The very first post on TouchArcade was over four years ago now, which, for those of you playing along at home, was before the iOS App Store even launched. (Heck, back then it wasn't even iOS yet, and wouldn't even be iOS for another two years.) We've been hard at work on our own app with the help of Flexibits and Bartelme Design for what seems like forever, and with it being unleashed to the world next week, I figured now was a great time to lay out the features and functionality of the app.

First off, the main screen (seen below and to the left) is what you see when you launch the app. It has a featured story, which usually will be whatever our last review was, or any other story that deserves some kind of special attention. To the right of that is the "Hot Games" list, which is a killer feature of the app. What you're looking at here is a realtime display of the games that have generated the most interest in our community.

There's a whole bunch of behind the scenes wizardry taking place to compute this list, utilizing tons of different data points to create a surprisingly accurate display of what the hottest games at the time are. The cool thing about this is that the list is constantly being updated. If you want to know what the most popular games amongst our community are at this exact moment, look no further than the hot games list.

The other views of the app share a similar look, and you're able to really drill down on reviews for all the games we've looked at via a set of drop downs. So, for instance, if you wanted to see reviews of free action games posted in the last month. Totally doable. The "News & Reviews" function gives you a quick glance at all the content on the site. Oh, and if you decide to, you can even get push alerts when we post a new story.

Our forums are (obviously) huge for our community, so we've included forum integration in the app. Each thread display also features all the information you'd need about a game at a glance, with ratings from both the actual App Store as well as amongst our own users. You can even assign your own ratings just like you can on your browser. See the little slider with the binoculars? Things with the app get even better.

The watch list, much like the wish list in the AppShopper App [Free] is my favorite feature. By flipping the toggle switch seen above, you can add any game, regardless of whether or not it's released. From there, you can see any stories that have been posted about that specific game. Also, if the push alerts for everything we post is a little too much for you, you can set the app to only send you alerts when articles that pertain directly to your watch list are posted.

So, if we post a preview for a game that interests you, all you've got to do is add it to your watch list, and you'll get alerts for when it's released, when we post a review, and potentially even if it ever gets updates or a price drop and we cover it.

The app also has tons of information about all the games on the App Store. Once you get into the actual details page of any game (which is accessible by numerous methods within the app) you'll see our own review scores as well as the rating from out community, and you'll be able to jump into any forum thread that pertains to the game. Also, obviously, any associated trailers or screenshots are there along with the iTunes text and anything we've posted about the game.

We've put a ton of work into the TouchArcade app, and we're all really proud of what we're about to release. There's a number of other little features and settings that you'll discover as you're using it, but this is the core functionality of the app. We've been using it for months now to discover games to cover on the site, and we're confident that it'll become your go to app to find the latest and greatest games the App Store has to offer.

If everything goes as planned, it will be available for free, globally, next week.

  • http://twitter.com/renderpaz Kevin Pazirandeh

    Futura is a great font.

    • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

       Gotham is better.

      • http://twitter.com/ChaoticBox Frank Condello

        Gotham _is_ better. Not sure either is ideal on small screens though...

        The app does look great, but all that Futura is seriously painful to read! I'm not sure iOS knows how to kern that font ?!?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001584425433 Tijmen Van Nisselrooij

    upcoming iPad app? :)

    • arn

      Yep, we have iPad version in works.

  • http://methylblue.com Max Howell

    Love it. Looks like you got a good dev on it too. Who?

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp
      • ndre

        talk about coincidence. I started experimenting with Fantastical today.

  • B30 B30

    Looks promising, I'll keep an eye out for that one.
    An iPad version would also be cool!

  • http://twitter.com/hippiemanx Bruce Morrison

    Looks awesome.  I hope my game is still in the Hot New list when it launches.

  • whatshit

    will there be iap like...new fonts and themes!

  • Krautboy

    Sounds awesome,looks great!
    So this app makes browsing this site obsolete?

    • IMNS

      On iPhone and iPod? Absolutely! Better than the desktop or iPad web version? Not until the iPad version of the app shows up.

  • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff Kibuule

    Who's the dev? They produce some extremely high quality work that's actually better than most apps out there!

