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.

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Loop Mania'

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...

Check Out Two Level Playthrough Videos for Gorgeous Upcoming Platformer 'Le Parker - Sous Chef Extraordinaire'

During GDC last month I was able to sit down and try out an early version of Le Parker - Sous Chef Extraordinaire, an atmospheric platformer from developer Play Pretend that looked to hit all the exact right notes in terms of things I enjoy in a platforming game. It had a lighthearted story about a chef trying to retrieve his recipe for the world's lightest desert (it's so light it literally floats), a moody and sophisticated color palette, killer pixel art with lots of advanced graphical features, and most importantly of all a perfect "feel" for the movement and jumping through the game. It's been one of my most anticipated games since! Well, Play Pretend is wrapping up work on Le Parker and recently they've posted two level playthrough videos giving us a glimpse at the game in action. ..




Kiloo's MOBA-Inspired PvP Battler 'Spellbinders' Gets New Cinematic Trailer Ahead of Launch Next Week

We got our first glimpse at Kiloo and Funday Factory's MOBA-inspired PvP battler Spellbinders during GDC last month, and then again when they released a gameplay trailer at the beginning of this month. Today another new trailer has hit, this time more of a humorous cinematic trailer that introduces some of the characters and units in the game. Thing along the lines of all those funny Clash of Clans commercials that would run all the time a while back. Check it out...

Ludoko's Unique Dodging/Reflecting Arcade Game 'Outdodge' is Coming Next Week

A little more than a year ago, we sat down with Ludoko Studios during GDC 2015 and took a look at their unique arcade dodging/reflecting game Outdodge. At that time, Ludoko expected the game needed maybe another couple of months of work before release. Boy were they wrong! As it turned out, they spent the past year really polishing Outdodge to a freakish shine, which should be a good thing for potential players. They're finally done with all that polishing though, and expect to launch Outdodge sometime early next week. Check out this brand new trailer...

It was just a couple of days ago that we learned about the release date for episode 3 of Telltale's The Walking Dead: Michonne [$4.99] mini-series, and today we now have a trailer to go along with that announcement. And boy what a trailer it is. This third episode, which is titled What We Deserve, brings everything that's happened in the first two episodes to a head, and it looks extremely intense. Obviously, if you haven't played the previous two episodes, there are spoilers contained in this trailer. You've been warned!..

'Hungry Shark World' Finally Launching Worldwide May 5th

Back in December, Ubisoft soft-launched a brand new game in the Hungry Shark series called Hungry Shark World. It featured the most impressive graphics for the series to date, the largest open-world environments to date, and the largest cast of unique sharks to unlock and wreak havoc with. It seemed great! There was only one problem: Nobody knew when the game would be launching worldwide. That changes today, however, as Ubisoft has released a brand new teaser along with a worldwide release date of May 5th for Hungry Shark World...

Following its big crafting update from early last month, Bethesda has launched yet another update for their apocalypse survival simulator Fallout Shelter [Free] today, this time adding the ability to break down your unwanted weapons and outfits and turn them into junk that you can actually use… for crafting stuff! So much synergy going on right now. This update also adds 3D Touch support for those of you on fancy new iPhones so you can hop right into any of your vaults straight from the homescreen icon. Convenient!..

Out Now: 'Loop Mania', 'Choppa', 'HeavyRockets', 'Orbit's Odyssey', 'Yakin', 'Pixel Machines', 'Fold+', 'Tropical Wars' and More

It's that time of week again when all the new iOS games hit the App Store, and as we pointed out earlier today, with Apple's massive Earth Day promotion still going strong, it seems like lots of developers have opted to skip releasing games this week. So it's kind of a light week, but only in App Store terms. I mean where else in the world of video games can you get 20+ cool looking new games and consider it a "light" release schedule? Plus it's not like we all don't have massive backlogs as it is. So check out what's on offer in the list below and as always let us know what games you'll be picking up!..

State of Play's Paint Splattering Pinball Game 'INKS' Launching May 5th

Back in February, Lume [$1.99] and Lumino City [$4.99] developer State of Play announced INK, a stylish mashup of pinball and painting and puzzles. However, due to its similarity to Zack Bell's Steam platformer also called INK, State of Play slightly tweaked the name of their release and it's now known as INKS. Got it? Good. Anyway, this gorgeous game finally has a release date, May 5th, and an official trailer. Check it out...

Freebie Alert: Disney-esque Action Tower Defense Game 'Onion Force' Currently Free

Back in March, husband and wife development team Queen Bee Games released their action tower defense title Onion Force [$2.99] to a small but positive reaction. Being sick of the casual, free to play vibe of mobile gaming, Queen Bee created Onion Force to be a very challenging but still approachable game, selling it for $2.99 up front with no IAP. While it's a tower defense game at heart, Onion Force has an extra focus on action with 3 playable characters you control directly. Also, one of the developers is an ex-animator who worked for the likes of Disney, MGM, and more, and Onion Force is filled with interesting characters and beautiful animation. Unfortunately, Onion Force has faced the problem of so many other great games on the App Store in that it's hard to get the word out that it even exists. So, in order to drum up some interest, Queen Bee has dropped Onion Force down to free for the next couple of days...

The Free to Play 'Monster Hunter Explore' Soft-Launches in Canada

While the beloved Monster Hunter Freedom Unite remains broken and unavailable on the App Store, Capcom is moving ahead with the series on mobile and has just soft-launched their free to play'd out version of the game called Monster Hunter Explore. The game has been out in Japan for a while, and our own Shaun Musgrave went hands-on with that version last October, and actually found it surprisingly enjoyable. It's certainly much more streamlined than the notoriously complex main games in the series, and is obviously geared for a broader, more casual audience, but Monster Hunter Explore manages to capture the core aspects of what make the Monster Hunter games so fun in the first place. ..

