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.

'Galak-Z: Variant Mobile' Heading to Mobile Platforms in 2016

17-Bit Studios, who you're probably familiar with as the developers of the excellent turn-based strategy title Skulls of the Shogun [$4.99], just released their frantic roguelike space shooter Galak-Z: The Dimensional on the PlayStation 4 earlier this month, and a PC version is following soon. However, according to Eurogamer, 17-Bit is also planning to bring the game to mobile devices next year in a special version of the game called Galak-Z: Variant Mobile. It's too early to get a glimpse at this mobile version, but here's the PS4 launch trailer for Galak-Z proper which should give you an idea of the game...

'Magic: The Gathering' Getting the Match-3 RPG Treatment with 'Magic: The Gathering - Puzzle Quest'

We're living in a world where anything that's even a vaguely popular IP is getting a Puzzle Quest spinoff. (Ok, I'm exaggerating, but seriously, there are a ton of branded match-3 games in the world.) The latest to get such a treatment is the grandfather of CCGs Magic: The Gathering from Wizards of the Coast. On paper, this seems like a pretty incredible idea. Magic the card game has decades worth of cool characters and a whole universe full of lore to utilize. The possibilities are endless for an incredibly deep crossover game, but we'll have to wait and see what developer Hibernum Creations does with it all. For now, here's some screens...




Old-School Shoot 'Em Up 'Z-Exemplar' Gets a Brand New Trailer

I've been keeping pretty close tabs on Z-Exemplar, an upcoming side-scrolling shooter that developer Suminell Studios is hoping will tickle the nostalgia bone for those of us who have fond memories of the ZX Spectrum home computer from the '80s. Z-Exemplar was originally announced with a slick trailer back in early June, and as progress is made on the game Suminell has been great about posting updates in our forums, which is how I cam across these recent animated .gifs that off some of the weapons and features in the game. Now Z-Exemplar has a second proper trailer to share with the world, and it's looking fantastic...

Fancy Force's gory physics-based trials game Happy Wheels [Free] took the iOS world by storm last week when it arrived on the App Store and quickly shot up to the top position in the free games chart. Happy Wheels was originally released as a Flash game way back in 2010, and has grown by leaps and bounds in the years since. With a cast of ridiculous playable characters and vehicles, as well as a community-driven level-creator which has over 6 million user-created levels, Happy Wheels has been a huge success in the world of browser games. Which makes me feel sort of silly that I'd never even heard of it before it popped up on iOS last week. Hey I'm old, I don't know what these crazy kids are into nowadays. ..

One of the most curiously popular genres to emerge in the past few years is the clicker genre. Stripping nearly all the fluff away from most progression-based systems in games, clickers have distilled the satisfaction of watching progress bars increase into bite-sized, single-tap experiences. They're silly, sure, but also strangely satisfying. Clickers aren't for everyone though, and to some the passiveness of it all just isn't enough to get their juices flowing. That's why I really took a shining to Tap Quest [Free], which released a month ago from Nanoo Company...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Horizon Chase'

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...

It's a well-known fact that spiders are the most vile, disgusting, and completely unnecessary creatures to ever grace our planet. Literally nobody likes spiders, and if they say they do, they're just lying to themselves. Snakes? Not a problem. Rats or mice? Totes adorbs if you ask me. Scorpions? Total bad asses. Spiders? Kill them all with fire. Now, my dislike of spiders has definitely gotten better over the years. I no longer cower at even the sight of a harmless daddy long legs, and playing as a spider in Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor [$1.99 / $1.99 (HD)] has never been that big of a problem for me, though I do find it a bit icky. ..

'Devastator' is the New Dual-Stick Shooter from Radiangames, Check Out the Trailer

Yesterday, we had some not so great news about the not so great performance of Radiangames' Inferno 2 [$2.99] when it launched on Steam. It's an interesting discussion to have, I think. Did Inferno 2 bomb on Steam because it was a mobile game? Did Radian not do a good enough job getting the word out about its release? Is it that Radian simply has a knack for making games that are a great fit on mobile, but not so much on desktop? Whatever the case, the end result is that Radian will be focusing solely on mobile going forward, at least for now, which brings me to some actual great news: Radian's next iOS game is a new dual-stick shooter called Devastator, and it's coming out really soon. Here's the trailer...

Crescent Moon's Stylish Platformer 'The Deer God' Hits iOS on September 3rd

Crescent Moon's The Deer God has been kicking around since at least early last year, and at long last it's finally locked and loaded for an iOS release next month, on September 3rd to be exact. In The Deer God you play as a hunter who has died and been reincarnated as a deer (irony!), and as you cruise through a procedurally generated world you'll fight off enemies, solve puzzles, and generally see what life is like living as a deer. It launched in in an alpha state on Android last November, and officially launched on Steam this past February. In fact, here's the Steam launch trailer...

'Swipey Rogue', a "Swipe-Action, Auto-Running, Dungeon-Crawling, Room-Puzzler" Coming Next Thursday, New Trailer Released

Way back in February, First Order Games announced their first project called Swipey Rogue. As you can tell by the title of this post, Swipey Rogue has many different influences, and surprisingly it all looked like it blended together really well in that early hands-on video from February. Your character moves automatically with you simply swiping to change directions and guide him through the danger-filled, puzzle-like rooms. There's also elements of dungeon crawling and roguelikes, because why the heck not? Swipey Rogue caught my eye back then, and I've been waiting patiently for it to arrive. Today First Order has announced that Swipey Rogue is finished, made it through Apple approval with flying colors, and will be released next Thursday, August 27th. And here's a new trailer!..

