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.

If you're living in China and are anxious to get in on the whole Pokemon GO [Free] phenomenon (well, what's left of it anyway) then I'm afraid I've got some bad news. According to a report in Reuters, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) will not license Pokemon GO or similar games for release in China until they've had adequate time to evaluate the risks involved with doing so. What sort of risks? According to the games panel of the China Audio-Video and Digital Publishing Association, which is governed by the SAPPRFT, those risks include "threat to geographical information security and the threat to transport and the personal safety of consumers." Seeing as how playing Pokemon GO has been linked to accidents and even deaths due to distracted driving and walking practices, I'd say they actually have a pretty good point!..

New Version of Cult Flash Hit 'Sonny' Gets a Trailer and–Surprise!–It's Coming this Thursday

Just this past Friday we brought you the news that the cult Flash RPG series Sonny would be making its way to iOS soon, and showed you a few new screens and linked to a preview on the Armor Games website that went more in-depth to the battle mechanics in the game. Also, based on some of the information available at that time, it sounded like this new version of Sonny would be including everything from the first two games as well as some additional storyline content and a conclusion to the series. However, that's not quite the case! The version of Sonny that's coming to iOS is actually a totally new version, and it's also NOT Sonny 3. For full clarification, here's the official statement, followed by a brand new trailer for Sonny: ..




The iOS App Store is a crazy place. In early October, we previewed a then-upcoming game called Level With Me [Free], which had you balancing various types of objects on a teeter-totter-like board by blowing floating bubbles onto its underside in order to raise or lower each side and keep said objects from sliding off. The objects include things like a heavy bowling ball, a bouncy beach ball, humans, zombies, and more, each requiring different strategies to ensure they stay on the board. The game was level-based in a way as you'd have to balance each type of object for a certain amount of time before completing a level and moving on to the next, but it was also endless as your ultimate goal was to complete as many levels in a row as possible. You know, it's a tricky game to try to explain, so why don't you just check out the trailer for Level With Me...

Mobile Port of Critically Acclaimed Board Game 'Mysterium' Finally Hitting this Thursday

Our resident board game expert Tasos brought us the news in early November that the award-winning and critically acclaimed murder mystery board game Mysterium would be heading to mobile devices in December. Unfortunately, December rolled along and Mysterium was nowhere in sight, and once again Tasos got to the bottom of the situation and discovered that the game needed just a wee bit more time in the oven before it would be released, likely sometime in January. Well? It's January! And we've got confirmation that Mysterium will finally be hitting iOS, Android, AND Steam this Thursday, January 12th. Huzzah!..

"Platforming Golf" is the New Genre Created for 'Golf Zero', From the Makers of 'Wrassling' and 'It's a Space Thing'

We love Colin Lane's games around the virtual offices of TouchArcade, and I'm personally a huge fan of wacky physics-based games which Lane has specialized in with the likes of Wrassling [Free], Epic Flail [Free], and Dunkers [Free]. He's also got a penchant for golf as evidenced by his previously released Golf is Hard [Free] and Battle Golf [Free] as well as the reveal of his latest project called Golf Zero, which is a collaboration with indie game developer Brad Erkkila whose work includes It's a Space Thing [Free] and FlipChamps [Free]. Ok, now that we've established that Lane and Erkkila have created and released a bunch of awesome games already and both seem to like the game of golf, what the heck is Golf Zero all about then? Unsurprisingly, this is NOT a traditional game of golf. ..

Beta Opens for Platform Shooter 'Get Me Outta Here', New Trailer Released

Back in July of last year, we brought you the first video of Get Me Outta Here, a new platform shooter from the two brother development team Rossman Bros Games. The entire project started the previous April, and now just about six months out from that first early look at the alpha version and the Rossman Bros are finally opening up the beta testing and have provided a new trailer of the game. Get Me Outta Here is about a man who is abducted by aliens and must blast his way off of their ship. It's an arena-style platform shooter similar to something like Super Crate Box, and features a ton of zany weaponry and enemies to blast. Check out the new video...

In case you missed it, at the beginning of September of last year Shaun posted a State of the Union of sorts for his fantastic weekly feature RPG Reload. Having just passed the two-year mark of the feature, Shaun was starting to realize that there simply weren't enough classic RPGs left on the App Store to continue doing a lengthy feature on one each and every week, unless he was going to start digging into the Kemco archives. And nobody wants to see that. Instead, he decided to spin off the idea of RPG Reload into several types of features, one of them being a play-along where the community would, well, play along through a game with Shaun over the course of a month. That first RPG Reload Play-Along began last week with the ultimate classic Final Fantasy [$7.99]...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Milkmaid of the Milky Way'

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...

