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.

Stealth-Based 'Crossy Road'-alike 'Winter Fugitives 2: Chronicles' is in the Works

In August of last year, developer HeavyBoat released an interesting take on the endless, one-hop-at-a-time Crossy Road-style gameplay with their game Winter Fugitives. In addition to progressing forward one square at a time and navigating the terrain, you also had to contend with patrolling guards who would walk in set paths and had a "vision cone" of sorts like you'd see in pretty much any stealth game like Metal Gear Solid. Coupled with a prison break storyline and a Cold War art style, Winter Fugitives was one of the more memorable Crossy-likes to grace my iPhone's screen. Now HeavyBoat is working on a sequel, titled Winter Fugitives 2: Chronicles, and they've just released the first trailer...

In late February, Alike Studio and Pat.io released their charming point-and-click adventure Love You To Bits [$3.99] in the App Store. In it you play as Kosmo, a rookie space explorer who must scour the galaxy looking for all the parts of his robot girlfriend Nova, who was, unfortunately, blown to bits. Everything about Love You To Bits was silly and adorable, and we even chose it as our Game of the Week when it released. Pretty much the only negative you'd hear from players was in regards to the short length of the game. Well, after putting their noses to the grindstone for the past several months, the developers are finally ready to release more Love You To Bits next week with an update adding two new levels...




Out Now: 'Dead Venture', 'Auto Warriors', 'Cops - On Patrol', 'Crusaders of the Lost Idols', 'Blast Blitz', 'Tiki Taka World Soccer' and More

It's Wednesday evening here in the US, and that means that once again there's a massive deluge of new iOS games hitting the App Store. As always, we're here with a huge list of all the new stuff for you to rummage through, and also as always there's no shortage of cool-looking new games in this week's batch. Check out everything below and let us know in the comments section which ones you'll be checking out!..

'Galactic Echoes' is a Logic Puzzle Game with a Sci-Fi Story, Launching Worldwide Soon

Developer Ikoniac has announced that their sci-fi puzzler Galactic Echoes has entered a soft-launch in limited territories, and that they expect their full global launch to happen in the next month. Galactic Heroes is a puzzle game, but one with a surprisingly robust story tying all that puzzling together. In fact, Ikoniac states that "The story takes the players beyond our own galaxy and questions the future of mankind. This depth of story has never been seen in the puzzle game genre before." That remains to be seen, but Galactic Echoes does look pretty awesome based on the trailer...

Combine Monsters and Battle with Them in 'Combo Critters', Launching July 14th

Back in February, developer Lucky Kat announced an interesting new game called Combo Critters, which was something of a hybrid between matching games like Threes! [$2.99 / Free] and monster collecting-and-evolving games like Pokemon. It was a neat idea on paper, but the early prototypes turned out to be a bit too convoluted and not a lot of fun, so by the time we saw the game at GDC in March it was quite a different animal. The focus was more on the battling and collecting aspects, as well as combining various monsters to create new types of monsters. Well, the long journey is nearly over, as today Lucky Kat announced that Combo Critters is finished and launching next week on July 14th. Here's the most recent trailer...

Back in January Roadhouse Games announced a new mobile RPG based on the legendary band Iron Maiden. While that sounded like an odd combination, the game actually made a lot of sense as it let you play as a team of various types of Eddies, the bands longtime undead mascot, and play through the crazy environments show on the band's album art throughout the years. In short, it was a free to play battling and collecting RPG like those that are so popular on mobile, but dripping in Iron Maiden fan service. Following a brief soft-launch in late May, today Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast [Free] has released worldwide...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Crypt of the NecroDancer Pocket Edition'

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...

Everyone knows that Jean Claude Van Damme is the true Master of the Splits, but now you can a master of splits yourself and you (probably) won't even pull a muscle trying. Split Masters [Free] is a new high-score game that is best described as a vertical Daddy Long Legs [Free]. Your job is to creep up a vertical shaft step by step all while doing the splits. Each tap of the screen alternates between each leg and much like Daddy Long Legs you'll need to find a nice rhythm and maintain a good balance in order to be successful...

Vehicular Zombie Survival Game 'Dead Venture' Launching July 7th, New Trailer Released

More vehicular combat-related news coming out today, as Dogbyte Games have announced that their zombie-survival-driving game Dead Venture, which we first talked about a few weeks ago, is all set to launch next Thursday, July 7th. Dead Venture is an isometric game where you'll drive around running over hordes of zombies trying to collect your fellow human survivors and make your way to a military base safe haven. There's a brand new launch trailer to accompany the release date announcement, check it out...

Turn-Based Car Combat Strategy Game 'Auto Warriors' Coming July 7th

A few weeks back, we posted about Auto Warriors, an upcoming car combat game that was taking the interesting route of being a turn-based strategy game. Auto Warriors was in soft-launch at that time, and early feedback in our forums about the game was quite positive. Today developer Gunjin Games has announced that Auto Warriors is primed and ready for global launch, and will be officially released next Thursday, July 7th. Here's the game's trailer again in case you missed it before...

