This week on the TouchArcade Show, we talk about Jared's beard and his misadventures as a heavily bearded man. We also talk about SimCity and the issues surrounding its launch and it's online-only requirement. How could we possibly have time to discuss iOS stuff, you ask? Somehow, we figure out a way. Temple Run: Oz and Sonic Dash lead off our games section, while Outland Games and Star Wars Pinball bring up the rear. We also dive into some news, and of course, your user questions and feedback.

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We had a lot of fun this week, and we hope you do, too. Here are your show notes:



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  • metalmandave83

    Nice, I didn't know you guys had a podcast. I check TA daily since I found this app. It's a great resource. I really like the Watchlist feature.

  • zachgage

    hacky sack at gdc huh? lets do this 🙂

    • Boobi

      I want tweets of the hacky sack tourney at GDC!! Please.

  • Illuminerdy

    Stitcher has me covered for this podcast. Hate the official podcast app. SmCity, huh. Curious what ya'll will say!

  • Dave Metzener

    I've always found the Zen Pinball games being a little too hard even though they are pretty realistic or a more accurate simulation of pinball.

    OOO GameProm produced an iOS game called Pinball HD Collection which is similar to Zen Pinball as it has multiple tables that can be purchased as IAP's.

    The two best tables in Pinball HD Collection is The Deep and DiVinci. Both of those tables make it pretty clear what the "missions" are in order to progress.

    On my iPad (1st gen), Zen Pinball plays, but it's not as smooth as iPad 2 or better can render. However, the Pinball HD Collection tables play as smoothly on my iPad as any other generation of iPad or iPhone.

    Also, OOO GameProm has Mac versions of the game too. Not as many tables, but all the very best tables.

  • chickaber

    Y u no talk about block fortress!!

  • blackbear219

    I feel so dirty. I've banged so many links at this point, and I barely remember any of their names.

  • JJE McManus

    At seven years old, given the switch for endless games on the 5 Card Stud pinball at the back of the bar run by one Katie McGovern. So, yea, it is a thing. Zen is quite good. I love their tables. Wish there was more old school stuff tho.

  • Boobi

    If Sega Management had feelings they would commit Hari-kari after that podcast, since they don't a new 3D Sonic runner is in the works with IAP for everyone.