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.

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Neon Chrome'

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...

'Tiltagon' Developer Kiemura Announce Speedy Avoidance Game 'Hovercrash'

The husband and wife team that make up Finnish developer Kiemura have announced their latest project, a fast-paced avoidance racer called Hovercrash. LOVE that name. The goal of Hovercrash is pretty simple, just tilt your device to steer along a winding, endless track in order to avoid the obstacles in your path and make it as far as possible before an inevitable demise. While not the first avodance racer of this type, Hovercrash looks to do the formula with a slick futuristic art style, a great sense of speed, and some pretty bad ass hovercraft. ..




Out Now: 'Neon Chrome', 'Super Cat Tales', 'Go Rally', 'Dominocity', 'Replica', 'Battleship Lonewolf', 'Cube Knight', 'Dead Runner - Inner Evil' and More

Welcome to another week of new iOS games, and if you've been feeling a sharp pain in your wallet for the past few weeks due to so many great new releases, I'm sorry to say that this week isn't going to offer up much relief. There's the fantastic dual-stick shooter Neon Chrome which will set you back a fiver, and the incredibly fun top-down racer with full track editor in Go Rally which is another fiver. Then there's the melding of my two favorite things on this planet, platformers and cats, with Super Cat Tales, which is thankfully free to download but will set you back yet another fiver for the premium unlock. To be honest, 3 awesome games for 15 bucks is cheap! But we all know how these weekly binges can add up though, too. So throw financial caution to the wind and check out the full list of games below and let us know which ones you'll be picking up!..

'Escape: Close Call' is All About Avoiding Accidents with Style, Coming to iOS Soon

Pako - Car Chase Simulator [$0.99 / Free] has been one of my favorite mobile games since its release way back in the summer of 2014, and its success has seemed to spawn plenty of similar titles in the years since. The object of Pako is to outrun an increasingly aggressive police pursuit for as long as possible while avoiding hitting other vehicles or objects in the terrain. Tarboosh Games took that concept and built a game around the avoidance and near-misses themselves, scoring you on how stylish and risky you can get with them. The game is called Escape: Close Call and it launched on Steam back in March of this year, and is now heading to the iOS platform...

South Korean indie developer Somi has already made an impression on mobile gamers when his twisted puzzle platformer RETSNOM [$0.99] made its way from desktop to mobile just last month. Now he's brought another one of his desktop hits to mobile in the form of Replica: A Little Temporary Safety [$1.99] which arrived earlier today. Replica is a point-and-click adventure at heart, and plays out via a fake smartphone interface which you must poke around and inspect in order to unlock the secrets of the phone and its original owner. You're doing all of this at the Government's insistence, which leads me to think that there will be more to this story than meets the eye...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'RunGunJumpGun'

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...

Multiplayer Match-3 Game 'Chief Puzzle Officer' Begins Beta Testing November 15th

Man, it is SO HARD to try and get excited about a match-3 game in 2016, but somehow the folks at DuoFun Studios has managed to capture my interest with their upcoming multiplayer matching game Chief Puzzle Officer. The biggest standout feature is the online multiplayer which will offer 4-player cooperative PvE as well as 3V3 competitive Guild Wars battling. The whole theme of Chief Puzzle Officer is climbing up the corporate ladder, so you'll be able to create a guild with other players and build up the biggest and best MegaCorp while battling other guilds, you'll have special abilities in the form of Executive cards that help you directly on the playfield, and you'll fill out your MegaCorp with Staff cards which act as the items in the game. Check out the latest trailer for Chief Puzzle Officer to get an idea of what it's like...

Apple TV Exclusive Racer 'Go Rally' Heading to Mobile Next Week with New Track Builder

Back in February Chillingo launched a slick new rally racing game exclusively for the Apple TV called Go Rally, and after about 10 months of living exclusively on Apple's set-top box the game is finally making its way over to its mobile device siblings. While the initial Apple TV version of Go Rally featured a collection of 100 tracks across its campaign, the jump over to mobile will include a new track-creating feature where you can use the touchscreen of your device to draw out tracks and place environmental objects. While the actual creation portion will be limited to touchscreen devices, tracks that you've made can be synced to the Apple TV version and played on the big screen when you're finished...

Out Now: 'ROME: Total War', 'SteamWorld Heist', 'Party Hard Go', 'Mikey Jumps', 'Burrito Bison: Launcha Libre', 'Tentacles - Enter the Mind', 'Toon Shooters 2' and MUCH More

Whether you're celebrating the Trump victory yesterday or trying to escape it, nothing soothes the soul quite like playing some video games. Well, you're really in luck this week my friends. So many high-profile games have hit today that it almost tricked me into thinking it was the week before iTunes shuts down for the holidays. The sublime SteamWorld Heist, an iPad port of ROME: Total War, Party Hard Go (finally), a new Mikey game… the list just goes on and on. So drown your sorrow or celebrate your excitement by scouring the full list of games below, and as always let us know which games you'll be picking up this week in the comments below!..

This is actually a bit of news I meant to get to last week and didn't have time, but seeing as how unique a game Calculords [Free] is and how log it's been since its last content update, I felt like it was still worth talking about. First off, Calculords is a card-based strategy game which launched back in February of 2014. It had you building up a deck of units and battling against a colorful cast of AI opponents in its campaign, placing your units among 3 lanes on the playfield to battle head to head against your opponents' units. It sounds a bit standard as far as card-battlers go, but what set Calculords apart was its use of math. Yes, math! It's fun! ..