  • http://bassoonhero.deviantart.com/ Michael Wootton

    Many congrats TA, this looks incredible. Can't wait to download it next week!

  • 1337brian

    4 years ago?! God, now I feel old..

  • Noah

    Lookin' good Eli.

  • JCat_NY

    Looks very nice! Can't wait for it.

  • lazrhog

    Everyone should be dead excited about this being released, it is magnificent !

    (posted from the TA App :))

  • http://profiles.google.com/fleshman1992 Laszlo Tuss

    Awesome! But an other Appshopper app, i don't really think i will use that feature.
    Maybe if we can categorize the apps or something, well, we will see.
    Will the app universal? :O 

  • http://twitter.com/3parkbenchhydra Zach

    I can't wait! This is everything I've ever wanted in an iPhone game-related app.

  • http://twitter.com/Micahsa Micah Peterson

    Give me this now.

  • venasque

    Guys this sounds awesome.  The forum intergration is impressive.

  • swarmster

    Neat, looking forward to playing around with it.

    It sounds like it would be nice, though, if you could get alerts for price drops even when they're not explicitly covered by the site. And updates - sometimes you're holding off on a purchase until (or if) an update comes out, and it would be nice to have some indication of new updates even if you don't own the app, or have deleted it.

    Also, maybe some indicators for game features (Retina iPhone/iPad, Game Center, iCloud, etc). Unfortunately there isn't a really easy/reliable way to scrape that info from the Store, but maybe it could be crowd/developer sourced? Or it could be added as standard information to articles on the site?

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      Sounds like a lot of what you want can be done with the AppShopper app. The TA app is designed to be more of a direct portal to things that happen on TouchArcade.

      • swarmster

        True enough. I guess it's partly because I'm lazy and don't use the AppShopper App that I'd want price/update info, but it does seem a little odd, from an outside view, to have the semi-artificial feature limitation of "Get price/update alerts for everything on your watch list! (Sometimes, if we specifically mention it.)" when your sister site has a seemingly-pretty-accessible database of that information.

        I understand, though, that it's not necessarily a focus of the app.

      • arn

        I think it does what you think it should do.

      • https://me.yahoo.com/rekzkarz#a0df5 REkzkaRZ

        I don't think it doesn't do what you don't think it shouldn't.

  • http://twitter.com/offSwitch87 Travis Hernandez

    Looks great, excited to see this!

  • ManuD

    Was expecting it for a long time.

  • Adams Immersive

    The Watch List for unreleased games sounds great. But what I’d really love is integration between TA and AppShopper! So I can get to AppShopper from a game review, say. (On this site AND in the app.)

    • arn

      There is a direct link to open a game in the appshopper app at the bottom of each app details page.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MR4IKQCBWIP6JHMN2FT562MGLI Web

    [Brad Nicholson voice] Nah bro! It doesn't work, it just doesn't work. This app is straight up broken... MUSCLES!!!!

    Well, I personally think Brad is totally off the mark on this one. The app looks fantastic and it sounds like you all really put a ton of thought and effort into this. I'm especially looking forward to the forum feature. Congratulations, I can't wait until this comes out.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      I don't get it.

  • jindofox

    Nice use of Futura, very pretty app, can't wait to use it. Now it can be told why we never got mobile forums, but this makes up for it. Question: will the wish list integrate with AppShopper?

    • arn

      The wish list doesn't integrate with appshopper, but there is a direct link to open an app in appshopper app if you wish to maintain your list there.

      We discussed it at length when we started the app. Requiring two sets of login credentials (appshopper and ta forums) seemed problematic, and we weren't willing to completely merge the two sites.

  • http://twitter.com/nicolinux nicolinux

    Cool, can't wait! The "watch" feature is very intriguing.

  • http://twitter.com/LearnIIBurn Tyler Piderit

    Awesome! Looking forward to this! Be nice to drop AppShopper and have a one stop shop with TA's app.

    Cheers!

  • futuresgreen

    Looks and sounds fantastic and the fact that it brings all of the site together using watch list. I love touch arcade but don't always have the time to explore everywhere and this looks this will def help ! Well done, looking forward to exploring more !

