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.

'Age of Solitaire' is a Cool City-Building Solitaire Hybrid Launching Next Week

Solitaire is one of the most beloved and most played video games in history, thanks in large part to the Windows operating system. When mobile gaming became a thing with the arrival of smartphones, there was never any shortage of Solitaire games to choose from. Perhaps TOO many, to be honest. With a genre that's so well-covered it can be tough to make your Solitaire game stand out from the pack, but developer Sticky Hands is hoping to do just that by combining the solo card game with city-buildig mechanics in the upcoming Age of Solitaire. Have a look...

'Miracle Merchant' from 'Card Thief' Developer Tinytouchtales is Finished and Off to Apple for Approval

Tinytouchtales first announced Miracle Merchant way back in September of last year. It was originally an early prototype of what became the excellent Card Thief [$1.99], but even after Card Thief went in a different direction Tinytouchtales wanted to finish of the prototype into a smaller-scope full game. He teamed up with Thomas Wellman for the artwork and thus Miracle Merchant was born. Then last month the developers put a call out for beta testers for Miracle Merchant, which meant that the game was getting very close to completion. Yesterday, Tinytouchtales posted to our forums that Miracle Merchant is in fact finished and shipped off to Apple for approval, and should be releasing very soon...




Back at the end of May, Obsidian Entertainment announced that a big new content update was in the works for their digital version of popular card game Pathfinder Adventures [Free]. Details were vague at that time but we did know the new content would be called Rise of the Goblins and would be loosely based on the We Be Goblins expansion that was released for the physical version of Pathfinder. This week Obsidian has taken the lid off of Rise of the Goblins and have revealed that the new content will come in the form of an entirely new campaign. It will interweave with the existing Rise of the Runelords campaign but will be played from the perspective of the Goblins. They're introducing two new Goblin characters to star in this new campaign, Ranzak (from Skull & Shackles) and Poog (from Goblin Burn! Deck)...

'ROME: Total War – Alexander' Arriving on iPad Next Thursday, July 27th

Last November Feral Interactive made a lot of fans happy when they brought their critically-acclaimed PC strategy game Rome: Total War [$9.99 (HD)] to the iPad. Strategy gamers had been asking for a mobile port for quite some time, and their iPad version delivered the goods. Of course, Rome: Total War on PC has received some meaty expansions since the original game's release in 2004, and since the original game was now on iPad the next question strategy gamers had was would those expansions follow? If you give a mouse a cookie and all that. Well, Feral delivered there too when they released Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion [$4.99 (HD)] as a standalone app for the iPad at the end of March. With that out of the way, you can probably guess what happened next. Yes, fans were now hoping that the second expansion, Rome: Total War - Alexander would be coming to the iPad too, and earlier this month Feral confirmed that it indeed was. Today they've gone one step further and stamped an official release date on the expansion, and it's set to arrive next Thursday, July 27th...

'Necrosphere' is a Sadistic Metroidvania-Style Platformer Hitting iOS Later this Year

There are brutally difficult platformers like Super Meat Boy, and then there's developer Cat Nigiri's Necrosphere which looks like it enters an entirely different level of pain. It's a Metroidvania-style platformer that has you exploring huge levels trying to negotiate your way around a plethora of hazards all of which will kill you in an instant. The game was recently shown at the Brazil’s Independent Games Festival a few weeks back and was nominated for a number of awards, including Best Brazilian Game, Best Gameplay, and the Innovation Award. People really like to die in their games, apparently! Here's a new trailer showing Necrosphere in action...

Wacky Walking Game 'Silly Walks' Stumbling Onto the App Store August 10th

I've been pretty excited for Part Time Monkey's upcoming game Silly Walks ever since first posting about it last month, and a lengthier gameplay trailer released a few days later has only intensified my need to play this silly game. Well that moment is moving ever closer as today the developer has announced that Silly Walks is locked and loaded for an August 10th release, and they've shared the game's new app preview trailer with us in celebration of this momentous occasion. ..

Telltale Games made a pretty big splash when the San Diego Comic-Con kicked off this week by announcing Season 2 of their Batman - The Telltale Series game, a third and supposedly final series of Walking Dead: The Game, and a long-awaited second season to the fantastic The Wolf Among Us. They weren't done though! Today at Comic-Con Telltale announced that the third episode of their take on Marvel's popular superhero series Guardians of the Galaxy - The Telltale Series [$4.99], titled More than a Feeling, is set to arrive on August 22nd. ..

