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.

Out Now: 'Adventures of Mana', 'Marvel: Avengers Academy', 'Space Grunts', 'All is Lost', 'Puzzle Strike', 'Tsuro', 'Splash Cars' and More

Howdy folks, and welcome to another great week of iOS game releases. Our strong 2016 continues with another big batch of good stuff, including some big-name, highly-anticipated stuff like Adventures of Mana, Space Grunts, Puzzle Strike, Marvel: Avengers Academy and more. 2016 just won't quit so far. So check out everything below and let us know what games you'll be picking up this week. Also, if you enjoy this weekly list of new iOS games and the other stuff we do here at TouchArcade, please consider supporting us on Patreon so we can ensure the content keeps coming! Thanks!..

Last November Marvel and TinyCo announced a collaboration to create a new kind of superhero game, one where you created and ran a superhero academy where you would train some of the most beloved Marvel superheroes during their more adolescent years. We even got a humorous look at some young Marvel heroes on school ID picture day. Well today is the day that that game, Marvel Avengers Academy [Free], is finally available...




Last month Adult Swim Games launched Pocket Mortys [Free] into the App Store, and today it's received its first content update. In case you missed all the hubbub, Pocket Mortys is a riff on Pokemon that has you running around a bunch of wacky dimensions, capturing and cultivating a fearsome team of Mortys, and then fighting a huge cast of wacky "Morty trainers" in an effort to bring down the Council of Ricks and return to your normal dimension. Basically just another day in the lives of Rick and Morty. While a bit repetitive, Pocket Mortys was still extremely entertaining, and was stuffed with so much awesome fan service that it was hard not to like it. Today's update adds a whopping 19 new Mortys for you to capture and collect...

'Exiles of Embermark' is an Upcoming PvP RPG Tailored for One-Handed Mobile Play

Industrial Toys, developers of the mobile-centric first-person shooter Midnight Star [Free], had been working on a couple of new mobile games for the past several months. One is a follow-up to Midnight Star, which unfortunately there aren't many details about, and the second game is a mobile combat fantasy RPG tentatively titled Paragons. Today a rep for Industrial Toys has sent word that big things are happening with the game formerly known as Paragons, and now known as Exiles of Embermark. The game has been coming together so well that they've actually created a brand new studio to create Exiles of Embermark and other games like it. The new studio is called Gunslinger Studios, and the name actually has purpose as their focus will be on games with short-bursts of competitive multiplayer using mobile devices. Like a shootout but way less deadly. Here is a very early .gif showing Exiles of Embermark's combat screen in motion...

Nintendo mobile news has been frequent in 2016 so far, with an announcement a few weeks ago that its first mobile title would be arriving in March, followed by an announcement just earlier today that Nintendo would be pushing one of its "best-known characters" into a smartphone title sooner rather than later due to their just-reported decline in profits. Well, now we're getting even more snippets of news as Dr. Serkan Toto, a highly reliable and respected Tokyo-based consultant and frequent breaker of Nintendo-related news, has said that pre-registration for Nintendo's Miitomo app, which was announced last October, will begin on February 17th, with a release planned for sometime in mid-March...

Last week we got our first taste of Ninja Boy Adventures, a game created by The Clash Soft as an answer for there not being any classic Bomberman experiences available on iOS. The very next day we got a lengthy look at Ninja Boy Adventures being played with an MFi controller, a final taste of the game ahead of its planned February 3rd release date. Well, it's not quite February 3rd yet here in California, but with the wackiness of time zones and an entirely digital App Store it turns out Ninja Boy Adventures [$1.99] is already available as of just a couple hours ago...

New Video Answers Burning Questions About Upcoming 'Destruction Derby'-Inspired 'Extreme Gear: Demolition Arena'

Late last week we posted the trailer for Extreme Gear: Demolition Arena, an upcoming demolition derby game from Zero Games Studios that is heavily inspired by the classic Destruction Derby games. I was very glad to see that it wasn't just me who was excited for a true demolition derby game on mobile, as the response in the comment section was super positive, and Pierre Luc-Vettier from Zero Games even dropped in to provide a bit of extra info and answer some questions from the fans. Expanding on that, today Zero Games has released a new video which serves to answer some of the frequent questions they've been getting about Extreme Gear, and it does a nice job of showing off a bit of the game in the background as well...

