ta_logo_whiteOn Sunday night, we recorded our first podcast covering some of the latest games for the iPhone and iPod Touch. If you ever wanted to hear from the writers behind TouchArcade, here's your chance.

Eli Hodapp, Arnold Kim, and Blake Patterson were joined by developer guest Natalia Luckyanova of Imangi Studios for our first ever (public) podcast. Here is an outline of the topics we discussed.

The Big News

Games We Played

Upcoming Games

  • Hippo High Dive - Imangi Studios
  • EA's Naughty or Nice Event with talk of NBA Live and Command & Conquer
  • Warpgate - Freeverse
  • Zen Bound 3GS - Secret Exit
  • Ravensword - Crescent Moon Games

As our first podcast, the format remains a work in progress -- be sure to check out the outtakes at the end of the show. We plan on continuing this feature on a weekly basis. The podcast can be directly downloaded below, through this RSS Feed, or on iTunes
Podcast music provided by Overclocked Remix.

Download Podcast: TouchArcade Podcast - Episode 1 (M4A / 31MB)
iTunes Link: Podcast on iTunes

  • weisome

    Ooh... neat. πŸ˜€ Downloading now.

  • wegmans

    I hope this doesn't result in less posts, reviews, and commentary on the main page. I am one of those who has never found time to have anything to do with a Podcast, and I feel gross if i even say the word πŸ˜›

    seriously though, I like to read articles at work when I have a spare moment, and I just hope this continues.

    When/where do people listen to podcasts?

    • Yean

      No, I'm sure they'll wind down doing what made them a successful l site now that they've decided to spend an hour or two a week recapping the stories of the week.

      • wegmans

        that's what I was afraid of

    • popejohn

      I listen and watch podcasts several times a day, when im doing my ritual morning exercise, when im travelling in the trains to work and to the gym and sometimes when i go to bed. Its beats listening to the crappy radio which has a ton of ads.. and i hate ads so much its not funny. I hope TouchArcade do game reviews on video podcasts, that would be awesome.

    • drelbs

      I play the Sesame Street and They Might Be Giants podcasts for my daughter sometimes, but that's about it. Would rather read an article with pictures than watch something...

  • Parker Mcgowan

    Great Podcast! I loved it.

  • http://www.scottcolbert.wordpress.com Scott

    I'll give this a listen tonight.

    Wegman, I can't speak for anyone else, but I listen to podcasts when I'm cleaning, working (I have my own business and work at home so the boss is okay with it), and basically any time I can listen to music, I load up a podcast.

    • http://www.monicadickey.com Monica Dickey

      Yeah I like listening to podcasts while I clean up too. Gives me something to think about while I do menial tasks hehe.

      Tap fu is pretty fun.

      It's funny iPhone apps have DLC now.

      • Aerospeed

        Hey look - a spam! Mommy can we keep it?

  • http://www.windows7hacker.com/ Jonathan

    way to go, but prefer in MP4 format πŸ™‚ great work, keep it coming

  • Shadowsfall

    Yay! Toucharcade podcast!! πŸ˜€

    • Shadowsfall

      By the way.. Would be nice to have the podcast on iTunes! Gladly to get the up-to-date info while at school or something πŸ˜€

  • Slapshot

    That was good! I really enjoyed it. What do you plan on talking about next?

  • AaronAMV

    It'd be a lot better without the cuts IMO, but this is good stuff. I'm looking forward to the next one.

  • Syferus

    On iTunes availability - would I be right in assuming the delay has something to do with some manner of Apple approval/verification before a podcast feed goes live? And too that, do you have a rough idea how long it will be before it'll be up?

    • Eli Hodapp

      Bingo. Could be tomorrow, could be next week, could be two weeks from now. Asking around it seems like the average approval time for new podcasts is around 10 days.

  • http://acceleroto.com Bryan Duke


  • Derik

    I hope you keep it up! Others like AppSlappy are just leaching off your stories anyways! Can't wait for the iTunes feed!

    • Jamie Walker

      Nah, AppSlappy is good for its own reasons (it covers apps that aren't games too), but it's nice to have the TouchArcade people doing one that's just for games - that's the things I buy the most of on my iPod! Great show, guys, looking forward to the next!

  • Carlos-Sz

    Downloading! Congratulations and thank you for another great TA feature.

  • 1337brian

    Woot! Love listening to podcasts on the way to work, better then talk radio! Let's here some reviews from THE Big Albie! =)

    • Slapshot

      I was thinking the exact same thing! =O Great minds think alike.=D

  • dannys95

    I'm listening to it now.........who's eating chips? I hear u! πŸ˜‰

  • veratek

    hey i thought this was a cool idea and it was well done, glad to hear that TA is constantly maturing.

  • spamboy

    Yes, i get to listen to the voices of my fav writers! Ahhhh...

  • Vester

    imma wait til its on itunes but it should be fun!

  • http://www.cheapcheapcheap.com Albert

    Getting the podcast now. Thank you. Keep up the great work - just getting involved with this community now!

