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.

Ravenous Games Posts First Screens from 'Random Heroes 3'

Hot off the press, Ravenous Games has just posted in our forums the first screenshots for their upcoming game Random Heroes 3. If you aren't familiar with the Random Heroes series, they're run 'n gun style platforming games that feature a wide variety of playable characters and a plethora of awesome weapons to unlock and upgrade. There's normal characters like a cop or a cheerleader, but also crazier ones like the evil scientist from the League of Evil series or a machine gun-toting Abraham Lincoln. Check out the first two screens from the newest entry Random Heroes 3...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Mikey Boots'

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...

It must be stealth game day on iOS, as not only has the very literally-titled Stealth launched but now Sony is getting in on the action with an iOS version of their PSN stealth game CounterSpy [$4.99]. CounterSpy is a much different beast than Stealth. It's a 2.5D game, meaning it has fully 3D visuals but the game itself takes place on a 2D side-scrolling plane. The visuals are incredibly stylish, and the whole game has very cool '60s-era spy movie vibe which fits right in with the theme of the game...

A couple of weeks back, I ran across a thread in our upcoming games forum for a new stealth-based game simply called Stealth. The game was the product of about 18 months of work from a single developer who had one goal in mind: recreate the stealth-based gameplay of the Metal Gear Solid series on mobile devices. The early screenshots and videos looked pretty promising, so I figured it'd be something I'd keep my eye on… except that the forum thread was created after the game was already submitted to Apple, and as it so happens, Stealth [$1.99] was approved and is available as of this morning. What a happy surprise!..

Sony Announces 'Run SackBoy! Run!', a 'LittleBigPlanet' Auto-Runner, for iOS, Android and Vita

Over on the PlayStation Blog, LittleBigPlanet Senior Producer Tom O'Connor has officially unveiled Run SackBoy! Run!, a new free to play endless runner for mobile devices and Vita themed after the popular LittleBigPlanet series. Run SackBoy! Run! features the titular SackBoy running from the evil Negativitron, navigating the terrain with taps and swipes. You'll be running through three environments from the LittleBigPlanet series: The Gardens, The Canyons, and Avalonia. As you play you'll collect bubbles which can be used to purchase new costumes and upgrades for SackBoy, each of which will come with varying score multipliers so they're more than just decoration. The game will also feature power-ups like a Jetpack, Glider and Magnet...

Out Now: 'Mikey Boots', 'Valiant Hearts: The Great War', 'Diamond Digger Saga', 'Battle Riders' and More

It's new iOS game release time, and I can practically hear Mike Meade frantically making dozens of fake profiles so he can shill his new studio's game Mikey Boots in comment threads and on the forums. Ok so we tease, but the fact is the Mikey Shorts and Mikey Boots games are among our very favorite platformers on iOS, and we're incredibly excited to play this latest entry. Of course there's plenty of other extremely cool looking new games tonight too, so check out the full list below and let us know in the comments what you end up grabbing...

'Angry Birds Transformers' Gets Basically the Best Trailer Ever, Launching October 15th

The mighty Angry Birds Empire announced their latest collaboration back in June, a mashup game with the Transformers brand of transforming alien robot vehicles. Not surprisingly, the game is called Angry Birds Transformers, but that initial announcement didn't provide any further details. Then during Comic-Con in July, Rovio released a visually stunning CGI trailer for Angry Birds Transformers that–while still not revealing any gameplay–was incredibly cool to watch. This week, Rovio has released another new teaser trailer, this time going in an entirely opposite direction of that CGI trailer. This one is lo-fi and an homage to the classic '80s Transformers cartoons. I love it...

