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.

Move Over 'Call of Duty: Heroes', 'Tiny Troopers' is Also Getting the 'Clash of Clans' Treatment with 'Tiny Troopers: Alliance'

One of my favorite series on iOS, and a fairly underrated one, is Tiny Troopers [Free] from Kukouri Mobile Entertainment and published by Chillingo. The first Tiny Troopers hit in June of 2012 and had you leading a squad of soldiers through many levels of battle, real-time strategy style but without all that base building. It was like a modern homage to Cannon Fodder, and we enjoyed it very much. Then less than a year later a sequel hit, called Tiny Troopers 2: Special Ops [Free]. It didn't rock the boat in terms of a streamlined RTS experience, but offered us more of what we loved in the first game in a shiny new package. We enjoyed that one a lot, too...

Along with all the other new games that released tonight, Capcom has quietly snuck the iOS port of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies [Free] onto the App Store. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies, or Ace Attorney 5 for short, was previously a Nintendo 3DS exclusive that was released last year. Earlier this month an iOS port popped up on the Japanese App Store without warning, leaving us all wondering if it would eventually make it to the US. The very next day Capcom confirmed that Ace Attorney 5 was heading to the US, but their only response for the release date was "quite soon." I guess they weren't kidding!..

Out Now: 'WWE SuperCard', 'Corpse Party', 'Sentinel 4: Dark Star', 'Accidental Spelunking', 'Spellfall - Puzzle RPG' and More

It's another Wednesday night on the App Store which means another big batch of new games have just hit the US App Store. As a big wrestling fan (which you should be well aware of if you listen to our podcast) I'm actually quite excited for WWE SuperCard, which is a free to play card battler featuring all the stars from WWE. Yep, I'm excited for a free to play card battler, never thought I'd say that. Also the classic Sentinel tower defense series sees a brand new entry, and a popular desktop and PSP game called Corpse Party has finally made its way stateside after launching on iOS in Japan a couple of years back. Not a bad week at all, so check out the full list of releases below and see what captures your interest...

One of the most charming, lovable and fun games in the history of the App Store is Andreas Illiger's breakout hit Tiny Wings [$0.99]. Originally launched in early 2011, Tiny Wings took the world by storm with its simple, one-touch, belly-sliding gameplay, watercolor-like visuals, and absolutely killer music. It wasn't just that it was a great mobile game, but something about Tiny Wings hit players on an emotional level, and the game quickly topped the charts and dethroned the then king of the App Store Angry Birds. ..

Way back in September of 2012, developer SoMoGa released a touch-friendly port of the classic RPG Lunar Silver Star Story. The port, appropriately called Lunar Silver Star Story Touch [$6.99], was really good, despite a few minor drawbacks. Unfortunately, Lunar Touch released right as the iPhone 5 came out, and being that it was based on a mid-90s Sega Saturn game, it wasn't exactly equipped to support the new 4-inch widescreen of the new iPhone...

If you're heavily into the Infinity Blade series and fancy having your own collection of figurines based on your in-game characters, then Chair and online 3D printing service Sandboxr have you covered. A new feature has just gone live in Infinity Blade III [$6.99] which allows you to customize an in-game character to your liking with the game's selection of different armors and weapons, and then with a tap of a button, send the character off to Sandboxr to have it printed out in color with their 3D printing service and shipped to your door...

Back in early June we learned that Zen Studios had teamed up with Telltale Games to bring a new pinball table based on The Walking Dead adventure game series to their popular iOS pinball app Zen Pinball [Free]. Well Zen has been plenty busy in the two months since that announcement with Comic-Con and tons of Marvel announcements, but we had yet to hear anything on when the Walking Dead table would hit. Until today, as Zen has revealed that starting August 26th the Walking Dead pinball table will be available across digital storefronts...

'Madden NFL Mobile' Soft-Launches in Canada, and Yeah, It's a Free to Play Game

EA's Madden NFL Mobile was only just officially unveiled yesterday, with a planned release date of August 26th alongside its console big brothers. However, it looks like EA is hoping to do a quick test launch of the game and get some early feedback, as Madden Mobile went live in the Canadian App Store as part of a soft-launch earlier today...