  • AWonton

    Super excited, this is definitely the one site in my eyes for iOS gaming news, and I'm happy to see ya'll have flourished over the years!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bryan.m.mitchell Bryan Mitchell

    That is a really nice looking app.

  • http://twitter.com/epsteinm Marc Epstein

    The app looks awesome guys. Really nice and very simple. Can't wait to download it. 

  • psiufoxx

     Eli Hodapp, I love you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/erikbmoller Erik Moller

    Looks like a great app. Now I won't go to the site - just use your app. Can't wait for it's release. Will the podcast stream from it too?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=658174517 Tarek Ali Hassan

    Hope there is notifications for forum quotes ?

  • nomster

    App looks like it will be great - congrats all.

    Wasn't sure about the point of an iPad app - but seeing those screen shots for iPhone version has whetted the appetite for that one too.

    I'm not a font-head but whatever that is looks good to me.

  • http://twitter.com/JCman7 James Donnellon

    This is going to be my favorite app on the appstore!! Cant wait looks spectacular. Thanks TA and to the devs for making this for us

  • toddgeneva

    Looks great... almost like Steam for iOS.  Love it... can't wait.

  • http://twitter.com/KlickTock Matthew Hall

    Definitely keen for the iPad version.  Looking good!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=628155349 Oliver Atherton

    Hi!
    I'm not sure if you guys are still reading the comments here but I wanted to post to say that I support this one hundred percent and love everything you guys do on this site.

    For me finding touch arcade turned my iphone experience into something really awesome. TA is like a daily (well five times daily) visited website for me.... excitedly seeing what is new.

    I swear Apple owe you guys millions in comission. I have spent so much money on games because of you bastards :D

    I love the work guys. Keep it up.
    If only the PSVita had something similar going on. I spent money on that device and find myself playing more games on my phone still.

  • Flare_TM

    Will it show other Currencies besides Dollars? GBP for example (Pounds) or Euros?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FLRQI2X2LU3IHMCG7HEAEFD5I Cat Astrophy

    Very sexy UI. Will certainly give it a shot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=643595331 Brett Flury

    "By flipping the toggle switch seen above, you can add any game, regardless of whether or not it's released"

    Been asking for this from AppShopper wish lists FOREVER. About damn time, thanks guys! Hopefully it can setup alerts for when the ga
    me releases...

  • R Skse

    Thanks alot for the dark theme, men. My other news and weather apps are going this way too....much oblidged.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CCADLLQ55E2RGZDCBAINZRUV3A TonyW

    Looks incredible, thank you for taking the time to make this app.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AA3C75BCGQKLSQTOK5NCHYWBFQ rafael

    Hey that´s awsome! finaly looking forward to downloading it.

  • ohwussup

    i am excited!!! question though, how well will forums be integrated into the app?  Will we be able to see the user cp and also the subscribed threads?

  • araczynski

    Off topic, but i still wouldn't mind having the option in appshopper to completely ignore specific developers.

    probably not in appshopper's interest to allow that, but that just leaves room for someone else to step in and deliver...

    • arn

      Thats coming

  • http://twitter.com/ithinkimalion DeMarcus

    If were lucky, in another 4 years well get an iPad version.

  • http://twitter.com/ohprinceoh Prince of DUKELMBLOG

    Im pretty sure there'll be ads. so i hope there's an option to remove ads or something

  • nizy

    Sounds great, but hoping the iPad version comes very soon!

    1 feature request here though. You mention that we can follow games using the watch list, well what about developers too? I know I would want to know about anything that a lot of my fav devs make.

    • arn

      Good suggestion, not in the first version

    • knoids

      awesome idea!

  • Camdizzle

    I check touch arcade and appshopper every single day! I'm so glad this app is coming out, very excited. Now that the forums will be in the app I'll most likely post more on them. I love that idea.

  • Guest

    Just awesome. I remember you guys mentioning the app months ago and wondered what the hell happened to it... now I know! I can't wait to get this on my iPhone. Now how do I set up an alert to let me know when this releases? :)