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.

Squigly is Heading to 'Skullgirls Mobile', Check Out Our Exclusive Gameplay Gifs of Her in Action

Fighting games have been split into two distinct camps on mobile. On one side there's the traditional fighting game that offers free movement of characters and pretty much behaves like a fighting game on other platforms by using a bunch of virtual buttons to approximate physical controls. Then there's what I've come to call "swipe fighters" which take most of the mechanics of a normal fighting game but streamline them to be conducive to taps and swiping gestures on the touchscreen. The traditional-style fighting games have found a small but passionate audience on mobile, with Street Fighter IV CE being the best example of that version done right. However, the swipe fighters have been the ones to break into the mainstream of the mobile market, with games like Marvel: Contest of Champions and Injustice 2, among many others, amassing millions of active players and raking in money hand over fist. ..

Hardcore One-Thumb Platformer 'Almost There' Launching May 9th and Up for Pre-Order Now

Last month we posted about an upcoming game from indie developer Bony Yousuf called Almost There, a platformer that is looking to be entirely playable with just one finger but without having auto-running or by dumbing down the experience in any way. In fact, it's pretty much the opposite of dumbed down as Almost There is a hardcore precision platformer in a similar vein to something like Geometry Dash [$1.99]. You can see just how chaotic the platforming and hazard-dodging is in this trailer for Almost There...




Explore the Tiny People Inside Your Body in 'Homo Machina' on May 17th

French publisher ARTE already dropped a great mobile game on us a couple of weeks ago called Vandals [$3.99], and while it's highly derivative of the Hitman/Lara Croft/Deus Ex GO series of turn-based stealth games, it's still a game I enjoyed a ton. Now they're already getting set to release their next mobile title, and it's one that I'm incredibly excited about. It's called Homo Machina, and it's based on German physician Fritz Kahn and his groundbreaking diagrams of the human body. Kahn would depict the workings of the human body as tiny people running a "factory" made up of different "rooms" which made those workings more understandable to the layperson. They're also just tons of fun and a perfect inspiration for a video game. The studio behind Homo Machina is Darjeeling and as you can see in this trailer they've essentially brought these Kahn diagrams to life...

Out Now: 'Paladins Strike', 'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery', 'Still Here', 'Supertype', 'Major Mayhem 2', 'Lightslinger Heroes', 'Heroes of Elements', 'Dino War: Survival' and More

Each and every day new mobile games are hitting the App Store, and so each week we put together a big old list of all the best new releases of the past seven days. Back in the day the App Store would showcase the same games for a week, and then refresh those features each Thursday. Because of that developers got into the habit of releasing their games throughout Wednesday or very early Thursday in order to hopefully get one of those coveted features spots. Nowadays the App Store refreshes constantly, so the need for everyone to release all on the same day has diminished. Still, we've kept our weekly Wednesday night format as for years that's the time people knew to check TouchArcade for the list of new games. And so without further ado please check out the full list of this week's new games below, and let us know in the comments section which games you'll be picking up!..

For the past week, platforming fans have been gushing over Oddmar [$4.99], and with good reason. It's absolutely one of the best platformers ever released on mobile. But it's certainly not alone in the stable of classic mobile platformers, and one of the other most beloved ones has just received an update for the full screen of the iPhone X. That game is Goblin Sword [$1.99] from Gelato Games, and if this is somehow the first you're hearing of this game, boy are you in for a treat. Goblin Sword is a hack 'n slash action platformer with light RPG elements and some of the finest pixel art we've seen. Check it out in the launch trailer below...

After we first learned back in 2014 Dinosaur Polo Club would be bringing their subway planning game Mini Metro [$4.99] to mobile, it felt like it took FOREVER for it to finally release. Now looking back I can hardly believe that we're coming up on the two year anniversary this fall of it launching for iOS. Time is a funny thing. Anyway, just because Mini Metro has been out in the wild for a couple of years, doesn't mean the Dinosaur Polo Club is done with it. Not by a long shot! Today they've released a new update for Mini Metro which offers three alternate versions of existing maps in the game. To unlock these alternate versions, you'll need to deliver 1000 riders on any of the original versions of each map. Here's a quick synopsis of the three new maps:..

'The Ancients AR' is an RTS Where You Summon Giant Creatures Out of the Ocean, Coming May 15th

Thus far, most of the ARKit games we've seen haven't really used augmented reality in a way that's especially meaningful to the actual gameplay of whatever game it's in. Not that there aren't games that do that, but they're really few and far between. The Ancients AR is a new game from developer Immersion and, while their AR implementation may also be more gimmicky than game-changing, it's at least an awesome gimmick. The Ancients AR is a real-time strategy game that takes place in the sea where you'll command a fleet of warships and take part in the neverending war between three island kingdoms. Living amongst all this chaos are The Ancients themselves, who are massive creatures that can be summoned from the sea and used in battle. In AR terms, this means you can call these big guys out right in the real-life ocean...

