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.

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...

Out Now: 'Tiny Dangerous Dungeons', 'Dual', 'CivCrafter', 'A Day in the Woods', 'Last Voyage', 'Magic Rampage', 'Corridor Z', 'Boom Dots' and Much More

Hello mobile gamers, hopefully you survived this April Fool's Day without being tricked too badly, but here's something that's the honest truth: There is a crap-ton of new iOS games being released tonight. This list took way longer than usual, and it already takes a long time to put together. So this is as witty of an intro as you're going to get, but be sure to check out everything below because there's some real winners among the bunch. ..

The best advice I can give any aspiring mobile game developer is "Just make Crossy Road, JEEZ!" Developer Tyson Ibele took that advice to heart and created The Quest Keeper [Free], which just launched in the App Store earlier today. The key point in "Just make Crossy Road, JEEZ!", which I should probably make an effort to make more clear from now on, is to not simply copy Crossy Road verbatim, and thankfully The Quest Keeper definitely has its own identity. The voxel graphics and isometric perspective look like they could be the dark cousin of Crossy Road, but the two games play very differently. ..

Hey iPad owners, if you've been jealous of your Android counterparts because they've been playing Boss Monster for the past week, be jealous no more: Boss Monster [Free (HD)] has just released in the App Store for iPad. The history of Boss Monster is a pretty crazy one. It began life as a successful Kickstarter project back in November of 2012, which produced the physical tabletop version of Boss Monster that went on to be quite popular. Then in September of last year, a second Kickstarter was launched in order to bring the physical game to digital platforms. So, video games were the driving influence behind the physical game of Boss Monster, but then the physical game ended up becoming an actual video game, thus completing the circle of life. ..

If you've been awaiting the arrival of that Marvel beat 'em up game, no not THAT one, THIS one, then wait no longer: DeNA has just officially launched Marvel Mighty Heroes [Free] in the App Store and on Google Play. The game was originally announced back in February, and entered soft-launch just under a week ago. That's probably one of the quickest soft-launch periods I've ever seen, but hey, I'm not complaining. ..

'Star Wars Rebels' Table Heading to 'Zen Pinball' and 'Star Wars Pinball'

We were very pleasantly surprised with Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions [Free], our Game of the Week pick last week, both because it's a really good action platformer and because it utilizes the Star Wars license really well. Along that same line, Zen Studios has always done a wonderful job of bringing Star Wars (and many other massive IPs) to the world of pinball, and they're keeping that train rolling while getting in on the Star Wars Rebels action with a new table coming soon to both the Zen Pinball [Free] and Star Wars Pinball [$1.99] apps. Here are a couple of screens from the new table...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions'

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...

In the fall of 2010, EA revived the legendary NBA Jam franchise in what was originally planned to be a bonus game included with the purchase of their basketball sim NBA Elite 11 on consoles. A rebooting of the well-known and long-running NBA Live franchise, NBA Elite 11 was plagued with development problems and eventually cancelled prior to release. Thankfully, EA decided to release the rebooted NBA Jam in October of 2010 as a standalone digital download on consoles, and in February of the following year that game made its way to iOS devices. And let me tell you, NBA Jam [$0.99 / $4.99 (HD)] was glorious on the iPhone. ..

Disney Teases 'DuckTales: Remastered' for iPhone

One of my absolute all-time favorite NES games was DuckTales, and adventure platformer based around the Disney cartoon series of the same name. It starred the wealthy Scrooge McDuck and his three nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, as well as a large supporting cast of both friends and enemies. It's a total classic! In 2013, Disney, Capcom and WayForward collaborated on a modern remake of the game for consoles and PC titled DuckTales: Remastered. Now, according to a photo tease from the Disney Interactive Twitter account, it looks like DuckTales: Remastered is heading to an iPhone near you...

Out Now: 'Silly Sausage in Meat Land', 'Fast & Furious: Legacy', 'Dungeon of Madness', 'Breath of Light', 'Jump'N'Shoot Attack' and More

Welcome to another night/morning of new iOS game releases. We're all kind of just sitting around, waiting for the US release of Final Fantasy Record Keeper, which has yet to show up but should be arriving sometime later tonight or early tomorrow. We think. You never really know how these big-name releases will go. We will definitely sound the alarm once it's available. In the meantime, there's a bunch of cool stuff in the list below, so as always dig through everything and let us know which games you'll be picking up...

