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.

Over the past few years, developer Shelly Alon has released two quirky and enjoyable puzzle games for iOS in 2014's Partyrs [$1.99] and 2015's Sputnik Eyes [$1.99]. So when we learned earlier this week that his next game would be a vertical shoot 'em up, a genre that's notorious for the type of frantic action not seen in Alon's previous puzzle games, I wasn't quite sure how it would turn out. This new game is called Glitchskier [$1.99] and now that it's finally available I can answer my own sense of curiosity: It turned out brilliantly!..

Just barely slipping past our normal weekly list of new releases was Grimnir and Snow Cannon Games moody new point-and-click adventure game The Frostrune [$4.99]. The game is heavily inspired by Viking legends and ancient Norse culture, and the gorgeous artwork does an amazing job of creating creepy and unsettling environments for you to explore and puzzle around in. We've covered the game several times over the course of the past year or so, and have really fallen in love with the tremendous atmosphere the game is able to create. Check out the newest trailer for The Frostrune to see a glimpse of the mood in the game...




Out Now: 'Corpse Party: Blood Drive', 'Tankout', 'Edo Superstar', 'Warlock's Tower', 'Papery Planes', 'Felis: Save All the Cats!', Missileman', 'Charming Keep' and More

It's another new week and that means another new batch of iOS games have arrived in the App Store. I'd say this isn't a particularly busy week in terms of number of games, but there's a better ratio of what I'd call high quality offerings than a typical week. Plus there's a few things we're still waiting on, such as The Frostrune which actually did launch very briefly but has since disappeared, but should be re-arriving sometime later tonight. Then there's Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes which, if Super Mario Run is anything to go by, will arrive sometime late morning or early afternoon tomorrow. We'll see! Also the very interesting looking Glitchskier should be coming most any time, but just hasn't arrived in time for this post. So check out the full list of games below and let us know in the comments or in our Discord chat which games you'll be picking up this week!..

'Malevolent Machines' Gets New Trailer Ahead of Launch Next Week

We've been following along with the development of Malevolent Machines from Goodnight Games since it was first introduced back in September of last year, and while it was originally planned for release in December, that was pushed back and February 7th has been its new release date for some time now. Over that time we've seen quite a few brief clips on how various parts of the game were coming together, but what we've been lacking is one cohesive video that brings it all together. Well, that ends today! Check out the brand new launch trailer for Malevolent Machines...

Endless Digger from 3 Sprockets 'Digby Forever' Launching on iOS February 16th

Earlier this month 3 Sprockets, who have created games like strategy title Cubemen2 [$1.99] and clever puzzler Outfolded [Free], and who also co-developed the fantastic Pac-Man 256 [Free], announced their latest game called Digby Forever. It's an endless digger that has you frantically digging down through the earth avoiding enemies and hazards and hopefully making it far before your ultimate demise. The preview gifs looked great, and I was pretty anxious to check it out when it released. Well, as of today 3 Sprockets has announced when that release date will be, and it's in just a couple of weeks on February 16th!..

While the big N has stated that their first mobile game release Super Mario Run [Free] wouldn't be getting major content updates during the course of its life, they've still been pretty active about updating the game in general and running new events and sometimes even adding new features, like the "Friendly Run" mode back in December and the "Loads of Coins" event a couple of weeks ago. Today they've gone and done it again by updating Super Mario Run not with actual new content but with a major tweaking to how the game works in an effort to appeal to those who find it too challenging. It's called "Easy Mode" and you'll get the option to replay a level in this new way once you've failed it at least once. Easy Mode removes the time limit and also gives you unlimited bubble redos, meaning you can die as often as you want and can take as much time doing so as you wish!..

First Trailer Released for Golf/Platformer Hybrid 'Golf Zero', Shooting for End of February Launch

For the past few weeks, we've been dazzled by the various animated gifs that developers Colin Lane and Brad Erkkila have been posting to Twitter for their upcoming iOS game Golf Zero. If this is the first you're hearing of Golf Zero, it's a platforming game with a golfing spin that has you running through Super Meat Boy-esque gauntlets of death with the ultimate goal of shooting a tiny ball into a tiny hole before you inevitably bite the big one. It looks absolutely fantastic so far, and if animated gifs just aren't getting the job done for you, today the developers have released the first official trailer for Golf Zero which you can check out below...

