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.

Why, hello there, totally random IP crossover! In case you weren't aware, this year marks the 30th anniversary of one of my all-time favorite movies, Ghostbusters, and apparently an appropriate way to celebrate that is with… an update to Fruit Ninja [$0.99 / Free]? Yes, it sounds weird, but that's totally the case, and in fact it's a really nice update for fans of both brands...

Back in July, Bandai Namco soft-launched their new free to play card battling game called Outcast Odyssey [Free], and as of last night the game is now officially available worldwide. While the card battling genre is quickly getting saturated on the App Store, Outcast Odyssey hopes to stand out from the pack with its emphasis on exploration and almost dungeon crawler-like gameplay. It seems to have worked too, as Outcast Odyssey has performed well in all the countries it was available in during its soft-launch, and it has almost universally positive praise from players in our forums...

As expected, Apple has announced new iPads at their keynote event today. If you follow the Apple rumor mill then there aren't really any surprises here: Apple themselves accidentally leaked the new devices through their own iPad manual in the iBooks app earlier this week. Just because it isn't a surprise though, doesn't mean these new iPads aren't damn exciting. Prior to the unveiling of these new iPad devices, CEO Tim Cook went on to tout the success of the iPad in its lifetime, selling more than 225 million of the various iPads since the first one launched in spring of 2010. The iPad also ranks number one in customer satisfaction. Ok, on to the new devices...

Apple's keynote is going strong right now, and before really dishing on the big announcements like new iPads and whatever else, CEO Tim Cook took the beginning minutes to tout how strong the launch of the new iPhone 6 models has been. He also briefly talked about the Apple Watch, and even more briefly announced a new SDK for the Apple Watch which is called WatchKit...

Out Now: 'Hail to the King: Deathbat', 'NBA 2K15', 'Sentinels of the Multiverse', 'Helix', 'Angry Birds Transformers' and More

It's another Wednesday full of new iOS games, which have been making their way across the globe all day and have finally arrived in the US App Store. Probably the biggest release of the week is Hail to the King: Deathbat, for a couple of reasons. One is simply because it looks like a neat hack 'n slash dungeon crawler, but it's also associated with a big-name band (Avenged Sevenfold) and is doing quite the opposite of most licensed mobile games in that it unapologetically targets hardcore gamers rather than trying to appeal to a more mainstream, casual crowd. Should be interesting. Also, the popular card game Sentinels of the Multiverse has arrived on the iPad, and early signs seem to point that it's a winning digital conversion. As always, let us know what you're getting in the comments below!..

First Screens for Upcoming 'Micro Battles' from Donut Games

Everyone loves Donut Games, right? For years they've been consistent providers of perfect "coffee break" gaming experiences for our mobile devices, though they broke that trend with their last release, the ambitious action platformer Traps n' Gemstones [$4.99]. However, for their next game they're getting back to basics. It's called Micro Battles and it's a collection of quick, head-to-head mini-games. Here's some screens...

It never fails to blow my mind just how incredibly deep the game of Minecraft is. What on the surface seems like an adventure that's all about exploring, crafting, block-building and survival has evolved into something that's sophisticated enough people can build working computers inside the game itself. The world of iPhone games hasn't been immune to the "can you make it in Minecraft" phenomenon, and we've seen versions of both Plague Inc. and Flappy Bird recreated inside Mojang's masterpiece. However, this next one takes things to a whole new level. As noted by TUAW, a German Minecraft player has built a functioning iPhone-like device inside of Minecraft. Not only does the device "work" but it even has useable apps. Unfortunately, the following video is not in English, but I still found it impossible to turn off until I'd seen the entire 13 minutes...

There's a New 'Street Fighter' Match-3 Game Heading to iOS and Android in Japan

One of my all-time favorites is Capcom's Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, or simply just Puzzle Fighter, which blends together the Street Fighter fighting game series with matching gameplay to great effect. We haven't heard much from that series in recent years, but according to the source for all things Street Fighter Shoryuken (via Just Push Start), Capcom is readying another Street Fighter matching game mashup for mobile devices in Japan. The game in question is called Street Fighter Puzzle Spirits, and you can see a Japanese language trailer for it below...