'Crossy Road'-like Dungeon Crawler 'The Quest Keeper' Gets a Gameplay Trailer

Late last month some new screenshots for a game called The Quest Keeper caught our attention, as it looked to blend the awesome stylings of Crossy Road [Free] with more traditional dungeon crawler mechanics. In other words, it looked really cool. Yesterday, the developer of The Quest Keeper Tyson Ibele posted the first gameplay trailer for the game showing what it's like in action. Spoiler alert: It looks even cooler in motion...

Rayark's 'Implosion' Appears to be Submitted to Apple for Approval

Rayark's upcoming character action game Implosion has been an interesting/frustrating one to follow. We first posted about it way back in September of 2013, and were really impressed with the accompanying video which showed some seriously fast-paced combat, cool story elements and awesome visuals. We were psyched, and so was our community...

On Friday Telltale Games teased some screenshots from the forthcoming Episode 3 of their Game of Thrones [$4.99] adventure game series, and we also learned that the new episode was set for release sometime this month. Today Telltale has broken down the full release specifics for every platform, and it turns out that iOS users can look forward to Episode 3 "The Sword in the Darkness" this Thursday. They've also created a brand new trailer showing the new episode in action...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'SwapQuest'

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...

On Wednesday, Rockstar Games released an update for their iOS port of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City [$4.99] that added support for the native resolutions of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well as support for all Apple Made For iPhone (MFi) controllers. A similar update was released for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas [$6.99] way back in October of last year, which kind of made sense as that's sort of the "flagship" GTA game out of the original 3D trilogy. However, it was nice to see GTA: Vice City get some love too, and everyone wondered if Grand Theft Auto III [$4.99] would get a similar update soon. The answer is: Yes! Right now! An update has just hit adding the exact same things to GTA III as the Vice City update earlier this week: support for iPhone 6 screens, MFi controllers, and assorted bug fixing...

It's late on a Friday afternoon/evening, and we're getting ready to wrap things up until Monday. But before we give you the Best Reviews of the week, the Game of the Week, and The TouchArcade Show podcast, I just had to sneak in a quick recommendation for a game I've been enjoying since yesterday called Rush Rally [Free]. As I'm sure you could guess, Rush Rally is a rally racing game. Now, there's no shortage of racing games on the App Store, but rally racing games are a bit more rare, and ones that actually nail the driving physics are even scarcer. Rush Rally is one of those that totally nails it. ..

Telltale Teases 'Game of Thrones' Episode 3 Screens, Says Release Will be this Month

Last December, HBO and Telltale Games partnered up to make an adventure game out of the hit show Game of Thrones. That game, officially titled Game of Thrones - A Telltale Games Series [$4.99], opened up a new chapter in the GoT universe and dealt with a new storyline that was different than the show but still weaved in familiar characters and events in a way that was excellent fan service for those who tuned in regularly. Game of Thrones the video game is set to have six episodes, which is one more than what is typically in Telltale's adventure games. Episode 2 arrived in early February, and today Telltale has been all over their Twitter account teasing new images of Episode 3...

I love that True Skate [$1.99] has burst onto the scene of real-life skateboarding culture, first with its partnership with Street League Skateboarding which began last June and has resulted in 5 downloadable SLS parks being added to the game, and now with the legendary Skatepark of Tampa which is now available as a downloadable course ahead of the 21st annual Tampa Pro contest that's being held this weekend. ..

Out Now: 'Stormblades', 'SwapQuest', 'Stan Lee's Hero Command', 'TouchTone', 'Magenta Arcade', 'Sky Streaker' and More

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, welcome to another big week of new iOS games. There's a few games tonight that I've been patiently waiting for, like Stormblades and SwapQuest, and then there's something like the new Mikengreg game TouchTone which looks totally unique and is something I totally knew nothing about. I love that about iOS. As always check out the full list of new games below and let us know what games you'll be picking up in the comment section at the end...

First 'Heroes and Castles 2' Trailer Released, and It is Glorious

Foursaken Media has a cult-like following on iOS as they consistently bring large-scale, genre-melding experiences to the small scale of our devices, all offered up at an incredible value and with near-limitless playability. Their ability to blend genres in a way that makes sense is incredible, and one of their finer examples of this is 2012's Heroes and Castles [$1.99 / Free]. It had all the fun and strategy of a castle defense title, but it was set up as a 3rd-person action game that let you run around hacking and slashing the crap out of enemies to help your own cause. ..