In late October of last year we posted about the then-upcoming sequel to the 2013 platformer Snailboy: An Epic Adventure called Snailboy: Rise of Hermitron [Free]. The game featured some really fantastic visuals and some really interesting snail-based mechanics like slinging yourself around like a rubber band, sticking to walls, and shooting fireballs. Ok, maybe that last one isn't exclusive to snail behavior. Anyway, the game was looking great and about a month and a half after that initial announcement Snailboy: Rise of Hermitron soft-launched in select territories. Well, the wait is finally over as this morning Snailboy: Rise of Hermitron has officially launched worldwide...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Splitter Critters'

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...

Two New 'Fire Emblem Heroes' Videos Give Us a Lengthy Look at the Heroes and Heroines in the Game

We were just about wrapped up for the week here at TouchArcade Towers, and our own Shaun Musgrave had to go and spoil it all by pointing out some new Fire Emblem Heroes videos that we hadn't posted about yet. Thanks a lot Shaun! For the uninitiated, Fire Emblem Heroes was announced earlier this month during a Nintendo Direct broadcast and pits characters from the Fire Emblem universe against one another in free to play battle. Cynicism about free to play aside, Fire Emblem Heroes actually looks really decent as far as free to play collect-a-thon battlers go. Check out these first two videos which showcase some of the many characters you'll see in the game, followed by the official trailer for Fire Emblem Heroes...

'Kingdom: New Lands' iOS and Android Versions Mysteriously Delayed

Just over a week ago, Raw Fury Games announced that their quirky kingdom simulation/survival game Kingdom: New Lands would be coming to iOS and Android on January 31st following its successful existence on Steam and Xbox One. Well, unfortunately Raw Fury announced today that the mobile versions of Kingdom: New Lands have been delayed, and the reason for that delay is shrouded in mystery! Their brief blog post says that the delay isn't development related, which is good news, and that whatever this mystery reason is for the delay is "for something good." We have no idea what that means, but we will gladly accept their offer of a unicorn pooping coins to make up for this disappointing news...

It Looks Like Over-the-Top Side-Scrolling Combat Racing Game 'Intergalactic Road Warriors' is Heading to Mobile

Intergalactic Road Warriors is a side-scrolling combat racing game from developer TurtleBlaze that launched on Steam Early Access in March of last year. The developers have been quite active in working with the early access players and continuing to flesh out their manic racing game, and it definitely seems like the type of game that would be a perfect fit for mobile. Well, according to a tweet from TurtleBlaze earlier today, it looks like that's exactly what's going to happen...

'Oceanhorn 2' Being Made in Unreal Engine 4, Gorgeous New Screens Released

In August of last year, Cornfox & Bros. dropped a bombshell when they announced Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm, a sequel to their 2013 smash-hit action adventure RPG Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas [$5.99]. The biggest surprise was that the sequel would be breaking from the top-down isometric perspective of the original and going for a full behind-the-back third-person view. It also would feature a completely new protagonist than that of the original Oceanhorn. We've been anxious to hear any news on Oceanhorn 2 since that announcement, and today Cornfox is giving us exactly what we want with a big update on their blog and in our forums about where the game is currently at. One of the big new reveals is that Oceanhorn 2 is being built in Unreal Engine 4 and it looks absolutely stunning, as you can see in these new screen shots...

New Screens for 'The Inner World - The Last Wind Monk' Released, Coming Summer 2017

In August of last year, Headup Games and Studio Fizbin announced The Inner World - The Last Wind Monk, a sequel to their fan favorite 2013 adventure game The Inner World [$2.99]. Then last week Headup announced that the original game was being reworked for controller play and would be released on the Xbox One and Playstation 4, so that those console gamers could experience The Inner World ahead of the sequel's release across both desktop, console, and mobile platforms. Now today they've released a couple of brand new screens for The Inner World - The Last Wind Monk showing off its fantastic hand-drawn art style. Check 'em out...