I admit that I'm not a big player of League of Legends, one of if not the most popular video game in the world. I don't have anything against it, I just don't really game on PC, and don't really have much time to game outside of my iPhone. That said, I've always thought Riot was doing themselves a disservice by not being in the mobile space. League of Legends would work beautifully on an iPad, don't you think? Well at long last Riot has arrived on the iOS platform, but unfortunately not with League of Legends. Instead we have Blitzcrank's Poro Roundup [Free], a quirky mini-game featuring League of Legends champion Blitzcrank rounding up Poros, fictional creatures from the LoL universe. Here's a trailer...

Back in April, Capcom and their casual games division Beeline Interactive announced an… interesting crossover game for mobile. The iconic Ghostbusters would bust some ghosts by matching gems Puzzle Fighter style. Yeah. After several months of soft-launch and an artwork makeover that put the female characters in the game in some less-revealing clothing, and Ghostbusters Puzzle Fighter [Free] is now ready for primetime and out worldwide...

Out Now: 'Final Fantasy 7', 'Pac-Man 256', 'Galactic Keep', 'Clicker Heroes', 'Demon's Rise', 'Dungeon of the Endless', 'Winter Fugitives' and More

Well here we are again with a new batch of iOS game releases, and it's pretty tough to call any week where Final Fantasy 7 releases on iOS a "weak week" (someone will anyway). Yes, after literally years of people pining for Square Enix's seminal PlayStation 1-era RPG on mobile devices, they've finally delivered. Eli took the iOS port for a spin earlier today and his impressions can best be described as "This is Final Fantasy 7 on my iPhone." Of course, if you aren't a Final Fantasy fan there's still plenty of other awesome stuff releasing tonight. Pac-Man 256, Demon's Rise, Galactic Keep, Winter Fugitives and more. Oh, and Burger - The Game! So check out the full list below and let us know what games you've got your heart set on...

'Future Police' Pays Homage to Classic Arcade Light Gun Game 'Police Trainer', Coming to iOS and Android Soon

Light gun games have been a big part of video games since the early days. Most everyone who was gaming in the '80s has played Duck Hunt on the original NES, or perhaps you were a Lethal Enforcers fan in the early '90s. Whatever the case, I always thought light gun games were really cool, and while the home console conversions were great, there really was nothing like standing up at an arcade cabinet blasting away at the screen with a (typically) brightly-colored plastic gun in your hand. One of my favorites in the arcades was Poilce Trainer. There was no real action movie-style story in Police Trainer like most light gun games of the time, and instead it was what its title led you to believe: a weapons training simulation. Police Trainer was all about skill and fast reactions, and now developer Karma Soft is looking to recreate that experience on mobile with their upcoming game Future Police...

As we learned last week, Episode 4 of Telltale's excellent Borderlands spinoff adventure game Tales from the Borderlands [$4.99] lands this week, starting tomorrow on consoles and filtering out to all the various platforms where the game is available, which makes sometime Thursday a pretty likely time for the new Episode to arrive on iOS. Episode 4 is titled Escape Plan Bravo, and while we got a look at some new screenshots last week, today Telltale has provided a brand new trailer. Check it out...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'RollerCoaster Tycoon 3'

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...

Well, it's Friday so why not have a silly story to kick off our weekend? As many of you may know, I'm a huge San Francisco Giants fan, and naturally I follow their official account on Twitter. And when I'm casually scrolling through my feed and see that my Giants have made a parody video of the cult-classic '80-90s television show Full House, well, that's just something you HAVE to click on. And I was not disappointed. Check it out for yourself...

If you're a fan of platforming games like I am, then you're no doubt familiar with the excellent action platformer Goblin Sword [$1.99] from Gelato Games. Launching just about a year ago, Goblin Sword captured plenty of gamers' hearts with its fantastic pixel visuals and superb virtual controls. There was even some light RPG elements involved, and the entire production earned an easy 5 stars in our review. Several month down the road, in February of this year, a huge version 1.5 content update arrived for Goblin Sword adding in 16 new levels in a new chapter titled The Lost City, which also featured new enemies, new boss fights, new weapons and more. Now, as announced in our forums, Gelato is back with another huge Goblin Sword update. Here's a couple of screens from it!..

Ah, Super Hexagon [$2.99], you are an all-time classic and one of my personal all-time favorite video games. Besides your incredibly challenging twitch gameplay, your kick-ass soundtrack that's filled with pumping bleeps and bloops, courtesy of chiptune musician Chipzel, is a huge part of what makes playing you so damn intoxicating. I had the privelage of seeing Chipzel live during GDC a few years ago, and let me tell you it is no joke. One of the most energetic live performances I've ever seen, especially for it being a single person cranking out tunes entirely on a modified Game Boy. Anyway, if you love Super Hexagon and/or Chipzel and/or oddly-shaped records and/or all of the above, you've got to check out these limited edition vinyls of the Super Hexagon EP...

Out Now: 'Monsters Ate My Metropolis', 'Barmark', 'Avoid ', 'RollerCoaster Tycoon 3', 'March of Empires', 'Sentinel Command', 'Sputnik Eyes' and More

Welcome to another full week of new iOS game releases. The party got started early today with a surprise iOS port of RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, which unlike its previously released free to play sibling is a completely paid game with no IAP. So hopefully plenty of people have been having fun with that throughout the day. Also on tap this week is the strange adventure/zen experience Barmark, which also launched a tad early today and has me very intrigued. Finally, Noodlecake's Avoid will challenge you to not get sawed to pieces, but sadly it won't try to sell you pizza. Check out the full list below and enjoy!..