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.

Be the Racing Overlord with 'Race Control Director' Launching this Thursday

I'm not really a big racing fan, and I fully admit that it's probably due to me not understanding the finer points of the sport. One key figure in racing that I'd never heard of before is the Race Control Director, a person who oversees the race and makes key decisions that keep things running smoothly and not in a heaping pile of smoldering wreckage. The Race Control Director makes the decision to put out the yellow caution flag or issue penalties to drivers, and it's very likely that as a spectator you'd never even know this person existed. Back in November, we learned that budding developer Fabian Bouwmeester decided that that particular job position would make for a really neat mobile management game, and we definitely agree! Check out the trailer for Race Control Director...

'Fancy Dogs' is the Match-3/Pet Simulator 'Fancy Cats' Follow-Up for Dog Lovers

Last summer, Genix Lab treated us to a wonderful mashup of matching game and cat dress up simulation with their adorable Fancy Cats [Free], but you might have been left wondering "What about dogs?" They haven't forgotten about man's best friend, and are preparing to release Fancy Dogs in about a month. If you're familiar with the feline version of the game, you should already know what's in store for Fancy Dogs. Complete matching puzzles to unlock different dog breeds as well as a wide assortment of outfits and toys. You'll raise and take care of your stable of dogs from the time they're puppies until they're full grown. Check out the Fancy Dogs teaser to see a bit of it in action...




TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Meganoid 2017'

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...

'Faily Tumbler' is the Vehicle-less Crash Simulator Spinoff of 'Faily Brakes' and 'Faily Rider'

We've had cars with no brakes, motorcycles with no brakes, probably skateboards with no brakes, and now we've simply got nothing to blame our crashing on but our bodies themselves. Faily Tumbler is the new project from Spunge Games which takes one of the best parts of both Faily Brakes [Free] and Faily Rider [Free] and makes an entire game out of it. You see, in those previous games you were stuck in a vehicle with no brakes and the object was to avoid crashing for as long as possible as you careened down increasingly hazardous environments. Inevitably you'd crash, at which point your character would fly from the vehicle and crash in spectacular ragdoll fashion allowing you to try and skillfully prolong the crash to eek out just that little bit of extra distance to add to your score. ..

Stylish Puzzler 'GNOG' Hitting PS4 and PSVR May 2nd, iOS and Steam Versions Coming this Summer

KO_OP Mode's crazy stylish, crazy musical, and just plain crazy puzzler GNOG has been in the works for a few years now, and at long last publisher Double Fine Productions announced a release date for the game on PlayStation 4 and PSVR: May 2nd. Why should you care about that as a mobile gamer? Because the game's latest trailer also says that it will be heading to Steam and iOS later this summer. Hooray! If you haven't heard of GNOG before, it's sort of like The Room if The Room was made up of bright colors, incredibly catchy electronic music, and the "rooms" were actually various types of robot and monster heads. Yeah, it's weird. But also very, very awesome. Check out the latest trailer for GNOG...

'Thimbleweed Park' Launches on Desktop and Console, Mobile Version Coming in a Few Months

We've been following the development of Thimbleweed Park, a new point-and-click adventure from two of the original Maniac Mansion creators Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick, for more than a year now, and today is a landmark day as the game has finally releasedā€¦ on some platforms. Back when the project was successfully Kickstarted in the fall of 2014, it just barely passed its last stretch goal that would ensure the game would make its way to mobile platforms. That is still planned, but first the game is launching today on Steam, GOG, and Xbox One with the mobile ports already started and set to hit in a few months. As a nice treat for us mobile gamers in the meantime, here's the brand new launch trailer for Thimbleweed Park...

Out Now: 'Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed', 'Gangstar New Orleans', 'KAMI 2', 'Meganoid 2017', 'R.B.I. Baseball 17', 'Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion', 'MLB Tap Sports Baseball 2017' and More

We're past the big Apple "Celebrating Indies" promotion, but that doesn't mean things are slowing down on the App Store. As usual, this "regular" week is packed with tons of big releases. Gameloft's newest Gangstar is out of soft launch, as is the first real Dynasty Warriors game for mobile. Oh and KAMI 2 was soft-launched but is now officially worldwide, and Meganoid 2017 was soft-launched on Android but is now available on iOS too. I'm sensing a trend here. There's also a couple of picks for baseball fans out there, which I'm stoked about with the MLB kicking off this coming week. So check out everything on offer in the list below and let us know which games you're interested in this week!..

