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.

Apple Rejects Palestinian-developed 'Liyla and The Shadows of War' for Being "Not Appropriate in the Games Category"

There's a bit of a kerfuffle developing on The Internet today as Apple has done an inexplicable thing that has made a bunch of people angry. Justifiably so, I'd say, but it sure does get demoralizing seeing so many people get mad about video games so frequently. Anyway, the episode in question involves Apple rejecting the approval of a game called Liyla and The Shadows of War based on the grounds that they don't consider it a "Game" and instead suggest classifying it under the "News" or "Reference" categories. This is according to a tweet from the Liyla Twitter account:..

'Diablo'-like Hack 'N Slash RPG 'Titan Quest' Hits the App Store

We've been anxiously awaiting DotEmu's port of the hit 2006 PC hack 'n slash action RPG Titan Quest ever since it was first announced back at E3 in June of last year. And we're not alone as folks in our community have been dying to get their hands on it as well. Which makes me very happy to announce that as of just a few moments ago Titan Quest [$7.99] finally launched in the App Store. Rejoice!..




Console and PC Puzzle Platformer 'Never Alone' Heading to Mobile as 'Never Alone: Ki Edition'

Never Alone is a 2014 puzzle platformer from Upper One Games that originally launched on Windows PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 before seeing ports for Wii U, PlayStation 3, Mac, and Linux in 2015. Now we can add two more platforms to the mix as Upper One has announced a special version of Never Alone for iOS and Android called Never Alone: Ki Edition. For the most part, Ki Edition will be the same game as other versions of Never Alone, but with a new touch control system, a new hint system, and graphics that have been optimized for mobile devices. Check out the trailer...

Developer Spunge Games has been great about updating their ultra enjoyable endless driving game Faily Brakes [Free] since its original launch in late February, like a bunch of new cars and an Android version in March and a new playable character and a sweet coin doubler car in April. Today they've released yet another update for the game adding in, among other things, my most desired feature: New environments! As fun as Faily Brakes is, the default forest environment definitely got a little old over time. This update addresses that with both a new Western themed environment as well as a new Snowy environment. Yee-haw! and Burrrrr!..

After its well-received global launch back in February, we learned a couple of weeks ago that Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Identity [$4.99] would be receiving a huge paid expansion adding in a new chapter to the single-player campaign, new items and weapons, and more. Today that update is now available to players on iOS, and for the first time Assassin's Creed Identity is also now available on Android. The new campaign is titled Forlì - A Crimson Sunset and contains 4 new story missions, the new Forlì location with both At Dusk and Under Siege variations, a new "Crow Hunt" contract type, and 2 new Legendary Weapons added to the in-game shop. ..

Action Platformer Favorite 'Goblin Sword' Gets New Chapter, New Items, and iCloud Support in Latest Update

Originally launched way back in September of 2014, Goblin Sword [$1.99] is one of the best action platforming games available on iOS. We loved it to pieces in our original review, and developer Gelato Games came through with meaty and frequent content updates for the game. An update in February of last year added a new chapter called The Lost City with 16 new levels, and an update last August added the Shadow Temple chapter, also with 16 new levels. Both content updates also added additional items, weapons, costumes, and features like MFi controller support. Basically, I always felt like I got way more than my money's worth even with the initial release of Goblin Sword, and each new update was just a huge cherry on top of an already delicious sundae. Well, get ready to chow down on even more dessert as Gelato Games have just posted another brand new update to Goblin Sword, this one adding 9 new levels in a new chapter called Sacred Ruins...

Makers of the Dark 'Hopeless' Series Are Going Sickeningly Sweet with New Game 'Sugar Slide' Coming Next Thursday

Upopa Games, makers of the arena survival game Hopeless: The Dark Cave [Free] and the side-scrolling on-rails style shooter Hopeless 2: Cave Escape [Free], have a new game hitting next week called Sugar Slide. While the Hopeless games are stylish and dark, featuring many crazy creatures and gruesome deaths, Sugar Slide is going in the exact opposite direction and features bright, cheery, colorful visuals and classic pipe-connecting puzzles reminiscent of Pipe Dream or even the Kiefer Bros' excellent Aqueduct [$3.99 / Free]. Check out the trailer...

'Dude Ball' is Doing the 'Crossy Road' Thing to Pinball

Take a tried-and-true gameplay concept, make it randomized and endless, and add an extensive cast of colorful characters to unlock and play as. This is known as Crossy Road-ifying, and it's all the rage in mobile nowadays. But what about the most classic arcade game of them all, pinball machines? That's what developer Wonder Maru is hoping to accomplish with their upcoming, amazingly-titled game Dude Ball. Randomly generated, endless pinball with tons of characters to unlock...

'Flipominos' is a Clever Puzzler with (Nearly) Infinite Levels that's Coming June 6th

Developer Ultramegatronic has unveiled their upcoming iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV game and it's a very interesting looking puzzle game called Flipominos. The basic idea is that each level is a gridded floor and you must move a three dimensional shape onto a target area. The catch is that the shape isn't just a simple square, and the target area will only match a certain side of the shape. The grids are also of varying shapes and sometimes with obstacles that must be worked around as you plop your shape around side by side. It's a really cool idea that's probably best explained by watching this trailer...

Rayark's 'Clash Royale'-esque 'Soul of Eden' Gets New Teaser Video Introducing Units

We last talked about Rayark's Clash Royale-esque MOBA/card battler/base building strategy game Soul of Eden when it was unveiled at the Taipei Games Show back in January. Over the weekend, Rayark unveiled a brand new trailer for Soul of Eden showcasing the various units in the game. As you might expect from a company like Rayark, the trailer features some fantastic character designs and great animations. Check it out...