Flying Eyeball Adventure 'Witcheye' Gets a Ton of New Animated Gifs, Shooting for Release this Year

Back in early December of last year, we came across a lovely looking upcoming game called Witcheye from developer Peter Malamud Smith, who previously released the Satellina series on mobile and co-developed the critically-acclaimed "lost" 8-bit NES game The Great Gatsby back in 2011. So retro-style games are this developer's bag, and Witcheye looked to follow that trend. You play as a witch who can transform into a flying eyeball, hence the name of the game, and you'll fly around levels bashing into enemies and huge boss characters to defeat them. Witcheye looked great when we initially posted about it, then this past February the developer released a ton of new animated gifs showing off more of the game. Today he has done the same, and a couple of the new animations you can see below...

'Maze: Shadow of Light' is a Soft-Launched Free to Play ARPG with a Fantastic Art Style

For the past couple of years, developers all over the world have been releasing really great-looking free to play action RPGs and it's kind of gotten to the point that they're all blending together to me. It's not surprising as the genre is absolutely massive in the Eastern markets, and all of these games typically have very strong mechanics and a near infinite amount of things to do, sucking up months and even years from millions of players. Still though, how many more fantasy-based free to play ARPGs do we need in the world? Well at least one more, I guess, as developer Awesome PIG has just soft-launched their upcoming Maze: Shadow of Light in select territories. Helping the game stand out from the pack is the beautiful cartoony art style and killer animations, as you can see in this trailer...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Oddmar'

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...

Last fall, PikPok took their highly atmospheric and creepy first-person zombie apocalypse runner/shooter hybrid Into the Dead [Free] and expanded on it in every way imaginable with the sequel Into the Dead 2 [Free]. This included improving the visuals a ton, adding in all sorts of new weaponry, expanding the upgrade system, adding additional environments to run in, and creating hand-crafted levels with a full campaign and compelling storyline rather than the endless nature of the first game. Overall it seems to have been quite the hit with players, amassing more than 13 million downloads as of mid-February. PikPok has been good about keeping the content updates flowing following Into the Dead 2's release last October, adding in new weapons and features and hosting various special events. Today, they're teasing what they're calling the "biggest update yet" to Into the Dead 2, and you can probably guess why by checking out the teaser trailer...

It was a very merry Christmas for strategy game-loving iPad owners this past December when Aspyr Media brought 2K and Firaxis Games' critically-acclaimed title Civilization VI [Free (HD)] to the iPad. And not just some stripped-down-for-mobile port either, this was the full, real deal desktop game but on the iPad. We were overwhelmingly impressed with it in our review and picked it for our Game of the Week when it released, and in general feel it's the best strategy title available on the App Store. Since that initial release, Aspyr has been busting their butt to get all of the DLC that has been added to the desktop version of the game out for the iPad. This has included the Poland and Vikings packs in February and the Australia pack earlier this month. Now a new pack featuring Persia and Macedon content is now available for purchase in Civilization VI for the iPad...

Spit-Swapping One-Handed Platformer 'Spitkiss' Gets an Official Trailer

One of the more interesting and quirky games we got a chance to see during GDC last month was a game called Spitkiss from developer Triple Topping Games. Story-wise it's about two special beings named Y27 and B4 who are madly in love with each other, and they show this love by… well, spitting in each other's mouths. Gross… or is it? Maybe it's not gross and it's actually really sweet. Whatever the case, the two lovebirds are never in the exact same place so it's your job as the player to guide the wad of spit from one to the other across treacherous levels. Functionally, this plays out as a one-handed platformer where you sling the spit using a guide mark similar to something like Angry Birds, and bounce the spit off of walls and avoid hitting hazards on your journey towards Y27 or B4. Yeah it's a weird game ok! But I love it. Today, Triple Topping has released the first official trailer for Spitkiss which gives you a really good idea of what the game is like...

New Teaser Video Shows Off the "Stars" of the Upcoming 'Pixel Stars' from Ogre Pixel

Ogre Pixel, developer of such personal favorites as Warcher Defenders [Free] and Swipe Casters [Free], unveiled two of their new projects during GDC last month. One is called Pixel Stars, and it's a fairly straightforward endless running game where the focus is totally on unlocking and collecting a huge cast of characters. Those will include parodies of plenty of recognizable people including video game stars, real-life celebrities, characters from movies and TV, and more. We actually got a quick demo of an early version of Pixel Stars when we were at GDC, and enjoyed it a lot. Today Ogre Pixel has released a new teaser trailer for Pixel Stars which aims to show just how many characters you'll come across in the game...

