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.

Out Now: 'Bushido Bear', 'Caterzillar', 'Leap Day', 'Elsword: Evolution', 'Puzzlepops!', 'Basketball Clicker', 'Final Friday', 'Smash Fu', 'Ninja Madness', 'Sloomy' and More

It's once again the time of week when a ton of new iOS games hit the App Store. As much as I'd love to talk in depth about each and every one of the games on the list below, I also have a giant plate of dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets sitting in front of me, and not even video games can compete with that. It's the best way I know how to celebrate Eat What You Want Day. So while I chow down, check out the list of new games below including forum links that are filled with screens, videos, and player impressions, and let us know which games you'll be picking up this week!..

At Long Last 'Warhammer 40,000: Regicide' is Coming to iOS on May 19th

It's hard to believe that it was nearly two years ago to the day that we first talked about Warhammer: 40,000: Regicide, a brutal take on Chess set in the Warhammer universe. The folks at developer Hammerfall Publishing have been busy with the game since then, first releasing it to Steam Early Access in May of last year ahead of a full PC launch in September. Warhammer 40,000: Regicide on PC has received a pretty positive reception since its release, and now things are finally coming full circle as Hammerfall has announced that the iOS version is finally set to launch next week on May 19th. Here's a brand new trailer for the iOS version of Regicide...




It was just over a week ago we were telling you about the soft-launch of EA's latest take on the grandfather of matching games Bejeweled, called Bejeweled Skies at one point but officially changed to Bejeweled Stars at some point during the soft-launch. Well, apparently the testing period is over and went well as Bejeweled Stars [Free] is now available in the US App Store. Check out this wacky trailer for Bejeweled Stars that easily could have been made by Mike Meade himself...

We live in a pretty amazing time where we can beam entire video games to our insanely powerful pocket computers right out of thin air. This digital gaming revolution has a ton of benefits, like being able to buy a video game in your underwear without getting arrested, but there are also plenty of drawbacks. The biggest one being that with always connected "games as services" once that game ceases to be profitable anymore the developers need to shut it down. Shut down the servers, shut down any further development, shut down anything that costs money pertaining to that game. Well, that's exactly what's happening with Kabam's free to play hack 'n slash RPG Spirit Lords. As players have found out through in-game notification and on Kabam's official forums, Spirit Lords is shutting down its servers on July 8th. They've already shut off in-game purchases as of this past Sunday, and once the servers shut down the game will be completely unplayable and there will be no way of players accessing their profiles from that point forward. ..

Nintendo's first mobile app Miitomo [Free] seems to be doing well in the wacky world of mobile games. The company announced last month that they had surpassed 10 million downloads across iOS and Android, and they've been continuing to release updates every few weeks with new features and fixes for the odd social networking app. Today's update isn't a huge one but it does offer up a couple of very welcome enhancements, first and foremost in your ability to invite friends. Now you can send out an invite to be friends with someone in Miitomo by way of email, iMessage, or LINE [Free]...

'Perchang' is Like 'Marble Madness' Meets 'Lemmings', First Game from Rodeo Games Developer's New Company

As you might remember, Rodeo Games is currently on hiatus after the poor performance of their last big project Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch [$1.99], but that hasn't stopped the studio's Creative Director Ben Murch from starting up a new company with a fellow game industry friend and putting out a new title on mobile. The new company is called Perchang, and that just so happens to be the name of their first game, too. In fact, after initially announcing the project on our forums late last month, it was our community who helped Perchang decide that that should be the title of their clever new puzzle game. How helpful! Perchang the game has you guiding balls across a level and through a slew of crazy contraptions, like fans, gears, cannons, seesaws, and more. Each object is either colored red or blue, and a set of red and blue buttons at the bottom of the screen will activate the machines of the color you press. Your job is to time things just right as to activate the machines at the right times and safely get the balls into the goal. Check out the trailer for Perchang...

