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.

A Digital Version of Games Workshop Classic 'Chainsaw Warrior' Announced For Mobile

Another Games Workshop iPad and iPhone game was announced this afternoon. Auroch Digital in partnership with Games Workshop is working on a digital recreation of the 1987 zombie board game Chainsaw Warrior. You know, the game that puts you in the shoes of a Chainsaw Warrior on a quest to find a source of evil "spewing through a spatial rift" in a zombie infested New York? That game. ..

Heads up: Bad Piggies' [$0.99 / $0.99 (HD)] latest update is a big, free content drop for veteran players of the colorful, gadget-y sandbox building game...

Hardcore Space Sim 'Astronaut Spacewalk' Is Coming To iPad Soon

No lie, there's a special place in our hearts for Astronaut Spacewalk [$1.99]. It was one of the first games we did a TA Plays for, and the end result was a goofy, almost unintelligible video that featured Eli and I struggling to even turn around to do a simple task. At one point, we decided to abandon the spacewalk in favor of thrusting back to Earth. You can imagine how well that went...

Winning in Frozen Synapse [$9.99 (HD)] makes you kinda feel like a mind reader. You've got to be able to just KNOW what the opposing player is up to and cash in preemptively on his moves. If this -- or the game's turn-based competitive action, which is pretty good -- sounds even vaguely appealing, now's a great time to give it a shot. Mode 7 has slashed the price of the iPad version for the first time, bringing it down to an agreeable $2.99. It launched at $6.99...

On this week's episode of the TouchArcade Show, we blast through a conversation about an unusual camping trip in order to bring you the latest and greatest in iOS. At the top of the show, we discuss Pacific Rim again. Later, we dive into the next great strategy game on iOS Rymndkapsel and an old favorite Infinity Blade 2...

New 'Shadowrun' Game 'Shadowrun Returns' Gets New Trailer And Release Date

Oh, hey, did you know that Harebrained Schemes is working on a Shadowrun revival? It is! The game's called Shadowrun Returns, and it's a top-down, tactical squad-based strategy game that tasks you with scouring the "urban sprawl of the Seattle metroplex" in search of a mysterious killer. Your squad will consist of a mages and street samurai, as well as other weird classes that combine magic with cyberpunk. Sounds a bit better than that Xbox Shadowrun everyone loves to hate, right? Right?..

Remember that whole "Rovio Account" thing Rovio announced not so long ago? You know, the thing that would give players the ability to sync their progress in Rovio games across a range of phones and tablets? That thing. It's out now for Angry Birds [$0.99 / Free / $0.99 (HD) / Free (HD)] on Android and iOS devices...

IGN Exclusively Announces 'Epoch 2,' Sequel to the Amazing 2011 Cover-Based Shooter

Heads up: Uppercut Games is indeed working on a sequel to its hit cover-based shooter, Epoch. Unsurprisingly, it'll be called Epoch 2 and will follow the events of the first game. IGN secured the exclusive on this intel and the site notes that Epoch 2 will see numerous improvements, as well as a handful of fresh mechanics. This list includes: an active reload system similar to Gears of Wars' and a melee system...

A new update to Temple Run 2 [Free] hit the other afternoon, and it seems like a good one for all of those Temple Run 2 pros out there who've devoured the game...

The other afternoon, Jared and I sat down to play a little bit of the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch version of Grasshopper Manufacture's Sine Mora [$5.99]. If you're unfamiliar, it's a wonderfully animated and directed bullet-hell shooter with a really novel time mechanic that actually gives casual players a chance to have fun while giving pros something new to contend with. Also, oh man this game looks so good...

Sky Gamblers: Cold War is what you think it is. It's another high-octane, dog-fighting fest set in the Sky Gamblers universe, except this time it takes place during the Cold War. Because of this, Cold War has a variety of planes and fighters from various eras, including a sick WWII fighter...

PAC-MAN DASH is a PAC-MAN flavored runner. With one-tap controls, your goal is to eat as many cookies as possible, while also snacking on bonus items like fruits and enjoying the rare ghost here and there. Gathering the highest of high scores is one of the game's core pillars, which, now that I think about it, isn't so different from old-school PAC-MAN I guess...

First Look at 'Breach & Clear', an 'XCOM'-like Modern Military Tactics Game

In this period of gaming in which every military shooter has to be so big, so blockbuster-y that it could even blow Michael Bay's hair back, it sure is nice to play a contemplative shooter. Breach & Clear is just this...

Apple's Developer Enterprise Program is pretty cool because it allows testers, creators, and media to download and install apps without having to mess with UDIDs or provisioning profiles. Basically, you just download an app via your device's browser and, bam, you've got whatever app the developer wants you to have, simple, easy and fast. But, it's also an exploitable program, as ReadWrite is pointing out with an article about how loopholes are allowing a GBA emulator onto the iOS platform. In brief, there's a new-ish emulator in town and anyone can download it without having to jailbreak because of how the Enterprise system works...

What's a Pudding Pagoda? Or a Licorice Tower? These are two HARD questions that mobile sensation Candy Crush Saga [Free] now answers courtesy a big, new content update that ups the game's level count to 395 levels through two new episodes: Licorice Towers and Pudding Pagoda. I think the latter would taste better. Oh, god, now I'm hungry...

RED ALERT. RED ALERT. RED ALERT. New game incoming. Buckle into the excitement stations, and set Hype Engines to one billion percent. Fruit Ninja [$0.99 / $1.99 (HD)] creator Halfbrick is teasing a brand new project in the video we've embedded below. It's a pretty vague even for a teaser, so we're kinda at a loss as far as speculating what this new title could be. Maybe it'll have a spaceship? And you play as Phil Larsen, Earth's Last Hope? A boy could dream...

Official speed running, CDC content, and tons of new events have come to Plague Inc. [$0.99] in today's super meaty update to the game. It's a free one, too, so stop reading this and grab it already...

'Angry Birds Star Wars II' And New 'Telepod' Toy Line-Up For The Game Announced

Angry Birds Star Wars II is indeed a thing that is happening. Creator Rovio Mobile confirmed as much this morning, and also put a release date on it: this September 19. Interestingly, this won't be your everyday Angry Birds title -- it'll use toys, allowing players to swap birds in and out of the game by placing their corporeal, plastic-y forms on their iPads...

Well, well, well. Lili [$2.99] creator BitMonster sure looks as if it wants to shake things up a bit with its next game, opting for broken glass and ruined buildings instead of charming monsters and a flower-filled, colorful world. Over on our boards, the studio has dropped a new image of its upcoming -- and still unannounced -- game. Black-and-white and grim, it's definitely a change of pace...

This week on The TouchArcade, we manage to stay on the topic of iOS games! Kinda! After practicing our best Lemmy impersonations, we dive into a healthy discussion on Deus Ex: The Fall and how its console predecessor informed what it does. Then, we launch into an electric talk about 5 Ants's insanely cute Tiny Thief. In our second segment, we give a bunch of time to other games, as well as the biggest news items of the week...