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.

'Marvel Contest of Champions' Gets a New Cinematic Trailer, Launching Worldwide in December

Earlier this week we told you how Marvel and Kabam's mobile fighting game Marvel Contest of Champions had soft-launched in the Danish App Store, and today in the midst of the New York Comic-Con Marvel has released a new cinematic trailer for the game. The trailer features several of Marvel's iconic superheroes squaring off against one another, and alludes to some of the storyline that frames all the action. As the story goes, The Collector has imprisoned all the Marvel superheroes in crystals, and only releases them so they can compete in the Contest of Champions tournament. The reasons for this and what the contest's purpose are aren't exactly clear, but I have a feeling they're tied to the creepy, giant, partially invisible dude at the end of this trailer...

For millions upon millions of mobile device owners, Zynga's Words With Friends is as important a function of their mobile device as sending text messages or browsing the web. It's basically Scrabble that you can play practically anytime or anywhere with people from across the globe, even when you're pooping. What a world we live in. Today, Zynga has introduced a massive revamp to the game and rebranded it New Words With Friends [Free]. What's new about it? First and foremost is a Solo Play option that lets you square off against an AI opponent even if you don't have an internet connection, something I've been dying for forever...

One of the names synonymous with classic arcade games is Williams' 1982 hit Joust. I absolutely loved Joust when I was a kid. I was young enough that I didn't quite know what I was doing, but I really enjoyed just bouncing around as a knight riding a giant bird, and even at that young age I could really appreciate the physics system in the game. It wasn't until years later that I actually sat down and understood the mechanics behind Joust, and my love for the game just grew. It really is one of my all-time favorites...

It's been just over a month since Epic and Chair released the Kingdom Come update for Infinity Blade III [$6.99], a blockbuster content update and the last major addition to close out the trilogy of games. However, a few bugs snuck their way into the Kingdom Come update, and Chair has announced on the Infinity Blade blog that they're rectifying those in a 1.4.1 patch which has just been submitted to Apple...

Marvel and Kabam's Mobile Brawler 'Marvel Contest of Champions' Soft-Launched in Denmark

At the San Diego Comic-Con back in July, Marvel and Kabam announced an upcoming mobile fighter set in the Marvel universe called Marvel Contest of Champions. Over the weekend, the game was soft-launched in the Danish App Store. From the early impressions in our forums, it sounds like Marvel Contest of Champions is a pared down fighter similar to Warner Bros. and DC's Injustice: Gods Among Us [Free], though with slightly more complex fighting mechanics. Here's the original reveal trailer from the San Diego Comic-Con...

Back in mid-August, we "stumbled" across a trailer for a quirky new game from developer Set Snail called Daddy Long Legs [Free]. Like QWOP [$0.99] and many other awkward physics-based games that task you with doing everyday things like, uh, walking, Daddy Long Legs sees your furry, square-ish hero trying to walk as far as possible with his ridiculously long legs. Simply tapping on the screen alternates which leg Daddy puts forward, so careful timing and a whole lot of luck are required in order to make it any significant distance...

'Animal Crossing'-alike 'Castaway Paradise' Launching Worldwide this Thursday

Stolen Couch's upcoming sim Castaway Paradise has been in the works for almost two and a half years, or at least that's when the upcoming thread in our forum was originally started, but at long last we'll be getting the final product this Thursday October 9th, the developers have announced. Castaway Paradise is a sim heavily influenced by the Animal Crossing series, and will contain many similar features like decorating your home, donning different outfits, fishing, growing crops, collecting bugs and much more. It'll also run on a real-time clock and there will be special events associated with time and seasons. You can see many of those features in action in the game's launch trailer...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Banner Saga'

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...

Here's some troubling news: it appears that Disney, who acquired Lucasfilm and the Star Wars IP back in 2012, have decided to pull the plug on two popular mobile Star Wars games. Both Tiny Death Star and Star Wars Assault Team have been permanently removed from the App Store so that Disney can "focus on priority titles like the Clash of Clans-like Star Wars Commander" according to a statement given to Game Informer...

Epiphany's '80s-themed Conspiracy Thriller 'Majestic Nights' Gets a New Gameplay Trailer

Back in July, Epiphany Games introduced us to Majestic Nights, an action-adventure game set in an alternate '80s landscape that deals heavily in conspiracy theories and shadowy government coverups. The teaser trailer and accompanying screenshots of Majestic Nights looked fantastic, and I've been looking forward to the game ever since. Today, Epiphany is whetting my appetite even further with their just-released gameplay trailer for Majestic Nights. In it, Lead Designer Samuel Jensen walks us through the prologue chapter of the game, titled Chapter Zero: Sunset After Dark. ..

As if the huge list of new releases from earlier wasn't enough, Stoic's tactical RPG The Banner Saga [$9.99] has also just arrived in the App Store. The Banner Saga launched on PC in January of this year to critical acclaim, and in June it was confirmed that the game would be heading to "tablets" sometime this summer. That meant that it was at the very least heading to iPad, but as it turns out The Banner Saga is a Universal app for iPhones, too. Check out the PC version launch trailer...

Out Now: 'Card Dungeon', 'Beatbuddy HD', 'Inferno 2', 'Tiny Troopers: Alliance', 'Star Warfare 2: Payback', 'Adventure Xpress' and More

It's my favorite night of the week, new iOS game release night, and this week brings a lot of interesting new games for your iOS devices. However, while there's plenty of great stuff on the list below, there's also a bit of bad news. NHL 2K was supposed to launch tonight, but at the last minute it was delayed for reasons unknown. Also, the awesome looking board game/card game/dungeon crawler mashup Card Dungeon that we checked out way back in April was also supposed to launch tonight, but is currently embroiled in Apple approval hell and so far hasn't shown up yet. We'll keep our eye on both of those situations, but for now load up on all the games below and let us know what you're picking up tonight...

I am all about wacky cross-promotions that make no sense whatsoever, which is why I'm here to talk about Crazy Taxi: City Rush's [Free] latest update which adds WWE wrestler and '80s icon Hulk Hogan as a playable character. Why Hulk Hogan? Is it because his snazzy yellow tank tops are of a similar color to taxi cabs? Or because he "runs wild" over things and the taxis in Crazy Taxi run wild in the streets dropping off passengers? Maybe. I don't really know, nor do I really care. I can drive a taxi cab around as Hulk Hogan and that's all that really matters...

An Angry Birds movie has been a "thing" that's supposedly been in the works for what feels like forever. In early 2011, Rooster Teeth imagined what it would be like if Michael Bay directed an Angry Birds movie, and it was quite hilarious. But in June of that year, Rovio began officially teasing clues that they were serious about making an Angry Birds movie. I mean, there's Angry Birds everything else already, right? Plus their online animated series Angry Birds Toons is actually pretty darn good. In late 2012, on the original Angry Birds' [$0.99] 3rd anniversary, it became officially official: an Angry Birds movie would hit theaters in the summer of 2016...

'South Park Pinball' in the Works from Zen Studios

Zen Studios has done a wonderful job of taking popular IPs and transforming them into awesome pinball tables, from their suite of Marvel Pinball [$0.99] tables, to Star Wars Pinball [$1.99] and The Walking Dead Pinball [$1.99]. Today, the company is teasing on their blog another licensed pinball deal, this time dealing with South Park. Literally no details were revealed other than this teaser image, but even this has me pretty excited...