Perchang the developer, which was formed earlier this year by a former member of Rodeo Games during their hiatus, released Perchang [$1.99] the video game back in June to an incredibly positive reception. Perchang is a physics puzzler that sees you manipulating various objects in Rube Goldberg-like levels and using the force of gravity in order to corral enough tiny balls into a goal. It had very clever level designs and a clean aesthetic, and right now you can experience that for yourself as Perchang has just dropped to free for the first time since its release...

Colorful Shoot 'Em Up 'Toon Shooters 2 - The Freelancers' Hitting this Thursday

It's no secret that I'm a massive Mooff Games fanboy. From the action platforming excellence in Blackmoor [Free] to the old-school brawler nostalgia found in Maximus [Free] and the Smash Bros-esque all out fight that is Super Boys - The Big Fight [Free], Mooff has a knack for making games that are just plain FUN. One of Mooff's earliest hits on mobile was the side-scrolling shoot 'em up Toon Shooters [Free] which, like most of their games, harkened back to some of gaming's classics like R-Type and Gradius. Well, as we learned last month, a sequel has been in the works which promised to bring more wacky shooter fun as well as a very interesting-sounding cross-platform 4-player co-op mode. Today Mooff has announced that the sequel, called Toon Shooters 2 - The Freelancers, is all primed and ready for release this week on November 10th...

'unWorded' is an Incredibly Clever Puzzle Game that Uses Words as Pieces, Launching Next Thursday

If I told you I was going to show you a trailer for a hot new upcoming word game for mobile, your reaction might be "Snore!" Well, as its name implies, unWorded from Bento Studio isn't so much a "word game" as it is a game that uses words, and uses them in incredibly clever and unexpected ways. The story revolves around an author who is hospitalized after a serious accident. With his wife by his bedside she reads to him his very own works, and through that you'll "dive into his mind, sharing his last thoughts as he reminisce about his life and work, standing with him at the death's door." Gameplay-wise, this means you'll be arranging letters on the screen in order to create pictures which will recount the man's life. Check out the intriguing trailer for unWorded...

Back in early August, we caught our first glimpse of an upcoming courtroom drama game from developer Atreyu Games called Twelve Absent Men, and just over a month later we saw it in action with a humorous trailer. Apparently, the game quietly snuck out last week and as of today you can download Twelve Absent Men [$4.99] on the iOS App Store as well as on Google Play. Twelve Absent Men pokes fun at the tropes in your typical courtroom dramas on television and in movies, which always have a way of doing magical things like instantly going to trial after arresting a suspect and of course angering a judge into holding someone in contempt of court. ..

'Rome: Total War' Coming to the iPad this Thursday

Strategy gamers (who also own iPads) have been waiting with bated breath for the iPad release of 2004 hit PC strategy title Rome: Total War ever since it was first announced back in August. Well, wait no more! Or, I should say, wait a few days and then wait no more! Because Feral Interactive has announced that Rome: Total War is locked and loaded for release this Thursday, November 10th. The price will be a very reasonable $9.99 and as far as device requirements go, Feral states that the game "requires a first generation iPad Air or newer, an iPad mini 2 or newer, or any iPad Pro. It will also require just under 4GB of free space to install." Here's a few minutes of Feral Interactive themselves playing Rome: Total War on an iPad and discussing how it all works...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Nekosan'

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...

One of the finest crafting/survival/world-building games on the planet is Pixbits' fantastic Junk Jack X [$4.99]. The very first Junk Jack released around this time way back in 2011, but as iOS hardware and software improved and expanded, it led Pixbits to release a greatly enhanced version in August of 2013 which we know as Junk Jack X. As with the first game, the team kept updating and improving Junk Jack X at an almost absurd rate for years, and if you were looking for the most bang for your buck in terms of hours of play then it really fit the bill. Things slowed down a bit though as Pixbits worked on bringing the game to desktop, and the last significant update for the game was in December of last year. Well, Junk Jack X is back with a massive version 3.0 update that pretty much blows anything they've done in the past right out of the water...

There aren't a whole lot of light RPGs out there that let you fuel up a team of heroes on sugar and caffeine and send them into a dungeon to do your battling and looting for you. In fact, I think there's precisely one: Armor Game's Soda Dungeon [Free]. This week, Soda Dungeon received a huge update, adding a lot of new content to a package that we already really loved back when it was released in October of last year. First up is a new dungeon called Lair of Despair which is available after level 150. There's also a new class called The Shifter, as well as 25 new Mythical rare items. ..

'Super Cat Tales' is 'Super Mario World' with Cats, from 'Drop Wizard' Developer Neutronized and FDG Games

When people talk about the greatest platformer of all time, Super Mario World is almost always in the conversation. And yes, I'm among those that feel it's one of the greatest video games ever made. Much of that has to do with its colorful world and crazy cast of characters, and if this new trailer for the upcoming Super Cat Tales is any indication, developers Neutronized and FDG Entertainment were heavily inspired by Nintendo's classic. From the environments to the enemies and even the overworld map, there's plenty of nods to Super Mario World in Super Cat Tales, but it certainly has its own thing going on. You have a large cast of different playable cats, each with unique abilities that will allow you to pass the various puzzles in the game. You can also summon different "helpers" which will follow you around and battle alongside you. Cats… with pets? This is madness. Check out Super Cat Tales in action in the following trailer...

The newest game from Peter Molyneux's studio 22cans, which soft-launched back in September and is published by Kongregate, is now available worldwide. The game is called The Trail - A Frontier Journey [Free] and it sees you creating a character and walking various paths in really gorgeous environments collecting resources and engaging in various activities before arriving at a settlement camp. There, you can trade or converse with the locals, craft items, or just rest up before heading back out onto the trail towards your next destination. If you find a town you like, you can settle down there and help to build the town up into prominence. Check out the trailer...