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: 'Hidden Folks'

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...

Let this 'Dungeon Rushers' Infomercial Sell You on Dungeon Creation Ahead of Game's Launch Next Week

Last November Mi-Clos and Goblinz Studio announced their collaboration to bring the humorous dungeon crawler Dungeon Rushers from Steam over to mobile, and in December they began recruiting beta testers for said mobile version. Then at the beginning of this month they announced that Dungeon Rushers on mobile would be arriving on the App Store February 23rd, and about a week and a half later they released an official trailer for the mobile version. With pretty much all major the pre-release marketing news out of the way, what's left for Dungeon Rushers ahead of its launch next week? How about a cheesy informercial!..




Route Trains in Space in 'Cosmic Express', Coming March 16th

Draknek, makers of the positively delightful little puzzler A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build [$4.99], have finally announced a release date for their train-route-planning-in-space game Cosmic Express, which we first talked about back in August of last year. The game will be coming on March 16th to iOS, Android, and Steam. In case you forgot what Cosmic Express looks like, here's a brand spanking new animated gif Draknek posted to the Twitter Machine earlier today...

'Mudd Masher' is the Love Child of 'Mutant Mudds' and 'Totes the Goat' Coming Soon from Atooi Games

We're still waiting for the worm grappling hook fun of Chicken Wiggle, but in the meantime Atooi Games has another mobile game in the works starring Max from the excellent depth-diving platformer Mutant Mudds [$4.99]. You may remember Atooi releasing the Q-Bert-like Totes the Goat [Free] back in December of 2015 (has it really been that long already?) and this new game, called Mudd Masher, is something of a Mutant Mudds-themed spinoff of that gameplay concept. The twist is that wherever the Mudds bounce around on the map they'll turn each square that they touch into mud. You'll need to tap those muddied blocks to clear them off to create a safe path for you to travel. Check out a few screens for Mudd Masher below...

Bandai Namco and Paladin Studio's Galaga Wars [Free] is a great modern remake of Namco's classic arcade shoot 'em up Galaga. Utilizing modern 3D graphics and new features like multiple playable ships, Galaga Wars does a great job at retaining the essence of the original, which isn't always the case when older classics get the modern treatment. We really enjoyed Galaga Wars in our review, and this week a new update has arrived which features another of Namco's classic gaming icons: Pac-Man. ..

Out Now: 'Hidden Folks', 'Digby Forever', 'Slayaway Camp', 'Gunman Taco Truck', 'Mildly Interesting RTS', 'Causality', 'Evergrow', 'Mascot Dunks' and More

Thank you for joining us once again for our weekly roundup of all the coolest new games that have hit the App Store in the past 7 days. It's another busy one, and there's quite a few high profile releases this week including the positively delightful Hidden Folks, the grusomely charming Slayaway Camp, and the incredibly wacky Gunman Taco Truck which was created by the son of John Romero, one of the creators of the original Doom. Crazy! Check out all the games on offer in the list below, and let us know which games you're interested in picking up this week in the comments or, if you're feeling saucy, hit up our Discord chat to talk about 'em with the TA staff and community...

'Tumbling Home' is an Intriguing Narrative Dice Game from the Maker of 'One Show Only', Coming March 2nd

Last year developer Tristan Dahl released a very unique game called One Show Only [$1.99], which was a murder mystery game where the clues to unravelling the mystery were divulged by interviewing a ton of zany characters and playing a card game against them. It had a really funky style and the way it blended a gameplay mechanic into a narrative-driven murder mystery was really neat. Well, Tristan is back at it again with his upcoming game Tumbling Home. Again, this is a game based heavily around narrative and communication but with a gameplay mechanic woven in, in this case a dice game that you play with two old friends. As you play, you ask questions and learn about how your friends have been. There's also some drinking going on during the game, and the more inebriated people get the more likely they are to spill the beans about stuff, but being drunk also makes it harder to bluff and do well during the dice game. ..

If you're the type of person who spends a lot of time getting lost just wandering around and exploring in open-world games like Skyrim, then boy do I have a treat for you. Nimian Legends: BrightRidge HD [Free] is a game that's almost exclusively about exploring a big open world, and it's gone free for the first time ever. If the name sounds familiar, it's because the original Nimian Legends: BrightRidge [Free] launched all the way back in July of 2014. We reviewed it around that time and found it to be a nifty game for exploring and creating your own adventures, but kind of missed the structure and story found in most other action RPGs. For what it was though, and especially for a dollar or two, it was really cool...

'Injustice 2' Soft-Launches in the Philippines App Store

The mobile iteration of Injustice: Gods Among Us [Free] has been an absolute juggernaut on the App Store, and despite the console version being a top seller I wouldn't be surprised at all if the mobile version vastly outearned its older sibling. Part of the reason is that the mobile Injustice has received a constant stream of updates for the nearly 4 years it's been on the App Store, frequently adding new features and content to continuously keep its large audience of players engaged. While Injustice 2 is now officially in the works for consoles, when word of the sequel originally leaked last summer we thought that might mean a new Injustice for mobile too. However, with Warner Bros. and NetherRealm's update strategy for the original mobile game we weren't sure if a brand new app was in the cards or if it would simply be some more heavy updating to the existing game. Well, it looks like a full-blown new app sequel it is as today Injustice 2 has soft-launched in the Philippines App Store...

Orangepixel is in a loving mood and in celebration of Valentine's Day the developer has put a handful of their games on both iOS and Android on sale for just 99¢ each in a sale titled "For the Love of Games!" Those games include Gunslugs [$1.99] and Gunslugs 2 [$1.99], Heroes of Loot [$3.99] and Heroes of Loot 2 [$3.99], Space Grunts [$3.99], and Groundskeeper 2 [$1.99]. For a quick rundown of what each game is all about: Either of the Gunslugs game will give you a dose of manic platforming and shooting; the Heroes of Loot games are super breezy takes on dungeon crawlers with a very fast pace; Space Grunts is a take on a turn-based strategy game but… with a very fast pace; and Groundskeeper 2 is another dose of platforming and shooting in more of an arena style. One thing all these games have in common: They are frantic and full of action...

