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.

Gorgeous Puzzle Adventure 'Submerged' Hits the App Store Ahead of Schedule

Earlier today we posted that Uppercut Games' gorgeous adventure Submerged was set to hit the App Store tomorrow, and while it may be "tomorrow" in some parts of the world already, the appearance of the game just moments ago does seem to be earlier than was intended. Hey, I'm not complaining! Submerged: Miku and the Sunken City [$4.99] released just over a year ago on PC and console to a somewhat mixed reception. This is a game that relies heavily on story, atmosphere, and exploration, which turned off a segment of the audience who was looking for more action. Those that enjoyed the type of game that it was, though, have had some high praise for the game. Here's a brand new trailer showing the mobile version of Submerged in action...

Foursaken's Color-Based Shooter 'Color Bots' Launching Tomorrow

Back in June, Foursaken Media announced their latest project, a color-based shooter called Color Bots. The game revolved around a cast of cool-looking robots fighting off invading swarms of cool-looking enemies by blasting the crap out of them as they approached from the top of the screen. You could move left and right to switch which lane of enemies you were shooting at, but the catch was you needed to match the color of your shot with the color of the enemy in order to defeat them. Shooting an enemy with the wrong color would only speed it up towards you. Color Bots sounded really neat, and today Foursaken has announced that the game is already set for launch tomorrow and they've released a new trailer to celebrate...




Infinite Dreams are continuing their rapid expansion of their excellent shoot 'em up Sky Force Reloaded [Free] with yet another new update dropping today. As with previous updates, this one comes with a code name, which is "The D Update." What's that "D" stand for? Dinosaurs! But not just any dinosaurs, but raptors with lasers attached to their head. Yes, laser raptors. Ahem. Perhaps you didn't hear me, I said LASER RAPTORS. Here are a couple of screens from this new Level 12...

A couple of weeks ago we posted a trailer for an interesting upcoming game from developer Legal Radiation called Line Defense, that looked to take the classic planet-protecting gameplay of Missile Command and blend it together with elements of brick-breaker Arkanoid and even a bit of the slice-and-dice gameplay of Fruit Ninja. Originally planned for release on August 26th, a few issues prevented that from happening, but thankfully the delay wasn't very long at all as yesterday evening Line Defense [Free] wriggled its way into the App Store...

'Fat Owl With A Jetpack' is a Fast-Paced 'Lunar Lander'-like from the Maker of 'Ground Effect' and 'Topia World Builder'

Glenn Corpes was one of the original members of Bullfrog in the late '80s and '90s, working on legendary game series like Populous, Syndicate, Theme Park, and Dungeon Keeper, before striking out on his own with one of the iPhone's earliest racing games called Ground Effect [$1.99 / Free]. He also colaborated with Crescent Moon to create the entertaining world-builder Topia [$1.99] back in 2012. Corpes has had another solo project in the works off and on since 2013, a sort of Lunar Lander-style game called Fat Owl With A Jetpack. After being dormant for quite some time, Corpes resurrected the thread in our forums to announce that Fat Owl With A Jetpack is still in development and drop off a new video of it in action...

Mobile MOBA 'Planet of Heroes' Gets First Gameplay Trailer, Closed Testing Begins

Last month, My.com's new internal studio Fast Forward unveiled a new mobile game in the popular MOBA genre called Planet of Heroes. The game was announced with a humorous trailer and Fast Forward's intent with the game was to gather as much feedback as possible from professional MOBA players and streamers to build a game that truly felt at home on mobile. Today Fast Forward has announced that closed testing for Planet of Heroes is set to kick off tomorrow, and along with that they've released a new gameplay trailer...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Space Marshals 2'

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...

Cult Hit Flash Game 'The Majesty of Colors' Being Remastered for PC and Mobile

In 2008, game designer Gregory Avery-Weir released a Flash game called The Majesty of Colors to much critical acclaim. The simple pixel art game had you controlling a long tentacle of a deep sea creature as it interacted with the people and things from the world above water. How you reacted to these things was up to you, as you could be friendly towards humans or aggressive, and your actions in the game would lead to one of five different endings. The Majesty of Colors was well-received by players and critics alike back in 2008, and now Avery-Weir and his studio Future Proof Games are remastering the game for re-release on desktop and mobile. Here's the first teaser of that remastered version...

