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.

The popular "love letter to RPGs" that came to PC a couple of years back, Evoland [$4.99], is now finally available on mobile. We love the heck out of this game. We picked it for our Game of the Week last week, and our own Shaun Musgrave awarded it 4 stars in his review. Sure it's not perfect, but it's got a hell of a lot of charm and is sure to bring a smile to your face. Last week *everybody's favorite YouTuber Lonnie took the iOS version of Evoland for a spin. Aside from getting lost wandering around and being startled by a "saddle bird mutant uncooked chicken", Lonnie seemed to really dig Evoland...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Evoland'

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...

Build the Ultimate Weapon of Destruction with 'Defect: Spaceship Destruction Kit', Coming Mid-2015

A new trailer for an upcoming game rolled across our inbox today, and it looks awesome. The game is called Defect: Spaceship Destruction Kit, and it was originally unveiled in our forums way back in October of 2013. The idea is to build the ultimate spaceship piece by piece using a very elaborate ship editor, then send your creation out into battle to see how it fares. A cool twist is that people in your crew can defect to the enemy's side, so you might end up facing off against your very own creation. So don't make it too good, you know? Check out the trailer...

We've been posting videos from YouTuber Lonnie Randall all week long, and it's been a very… interesting experience. Some people are clearly not Lonnie fans, but we think his videos are funny and since they deal with iOS games they're also relevant to what we do here at TouchArcade. So if you're among those who don't enjoy Lonnie's videos, then let me kindly remind you that you definitely don't have to watch them! ..

Out Now: 'Midnight Star', 'The Detail', 'Immortal Odyssey', 'One Player Pong', 'Ammo Pigs', 'Hyper Maze Arcade', 'Sinking Feeling', 'The Hardest Flight' and More

As has been the case lately, it turned out to be a surprisingly robust night of new iOS game releases. The long-awaited (and long soft-launched) shooter Midnight Star is finally out worldwide, the crime noir adventure game The Detail seemingly came out of nowhere and is getting a lot of praise, and even if you don't have any friends you can get in on some Pong action with One Player Pong. Friends are totally overrated anyway. I've also included some games that had previously released already like Kairosoft's Magazine Mogul, the awesome trip through the history of RPGs Evoland, and the super-ingenious but tough Odd Bot Out. Check out all the games below, let us know what ones you'll be picking up, and most importantly have fun!..

First 'NightCry' Gameplay Trailer Released

The cult mid-90s horror game Clock Tower is getting a spiritual sequel, formerly called Project Scissors but now known as NightCry. The game is being developed by Nude Maker, which is comprised of former Human Entertainment employees who worked on the original Clock Tower. Just about a month ago, Nude Maker released a live-action teaser for NightCry, and this week they've put out the first gameplay trailer showing what an early version of the game is like in action. Set on a cruise ship, the protagonist must escape the creepy Scissorwalker–a direct nod to the Scissorman in the original Clock Tower–by running, hiding, and using ingenuity in order to not get caught and scissored to bits...

This Ultra-Catchy 'One Player Pong' Trailer Will Ensure You Can Still Get Your Game On Even If You're Forever Alone

It's a fact: Making friends is hard. It's also super overrated. Modern advertising would have you believe that in order to be able to play a video game such as Pong, you'd need at least one other human being there with you. This simply isn't true, and the upcoming One Player Pong is here to prove it. Check out the trailer below which is set to a catchy '50s-era advertising jingle performed by Mark Saul...

These kids these days with their YouTube, it's all the rage. In the world of iOS gaming YouTubers, Lonnie Randall is the king, as he's just recently passed the 400,000 subscriber milestone on his YouTube channel. We're big fans of his zany videos, and yesterday we posted a couple of them where he played through two of Rovio's soft-launched titles Angry Birds POP! and Angry Birds Fight! ..

Working in the world of mobile games, it's easy to become jaded. There are so many games released every day, and the stuff that rises to the top of the iTunes charts tends to be targeted at the non-traditional gaming masses, aka the "casual audience." Not that I don't enjoy plenty of casual games, but when I see one rise up the ranks of the iTunes charts I tend not to pay it much mind as that sort of thing happens all the time. Such was the case with Trivia Crack [$2.99 / Free]. You've probably noticed it yourself. Its colorful, smiling icon has been atop both the free and paid charts for the past couple of months. However, at the urging of my not-typically-a-gamer fiancée, I've fallen into the black hole of Trivia Crack and have come to realize that it's actually one of the best trivia games I've ever played...

Crossy Road [Free], the popular and profitable endless arcade game from Hipster Whale, has just received a new content update adding in three new characters to celebrate Chinese New Year, which is coming up on February 19th. You may recall that since its launch last November, Crossy Road received several new characters in an update in December, and a whopping 16 Australian-themed characters in an update just last month. Now here we are just starting out in February and we've already got yet another character update. Hey, I'm not complaining at all! In fact this falls right in line with Hipster Whale's aspirations of adding new characters to the game monthly. So what are the new characters? Well, let's start off with Fortune Chicken, who for a limited time is unlockable for free...

A couple of weeks back Telltale Games revealed the launch date for the second episode of their Game of Thrones [$4.99] adventure game series. The second episode is entitled "The Lost Lords" and it will be arriving on iOS and Android on February 5th, with all the various console and PC versions arriving in the days just prior to that. Along with that announcement Telltale provided a brief teaser video looking at episode 2, and today they've expanded on that with a brand new launch trailer. As with the previous video, be wary of spoilers if you haven't played through the first episode yet...

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...

Out Now: 'Exiles', 'Radiation Island', 'Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered', 'Playworld Superheroes', 'Active Soccer 2', 'Destructamundo', 'Pro Pinball' and More

It's either Wednesday night or sometime during Thursday wherever you're at in the world, and there is an avalanche of new iOS games that have been released. I mean seriously. Fans of old adventure games get a remastered Indigo Prophecy, the Sky Gamblers folks have released a crazy first-person survival game called Radiation Island, pinball classic Timeshock gets new life in Pro Pinball, and the sci-fi open-world adventure Exiles is finally available after what feels like forever. And that's just a fraction of the killer new games, so check the full list out below and let us know what games will have you mashing the download button today...

A Toast! Bossa Studios Confirms 'I Am Bread' is Coming to iOS

I'm not super religious or anything, but every once in a while I need to call upon a higher power to make my dreams become a reality. When Surgeon Simulator developer Bossa Studios announced their new game I Am Bread back in October of last year, I had a simple request for the Big Man/Woman upstairs: Please Lord let it come to mobile. Ask and ye shall receive, they say. Today in Bossa's weekly I Am Bread video series, aptly titled the Bread Diaries, the studio officially announced that I Am Bread will be heading to iOS. In case you missed the official trailer the first time around, go ahead and bask in its toasty goodness...

It was just about a year ago that Mi-Clos Studio launched their haunting deep-space survival game Out There [$1.99] to critical praise, including our own 5 star review and Game of the Week nod. In July of last year the studio announced that Out There would be getting a huge revamp dubbed the "Omega Edition" and along with that it would be expanding to PC, Mac and Linux. Just last month, Mi-Clos revealed the first images of Omega Edition and detailed some of the changes and new features that it would include. Today the beta version of Out There: Omega Edition has launched and Mi-Clos has released the first trailer showing off some of the new features in the game, including the slick new graphical engine...