Nexon Korea Unveils 'Project Dynasty Warriors' Coming to iOS and Android in Late 2016

It's about 10am here in the Pacific time zone, which means it's about 2am in Japan. Which means I can't wake up Shaun Musgrave to explain all this Dynasty Warriors stuff to me. So bear with me, folks. Anyway, Nexon Korea has just announced a new Dynasty Warriors mobile game, tentatively titled Project Dynasty Warriors, that's coming to iOS and Android in late 2016. It's based of the Dynasty Warriors 8 console title, and will feature "an enhanced collection element and a host of unique characters to choose from, along with the seamless gameplay mechanics and graphics of the console version, for players to dominate the battlefield." Check out the awesome trailer...

Our weekly post about all the new iOS game releases has come and gone, but as usual there were quite a few stragglers that launched a bit later than the others and as such missed out on being part of our list. So we figured what the heck, let's do another mini-roundup of some of those missed games. You probably already saw earlier today that popular rhtyhm-based roguelike Crypt of the NecroDancer surprise launched on iOS, as well as the minimalist strategy defense game Nanuleu which hit late last night. We've included those here just for completion's sake, but definitely check out some of the other tardy releases below...

Out Now: 'Neo Turf Masters', 'CSR Racing 2', 'Don't Be Squared', 'Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius', 'Tap My Katamari', 'Dungeon Tiles', 'The Slaughter: Act One' and More

Here we are again with another week and another big batch of new iOS games. It's a surprisingly beefy week in terms of games, with several big-name titles hitting the App Store for the first time but also several high-profile games that are exiting their soft-launch period and launching worldwide. In addition, there's a few things on my radar that are supposed to come out today but haven't quite hit the App Store just yet, so keep an eye out as if anything noteworthy pops up we'll let you know. Otherwise, check out the full list below and let us know which games you'll be picking up!..

Back in late January, developer Kenny Sun released Circa Infinity [$2.99] to the App Store, describing it as a "brain-melting circular platformer." Well, seeing as actually describing in detail what it is you do in Circa Infinity is nearly impossible, "brain-melting circular platformer" is pretty on the money. Just know that there are trippy visuals, pumping audio, and frantic twitch platforming all wrapped up in a slick package. We loved Circa Infinity in our review, and that's probably the best place to find out just what this one is all about. Anyway, today is a big day for Circa Infinity as a huge new update was just released which adds in an entirely new endless mode called Circa Affinity...

It's no secret that I'm a True Skate [$1.99] addict. It's my daily habit, and thankfully, I've been told it's a lot healthier than smoking. This little skateboarding simulator has come a long, long way since its original release in the fall of 2012, and a constant flow of updates has added in lots of new courses and new features, making it easily the most robust skate simulator on the App Store. This Friday another new True Skate update is coming which introduces a couple of pretty big changes. ..

Frantic Arcade Game 'Tap Hero' is Looking for Beta Testers in Our Forums

Back in April, a new game called Tap Hero was announced on our forums, and as the name alludes to, it's a frantic tapping game where you play as a character defending yourself from enemies approaching from both sides of the screen. What really stuck out about Tap Hero is its wonderful pixel art and animations, something you can get an idea of by checking out the sweet animated .gifs below...

Unfortunately, we live in a world where games can come and go on a whim, and it feels like at least once every week there's some popular game that's getting pulled from the App Store and going permanently offline. However, if there's one brand that's got a bigger graveyard than them all it's the Star Wars brand. Lots of excellent and not-so-excellent Star Wars games have been euthenized over the years, like Tiny Death Star, Star Wars: Galactic Defense, Star Wars: Assault Team, Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner, Star Wars: Trench Run, and I'm sure many more that I'm forgetting. The point is: Star Wars giveth, and Star Wars taketh away. The latest Star Wars game to get blown to bits like Alderaan is the fantastic action platformer Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions. The game has officially been pulled from the App Store, and upon starting up the game you'll be greeted with the following message:..

Check Out the Trailer for 'Bomboras Forever', a Stylish 'Defender'-inspired Shooter Coming July 9th

Hit 1981 arcade game Defender is the grandaddy of horizontal scrolling shooters, and was one of my favorites when I was a kid. It sounds rather quaint nowadays, but there was something so freeing about being able to switch directions and chase down enemies in the "open world" levels, and the Asteroids-like inertial movement only added to the fun. Ah yes, Defender, how I love thee. Well, I get the impression that indie developer Jeff Taniguchi was a bit of a Defender-head himself, as his forthcoming iOS game Bomboras Forever has a lot in common with that classic. Check out the trailer...

Warner Bros. has been great about publishing the many LEGO video games on iOS, whether that be in a pared down version of the PC and console counterparts or in a more tailored for mobile/handheld fashion. Today they're continuing this trend but taking it up a notch, as today is the day that LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens [Free] is scheduled to arrive on PC and consoles, but an iOS version has launched right alongside it day and date...

Following a successful launch on Android, developer Toka Loka Games brought their gooey platformer Goo Saga [$4.99] to iOS in late April, and it absolutely floored me. You played as a ball of goo with a huge personality (as far as balls of goo go) making your way through tricky platforming levels that demanded you used your gooeyness to expand or shrink down in size, as well as your suite of upgradeable special abilities. In addition, it was one of the more visually pleasing games around. For a fiver, Goo Saga was a totally worthwhile endeavor, and we enjoyed it a lot in our review, but right now you can get all that gooey goodness for the sale price of just 99¢...