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.

Aftermath [$2.99] is a very atmospheric dual-stick zombie shooter that's near and dear to my heart, and I'm so thrilled to be reporting today that this incredibly niche little game has received iOS 11 support in its first update in nearly four years. This probably ties with Rogue Touch as the most surprising updates in my collection. Anyhoo, we first talked about Aftermath way back in March of 2010 just after it launched, when our own TouchArcade co-founder Arn reviewed that version of the game. Boy, our review process sure was different back then! ..

Slick Upcoming Stunt Racer 'Rekt' Gets Three New Gameplay Trailers, Launching October 2nd

Two months ago we caught wind of a very cool looking trailer for an upcoming stunt driving game from developer Little Chicken Game Company simply called Rekt. The game has you driving around a large open map using a variety of vehicles to track down various jumps, ramps, and loop-de-loops in order to pull of some sweet in-air tricks. It's sort of like if Jet Car Stunts had a baby with the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater warehouse level. At least in my mind it is. Well, Little Chicken have revealed over the weekend not one, not TWO, not THREE… oh wait, yeah, three new gameplay videos showing off Rekt in action. The first two are general gameplay trailers while the third shows off a selection of the many cool vehicles and tire options you can use in Rekt...




'Pocket City' Could Be the Premium Mobile City-Building Game We've Always Wanted

There is no shortage of city-building games on the App Store, but you know what there IS a shortage of? City-building games that aren't free to play. Sadly, that particular monetization system has turned this great genre into something more akin to an idle game rather than the highly strategic affairs of past entries on desktop and console. And hey, there's nothing wrong with that you know? There's obviously an audience for games like SimCity BuildIt [Free], which is an absolutely gorgeous game and has been running strong for several years now, and I've personally had a lot of fun with it, but is far from a "proper" SimCity title. The freemium audience has been served well, but there is an underserved audience looking for an actual premium strategic city-building game on mobile. Well, Codebrew Games wants to fill that hole in the App Store with their upcoming game Pocket City, and it looks pretty fantastic in this animated .gif previewing a work-in-progress version of the game...

'Dunkers 2', Sequel to the Mega-Hit Wacky Physics-Based Basketball Game, Arrives Next Week

Of the entire library of Colin Lane's wacky physics sports games, Dunkers [Free] is the one that pushed things to the next level, as evidenced by this very interesting Twitter thread by Lane recounting the steps it took him and his collaborators to reach the 10 million total downloads mark across all his games. It's not surprising either, as Dunkers is just stupidly fun. I'm a sucker for any wacky physics game, but something about Dunkers was just special. Well, Dunkers fans, did you know a sequel was in the works? And did you know it's releasing next week? And did you know there's a shiny new trailer for said sequel? I didn't know any of those things until just right now!..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Iron Marines'

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: 'Through the Ages', 'Warbands: Bushido', 'Freeways', 'Crown Throwdown', 'Football Strike', 'ReCharge RC' and More

If you somehow didn't get your fill of new iOS games with our big Out Now list posted a couple of nights ago, then have I got some good news for you: New games are still trickling into the App Store! It's like it never ends! Somebody please help me! Actually new games are always trickling out, or firehosing out I should say, and ever once in a while there's enough noteworthy stuff that misses our weekly list that we'll do a second list just as a way to keep everyone up to date and cap off the week. So without further ado check out the stragglers below and let us know if there's any games on this second list that you'll be picking up!..

'Into the Dead 2' Launching on iOS and Android October 13th, Creepy New Gameplay Trailer Released

When developer PikPok threw up a teaser site in early August for some sort of creepy upcoming game, most folks guessed that it would be a follow-up to their atmospheric zombie runner/shooter Into the Dead [Free]. Well, it turned out those people were right as just a few short days later Into the Dead 2 soft-launched in the Australian App Store. Into the Dead 2 promises more of the gruesome zombie slaying and the frantic need to survive of the original game, but weaves in a more substantial storyline as well as top-notch level designs and some new gameplay variety. Here's a brand new trailer showing Into the Dead 2 in action...

