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.

Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick's 'Thimbleweed Park' Gets a New Trailer for Gamescom

We've been really excited for Thimbleweed Park, a new adventure game from two of the creators behind Lucasarts classic Maniac Mansion, since we posted the first trailer for the game this past March. Another video surfaced in June, and continued to stoke the fire of anticipation for the game. With Gamescom this week, another new Thimbleweed Park video has been released, this one focusing on one of the game's five playable characters, an aspiring game developer named Delores Edmund. Check it out...

Last month, a Twitter account popped up for something called E Corp Messaging, which hinted that it was an upcoming mobile game based around the hit hacking show Mr. Robot. Today that game, Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltrati0n.ipa [$2.99] (yes that is what it's called) has dropped in the App Store. Developed by Night School Studio and published by Telltale Games, Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltrati0n.ipa is a text-driven adventure that takes place during the first season of the show. You find yourself picking up a phone someone dropped on the sidewalk, and after a few prompts and a hilariously legalese-filled Terms of Service agreement, you find yourself a proud new user of the E Corp Messaging platform. ..




'The Inner World - The Last Wind Monk' is a Sequel to the 2013 Adventure Game Coming Next Year

The Inner World [$2.99] is an adventure game from Studio Fizbin and Headup Games that released back in 2013, and although it went under the radar for most people, it had a small but loyal fanbase who enjoyed the game's imaginative story, characters, and game world. Well with Gamescom kicking off this week in Germany, the developers of The Inner World have just announced a brand new sequel called The Inner World - The Last Wind Monk, and they've just released this short teaser trailer for it...

We were on the hype train for Gambrinous and Versus Evil's Guild of Dungeoneering [$3.99] ever since we saw it at PAX South way back in January of last year. However, as is common with multiplatform releases, Guild of Dungeoneering was released on desktop the following July, and us poor mobile gamers had to wait an entire year before the game finally launched in the App Store last month. It was worth the wait, though, as we thought the game was pretty darn good. There's another side benefit to this staggered release too, as since the game has been on desktop for a year already that means it's already had a major expansion released, and now less than a month after arriving on iOS, that expansion is hitting the mobile version of Guild of Dungeoneering. According to the developers, the Pirates Cove expansion includes "30% more game with a brand new pirate themed region complete with 3 new dungeoneer classes to quest with, 23 new monsters to defeat and 27 new items to equip." Here's the trailer from when the expansion launched on desktop...

Artillery games have long been a popular genre on mobile. iShoot was one of the earliest examples of an indie developer striking it rich with an iPhone game, and of course Angry Birds is a derivative of the artillery genre. A bit later in the iPhone's life a game called Bowman caught fire and ushered in an influx of games where you shot arrows into stick figure people. There's just something so satisfying about guessing the angle and power of a shot and watching you hit your target right on the mark. And when you take that winning formula and throw in Mortal Kombat-style gore? It's absolute gold. That's the story of Bowmasters [$1.99 / Free], which launched under the radar last week. The game sees you battling it out against an AI opponent, each taking turns lobbing various projectiles at each other until one of you runs out of life. ..

'Word Invaders' is the Unlikely Combo of 'Space Invaders' and 'Scrabble', Coming August 25th

Keeping with today's genre-blending theme, there's yet another upcoming game that's grabbed my attention, this one called Word Invaders. As you can probably guess from the title, Word Invaders mashes together word games with classic Space Invaders-style gameplay. But wait, how the heck does that work? Well, your job is to make as many words as possible from the selection of letters you're given, but you'll have to deal with invaders constantly flying above and shooting away your letters. This is not a slow-paced word game where you have all the time in the world to come up with the "perfect" word, you need to be on your toes in Word Invaders as any of your precious letters can be blasted away in the blink of an eye...

'Defend Your Turf' is a Beat 'em Up with Real-Time Strategy Elements Coming August 23rd

I guess today is the day to talk about genre-blending games, as another upcoming game has caught my attention that again takes some tried-and-true concepts and mixes them together into a single game. It's called Defend Your Turf from solo UK developer Stephen Folkes, and it takes the classic beat 'em up genre and peppers in some real-time strategy gameplay. The story is as old as time itself. "A bunch of guys dressed in blue hate another bunch of guys dressed in red… for no apparent reason." I'll let the humorous trailer for Defend Your Turf do the explaining...

