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.

The original Fieldrunners is an App Store classic, and is largely responsible for sparking off the huge influx of tower defense games on mobile. In 2012 Fieldrunners 2 took everything great about the original and expanded on it, creating quite possibly my favorite tower defense game on iOS. That was a couple of years ago though, so what's Fieldrunners developer Subatomic been up to since then? Well according to Pocketgamer.biz, they've partnered up with Flaregames to release a new Fieldrunners title sometime in 2015...

Running (mostly) horizontally all the time must get tiring, because our old pal Sonic now has two video games featuring himself jumping vertically and not doing much running at all. The latest is Sonic Jump Fever [Free], which Sega originally announced about a month ago but has been soft-launched since April. It's a sequel of sorts to 2012's Sonic Jump [$2.99], which I actually found surprisingly fun. Sure it was just a Doodle Jump-type game, but Sega did a great job at transitioning the traditional Sonic game into this genre. It has interesting levels, classic power-ups, and exciting boss fights. For being totally not like a traditional Sonic game, it still felt very much like a Sonic game...

Out Now: 'Hellraid: The Escape', 'Transworld Endless Skater', 'Beyond Gravity', the 'Blackwell' Trilogy', 'Sky Tourist Blitz Trip' and More

It's new iOS release day, and it's another busy one around TouchArcade Towers this week after the fairly hectic last couple of weeks. There's a lot of strong new titles this time around, including the early-releaser Magic 2015 which hit earlier today. Also there are some prominent updates hitting tonight, like the fifth and final episode of The Wolf Among Us which is available right now and a big update coming to Minecraft Pocket Edition which hasn't appeared for me just yet but we'll keep an eye out for it. ..

Last week we learned that the fifth and final episode of Telltale's gritty adventure series The Wolf Among Us [$4.99] was scheduled for release this Thursday July 10th. And, given the weirdness of international time zones and digital distribution, that means it's actually available right this moment, despite the fact that my calendar is still flipped to July 9th. It's like, crazy, man. This fifth episode is entitled Cry Wolf and here's the trailer...

This past May, SMG Studio managed to do something with the release of OTTTD [$2.99] that few have managed before: they made me enjoy a tower defense game. For a genre that has been a staple of the iOS platform for years, there's surprisingly few tower defense games that have resonated with me, but OTTTD was definitely among them. With its cheeky humor, sci-fi theme and high level of polish, OTTTD wasn't just a great mobile tower defense game, it could easily shine on any platform you put it on...

Back in January of this year, Bandai Namco released an iOS version of their 16-bit era RPG Tales of Phantasia [Free]. Well, apparently this mobile version of the game is going bye bye. An update to the game's description in the App Store that was noticed by a member of our forums states that Bandai Namco is terminating the distribution of Tales of Phantasia and that as of August 28th, the app and all in-app purchase content will become unusable. Here's the full notice from the App Store:..

Mysterious Upcoming Adventure 'Barmark' Gets a New Trailer

Way back in January a teaser trailer for a mysterious upcoming game called Barmark caught our attention, mostly because it was so… mysterious. Billed as an adventure game with "no goals, no points and no death," the teaser for Barmark featured a really interesting art style and atmospheric soundtrack. While it looked and sounded cool, it was still really unclear what the heck you did in Barmark, but today developer Stormhatt Studios looks to address those questions in the game's latest trailer. The core of the game focuses on "grand machines" which can be turned on by the player and will alter the game's environments in different ways, which in turn can alter the behavior of the "Archanimals" in the game...

Following the release of the surprisingly fun Bubble Witch 2 Saga about a month ago, King is already back with a new iOS offering with Pyramid Solitaire Saga [Free], which hit the App Store worldwide on the 4th of July. Like all of King's games, Pyramid Solitaire Saga takes a tried-and-true gameplay mechanic–in this case the classic pyramid solitaire–and injects it with a level-based progression system and cutesy graphics...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Monster Hunter Freedom Unite'

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...

Big things have been happening in the world of True Skate [Free] lately, as just last week it was announced that the phenomenal skateboard simulation game from True Axis was partnering up with Street League Skateboarding as the official mobile game of the contest series. As part of that partnership, actual courses from the Street League series are destined to end up as downloadable parks in True Skate, and the first of these is the course from the 2013 Kansas City Street League stop that is available right now in the game for 99¢. Having a real-life course like that in True Skate is very cool, and kind of surreal, as I remember that course very vividly from watching Street League on TV last year...

Iconic Arcade Character Q*bert Heading to Mobile in 'Q*bert Rebooted'

One of the biggest video game stars of the '80s, Q*bert, is getting a modern reboot for mobile devices called Q*bert Rebooted, Polygon reports. You may recall the original game had you guiding an orange, spherical character down a mountainside of cubes in an effort to highlight each cube by stepping on it while avoiding enemies like a springy snake and gremlins that will reverse your cube highlighting. It's a classic, in its own way, so how do you reboot a classic like that for gamers in 2014? Hexagons of course. Yep, in Q*bert Rebooted the cubes are replaced with hexagons for even more sides of fun...

When Square Enix Montreal announced Hitman GO [$4.99] back in February, I was skeptical to say the least. Mobile hardware is pretty beefy nowadays and I had no doubt that a full-blown, "console-like" Hitman game would work just fine on iOS. So why was Hitman GO set to be a turn-based board game of all things? Luckily for me and everyone else, I was way off base questioning Squeenix Montreal's decision, as they totally nailed it with Hitman GO. While certainly not a traditional Hitman game, Hitman GO still captures the essence of the series and provides a smart and challenging puzzle-type experience...

Last month, Hutch Games soft-launched their latest game MMX Racing [Free], and as of today the game has completed its soft-launch period and is now available worldwide. The easiest way to describe MMX Racing is "it's like CSR Racing with monster trucks," but there's more to it than that. You'll be drag racing against a progressively more difficult ladder of opponents, and timing is crucial as you'll need to step on the gas at just the right times to maximize your speed through each of the courses. Don't get me wrong, this is some super simple single-tap racing, but it's surprisingly fun...

Telltale Games has done a pretty good job of bringing out new episodes of The Wolf Among Us [$4.99] at a decent pace. I mean, if I've learned anything from their other adventure game series The Walking Dead, it can be agonizing having an episode end on a major cliffhanger and then be stuck waiting months for the story to progress. Episode 4 of The Wolf Among Us dropped just over a month ago, and today Telltale has announced that the fifth and final episode, called "Cry Wolf", will be available on iOS next Thursday July 10th...

Out Now: 'Monster Hunter Freedom Unite', 'Buzz Killem', 'Zombie Puzzle Panic', 'Cally's Caves 2' and More

Ok, last week's insane number of new releases was overwhelming, so it's actually nice to see this week's list of new games down to a more manageable size. The headliner tonight is definitely the worldwide release of Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, and we'll have a review up for it in just a bit. Also, there were a couple of high profile early releases like Civilization Revolution 2 which launched last night and has been quite well-received so far. Then there's David O'Reilly's strange but interesting mountain simulator MTN which showed up the night before last. Still, they've been included in the list below just in case you missed 'em...