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.

I admit that I'm not a big player of League of Legends, one of if not the most popular video game in the world. I don't have anything against it, I just don't really game on PC, and don't really have much time to game outside of my iPhone. That said, I've always thought Riot was doing themselves a disservice by not being in the mobile space. League of Legends would work beautifully on an iPad, don't you think? Well at long last Riot has arrived on the iOS platform, but unfortunately not with League of Legends. Instead we have Blitzcrank's Poro Roundup [Free], a quirky mini-game featuring League of Legends champion Blitzcrank rounding up Poros, fictional creatures from the LoL universe. Here's a trailer...

Back in April, Capcom and their casual games division Beeline Interactive announced an… interesting crossover game for mobile. The iconic Ghostbusters would bust some ghosts by matching gems Puzzle Fighter style. Yeah. After several months of soft-launch and an artwork makeover that put the female characters in the game in some less-revealing clothing, and Ghostbusters Puzzle Fighter [Free] is now ready for primetime and out worldwide...




Out Now: 'Final Fantasy 7', 'Pac-Man 256', 'Galactic Keep', 'Clicker Heroes', 'Demon's Rise', 'Dungeon of the Endless', 'Winter Fugitives' and More

Well here we are again with a new batch of iOS game releases, and it's pretty tough to call any week where Final Fantasy 7 releases on iOS a "weak week" (someone will anyway). Yes, after literally years of people pining for Square Enix's seminal PlayStation 1-era RPG on mobile devices, they've finally delivered. Eli took the iOS port for a spin earlier today and his impressions can best be described as "This is Final Fantasy 7 on my iPhone." Of course, if you aren't a Final Fantasy fan there's still plenty of other awesome stuff releasing tonight. Pac-Man 256, Demon's Rise, Galactic Keep, Winter Fugitives and more. Oh, and Burger - The Game! So check out the full list below and let us know what games you've got your heart set on...

'Future Police' Pays Homage to Classic Arcade Light Gun Game 'Police Trainer', Coming to iOS and Android Soon

Light gun games have been a big part of video games since the early days. Most everyone who was gaming in the '80s has played Duck Hunt on the original NES, or perhaps you were a Lethal Enforcers fan in the early '90s. Whatever the case, I always thought light gun games were really cool, and while the home console conversions were great, there really was nothing like standing up at an arcade cabinet blasting away at the screen with a (typically) brightly-colored plastic gun in your hand. One of my favorites in the arcades was Poilce Trainer. There was no real action movie-style story in Police Trainer like most light gun games of the time, and instead it was what its title led you to believe: a weapons training simulation. Police Trainer was all about skill and fast reactions, and now developer Karma Soft is looking to recreate that experience on mobile with their upcoming game Future Police...

As we learned last week, Episode 4 of Telltale's excellent Borderlands spinoff adventure game Tales from the Borderlands [$4.99] lands this week, starting tomorrow on consoles and filtering out to all the various platforms where the game is available, which makes sometime Thursday a pretty likely time for the new Episode to arrive on iOS. Episode 4 is titled Escape Plan Bravo, and while we got a look at some new screenshots last week, today Telltale has provided a brand new trailer. Check it out...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'RollerCoaster Tycoon 3'

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...

Well, it's Friday so why not have a silly story to kick off our weekend? As many of you may know, I'm a huge San Francisco Giants fan, and naturally I follow their official account on Twitter. And when I'm casually scrolling through my feed and see that my Giants have made a parody video of the cult-classic '80-90s television show Full House, well, that's just something you HAVE to click on. And I was not disappointed. Check it out for yourself...

If you're a fan of platforming games like I am, then you're no doubt familiar with the excellent action platformer Goblin Sword [$1.99] from Gelato Games. Launching just about a year ago, Goblin Sword captured plenty of gamers' hearts with its fantastic pixel visuals and superb virtual controls. There was even some light RPG elements involved, and the entire production earned an easy 5 stars in our review. Several month down the road, in February of this year, a huge version 1.5 content update arrived for Goblin Sword adding in 16 new levels in a new chapter titled The Lost City, which also featured new enemies, new boss fights, new weapons and more. Now, as announced in our forums, Gelato is back with another huge Goblin Sword update. Here's a couple of screens from it!..

Ah, Super Hexagon [$2.99], you are an all-time classic and one of my personal all-time favorite video games. Besides your incredibly challenging twitch gameplay, your kick-ass soundtrack that's filled with pumping bleeps and bloops, courtesy of chiptune musician Chipzel, is a huge part of what makes playing you so damn intoxicating. I had the privelage of seeing Chipzel live during GDC a few years ago, and let me tell you it is no joke. One of the most energetic live performances I've ever seen, especially for it being a single person cranking out tunes entirely on a modified Game Boy. Anyway, if you love Super Hexagon and/or Chipzel and/or oddly-shaped records and/or all of the above, you've got to check out these limited edition vinyls of the Super Hexagon EP...

Out Now: 'Monsters Ate My Metropolis', 'Barmark', 'Avoid ', 'RollerCoaster Tycoon 3', 'March of Empires', 'Sentinel Command', 'Sputnik Eyes' and More

Welcome to another full week of new iOS game releases. The party got started early today with a surprise iOS port of RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, which unlike its previously released free to play sibling is a completely paid game with no IAP. So hopefully plenty of people have been having fun with that throughout the day. Also on tap this week is the strange adventure/zen experience Barmark, which also launched a tad early today and has me very intrigued. Finally, Noodlecake's Avoid will challenge you to not get sawed to pieces, but sadly it won't try to sell you pizza. Check out the full list below and enjoy!..