Check Out the First Trailer for Spry Fox's 'Bushido Bear'

Back in November Spry Fox, makers of the awesome bear-based games Alphabear [Free] and Triple Town [Free], announced their next mobile title, a game called Bushido Bear. All we knew about Bushido Bear at that time was Spry Fox's extremely vague description of it as "an original, action-packed ninja-slasher for touch devices." Well today we finally get a glimpse of Bushido Bear in action with this new trailer. "Action" is kind of the key word here as, unlike their previous bear-based efforts, Bushido Bear is definitely more an action game than a puzzle or word game. Check it out...

Upcoming 'Choppa' is 'Choplifter' with Procedurally Generated Levels and Explosions

One of my favorite classic games is Dan Gorlin's 1982 hit Choplifter, which has seen ports and spinoffs on pretty much every platform you can think of for decades following its release. There's even Madgarden's awesome take on the game Saucelifter! [$1.99 / Free] available on iOS, though it desperately needs widescreen support (ahem *hint*). Anyway, I always loved how your task in Choplifter was rescuing tiny people and delivering them to safety while avoiding the many hazards like tanks and fighter jets that were trying to blast you out of the sky. Finnish developer Parta Games has a game in the works simply called Choppa which channels the essence of rescuing people in Choplifter and blends it with procedurally generated levels filled with tricky obstacles. Check out the trailer...

'Assassin's Creed Identity' Finally Coming February 25th After 1.5 Year Soft-Launch

Dial your Wayback Machine to September of 2014 and Ubisoft soft-launched a game called Assassin's Creed Identity in the New Zealand and Australian App Stores. While the Assassin's Creed brand had been on mobile in several iterations before, Identity was the first "true" Assassin's Creed mobile game to mimic the play style of the popular console and PC games, rather than be some sort of branded spinoff. People who jumped in on the soft-launch had tons of great things to say about Assassin's Creed Identity, and it seemed poised to make a big splash for the franchise on mobile. Except… it never came. It just stayed in soft-launch forever until finally disappearing completely from the NZ and AU App Stores last month. As it turned out, all was well with Identity and it was merely pulled for its upcoming full launch which Ubisoft has told us will be later this month on February 25th. Here's a brand new trailer...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Twofold Inc.'

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...

Could 'Extreme Gear: Demolition Arena' Be the 'Destruction Derby' for iPhone I've Always Dreamed Of?

When I think back to some of my fondest memories of the original PlayStation, many of them involve me violently driving into my buddies until they explode into a ball of flames in Destruction Derby. There's something so simplistic and beautiful about a demolition derby: A bunch of vehicles smashing into one another until there's just one left standing. It's so American! I've always wondered why this type of game wasn't more prominent on mobile. I mean, we have the classic Carmageddon [$0.99 / Free] which somewhat scratches that itch, and games like Death Rally [Free] and CarRage [Free] are good fun but they're more weapon-based vehicular mayhem. Sometimes I just want to smash my car into another person's car the good old-fashioned way, you know? Enter Zero Games Studios, who are looking to plug the demolition derby hole in the App Store with Extreme Gear: Demolition Arena. Check out the trailer...

Here's the 'Bomberman'-Alike 'Ninja Boy Adventures' Being Played with an MFi Controller

Yesterday I was lamenting the fact that there wasn't any good Bomberman games on the App Store, and apparently developer The Clash Soft felt the same as he was taking it upon himself to create his own homage to classic Bomberman with the upcoming Ninja Boy Adventures. Well today Clash Soft posted a brand new video in our forums showing how Ninja Boy Adventures plays with an MFi controller, specifically a Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i Micro. The video offers a lengthy look at a typical play session of Ninja Boy Adventures, check it out...

Rayark Unveils 'Soul of Eden' at Taipei Games Show, Looks to Take On 'Clash Royale'

The 2016 Taipei Games Show went down this week, and among one of the new games unveiled at the show was Soul of Eden from Implosion - Never Lose Hope [$9.99] developer Rayark. Similar to the recently soft-launched and phenomenally popular Clash Royale, Soul of Eden is something of a mishmash of base-building, strategy, MOBA and card-battling. Being from Rayark, the game also boasts some incredible visuals and fantastic character designs. Sci-fi Clash Royale anyone? Check out the trailer...

