Author Archives: Jared Nelson


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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.

Last month we learned that Sega would be bringing their popular free to play social strategy RPG Chain Chronicle [Free] to territories outside of Japan, and as of today the game is now available in the US, UK, Canada and Australia. If you live in a region that's not one of those listed, Sega states "Additional territories to follow" so we'll just have to wait and see when that will be. Chain Chronicle has been published in the West by gumi Inc, and here's a look at the official launch trailer...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Bean Dreams'

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...

'Gunslugs 2' Launching January 15th, New Trailer and Desktop Demo Released

We've been following along with the development of Gunslugs 2 since mid-September when an official teaser trailer was released along with word that the game would be launching before the end of the year. Then at the end of October, developer OrangePixel announced that the game would most likely be delayed a bit until sometime in January, and released another new gameplay trailer to make sure fans looking forward to the game would remain pumped during the extended wait. Today, OrangePixel has confirmed that Gunslugs 2 will be arriving on January 15th, and he's released the official launch trailer for the game to boot...

Just over a year ago, Crescent Moon and Tasty Poison Games released Neon Shadow [$0.99], a mobile first-person shooter that was meant as a throwback to the old-school frag fests of the '90s, and they totally nailed it. Neon Shadow had awesome visuals and a really cool sci-fi single-player campaign, but it also featured an online multiplayer mode that was breezy, fast-paced and fun. I love the more complex FPS games with weapon upgrading tiers, different playable classes, and tons of bells and whistles, but on mobile some of the funnest fragging I've had is with classics like Doom and Wolfenstein. Neon Shadow feels like a modern game that somehow captured the soul of those old classics...

In August of last year, 505 Games in partnership with Re-Logic released Terraria [$4.99] on iOS, a mobile version of the ultra-popular crafting/action/adventure/platformer on PC and console. Compared to its PC and console counterparts, Terraria on iOS was pretty stripped down, but still incredibly fun. 505 has worked diligently over the last year adding new content to the game, mostly special holiday-themed updates. The most significant updates to the game have been when it received local multiplayer in November of last year, and when it received the Hard Mode update this past August which essentially let you play a New Game+ with a ton of new stuff after defeating the final boss. This latest update though, version 1.2, blows everything else out of the water...

Out Now: 'Game of Thrones', 'Bean Dreams', 'Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut', 'Fist of Jesus', 'Roller Polar', 'Tomb Raider II', 'Boulder Jack' and More

It's midnight somewhere in the US, which means it's time for a whole batch of new iOS games to hit the App Store. From my perspective, you might as well just rename today "Bean Dreams Launch Day" and make it an unofficial holiday so everyone can have the day off and play through Kumobius's latest. Nostalgia buffs will have their hands full with both Shadowrun: Dragonfall and Tomb Raider II. And of course, the highly-anticipated Game of Thrones game from Telltale is now out on mobile after launching on other platforms earlier this week. Check out the full list below and let us know what you've got your eye on...

Gameloft Releases New 'Brothers In Arms 3' Teaser Trailer

Way back in June of last year, Gameloft announced Brothers In Arms 3, the third entry in their WWII shooter series that had been a staple on the iOS platform for years. Brothers In Arms 3 was a pretty dramatic departure from the previous games in the series, as it was designed as an on-rails, third-person cover-based shooter. We were able to go hands-on with an early version of the game at E3 that month, and despite how different it was, it was still a lot of fun. We didn't really hear much more about Brothers In Arms 3 after that, except that it was supposed to be the consolation prize for Gameloft delaying Modern Combat 5 back in December. However, Brothers In Arms 3 never arrived as promised...

Sega Announces 'Total War Battles: Kingdom' for PC, Mac and Tablets

Back in 2012 Sega released Total War Battles: Shogun [$1.99], a mobile spinoff of the long-running Total War series of strategy games from developer Creative Assembly. Today Sega and Creative Assembly have announced the follow-up to Shogun, called Total War Battles: Kingdom. The major change here is that Kingdom will be entirely server-based, and will release across the PC, Mac and mobile platforms. That means that you can carry your progress over across those platforms. There are also pretty big changes to the realm-building aspects and the large-scale battles in Kingdom, which Creative Assembly talks about in this lengthy announcement trailer...

'Mini Motor Racing WRT' Announced, Original Goes Free for this Week

Back in December of 2011, The Binary Mill released a slick top-down racer called Mini Motor Racing [$0.99 / $1.99 (HD)]. It featured great visuals, a ton of cars to unlock and upgrade, plenty of tracks to race on, and a full single-player campaign to play through. We liked it a lot in our review, and that was even before it received online multiplayer in an update. It wasn't perfect, but it was fun, and Mini Motor Racing has always stood out as one of my favorite iOS racers. This week The Binary Mill has announced a follow-up to their 2011 hit called Mini Motor Racing WRT...

'Clash of Clans' Developer Supercell Soft-Launches New Game 'Spooky Pop' in Canada

Finnish developer Supercell is responsible for some of the biggest hits of the App Store with Hay Day [Free], Boom Beach [Free], and of course Clash of Clans [Free], and as the folks over at Gamezebo have picked up on, the company is adding a new title to their catalog called Spooky Pop. It looks quite a bit different from their other games, as this is a straight up puzzler. You'll make matches on a game board on the bottom of the screen, which in turn charge up the attacks of your fighters who are defending against monsters on the top of the screen...

'Fist of Jesus: The Bloody Gospel of Judas' Hits Mobile this Week

Early last year, Adrián Cardona and David Muñoz released a short film called Fist of Jesus. Short synopsis: Jesus performs a miracle by bringing Lazarus back to life, however things don't go according to plan as Lazarus is resurrected as a killer zombie, and he immediately goes on a rampage turning everyone around him into killer zombies. The only answer: Jesus and his "loyal" friend Judas must fight back. The film is a hilariously over-the-top, campy throwback to gore-filled B-movies and kung fu flicks. Basically, it's perfect for making a video game out of...

The First Episode of Telltale's 'Game of Thrones' Launches this Week, Here's a New Trailer

The hype train for Telltale Games' video game take on HBO's hit series Game of Thrones has been running full steam for the past month, and this week players will finally be able to get their hands on the game. The console and PC folks get a slight head start over us iOS gamers, but thankfully, unlike some other Telltale games, the wait between the different launches is only a matter of a couple days, with iOS getting the game this Thursday. Seeing as this is launch week for Game of Thrones, Telltale has released a new launch trailer for the first episode, which is titled Iron from Ice...

It seems like forever ago that Double Fine ran their then-record breaking Kickstarter for a brand new Tim Schafer-developed point-and-click adventure game, but in actuality it was just back in March of 2012. That adventure game is what eventually came to be Broken Age, and it's had a somewhat rocky development. The game took longer than originally planned to finish, and in fact last year Double Fine announced their intention to split the game into two parts in order to at least get something out the door in a timely fashion...

Official 'Galcon 2' Trailer Released, iOS Launch Expected by Christmas

Towards the end of October, Phil Hassey's Galcon 2 entered a "Fan-Premier" launch, which was a point where fans could sign up to play a desktop version of the game that was just out of the beta period but not quite ready for full launch yet. Over the weekend, Hassey sent word that Galcon 2 is finally ready for submission, and that he's shooting to have the game released before Christmas if everything goes smoothly with Apple's approval process. Here's a new trailer that touts the "Demolition Derby in Space" nature of the new Galcon...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath'

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...