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.

FINALLY Quiz Apps and Dungeon Crawling Become One in 'Dungenious', Launching this Thursday

Man do I love dungeon crawlers, but sometimes while I'm adventuring around diving down deep in a dangerous dungeon I have to stop and think to myself "I'm not learning while doing this!" Well that's about to be a thing of the past when Dungenious launches later this week. It takes the idea of multiple choice quiz games and mashes it together with a roguelike dungeon crawler. I am pretty much a fan of any game that takes "X" and mashes it together with a roguelike dungeon crawler. See Dungenious in action in the following trailer...

Five Alarm Freebie Alert: 'Space Marshals' Goes Free for the First Time

We live in a world of constant sales and freebies. It happens so darn much that sometimes it's tough to even get excited about a sale. This is NOT one of those times. Pixelbite's stunning dual-stick shooter Space Marshals [$4.99] has just dropped to free for the first time ever. It's not known why exactly it's free at this point in time, but this isn't the time for questions, this is the time for action. That action is mashing the download button on your device...




Vertige and Tilting Point Releasing Naval Action-Strategy Game 'Tropical Wars' April 21st

Tilting Point has a history of publishing some pretty awesome mobile games, and that's the case once again with the upcoming Tropical Wars which they'll be publishing for French developer Vertige. Tropical Wars is a naval action-strategy game where you play as a band of koala bear pirates, and normally that premise alone would be enough to sell me on the game, but there's another really cool aspect at play here. You'll be able to control your various naval units directly and in real-time. This adds a nice layer of strategy as you manage your various units and decide when and where to deploy each of them, changing things on the fly if need be, rather than in some strategy games where you just queue up a bunch of units and watch them battle it out. Check out the trailer for Tropical Wars...

Those of you who hang around our forums don't need any introduction to Andy C83. For years he has been one of the most skilled mobile gamers we've ever seen when it comes to speedrunning or setting high scores. If you aren't familiar with Andy, well, just fire up Game Center at pretty much any popular game and chances are pretty good he'll be somewhere near the top of the leaderboard. In fact we've even featured Andy's work on the front page here before, once for putting together an awesome time-lapse of the first 1,000 holes in Desert Golfing [$1.99] and one time for speedrunning through the insanely difficult Duet [$2.99] in less than 10 minutes. Anyway, Andy's latest feat is one I'm still trying to wrap my head around. He recently speedran the entire game Chameleon Run [$1.99] and has put together a compilation of all his speedruns for all the game's levels. Seriously, check this out...

'Limbo'-esque Platformer 'Unia: And The Burned Village' Coming this Friday

Man, how about that Limbo, eh? While certainly not the first silhouette-styled game, it feels like it was the one that sparked off the trend of games using that artistic style after its release in 2010. On mobile this art style is probably most well-known from the Badland series, which looked very similar to Limbo but played very differently. Well now we have a game from lone Finnish developer Mert Fidan that's almost like a mashup of those two games. It's called Unia: And The Burned Village, and it's a puzzle platformer like Limbo, so not a cave flyer like Badland, BUT its main characters look an awful lot like those weird fuzzy blobs from Badland. Anyway, Unia centers around its 3 playable main characters, each of which have unique abilities that you'll need to utilize in order to progress...

Get to It! 'Choplifter'-inspired 'Choppa' Launching Next Week, New Trailer Released

In early February we caught the first teaser for Choppa, an upcoming Choplifter-inspired side-scrolling rescue game from developer Parta Games. Choppa took the formula of rescuing people and delivering them to safety using a helicopter popularized by Choplifter and added in procedurally-generated levels, customizable choppers, and a hefty dose of wacky physics. It looked really awesome. Then about a month ago, Parta soft-launched Choppa in select regions and has been getting great feedback from early players in our forums ever since. Now they feel like Choppa's been in the oven long enough, and are officially launching the game next Thursday, April 21st. Here's a brand new launch trailer...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Looty Dungeon'

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...