Last week, Rocketcat Games detailed all the new features set to arrive in Wayward Souls' [$6.99] latest update, and today that update is now available for download in the App Store. The big ticket items in this update are a new endless dungeon and MFi controller support. The endless mode will appear for those who are bad enough dudes or dudettes to have already beaten the third dungeon. The endless dungeon ramps up to max difficulty on floor 2, so I'm very eager to see how far people will be able to make it. I'm guessing my high score will be floor 2. There's also a new dedicated leaderboard for the endless dungeon, which shows in-game what character people used, what hat they wore, and what floor they made it to. Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, I can't get that leaderboard to load, but I'm sure Rocketcat will get it sorted out. I mean the update just came out...

Fireproof Games Announces 'The Room 3' Set to Launch on iOS in Spring 2015

One of the best game series on iOS is getting a new entry as today Fireproof Games officially announced on their blog and over Twitter that work has begun on The Room 3. In case you've taken shelter under a rock for the past several years, the original The Room [$0.99 (HD)] launched just about two years ago on the iPad, and is a hidden object/puzzle game that has you manipulating various intricate objects using the touch screen of your iOS device. You'll discover hidden buttons, switches, gears and more that will allow you to go "deeper" into each object, eventually uncovering the secrets to The Room and the story that ties it all together...

Beamdog Announces 'Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition' Coming to Desktop and Mobile Soon

Backflip's new game isn't the only Dungeons & Dragons-related news coming out over the weekend, as Beamdog has announced they're working on an enhanced remake of Icewind Dale for Mac, PC, iOS and Android. Icewind Dale was originally released on PC back in 2000, and takes place in the Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms campaign setting. According to the official site, Beamdog's Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition will include "…new kits and character classes, dozens of new items and spells, and restored quest material cut from the original game." In addition to brand new and previously unreleased content, the Enhanced Edition will also include both the Heart of Winter and Trials of the Luremaster expansion packs...

If you can recall back nearly a year ago to October of 2013, Square Enix announced that mobile ports of the first eight Dragon Quest games would be coming to Japan. We hoped at the time that those mobile ports would also hit stateside, and as it turned out they did–or at least they've started to. This past May saw the US release of Dragon Quest VIII [$19.99] on the App Store (which is still on sale, by the way), and early last month an iOS port of Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen [$14.99] arrived. Over the weekend at PAX Prime, two of the producers working on the Dragon Quest series confirmed to Polygon that the additional entries in the series are indeed on their way to mobile...

It seems hard to believe, but it's already been a whole year since developer Michael Brough released his techno-roguelike masterpiece 868-HACK [$5.99] onto the App Store, and to celebrate he's dropped the price of the game for the first time ever. You can now buy the game at the discounted price of $2.99, down from its original price of $5.99. In case you're not familiar, 868-HACK is a highly strategic, incredibly challenging roguelike with a cyberspace theme. It's one of those games where every single choice you make matters, and it's imperative that you have a decent understanding of the game's mechanics and are able to plan your moves well ahead. We absolutely loved it in our review from a year ago...

Backflip Studios is Making a 'Dungeons & Dragons' Mobile Game

Over the weekend at PAX Prime, DragonVale developer Backflip Studios announced that they have a new mobile game in the works based on the Dungeons & Dragons IP. The game is currently untitled, but Backflip spoke to Polygon during PAX and did divulge a few details. The game is considered a castle defense game, but it's "much, much more than that" explains Backflip CEO Julian Farrior. "There's a heavy customization component. There's a heavy player-vs-player component. It wouldn't do it justice to tie it to any one game — it's inspired by the castle defense or raiding genres, but it doesn't adhere tightly to that, either."..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Bioshock'

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...

Square Enix Debuts First Trailer for 'Chaos Rings III'

Earlier this month, Square Enix announced a brand new entry in their popular mobile RPG series with Chaos Rings III. Though so far the game has only been announced for Japan, we're willing to bet that a North American release is pretty darn likely. Keeping that in mind, Squeenix has debuted the first trailer for Chaos Rings III on its main, Japanese YouTube channel. This means that the trailer is entirely in Japanese, but at least it gives you a glimpse at what the game will be like in motion...