In January of last year FDG Games and SHD Games released an unassuming little sniper game called Lonewolf [Free] to the App Store. While the sniper genre had been absolutely oversaturated on mobile, Lonewolf managed to stand out from the pack with its unique noir-inspired visuals and an emphasis on telling an interesting story, which was rare for that type of game. We liked Lonewolf a lot in our review and awarded it our Game of the Week back then, and it was pretty universally loved by all who played it. The only problem was that the game ended on a bit of a cliffhanger and players were anxious to find out what happens next in a promised upcoming new chapter… except that chapter never came. ..

Latest Game in the 'Professor Layton' Series 'Layton's Mystery Journey' Hits the App Store

As promised, Level-5 have delivered a brand new entry in the popular Professor Layton puzzler series called Layton's Mystery Journey [$15.99] to the App Store. This adventure is the seventh game in the main Professor Layton series and it follows Katrielle Layton, the daughter of the titular Professor Layton. He has suddenly gone missing and it's up to Katrielle to figure out the mystery of what happened to him by way of traveling around famous London landmarks, interacting with colorful characters, solving puzzles, and generally doing Layton-y type things. ..

Out Now: 'Full Throttle Remastered', 'Leap On!', 'Glyph Quest Chronicles', 'WWE Tap Mania', 'Mr Jump S', 'Realpolitiks Mobile', 'Triple Agent!', 'Sidewords', 'Judas Priest: Road to Valhalla' and More

Welcome once again to another week full of brand new iOS games! This week brings a semi-surprise release of the remastered version of classic LucasArts adventure game Full Throttle, and like previous Double Fine remasters you can switch back and forth between the original and remastered graphics. There's also the no-longer-in-soft-launch releases of Glyph Quest Chronicles and WWE Tap Mania, and Noodlecake's latest arcade masterpiece Leap On! has been getting rave reviews so far. And as always, much more! Plus Layton's Mystery Room should be on its way but didn't quite make it in time for this post, but we'll give you a heads up when we see it. Comb through the full list of new games below and let us know in the comments which ones you've got your eye on this week!..

'Bertram Fiddle: Episode 2: A Bleaker Predicklement' Delayed Until the End of August

Just shy of a year ago, we got the great news that a second episode of the excellent adventure game series Bertram Fiddle would finally be releasing that following November. The first episode, Bertram Fiddle: Episode 1: A Dreadly Business [$1.99] was very well-received by players but it released way back in December of 2014, so fans had been anxiously-awaiting its continuation for quite some time. Unfortunately episode 2, which is called A Bleaker Predicklement, didn't make its November release target, and back in April we were assured it would be hitting its new May release date. That didn't happen either, sadly, but in June we were once again given a new release date of July 20th, this time for sure! Well friends, life is tough as a struggling indie developer and things rarely go according to plan. It's my unfortunate duty to report that Bertram Fiddle: Episode 2: A Bleaker Predicklement has been delayed yet again, and is now slated for a release at the end of August. ..

'noded' is a Unique and Relaxing Puzzler from the Makers of 'kubic' that's Launching August 2nd

Developer Pixel Envision, who last brought us the clever puzzler kubic [$1.99] when it was published by Appsolute Games exactly one year ago, have another neat looking puzzler in the works, a minimalist game called noded. The game has you folding up a collection of nodes connected with a line in an effort to match the shape shown at the top of the screen. It actually sounds quite similar to kubic but with node-folding instead of block-placing. Check out the trailer...

Crescent Moon's Low-Poly Space Adventure 'Morphite' Finally Arriving September 7th, New Trailer Released

It's been more than a year since Crescent Moon first publicly unveiled a new game they're releasing called Morphite, a low-poly space exploration adventure, and we've covered the game a ton in the time since then. Well, it's all finally coming to a head as today Crescent Moon, in partnership with We're Five Games and Blowfish Studios, have announced that their project is at long last complete and we can all look forward to playing Morphite on a variety of platforms on September 7th. Those platforms are: iOS (obviously), Apple TV, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Steam. An Android version is coming too but no date has been set, but it will be before the end of 2017. In celebration of the launch date announcement, a spectacular new Morphite trailer has also been released...

