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.

'Die by Died' is a Strangely Named Action Platformer with a Heavy 'Castlevania' Vibe

Developer Wei Shi has a new game in the works, and despite its odd name it's really looking promising so far. It's called Die by Died and it's an action platformer with RPG elements that's scheduled to release on February 22nd. Starting with your trusty default handgun, you'll dispatch all manor of creepy enemies as you explore levels, collect items and coins, and eventually unlock even fiercer types of weapons. Check out this gameplay trailer of Die by Died to get an idea of what it's like...

There's no denying it's a crazy time in US politics. Heck, it's a crazy time in global politics for that matter. Just under two weeks ago, the 45th US President signed an Executive Order severely limiting entry to the US from non-citizens from 7 Middle Eastern countries. Known broadly as the "travel ban" the order also caught up travelers who were not part of those 7 listed countries, and in short it created mass havoc at airports across the nation, not to mention protests in major cities across the US. Well, life imitates art and sometimes art imitates life, and in much the same way the classic George Orwell novel Nineteen Eighty-Four rocketed up the best-sellers lists following the new US President coming into power, the 2013 dystopian game Papers, Please [$7.99 (HD)] has also found itself becoming more relevant in today's political climate...




Nimblebit Releases First Teaser Trailer for 'Bit City', Launching Next Month

If you happen to follow any of the Nimblebit developers on Twitter, you'd know that they've been teasing screenshots from their upcoming city building simulation Bit City for months now. Taking everything the team has learned from Tiny Tower and its various spinoffs and putting it all into a full-blown city building game sounds like a dream come true, and their various social media teasers have had me excited to see what Bit City is all about. Well, today Nimblebit is offering up another tease in the form of a brief trailer giving a look at a Bit City city in action...

Out Now: 'Lords of the Fallen', 'Stagehand', 'Maze Lord', 'Voyageur', 'Postknight', 'Gentleman Ninja', 'Heart Star', 'Dungeon Tails', 'Malevolent Machines' and More

It's time to once again round up all the new iOS game releases of the week, and even in an App Store that's constantly being flooded with new games, this week feels particularly busy. There's quite a few high profile releases on this week's list, but also quite a few underdogs that look really interesting. As always you can find all the links to the games at the bottom of this post, as well as an alphabetical list of every game including links to each one's forum thread where you can typically find videos and impressions from those who are playing. Soak in the list below and let us know which games you'll be picking up this week!..

Frantic Dual-Stick Dungeon Crawler 'Soul Knight' Coming to iOS February 16th, On Android Early Access Now

Nothing gets my motor humming quite like a frantic dual-stick shooter dungeon crawler, and the upcoming Soul Knight from developer ChillyRoom looks to fit that bill perfectly. In an effort to tie it all together, ChillyRoom gives a basic storyline for Soul Knight in the App Description: "In a time of gun and sword, the magical stone that maintains the balance of the world is stolen by high-tech aliens. The world is hanging on a thin thread. It all depends on you retrieving the magical stone…" and then immediately afterwards writes "We honestly can’t keep making it all up. Let’s just shoot some alien minions!" THAT is the only motivation I need, ChillyRoom! Check out the awesome trailer for Soul Knight...

Tin Man's Gorgeous 'The Warlock of Firetop Mountain' Coming to iOS February 22nd

It's been a REAL long time since we last talked about Tin Man Game's upcoming video game adaptation of the original Fighting Fantasy gamebook The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, but even way back in October of 2015 the game was looking very promising. The team has worked their butts off on the game since then, and it released on Steam back in August of last year to critical acclaim from players. Now the time has finally arrived to experience The Warlock of Firetop Mountain on our iOS devices, as today Tin Man has announced the game will be coming to the App Store on February 22nd...

