Author Archives: Jared Nelson


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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.

One of my surprise favorites of 2016 has been Craneballs' Splash Cars [Free], which takes the simple isometric driving of another favorite of mine, Pako [$0.99 / Free], and adds in a Splatoon-like paint-the-world mechanic. The results are fantastic, and the entire concept gets taken to a whole new level with today's new update which adds in a 2v2 online multiplayer mode to Splash Cars. You'll get partnered up with another player and take on a team of two opponents on a map where only half of it is colored in. Your team's job is to color in the blank half while your opponents are wiping the color clean. It turns into a frantic battle of claiming, losing, and reclaiming territories until the timer runs out...

Originally announced in August of last year, and following its initial soft-launch this past January, Activision's latest game in the mega-popular Skylanders series Skylanders Battlecast [Free] is now widely available. Skylanders Battlecast takes the extensive roster of characters in the series and turns them into cards for a card battling experience that's not totally dissimilar to Blizzard's current king of CCGs Hearthstone [Free]. What's neat about Skylanders Battlecast is that, like the other games in the series, it blends physical products into the digital game. There are digital cards to unlock but you can also hop on over to a local retailer and buy physical card packs to scan into the game...




'Flick Golf' Developer Full Fat is Going Full Fantasy with 'Golf Island', Coming this Thursday

Developer Full Fat has been on the scene with made-for-touch sports games for many years now with the likes of the Flick Golf, Flick Soccer, Flick Rugby, and Flick Quarterback series. The whole "flick" thing always made so much sense on a touchscreen, especially in Flick Golf [Free] where you're mimicking the motion of swinging a club and then directly affecting things like spin and trajectory by swiping on the ball itself. It wasn't exactly realistic mind you, but it sure made for some fun golf. Because of that, there was always a sense of fantasy in the Flick Golf series, something they pushed the boundaries of with Flick Golf Extreme [Free]. But that was nothing compared to their latest game, the over-the-top fantasy-themed Golf Island...

Fortress-Building Turn-Based Strategy Battler 'All Glory to the Pixel King! 2nd Edition' Arrives this Thursday

A few years back, a super quirky game called All Glory to the Pixel King! [Free] was released in the App Store from developer Steve O'Gorman. It was a super lo-fi and blocky game where you'd build a 2D fortress to surround and protect your king by filling it with all manner of soldiers and weaponry. Then, the game would pull down some other persons' fortress from the magic known as The Internet and you'd duke it out fortress vs. fortress turn-based strategy-style. It was a really clever game that didn't hit critical mass but definitely found a nice niche of players. Well, Mr. O'Gorman has been hard at work completely re-writing the game from the ground up and adding in some neat new features for what he's calling All Glory to the Pixel King! 2nd Edition...

I have to admit that ever since the latest generation Apple TV launched last fall with a true App Store and a bazillion games, I haven't really played many games on it since that initial week or so of checking things out. It's not that I don't enjoy playing games on the big TV in my living room, it's more a problem of already having more awesome games than I can handle on my iPhone and not really having any additional time in the day to plunk down on the couch and get my Apple TV on. This is probably why I didn't notice that late last week one of my all-time favorite iOS games The Incident launched on the Apple TV with an awesome new local multiplayer mode...

Space Strategy Adventure 'Star Nomad 2' Arrives on iOS June 1st

In late 2014, indie developer Anh Huy Phan brought an incredibly ambitious space combat/trading/RPG/strategy adventure called Star Nomad Elite [$1.99] to the App Store, and despite some rough edges, we thoroughly enjoyed it. Many of the features that were lacking from Star Nomad Elite and all the player feedback was being poured into a sequel, and in December of last year that sequel Star Nomad 2 released to generally positive acclaim on Steam. Here's the trailer from the Steam release...

Colorful Arena Runner 'Crashing Season' Arrives Thursday, New Launch Trailer Released

We first talked about Koukoi Games' upcoming arena runner Crashing Season about a month ago when the slick look of the trailer caught our eye, and we talked about it again earlier this month when Koukoi had submitted the game to Apple for approval and had their fingers crossed for a May 26th release. Well, guess what? The game is approved and is indeed coming out on May 26th! In case you've missed it before, Crashing Season is all about different animals taking revenge on their hunters by running around various arena environments and literally crashing into them to take them out. Check out this brand new launch trailer...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Rush Rally 2'

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...

'Battleheart' Developer Mika Mobile's 'Lost Frontier' Gets First Trailer, Releasing June 2nd

Whenever Battleheart and Zombieville developer Mika Mobile makes a new game, it's an event worth stopping everything for. This tiny team has continuously cranked out high-quality hits but they're typically few and far between. Well, as was announced in late February, Mika has a new game in the works called Lost Frontier, and being a turn-based strategy game it's definitely something different from what they've created before. Earlier this month Mika tweeted that Lost Frontier was just about finished and being shipped off to Apple for approval sometime this month, and today they again took to Twitter to announce that Lost Frontier be releasing on June 2nd and there's now an official release trailer...

In case you haven't noticed, taking hit video games and releasing their soundtracks on cleverly-designed vinyl records is all the rage right now. And I think it's incredibly awesome, actually. I have my very own hexagon-shaped Super Hexagon record hanging on my wall right now, and Monument Valley, XCOM, and Transistor have all received the vinyl treatment as well. Each of these vinyl record soundtrack releases (and even some of the ones that have come out that we haven't covered) are all unique in some way beyond just being a plain old record, but I think this latest release takes the cake. It's for Loveshack Entertainment's extremely stylish and extremely clever puzzler Framed [$3.99], and not only is the fantastic soundtrack included on the vinyl, but the vinyl and sleeve itself is actually an interactive and solvable "level" like those found in Framed. Check out this rad animated .gif showing just what I'm talking about...