New 'Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times' Gameplay Trailer Released Ahead of October 19th Launch

Announced back in March, Perchang's Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times is one of the most anticipated new games for fans of 2013's excellent Warhammer Quest [$2.99] and simply fans of strategic turn-based dungeon crawlers in general. We've been following the game's development all year and learned just a couple of weeks ago that Warhammer Quest 2 will be launching next month on October 19th. In anticipation of that, Perchang has put together a brand new trailer showing off some of the basic mechanics to movement and combat in the game, as well as one very cool new feature...

Spiderweb Software Announces 'Avernum 3: Ruined World' for Windows, Mac, and iPad

Spiderweb Software's Avernum series has a really interesting history. The first three games in the Avernum series are based on the first three games in the Exile series, also by Spiderweb, that were released in the mid-90s. The first Avernum and its sequel were originally released in 2000 with Avernum 3 arriving in 2002. Then, in 2011, Spiderweb decided to reboot and remake that original trilogy of Avernum games with a new game engine and expanded features. The first fruit of that endeavor was Avernum: Escape from the Pit [$9.99 (HD)], which gets its subtitle from the 1995 game Exile: Escape from the Pit. See how all this stuff comes full circle? It's pretty neat. Following that was Avernum 2: Crystal Souls [$9.99 (HD)] in 2015, which again takes its title from the Exile sequel Exile II: Crystal Souls. Now Spiderweb has gone and announced the final game in this rebooted trilogy, Avernum 3: Ruined World and–you guessed it!–it derives its name from the third Exile game Exile III: Ruined World. Check out the awesome trailer...

Out Now: 'Iron Marines', 'Champions and Challengers - Adventure Time', 'Pocket Mine 3', 'Space Harrier II', 'Crazy Taxi Classic', 'King's Knight', 'OPUS: Rocket of Whispers', 'Tiltagon Turbo' and More

It's that time of week again when we are bombarded with a big batch of new iOS games. I think the highest profile release this week is Iron Marines from Kingdom Rush developer Ironhide, as they don't release games often but when they do they're always fantastic. So far Iron Marines is continuing that tradition. There's a couple of quote unquote "new" games this week too, Space Harrier II and Crazy Taxi, which officially become part of the Sega Forever series today but have both been on mobile already for years now. They're still fun though, so have been included in this week's list just for funsies. Lots of other interesting titles this week too, so be sure to check the full list below and let us know which games you're planning on picking up!..

Sega is continuing on with their Sega Forever initiative, which they announced this past June and sees classic titles from their entire console history coming to mobile in free to play form. The initiative got off to a rocky start both due to underwhelming titles being released and the emulation performance of those titles being less than stellar. To their credit Sega has worked hard since to release new Sega Forever games with an improved emulator and they've promised to roll those improvements out to the existing line of games via updates. Today a bunch of Sega Forever titles received those promised improvements: Altered Beast [Free], Kid Chameleon [Free], Comix Zone [Free], and The Revenge of Shinobi [Free]. ..

Ironhide Game Studios is most well-known for their excellent Kingdom Rush trilogy of tower defense games, but back in February of last year they announced a new game that would be tackling a different genre: real-time strategy. We didn't hear much news after that initial announcement until this past January when some beta footage was released, giving us a glimpse of the game in action. Then in March during GDC we went hands-on with an in-progress version of the game and thought it was shaping up quite nicely. Now, after much impatient waiting on my part, that game, Iron Marines [$4.99], has just hit the App Store a day ahead of its scheduled release date. I don't think anyone will be complaining about getting to play this one early! Check out the official trailer for Iron Marines...

Sega Soft-Launches 'Sonic Forces: Speed Battle' in the Philippines App Store

With the fantastic launch and reception of Sega's Sonic Mania now nearly a month behind us, the company is focusing its lasers on their other new Sonic game which is slated for release in November. The game is called Sonic Forces and sees the iconic blue hero leading a ragtag group of resistance fighters against the evil Dr. Eggman, and similar to 2011's Sonic Generations it'll feature both "modern" and "classic" version of Sonic where the modern version plays in a behind-the-back 3D perspective and the classic version plays more like the original side-scrolling Sonics. Anyway, apparently one of the marketing tools to coincide with the console launch of Sonic Forces is a mobile game tie-in, which Sega has soft-launched in the Philippines App Store this week. It's called Sonic Forces: Speed Battle and it's a behind-the-back runner similar to the popular Sonic Dash games but with a competitive angle, and you can see it in action below courtesy of the BlueParadox YouTube channel...

