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.

'Wizards and Wagons' Gets a New Trailer, Launching Next Week

What do you do when you're the world's hero and you've vanquished all the bad guys? Take up a job as a traveling salesman, obviously. That is the premise behind Wizards and Wagons, which we first took a look at back in September and is getting set to launch next Thursday, November 12th. You'll travel the world in your merchant wagon, trying to turn a profit trading goods, fighting off enemies in between towns, and upgrading your wagon with weapons and armor. All in an effort to regain the riches you once knew as a hero. Check it out in action in this brand new trailer...

'Venture Kid' Lives! New Trailer Available, Release Planned for this Winter

Way back in February of last year, a trailer for a retro-inspired action platformer called Venture Kid got me all excited. You could clearly see the heavy Mega Man influence in how main character moved and blasted his weapon, as well as in the enemy and environment designs. It was a total love letter to Mega Man, and seeing as that's one of my all-time favorite franchises, it pleased me greatly. It was also uncanny how well Venture Kid captured the essence of an NES-era title, from the music and sound effects right down to the flickering sprites and color palette. ..

Out Now: 'The Room Three', 'BeatNiks', 'Neon Drive', 'Wheelie 2', 'Peanuts: Snoopy's Town Tale', 'Mavenfall', 'Bigfoot Hunter', 'Steam: Rails to Riches' and More

Welcome to another packed week of new iOS game releases, folks! Since last week's list was such a monster, and we had several complaints that the Out Now post was crashing peoples' browsers due to too many YouTube videos being embedded. Sorry about that! So this week we're doing it a bit differently and only posting App Store screenshots. If you're looking for videos for the games in this list, you'll typically find them by following the forum link for each game. Let us know how you feel about this new process and as always let us know what games you'll be picking up this week!..

Thank you Terry Cavanagh! One of my all-time favorite games ever, on any platform, is Terry Cavanagh's Super Hexagon [$2.99]. It practically started the twitch gaming trend on mobile way back in 2012, and will always be a mainstay on my devices for as long as it's feasible. Anyway, Super Hexagon hasn't seen a whole lot of love since its release, besides the odd iOS compatibility update. It never supported "true" Retina resolution on iOS, but a few jaggy edges didn't really diminish the retro-style game. A bigger problem was that at some point, I believe after iOS 7's release, the game's performance suffered and occasionally the game would stutter briefly while playing. Unlike the jaggies, this was not ideal for a fast-paced twitch game like Super Hexagon. Though it was never crippling, it was a frequent annoyance. ..

Mi Clos Studios' survival roguelike Out There [$4.99] launched on iOS back in February of last year, and we thought it was simply wonderful. It was also extremely difficult and unforgiving, which turned a lot of people off. Later that year, a major update was announced dubbed "Omega Edition" which landed on iOS this past June and added lots of new content and revamped visuals. It was a glorious treat for current fans, but many still found the game too brutal to enjoy. Welp, in early September, Mi Clos announced a series of updates they had planned for Out There which they called Multiverse Updates. The first of these updates, subtitled Cemetery Gates, adds a massive new feature that people had been requesting but the developers had been resisting since the beginning: an Easy mode. After arriving on Steam a few weeks back, Multiverse Update 1: Cemetery Gates has just landed on iOS...

Sometimes, with a unique hook and an amusing trailer, even an endless runner can catch my attention nowadays. Such is the case with Classy Quest [Free], a new action runner from Raredrop Games that launched yesterday afternoon. The idea is pretty simple: touch the left side of the screen to jump, and the right side to shoot a projectile, like Monster Dash [Free] and the like. The twist comes from the many, many different classes you can transform into by collecting the large green gems during play. ..

11 bit Studios' somber look at war from the civilians' perspective This War of Mine [$14.99] launched on desktop in November of last year to critical acclaim, and in July of this year it was ported to iOS and Android tablets. The somewhat point-and-click style of the gameplay in This War of Mine felt completely at home on the touchscreen, but as is the case with most games that release as iPad-only, iPhone owners were miffed to be missing out on the experience. Well, miff no more, iPhone owners! This War of Mine was just updated with Universal iPhone support...

Pixeljam's Space Exploration and Survival Game 'Last Horizon' is Coming Soon

You may remember all the way back in March of this year we sat down with Pixeljam Games at GDC to take a look at one of their upcoming projects called Last Horizon. For a quick recap, Last Horizon is a space exploration and survival game that has you rocketing from planet to planet, collecting resources like fuel and oxygen on the way in an effort to make it to a far away "goal" planet. All the planets are randomly generated too, so you get a nifty assortment of environments like the ones you can see below...

I know that you've been drooling in anticipation for this Coors Light-branded mobile beat 'em up ever since Eli previewed it last week, and now the wait is finally over: Coors Light Super Refresh-Men [Free] is now available on the App Store. I know that we've had a hint of sarcasm whenever we've talked about Super Refresh-Men, but I'm going to be honest, this game is pretty dang awesome. ..

Apple TV App Store Adds Top Charts Section

November 2nd, 2015 8:58 PM EST by Jared Nelson in News

Well that didn't take long. Less than 30 minutes after we posted some recommended Apple TV games due to Apple's Apple TV App Store having terrible discovery, the folks over at 9to5Mac have reported that Apple has just added Top Charts to their newest App Store. ..