'Metal Slug' Inspired Action Platformer 'Zombie Hunter: Death to the Undead' Hitting this Thursday

Everybody's pretty much had their fill of zombie games, myself included, but I'm making an exception for Zombie Hunter: Death to the Undead, which is releasing this Thursday from Yodo1 Games. Why make an exception? Because Zombie Hunter is an action-platformer-shooter that channels the soul of Metal Slug, one of my all-time favorite series. I mean how could you NOT want to hop into a bad ass mech suit and blast the crap out of everything with an arsenal of awesome weapons? Check out the trailer for Zombie Hunter...

In July of last year, we first learned that DotEmu was teaming up with Pastagames to revive the 1989 classic arcade series Pang, also known as Buster Bros. and Pomping World. The new game would be called Pang Adventures [$3.99], and besides some very vague promo art, nobody knew what this modern take would be like. Then the following November we finally caught a glimpse of Pang Adventures during DotEmu's Paris Games Week recap video, and it looked quite faithful to the original but with a more contemporary art style. We didn't really hear much on the game since that point, but early this morning Pang Adventures surprise launched on the App Store for iOS, along with versions for Steam, consoles, and Android...

'Bastion' and 'Transistor' Developer Supergiant Games Announce Third Game 'Pyre'

Supergiant Games doesn't release games often, but when they do the world stops and takes notice. Their breakout hit was 2011's Bastion [$4.99], which first launched on Xbox Live Arcade but made its way to iOS about a year later. Then there was 2014's Transistor [$9.99], which received similar critical praise and also made its way to iOS about a year after its original release. So today Supergiant has announced their third game, a gorgeous party-based RPG called Pyre, and I just can't help but think (and pray) that this one will follow in the footsteps of its predecessors and we'll be playing it on iOS in about a year. A pie in the sky prediction? Maybe. But regardless of if that ends up being the case or not, I'll take any excuse to share this beautiful trailer for Pyre...

Check Out Some New Screens from 'Demon's Rise 2: Path to Damnation'

Last summer's Demon's Rise - Conquest of the Deep [$2.99] was a surprisingly fun turn-based strategy title from a teensy tiny developer called Wave Light Games. Given its huge number of playable classes, large scale battles, and insane amount of loot it's fair to say that Demon's Rise was an ambitious project, and it certainly was rough around the edges. That said, it was entertaining as heck, and allowed you to band together a ragtag group of good guys to take out the evil forces in the game's universe. But what if you don't want to be the good guy? Enter Demon's Rise 2 - Path to Damnation. Originally announced back in November, it's a turn-based strategy game of similar ilk to its predecessor, but it lets you play as all the bad guys. Today Wave Light Games has posted some updated screens for Path to Damnation, and it's looking awesome so far...

Popular Clicker RPG 'Crusaders of the Lost Idols' Heading to Mobile

Codename Entertainment's web game Crusaders of the Lost Idols launched on Kongregate.com in July of last year, and has gone on to become quite popular since. The biggest thing to set it apart from other clicker/idle RPGs was its party formation system, which sees you deciding the placement of your party members with special bonuses for pairing up certain members in certain ways. Today Codename has announced that Crusaders of the Lost Idols is heading to mobile this summer with the help of publishing partner Kongregate. Here's a couple of early screens of the mobile version taken from Codename's website...

Back in 2012, indie developer Christian Schnellmann released Flight Simulator 0 [$0.99], a flight simulator (duh) where the main goal was not having any goals and instead focusing on the joy of flying around a colorful polygonal environment. The game was received reasonably well at the time, but Schnellmann always felt like the game never reached its full potential. So earlier this year he started tinkering around with the game, improving the tilt controls, refining the game's day/night cycle, adding a dynamic weather effect, and creating an entirely new environment to fly around in. Before he knew it, he'd basically remade everything in the game save for the original paper airplane model, and now he's readying all this work for an update he's planning on releasing on April 28th. Check out a new trailer for the revamped Flight Simulator 0...

In November of last year, St. Lous-based video production company Forever an Astronaut announced that they'd been creepily following around developer Butterscotch Shenanigans with cameras and microphones and would be creating a short documentary series based around the development of their epic action RPG Crashlands [$4.99] as well as Bscotch's Sam Coster and his battle with cancer. Then last month it was announced that these harrowing tales would not fit into a short documentary series, and instead the entire thing would be turned into a feature-length documentary called 'Brace for Impact: The Crashlands Story'. Forever an Astronaut started a small Kickstarter campaign to come up with the funding for the post-production of the film, and with less than two weeks to go in the campaign and only being just under a third of the way to their goal, they've put together this lengthy new sneak peek video to give people an idea of what the full documentary will be like and hopefully get them excited enough to pop open their wallets for the campaign. ..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Warbits'

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...

Set Snail's Puzzle Platformer 'illi' Launching April 26th, New Trailer Released

It was back in January that we first learned about Daddy Long Legs [Free] developer Set Snail's upcoming puzzle platformer called illi, and today they've revealed that the game is finished, is already approved by Apple, and set for release on Tuesday, April 26th. If you missed it before, illi is an adorable caterpillar-type creature who inches along blocky platforms collecting items and working towards an exit. The blocky platforms in the game have their own gravity, and how and when to jump between platforms in order to collect every item or avoid every hazard is where the "puzzle" aspect comes into play. Check out a brand new trailer for illi...