It's pretty hard to believe that it's been more than 4 years since developer Touch Foo released their Metroidvania-style action platformer Swordigo [Free] to the App Store, but in the crazy world of mobile gaming time flies right before your eyes. While Swordigo has lived a long and happy life as a paid game and seen several freebie sales during that time, its latest update marks a permanent change and strategy for this plucky little platformer. It's now permanently free to play and supported with ads as well as a couple of new in-app purchase items. ..

Over the Top Skating Game 'Skateboard Party 3 ft. Greg Lutzka' Coming Next Thursday

Ratrod Studio has a long history of bringing extreme sports activities to mobile devices. They cover snowboarding with their Snowboard Party series, drift racing with their Drift Mania series, and skateboarding with their Skateboard Party series. Oh, and let's not forget hockey fighting with their Hockey Fight games, too. Well, it's been more than 2 years since their last skateboarding outing, but that's about to change with the release of Skateboard Party 3 ft. Greg Lutzka next Thursday. ..

The Long-Awaited 'Warhammer 40000: Regicide' is Now Available on iOS

There's hardly a week that goes by where there isn't at least one straggler new release, and this week that prize goes to none other than Warhammer 40000: Regicide [$3.99] which just hit the App Store a few moments ago. Originally announced just over two years ago, Warhammer 40000: Regicide takes the core idea of Chess but expands its boundaries and sets it in the Warhammer universe for a totally over-the-top version of the classic game. However, if you prefer a more traditional take, you'll be happy to know that Regicide also includes a Classic mode that follows the original rules of Chess more closely...

Out Now: 'Titan Quest', 'Godfinger 2', 'Rush Rally 2', Mr. Crab 2', 'Mazes of Karradash 2', 'Mekorama', 'Pinball Breaker Forever', 'Imbroglio', 'Phantom of the Kill' and More

I don't know what's going on with this week, but there are a TON of new games. Like, an absurd amount. Lots of big ticket things too, like the long-awaited Titan Quest, and a freakish amount of sequels to games like Godfinger 2, Mr. Crab 2, and more. What a weird week! That is why I love iOS gaming though, and likely why you do to. Please comb through the huge list of games below, check out all the forum discussions for valuable insight, and let us know which games you'll be downloading this week!..

Apple Rejects Palestinian-developed 'Liyla and The Shadows of War' for Being "Not Appropriate in the Games Category"

There's a bit of a kerfuffle developing on The Internet today as Apple has done an inexplicable thing that has made a bunch of people angry. Justifiably so, I'd say, but it sure does get demoralizing seeing so many people get mad about video games so frequently. Anyway, the episode in question involves Apple rejecting the approval of a game called Liyla and The Shadows of War based on the grounds that they don't consider it a "Game" and instead suggest classifying it under the "News" or "Reference" categories. This is according to a tweet from the Liyla Twitter account:..

'Diablo'-like Hack 'N Slash RPG 'Titan Quest' Hits the App Store

We've been anxiously awaiting DotEmu's port of the hit 2006 PC hack 'n slash action RPG Titan Quest ever since it was first announced back at E3 in June of last year. And we're not alone as folks in our community have been dying to get their hands on it as well. Which makes me very happy to announce that as of just a few moments ago Titan Quest [$6.99] finally launched in the App Store. Rejoice!..

Console and PC Puzzle Platformer 'Never Alone' Heading to Mobile as 'Never Alone: Ki Edition'

Never Alone is a 2014 puzzle platformer from Upper One Games that originally launched on Windows PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 before seeing ports for Wii U, PlayStation 3, Mac, and Linux in 2015. Now we can add two more platforms to the mix as Upper One has announced a special version of Never Alone for iOS and Android called Never Alone: Ki Edition. For the most part, Ki Edition will be the same game as other versions of Never Alone, but with a new touch control system, a new hint system, and graphics that have been optimized for mobile devices. Check out the trailer...

Developer Spunge Games has been great about updating their ultra enjoyable endless driving game Faily Brakes [Free] since its original launch in late February, like a bunch of new cars and an Android version in March and a new playable character and a sweet coin doubler car in April. Today they've released yet another update for the game adding in, among other things, my most desired feature: New environments! As fun as Faily Brakes is, the default forest environment definitely got a little old over time. This update addresses that with both a new Western themed environment as well as a new Snowy environment. Yee-haw! and Burrrrr!..

After its well-received global launch back in February, we learned a couple of weeks ago that Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Identity [$4.99] would be receiving a huge paid expansion adding in a new chapter to the single-player campaign, new items and weapons, and more. Today that update is now available to players on iOS, and for the first time Assassin's Creed Identity is also now available on Android. The new campaign is titled Forlì - A Crimson Sunset and contains 4 new story missions, the new Forlì location with both At Dusk and Under Siege variations, a new "Crow Hunt" contract type, and 2 new Legendary Weapons added to the in-game shop. ..

Action Platformer Favorite 'Goblin Sword' Gets New Chapter, New Items, and iCloud Support in Latest Update

Originally launched way back in September of 2014, Goblin Sword [$1.99] is one of the best action platforming games available on iOS. We loved it to pieces in our original review, and developer Gelato Games came through with meaty and frequent content updates for the game. An update in February of last year added a new chapter called The Lost City with 16 new levels, and an update last August added the Shadow Temple chapter, also with 16 new levels. Both content updates also added additional items, weapons, costumes, and features like MFi controller support. Basically, I always felt like I got way more than my money's worth even with the initial release of Goblin Sword, and each new update was just a huge cherry on top of an already delicious sundae. Well, get ready to chow down on even more dessert as Gelato Games have just posted another brand new update to Goblin Sword, this one adding 9 new levels in a new chapter called Sacred Ruins...