Raresloth's fantastic puzzle platformer King Rabbit [Free] is getting ready to be injected with a huge amount of new content this Thursday. As they've detailed in our forums, this update is dubbed the Fire Adventures Update and comes with 16 new campaign levels that'll be free for all existing owners, plus an additional 64 new levels in the Fire Adventures DLC pack which will launch at a sale price of 99¢ for the first 72 hours. That's like not even two cents per new level! In addition to new levels, there are now 8 characters to unlock and play as: Peach, Snobby, Albino, Demon, Jackalope, Leprechaun, Zombie, and Lovely. This update will also include 10 new unlockable customizations so you can trick out whichever character you prefer with some sweet flare. Both the new characters and the customizations are unlockable with diamonds, which by the way are now labeled on the level selection screens so you know which levels have them and which don't. Completionists rejoice! Check out this brand new trailer for the Fire Adventures Update...

Check Out the Newest Trailer for 'Warcher Defenders', an Upcoming Archery-Based Castle Defense Game

Warcher Defenders is an upcoming game from developer Ogre Pixel that I've quietly been keeping my eye on in our forums since last November, and with the new trailer that was released over the weekend, I feel like it's finally time to start blowing the whistle for the hype train for this one. Warcher Defenders is a castle defense type of game, sort of like Plants vs. Zombies [$0.99] but instead of lanes there are different platforms you can stand on. Your main form of attack is archery which means a big part of the game is timing your shots so the arc of the arrow's flight will land on an enemy. Kind of like firing the bazooka in Worms. But Warcher Defenders is chock full of other crazy weapons and power-ups to use in addition to the arrows, not to mention the kick ass pixel art and music. Check out the trailer...

Rovio Soft-Launches 'Angry Birds Goal!', a Spinoff of 'New Star Soccer' Starring the Angry Birds Crew

With 'The Angry Birds Movie' right around the corner I have a feeling we'll be in for an Angry Birds-palooza of new games and merchandise to hype the release of their big screen debut. It's not even been two weeks since Rovio did the worldwide launch of the pinball-esque Angry Birds Action! [Free], but they're already back at it with an interesting hybrid of Angry Birds and New Star Soccer [Free] in their recently soft-launched Angry Birds Goal! The game is developed in conjunction with New Star Flight Designs, which sounds like an offshoot of New Star Games who produce the massively popular New Star Soccer. So before anyone goes crying foul, it looks like this is an official collaboration, not a clone and re-skin. At least, I don't think so. Angry Birds Goal! uses the same top-down view and easy pull-back-to-shoot control scheme that made New Star Soccer one of the more popular games on mobile...

First Teaser Video Released for 'Card Thief', the Follow-Up to Last Year's Excellent 'Card Crawl'

We've been eager to hear more about Card Thief, the pseudo-spinoff/follow-up/sequel to last year's sublime Card Crawl [$2.99] from Tinytouchtales, since its original announcement in early February. The basic gist of Card Thief is that it's a similar solitaire style game to Card Crawl but played on a 3x3 grid where you draw paths between the cards to move while utilizing stealth and strategy to avoid guards. Everything is nicely laid out and explained in Card Thief's first official trailer which Tinytouchtales released over the weekend. Check it out, and be sure to turn up the sound to hear the narration...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Joan Mad Run'

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...

The '80s was the best decade to be alive, and all you Millennials with your Snapchats and your Drake memes can just get off my lawn! Ok, so maybe the actual '80s weren't all that great, but all the stuff we use to remember the '80s is the best. Big hair. Neon everything. Leg warmers!? I mean, c'mon. Back in March we talked about a new neon-infused endless driving game called Cruise Control that was looking for beta testers and totally harnessed the awesomeness of the '80s. Well, beta testers beta'd, developers developed, and as of this morning Cruise Control [Free] is now available in the App Store. Here's the launch trailer...

It's not uncommon for Rockstar Games to put their Grand Theft Auto iOS ports on sale, but it's not as common to see the entire library of them all on sale at the same time. That's what we're experiencing right now, in what I'm dubbing "The Great Rockstar Games Grand Theft Auto (and Max Payne) Cinco de Mayo Sale of 2016". Pretty catchy name, no? Right now all of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto iOS ports are available for just a few bucks, down from their already pretty darn cheap regular prices. If you were to do some sort of cost to hours played equation for something like GTA: San Andreas, we'd be talking fractions of a cent per hour of senseless violence and crime. It's an amazing deal and really there are no bad GTA games in the bunch. They've even knocked a buck off of the solid mobile version of GTA's bullet time cousin Max Payne. Now is a great time to pick up any of these that you don't own to fill out your collections. ¡Viva Rockstar Games!..