'Line Defense' Will Mix 'Missile Command' with 'Breakout' Mechanics Later this Month

I'm a big fan of genre-blending, and developer Legal Radiation Team is blending together several well-worn mechanics in a neat way in their upcoming game Line Defense. The base concept is similar to Missile Command where you'll be protecting various cities across the world from incoming attacks. You'll do this by drawing shields in mid-air to absorb the attacks, but that's not all, as in some instances you'll want to be deflecting attacks back towards the enemies, Breakout-style. Finally, you'll use that same action to diffuse time bombs out of the air, taking a page out of Fruit Ninja...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Reigns'

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...

Unique 2011 Shoot 'Em Up Tech Demo 'Dark Dot' Being Turned into a Full-Fledged Game

Way back in November of 2011, we reviewed a very unique iPad game called Dark Dot. The premise was pretty simple: Dark Dot was a vertical shoot 'em up, but instead of having a ship to control like most games, you actually controlled a little group of creatures which you could shape and reshape by drawing right on the screen. It was a neat idea that worked beautifully, and in fact the only negative we had against Dark Dot at that time was that the game was entirely too short. There was a reason for that though. Dark Dot was developed as a demo prototype to showcase a research topic at the GAMBIT Game Lab (now called the SUTD Game Lab) in Singapore. It was more or less a school project, intentionally kept short and released completely for free. For science. Since that time, the folks who originally worked on Dark Dot have gone on to form Inzen Studio and are now ready to revisit their creation in a more full-fledged manor. Here is the most recent trailer depicting the new version of Dark Dot...

TinyBuild is one of my favorite publishers on the App Store, as I've pretty much loved everything they've put out so far, and right now is a great time to experience their games as they're currently throwing a huge 99¢ sale on their entire mobile library. I mean, you could buy all of them for a grand total of about six bucks, and I can't even begin to imagine the hours and hours of gameplay you'd get for that fistful of dollars. However, if you had to pick just ONE of these games, I'd personally recommend Punch Club. It's not exactly a boxing game, more of a life simulator with a heavy boxing theme and tons of crazy humor and pop culture references. The game was a bit rough in terms of balance right after launch, but things have been smoothed over nicely with updates since then. And, for your convenience, here's links to the forum threads for each game as well as links to the ones that we've reviewed if you need some more information. The sale runs through August 21st so start checking the couch cushions for some spare change and grab these games while they're cheap!..

In our review of Brownmonster's Rush Rally 2 [$3.99], we called it "the best rally racer on iOS." But what happens when the best gets even better? Is it best…er? Even more best? The most bestest? Ah who cares, all that really matters is that on August 18th Rush Rally 2 is getting a brand new update that adds an oft-requested cockpit camera into the game. Brownmonster has recut the game's App Store preview video with some new footage of this new feature, check it out...

Steam Hit 'Dungeon Warfare' Will Give You Your 'Dungeon Keeper' Fix with No Free to Play Bullsh*t

In early 2014, EA released a revamped version of classic strategy title Dungeon Keeper [Free] on the App Store, and the results were not pretty. Actually, "not pretty" is putting it lightly. The game was absolutely massacred from pretty much everyone, including us. The funny thing is is that Dungeon Keeper was a pretty decent free to play base building game at its core, but when you associate it with a classic franchise like Dungeon Keeper you set certain expectations for existing fans, and the new Dungeon Keeper certainly didn't deliver in that regard. Anyway, we haven't seen too many people take a stab at the Dungeon Keeper formula on mobile, but two-man developer Valsar did try something similar on Steam last year with their game Dungeon Warfare, and as they've announced in our forums they're bringing their game to iOS next week. Check out the awesome launch trailer for the Steam version of Dungeon Warfare...