'Faif' Developer Beavl is Going All-In on Mermen with 'Tail Wrestling', the First of a Series of Mermen-Themed Games

You may know developer Beavl from their stylish and inventive games like Faif [$1.99] or Kapsula [Free], or you may know them from Monster Streaking [Free], a game where you get to run around as a naked horror movie monster. If that silly last game is more your style, then you're going to be stoked for what Beavl currently has cooking. They've created an entire universe based on mermen, the male version of mermaids, and have dubbed it #3Mermen. Their first merman-themed game is called Tail Whip, which is like arm wrestling but with merman tails. Yep...

Out Now: 'Anime Studio Story', 'Digimon Heroes!', 'Duck Dynasty', 'Baseball Highlights 2045', 'Open Bar', 'Invisible Dragons', 'Hectic Space 2', 'Knotmania' and More

It's a pretty weird week for new games, as the first few weeks of 2016 had been pretty incredible and any batch of new games would have a lot to live up to. This week is far from a bad week of new stuff, there's definitely an eclectic mix of games including a few big-name titles and plenty of smaller, quirky stuff. There was also an absurd amount of soft-launched games this week, which was strange. Anyhoo, get to perusing the list of games below and let us know if anything has caught your eye in the comments below!..

Producer on 'The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth' Teases iOS Port on Twitter

Turn the clocks back to just over two years ago in January of 2014 and Edmund McMillen, one half of Super Meat Boy developer Team Meat and the creator of the 2011 roguelike The Binding of Isaac, teased that his then-upcoming Binding of Isaac enhanced remake subtitled Rebirth could be heading to the iPad, saying they were going to test the game out on that device and "if it works ok then we will also release there." Well, that was a long time ago and we haven't heard anything about a Binding of Isaac iOS port since, but just moments ago we got a brand new tease thanks to Tyrone Rodriguez, founder of Nicalis and producer on The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth among other hit titles. When asked on Twitter whether or not Rodriguez had ever considered a mobile version of The Binding of Isaac, he replied with this:..

'Infinite Skater' is a Drop Dead Gorgeous Endless Runner from the Creators of 'Make it Rain'

It's not that often I get all excited for a behind-the-back runner, but every once in a while one comes along that's unique enough in a certain way that I can't help it. That's the story with Infinite Skater, an upcoming endless runner from developer Space Inch, who you may know from their ultra-popular clicker Make It Rain [Free] or the quirky OK Go word game Say the Same Thing [Free]. So what is it about Infinite Skater that caught my attention? The art style. Oh boy, the art style. Check out this brief trailer...

Get Your 'Bomberman' On with 'Ninja Boy Adventures', Arriving on iOS and Apple TV Soon

Bomberman is one of those all-time classic video game franchises, and to this day even the earliest games in the series are some of the very best multiplayer gaming you can have. There's really no substitute for running around a game board and trying to bomb the crap out of your friends. It's always puzzled me that Bomberman hasn't been more prominent on mobile, as the mechanics are simple enough to work on touchscreens and the ubiquity of internet connections could make for some incredible multiplayer action on the go. ..

'Crush Your Enemies' Promises Old-School RTS Gaming, Cross-Platform Multiplayer, and Beards on Everything

Much like the term "roguelike" has been watered down and stretched out over the years, so too has the real-time strategy genre. Games like Clash of Clans [Free] and Game of War [Free] have dominated the App Store and are often billed as RTS games, and even though they have tens of millions of players chances are pretty good many of them have never even heard of the Starcrafts or Age of Empires or Command & Conquers of the world. Don't get me wrong, these new strategy games are great and fit well on mobile, but sometimes you just want an RTS that gets back to the old-school basics. That's the promise of Crush Your Enemies, an upcoming RTS from developer Vile Monarch and publisher Gambitious. The humorously obnoxious trailer captures the tone and intent of Crush Your Enemies quite well...