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635699_largerThis week's episode is a little weird, as Jared had to leave super last minute before we started recording... So I grabbed Rocketcat Games' Kepa Auwae who apparently is fighting a vicious illness and was highly medicated. We don't really follow the typical show format with game and news discussion, and instead just chat about random stuff as it pertains to things that Kepa and his studio are working on, game design, and other stuff.

We'll have a normal episode next week, I promise. Maybe I'll even know the correct episode number.

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Play as Cal Pow, the unlikely hero, as he dashes to save his princess. Dodge knights, jump snakes, and avoid all sorts of obstacles in his run. Collect coins for power ups and see how far you can get. With ever increasing difficulty, compare your best against others in the leaderboards or unlock survival mode for a real test.

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Unpossible'

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...

This story just popped up on our radar, and it's pretty rad to see Blizzard trying to shift Hearthstone [Free (HD)] from a game you play in your basement wearing your pajamas to a game that you go somewhere to play with other people. (Optionally still wearing your pajamas, if Magic events are any indication.) Blizzard is calling them a "Fireside Gathering" and the first big one will be held next Saturday, April 26th. They've got a directory of venues up on their site, which is a little limited right now, but considering they only just announced this, I expect there will be many more in short order...

Even if you've never heard of the Lone Wolf series of gamebooks written by Joe Dever (with their sporadic publishing history I wouldn't blame you), Joe Dever's Lone Wolf [Free], a new adventure made specifically for mobile platforms, has got a lot of initial punch. While everything seems to start like any other gamebook you've played on iOS, as soon as you reach the first battle of the game, it's clear that this game has got some strong ideas about where to take gamebooks in the future. The 'Wow' factor of turning the page to an illustration that comes to life in full 3D can't be underestimated, but in its quest to escape the shackles of its old format, Lone Wolf trips over some very familiar problems inherent to its new one. In the style of our reviews of The Walking Dead [Free] and The Wolf Among Us [$4.99], this review will be appended to as each new act releases...

Early this month, Blizzard's Hearthstone [Free (HD)] soft launched, but it wasn't until this past Wednesday afternoon that the iPad version hit worldwide. I'm not sure it surprised anyone that we loved it in our review, and it's safe to say that if you haven't at least tried the game (Which has been available on the PC and Mac for quite some time!) you really should give it a shot, regardless of what platform you're playing it on. I'm even starting to warm up to the game, as I slowly come to grips with my main criticism of it which seems to be that it's not Magic the Gathering...

The latest update to One Man Left's arcade avoidance game Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous [$2.99] is now available in the App Store. The update adds a brand new mode called Brimstone Pinball where you'll need to use your arrow character to ricochet a fiery pinball of death around the screen and destroy enemies. The new mode is based on a power-up from the original Tilt to Live, but now it's been fully fleshed-out and feels like a brand new game all on its own. We checked out Brimstone Pinball at GDC last month and the official trailer for the new mode can be seen right here...

iOOTP Baseball 2014 [$4.99] is the kind of game that numbers junkies will go nuts over. It’s also the kind of game that will have people who need control of every single aspect glued to their tablet from April to October (or November, if your team makes the playoffs)...

When this week's new releases came and went without a sign from Gameloft's latest Spider-Man movie tie-in game, people were confused. After all, the company had previously announced the game would be out April 17th. Well, they almost made it, as not too long after the clock changed to midnight and the calendar rolled over to the 18th here in the US The Amazing Spider-Man 2 [$4.99] finally did arrive in the App Store. Take a gander at the launch trailer...

Earlier this month, Junk Jack X [$4.99] developer Pixbits teased a new pet functionality that was set to hit their crafting and exploration heavy adventure game. Today that update has arrived, and not only does it contain pets but in true Pixbits fashion it's stuffed with tons of additional new content and features. Pixbits has always been pretty good with holiday-related updates, and with Easter just around the corner this new update contains Easter and Spring items to discover. In addition to that, there's now a new chemistry system which lets you mix and match various potions for different effects...

TA Plays Live: 'Hodappy Bird' Launch Party

April 17th, 2014 5:06 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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I now know what it must feel like to have a baby. Hodappy Bird is here, and the launch is going swimmingly. I've been dodging haters all day like Neo dodging bullets in The Matrix, but that's all part of the deal. So, let's stream some iOS games!..

Mobage has been experimenting in shooters for quite a while now. It started with The Drowning [Free] where they tried to mix a brand new control scheme with bite-sized gameplay that was meant to encompass the casual nature of our devices. Then came Lawless [Free], a take on Time Crisis that was quite well done and fun. Their last attempt at defining mobile shooters is called Isolani [Free] and after a soft-launch in a few select countries it is now available worldwide for free. ..

I think it's kind of interesting how if we look at the most successful genres in the free-to-play category, they really go about trying to make money quite differently. For people who aren't big on spending a lot of money on them, these choices color the gameplay experience dramatically. Building games generally hit you with long timers and premium buildings or units, making playing them more a matter of checking in a few times a day to sort things out. Racing games usually opt for relatively easy-to-consume energy meters but replenish fairly quickly, along with premium cars and expensive upgrades, resulting in a game you have to give a few minutes to several times a day to progress meaningfully. Basic puzzle games use lives and power-ups, so you end up progressing smoothly until you hit a wall, then bang your head against it until you get past. How generous you see each of these models, I think, depends on your lifestyle and what you're looking for out of a game...

The recorded story of modern man has been divided in to chapters of historical significance, with events and accomplishments that every person alive today is taught about in grade school. The ancient Egyptians constructing of the pyramids, Alexander Flemming discovering penicillin, Neil Armstrong setting foot on the moon first, and now, Madgarden releasing Hodappy Bird [Free] on the App Store. A new age of iOS gaming is upon us, and nothing will ever be the same...

It's hard to believe that EA's The Simpsons: Tapped Out [Free] has been on the App Store for more than two years, but as of this past March 1st, that is indeed the case. During that time the game has consistently been in the top charts, especially the top grossing chart. While there isn't a whole lot of "game" to The Simpsons: Tapped Out, it's undoubtedly dripping with excellent Simpsons fan service, which is a large part as to why it's done so well. EA has also been great about updating Tapped Out, adding new features and special events to the game that coincide with pretty much every major holiday. This Sunday is Easter, and again Tapped Out has received a new update to celebrate the occasion...

'Machinarium' Creators Amanita Design Plan to Release 'Botanicula' on iPad This May

Amanita Design make some really awe inspiring games. The art they used in game like Samarost or Machinarium [$4.99] is so beautiful it's hard to not stop and admire each screen of both games. The last title they released was Botanicula a fantastic point and click game that followed some strange critters. The plot is quite simple: A giant spider is corrupting the world and it’s up to you to save the day. But of course, everything’s wonderfully weird in this world and you’ll have your mind filled with lots of beautiful scenery and mysterious creatures before your time with the game is over. If you’re still curious about the game, here’s a trailer from the PC version:..

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