Here's Footage of Cyberpunk Dual-Stick Shooter 'Neon Chrome' Running on an iPad

In late April of this year, 10tons Ltd. released their cyberpunk roguelike dual-stick shooter Neon Chrome on desktop and consoles, and in June they officially announced a mobile version was in the works and they were seeking beta testers for a planned beta period in August. Well, it's August, and as promised the beta testing on the mobile version of Neon Chrome began just a couple of days ago. 10tons has since updated the Neon Chrome thread in our upcoming games forum with a new video of the game running on an iPad Air 2. Check it out...

Out Now: 'Space Marshals 2', 'Riptide GP: Renegade', 'Solitairica', 'Con Man: The Game', 'Dungeon Warfare', 'Defend Your Turf', 'Shadow Quest RPG' and More

It's another week of new iOS games, and to be honest, I have yet to catch my breath after last week! Between obsessively playing Leap of Fate and the new iPhone version of The Quest HD, I can't really imagine having much free time to now be playing a new Space Marshals game, a new Riptide GP, Dungeon Warfare, Solitairica, and many more awesome new games from this week. Whew! Somehow I will find the inner strength to push through and play games at the expense of spending time with loved ones and possibly even eating, so if you're ready to turn the outside world off too check out the full list of games below and let us know in the comments which games you're grabbing!..

'Sally's Law' is a Puzzle Platformer with a Unique Dual-Playthrough Hook

Murphy's Law maintains that anything that can go wrong, likely will go wrong. Sally's Law is the exact opposite of that, when everything goes unbelievably perfect with no hiccups, according to developer Nanali Studios, makers of an upcoming puzzle platformer of the same name. As the developer describes Sally's Law, "It is that very notion of supernaturally good fortune - as though guided by some invisible force - upon which Sally's Law the Game was designed." This plays into the game itself in a very interesting way. Sally receives word that her father is critically ill, so she sets out on a journey to go see him, and absolutely nothing will stand in her way. That's because her father's spirit is journeying right alongside her and helping her out by triggering switches that will remove dangers from Sally's path. See this in action in the following trailer...

Twitter-Integrated Virtual Pet 'Tweechi' Launching Globally August 31st

Back in June, developer Fuzzy Face Studios soft-launched their virtual pet game Tweechi in select markets after originally announcing it over a year ago in July of last year. Since then, that soft-launched version seems to have disappeared in lieu of an official global launch, which Fuzzy Face has announced today will be later this month, on August 31st. Tweechi takes a similar approach to virtual pets as Impending's Hatch [$2.99], with a big, expressive main character who is hand-drawn and animated, as opposed to more retro fare like the Hatchi [$0.99] series. It also features some neat Twitter integration where you can earn in-game currency based on the number of retweets you receive. Check out the launch trailer for Tweechi...

'Color Snake' Will Add a Match-3 Element and More to the Classic 'Snake' Formula Later this Week

There are so many genres that have been done to death on iOS, it's only become harder and harder to get excited about seeing new ones. A new match-3, a new endless runner, the one-billionth casino gameā€¦ it takes a lot to get me to notice any of those. The classic Snake that many of us remember as our first mobile addiction back on the old Nokia candybar phones is one of those genres that's hard to stand out in, but I think Color Snakes might be capable of doing just that. At the very least it has my attention. The game plays out like a normal game of Snake except that random assortments of colored blocks are constantly popping up on the screen, and rather than just chasing after that next tasty snake segment you're main goal is trying to gobble up 3 or more of the same colored block in a row. You see, Color Snake is constantly getting faster and faster as you play, and matching colored blocks in that way will help slow the game down...

'Zip Zap' is a Weird Physics Puzzler Coming from the Maker of 'Squaredance' and 'Sometimes You Die'

Philipp Stollenmayer, aka Kamibox, made a big splash with his supremely clever puzzle platformer Sometimes You Die [$1.99] back in March of 2014, and most recently he flexed his puzzle-designing prowess with the excellent color-combining, block-sliding puzzler Squaredance [Free]. Oh, and he also made Pancake - The Game [Free]. Today he's revealed his next mobile puzzle game, and like many of his previous efforts, it's an interesting blend of action-based puzzle solving. The game is called Zip Zap, and it's simply about touching the goal in a level using various lengths of material that are connected by hinges, kind of like pieces of an Erector Set. Similar to another awesome puzzler Perchang [$1.99], when you touch the screen in Zip Zap you'll activate a piece, and when you release it deactivates it. You'll use that to inch, bounce, and swing your way towards each level's goal. This short trailer does a way better job at explaining Zip Zap than I ever could...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Leap of Fate'

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...