Sarah Northway's 'Rebuild 3' Mobile Port Delayed Until August 27th

Those who were eagerly anticipating Sarah Northway's excellent and highly strategic zombie apocalypse city builder Rebuild 3, you're going to have to wait just a wee bit longer. Originally announced for a July or August release alongside its arrival on Steam back in June, Northway Games pegged a more specific date for the mobile release of Rebuild 3 on their blog earlier this month. The intended release was August 13th, just a couple of days away. Unfortunately, a device compatibility issue sprang up, hence the game being pushed back to the 27th instead. Hey, us mobile gamers are tough, a couple of weeks ain't no big deal!..

Ezone's 'Diver Dash' Will Offer One-Touch Diving and Loads of Personality on August 27th

If you can say one thing about Ezone's games, it's that they're always colorful and full of personality. Wait, I guess that's two things. Anyway, the point being that Ezone knows how to make simple but fun games that can appeal to a wide audience. That looks to remain true with their next release too, the endless high-scoring game Diver Dash. Think the "dropping the hook" portions of Ridiculous Fishing [$2.99] mixed with Crossy Road [Free], and that's pretty much Diver Dash. Here's an extremely slick trailer:..

In early July a simple little endless runner named Samurai Blitz [Free] caught me by surprise. I know, I know, endless runners are SO blasé nowadays, but something about this one was different. The jumping mechanic felt really good, and there was the ability to attack with your sword and you could actually chain together combos by slashing enemies in succession while in the air. It was so cool! Something about playing Samurai Blitz just clicked in all the right ways, and on top of that it had excellent pixel art and animations which gave the whole game a lot of personality. It brought me back to the days of when Monster Dash [Free] and even Canabalt [$2.99] were the hot new thing. ..

'Winter Fugitives' is Like the 'Crossy Road' of Stealth Action Prison Break Games

Argentinian developer HeavyBoat has spent the past 6 years busting out contract work for some big-time companies in the mobile space, like Disney, LEGO, and Cartoon Network. Now, they're on the cusp of releasing their first original game called Winter Fugitives. It's a stealth action game about breaking out of a remote prison in the mountains during a snowstorm. You're the last prisoner from your ward to join in on the unexpected escape attempt, so you'll need to sneak around barriers and avoid detection from roaming guards in order to break free. You'll have a chance to free additional prisoners along the way and even earn some money, which can be used to bribe guards who do happen to catch you. Or if you're quick enough, you can surprise guards and take 'em out the old-fashioned neck-breaky way. Check out the trailer...

We've been hearing about a Chapter 3 update for Pixelbite's incredibly awesome dual-stick action game Space Marshals [$4.99] ever since it was first unveiled in June. Pixelbite promised a heavier emphasis on stealth gameplay in Chapter 3 along with an assortment of new enemies, weapons and gadgets. At the end of last month, Pixelbite announced that the Chapter 3 update would arrive on August 13th, and since that's just a couple of days away they've just released a brand new trailer detailing some of the new stuff we'll be seeing in said update. Let me tell you, they have definitely lived up to their promises of delivering tons of cool new things...

Stylish Action-Adventure Game 'Shadowbug' Enters Beta, Coming Late 2015

A pretty cool looking trailer came across my virtual desk today, and I thought it looked interesting enough to share with you all. The trailer is for a game called Shadowbug, a ninja-themed action-adventure game with a similar silhouetted visual style to games like Limbo [$4.99] or Badland [$0.99], but with an attack-linking combat system which has been used in plenty of games but immediately reminded me of the targeting system in the Sonic 4 games. (Yes I was one of the few people who actually liked Sonic 4 and that auto-targeting system.) It's a little tough to explain, so check out the gameplay video for Shadowbug to get an idea of what it's all about. ..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon'

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...

A couple of weeks ago, we learned via animated .gifs that the wonderful, adorable, and twisted puzzle platformer Furdemption [$3.99] was set to get a huge expansion called The Widow's Den. Since that time, developer RareSloth has created a proper trailer to showcase the new content and features in The Widow's Den, and announced that the update will be available next week on August 13th...

'Blossom Tales' is "A delightful mix of 'Zelda' and Princess Bride," Coming this Winter

FDG Entertainment is no stranger to Zelda-inspired adventures for iOS, as a couple of years back they partnered up with Cornfox & Bros. to release the excellent Oceanhorn [$8.99]. Now they're back and in the midst of Gamescom this week they've released a new trailer for their new Zelda-inspired adventure called Blossom Tales, which is being published by FDG and developed by Castle Pixel of Rex Rocket [$1.99 (HD)] fame. All you really need to know about Blossom Tales is that FDG describes it as "A delightful mix of "Zelda" and "Princess Bride." Sold!..

When I think of some of the games that defined mobile gaming in the early days of the iPhone and App Store, One Man Left's Tilt to Live is very high on my list. It utilized the tilt functionality of the iPhone perfectly, offered up frantic arcade action, and somehow managed to bring personality to a tiny arrow and a bunch of red dots. Its production values were through the roof, and it felt like a truly "made for mobile" experience. That was way back in 2010, and although Tilt to Live is what really put One Man Left on the map, they've been chugging away ever since. Today, one half of One Man Left, Alex Okafor, put his thoughts down on how the last 5 years since going full-time indie developer have gone, and it's a really great read. ..