Pre-Registration for 'Final Fantasy Brave Exvius' Officially Opens, Full Launch Planned for Summer

A week ago we broke the news that Final Fantasy Brave Exvius was likely headed towards a release outside of Japan, and Square Enix was prepping a pre-registration event for the launch. However, it appeared to be a bit too soon as the pre-registration page wasn't up at that time. Then just last Thursday we also broke the news that the game had soft-launched in Sweden, so those looking to check out the game early could do so provided they had an iTunes account in that region. Well, today Square Enix officially sent over press materials for Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, meaning the pre-registration page is finally officially working and the game has a new trailer...

Back in March we told you about Mekorama, a slick new puzzler from developer Martin Magni, who brought us last year's hit puzzle platformer Odd Bot Out [$3.99]. Over the weekend, Mekorama [Free] officially launched in the App Store and so far it's been creating quite the buzz in our community. Mekorama is similar to the hit Monument Valley [$3.99] in that you're guiding your character along a 3D structure to a specific end point. Levels don't necessarily have impossible perspectives like that Escher-inspired game, but there are various moving parts and puzzle-like elements to pass on your journey. There are 50 pre-made levels included but the real heart and soul of Mekorama is in its fantastic level editor and sharing levels online with the world...

Upcoming Side-Scrolling Shooter 'Super SteamPuff' Looks Really Cool

New developer Weyrdworks Studio describes themselves as "just two guys from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia making video games from hipster cafes" and last week they unveiled their first iOS project, a sweet-looking shooter called Super SteamPuff. It's a side-scrolling style shooter blended with platforming elements and it contains a huge cast of characters and a ton of cool weapons. The main single-player mode has you facing off against an endless supply of baddies and epic boss fights (spaghetti monster, anyone?), and there's a local same-device multiplayer mode as well so you can blast your friends in the face, which is always fun. Check out the trailer...

As many of you are aware, there's been a bug with Apple's Game Center going at least as far back as the iOS 9 developer beta that was released at last year's WWDC in June, rendering the service unusable for a ton of players and even making certain games that rely on Game Center completely unplayable. Well, as hinted at in the beta release of iOS 9.3.2, the Game Center bug appears to be fixed, and I've confirmed that myself with today's official release of iOS 9.3.2. It feels so weird to have a working Game Center again!..

'Heroes of Loot 2' Gets Major Design Change, Out Now on Steam Early Access with Mobile Release Planned for June

We first talked about Heroes of Loot 2, the sequel to Orangepixel's frenetic 2013 dungeon crawler Heroes of Loot [$3.99], late last year when it was still very early in development. Orangepixel has been great about being open with the game's development, and we checked in on it again in early March, but there have been plenty of additional videos posted to Orangepixel's YouTube channel since then that are worth checking out for those curious at a look behind the scenes. Anyway, this past Friday was a major step for Heroes of Loot 2 as the game entered Early Access on Steam. Orangepixel will take all feedback from the Early Access period to polish and tweak the game, and already there has been a major design decision made that fundamentally changes the original vision for the game...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Leap Day'

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...

'Hungry Shark World' Tops 10 Million Downloads in Less than a Week

It's been only a week since Ubisoft finally released the forever soft-launched Hungry Shark World [Free] in the App Store, and already the game is dipping into the double digits in terms of millions of downloads. During Ubisoft's year-end earnings release today, the company announced that the latest in their series of eat everything survival games had eclipsed the 10 million downloads mark in just 6 days. That's not surprising to hear, as Hungry Shark World shot to the top of the Free Charts in a matter of hours following its release and the series as a whole has always had a ton of mainstream appeal...

'Seven Guardians' is a New Defense Game with a Killer Art Style from the Makers of 'Blade: Sword of Elysion'

4:33 Creative Lab, aka Four Thirty Three, makers of last year's hack 'n slash RPG Blade: Sword of Elysion [Free], have unveiled their next mobile project, a graphically rich side-scrolling strategy defense game called Seven Guardians. It's one of those side-scrolling castle defense games where you're spawning different warriors onto the battlefield in an attempt to overtake the enemies in your path and ultimately destroy their base. The title of the game refers to the seven types of classes in the game–Warrior, Rogue, Archer, Defender, Wizard, Golem and Warlord–which are shown in the following trailer for Seven Guardians...

'Dandara' is a Slingshotting Metroidvania Coming to Mobile Later this Year

After thoroughly enjoying their unique shooter Magenta Arcade [$1.99 / Free] just over a year ago, developer Long Hat House has sent over information on their new upcoming game, and it's looking spectacular. It's called Dandara, and it's a Metroidvania style action-platformer with fantastic pixel art and a made-for-touchscreen control scheme. You see, you'll be slingshotting your heroine around using the familiar pull-back-and-let-go gesture popularized by games like Angry Birds. Check it out in action in this new trailer for Dandara...

Piece Together Stunning Stained Glass Jigsaw Puzzles in 'Mandie Manzano Jigsaw Puzzle Art' May 18th

I never thought I'd be excited to talk about a jigsaw puzzle game, not that there's anything WRONG with jigsaw puzzles mind you, it's just that it's not the most glamorous type of game. But seriously, who doesn't love putting together a good jigsaw puzzle? Especially ones with beautiful art. That's what caught my attention with the announcement that artist Mandie Manzano had teamed up with Spanish developer Octo Mini for Mandie Manzano Jigsaw Puzzle Art, a digital jigsaw puzzle game exclusively for iOS featuring 40 of the artist's absolutely stunning stained glass-style paintings. Check out the trailer...