'Stickman Skate Park' Becomes 'Stickman Skate Battle', New Trailer Released and Launch Planned for Early May

Last month we checked out the early preview trailer for Stickman Skate Park, the upcoming skateboarding game from the experts at making stickman-based sports games Djinn Works. Since that time the game has made a lot of progress, including a name change. Now known as Stickman Skate Battle, the title looks like it will mostly be focused on head-to-head real-time competition with opponents online. There will be 1v1 High Score Battles where the object is to outscore your opponent in one minute, as well as 1v1 Domination Battles where you'll perform tricks on specific objects to "claim" them with your opponent trying to claim them for themselves by performing a higher point trick on them and whoever owns the most objects at the end of the round is the winner. A new trailer shows Stickman Skate Battle in action...

Trailer for 'Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition' Leaks Ahead of Big Reveal

Last week a countdown timer went up on Planescape.com which had fans of the 1999 Infinity Engine RPG excited to see what was planned for this cult classic. Those cheeky folks over at Beamdog had been drawing attention to the site on their Twitter as well, and seeing as they're the ones responsible for all the enhanced ports of Infinity Engine classics which has brought the likes of Baldur's Gate [$9.99], Baldur's Gate II [$9.99], and Icewind Dale [$9.99] to our mobile devices, it seemed like a pretty safe bet that they'd be announcing an enhanced version of Planescape: Torment. Well, there's still about 4 hours left on the countdown as of this writing, but it looks like the cat is out of the bag early as noted by PC Gamer and indeed there is a Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition port in our futures...

Naps Team Announce Stylish Action Adventure Game 'Baldo'

The folks over at Naps Team, makers of games such as Maria the Witch [$0.99] and Legendary Knight Run [Free] on mobile and who are hopefully still porting their PlayStation brawler Gekido to iOS someday, sent word of their new upcoming game and although it's short on details it's looking really great so far. The game is called Baldo and all we know about it is it'll be "a real action adventure" that's "full of mysteries" and contains "real dungeons" and many "funny/weird characters to interact with." The art style in Baldo is also really cool, with almost photo-realistic backgrounds for the decidedly cartoon-like characters and enemies to romp around in. Check out a bunch of screens...

'Kiss Hero' is the Hook-Swinging/Kissing Game Mashup Tina Belcher Would Dream Of

Umbrella Games and Color Blind Studios, whose previous collaborations include Nukleus [Free] and Jump Or Stay [Free], have announced an exciting new mashup of hook-swinging and lip-locking called Kiss Hero. Similar to swinging classics like Hook Champ [$2.99 / Free] or Hanger World [Free] in Kiss Hero you'll swing a disembodied head through levels filled with danger as well as other disembodied heads that you can kiss and carry along for the ride while you two smooch it up. Yeah, it's pretty weird...

Mobile Version of Gravity-Based Puzzle Platformer 'Mallow Drops' Coming April 13th

We got our first look at gravity-based puzzle platformer Mallow Drops during PAX Australia last November right around the same time the game launched on Steam. At the time we didn't even know the game was slated for mobile, but upon seeing it being demoed on PC at developer Gritfish's PAX booth Eli immediately thought to himself "That should be on mobile!" Thankfully Gritfish had already been thinking the same thing, and was well under way with a mobile port and they were able to show us that mobile version of Mallow Drops in action. This week they've now announced the official release date for Mallow Drops on mobile and it'll be coming April 13th. Check out the Steam trailer for Mallow Drops followed by our demo of the mobile version from PAX...

Frosty Pop's 'The Contender: Fight of the Century' Coming April 13th, 'rvlvr.' Pushed to May 4th

The folks at The Frosty Pop Corps. have been toying around with an idea for a silly throwback boxing game for a while now, and apparently all their early feedback on the game thus far has been so good they're green-lighting the project and fast-tracking its release for April 13th. The game is called The Contender: Fight of the Century, and it's an homage to early '80s gaming with top-down boxing action and super-stretchy arms becauseā€¦ well, who doesn't love super-stretchy arms? Check out the trailer for The Contender below...