Cult Flash RPG 'Sonny' Coming to Mobile Courtesy of Armor Games

In late 2008, developer Krin Juangbhanich release a Flash RPG on the Armor Games website called Sonny. It had you playing as the titular character as he awakened to find he had no memories and the world around him was filled evil beasts and despair. Oh, and one other thing… Sonny is a zombie! Sonny resonated with players nearly ten years ago for its dark and dystopian setting and its heavy emphasis on strategic battling, as opposed to other RPGs where you just grind and level up to brute force your way through. Sonny was a highly tactical affair. The original game proved popular enough to create a sequel and Sonny 2 was released in February of 2009 and received similar critical acclaim as the first game. The plan was for Krin to create a final game in the series, Sonny 3, but instead that third entry is getting rolled into a massive remaster simply called Sonny which includes all the content of the first two games as well as the concluding third game and is heading to iOS soon with other platforms a possibility down the line. Here are some screens from the upcoming iOS version of Sonny...

Developer Astrograde Lab had planned on releasing their new puzzle adventure game this past Wednesday night alongside all of the other new releases of the week and didn't quite make it in time, but as of this morning their game Shards of Memories [$1.99] finally worked its way through Apple approval and arrived on the App Store. Shards of Memories has you piecing together pieces of various objects tangram-style, and the solved puzzles themselves are actually pieces of the storyline in the game, which based on this trailer seems like it might get a big heavy at times...

Earlier this week we showed you the first teaser trailer for the new game from Fixpoint Productions, creators of some great games that start with the letter P including Piloteer [$2.99], Pivvot [$2.99], and Polymer [$2.99 / Free]. Well, it lagged a bit behind our normal weekly new games post, but that game, called Remedy Rush [Free], is now officially available in the App Store. And it most definitely does not start with a P! Remedy Rush has you playing as an actual remedy fending off a sickness, and you do this by navigating a variety of strange objects through an endless maze-like level killing germs and destroying toxins by collecting health bursts along the way. If you aren't quick about it though, the sickness will consume you!..

Out Now: 'Mega Man 1-6', 'Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location', 'Milkmaid of the Milky Way', 'Turbo League', 'Breakout Ninja' and More

Well with the holidays behind us things are finally starting to get back to normal around the App Store in regards to new games releasing. Obviously the biggest name out of this week's batch of games are the Mega Man 1-6 ports, but unfortunately it didn't even take 30 seconds of playing to see just how shoddy the ports actually are. I don't think anyone expected them to control especially well, but you'd think that 30-year old NES games would at least run properly. Sadly, these ports are extremely choppy almost to the point of being broken. I'd avoid them for now and hope that Capcom can do something about it. Thankfully there's still a decent selection of new stuff to check out this week, and being that there weren't enough new games to do a post like this last week, I've included a handful of the games that actually did come out last week just for the sake of completion. Anyway, check out the full list below and let us know which games you'll be picking up this week!..

'Mega Man 1-6' Now Available on iOS and Android

[UPDATE: It only took mere moments of playing one of these ports to see that they are shockingly bad, so even though we'll have an official review coming soon we wanted to give people this extra head's up to avoid these at all costs.] Mega Man is one of the most difficult game series even with a physical controller, and as we've seen a couple of different times over the years the experience doesn't translate super well to the touchscreen. Well, Capcom Mobile is taking another stab at it as they announced last month that the six 8-bit Mega Man games would be hitting mobile, and as of just a few moments ago they've arrived in the iOS App Store as well as on Android's Google Play Store. These ports have been adjusted for mobile play, but I'll have to actually dive into these before we really know what that's supposed to mean. One thing I do know though is that the trailers don't give me a lot of confidence in these ports, as the frame rates look pretty poor. ..