For the past few years, Mad Otter Games have been offering a truly cross-platform MMO experience for mobile gamers in the form of Villagers & Heroes [Free]. For a long time it was only available on PC and Android, but it did finally come to iOS back in February and allowed players to play seamlessly across all three platforms. What it lacked in fancy graphics it certainly has made up for in terms of the sheer number of things you can do in the game, and how well it all works across a pretty wide variety of devices. It's a very old-school sort of MMO experience, but that seems to be what players love about Villagers & Heroes. Last year Mad Otter released a huge update called the Starfall Expansion which significantly reworked huge portions of the game including the combat. Now with the iOS release behind them, they're working on the game's next big update which will focus more on the social areas of the game...

Blast Enemies Coming from the Walls of Your Own House in Upcoming ARKit Defense Game 'Defend It!'

Back in January, Apple announced an update for their ARKit technology that would allow the software to recognize vertical flat surfaces like walls in addition to the floor recognition that the feature initially launched with. I'm sure there's all sorts of ways developers can use the new tech, but Wizard Games instantly thought about how cool it would be to have something literally bursting through your walls in AR. They've adapted that idea into a defense game called Defend It! which sees you blasting away waves of enemies that smash through the walls in augmented reality and try to take out your special crystal. I'm doing a bad job of explaining it, but the idea is pretty clear in the following video for Defend It!..

It was way back in December of 2015 that Implosion - Never Lose Hope [$9.99] developer Rayark unveiled their visually stunning upcoming game Sdorica, but in reality the game has been in the works for even longer than that, 4 years to be exact. Now after a somewhat lengthy soft-launch period, and with more than 2 million people already pre-registering for the game, Sdorica -sunset- [Free] is finally launched globally in the App Store today. It's been a long time coming! Right from the moment we first saw Sdorica, we've been impressed with its striking visuals, colorful cast of characters, and fluid animations. Coupled with a killer soundtrack and animated cutscenes, Sdorica is quite the looker, as you can see in the global launch trailer...

Out Now: 'Oddmar', 'Brew Town', 'Avernum 3: Ruined World HD', 'Dynanite Headdy Classic', 'The Mooseman', 'Fishing Strike', 'Beast Brawlers', 'Retro Highway', 'Soap Dodgem' and More

Each and every day new mobile games are hitting the App Store, and so each week we put together a big old list of all the best new releases of the past seven days. Back in the day the App Store would showcase the same games for a week, and then refresh those features each Thursday. Because of that developers got into the habit of releasing their games throughout Wednesday or very early Thursday in order to hopefully get one of those coveted features spots. Nowadays the App Store refreshes constantly, so the need for everyone to release all on the same day has diminished. Still, we've kept our weekly Wednesday night format as for years that's the time people knew to check TouchArcade for the list of new games. And so without further ado please check out the full list of this week's new games below, and let us know in the comments section which games you'll be picking up!..

Developer Jussi Simpanen aka Adventure Islands released Duke Dashington Remastered [Free] back in November of last year, just a handful of days after Apple's latest device the iPhone X hit the market. Given the timing of the release, it's no surprise that the game didn't support the full screen of the iPhone X at the time, but it was still disappointing to iPhone X owners like myself and has only grown more so in the months since. Well! Thankfully Adventure Islands was already on the case, and decided to roll iPhone X screen support into a juicy new content update for Duke Dashington Remastered which has just hit the App Store today. The new content comes in the form of the Crystal Caverns dungeon which offers 30 brand new levels complete with their own new Game Center achievements and Time Trial leaderboard. Here's a brief glimpse of the game running on an iPhone X...

We've been all kinds of excited for Oddmar [$4.99], a new game from the folks behind one of the App Store's best ever platformers Leo's Fortune [$4.99], ever since we learned about it last month. In fact though the story of Oddmar goes back even further than that. Originally announced in 2015 under the name Viking Mushroom, it looked like the project might never see the light of day due to going silent following its unveiling. Thankfully that wasn't the case, and after that re-debut last month and our hands-on time with the game at GDC about a week later, Oddmar was given an official release date of April 19th and was put up for pre-order in the App Store a couple of weeks ago. Generally, pre-order games don't go live until the actual day listed on the pre-order page, but to the delight of many anxious gamers like myself Oddmar has broken that tendency and is now live in the App Store a day early...