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.

It's no secret that Marvel is expecting their upcoming blockbuster movie Avengers: Age of Ultron to be a big deal, and there's no shortage of mobile game tie-ins happening to celebrate the movie's release. A brand new game, Marvel Future Fight, is already in soft-launch and will be releasing worldwide the day before the movie hits theaters, but there's some existing games that have recently gotten some Age of Ultron love as well. ..

Out Now: 'Does Not Commute', 'Sorcery! 3', 'Battle Odyssey', 'Dungeon Link', 'Demon Hunter: Chronicles from Beyond', 'Pinball Sniper' and More

It's new video game day, and for whatever reason many of the games we posted about earlier today as "coming tonight" became available in the US much sooner than the normal 11pm EST time. Hey, whatever! Here's a list of everything from today and some things from earlier in the week. For my money, I'm most excited for Does Not Commute, which is laugh out loud entertaining, and Sorcery! 3 which is the same excellent digital gamebooking we've come to expect from Inkle with some incredible new features. Check out the games below and let us know which ones are tickling your fancies...

Back in late February, EA soft-launched a new UFC mixed martial arts game called simply EA Sports UFC [Free], and as of this morning it looks like that soft-launch period is over and the game is now widely available. Now, if you've been around a while you may recall that EA released a mobile game called MMA by EA Sports way back in October of 2010, and it was actually quite good. This new UFC game is cut from the same cloth, but streamlined and improved in several ways. ..

When the first teaser trailer hit last November for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the world fell in love with BB-8, a small rolling droid that looks like the lovechild of R2-D2 and a beachball. While many assumed it was a clever robot concept brought to life with CGI, it turned out that wasn't the case at all. According to those working on the actual movie, BB-8 could roll in real life just like in the trailer. This only served to make BB-8 even more interesting, but like many fantastic things, I needed to see it to believe it. Well, last week I did see it as BB-8 rolled right out on stage during a panel at the massive Star Wars Celebration event in Anaheim. If you somehow haven't seen it yet, watch it, it's magical, and the crowd (rightfully) goes nuts for the little guy...

Upcoming Adventure 'Forever Lost: Episode 3' Gets a New Gameplay Trailer

Late last month we were treated to a new teaser video for the third and final entry in the Forever Lost point-and-click adventure game series. It showed off snippets of the environments and set the mood for the upcoming game. Today, developer Glitch Games has released a new trailer showing actual gameplay footage from Episode 3, and it's looking quite excellent. Spoiler: You'll once again be taking lots of pictures...

Latest 'Party Hard' Trailer Features a Killer Bear with Sunglasses

About a month ago, we posted the reveal trailer for a game called Party Hard, a game where your goal is to murder everyone at a party at your neighbor's house because they are being too loud. Talk about overreacting! A collaborative effort between Pinokl Games and tinyBuild, Party Hard is semi-procedurally generated and features dozens of clever ways to set traps and take out noisy party-goers. The latest trailer for the game has just been released and it shows a party going down at a ranch, and the disgruntled neighbor luring a bear with sunglasses over to the shindig to wreak havoc...

If you listened to our show last week, you know that it's been a pretty hectic couple of weeks for Eli and myself and it's been difficult to find the time to sit down and hammer out our podcast. A shame, especially since we should be celebrating our 200th episode! This week, Eli is in India with an internet connection that's… well let's just say it's not reliable. Not even close to reliable enough to get through even a half hour edition of our show. So it's with a heavy heart that I announce there's no podcast today, but worry not: Eli and I will reconvene on Monday when he's back in the States and record our voices talking to each other for you. Hey, we might even invite Mike Meade on if he's awake!..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'WWE 2K'

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...

Bandai Namco Entertainment's 2015 Global Gamers Day

Last week was Bandai Namco Entertainment's 2015 Global Gamers Day Americas, where they showed off a bunch of new titles that they have in the pipeline for consoles, handhelds, desktop and yes, even mobile. As with most events thrown by gigantic companies, the mobile stuff was a bit scarce with the majority of the focus going towards console and desktop titles. That said, there was still a few noteworthy things in the works for our little mobile devices...

Jeff Vogel's Spiderweb Software has been making incredibly deep RPGs for the past two decades, with many of those titles making their way over to the iPad where they seemed quite at home. The latest from Spiderweb to grace the iPad was to be Avernum 2: Crystal Souls, which was scheduled to launch this week. Unfortunately, that won't be happening, and for the foreseeable future Spiderweb Software will no longer be developing their games for iOS at all...

Out Now: 'Drylands', 'Mega Drift', 'Arcane Tower', 'MLB Perfect Inning 15', 'ZenDots', 'Caves n' Chasms', 'Upthing', 'Magica X Magica' and More

It's new iOS game day and there's quite the eclectic mix of stuff on tap for this week's list. Sports, roguelikes, platformers, racing games… there's even a behind the back runner that looks really cool. I'm telling you, it's getting harder and harder to keep up with all the cool stuff that's always coming out, and I do this for a living. Dive into the list below and let us know what games you'll be picking up...

