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.

Competitive Animal Breeding Game 'Agricola: All Creatures Big & Small' Launching August 9th

In late June developer Digidiced announced that they'd be bringing a digital version of Uwe Rosenberg's 2012 board game Agricola: All Creatures Big & Small to iOS, Android, and Windows 10 sometime this summer. Well, today they've revealed the actual release date for the game, and it's just one week from today, on August 9th. The two-player game is a spinoff of the beloved original Agricola [$6.99], which received a digital port from Playdek back in 2013. In Agricola: All Creatures Big & Small you'll be taking turns with your opponent sending your farm workers to market in order to gather resources and breed the largest and most interesting livestock across 8 rounds. Here's a brand new trailer...

If you're an owner of a PlayStation 3 or 4 as well the owner of a Sony handheld device, you're no doubt familiar with the Remote Play feature that allows you to stream your console games on a Vita or PSP. A couple of years back the service was even expanded to the PlayStation TV, Macs and PCs, and certain Android devices. But what if you're a PlayStation owner and an iOS device owner, and you want to stream games to your iOS devices? Well, now there's a solution for you, too, as developer BitWise Solutions has just released the PlayCast [$9.99] app to the App Store...




Even though it's always fun looking forwards to an influx of new games in the middle of the week, it's also nice when things trickle out a bit earlier just to break things up. Just as we reported last week, Boncho Games' twitchy swipe-based platformer Blitz Breaker [$2.99] rolled out earlier this morning and is now available in the App Store. In case you've missed our previous coverage, here's the launch trailer for Blitz Breaker to give you an idea of how it all works...

The Chaos Rings series holds an important part in mobile gaming history, as it was among the first truly full-featured sets of original games made specifically for mobile devices. That coupled with the fact that Square Enix was the developer lent a lot of credibility to mobile as a true gaming platform back in its formative years. Sadly, Square Enix pulled the older Chaos Rings games, among other titles, last month due to incompatibility with newer iOS hardware, and as of right now only Chaos Rings 3 [$19.99] is still available. So it sure was weird when a week ago Square Enix announced a brand new game in the Chaos Rings series, only this time it was exclusively for the Apple Watch. That game, called Cosmos Rings [$5.99], is now available...

Out Now: 'The Quest HD', 'Road Not Taken', 'Big Bang Racing', 'Duck Roll', 'Blyss', 'Legends of Heropolis', 'RedStory', 'Tinker Island' and More

It's that time of week again to shower ourselves with a downpour of new iOS games. Business has really picked up since this morning's post of new games, as the remastered HD version of beloved mobile RPG The Quest launched for the iPad and Spry Fox's roguelike puzzler Road Not Taken also arrived for iOS pretty much out of nowhere. There's still a couple things that haven't quite shown up in time for this post, so keep an eye out for a heads up for some other possible new releases. For now the full list of new games can be seen below, so let us know which games you'll be picking up this week...

With wonderful titles like Triple Town [Free] and Alphabear [Free], Spry Fox is one of the preeminent developers of mobile games. But they make games for desktop and console, too! One of those games is a roguelike puzzler called Road Not Taken [$4.99], and although it took a couple of years, it has finally arrived on iOS. We first talked about Road Not Taken way back in May of 2013, when it was slated for release on desktop and "eventually" planned to release on mobile. Taking inspiration from Robert Frost's poem of the same name, Road Not Taken is about "surviving life's surprises" as you adventure around through randomly generated levels rescuing children who have lost their way...

'To The Throne' is a Game Boy-esque Puzzler from the Makers of 'Classy Quest', Coming August 4th

In November of last year, Raredrop Games brought us the fun auto-runner Classy Quest [Free] which had you constantly changing into different classes of character as you played. Today they've unveiled their latest project, a puzzler called To The Throne that has a very Game Boy-esque 4-color palette. Your job in To The Throne is to move blocks around each level in order to create a stairway to the exit, but since not all blocks can be moved and some have different properties, there's a puzzle element to fitting the blocks together correctly...

Philadelphia's LOVE Park, nicknamed so for Robert Indiana's iconic LOVE sculpture with the tilted O, is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the US. But it holds an extra special place in the hearts of skateboarders. LOVE Park is a legendary skate spot, from its many planter ledges, to ramps made from propped up grates, to the massive four set leading down into its central fountain, this park has had a presence in skateboarding for decades. Now, the top skateboarding game for iOS is getting a little LOVE when Love Park arrives as a downloadable course for True Skate [$1.99] this Thursday. Here's Philadelphia skateboarding icon Josh Kalis taking the digital version of LOVE Park for a test drive, followed by a couple of screens of the new course...

One-Handed Twitch Platformer 'Blitz Breaker' Finally Releasing August 1st

It's been a bit of a long time coming, but twitchy platformer Blitz Breaker is finally arriving on the App Store August 1st. We first talked about Blitz Breaker back in February of last year, and then a few months later checked out a cool web demo that let us play a very early version of the game. This is a twitch platformer-ish game with swipe-based controls, and I'd probably describe it as Tomb of the Mask [Free] meets The Last Rocket [$1.99]. Once you swipe, you'll fly in that direction until you hit something, so there's almost a puzzle element built around collecting each item and opening the exit to a level while also avoiding a multitude of hazards. Check out the latest trailer...

'Phoenix 2' Already Exiting Soft-Launch, Releasing Globally this Thursday

It wasn't even a full week ago that we took the recently soft-launched Phoenix 2 (or, more accurately, Phoenix II) for a quick spin and really enjoyed what we saw, but already developer Firi Games feels confident in the game and has sent us a note to let us know that the game will be launching globally this Thursday, July 28th. Phoenix II is a pseudo-sequel to the wonderful Phoenix HD [Free] which has been a staple for mobile shoot 'em up players for years now. Whereas Phoenix HD is an endless game that features randomly generated levels each time you play, Phoenix II generates one random level per day that everyone across the world plays. This means that you can actually play and replay the level trying to improve your score before the 24 hours is up and it's on to a new level. ..

