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.

Out Now: 'Desktop Dungeons', 'One More Dash', 'Sproggiwood', 'In Churning Seas', 'BreachTD', 'Toysburg', 'Cartoon Survivor', 'The Deep' and More

Welcome to another week and another huge batch of new iOS games. This has turned out to be a surprisingly great week, especially if you're into that whole "roguelike" thing that's so hot right now. Desktop Dungeons has been a huge hit on PC and now, despite rendering its name nonsensical, it has arrived on the iPad. Then there's Sproggiwood, another desktop roguelike that's been quite popular and should make a great fit on the iOS platform. Plus it's just so darn adorable it makes me want to jump into a vat of acid. Finally, there's The Deep, and endless roguelike that does the whole "Game Boy visuals" thing quite well. Of course there's also tons of other stuff for all types of gaming tastes, so check out the list below and let us know which games you'll be picking up...

During the first week of April, Mortal Kombat X [Free] made its official mobile debut just ahead of its console and PC sibling's launch the following week. As expected, Mortal Kombat X on mobile was quite similar to Injustice [Free] or WWE Immortals [Free] in that it was a stripped-down fighting game with a heavy emphasis on collecting and upgrading your characters. Overall, it was actually pretty good, but holy cow was it ever buggy. ..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Sword Of Xolan'

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...

Hit PC Dungeon Crawler 'Sproggiwood' Lands on Mobile Next Week

Back in November of last year, we went hands-on with the sickeningly adorable roguelite dungeon crawler Sproggiwood, which launched on PC last October and was on its way to the mobile platform. Today developer Freehold Games has sent word that the mobile version of Sproggiwood finally has a release date, next Thursday, May 28th. Check out the brand new mobile launch trailer...

I absolutely love how Zen Studios is able to collaborate with so many different companies in order to bring a number of different brands to life in pinball table form. There are of course a multitude of tables based on the Star Wars and Marvel properties, but there's also things like Walking Dead Pinball, which really captured the essence of Telltale's adventure games, and South Park Pinball which feels incredibly authentic to the show. When Zen announced earlier this month that it had partnered with Valve to create a Portal Pinball, I got really excited. Portal is one of my all-time favorite game series, and there's something about a Portal pinball table that just makes sense. Today, we catch our first glimpse at Portal Pinball in action in this brand new trailer...

Out Now: 'Sword Of Xolan', 'Skiing Yeti Mountain', 'Brickies', 'Til Morning's Light', 'Shredmill', 'Edge of Oblivion: Alpha Squadron 2', 'Risky Rescue' and More

Welcome to another week of new iOS games! It's an exciting week for me personally as I've been dying to get my hands on the pixely action platformer Sword Of Xolan ever since I first saw the trailer, as well as the pixely SkiFree-inpsired skiing game Skiing Yeti Mountain. Plus the Noodlecake-published Brickies looks like a novel take on brick breakers, and Jared Bailey's latest Shredmill seems like a quirky high scoring game. Plus, not only is this huge list of games below all available in the US now, but there's our list from this morning which had a bunch of stuff on it that was already out, so be sure to check that one out too and let us know which games you'll be picking up...

Back in March, we caught an early trailer for PBA Slam [Free], a 2v2 arcade basketball game inspired by the classic NBA Jam but using the players from the popular Philippine Basketball Association. At that time, I lamented how the iOS ports of NBA Jam [$0.99 / $4.99 (HD)] hadn't been updated in years, and I was dying for someone to walk in and take the crown of best arcade basketball game. Well, since then, and to my own utter surprise, NBA Jam was updated and kicks ass now. Still, you can never have enough arcade basketball games, you know? With that, the plucky upstart PBA Slam has as of today "launched" in the App Store...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Heroes and Castles 2'

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...

'Mega Jump's Redford is Dropping Bombs in Upcoming 'Mega Blast'

If you've ever been a fan of Get Set Games' hit titles Mega Jump or Mega Run, then you're no doubt familiar with their star character – the toothy, bug-eyed Redford. Now, thanks to an Epic Games' Unreal Dev Grant and the new Unreal Engine 4, Redford is stomping new ground in the upcoming Mega Blast. Something of an isometric puzzle platformer, Mega Blast sees Redford navigating hazardous terrain, including many disappearing floor squares and all manner of enemies. And yes, with "blast" in the title there's plenty of bombing going on as well. Check out the trailer. ..