'Monster Builder' is the New 'Pokemon'-like Monster Collecting RPG from DeNA

I think it's safe to say we are not lacking in Pokemon-like games on mobile, and we've even got some actual official Pokemon stuff both released and currently in the works. That isn't stopping DeNA from taking a stab at the genre though with their new monster-collecting-and-battling RPG Monster Builder. To be honest, it actually sounds really cool. A bunch of aliens invade Earth, and to fight back scientists actually take various types of alien DNA from the battlefield and use it to mix and match with other DNA to create all manner of crazy monsters to use as weapons. Here's the animated intro for Monster Builder...

After a loooonnng soft-launch, Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Identity [$4.99] finally launched world wide just over two months ago. Having not played an Assassin's Creed game since the second game in the series back in 2009, I wasn't totally sure what to expect from this mobile edition. As it turned out I was pleasantly surprised to find an experience that was heavily streamlined for mobile touchscreen play but still retained the essence of what makes Assassin's Creed so fun: whacking dudes while being a stealthy bad ass. ..

Out Now: 'Hungry Shark World', 'INKS.', 'Black Hole Joyrider', 'CarneyVale: Showtime', 'Final Meteor', 'Hexcells' Trilogy,  'Joan Mad Run', 'Super Smash the Office', 'Never Gone' and More

It's that time of week again where a big ol' batch of new iOS games bust onto the App Store scene. It feels like only yesterday that we had a huge list of new iOS games to sort out, but it was actually a whole week ago. I checked a calendar and everything. With the insane pace that new games hit the App Store though, a week might as well be a day. #BackLogs4Life Well, don't let your massive pile of unplayed games stop you from digging into the list below and downloading a bunch more new stuff you may or may not ever play. It's the App Store, this is what we do! ..

King Soft-Launches a Stylish RPG on Android Simply Called 'Hero'

King offers us more than a dozen ways to match candies or sodas or jellies or what have you, and they've certainly seen a lot of success with that, but it's nice to see them branch out in non-puzzle directions. One of our friends over at mobile app analytics firm SensorTower has pointed out a new game from King that's currently in soft-launch on Android, and it's not a matching game! It's called simply Hero, and it looks to be a King-ified take on a mobile RPG...

JRPG Clicker 'Final Meteor' Launching this Thursday, Its Horror-Themed "Twin Game" 'Final Friday' Coming Next Thursday

A couple of weeks back our resident clicker lover Carter Dotson posted the trailer for Final Meteor, a clicker game that aims to bring a similar satisfaction as classic 16-bit JRPGs but in clicker form. The art style in Final Meteor was definitely on point and it seemed like it would be another great entry in the emerging idle gaming genre on mobile. Developer ClapClap Media has reached out to let us know that Final Meteor will be launching this Thurday, May 5th. Here is the launch trailer again if you missed it before...

'Smash Fu' is the New Name for 'Brick Ninja', Coming May 12th and New Trailer Released

Back in late March, Halfpipe Hero [Free] developer Bit Free Games unveiled their new project, an over-the-top tile-smashing game called Brick Ninja. At that time they were seeking beta testers for the project, and it looks like a lot of progress has been made in the month or so since then. The game is now finished and has a brand spanking new name, Smash Fu, as well as an official release date of May 12th. There's also a brand new trailer for Smash Fu, check it out...

'Nonstop Knight', the Idle Action RPG from Kopla Games and Flaregames, Launching Worldwide June 2nd

The mobile platform in an incredibly unique one. Our little devices are powerful enough nowadays to run games that are pretty comparable to full-blown games on PC and consoles, and there's certainly an audience that craves those meaty game experiences on the go. However, there's an even larger slice of the mobile audience who are simply looking to kill a few minutes of downtime here and there throughout the day without having to commit a ton of time or attention to a game. Enter the idle gaming genre. All the fun of progressing and completing missions without all that pesky playing. ..