'Bravely Default Fairy's Effect' is Now Available in the Japanese App Store

Back in November Square Enix announced another mobile spinoff in their ultra-popular Bravely Default series following 2015's Japan-only release of Bravely Default: D's Report. This new entry was entitled Bravely Default Fairy's Effect and was slated for release in Japan sometime in 2017, which it turns out was actually just this past week. While I'm sure there's a contingent of folks out there who are hoping for an original premium RPG in the Bravely Default universe, that was going to be a long shot no matter what with the way Square Enix cranks out free to play social RPGs, and that is no different with the arrival of Fairy's Effect. The good news though is that if you're a fan of streamlined battling and gacha-style character collection, Bravely Default Fairy's Effect seems to be a very well-made entry in the social RPG genre. Here's a couple of Japanese-language trailers which probably aren't terribly exciting if you can't understand what's being said but at least give you an idea of what the game itself is like...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Death Road to Canada'

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...

Stylish Action Adventure 'Lonely Planet' Renamed 'Alone Planet' and Releasing Next Month

You may recall back in September of last year when we checked out the trailer for an upcoming Zelda-like action adventure game called Lonely Planet from Immersion Studio. You may also recall thinking "Hey, I bet the world-renowned travel guide company Lonely Planet isn't too stoked about the name of that game!" At least, that was MY first thought. Well, it's not clear whether that company actually intervened or not, but either way Lonely Planet has resurfaced all these months later and is now called Alone Planet. In more exciting news, Alone Planet is actually finished and launching soon, and a new trailer has been released...

Capcom announced early this month that they'd be bringing mobile ports of four of their classic arcade games to the App Store, and each week since then they've followed through with that promise. Things kicked off with the release of 1942 Mobile [$1.99] two weeks ago followed by Ghosts'n Goblins Mobile [$1.99] last week. This week the trend continues with Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando Mobile [$1.99], more widely known as simply Commando, which arrived in the App Store early this morning. ..

Out Now: 'Death Road to Canada', 'The Elder Scrolls: Legends', 'Sunless Sea', 'One Finger Death Punch 3D', 'Crash of Cars', 'Sword of Shadows', 'Construction Simulator 2' and More

I'm still feeling fatigued from last week's crazy onslaught of new releases, but here we are again already with another massive batch of iOS games on our plate. Not only are we catching the tail end of Apple's Celebrating Indies promotion which brought forth several more big-time indie game releases, but this also marks the long-awaited release of Death Road to Canada which is one of the most eagerly-anticipated releases of the past few years. Maybe if we ask nicely Apple will give us a week off from new releases so we can try and play a little catch up? As always, you can catch the full list of this week's new iOS game releases below, so check 'em all out and let us know in the comments or in our Discord chat which game's you'll be playing this week!..

'Office Space: Idle Profits' is Going to Need You to Come in on Saturday to Finish those TPS Reports

One of the all-time best cult classic films is Mike Judge's Office Space, which lampooned the ridiculousness of Corporate America so well it's one of the most quote movies around and still feels relevant nearly twenty years after its release. And what mobile gaming genre would suit the soulless lifestyle of a corporate worker bee best? Why, the idle clicker, of course! Enter Office Space: Idle Profits, a collaboration between Fox Interactive and Kongregate. In Office Space: Idle Profits you'll start out in the basement with Milton and his stapler and work your way up the corporate ladder, generally following the plot of the movie which sees you installing a virus into the computer mainframe and syphoning off fractions of a cent until you're rich. Oh, and at one point you'll beat the crap out of a fax machine, naturally. Here's some screens from Office Space: Idle Profits...

I can think of plenty of times over the years that the excitement for the release of an iOS game has been palpable, and the wait for Death Road to Canada [$7.99] ranks right up there near the top. Ever since its initial announcement back in August of 2013, mobile gamers have been dying to take a road trip from Florida to Canada in the hopes of surviving and escaping the zombie apocalypse. Since then the game has actually launched on Steam and the reception there has been extremely positive from those who have played it. While it might have felt like mobile gamers were left out in the cold, the desktop launch of Death Road was actually a good thing as developers Rocketcat Games and Madgarden were able to squash a ton of initial bugs as well as add in tons of extra content, all of which has made it to the mobile release today. ..