Out Now: 'Heroes and Castles 2', 'Knights of Pen & Paper 2', 'Fearless Fantasy', 'ToFu Hunter', 'BlazBlue: Battle Cards', 'Fragger 2', 'Hardboiled', 'The Barbarian' and More

If you ask a large contingent of people around the TouchArcade community, today, May 14th, is simply "Heroes and Castles 2" release day and nothing more. Indeed, Foursaken Media has quite a dedicated fan base, and this sequel is bigger and badder than the original (which was plenty big and bad) in every way. However, the hits just kept on coming all throughout the day. Knights of Pen & Paper 2, Fearless Fantasy, BlazBlue: Battle Cards… there's just so much on tap for this week. So check everything out in the list below and leave us a comment about which games you'll be picking up...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Grim Fandango Remastered'

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...

tinyBuild's Bizarre RPG 'Fearless Fantasy' Coming May 14th, New Trailer Released

Just about a year ago, tinyBuild released their turn-based RPG Fearless Fantasy on Steam. It featured some of the most bizarre visuals I've seen in a game, and overall it's been positively received by those who have played it. A version has been planned for mobile for quite some time, and tinyBuild even ran an open beta testing phase on our forums starting back in February. The beta went smoothly, the game was all ready to be released… but tinyBuild wasn't feeling it. They weren't entirely happy with the final product, so they went back and tightened up some things as well as completely redid much of the art for the game. No small task, and it pushed the game's mobile release back a couple of months, but finally the version of Fearless Fantasy that tinyBuild has envisioned for mobile is finally ready and releasing on May 14th. Here's a brand new trailer...

Mi-Clos Studio's Out There [$4.99] was one of my favorite releases of 2014. The brutally difficult, often painfully unfair space adventure game pulled no punches when dishing out unfavorable outcomes in its randomly generated design, but that just made the rewards all the greater when you managed to put together a strong run and beat out the odds by the skin of your teeth. When we learned last summer that Out There would be getting a free "Ω Edition" update I really couldn't wait. Since that time nearly a year ago now, Out There launched on Steam, and in fact that platform was lucky enough to receive the Ω Edition update ahead of mobile. Well, Mi Clos knows us mobile gamers are dying to get our hands on the Ω Edition, and had this tease to share on Twitter today...

Out Now: 'Legend of Grimrock', 'Spacecom', 'Beast Quest', 'Grim Fandango Remastered', 'Cooped Up', 'Anodia 2' and More

The week got off to an early bang when Grim Fandango Remastered landed last night, but there's still plenty more in store to give you your weekly iOS gaming fix. Old-school-inspired dungeon crawler Legend of Grimrock finally makes the leap from desktop to iPad, as does 11-bit Studios' interstellar space strategy game Spacecom. Also, Miniclip's monster battler Beast Quest is now out worldwide, and has been getting great feedback ever since it soft-launched back in March. So warm up your clicking finger and hit some download buttons and as always let us know what games you're picking up...

Freebie Alert: '2-bit Cowboy' Goes Free for the First Time to Celebrate its One-Year Anniversary

It's hard to believe, but it's already been an entire year since Crescent Moon and Cascadia Games released their monochrome "Westernvania" platformer 2-bit Cowboy [$0.99] on the App Store. But time flies, and in celebration of this momentous anniversary the game has been discounted from its already-paltry price of 99¢ all the way down to free. The clever term of Westernvania is a play on Metroidvania–an action platformer that takes place in one big level map that slowly opens up new areas as new abilities are attained by your character–but, you know, with a Western theme. ..

'Grim Fandango Remastered' Hits the App Store

Well holy moly folks, a major classic has just surprise-released on iOS: Double Fine's Grim Fandango Remastered [$9.99]. Originally released in 1998, Grim Fandango is one of the most cult-classic adventure games of all time. Earlier this year a remastered version was released for PlayStation consoles and desktop platforms, and apparently Double Fine has seen fit to release on iOS as well. Thanks Double Fine!..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Marvel Future Fight'

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...

Latest 'Divide By Sheep' Trailer Showcases the Power of Friendship and Slicing Sheep into Pieces

Back at PAX South in January, we went hands-on with tinyBuild's Divide By Sheep, a sheep-based puzzler that had you splitting and sorting groups of sheep onto different floating rafts. And by splitting I mean literally splitting those poor little sheepies in half. Anyway, despite the odd setup and its overly-cute aesthetic, we were surprised by just how interesting and fun Divide By Sheep was, as well as how dark and gory it could be. To see what I mean, check out the brand new trailer released by tinyBuild today...

Just last week Zen Studios added a brand new Age of Ultron table to both Marvel Pinball and Zen Pinball in celebration of the new Avengers movie opening today, but already the probably-sleep-deprived studio is back with another brand new table, this time based on the excellent Star Wars Rebels IP. As you can imagine, being a table from Zen and all, there's all sorts of fancy stuff happening while you play the Star Wars Rebels table, like lightsaber fights and crazy shootouts against a bunch of TIE fighters. Check it all out in this trailer...

Out Now: 'Marvel Future Fight', 'Ys Chronicles 1', 'MicRogue', 'Wings Remastered', 'Trulon', 'Bears vs. Art', 'Stella's Journey' and More

Well, this week is one of those weeks that kind of snuck up on me, as there are quite a few big releases in today's new game list. First off, Netmarble's Marvel beat 'em up Marvel Future Fight is out worldwide with the Avengers: Age of Ultron movie hitting theaters tomorrow. Speaking of "out of soft-launch" games, Halfbricks Bears vs. Art should be out worldwide now too, after more than a year in soft-launch. Finally, it's a smorgasbord for RPG lovers as Ys Chronicles 1, Trulon, Destiny Emerald and a few more have arrived on iOS. As always let us know what games have your interest this week...