Painfully Charming Puzzler 'Old Man's Journey' Gets First Gameplay Trailer

During GDC 2016 just about a year ago, Austrian developer Broken Rules demoed their new game called Old Man's Journey to me, and it absolutely blew my mind. It was a painfully charming adventure about guiding an old man through various environments as he reflected on his life, and you did this by sliding the various background elements around in order to create a path for the old man to journey on. It's real tricky to explain. Unfortunately, the game was in too rough of shape to talk about publicly around GDC time, so I just kind of tucked the demo into my brain somewhere and hoped to be able to talk about the game at some point in the future. The following July, the developers officially announced the game with a brief teaser, which did a great job at showing off the charm of Old Man's Journey but still didn't quite explain exactly how the game worked. Well, I'm very excited that today Broken Rules have unveiled a brand new gameplay trailer for Old Man's Journey and you can finally see how the actual game itself works without me fumbling to try and explain it. Enjoy!..

Riverman's 'MUL.MASH.TAB.BA.GAL.GAL' Launching February 23rd, Remake of their First Game 'Cash Cow' Coming March 9th

In April of last year, Riverman Media introduced us to MUL.MASH.TAB.BA.GAL.GAL, their newest game that features one of the strangest names I've ever seen as well as frantic one-player Pong-style gameplay, all wrapped up in the general weirdness we've come to expect from the developer who brought us games like The Executive [$4.99 / Free] and Pizza vs. Skeletons [$4.99 / Free]. After not hearing much about MUL.MASH.TAB.BA.GAL.GAL for a while, last month we got an official release trailer as well as word that the game was complete and would be releasing soon. Today, we've learned that "soon" is officially February 23rd. Here's the MUL.MASH.TAB.BA.GAL.GAL launch trailer again, just for funsies. ..

Dial the clocks back to early December of 2015 and developer Art in Games released AirAttack 2 [$0.99], a sequel to their incredibly well-recieved 2010 vertical shoot 'em up. There was little warning of AirAttack 2's arrival, and as such it took both our community and our staff by storm as it proved to be one of the most visually impressive and refreshing shooters available on mobile. We awarded it 5 stars in our review as well as Game of the Week honors. And, despite releasing so close to the end of the year, AirAttack 2 made enough of an impression on us that we included it in our Best Games of 2015 as well. In short, AirAttack 2 is really, really good!..

We first talked about Voyageur [$3.99] in June of last year, as its description as a "literary space exploration game" and "procedurally-generated science fiction novel" really caught our attention. We also found it interesting that Voyageur was part of the Fundbetter initiative put together by Fallen London [Free] developer Failbetter Games. If the masters of narrative and literary games at Failbetter were also backing an indie literary space adventure, well, it seemed like nothing but good could come from that. And as of just a few moments ago, we can finally find out for ourselves as Voyageur has officially released in the App Store...

Sling-Shotting Platformer 'Project MALLOW' Gets New Trailer and Heads to Steam Greenlight

This past fall we checked out the first trailer for Project MALLOW, an upcoming platforming game from Aggressive Combustion Game Studios that has you playing as a rogue marshmallow trying to escape a candy factory. Being that you're a stretchy confection, you'll navigate the levels in Project MALLOW by pulling back on your little cylinder of deliciousness and slingshotting him around. But you might be asking yourself, "Why is a perfectly good marshmallow trying to escape its natural habitat of a candy factory?" Well the answer to that question lies in Project MALLOW's brand new story trailer...

'Stickman Skate Park' Sees the Popular Stickman Series Take On Skateboarding

Djinnworks have been making "stickman" versions of just about every possible sport or hobby you can think of for many years now, and I've always appreciated how they're able to simplify a game's mechanics down to make them extremely approachable while still retaining the essence and fun of each sport they're trying to emulate. Until now Djinnworks hasn't tackled the sport of skateboarding, but that's all about to change with their upcoming Stickman Skate Park. Feast your eyes on the first official trailer...

Stylish First-Person Adventure 'Morphite' Hits Steam Greenlight Alongside New Trailer

It's hard to believe that it was all the way back in May of last year that Crescent Moon, We're Five Games, and Polygonal Mind introduced us to their upcoming first-person exploration-adventure game Morphite, but I guess that's why people are always saying time flies. Morphite, with its low-poly visuals and inspiration from such classics as Metroid Prime, Turok, and Ratchet and Clank, looked fantastic in that initial unveiling, and some new screens released in September only served to reinforce those feelings. But it wasn't until the first official trailer was released in December that I really felt that Morphite was something desperately missing from my life. As work on Morphite continues on, this weekend the developers put the game up on Steam Greenlight in hopes of bringing the adventure to desktop in addition to mobile. Alongside the Greenlight campaign they've released a new trailer which is largely similar to the first but does contain some new stuff for the eagle-eyed amongst us, and honestly I could never grow tired of watching this stylish game in action...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Fire Emblem Heroes'

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...