  • Carl

    Not a bad podcast! Can you tell me if one of you guys were eating chips during the podcast? It got annoying right away πŸ˜€

    It is a sound that sounded like crunching... and it came up a lot while others were talking.

    • arn

      nah. it was some sort of audio artifact or mic issue.

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    This is awesome news! Now that I think about it, there really was a need for a podcast about the AppStore gaming scene. None of my favorite podcasts have in-depth discussions about the subject.

  • darwiniandude

    Great! I have only a certain amount of time to listen to podcasts (1.5 hours per day, 45 min drive in and back from work) and there was one podcast I didn't really like which is already deleted to make way for this. πŸ™‚

    I'll wait for it to appear on iTunes though, easier to keep up to date.

    Although I do refresh toucharcade.com over 90 million times a day anyway...

  • Sound of Settling

    I'm listening to it now. Sounds good.

    Im really glad you guys are doing this!

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    I really don't like audio podcasts on things, were the visual aspect is very important. Then, I really prefer reading about it in combination with watching some pics or videos.
    So, the only really cool thing would be video podcasts.
    But that's a very personal opinion. And I welcome this next step, although the STP or TG guys lost a bit of credibility with their partly silly stuff they produce in their audio and video podcasts... suddenly, you loose respect, because all you hear is a bunch of kids joking around too much... πŸ™‚

    Anyway, wish you success with it.

    • http://www.glenncorpes.com Glenn Corpes

      Great podcast. It'll be even better when it's on iTunes. Please don't listen to those who are asking for video though. Podcasts are for when you're doing other stuff.

  • http://www.jindofox.com jindofox

    If you don't want to wait for it to show up in iTunes, just paste the RSS feed for the 'cast into "Subscribe to Podcast" from the Advanced menu in any recent version of iTunes.

  • http://www.secretexit.com Frand

    Congrats on the podcast, and the discussion regarding out next version of Zen Bound was much appreciated (as well as totally unexpected!).

    With the discussion that followed our original announcement, we listened to the reactions and adjusted the scope and focus of the project.

    We haven't yet decided on the new name, but "Zen Bound 3GS" would be misleading, as the game will run on all devices. Visual quality on the older generation of iPhones and iPods will be pretty much the same as the current ZB, but on 3GS hardware the visuals will be significantly enhanced.

    There will be new content, but it's a bit too early to go into the specifics just yet.

  • DannyV

    Great job guys! Love podcasts, I listen to them while I work on design stuff.

  • SteffenMoss

    NICE! *Downloading*

  • Wheatie

    Arn & Crew,

    Great job on the podcast! I d/l it and listened to it last night. Overall I like it and it's cool to hear Eli & Blake's voices and you again Arn (heard you on MacBreak Weekly podcast before).

    I like the podcast and the guest developer concept.

    A suggestion maybe develop a loose regular topics outline format with different topic areas for the podcast maybe something like:

    1) New Games - (released this week)

    2) What we're Playing (your team)

    3) Upcoming Games (impressions, etc)

    4) Sleeper Games (unnoticed but good, maybe include forum thoughts)

    5) Each Person's Pick of the Week (favorite game, recommendation)

    6) Pick a Genre to discuss & review multiple games in genre (ex: sports one week, RPG next, Fighting/Action, Tower Defense, etc.)

    7) Guests (It would be great if you could get guests like):

    Gameloft (developer)

    EA (developer)


    Other developers

    Big Forum Reviewers (I'd love to hear Big Albie as a regular on the show or frequent guest)

    Maybe Apple App Reviewer (hey we can wish huh)

    Just a few thoughts. I love the site and have been following it from day one and your appearance on MBW. Everything is great: the reviews, forums, and now the podcast. Keep up the great work guys!

  • http://jespersunivers.dk/ Plast2

    The ending is funny as hell! πŸ˜€

    But yeah, it was a real good start. hope you guys keep it up.

  • http://deys.ca Bill Deys

    Hey guys, I'm a long time podcaster (and podcast listener) and iPhone addict! Love the site and the podcast CONTENT is great but PLEASE, there is no need for M4A (or MP4) media. Please PLEASE put out MP3's! Oh and if you ever need help with any part of the podcast I'd be more then happy to help!

    • arn


      • macbookairman

        I actually liked the mp4/m4a file. I assume that format is what allows the chapters and pictures. I really liked that. Guess you can't please everyone...

  • Howard

    The podcast was good and I hope they continue.

    Just one minor 'nit' however: There was a constant sound throughout the first half of the podcast; like a metal slinky being played with next to the microphone which really detracted from the dialogue for me. Can you tell us what this was and is it possible to avoid going forward?

    Thanks for such a really great site and congrats again on the first podcast!



  • Tye

    Hey, I think the podcast was pretty good. Especially for a first episode. I like the format of talking about 5-6 games each week.

    I would enjoy hearing reviews of older games in addition to the current stuff. There is so much good stuff out there that I haven't played yet. Also, good idea including a girl and a developer in the show. Kind of balances it out.