Little White Bear's 'ZenDots' Blends Pinball and Brick Breaking, Launches this Thursday for Free

Little White Bear Studios knows a thing or two about zen. Heck, half their library of games have zen in their title. Games like TanZen, Zentomino and TriZen offer zen-like tangram puzzles to give your brain a nice, relaxed workout. But now they're hoping that you'll zen out to something a bit more frantic with their latest game ZenDots. It's basically a mashup of pinball and brick-breaking. You have flippers on either side of the screen which you can use to bat balls up and into a collection of more balls at the top of the screen, which then fall down and can be swatted around as well...

Post-Apocalyptic Platformer 'Drylands' Launches Tomorrow, Check Out the New Trailer

Last week we went hands-on with Drylands, a post-apocalyptic action platformer RPG that was inspired by classics like Wasteland and Fallout. Long story short, we liked what we saw and thought Drylands showed a lot of promise. If you've been hoping to get your own hands on Drylands, then good news: developer Angry Bugs has announced the official release date for the game, and it's soon. Like tomorrow, April 15th soon. Check out the brand new trailer...

Just about a week ago, Mortal Kombat X [Free] launched in the App Store. Similar to Injustice: Gods Among Us [Free], it's a stripped-down-for-mobile fighting game/card collecting hybrid which is meant as a companion experience to the full-fledged fighting game of the same name which launches on consoles and PC tomorrow. For the most part Mortal Kombat X succeeds at what it sets out to be, and although it's pretty buggy in this initial release and has a few negative aspects, overall we liked it quite a bit in our review. ..

Out Now: 'Devious Dungeon 2', 'Dragon Hills', 'Tiltagon', 'Rogue Star', 'Dungeon Crawlers Metal', 'Power-Up', 'SBACEBALL', 'Rototo' and More

It's been a pretty intense week of new game releases, though a couple of the heavy hitters have already launched prior to tonight's routine Wednesday night release schedule. Mortal Kombat X is finally available and has its ups and downs but overall is pretty good. Rayark's highly-anticipated action game Implosion also launched a bit early, arriving this morning, and the impressions from players in our forums has been highly positive. But don't get blinded by those two big boys, as there's a ton of great stuff on this list below as well. Check 'em out and let us know what you'll be picking up...

Rayark's 'Implosion - Never Lose Hope' Hits the App Store

Those hoping for a fast-paced character action game for their mobile device have been waiting (im)patiently for Rayark's Implosion [$9.99], and today the game has finally launched in the App Store. We originally caught wind of Implosion way back in September of 2013 when it debuted at the Tokyo Game Show, with a planned release for sometime in 2014. The development took longer than expected though, pushing the release date back several times. Even their January 2015 target was a bit too optimistic, but luckily they didn't miss the mark too much as it's still just early April. I mean, at least it isn't 2016, am I right?..

'Mortal Kombat X' Launches in the App Store Ahead of Console Release Next Week

Early last month, Warner Bros. and NetherRealm Studio teased a mobile version of Mortal Kombat to launch alongside the next iteration of the venerable fighting game franchise on console and PC, and as of just a few moments ago we noticed that Mortal Kombat X [Free] is actually already available in the App Store. Well… sort of. While it's showing up in the App Store, a couple of of us here have had trouble actually downloading the game, though Carter seemed to get his working. Go Carter! Your mileage may vary, but it's likely just a weird App Store SNAFU. Something similar happened with the launch of DuckTales last week but it was a temporary thing...

'Devious Dungeon 2' Coming Thursday, New Trailer Released

Back in January, Ravenous Games announced Devious Dungeon 2, a sequel to 2014's action platformer with roguelike elements Devious Dungeon [$1.99]. We quite enjoyed the original Devious Dungeon in our review, despite a few flaws, so we've been pretty excited at the prospect of an improved sequel. One of the major improvements in Devious Dungeon 2 is the addition of 3 character classes–Rogue, Mage and Barbarian–which all play differently from one another and should inject some much-needed variety into the Devious Dungeon formula. Ravenous has finally wrapped up Devious Dungeon 2 and has announced that it'll be making its way to the App Store this Thursday, April 9th. Check out this epic new trailer...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'CivCrafter'

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...

Hands-On with 'The Executive' - Flame-Kicking Werewolves Like it Ain't No Thang

It was nearly two years ago that developer Riverman Media announced The Executive, a game about a corporate CEO whose co-workers turn into werewolves and stage a massive attack against him. Naturally, being a bad-ass corporate CEO, he fights back, and fights back hard. Ok, if that sounds like a crazy premise, remember that Riverman Media were the ones responsible for the awesome Pizza vs. Skeletons [$4.99 / Free] a few years ago. So in that context, this is just another day at the office. Anyway, two years is a long time to wait for anything as awesome-looking as The Executive, and the only real update we've had on its progress was also a very long time ago in December of 2013 when a new trailer was revealed...