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.

In October of last year, a bizarre and intriguing tactical strategy game called Ambition of the Slimes [Free] was released. The premise was that those adorable little slimes that have been fodder in RPGs for decades are finally sick of being pushed around, so they decide to fight back. The way they do this is by inhabiting the bodies of humans. The game plays out in turn-based fashion as you tactfully position your slimes near human enemies, take over their bodies, and then use those inhabited humans as weapons against the rest of the humans. It's kind of twisted, but everything's oh-so-cute, so it's ok. ..

'Potatoman Seeks The Troof' Mashing to iOS on January 22nd

Late last month we got official confirmation that Pixeljam Games was bringing their strange and thought-provoking platformer Potatoman Seeks The Troof to the iOS platform soon. Today, we've learned that "soon" means next week on January 22nd. The game has been out on desktops for a couple of years now, but just recently was revamped and released on Steam. It's that revamped version that'll be coming to iOS next week. You can see the game in action in the Steam launch trailer below...

It seems to be the week of free to play success stories. We've learned that Crossy Road has done very well for itself, the latest mobile SimCity game is incredibly popular, and now another EA game, the free to play Madden NFL Mobile [Free], is also trumpeting its success over the past half year. In an interview with GamesBeat, EA Mobile producer Dan Box dishes out some details on Madden NFL Mobile and the team's overall mobile strategy. When Madden NFL Mobile launched this past August, we covered it, but didn't have a ton of interest in reviews, guides, etc. Probably because we still had that nasty taste in our mouth left from the abysmal Madden NFL 25. However, we were interested to see how mobile gamers would take to EA's second attempt at a free to play mobile Madden...

It's that time of year again, football fans. You know what I mean. "The Big Game." Oh hell, I'll just say it: the Super Bowl is coming! (please don't sue us NFL). Here in America, the Super Bowl is like an unofficial holiday. All productivity comes to a halt as people kick back, eat and drink way too much, and watch who comes away with the NFL's biggest prize. In celebration of this big event, two NFL games from Full Fat have been updated with new Super Bowl XLIX content. ..

Out Now: 'WWE Immortals', 'Gunslugs 2', 'Flockers', 'Shadowmatic', 'Lowlander', 'Raids of Glory', 'Bowling Central' and More

It finally feels like things are back to normal, as with last week's first and second batches of great new games and with everything that's on tap tonight, 2015 is off to a pretty incredible start. Remember, this is the slow time of year, so expect things to just keep on getting better. The one major thing taking my attention away from Hero Emblems is WWE Immortals. I love wrestling and I'm a huge fan of Injustice on mobile, so Immortals is pretty much a life-ruining combination. I'm also really excited to finally play Gunslugs 2, and that Shadowmatic game which seemed like it was in development forever quietly snuck into the lineup. Check out all the new games below and let us know which ones you'll be playing...

Hipster Whale's Crossy Road [Free] is a big hit around the TouchArcade offices, and it's become a big hit pretty much everywhere else as well, hanging around the top charts ever since its initial release back in November. Besides being a quick, colorful and endless take on the Frogger formula, Crossy Road has also been praised for having such a fair free to play model. As we've seen plenty of times before though, the free to play model can be unkind to those developers who try to use it fairly, and I really hoped Crossy Road wouldn't run into a situation like Punch Quest did a couple of years ago. According to an interview with Hipster Whale over on the Unity Blog, that's not the case at all, and Crossy Road has actually turned into quite an impressive money maker. ..

A Bunch of 'WWE Immortals' Videos Hit the Web Today

The WWE, NetherRealm Studios and Phosphor Games are getting ready to unleash their upcoming mobile game WWE Immortals this week on January 15th, and today WWE posted several quick glimpses at the game in action to their YouTube channel. The videos focus on several characters' super moves, which if Immortals is anything like NetherRealm's Injustice are unblockable, over-the-top special moves you unleash on your opponent after building up a special meter. Check out videos for John Cena, Roman Reigns, Triple H and the Bella Twins...

It's no secret that Minecraft - Pocket Edition [$6.99], and all versions of Minecraft for that matter, are monumentally popular, but according to a post from developer Mojang the mobile version has recently crossed an impressive milestone as it's been downloaded more than 30 million times. And at $6.99 a pop–the game has been released for more than 3 years and has never been on sale-that's quite a feat in the mobile world where getting users to pay for stuff is a constant struggle. A nifty infographic supplied in Mojang's blog post tries to put that 30 million number into perspective...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Hero Emblems'

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...

Out Now Part 2: 'Hero Emblems', 'Space Marshals', '1-bit Ninja Remix Rush', 'Infinite Warrior: Battlemage', 'Wizard Golf' and More

It was kind of a weird week for new game releases, as there were a lot of new games and game updates that were scheduled to go live but ended up getting kind of… stuck, I guess. All signs point to this being related to Apple adjusting prices in various regions, which messed up the propagation of the digital App Stores in certain parts of the world. With that said, there were some games that didn't release in time for our normal Wednesday night roundup, so here's another batch of new games that we wanted to make sure nobody missed out on...

Developer Beamdog is working on a new Baldur's Gate game and they're planning on unveiling all the grisly details sometime in late spring, according to a new post on their blog. Beamdog has made mention of a mysterious new game dubbed "Adventure Y" in the past, which will be a brand new Baldur's Gate game that bridges the gap between the original Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II. This new game will use the team's Infinity Engine, which powers the contemporary remakes of Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition [$9.99], Baldur's Gate II [$9.99 (HD)] and Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition [$9.99]. While no other details exist for Adventure Y, there are some images that were "leaked" in the Beamdog forums that may or may not portray the actual game...

I love platformers, and there are tons of great ones on iOS in all shapes and sizes. One of my very favorite "Mario-like" platformers is Wonderworks' Bloo Kid 2 [Free], which I picked as one of my personal favorite games of 2014. It's colorful, well-designed, and the running and jumping physics feel fantastic. Today a new update has made the game even better by adding in a new fifth world with 9 new levels, a new "Nightmare" difficulty and two new game modes. The new modes are Time Attack and Boss Rush, and they'll unlock along with the new difficulty option once you've beaten the normal Story Mode once. Here's the game's launch trailer...

One of my favorite little gems released in 2014 was Pako - Car Chase Simulator [$0.99] from Tree Men Games. The premise is pretty simple: The cops are after you and you're trying to escape in your vehicle. The only problem is you're confined to a small space, like a parking lot, and the gas pedal is stuck to the metal. Your only option is to try and evade the police for as long as you can while avoiding running into obstacles like parked cars and buildings. It really is a very clever survival game with a killer art style. Today Pako has received its first major expansion, adding in all sorts of new goodies. ..

The popular Pokémon Trading Card Game is set to get a major expansion on February 4th, according to a report from IGN. The new expansion is called Primal Clash and is set to add a whopping 160 new cards to the game, including new Primal Reversions of existing characters like Primal Kyogre-EX and Primal Groudon-EX. Those are the only two Pokémon so far to have Primal Reversions, as introduced in the recent 3DS remakes Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. ..

In May of 2013, developer Mode 7 released Frozen Synapse [$9.99 (HD)] for the iPad, a tactical strategy game that had received critical praise when it released on PC and Mac the year before. Unsurprisingly, the game translated incredibly well to the iPad. However, ever since its iPad release fans had been clamoring for Frozen Synapse on the iPhone. Being that the interface of the game was already quite busy even on the larger iPad screen, an iPhone version would be a challenge, but in April of last year Mode 7 promised just that. It took quite a while, but Frozen Synapse iPhone [$2.99] is finally now available...