Halfbrick Soft-Launches Action Platformer 'Dan the Man' on iOS

Back in March during GDC we were treated to a nice demo of Dan the Man, an action platformer from Halfbrick that is based on the awesome web series of the same name. I've always loved those web cartoons, and it was hard not to want to simply play through a game that was just like it. Well, that's exactly what Dan the Man is! It takes place just after the last episode of the web series and puts you in the shoes of Dan himself (or his significant other, Josie!) as he tries to fight back against the oppressive monarchy who is using townspeople as slaves to power the kingdom. Here's the last episode of the web series which sets the stage for Dan the Man the video game...

TinyBuild Reveals 'Party Hard Tycoon', a Nightclub Simulator that Could Make its Way to Mobile

Way back in March of last year, tinyBuild announced a game called Party Hard, a game about stealthily and cleverly murdering your neighbors because they're partying way too loud. Despite that premise being a hyper-violent overreaction to dealing with something like noisy neighbors, Party Hard looked like a great game and definitely didn't take itself too seriously. The plan was to release it on desktop with mobile versions to follow, but after releasing on Steam this past August things went eerily quiet in regards to a mobile version. That silence lasted until just a few weeks ago when the mobile version (named Party Hard Go, naturally) was reconfirmed and seeking beta testers. Then only a few days ago tinyBuild released a lengthy video showcasing how they implemented the controls into Party Hard Go in order to make it work well on the touchscreen...

'Ignatius' is Like the Silent Film-Themed Cousin of 'Limbo', Coming to iOS September 15th

Ok, ok, so the Limbo [$4.99] thing has been done to DEATH, but that doesn't mean I don't still get excited for new games that use those familiar aesthetics. Case in point: Android platformer Ignatius from developer Sons of Welder could very easily be Limbo's 1920s cousin. It features the same sort of dark and silhouetted visuals and is also a puzzle-centric platformer, but I'm actually pretty interested in the plot behind Ignatius. You play as a young boy named Ignatius who is bored with his monotonous life. (It only gets worse with age, Ignatius, trust me.) One night he runs into a theater director named Vigo and before you know it he's transported into a silent film alternate reality. Your job is to escape this strange world by puzzling and platforming your way out...

Back in early March, developer Nanoo Company released their latest game Dark Sword [Free], a side-scrolling hack 'n slash game with a very stylish silhouette art style and great animations. Dark Sword featured bite-sized levels and simplified combat mechanics that still allowed for very satisfying button mashing gameplay. The biggest drawback, depending on your point of view I guess, was that the game is very free to play, meaning there's all the typical trappings from timers to in-game currencies and various IAP packs to be bought. However, if you're into your typical free to play grinding game this one was a lot of fun, and it featured tons of different types of loot to acquire and outfit your character with. Dark Sword has seen many updates in the months since its release which added things like new equipment, new difficulty levels, a Daily Raid mode, a pet system, and more, but its biggest update is yet to come as Nanoo has revealed that PvP is heading to the game in the next update...

The Angry Birds are Doing the 'Monster Strike' Thing with the Soft-Launched 'Angry Birds Evolution'

If you can think of a particular genre of video game, chances are pretty good that there's an Angry Birds version of it. The latest genre that Rovio and its famous feathered friends are tackling is the "bumper cars" style battling popularized by games like Monster Strike [Free]. Think of it like a digital game of marbles. Pull back on your character and take aim similar to launching a bird in Angry Birds proper, then let go and launch that character who will then bounce all over, hitting objects and enemies in the process. It's a fantastic mechanic for a touchscreen game, and although it hasn't quite seen the same success in the Western world, it has proven a winning formula for Monster Strike in Asia. Rovio is hoping to "strike" a similar hit with their soft-launched Angry Birds Evolution, which features similar battling style as well as light RPG and strategy elements...