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: 'Cash Cow: Anniversary 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...

Last week we detailed a massive new update that's heading to Rocketcat and Madgarden's sublime Death Road to Canada [$8.99], an update they've dubbed the COCCYX update. It's set to add a fancy new currency called Zombo Points which you'll need to earn through actually playing the game (no IAP!) and can spend on buying new perks and abilities. It pretty much replaces the current perk progression system with something that's a bit more clear and similar to progression systems in other games. There are also lots of new characters being added in this update, and that's the focus of today's news piece as the developers have just released a new video showing some of those new characters in action...




We've been excited for the release of Touchdowners [Free] ever since its first unveiling early last month. I mean, this is from the people who have made wacky physics-based sports games like Wrassling [Free], Dunkers [Free], and Golf Zero [Free]. How could I NOT be excited for their wacky physics-based interpretation of American Football? And as we learned a week ago, Touchdowners was all set for a June 22nd release. Except… it didn't show up in time for our normal weekly new games roundup, which I though was kind of weird, and we hadn't heard anything from the developers about when specifically it was releasing, which was also pretty weird as they usually send emails about everything. ..

Check Out New Footage of 'Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition' Being Played with a Gamevice Controller, Game Launching Early July

Capcom launched the original Street Fighter IV [$4.99] for mobile way back in the March of 2010, and despite being a scaled down version of the full console game it played surprisingly well with its smattering of virtual buttons. A little more than a year later saw the release of Street Fighter IV Volt [$4.99], a new version of the game with the massive new feature of online multiplayer as well as a smattering of additional improvements. Street Fighter IV Volt was pretty darn popular with a really active online community, but for some reason all that success didn't translate into much post-launch support or any more new games, and the Street Fighter IV series on mobile remained dormant for the next several years. Until just under a month ago when Capcom Mobile announced Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition, a revamped version of Volt with long-awaited new features like new characters, widescreen support, higher resolution visuals, and MFi controller support. Then just last week a new trailer was released showcasing the many new characters that are set to arrive in Champion Edition. In regards to MFi support, that new feature is the focus of a new video from Gamevice showcasing Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition being played with a Gamevice controller for the iPhone...

Out Now: 'Panthera Frontier', 'Age of Rivals', 'The Little Acre', 'Phantasy Star II', 'Hopeless 3: Dark Hollow Earth', 'Dash Legends', 'Hey Wingman' and More

Welcome to another week of new iOS games, and it's definitely an unusual week compared to most. First off, it's quite a bit busier than your typical week for some reason. But the other weird thing is that Sega launched its Sega Forever program which sees classic Sega titles released for mobile for free, and we'll continue to see new titles every two week for the foreseeable future. The problem is that this initial batch is far from exciting, and 3 of the 5 games released were games that have already been on iOS in some fashion. Even the 2 new to mobile games are nothing to write home about. Anyway, it'll be interesting to see how that initiative evolves, but even if you're not into old Sega games there's TONS of awesome stuff on offer this week so check out the full list below and let us know which games you'll be picking up!..

After teasing something called "Sega Forever" this entire month, today Sega finally unveiled what the heck this thing is: Sega Forever is a new initiative to bring classic Sega titles to mobile devices, and the first batch of 5 games has just launched in the App Store today. On the surface, Sega Forever sounds great. The selection of games can come from any of Sega's game consoles from the past, meaning everything from the Sega Master System right up through the Sega Dreamcast. The games are released for free and supported with ads, but a one-time IAP may be purchased to disable those ads as well as provide offline saving. Finally, and perhaps best of all, is that all Sega Forever games will support MFi controllers, so those that own a physical controller can play these games the way they were originally designed, with physical buttons. ..