The new Apple TV leaves a lot to be desired, as evidenced by Eli's first impressions of the device after receiving it Friday morning. My Apple TV got caught up in a shipping snafu, but I did receive it on Saturday, and so far my feelings pretty much mimic Eli's. It's definitely a much-improved content streaming box compared to previous generation Apple TVs, but when it comes to actual games and several areas of the user experience, the new Apple TV is shockingly subpar. One of the big drawbacks is how the App Store is set up in its initial release. The search functionality is poor, and there are no sub-categories to define. So essentially if you aren't on the featured page you pretty much don't exist. With that in mind, here's a few recommendations for games that aren't currently featured anywhere by Apple. Some are just plain good games, some are not the greatest but do exhibit unique elements that are worth highlighting. At the very least, if you're a new Apple TV owner craving some new games this should give you some stuff to try out. Note: Some of the videos/screens below are from the iOS versions of these games...

'Rymdkapsel' Developer Grapefrukt Announces New Puzzle Game 'Twofold Inc.'

You may recognize the name Grapefrukt from their 2013 critically acclaimed minimalist real-time strategy game Rymdkapsel [$3.99], or maybe you're just Swedish and recognize your native spelling of grapefruit. Whatever the case, you should be jumping out of your seat in excitement as Grapefrukt (the developer, not the fruit) has just announced a new game called Twofold Inc. If you were a fan of the minimalist visuals but deep strategy of Rymdkapsel it sounds like you're in for a treat with Twofold Inc. ..

'Furdemption' Level Creation Contest Winners Revealed and Sequel Announced

A couple of weeks back, we told you about the level creation contest developer Raresloth was holding for their wonderful puzzle platformer Furdemption [$1.99], and this past Friday the winners of that contest were announced. Receiving the grand prize of a $25 iTunes gift card is the level "Just Dodge" created by Makoto. In 2nd place is "A fast shove" created by Snowblzr, who will receive $15 in iTunes credit. Finally in 3rd place and taking home $10 in iTunes credit is "Destroy" by Compakeo. Here's a video showcasing the top three winning levels, check 'em out!..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Lumino City'

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...

In the console and PC world, NetherRealm Studios announced that Jason Voorhees, the hockey-masked murderer from the Friday the 13th series, would be a playable guest character in Mortal Kombat X. Of course, they made this announcement on Friday the 13th this past March. Over on the mobile side of things, the iOS version of Mortal Kombat X [Free] has finally caught up just in time for Halloween, as Jason Voorhees has been added to the game...

Roguelike Survival Game 'Skyhill' Heading to Mobile in February 2016

Way back in January of last year, Mandragora Games announced their roguelike survival game Skyhill on our forums. It's been a long road since then, but it looks like Skyhill is finally heading to mobile early next year. The premise behind Skyhill is really cool. World War III has broken out, and use of biological weapons has basically turned the majority of the world's population into grotesque and dangerous mutants. Of course, none of this has bothered you too much as you've been holed up safe and sound in your luxury penthouse apartment in the Skyhill Hotel as all this drama has unfolded. ..

As we reported about a week ago, Handelabra Studio's Sentinels of the Multiverse [$4.99 (HD)], a digital adaptation of the popular physical board game of the same name, had its multiplayer update rejected by Apple due to the game's use of "cheat codes." In this case, cheat codes referred to special codes that could be entered into the game to unlock special card variants without forcing players to earn them through progressions or buy them via IAP. It was a nice compromise that allowed players who perhaps weren't skilled enough or didn't have the devotion to unlock them through play to get access to the variants, while those who did like that challenge could preserve their sense of accomplishment. Well, Apple didn't like that whole thing, so they rejected the latest update with the multiplayer functionality based on the whole cheat code thing, which had actually been in the game for some time already and made it through multiple Apple approval processes prior. That's our Apple! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯..

Long-time Apple fans no doubt recognize the name Pangea Software. Founded nearly 30 years ago, Pangea has been prolific in creating games for Apple's lineup of desktop computers over the years, even striking a deal with Apple to bundle up a selection of their games into Macs for a period of time. It made sense then that Pangea would be all over the iPhone's App Store when it launched in 2008, and the company has made a habit out of being among the first to support new features and devices as Apple rolls them out. Things like the high resolution Retina Display screen, Game Center online multiplayer, the iPad when it was brand new and more were all things Pangea was quick to be on top of with their catalog of games. This week the new Apple TV is arriving and unsurprisingly Pangea is right there with it...

Snap a Photo of Bigfoot 'Pokemon Snap' Style when 'Bigfoot Hunter' Launches Next Week

Among the many, many, many games that came out this week, one that popped up in our forums and had me all excited was Bigfoot Hunter from developer The Tap Lab and publisher R2 Games. If you're familiar with the N64 classic Pokemon Snap, Bigfoot Hunter is along the same lines as you travel to exotic locations around the world trying to capture the best snapshot of the elusive creature known as Bigfoot (and his wacky siblings) using your iOS device like a camera. Here's a brand new trailer giving you the gist of Bigfoot Hunter...

Freebie Alert: Foursaken's 'Minecraft'-Style Tower Defense/First-Person Shooter Hybrid 'Block Fortress' Free for the First Time Ever

We haven't heard a whole lot from the bros at Foursaken Media since they launched their epic Heroes and Castles 2 [$1.99 / Free] back in May, but that's okay! They are some of the hardest working indie devs I know, they deserve a little break. Plus they've been busy with updates for Heroes and Castles 2 and you just know they've got at least one new game cooking. Anyway, one very nice tidbit of information they sent our way today is that their excellent base-building/tower defense/first-person shooter mashup Block Fortress [$1.99] is currently free for the very first time since its launch back in March of 2013...