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.

Out Now: 'Brothers in Arms 3', 'Galcon 2', 'My Om Nom', 'Spoiler Alert', 'Platform Panic', 'Docking Sequence', 'Ultimate Robot Fighting', 'The Taekwondo Game' and Tons More

It's that time of year again, as this is the last release week before iTunes shuts down all of next week for the holidays. There's a massive amount of new games tonight, and I'd guess there will be some stragglers tomorrow and Friday as well. It's been a great year of gaming on iOS, and during the slow time next week you can look forward to what we thought was the cream of the crop. But for now, bask in the warm glow of a ton of new games to check out in the list below...

Simogo has been known to blur the lines between games, art, film, sound, literature and more, so when they took to Twitter today to tease a new project called The Sensational December Machine, it's kind of hard to pinpoint exactly what kind of project it is. All they've revealed so far is the following (extremely lovely) teaser image:..

I've run out of fingers and toes to keep track of all the Plague Inc. [$0.99] updates, as today the tenth major update for the game has been released. The update includes two brand new scenarios, one about the upcoming Christmas holiday and one which uses portals. For the holiday one, called Santa's Little Helper, the setup is that the government has banned holidays, laughter and celebrations. Basically, fun and happiness is now against the law. This pisses off a lot of people, including Santa Clause and the Neurax Worm, who form an unlikely alliance and work to infect the world with happiness again. The worm even renamed himself the Neurax Miracle for this mission! I love the whole idea of Plague Inc.–infecting the world with killer diseases and eradicating humanity–being flipped on its head in this scenario...

It took longer than expected due to some delays, but back in July Gameloft finally released Modern Combat 5: Blackout [$3.99], the latest entry in their modern military first-person shooter series. Like other Modern Combat games, Blackout set the standard for fully-featured first-person shooters on mobile devices. It had a somewhat campy but still exciting single-player experience, as well as a fairly robust online multiplayer experience. Since release, Modern Combat 5 has received a few updates, but they've all been focused on either bug fixing or graphical improvements. Today, Gameloft has officially announced the first content update for Modern Combat 5, which is scheduled to go live tomorrow in conjunction with a price drop down to $3.99...

It's been just over a year since FDG Entertainment and Cornfox & Bros. dropped the seafaring adventure Oceanhorn [$4.99] in the App Store, and today to celebrate how wonderful this past year has been FDG has dropped the price on the game for the first time ever, down to $4.99 from its normal price of $8.99. We loved Oceanhorn a year ago in our original review, and then back in August a huge content update was released adding even more great stuff to an already great package. Oceanhorn has also been consistent with updating for new iOS features and hardware, most recently getting an update last week that took advantage of the power in the latest iPhone and iPad devices...

'Atomic Pinball Collection' Coming Soon from 'Revenge of the Rob-O-Bot' Developer Color Monkey

Pinball is one of those genres that's perfectly suited to touchscreen devices, and there's no shortage of great pinball games on the App Store. While games like Zen Pinball [Free] and Pinball Arcade [$0.99 / Free] are among the most popular due to their use of licensed IP and real-world table creations, one pinball game that's flown under the radar for the past couple of years is Color Monkey's Revenge of the Rob-O-Bot [$2.99]. Fans in our forums love Rob-O-Bot, and we included it in our best pinball games of 2012 list, but since its release in late 2012 we've all been kind of waiting to see what's next from Color Monkey in the realm of pinball. A reader pointed us in the direction of Pinball Arcade Fans forums for the answer, and it turns out it's a brand new game called Atomic Pinball Collection...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Sneaky Sneaky'

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 of my favorite releases this year is RebelBinary's Only One [Free], a king of the hill-style hack 'n slash game that sees you fighting off waves of enemies from atop a giant pillar. The game originally released in February, and we thought it was pretty great, but it's only gotten better through numerous updates since then. Today, its biggest update yet has arrived adding all sorts of awesome new stuff. ..

Out Now: 'Tales from the Borderlands', 'Highrise Heroes', 'Seabeard', 'Marvel Contest of Champions', 'Brave Trials', 'Epic Fall', 'Sneaky Sneaky', 'Katatak' and More

With the holidays approaching and the iTunes freeze looming ever closer, tons of developers are racing to release games. The list below is pretty huge, and it'll likely be twice as big next week just before the shutdown. There's even a game about lumberjacks chugging syrup. Oh and of course, Seabeard finally launched worldwide today, and it looks like Papers, Please is coming to the iPad on Friday. Truly the busy holiday season has begun, so check out what's on offer this week and let us know what games you'll be picking up...

Marvel's new free to play mobile brawler, which they originally announced at Comic-Con in July and soft-launched in October, is now officially available worldwide. Called Marvel Contest of Champions [Free], the game puts a large cast of Marvel characters, both heroes and villains, at your disposal as you use them to battle in the Contest of Champions. There is a full single-player portion of the game that sees you beating specific quests and unlocking bits of storyline. There's also online multiplayer, though it's against other players' ghost teams and not actually real-time fighting. It's still fun though, and playing versus lets you win Battle Chips which can be used to enter special Arena events where you can earn high-powered characters and other rewards. Finally there are several daily events to play through which also offer special rewards for winning and unique play parameters...

Late last month Zen Studios announced their latest project involving their work with the Marvel license, a new pinball table featuring Venom, the deadly combination of a Symbiote alien who has bonded with the body of Eddie Brock. As usual, Spider-Man and Venom will battle it out against each other, but they will also have to team up to help combat the threat of another Symbiote host, Carnage. Check out the Venom table in action in the trailer below...

Last Friday Super Evil Megacorp announced a new hero and new features were heading to their fantastic mobile MOBA Vainglory [ / Free (HD)], and as of moments ago the update featuring these new goodies went live in the App Store. The new hero is named Skaarf, an adorable but deadly fire-breathing dragon who comes equipped with some awesome abilities: Spit a fireball out of his mouth, light an enemy on fire and do burning damage over time, slow down enemies by hurling "goop" on the ground, or unleash a devastating dragon breath attack...

Last month we learned that Sega would be bringing their popular free to play social strategy RPG Chain Chronicle [Free] to territories outside of Japan, and as of today the game is now available in the US, UK, Canada and Australia. If you live in a region that's not one of those listed, Sega states "Additional territories to follow" so we'll just have to wait and see when that will be. Chain Chronicle has been published in the West by gumi Inc, and here's a look at the official launch trailer...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Bean Dreams'

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...

'Gunslugs 2' Launching January 15th, New Trailer and Desktop Demo Released

We've been following along with the development of Gunslugs 2 since mid-September when an official teaser trailer was released along with word that the game would be launching before the end of the year. Then at the end of October, developer OrangePixel announced that the game would most likely be delayed a bit until sometime in January, and released another new gameplay trailer to make sure fans looking forward to the game would remain pumped during the extended wait. Today, OrangePixel has confirmed that Gunslugs 2 will be arriving on January 15th, and he's released the official launch trailer for the game to boot...