Back in May, a very interesting game was released for the iPad called SXPD: Extreme Pursuit Force [Free]. It aimed to blend digital comics with high-speed racing gameplay, and did so fairly successfully. It featured 6 chapters of comic storyline created by renowned comic artist Duke Mighten, with the combat-heavy racing portions being created by industry vet David Perry. The only problem was that SXPD was created for the iPad only, and that somewhat limited its audience. That all changes today though with a new update adding Universal support to SXPD. The initial download of the game has also been changed to free, and this seems to be a permanent change which offers the first chapter of the game for free with the 5 additional chapters unlocked permanently through a 99¢ IAP...

'Final Fantasy' vs. 'Dragon Quest': Shaun Ranks the iOS Ports of Both Series

The iOS platform is a haven of great (and some not-so-great) ports of classic games. Square Enix has made a big business out of porting their older catalog to iOS alongside some of their original mobile titles, and their most recent example of this is an excellent port of the 2008 Nintendo DS remake of the 2002 PlayStation remake of the original 1990 RPG classic Dragon Quest IV. You following so far? Dragon Quest IV on iOS uses the same pseudo 2D/3D visuals of the Nintendo DS version, formatted in portrait orientation for one-handed gaming, and including some extra content that wasn't in the original NES release. It's an incredible game and an incredible port on iOS, capturing both a 5 star review and our Game of the Week nod...

'Madden Mobile' Coming to the App Store August 26th

The latest iteration of EA's flagship football series Madden NFL will be hitting consoles on August 26th, and on that same day a mobile version appropriately called Madden Mobile will be hitting the App Store as well. Madden Mobile promises an "all-new NFL experience" that "will allow fans to build a dominant team composed of the league’s best talent from past and present." That experience will consist of running your favorite team through a 16 game season in pursuit of a playoff appearance and ultimately a Super Bowl win, facing off in head-to-head matches against friends, or partaking in one of EA's new Live Events. These Live Events will be "quick, fun challenges that will dynamically update throughout the season and beyond." In addition, the Live Events will offer rewards such as "player packs, coins, special players and more."..

Madgarden's Upcoming 'Arecibo Man' Gets a New Trailer

Back in June we checked out a trailer for a new upcoming game called Arecibo Man from Madgarden, who has positioned himself firmly in the neo-retro movement with previous offerings like Chillaxian [$1.99], Flapthulu [Free], Sword of Fargoal [$2.99] and Punch Quest [Free]. Arecibo Man is no different. It features more bleeps, bloops and blocky pixels than you can shake a stick at, and its inspired by classics like Robotron and Berzerk. I also get a distinctive Smash TV vibe from it, in the fact that it's a top-down shooter that has you moving from room to room. This latest trailer shows off even more of Arecibo Man's chaotic gameplay, including a battle with a brand new enemy: a formidable tank...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Dragon Quest IV'

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...

New Tiger Woods Golf and NFL Management Games in the Works Courtesy of Zynga

It seems that one of the biggest golf icons in history is making his return to the digital links, as today it was announced that Tiger Woods will be starring in a new golf game through a partnership with Zynga, of all people. The yet-to-be-named golfing game is set to release sometime later this year, and is being developed by Zynga Orlando, which is comprised of many former EA employees. As you probably know, Tiger Woods served as the star for EA's PGA Tour golf series for 15 years before they parted ways, and Tiger Woods' name is synonymous with modern golf video games...

Remember back in June when we made you aware of the existence of a behind-the-back endless runner starring perhaps the most famous fictional runner of all, Forrest Gump? Well, the game was only soft-launched in limited territories back then, but as of today Run Forrest Run [Free] is now officially available. I still can't believe that it took three years after Temple Run's release sparked off the 3rd-person runner craze for someone to make a running game about Forrest Gump. But, with the film's 20th anniversary happening about a month ago (wow I feel old) the time seemed right to finally put the pieces together...