Foursaken Shares New Screens of their Upcoming Alternate History Cover-Based Shooter 'Noblemen: 1896'

This past November Foursaken Media, who are generally working on multiple projects at any given time, officially announced a very interesting new game called Noblemen: 1896. As is practically Foursaken's calling card by now, Noblemen is a mashup of genres, specifically a top-down strategy portion where you'd maneuver your armies, take over territories, and plan for your next battle along with a cover-based third-person shooter portion where the battles would actually happen. The concept both looked and sounded really neat, and this week Foursaken has taken to Twitter as well as our forums to share some new screenshots of Noblemen: 1896...

'Incidence' is Like a Bouncy Game of Minimalist Mini-Golf, Coming to iOS February 23rd

There's just something so satisfying about the pull-back-then-let-go slingshotting mechanic on a touchscreen. I mean, Angry Birds anyone? It's hard to put my finger on exactly why, but coming in at the perfect angle and pulling back to give your shot just the right amount of oomph is a really great feeling. Good thing, then, that ScrollView Games, who you may remember from last year's colorful Toxic Hunters [Free], is basing their next game entirely on that awesome slingshotting feeling. The game is called Incidence, and it's sort of like a minimalist game of mini-golf where you have a limited number of tries to launch your ball and bounce it into the goal at the end of each zig-zagging course. Watching the trailer for Incidence will explain it far better than I can...

Out Now: 'Splitter Critters', 'A Normal Lost Phone', 'Pokemon Duel', 'One Piece Thousand Storm', 'Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag', 'Akihabara - Feel the Rhythm', 'Creature Quest', 'I Love Hue' and More

It's that time of week again when we roundup all of the new iOS game releases of the past seven days. As always, there's a hefty list of new games below that run the gamut of genres, and there's very likely at least a little something for everyone. Normally we ask you to share which games you're interested in the comments section, but we've been trying out Discord [Free] for the past several weeks and have ended up growing quite an entertaining little community of chatters. So, in addition to the comments section below, feel free to mash this link to get invited to our Discord chat and discuss which games you're excited about this week with other members of the TA community!..

Ironhide Game Studio Releases Beta Footage of Upcoming RTS 'Iron Marines', Shooting for Release Mid-2017

Just about a year ago, Ironhide Game Studio began teasing a new real-time strategy game called Iron Marines, which looked like an exciting departure from their critically-acclaimed fantasy tower defense series Kingdom Rush. Not a ton of new information about Iron Marines was released in the time since though, and with Ironhide officially teasing a new Kingdom Rush game just last week it left a lot of fans wondering what the heck was up with their upcoming RTS. Well, wonder no more! Today Ironhide has posted some beta footage of Iron Marines on their blog and are asking for feedback on how it's shaping up. What do you think?..

'Super Blackjack Battle II Turbo Edition' Gets New Trailer and Will be Playable at PAX South

Last month I got overly excited about the announcement of Super Blackjack Battle II Turbo Edition, aka SBJB2TE. It's a blackjack game at heart but with all the trappings of classic Street Fighter II in the arcades. The story revolves around 12 different characters who are all vying to be the best blackjack players in the world by competing in a huge tournament. However, shadiness is afoot as the tournament is being thrown by the head of the Las Vegas mafia and it appears there's ulterior motives for him to invite the world's best blackjack players together in the same place. While the trailer for SBJB2TE last month was simply a teaser, this week developers Headup Games and Stage Clear Studios have released a brand new trailer showing a bit more of the game in action...

'Skate Lines 2' from Agens Turns into 'Skate City' and is Being Co-Developed by 'Alto's Adventure' Creator Built By Snowman

True Skate [$1.99] is likely the most well-known mobile skateboarding game around (and deservedly so!), but one of my other favorite skating games is one that's flown more under the radar since its release nearly two years ago to the day. It's Skate Lines [Free] from developer Agens, and its brand of side-scrolling skating won me over with its great style and focus on stringing tricks together into lines, much like real-world skating. Despite its age I till play Skate Lines frequently, and have been fervently awaiting its sequel since we first posted about it close to a year ago. After that time, though, news on Skate Lines 2's development went mostly silent, and I was afraid it might not ever see the light of day. Well, that's not the case! Today Agens have announced that they've rebranded Skate Lines 2 as Skate City and that they're co-developing the game with Alto's Adventure [$4.99] developer Built By Snowman. They've released this truly fantastic little animated teaser trailer which features a quick glimpse of Skate City right at the end...