Thatgamecompany Announces New Game 'Sky' During Apple Event, Coming First to iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV

It's always kind of perplexing watching Apple's live events, as the company has notoriously had a tough time showing any real interest in video games but they always end up showcasing their new hardware with games. When a new Apple TV with beefed up hardware was rumored earlier this week, we wondered what that might mean for gaming on the device, which has thus far had a hard time taking off since the new Apple TV App Store was introduced a couple of years ago. Well, during the Apple event today, Thatgamecompany surprised everybody by making an appearance on stage and introducing their brand new game on the new Apple TV, a "social adventure" called simply Sky. Check out the trailer...

'Implosion - Never Lose Hope' Developer Rayark Soft-Launches Gorgeous Puzzle RPG 'Sdorica' on iOS and Android

Back in December of 2015, Implosion - Never Lose Hope [$9.99] developer Rayark released a teaser trailer for a new game called Sdorica, and although that teaser didn't really explain what sort of game it was what it did show was that Sdorica had an absolutely stunning art style and extremely fluid animations. And that's pretty much all it took to rocket the game towards the top of my most anticipated games list. Well, last week Rayark sneakily soft-launched Sdorica into several regions of App Store and equipped with my trusty New Zealand account I've finally been able to take the game for a brief spin. ..

One of 2017's best games came very early in the year when RAC7 Games released their terrifically unique puzzle platformer Splitter Critters [$2.99]to the App Store. The game had you trying to guide adorable roaming critters to their spaceship by slicing up the environment and then shifting the sliced pieces to create new pathways the little buggers could walk on. It was the type of game that felt like it was built for a touchscreen and not only did we award Splitter Critters our Game of the Week and give it 4.5 stars in our review, but Apple thought it was pretty great themselves and it earned a coveted Apple Design Award during WWDC this past June. So, with so much critical acclaim under its belt, where does Splitter Critters go from here? Into the world of augmented reality, that's where!..

'Tiltagon' Makes Its Return to the App Store this Thursday with the Release of 'Tiltagon Turbo'

Way back in late 2014 we first heard about Tiltagon from Kiemura Games, which was trying to be a twitchy arcade high scoring game in a similar vein to the ultra popular Super Hexagon [$2.99] but make it work with the unique tilt controls of mobile devices. The following April Tiltagon finally released with publishing duties courtesy of Noodlecake Games, and while we felt it was a bit too one note in our review we enjoyed the base concept of the game which felt a bit like the love child of Super Hexagon and Marble Madness. And, despite being somewhat shallow, Kiemura did succeed in creating a twitchy arcade game with excellent tilt controls. Since that time, the publishing deal with Noodlecake has expired and Tiltagon has been removed from the App Store. With Kiemura back in control of the IP, they've decided to release a revamped version of the game under their own label called Tiltagon Turbo...

One of the silver linings of the impending 32-Bit Appocalypse has been seeing what sort of App Store golden oldies have risen from the depths of neglect to get some sort of shiny new update to make it 64-bit compliant. I'd have to say my most unexpected update so far has been the one for Rogue Touch that launched at the beginning of the month, but my eyes certainly widened when I discovered that PikPok's touch-centric dunking game Slam Dunk King [Free] had received its first update in nearly 5 years saving it from the Appocalypse. Originally launched in 2011, Slam Dunk King felt like a riff on the ultra popular Fruit Ninja as there were basketballs that launched into the screen and your job was to snag it with your finger and dunk it into the hoop, while also flicking away any bombs that came your way. What set it apart was the trick system which had you grabbing the ball and then doing all sorts of fancy things with it before finally dunking it in an effort to rack up cool combos and a high score...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'The Guides Axiom'

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 good folks at RareSloth have once again released an update for their fantastic puzzle platformer King Rabbit [Free]. This latest update is called the Diamond Collection and features 64 of the very best community created levels released in an official package complete with new leaderboards and achievements. The Diamond Collection follows the precious gem naming convention of the previous three expansions - the Emerald Collection, the Ruby Collection, and the Sapphire Collection. Each of those expansions were released for $1.99 apiece, and as a special bonus if you've previously bought all three of them then you'll receive the new Diamond Collection for free. Whee!..