Out Now: 'Midnight Star Renegade', 'Eisenhorn: XENOS', 'Journey Below', 'Agricola All Creatures Big & Small', 'Mars: Mars', 'Satellina Zero', 'Reigns', 'Fish Fist', 'Primal Legends' and More

When I walked into the office today and punched my timecard I had no idea we'd be in for the type of new game avalanche that we're seeing today, but it's been a particularly heavy release week. Lots of stuff trickled out earlier this week and even dipping into last week, so we've tried to compile everything the best that we could. Check out the massive list of games below and let us know which ones you're interested in checking out!..

It's pretty crazy to think that Pako - Car Chase Simulator [$0.99 / Free] from Tree Men Games has been around for nearly two years, and even crazier to think about the amount of content that's been added via updates in the time since its launch. It's evolved from a pretty simplistic vehicular arena survival game to one that features tons of different levels to play, multiple vehicles, additional game modes, and even a slick 3rd-person camera option. Today the latest Pako update has launched and once again it transforms the game significantly. The "Pakocalypse" update adds a new level called Aftermath along with 3 brand new vehicles all of which look like they came straight out of Mad Max. Of course, it's not just an aesthetic apocalyptic theme, as while you're playing Aftermath there are zombies roaming the land, tanks threatening you from all around, and even death and destruction raining down from the sky...

Spiderweb's Old-School RPG 'Avadon 3: The Warborn' Arrives on iPad, Mac, and PC September 14th

Back in late April, we learned that the final chapter of Spiderweb Software's epic Avadon trilogy would be coming to desktop and iPad sometime this fall, and the game's Steam page even hinted that the release date might be September 14th. Today we have official confirmation that Avadon 3: The Warborn is indeed hitting Mac, PC, and iPad on September 14th. As the official description of Avadon 3 says:..

Creators of 'Puzzle Quest' Series Announce Combine-to-Craft Adventure 'Tiny Quest' for Early 2017

The designer and art director of the famed Puzzle Quest series are back in action in their new studio InfinityPlusOne and are looking to bring a new "combine-to-craft fantasy adventure" called Tiny Quest to iOS, Android and PC early next year. Details are a bit light on Tiny Quest, but as best as I can surmise, it'll use a similar combining mechanic as Triple Town [Free] but with a more fleshed-out narrative thrown in along with RPG-like mechanics. That's just based on the following screens and brief PR description, though, but if it turns out to be the case I'll be very excited for Tiny Quest's arrival...

We've had our eye on Eisenhorn: XENOS from developer Pixel Hero Games, makers of the ultra-underrated action RPG Spiral Episode 1 [$3.99 / Free], ever since we got a quick demo of the game at GDC 2015. An impressive-looking trailer followed about six months later, and before we knew it we were back at GDC 2016 this past March getting another great demo of the game. People who had been following along had been very excited for Eisenhorn: XENOS to arrive, and just yesterday we learned that the game was set to launch this Wednesday, August 10th. Pixel Hero even posted a brand new developer diary video in celebration of the much-anticipated launch. Well, the weirdness of digital app stores and world time zones strikes again and as it turns out Eisenhorn: XENOS [$9.99] is now available as of just a few moments ago...

Post-Apocalyptic Action RPG 'Post Brutal' Gets New Trailer and Begins Beta Testing

In February of last year, developer Hell Tap Entertainment unveiled their latest project in our forums, a post-apocalyptic action RPG called Post Brutal. It generated a bit of interest from our forum members for about a week, and the game itself looked pretty good even in its early state. However, things went awfully quiet after that, until this past May when Hell Tap popped back in to show their latest dev diary video of Post Brutal. Things have been pretty active in the forum since, and late last week the developers released their latest trailer for Post Brutal, which you can see below...

Episode 2 of the 'Bertram Fiddle' Adventure Series Coming in November, New Trailer Released

Back in December of 2014, a quirky and entertaining adventure game called Bertram Fiddle: Episode 1: A Dreadly Business [$2.99] was released by tiny UK studio Rumpus Animation. The game featured relatively straightforward puzzles compared to most adventure games, and really allowed the players to focus on the colorful cast of characters and humorous story. It was a huge hit in our forums, but like most episodic games, it was over rather quickly and fans were eager to see how the rest of the story would play out. Well, it's taken a bit of time, but the next episode of Bertram Fiddle is finally on its way, and Rumpus have released a brand new trailer for it...