Ravenous Games Unveil 'Journey Below', An Auto-Runner with a Dash of 'Downwell'

Over the weekend Ravenous Games announced their latest upcoming iOS project called Journey Below. It's an auto-runner where you change directions after colliding with a wall–think of the excellent Wind-up Knight games–and you can either jump or perform a dash attack by touching either side of the screen. It's a high-scoring game where you'll battle through 12 randomly generated levels before squaring off against a boss. Additionally, killing enemies will add to your combo counter and after each level you'll be able to choose from 3 different randomly generated upgrades, somewhat similar to Downwell...

'Sonic Mania' is a Brand New, Remixed Take on Classic 'Sonic' from the Makers of the 'Sonic Remastered' Series

This past Friday, a Sonic The Hedgehog bombshell was dropped at an event at San Diego Comic-Con that was celebrating the blue hedgehog's 25th anniversary. Sega, in collaboration with Pagodawest Games, Christian Whitehead, and Simon "Stealth" Thomley, have announced a brand new Sonic game called Sonic Mania. It once again tries to tap into what made the original set of Sonic games so beloved back in the 16-bit era, and features classic-style visuals, gameplay, and both original levels and remixes of classic levels. It pretty much sounds like the Sonic game fans have been begging for for decades, and, at least based on the trailer, it looks like it might finally deliver...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'ReRunners: Race for the World'

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...

Out Now Part 2: 'Bulb Boy', 'Snakebird', 'Terra Monsters 3', 'Dots & Co', 'Diep.io', 'The Witching Hour', 'SBK16', 'Gnome Dash' and More

It's pretty darn common to see new games trickle out well after our weekly Out Now post, and this week was no different. Gone are the days of iOS games releasing (mostly) like clockwork. The latecomers this week are numerous and noteworthy enough that we figured we'd round them up for you here, and even though we've written about a few of these individually already we threw 'em in for the sake of completion. So make sure you've visited the first Out Now post from this week and grabbed any of the new games that caught your eye, but check out this selection as well and make sure you've got plenty to play over the weekend...

In likely the least surprising Pokemon GO [Free] development to come out this week, Apple has recently confirmed that Niantic's overnight sensation has broken the record for most downloads in the first week of availability. That means it even beat out ultra-popular game series like Candy Crush, Angry Birds, and Clash of Clans as well as mainstream non-gaming apps like Instagram, Facebook, and SnapChat. The information was relayed by Apple to iMore's Rene Ritchie who shared it on his Twitter...

Teeny Titans [$3.99] is perhaps my biggest surprise of 2016. If you're somehow unfamiliar with the game, it's a Pokemon-like that has you running around the world of Teen Titans GO battling and collecting little figures based off of characters from the show. It has a super clever battle system and is dripping with polish and charm. As someone who never really watched Teen Titans GO, I wasn't expecting Teeny Titans to be something that would float my boat, but holy moly was I wrong. We loved it in our review, and I became pretty obsessed with it once it came out, and even after beating the entire game I still come back to it just to battle and level up my crew because it's so darn fun. ..

As has been predicted a couple of days ago, the world-consuming phenomenon known as Pokemon GO [Free] has finally launched in Japan. Seems like kind of a bum deal that they had to wait this long, seeing as The Pokemon Co is based in Japan, but better late than never I always say. Also this lag time has (hopefully) given developer Niantic some time to beef up their servers, which have been notoriously spotty ever since the game launched in the US and several more regions a couple of weeks ago. ..

There's nothing finer than when a great game from years past gets an update out of the blue. That's the case today with the fantastic Picross game Paint it Back [Free], which originally launched way back in October of 2013 and hasn't seen an actual content update in nearly two years to the day. Developer Casual Labs rewrote the entire game in Unity and released it on Steam in October of last year, and this update is essentially that improved rewritten version, minus the Workshop level editor portion. That means that you can now play in Master difficulty in addition to Normal and Pro. As the puzzles in Paint it Back get larger, Normal would break them up into smaller 10x10 chunks, or 15x15 chunks in Pro. Master means that you'll be solving the whole enchilada all at once, none of that chunk business. Despite the cute graphics and overall charm of the game, the puzzles get absolutely brutal in the later portions so Master should be a nice incentive for the hardcore Picross solvers among us...

In October of last year, Next Games launched a very interesting game based around AMC's The Walking Dead series called The Walking Dead: No Man's Land [Free]. In the game you were tasked with building a compound in order to keep your survivor friends safe from the zombies, so pretty typical base-building type of stuff, but when you actually had to engage in combat with them it turned more into a tactical turn-based strategy game. There were also plenty of RPG elements peppered in, and overall No Man's Land was a very cool way to experience the world of The Walking Dead. Today Next Games has connected the game even closer to the show as a new update adds Heroes to the game based off of many of the characters from the show...

Top-Down Co-Op Shooter 'Dash Galactic' Enters Open Beta on Google Play

Kiz Studios, makers of popular mobile titles like Wonky Ship [Free] and Might and Mayhem [Free], are currently working on their next mobile project, a top-down shooter called Dash Galactic. Featuring a purposely campy '50s-style sci-fi theme, Dash Galactic has you blasting away evil enemies from the TOXON Corporation using any of 12 different playable heroes each with unique abilities. The real standout feature though is its real-time cooperative multiplayer for up to 3 players that'll have you blasting away at bad guys with your buddies at your side. Check out the awesome trailer for Dash Galactic to see it in action...