at a launch discount of $29.99 for its first two weeks on the App Store...

Out Now: 'Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition', 'Dandara', 'Dig Dog - Treasure Hunter', 'Grand Summoners', 'Light a Way', 'Bluebird of Happiness', 'Ninja Attack!', 'StrikeMaster Bowling', 'The X-Files Deep State' and More

Ok, so, a little game called Final Fantasy (maybe you've heard of it?) decided to release its latest mobile version a little earlier than planned, so Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition is kind of dominating this week's list of new releases arriving one day earlier than its previously announced February 9th release date. It's free to try though, so try it out! But don't let it overshadow some of the other excellent releases this week like Dandara, which we loved in our review, the quirky roguelite digger Dig Dog from Rusty Moyher, or even the over the top new bowling game StrikeMasters Bowling from the folks who brought us the Great Little War Game series. THAT'S unexpected. Anyway, check out the full list of this week's new games below and let us know which ones you'll be checking out...