While the Pokémon TCG Online [Free (HD)] card-battling game launched for iPad late last month, long-time series producer Junichi Masuda doesn't see a compelling reason to bring any of the proper Pokemon games to tablets or smartphones, according to an interview with Polygon. According to Masuda, "If we were to bring Pokémon to iPad or mobile or smartphones or anything, I think there would need to be… some sort of problem it would be solving, not just that it would be porting over old games, for example."..

In January of this year, Tapstar Interactive and First Star Software announced a brand new game in the classic Boulder Dash series to mark the 30th anniversary of the original game's release. Originally planned for an "early 2014" release, the new game took a bit longer than anticipated, but as of today Boulder Dash 30th Anniversary [Free] is finally available in the App Store. The original game's creators Peter Liepa & Chris Gray have come together for the first time since 1984 to design levels for this new game, and there are also a few major changes over the original like ramps and diagonal movement. Check out the trailer to see it in action...

Zen's 'South Park Pinball' Gets a Trailer, Launching this Week

Earlier this month, Zen Studios hinted that they had a couple of new pinball tables in the works starring everyone's favorite troublemakers from South Park, and today they've debuted the first trailer showing off both tables in action. The first table is South Park Super Sweet Pinball and it centers around the main four characters of the show and features all kinds of inside jokes and nods to the show's nearly twenty year history. For the second table, that gentle soul Butters gets to star in his very own pinball game, cleverly titled Butters' Very Own Pinball Game. Check out the trailer...

Halfbrick is continuing with the Zombie Month updates for their dual-stick shooter Age of Zombies [$0.99], as another significant update is now available for the game. The month of updates began a few weeks back when Age of Zombies was updated with co-op multiplayer, and this latest update completely revamps the game's Survival Mode into a wave-based affair complete with boss fights called Horde Mode. In addition, there are four new sentry guns to use in Horde Mode so you can strategically set up some stationary offense to help you mow down waves of enemies...

Check Out the Trailer for 'Epic of Kings', a Gorgeous Action Adventure Game from 'Shadow Blade' Developer DeadMage

You guys remember Shadow Blade, right? It was a killer ninja-themed action platformer released early this year by developer Dead Mage Studio and published by Crescent Moon Games. The combat and platforming were top notch, but what really drove me to love Shadow Blade was its beautiful art style and fantastic soundtrack that actually synced up with your actions. Taken altogether, Shadow Blade was a wonderful experience, and remains one of my favorites of 2014. Today Dead Mage has announced their next project now that they've wrapped up putting an enhanced version of Shadow Blade on Steam Early Access. It's an action adventure game for mobile devices called Epic of Kings, and I think I'll just let the trailer do all the talking...

'Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge' Gets Its First Gameplay Trailer, Launching this Month

Back in June developer One Man Left was working on a huge content update for their latest game Tilt to Live 2 [$2.99], but as it turned out the update was so huge they decided to spin it off into its own separate game called Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge. Based on the Gauntlet mode from the original Tilt to Live, Gauntlet's Revenge will expand upon that idea in every way with three different randomized Gauntlet modes to take on in succession before squaring off against the Dot King boss himself. Today One Man Left has released the first trailer for Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge showing the game in action...

'Kingdom Rush Origins' Revealed as the New 'Kingdom Rush' Game, Teaser Trailer Released

Backin August Ironhide Game Studio spilled the beans that they were working on a brand new game in the beloved Kingdom Rush tower defense series. Their original teaser art hinted that this new Kingdom Rush game would be a prequel of some sort, and today they've officially unveiled the name of this mysterious new game: Kingdom Rush Origins. Sounds pretty prequel-y to me! Along with the official name, Ironhide has released the following teaser trailer...