Upcoming 'Ding Dong Delivery' Wants to Do the 'Crossy Road' Thing to 'Paperboy'

As we've mentioned before, Crossy Road [Free] found massive success by taking the core gameplay of Frogger, making it endless and 3D, adding a crap-ton of unlockable characters, and stuffing it all into one of the most friendly free to play packages we've ever seen. Games like Down The Mountain [Free] did the same thing but with the core gameplay of Q-bert. Now, developer Secret Box wants to take the gameplay of the classic Paperboy and "Crossy Road-ify" it with their upcoming game Ding Dong Delivery. Instead of slinging papers though, you'll be slinging hot slices of pizza from your pizza delivery truck. Check out an early trailer...

'Feral Fury' is a Gritty "Isaac-Like" Top-Down Shooter that's Coming this Fall

I've been in love with top-down shooters for decades, and when the iPhone came along it's a genre that proved to translate extremely well to the touchscreen. Feral Fury is an upcoming top-down shooter from two Norwegian developers who were inspired to make an "Isaac-like" dungeon crawler for mobile and PC. That means they were inspired by The Binding of Isaac, and that Feral Fury will contain "randomly generated levels and a ton of weapons and items." Can I just say I hope Isaac-like catches on as a term? Check out the reveal trailer for Feral Fury...

'Boson X' Creator's 'Black Hole Joyrider' Coming to the App Store May 5th

Ian MacLarty, one of the two creators behind 2013's brilliant Super Hexagon [$2.99] meets 3rd-person runner Boson X [$2.99], is getting ready to release his latest creation for mobile on May 5th. It's called Black Hole Joyrider and it is "a vibrant tunnel twister in which you guide your spacecraft through the gravity well of a powerful black hole using only your retro-thrusters and dwindling fuel reserves" according to MacLarty's own description. As with Boson X, there's a fantastic sense of speed and style in Black Hole Joyrider, check out the trailer...

There's no denying that the surfer culture is an extremely laid back one, so it's sort of apropos that Diverso Games' latest title Go Surf [$2.99] shuffled onto the App Store just a wee bit later than all of yesterday's new releases. Hey, it's cool bro! We're all a little late sometimes. If you aren't aware of Go Surf from our previous coverage, it's a super-stylish one-tap endless surfing game that does a wonderful job at capturing the beach lifestyle. Check out the trailer...

Out Now: 'Disney Crossy Road', 'Looty Dungeon', 'Chameleon Run', 'Pug's Quest', 'Tales of Link', 'Cattch', 'PKTBALL', 'No Thing', 'Shadow Bug', 'Green Game TimeSwapper', 'Soccer Clicker' and More

It's already been a week since the last batch of new games hit the App Store, and chances are you've still got some stuff from last week that you haven't even launched yet. I know I do! Such is life as an iOS gamer. Anyway, this week has shaped up to be surprisingly good with quite a few titles we've previewed previously finally arriving, so dig through the big list of games below and let us know in the comments section which games you'll be picking up!..

Check Out the Breathtaking Trailer for Upcoming Story-Driven Adventure 'Scéal'

Developer Joint Custody have announced their new project Scéal, a narrative-driven adventure for desktop and mobile, and it's one of the most unique looking games I've seen in a long time. Scéal (pronounced Shkeal for those playing at home) is about a girl who has died and returned to the world of the living as a spirit. She has no recollection of her previous life, but in order to move on to the afterlife she must provide the Raven of the Dead details of that life lest she end up aimlessly wandering the Earth as a spirit for the rest of eternity. It's an interesting premise with an even more interesting visual style, and Scéal is steeped in Irish folklore. Check out the video...

Umbrella Has Yet ANOTHER Game in the Works, the Frantic One-Touch Arcade Game 'Loop Mania'

Those folks over at Umbrella Games sure are burning the midnight oil. Not only did they announce and show us two new upcoming titles at GDC last month (the blocky RPG Magic Mountain and the one-touch platformer Back To Square One), but they've just announced yet another title that's releasing extremely soon. It's called Loop Mania and it's a frantic one-touch arcade game that has you racing around the inside of a circle collecting coins, and jumping from side to side in order to avoid or attack pursuing enemy circles. It's a bit hard to explain but all should be clear from this trailer...

