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.

Zen's 'South Park Pinball' Gets a Trailer, Launching this Week

Earlier this month, Zen Studios hinted that they had a couple of new pinball tables in the works starring everyone's favorite troublemakers from South Park, and today they've debuted the first trailer showing off both tables in action. The first table is South Park Super Sweet Pinball and it centers around the main four characters of the show and features all kinds of inside jokes and nods to the show's nearly twenty year history. For the second table, that gentle soul Butters gets to star in his very own pinball game, cleverly titled Butters' Very Own Pinball Game. Check out the trailer...

Halfbrick is continuing with the Zombie Month updates for their dual-stick shooter Age of Zombies [$0.99], as another significant update is now available for the game. The month of updates began a few weeks back when Age of Zombies was updated with co-op multiplayer, and this latest update completely revamps the game's Survival Mode into a wave-based affair complete with boss fights called Horde Mode. In addition, there are four new sentry guns to use in Horde Mode so you can strategically set up some stationary offense to help you mow down waves of enemies...

Check Out the Trailer for 'Epic of Kings', a Gorgeous Action Adventure Game from 'Shadow Blade' Developer DeadMage

You guys remember Shadow Blade, right? It was a killer ninja-themed action platformer released early this year by developer Dead Mage Studio and published by Crescent Moon Games. The combat and platforming were top notch, but what really drove me to love Shadow Blade was its beautiful art style and fantastic soundtrack that actually synced up with your actions. Taken altogether, Shadow Blade was a wonderful experience, and remains one of my favorites of 2014. Today Dead Mage has announced their next project now that they've wrapped up putting an enhanced version of Shadow Blade on Steam Early Access. It's an action adventure game for mobile devices called Epic of Kings, and I think I'll just let the trailer do all the talking...

'Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge' Gets Its First Gameplay Trailer, Launching this Month

Back in June developer One Man Left was working on a huge content update for their latest game Tilt to Live 2 [$2.99], but as it turned out the update was so huge they decided to spin it off into its own separate game called Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge. Based on the Gauntlet mode from the original Tilt to Live, Gauntlet's Revenge will expand upon that idea in every way with three different randomized Gauntlet modes to take on in succession before squaring off against the Dot King boss himself. Today One Man Left has released the first trailer for Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge showing the game in action...

'Kingdom Rush Origins' Revealed as the New 'Kingdom Rush' Game, Teaser Trailer Released

Backin August Ironhide Game Studio spilled the beans that they were working on a brand new game in the beloved Kingdom Rush tower defense series. Their original teaser art hinted that this new Kingdom Rush game would be a prequel of some sort, and today they've officially unveiled the name of this mysterious new game: Kingdom Rush Origins. Sounds pretty prequel-y to me! Along with the official name, Ironhide has released the following teaser trailer...

'Marvel Contest of Champions' Gets a New Cinematic Trailer, Launching Worldwide in December

Earlier this week we told you how Marvel and Kabam's mobile fighting game Marvel Contest of Champions had soft-launched in the Danish App Store, and today in the midst of the New York Comic-Con Marvel has released a new cinematic trailer for the game. The trailer features several of Marvel's iconic superheroes squaring off against one another, and alludes to some of the storyline that frames all the action. As the story goes, The Collector has imprisoned all the Marvel superheroes in crystals, and only releases them so they can compete in the Contest of Champions tournament. The reasons for this and what the contest's purpose are aren't exactly clear, but I have a feeling they're tied to the creepy, giant, partially invisible dude at the end of this trailer...

For millions upon millions of mobile device owners, Zynga's Words With Friends is as important a function of their mobile device as sending text messages or browsing the web. It's basically Scrabble that you can play practically anytime or anywhere with people from across the globe, even when you're pooping. What a world we live in. Today, Zynga has introduced a massive revamp to the game and rebranded it New Words With Friends [Free]. What's new about it? First and foremost is a Solo Play option that lets you square off against an AI opponent even if you don't have an internet connection, something I've been dying for forever...

One of the names synonymous with classic arcade games is Williams' 1982 hit Joust. I absolutely loved Joust when I was a kid. I was young enough that I didn't quite know what I was doing, but I really enjoyed just bouncing around as a knight riding a giant bird, and even at that young age I could really appreciate the physics system in the game. It wasn't until years later that I actually sat down and understood the mechanics behind Joust, and my love for the game just grew. It really is one of my all-time favorites...

It's been just over a month since Epic and Chair released the Kingdom Come update for Infinity Blade III [$6.99], a blockbuster content update and the last major addition to close out the trilogy of games. However, a few bugs snuck their way into the Kingdom Come update, and Chair has announced on the Infinity Blade blog that they're rectifying those in a 1.4.1 patch which has just been submitted to Apple...

Marvel and Kabam's Mobile Brawler 'Marvel Contest of Champions' Soft-Launched in Denmark

At the San Diego Comic-Con back in July, Marvel and Kabam announced an upcoming mobile fighter set in the Marvel universe called Marvel Contest of Champions. Over the weekend, the game was soft-launched in the Danish App Store. From the early impressions in our forums, it sounds like Marvel Contest of Champions is a pared down fighter similar to Warner Bros. and DC's Injustice: Gods Among Us [Free], though with slightly more complex fighting mechanics. Here's the original reveal trailer from the San Diego Comic-Con...

Back in mid-August, we "stumbled" across a trailer for a quirky new game from developer Set Snail called Daddy Long Legs [Free]. Like QWOP [$0.99] and many other awkward physics-based games that task you with doing everyday things like, uh, walking, Daddy Long Legs sees your furry, square-ish hero trying to walk as far as possible with his ridiculously long legs. Simply tapping on the screen alternates which leg Daddy puts forward, so careful timing and a whole lot of luck are required in order to make it any significant distance...

'Animal Crossing'-alike 'Castaway Paradise' Launching Worldwide this Thursday

Stolen Couch's upcoming sim Castaway Paradise has been in the works for almost two and a half years, or at least that's when the upcoming thread in our forum was originally started, but at long last we'll be getting the final product this Thursday October 9th, the developers have announced. Castaway Paradise is a sim heavily influenced by the Animal Crossing series, and will contain many similar features like decorating your home, donning different outfits, fishing, growing crops, collecting bugs and much more. It'll also run on a real-time clock and there will be special events associated with time and seasons. You can see many of those features in action in the game's launch trailer...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Banner Saga'

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...

Here's some troubling news: it appears that Disney, who acquired Lucasfilm and the Star Wars IP back in 2012, have decided to pull the plug on two popular mobile Star Wars games. Both Tiny Death Star and Star Wars Assault Team have been permanently removed from the App Store so that Disney can "focus on priority titles like the Clash of Clans-like Star Wars Commander" according to a statement given to Game Informer...

Epiphany's '80s-themed Conspiracy Thriller 'Majestic Nights' Gets a New Gameplay Trailer

Back in July, Epiphany Games introduced us to Majestic Nights, an action-adventure game set in an alternate '80s landscape that deals heavily in conspiracy theories and shadowy government coverups. The teaser trailer and accompanying screenshots of Majestic Nights looked fantastic, and I've been looking forward to the game ever since. Today, Epiphany is whetting my appetite even further with their just-released gameplay trailer for Majestic Nights. In it, Lead Designer Samuel Jensen walks us through the prologue chapter of the game, titled Chapter Zero: Sunset After Dark. ..