'Zero Sum' Will Offer Math-Based Puzzling with 'Die Hard' Level Explosions and Drama

During GDC 2015, coming up on two years ago, we sat down with developer Sean Kearney to look at his newest project called Zero Sum. You may know Kearney from one of his previous games called One Player Pong [Free], which was a decent game on its own but with the added benefit of having an amazing trailer. He followed that up with an Apple TV version called Super One Player Pong that had an equally amazing trailer. So, obviously Kearney has a sense of humor, and that extended to his game Zero Sum. You see, the premise of Zero Sum is that you're a grad student named Sarah Jacobs who, together with her mentor Professor, discovers the cure for cancer via a long and drawn-out whiteboard equation a la Good Will Hunting. Just as this life-changing discovery is made, an evil terrorist bursts onto the scene ready to steal the cure for his organization's nefarious purposes. They gun down the professor, but in her final moments she makes a brilliant move and erases the plusses and minuses from the cancer-curing equation, rendering it useless to the terrorists. Now, it's up to Sarah to fill in the missing parts of the equation and cure cancer… again! Cue the over-dramatic trailer!..

Here's the First Teaser Footage of Open World Western Adventure 'Guns and Spurs'

Last month we showed you the first screens of Guns and Spurs, a Western-themed open world game from solo developer Sakis25 that is actually a remake of a game he created in Game Maker way back in 2010. This new version is being completely rebuilt using Unity, and although the scope seems a bit small due to being a one-man project, it looks like it's poised to offer some pretty enjoyable cowboy-style fun. One of the activities you'll be able to partake in in Guns and Spurs is racing your horse, and today the first video from the game gives us a brief look at that racing in action...

Pinball/Brick Breaker Mashup 'Super Hyper Ball 2' Releasing Next Thursday, New Trailer Released

During the summer of 2015, Neonchimp released Super Hyper Ball [Free], which aimed to take the best parts of brick-breaking and meld them together with the best parts of pinball in one glorious mashup. It partly succeeded, but as we noted in our review, the entire game felt more like brick breaker with just a few sparse pinball elements like bumpers spread throughout. They didn't go far enough with the melding! So Neonchimp looked to take another stab at it with a sequel, which we first caught sight of way back in March of last year. Now, just over 9 months later and Super Hyper Ball 2 finally has a release date of January 12th along with a brand new trailer...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Don't Starve: Shipwrecked'

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...

14 of the Best Hidden Gems Released in 2016

Even though we expanded our top games of the year list to a massive 100 entries, there still were quite a few games that easily could have made the list. It really was a stellar year of mobile games, but with so much quality stuff coming out amongst a sea of dreck it can be too easy for some of the better games to slip through the cracks. While there's a bunch of games I'd love to have on this list, I've kept it trimmed down to the ones that I felt were great and beloved by a small group of people but just didn't get all that much attention during the year. Hopefully this will bring a couple of under appreciated games to your attention, and I'll encourage anyone else who has some games they felt were in the same boat this year to list them in the comments section below. See you in 2017!..

Our 2016 Game of the Year 'Crashlands' is on Sale for the First Time Ever

When we posted Crashlands [$4.99] as our Game of the Year pick for 2016 this past Friday, I was really blown away by just how many people seemed to agree. We're sort of used to having dissenting opinions against the games we pick for features like that, which isn't surprising as "favorite" or "best" game picks are such a subjective thing. But it seems like just about everyone loves Crashlands! Well, if you're one of the people who didn't hop on the Crashlands bandwagon in 2016 but all the Game of the Year buzz has you curious to check it out, now is a pretty great time to do so as the game is on sale for the first time ever, down to just $1.99 from its already pretty darn reasonable regular price of $4.99...

Jared's 10 Best Games of 2016 - I Actually Kept My List to Just Ten this Year

It's the end of the year and time for the TouchArcade staff to pick their personal favorites of 2016, and if you've been reading me for the past seven years then you know I hate doing this. Trying to wrangle hundreds of awesome games down into a list of just ten is a nightmare, and more often than not I just say screw the rules and pick more than ten or I "cheat" by not including games on my personal list that were already included in our Best Games or Game of the Year articles just so I can add a few more entries. Well, this year I'm not doing that! Since we expanded our Best Games list to 100 it pretty much includes anything I'd have on my personal list. So this year I'm simply going by the games that I felt had the most impact on me and that I'd spent the most time playing in 2016. Yes, there are a lot of games I wish I could include that aren't here, but with the staggering amount of great games released on mobile each year that's inevitable. Also I've actually followed the rules and kept my list to 10, even though it pains me greatly. So please enjoy my list as well as the lists of our other staff and our overall picks for 2016, and here's to yet another amazing year of mobile gaming and to even more in 2017!..