'Adventure Game' is a Metroidvania that Pokes Fun at Adventure Games, Coming in October

There's nothing I like more than some good old-fashioned tongue-in-cheek humor that pokes fun at video game tropes. One developer is hoping to take the piss out of the adventure game genre by way of an adventure-laden metroidvania platformer. The game is called Adventure Game, a humorously generic title if I ever heard one, and it stars a young adventurer named Adalbert who thinks he can get started in his adventuring career by tackling an entry-level adventure at a place called the Harmless Castle of Total Fun. As expected, the castle is neither harmless nor filled with total fun and Adalbert quickly finds himself fighting for his life against the castle's many traps and monster tangerines. Yes, the enemies are mutant tangerine monsters because why not?..

'Tic Tac Tower' Looks Like a Smart Mix of Tic Tac Toe and Dungeon Crawling

It's pretty common to see developers take a well-worn gaming mechanic and expand upon it by building out a full dungeon crawler or RPG around it, and for some reason it's taken us this long for somebody to take the ancient game of tic tac toe and make a dungeon crawler out of it. That's exactly what Gamesare Studios is doing with their recently announced (and very cleverly named) Tic Tac Tower. The dungeon crawling, loot gathering, and enemy slaying will all look pretty standard, but they're tied together very nicely with a tic tac toe-inspired movement system. Your character acts in a 3x3 gridded area of the dungeon, and you'll need to claim a line of 3 boxes horizontally, vertically, or diagonally to continue moving through the dungeon. Action goes down within that grid while you're trying to make your lines of 3, and combat with enemies is turn-based with them taking a turn after you do and slowly trying to claim the boxes around you. Also, you'll only be able to move forward through the dungeon in the direction that you completed your third box in a line, so you'll need to consider that before just making lines all willy nilly. Here's a couple of animated .gifs showing Tic Tac Tower in action...

Long-Awaited 'Shadow Fight 3' Soft Launches in Canada, but You'll Need a Beta Code to Play if You're Not Actually IN Canada

Soft-launching a game before its official worldwide release has long been a practice used by developers to test out a game in a live market that's not quite as big and intimidating as the entire globe but also much larger and informative than a smaller beta testing group. It's also given eager players a chance to jump into a free game before its full release by creating an iTunes account in whatever region the game soft launches in. In the past year or so though, many developers have taken to limiting these soft launches by requiring a player to actually BE in the country where the soft launch is taking place. It's possible to circumvent that by using a VPN service on your device, but it's not an ideal situation and it seems like most people would rather not bother with the hassle and would rather just wait out the official launch instead. Today Nekki's long-awaited sequel Shadow Fight 3 soft-launched in Canada, and they're using a different approach to limiting this partial launch. You'll need a special code provided to those who signed up and were accepted into the beta testing group in order to play the game. ..

'Super Phantom Cat 2' Officially Announced with New Trailer, Launching in August

A week ago, we posted about the latest update to fantastic retro-style platformer Super Phantom Cat [$1.99 / Free] that included the text "Super Phantom Cat 2 will be issued on App Store in [a] few days!" which led us to wonder if that few days meant it was coming sometime in the very near future or if it meant literally in a few days. Well, now we have our answer as developer Veewo Games have officially announced Super Phantom Cat 2 with a new teaser trailer and news that the game is set to arrive on iOS at some point in August. A little more than a FEW days, but still really close, so I'll let it slide! Check out the awesome new trailer...

Upcoming CCG 'Fightlings' Expands Its Soft Launch, New Battle Tutorial Video Released

In October of last year, we were introduced to Fightlings, a new card battling game that used the interesting approach of having you discover new creatures for your deck by going out in the real world and collecting resources in a similar fashion to Pokemon GO [Free], but without all that augmented reality Pokeball-flicking. The game soft-launched in the Netherlands at that time, and has been receiving frequent updates since based on early player feedback. Then just last week two new Fightlings trailers were released giving a more updated look at the game. Now, this week Fightlings has expanded its soft-launch into more territories and developer Thoughtfish has released this new video tutorial explaining how battles work in the game...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'A Planet of Mine'

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...

'Egglia: Legend of the Redcap' is a Premium RPG that's Releasing Outside of Japan in August

Egglia: Legend of the Redcap is a mobile RPG created by a team with a tremendous pedigree in the gaming industry, comprised of members who have worked on the Mana series, Mother 3, and the Kingdom Hearts series. It released in Japan back in April and shot up the charts, and this week developers Powerchord Studio and Brownies Inc. have announced that Egglia: Legend of the Redcap is releasing in English in August. The land of Egglia has become trapped inside of eggs piece by piece, and one day a red capped elf named Chabo falls from the sky and embarks on a quest to restore the world to its former glory. It's all explained quite well in the new English language trailer for Egglia: Legend of the Redcap...