Build a Virtual House of Cards for Fun or Competition in Upcoming 'Castle Of Cards'

Ah, building a house of cards is a classic way to kill time. I used to love building card houses when I was a kid hanging out at my grandparents' house, but I was one of those jerks who would bend a card in half in order to get started rather than balancing two cards against each other like you're supposed to. I'm a monster! Anyway, if you like building card houses but just can't be bothered busting out an actual deck of cards (and cleaning them all up when you inevitably fail) then upcoming Castle Of Cards will be for you. Check out the trailer...

New 'Legend of the Skyfish' Animated .Gif Shows Off Unique Combat Mechanics

In late February we were introduced to Legend of the Skyfish, an upcoming action-adventure-puzzler from Mgaia Studios and Crescent Moon. It featured a really gorgeous hand-painted art style and top-down adventuring that was reminiscent of old-school The Legend of Zelda. What really stood out to me though was the main character's weapon in the game: A fishing pole. Not typically thought of as a threatening weapon, the fishing pole was interesting as it allowed for direct melee attacks but also for casting a line and hooking enemies to draw them closer to you. It sounded really cool on paper, and this new animated .gif that was posted in our forums shows off exactly how the weapon will work in action...

'Mars Mountain' is a Space-Themed Endless 'Q-bert' from Bulkypix and Tastypill, Launching Next Week

Crossy Road [Free] took the core gameplay mechanic of Frogger and made it voxel-ized and endless. It was an absurdly successful formula, and for the past year and a half we've seen a zillion games that have tried to take that formula and add their own unique twist to it. Meanwhile, others took similar classic game concepts and tried to Crossy Road-ify them in a similar way. Last year Down The Mountain [Free] took the core mechanic of the classic arcade game Q-bert and Crossy Road-ified it, and while it didn't quite get as popular as Crossy Road did I think it was another winning formula. Now developer Tastypill and Bulkypix are trying their hand at an endless Q-bert and are hoping to stand out from the pack with their sharp pixel art, a space theme, and more action-oriented gameplay. Check out the trailer for their upcoming Mars Mountain...

'Disney Magical Dice' is Disney's Digital Take on 'Monopoly', Pre-Registration Open Now

If you are a Disney nut (*cough* Eric Ford *cough*) then chances are that you've been spending a lot of time making bad ass theme parks in the recently-released Disney Magic Kingdoms [Free]. Even if you hate free to play city-builders, the allure of Disney's iconic characters and the over-the-top production values are hard to ignore. Well, I think we'll be seeing a similar situation with Disney Magical Dice, which is more or less Monopoly with Disney characters. Check out the trailer...

'Kingdom Hearts Unchained Chi' Hits iOS and Android this Thursday

Way back in 2002, the worlds of Disney and Square Enix collided in the original Kingdom Hearts for Playstation 2. The series has spawned tons of games since then and gone on to become one of the more beloved video game franchises around. Just about a year ago, series director Tetsuya Nomura hinted that a mobile Kingdom Hearts game was in the works, and at E3 the following June that game was officially announced as Kingdom Hearts Unchained Chi, which was based on the 2013 browser game Kingdom Hearts Chi. Still following along? Kingdom Hearts is pretty notorious for having confusing naming conventions. Anyway, in early September of last year Kingdom Hearts Unchained Chi launched in the Japanese App Store, and our own Japanese resident Shaun Musgrave gave us some first impressions on what to expect. Fast forward to today and Square Enix has announced on their blog that Kingdom Hearts Unchained Chi is heading to North American markets this Thursday, April 7th...

Play this 3D Remake of Original 'The Legend of Zelda' in Your iOS Browser Before Nintendo Drops the Ban Hammer

The Legend of Zelda originally released on the NES in 1986, and went on to become one of the most successful and popular video game series on the planet over the next 3 decades. That makes 2016 the 30th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, which is a big milestone for an absolutely iconic game. It also makes me feel really old. Anyway, two hardcore Zelda fans named Scott Lininger and Mike Magee have taken it upon themselves to recreate that original The Legend of Zelda entirely in 3D using a voxel style. The game is playable in your browser, and of particular interest to what we do here at TouchArcade, it even works in iOS's mobile Safari browser, complete with little virtual buttons. ..