If you've been interested in checking out the strategy RPG Demon's Rise [$7.99] but have been hesitant about dropping the money on it up front, then today (or technically, yesterday) is your lucky day. Developer Wavelight Games have released a brand new free version appropriately called Demon's Rise Free [] which will give you access to the first nine campaign battles for the low, low price of nothing. Then, if you like that initial taste, you can simply unlock the full game through a one-time IAP and have access to the full enchilada. In this case, the full enchilada is a whopping 85 campaign battles of monster slaying fun...

New 'Morphite' Trailer Shows Two Minutes of Dinosaur Fights

If you're as excited as I am for We're Five Games and Crescent Moon's upcoming first-person shooter/adventure game Morphite following our previous coverage, then you probably won't object to seeing a brand new gameplay trailer which Crescent Moon posted in our forums and on the game's Steam Greenlight page over the weekend. And I'm almost certain that you won't mind said gameplay trailer featuring multiple dinosaur fights and a dog with a turret on its back. Need I say more? Check out just over two uninterrupted minutes of Morphite gameplay below...

Last week a very interesting-looking puzzle game coming to Steam caught our eye, and through a little bit of digging we were very happy to learn it was destined for mobile as well. Best of all is that the wait was incredibly short as just this morning that game, Causality [$1.99] from developer Loju, landed on the App Store. Causality is about guiding a group of stranded astronauts to safety using directional cues, portals, and time manipulation. Messing around with time is tricky though, and you'll actually need to utilize your past selves in order to solve all the puzzles in Causality. Check out the trailer...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Postknight'

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...

Humorous Dungeon Crawler 'Dungeon Rushers' Gets New Trailer Ahead of February 23rd Launch on Mobile

Just about a month after its official release on Steam, we learned that Goblinz Studio was partnering with Out There [$1.99] developer Mi-Clos to bring the humorous dungeon crawling game Dungeon Rushers over to mobile. The following month, Goblinz opened up beta testing to the community and has been working hard on the mobile version since, and earlier this month they announced that Dungeon Rushers would finally be hitting the App Store on February 23rd. Through all those articles about Dungeon Rushers, one thing has remained constant: Our only trailer for the game was an extremely old one from April of last year when the game was just entering Steam Early Access. Well that ends today! A brand new trailer for Dungeon Rushers has been released, rejoice people!..

'Into The Breach' is a New Turn-Based Strategy Game from the Makers of 'FTL: Faster Than Light'

FTL: Faster Than Light [$2.99 (HD)] is one of the best video games of the past several years, and it really found a nice home when arrived on the iPad in spring of 2014. So when FTL developer Subset Games announces a new game, it's worth getting excited for. Today the developer has unveiled Into The Breach, a turn-based strategy game about fighting off an alien invasion using bad ass mechs from the future. Honestly, do you need any other description besides that to want this game? Did we mention it's from the folks who made FTL? Is there a phrase that's more instant than "insta-buy?" Check out the awesome trailer for Into The Breach...

'Die by Died' is a Strangely Named Action Platformer with a Heavy 'Castlevania' Vibe

Developer Wei Shi has a new game in the works, and despite its odd name it's really looking promising so far. It's called Die by Died and it's an action platformer with RPG elements that's scheduled to release on February 22nd. Starting with your trusty default handgun, you'll dispatch all manor of creepy enemies as you explore levels, collect items and coins, and eventually unlock even fiercer types of weapons. Check out this gameplay trailer of Die by Died to get an idea of what it's like...

There's no denying it's a crazy time in US politics. Heck, it's a crazy time in global politics for that matter. Just under two weeks ago, the 45th US President signed an Executive Order severely limiting entry to the US from non-citizens from 7 Middle Eastern countries. Known broadly as the "travel ban" the order also caught up travelers who were not part of those 7 listed countries, and in short it created mass havoc at airports across the nation, not to mention protests in major cities across the US. Well, life imitates art and sometimes art imitates life, and in much the same way the classic George Orwell novel Nineteen Eighty-Four rocketed up the best-sellers lists following the new US President coming into power, the 2013 dystopian game Papers, Please [$7.99 (HD)] has also found itself becoming more relevant in today's political climate...

Nimblebit Releases First Teaser Trailer for 'Bit City', Launching Next Month

If you happen to follow any of the Nimblebit developers on Twitter, you'd know that they've been teasing screenshots from their upcoming city building simulation Bit City for months now. Taking everything the team has learned from Tiny Tower and its various spinoffs and putting it all into a full-blown city building game sounds like a dream come true, and their various social media teasers have had me excited to see what Bit City is all about. Well, today Nimblebit is offering up another tease in the form of a brief trailer giving a look at a Bit City city in action...

Out Now: 'Lords of the Fallen', 'Stagehand', 'Maze Lord', 'Voyageur', 'Postknight', 'Gentleman Ninja', 'Heart Star', 'Dungeon Tails', 'Malevolent Machines' and More

It's time to once again round up all the new iOS game releases of the week, and even in an App Store that's constantly being flooded with new games, this week feels particularly busy. There's quite a few high profile releases on this week's list, but also quite a few underdogs that look really interesting. As always you can find all the links to the games at the bottom of this post, as well as an alphabetical list of every game including links to each one's forum thread where you can typically find videos and impressions from those who are playing. Soak in the list below and let us know which games you'll be picking up this week!..