It's been a crazy couple of years for Umbrella Games since transitioning from that company that made the Crossy Road of Q-Bert games with Down The Mountain [Free] into a full-fledged developer and publisher of mobile games, expanding their library to more than two dozen titles. And it's hardly a trickle of new releases as it seems like every time Umbrella announces a new game, it's not just ONE new game but multiple new games. Well, they're taking that and really running with it seems, as Umbrella has debuted a new supercut video of all their upcoming titles for this summer and there's a whopping 15 games on offer. Check out a bit of each and every one in the following trailer...

'Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow' Hits the App Store and Google Play on June 29th

Back in February, Jam City and its in-house development studio TinyCo teased a new mobile game based on the Futurama animated series called Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow. At that time we really had no idea what type of game this would be based on the single teaser image, but just about a month ago the developers released a new teaser trailer and some new still images that painted a pretty clear picture of Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow. It'll be a city-building type of game with some PvP battling and a little choose-your-own-adventure stuff thrown in for good measure. That brings us to today, where they've finally announced the release date for Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow alongside this lovely new animated trailer...

Acclaimed Point and Click Adventure 'The Little Acre' Coming to iOS this Wednesday

The iOS platform is a haven for point and click adventures, a genre which works exceedingly well on the touchscreens of mobile devices. This Wednesday one of the more critically acclaimed point and clicks on Steam is making its way over to mobile. The Little Acre from Pewter Games Studio and published by Curve Digital is set in 1950s Ireland and revolves around a man named Aidan and his daughter Lily. While searching for his missing father, Aidan finds himself transported to a strange new world, and Lily then sets out to help find him. The game is fully voice-acted and you'll take turns controlling both Aidan and Lily during their adventure...

Roguelike Dungeon Crawler 'The Scrungeon Depths' Looking for Beta Testers

Late last month we checked out the trailer for upcoming top-down roguelike endless dungeon crawler The Scrungeon Depths from developer Chase Holton, who has previously brought us other top-down wonders like Gwarmbee [Free] and Flamboygen [$1.99]. The Scrungeon Depths looked really cool a month ago, but it's actually made quite a few strides in the short time since that last trailer, and the game is even at the point where the developer is looking to recruit some beta testers to put the game through its paces. There's also a brand new trailer for The Scrungeon Depths showing where it's at so far...

'All That Remains', the New Adventure from Glitch Games, is Coming June 29th

Back in April Glitch Games, who have previously brought us such adventure game gems as the Forever Lost series and A Short Tale, announced their newest project, a creepy new adventure originally titled The Bunker but renamed All That Remains. As that original title alluded to, though, All That Remains takes place in a cold-war bunker where you'll play as a character named Campbell who wakes up inside the bunker and has no idea how he ended up there. Strangely, you'll be in contact with your sister via two-way radio and you'll also be able to listen in on the emergency broadcast system on the bunker's radio, and you'll need to use the information provided by both to figure out why the heck you're trapped in that bunker and also what the heck is going on above ground in the outside world...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'forma.8 GO'

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...

Check Out Some More 'Silly Walks' Gameplay Footage

It was just a few days ago that we brought you the news of Silly Walks, an upcoming game from Party Time Monk– er, I mean PART Time Monkey, that has you playing as various types of food come to life who must make their way through gauntlets filled with everyday household items who have also come to life and want to kill you. Yeah, it's a weird and awesome premise. Anyway, that first trailer was more of an overview of the entire game, but Part Time Monkey has recently posted a more direct gameplay trailer showing what the actual game flow of playing through a level in Silly Walks is like. Check it out...

Rocketcat and Madgarden's Death Road to Canada [$8.99] has been one of the biggest releases of the year, and is so gosh darn good that there's no doubt in my mind it will be very high up on the list of games we'll be discussing for our Game of the Year and Best Games of 2017 coverage in December. That said, the initial release was already pretty fantastic but the developers have been continuously adding new stuff through updates since the game's release back in March, making for an even better experience. Their forthcoming update, dubbed the "COCCYX" update, is by far the biggest yet though, so if you can't get enough of trying to make your way to Canada to evade the zombie apocalypse (and probably dying before you get there most of the time) then you're going to want to check out part 1 and part 2 of the huge list of update details that Kepa has put together in our forums...