Crescent Moon and Jetdogs Studio's Roguelike Puzzler 'Maze Lord' Launching Next Thursday, February 9th

Next week is shaping up to be a busy release week, and we have news of yet another pretty high profile game that's scheduled to hit next Thursday: Maze Lord, the roguelike puzzler from Jetdogs Studios that launched on Steam last year and is making its way to iOS courtesy of Crescent Moon Games. I'm always onboard for a good dungeon crawler, so check out the launch trailer from the Steam version of Maze Lord...

Spiraling, Rhythmic Runner 'Spiraloid' Launching February 9th

In October of last year, solo developer Groo Gadgets put out a call for beta testers for their upcoming game Spiraloid. Well, after a few months it looks like all that testing has paid off as Spiraloid is set for a February 9th launch and a new trailer has been released. In case you missed it last time, Spiraloid is an auto-runner of sorts that has you traveling down a spiraling path jumping from platform to platform in time with the beat from some catchy electronic tunes. Check out the new trailer to get an idea of what it's all about...

'Mascot Dunks' is Like 'NBA Jam Dunks: The Game' and is Arriving February 16th

You remember that awesome feeling you'd get by pulling off some gravity-defying dunks in NBA Jam? And you know how at basketball games during halftime they'll sometimes have their mascot come out and jump off a trampoline to try and emulate those NBA Jam-style dunks in real life? Wouldn't it be great if you could combine those two things? That's exactly what Crimson Pine Games are attempting to do with their upcoming game Mascot Dunks. The entire affair is controlled with just a single tap as you bounce on a series of trampolines performing stunts and ultimately ending in a (hopefully) successful jam at the rim. With 31 customizable mascots to unlock and play with, everyone is bound to find the anthropomorphic dunker that's right for them. Check out the trailer for Mascot Dunks...

Over the past few years, developer Shelly Alon has released two quirky and enjoyable puzzle games for iOS in 2014's Partyrs [$1.99] and 2015's Sputnik Eyes [$1.99]. So when we learned earlier this week that his next game would be a vertical shoot 'em up, a genre that's notorious for the type of frantic action not seen in Alon's previous puzzle games, I wasn't quite sure how it would turn out. This new game is called Glitchskier [$1.99] and now that it's finally available I can answer my own sense of curiosity: It turned out brilliantly!..

Just barely slipping past our normal weekly list of new releases was Grimnir and Snow Cannon Games moody new point-and-click adventure game The Frostrune [$4.99]. The game is heavily inspired by Viking legends and ancient Norse culture, and the gorgeous artwork does an amazing job of creating creepy and unsettling environments for you to explore and puzzle around in. We've covered the game several times over the course of the past year or so, and have really fallen in love with the tremendous atmosphere the game is able to create. Check out the newest trailer for The Frostrune to see a glimpse of the mood in the game...

Out Now: 'Corpse Party: Blood Drive', 'Tankout', 'Edo Superstar', 'Warlock's Tower', 'Papery Planes', 'Felis: Save All the Cats!', Missileman', 'Charming Keep' and More

It's another new week and that means another new batch of iOS games have arrived in the App Store. I'd say this isn't a particularly busy week in terms of number of games, but there's a better ratio of what I'd call high quality offerings than a typical week. Plus there's a few things we're still waiting on, such as The Frostrune which actually did launch very briefly but has since disappeared, but should be re-arriving sometime later tonight. Then there's Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes which, if Super Mario Run is anything to go by, will arrive sometime late morning or early afternoon tomorrow. We'll see! Also the very interesting looking Glitchskier should be coming most any time, but just hasn't arrived in time for this post. So check out the full list of games below and let us know in the comments or in our Discord chat which games you'll be picking up this week!..