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.

Late last month, a very cool upcoming iOS game caught our eye. It was for an abstract, minimalist platforming game called David [$0.99] that, similar to its inspiration Shadow of the Colossus, had you engaging in a series of battles against massive bosses. The game was already available on Mac and PC, so I took that version for a spin and really liked what I saw, but I found myself wishing for the iOS version as it felt like a game that would actually be better on a touchscreen. Well, today I got my wish, as David has popped up in the App Store...

Sega Soft-Launches 'Crazy Taxi: City Rush' in the Canadian App Store

A few weeks back, Sega announced a new, mobile-exclusive entry in the beloved Crazy Taxi franchise called Crazy Taxi: City Rush, and today they've soft-launched the title in the Canadian App Store. Crazy Taxi: City Rush was a polarizing announcement for fans of the series, as many worried that a free to play monetization method and simplified "one-touch" gameplay could ruin the Crazy Taxi formula...

'Rogue Heroes' is a New Roguelike Platformer Heading to iOS this Month

Roguelikes and dungeon crawlers have been a hot thing as of late, and indie developer My Kung Fu Games have their own take on the genre in the works called Rogue Heroes. It's not a traditional top-down dungeon crawl, but a side-scrolling platformer in a similar vein as Ravenous Games' recent (and quite excellent) release Devious Dungeon. Rogue Heroes has many of the features you might expect from a game of its ilk, like randomly-generated level, character progressions and an inventory system, secret rooms to find and of course permadeath. ..

'RBI Baseball 14' Launching on iOS April 9th

Major League Baseball Advanced Media, MLB's in-house development studio, finally unveiled the first details for the upcoming RBI Baseball franchise reboot last month, and this week they've officially announced that RBI Baseball 14 will be heading to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and iOS on April 9th. There hasn't been a new RBI Baseball game in nearly 20 years, and MLBAM's aim for this latest iteration is to be a throwback to those classic games, focusing on simple "two button" gameplay but using the MLB's trove of statistics to provide a realistic experience behind the scenes...

Upcoming 'Space Noir' Continues to Impress in New Developer Walkthrough Video

Last month developer N-Fusion and publisher Unity Games unveiled Space Noir, a visually impressive space shooter for tablet and PC with influences from classics like X-Wing, Rogue Squadron and Star Fox. Today, N-Fusion has sent along a new walkthrough video which showcases a mission form the game which includes combat as well as how some of the weapon and utility systems work on your ship. Like the reveal trailer, this walkthrough video shows just how incredible Space Noir is shaping up to be...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Monument Valley'

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...

Freebie Alert: 'Flying Hamster' and 'SunFlowers' Both Updated for Widescreen and Currently Free

I'm a big, big fan of shoot 'em ups, and one of my favorites is Game Atelier's Flying Hamster [Free / Free (HD)]. It's a good shooter in its own right, with tight controls, tons of enemies, cool power-ups and epic boss fights, but what really puts it over the top for me is its sheer absurdity. Seriously, chickens laying explosive golden eggs, cats getting wasted off of "root beer" and vomiting, and cows shooting milk at you from their udders like a mini-gun are the norm, and that's just in the first level...

Back at GDC last month, we sat down with developer One Man Left and took the new Brimstone Pinball mode in their frantic arcade game Tilt to Live 2 [$2.99] for a spin. In this mode, you'll be tilting to avoid things just like always, but you'll need to bounce around a fiery, evil pinball to destroy enemies. Our GDC video wasn't the greatest in terms of audio quality, but it did give you a good idea of the new mode. However, One Man Left has released an official trailer for Brimstone Pinball today, so you can get an even better look at how it works...

Twitchy Avoidance Game 'Unpossible' Heading to the App Store April 17th

One of my favorite upcoming games that I had a chance to play at GDC last month was Unpossible from developer Acceleroto, a twitchy obstacle avoidance game. I've been hoping the release would be coming up soon, and to my delight earlier this week it was announced that Unpossible will be launching on April 17th, just a couple of weeks away. To get an idea of what Unpossible is all about, check out our hands-on video with developer Bryan Duke from this past GDC:..

'Galcon' Developer Reveals Endless Brick Breaker 'Breakfinity', Launching April 10th

Galcon developer Phil Hassey has a new game up his sleeve called Breakfinity, and it's coming out next week. Breakfinity takes your typical brick-breaking game and makes it an endless affair. There's all the normal stuff you'd expect, like different brick patterns and power-ups for your paddle, but each level is constantly scrolling downward, forcing you to be quick with all your brick breaking lest you be smashed from above...

Last week, Zen Studios announced a new table pack for their popular pinball game Star Wars Pinball [$1.99]. The upcoming table pack will include four new tables, a "Masters of the Force" table featuring both good and evil forces, a "Droids" table featuring C-3PO and R2-D2, an "Episode IV: A New Hope" table, and a table themed around Han Solo and his furry sidekick Chewbacca. The original announcement showcased a trailer for the Han Solo table, and today Zen has released a trailer showing off the Episode IV table...

Junk Jack X [$4.99] is one of the best examples of a Minecraft-like sandbox game that's tailored perfectly to mobile devices. You can explore, battle, craft, build… basically do a near-infinite amount of cool things as you create your own adventure in the tiny world of Junk Jack. According to a post by developer Pixbits in our forums, you'll soon be able to do all those awesome things with an adorable pet companion at your side. Check out the teaser screen they posted showing some of these cute little buggers...

In the world of "throw RPG mechanics onto a tried-and-true game genre to create awesomeness," one of the most promising examples was Crossword Dungeon [$2.99] from developer Nolithius. Released in the fall of 2012, Crossword Dungeon was a game that blended crossword puzzle-solving with dungeon crawling and RPG mechanics. It totally worked at its most basic level, but was somewhat diminished by a lack of words and variety in its gameplay. It's been a long time coming, but a brand new update has solved most of those issues, and if you missed it before then Crossword Dungeon is totally something you should check out now...

11-bit Studios Goes on the Defensive with Upcoming 'Anomaly Defenders'

11-bit Studios made their mark on the App Store back in 2011 with Anomaly Warzone Earth, a gorgeous strategy game that took the tired tower defense genre and spun it on its ear by putting you in the shoes of the creeps rather than the one controlling the towers. Thus, the tower offense genre was born. They kept the tower offense train rolling the following year with Anomaly Korea, which felt mostly like an expansion of the original game, followed by Anomaly 2 last October, which was a full-blown sequel...

Out Now: 'FTL: Faster Than Light', 'Monument Valley', 'Warhammer 40K: Storm of Vengeance', 'Word Explorer' and More

It's a pretty huge night of new releases, with the highly-anticipated arrival of critically-acclaimed PC title FTL: Faster Than Light on the iPad, as well as the stunning abstract puzzle game Monument Valley and a brand new Warhammer 40K game with Storm of Vengeance. If that wasn't enough, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft soft-launched in select countries today, which means some of you out there are playing it already and the rest of the world shouldn't have to wait too much longer. Eli streamed many of tonight's releases earlier today, so be sure to check those out as well as the forum links below to get impressions of all the new games...