Open World Dinosaur-Themed MMORPG 'Durango' Gets Another New Trailer for E3

We've been following the progress of Durango, the upcoming mobile MMORPG that takes place in a dinosaur-populated open-world, ever since its first announcement in the fall of 2015. In the year that followed news on Durango was sparse, but late last year developers Nexon and What! Studio ran a limited beta test and that early version of the game seemed to be quite positively received. After dropping a new teaser trailer last week in anticipation of E3, the developers have now launched a more fleshed-out trailer showing off Durango and the many things you can do in this wild game world...

There are few games that bring a smile to my face like Dumpling Design's Dashy Crashy [Free]. This lane-based avoidance game (calling it just a runner doesn't quite do it justice) captured the soul of some of the loudest, most attention-grabbing arcade games from the '90s while utilizing a really neat risk/reward system that dared you to go as fast as possible while avoiding crashing. Along with colorful, cheery graphics and tons of achievements and vehicles to unlock, there was plenty to love in Dashy Crashy in our original review. And while Dashy Crashy was a great–although simple–high score chaser, Dumpling had some major plans for the title and over the next year worked on a massive version 2.0 update which they dubbed Dashy Crashy Turbo. The update hit in early March and added special abilities to the many vehicles in the game, a sweet progression system that had you upgrading your driver's license by completing achievements, a way better system for unlocking cars, 25 brand new cars, and tons more. It was basically a sequel but delivered as a free update to the original game, which was pretty darn cool...

I'm always keen to hear about some of my most treasured iOS games being updated to avoid the 32-bit Appocalypse that is approaching with the release of iOS 11, and amidst the business that is WWDC last week news of one such update just about slipped by me. Gesundheit! [$2.99 / $2.99 (HD)], the adorably grotesque stealth puzzler collaboration from Australian developer Revolutionary Concepts and artist Matt Hammill, originally released way back in July of 2011 and went on to win all sorts of fancy awards from all over the place, including our own glowing 5 star review. The game was well-maintained in the couple years following its release but hasn't seen any sort of update since early 2013. That changed last week with the release of a new update adding 64-bit support, higher resolution assets for larger iOS devices, and fixes for missing sound effects and music. If this is the first you've heard of Gesundheit! then definitely check out the trailer...

'Mario Kart'-like Racer 'Safari Kart' Launching on June 29th

It's hard to make an arcadey kart racing game without drawing comparisons to Mario Kart. I mean, Mario Kart basically invented that genre 25 years ago, and while many very good similar games have come in its wake it is still undoubtedly the king of the mountain. That doesn't mean other developers who don't happen to be named Nintendo don't have something to offer the genre, though, and back in February small Finnish indie developer Mobiteos introduced their take on the kart racer in our forums, a little game called Safari Kart. Multiple playable racers, multiple tracks, weapons and special items… you know the drill, but it all looks quite colorful and cute in the Safari Kart trailer...

Last year we posted a list of the best games to test out the new GPU power of the iPhone 7. Well, the new iPad Pro is now available which features the new A10X Fusion chip which Apple is touting as "faster than most PC laptops shipping today." Additionally, this year's iPad Pro has a 40% faster GPU over last year's model which was already really fast. The strange thing is, when it comes to the most graphically impressive 3D games available on the App Store, this list hasn't really changed since the iPhone 7, making this list of games still incredibly relevant for anyone looking for the best games to check out on their new iPad Pro...

The App Store is a funny place as most everything nowadays is free, and even paid games skew much cheaper than on other gaming platforms. That said, everybody likes so save some dough now and then, and with that in mind Playdigious is currently throwing a sale on four of their App Store games which see them being discounted from their already pretty darn cheap regular prices. All these games are just 99¢ during this sale, which will last until June 21st, so it's a good time to pick up a few games on the cheap that you may have missed out on before...