Author Archives: Brad Nicholson


About the Author

Brad spends the majority of his time lifting heavy iron or rubber things at the gym, but when he's not busy doing that or looking in a mirror, he writes about video games on multiple websites, including this one (duh). Brad enjoys touch screens and joysticks, FPS titles and Western RPGs, protein powders and multi-vitamins, and has a habit of talking about himself for far too long.

You Only Live Once: 'Trial By Survival' To Take Perma-Death To Dual-Stick Shooting

Perma-death is a mechanic that you usually only see in rogue-likes, which is a big part of the reason why dual-stick shooter Trial By Survival is kinda blowing our collective hair back. It's uses perma-death, too, except it wraps that mechanic into a high-octane fire, bomb, and bullet-fest across a wasteland. The levels are procedurally generated, and the loot? It's from real players that have died...

Better With Friends: 'Amateur Surgeon 3' Hits Tonight

Amateur Surgeon 3's app description asks an important question: have you ever wanted to operate on a mutant bear with a chainsaw? If you're unfamiliar with the series, I think that should give you a pretty decent idea of what to expect from it. Amateur Surgeon is a whacky, and mostly insane surgery game that tasks users with sawing open patients and removing what ails them ... with bloody tongs. Or with the help of a friendly dog that, somehow, has the power to give your patients health if they start crashing...

A new Madden is probably coming down the pipes from EA, but for the moment, Gameloft has the whole iOS NFL football scene on lock. This morning, the publisher pushed out a giant update to its free-to-play NFL Pro Football app in anticipation of the upcoming 2014 NFL season. Also, it changed the game's name to NFL Pro Football 2014 [Free]...

Flight Unlimited Las Vegas [$2.99] got a big old content update a couple of hours ago, and it's certainly an interesting one. Most notably, missions involving a mob boss were added to the core game, expanding the simulation to include, for example, bombing runs. I had to read that twice before I believed it...

Upcoming 'Tetris Monsters' Seems to Combine 'Tetris' With... 'Pokemon'?

Whoa, whoa, guys: I've got a great idea. What if I made a game that combined Tetris with monster collecting and battling? Like, the game would take place across dungeons and the actual matching part would give your little monsters buffs, raising their attack speed and stuff. It'd basically be like Puzzles and Dragons [Free], except with Tetris...

This week on The TouchArcade Show, we spend a lot of our time talking about the latest, greatest, and sickest in iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. No, for real! At the top, we dig into Temple Run 2's latest edition, Usain Bolt. Much later, we talk about the success of XCOM: Enemy Unknown and what that means for "premium" games, the reveal of Simogo's next big thing, and a few other notable gems. Rymdkapsel, Pivvot, and Knightmare Tower round out our games section for the week...

Rymdkapsel [$3.99] is a tremendous game that brilliantly distills what RTS is all about: making a great base with an eye towards a big picture objective. But, even though it's a super breezy game to play, it isn't without its difficulties. Beating all three of the game's objectives requires attention to detail and a methodical play style that takes account of how your minions move about your base and what monolith gives you the best abilities at the time you need it the most. Also, you'll need a little speed on your side, too...

'Bad Piggies' Goes Free In App Of The Week Promotion

RED ALERT: Bad Piggies [$0.99 / $0.99 (HD)] is Apple's App of The Week. As such, it's now available at the price of free instead of not-free (or 99¢, if you're keeping track at home)...

If you pay attention to business-centric app blogs, you hear a lot that "free" is the only viable model on the App Store, and if you charge for a game you're setting yourself up for a no-good, horrible failure- In fact, that might even be the title of a talk taking place at Casual Connect right now. But, it's obvious that this isn't always the case. People buy games still. But, it sure is nice when a big-time executive at a well-established publisher says that charging money for a game isn't a bad thing and that it's totally possible to make some dough if a publisher wants to go this route...

While few of us will ever get to experience what it feels like to be the tiniest thief in the world, people who haven't purchased 5 Ants's Tiny Thief [Free] yet will certainly start to feel like bandits after this morning. Rovio Mobile is offering the 5-star point-and-click for a reduced price starting today. It's now just 99 cents instead of $2.99...

I dipped into Police Patrol: The Game [$0.99] this afternoon mainly because I'm starting to feel turbo bad about the number of digital cops I've harmed playing Payday 2. In a lot of ways, playing Police Patrol has been therapeutic. You play as a cop. You're a good guy. You pull over drunk drivers and ticket reckless drivers. You do wholesome things instead of really, really bad ones...