Author Archives: Eli Hodapp


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Eli as been obsessed with mobile gaming his entire life. Originally starting with Tiger Electronics handhelds, graduating to the original Game Boy, and upgrading to nearly every handheld platform leading up to modern day portables.

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'RPG Djinn Caster', 'The Warlock of Firetop Mountain', 'Die By Died', 'MUL.MASH.TAB.BA.GAL.GAL', 'Dungeon Rushers' and More

Apparently today is National Margarita Day, which is cool and all, but I'd argue the superior Mexican drink is the Michelada. If you've never had one, it's basically like if you combined Mexican beer and a real good Bloody Mary without the vodka. It sounds strange, but seriously, unbelievably good. I can't recommend them enough. Any Mexican restaurant should serve them (or at least they do in the Chicago 'burbs). Anyway, hopefully now that you've got a Michelada in hand, or plans to get one later, let's settle in to this week's awesome iOS game releases...

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We kick off this week's podcast talking about all the plans for the next few weeks including Train Jam, GDC, WWDC, E3, and how we hope we can make it to PAX this year. From there, we shift gears to talking about games, covering two soft launched titles, Robot Unicorn Attack 3 and Injustice 2. Then we kick over to a couple games you can actually download right now, Gunman Taco Truck [Free] and Postknight [Free].

Don't forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to podcast@toucharcade.com. We read 'em all, and love decoding messages written entirely in emoji. As always, you can listen to us with the links below... And if you like what you hear, please subscribe and/or drop us a review in iTunes. Much appreciated!

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It's a wrap for us this week here at TouchArcade, and provided nothing crazy happens in the world of iOS gaming, we'll see you again on Monday morning for Shaun's Update Mondays and Tasos's Touchstone Tavern Hearthstone [Free] roundup before diving in head-first to whatever awesome mobile games get released and whatever rad looking mobile games are coming soon. We've been doing this for years now, and to keep doing what we're doing, we need your help. Whether you're here for our game reviews, to read about upcoming games, find games on sale, listen to our podcast, or participate in your community, we're glad to have you. If the feeling is mutual, which I hope it is, there's a few things you can do to help keep TouchArcade alive in this weird changing world of mobile gaming, which for numerous reasons has jeopardized the future of third party editorial sites like ours...

Get 3,700 Dust and 10 Gold Cards for Free by Taking Advantage of the 'Hearthstone' Year of the Mammoth Dust Refund

We already posted about all the changes coming to Hearthstone [Free] this year as the Year of the Mammoth card rotation hits with the release of the next card set, and one tiny detail in the avalanche of information that caused a few of us to raise our eyebrows was the full-cost dust refunds Blizzard is doing for gold Classic cards that are getting shifted to the new "Hall of Fame." The idea is cards that instead of nerfing cards that are a little too powerful, or are restricting design space, they're just shifting them over to Wild and giving their full dust value back to players. We reached out to Blizzard to clarify exactly how this all works, and it turns out if you've got the dust right now to craft a bunch of gold cards, you can effectively get them for "free."..

Blizzard Announces the 'Hearthstone' Year of the Mammoth - Many Changes Coming

Last year, Blizzard made the biggest change to Hearthstone [Free] in the history of the game by introducing card rotation which I'm not sure was that surprising as it was the inevitable solution to the problem of keeping the card pool down to a reasonable size both in the interest of the overall metagame as well as to make the game more approachable to new players. Moving on from the Year of the Kraken, this year we'll be transitioning into the Year of the Mammoth. The card rotation wheel spins one more time, which means that cards from Blackrock Mountain, The Grand Tournament, and League of Explorers will all be shifted over to the Wild format. Additionally, Blizzard is mixing things up even further by moving six Classic cards over to what they're calling the "Hall of Fame" which will similarly remove them from the Standard card pool and make them only playable in Wild...

Beware of 'Astroneer' Scam App on the App Store

February 16th, 2017 10:51 AM EST by Eli Hodapp in News

We typically ignore these types of things as you could literally spend your entire day listing off scam apps, knock-offs, and other similar things that are constantly released on the App Store. Normally, we assume folks are pretty savvy when it comes to spotting these, as 99.9% of the time (and this is true in this instance as well), the folks releasing these types of scams have an iTunes portfolio filled with similar junk. It becomes even more transparent if you actually download and attempt to play any of these games. Today's instance is an Astroneer knockoff which is for some reason being announced as if it were real. Please, do not download this game. ..

We've posted about it a few times now, but I've just been blown away by the response we've seen on our Discord chat server. It's getting to the point where it's nearly active 24 hours a day, which is super cool considering our original motivation for switching over to Discord from Slack was, "I don't know, maybe a few people will come hang out." Instead, we've got (as of this writing) over 100 people chatting during the day consisting of iOS gamers talking about cool stuff they're playing (Which lately is a lot of Fire Emblem) and a surprising amount of developers sharing the things they're working on and getting feedback from our community...

Make Sure You Check Out 'Hidden Folks'

February 15th, 2017 12:58 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in News
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We already included it in our roundup this morning, but I've played Hidden Folks [$3.99] quite a bit in judging games for the IndiePlus contest at GDC and like it a lot. Hidden Folks is lovingly crafted by the same developer as Fingle [$1.99 (HD)], Bounden [$2.99] and a bunch of other really great games. I think the easiest way to describe the game is if you took the core concept of the Where's Waldo books and gave it a heavy coating of hand-drawn indie art styling. Check out the trailer:..

You Need to Be Playing 'Gunman Taco Truck'

February 15th, 2017 12:16 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in News
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When I saw this game on Twitter earlier today, the title immediately made me smile and I figured I'd give it a download thinking it was (like a lot of free silly mobile games) going to be pretty one-dimensional with a lot of what made the game fun or unique being tied up in the title and theme. And... I'm really sort of taken aback by how much is going on in Gunman Taco Truck [Free]. The trailer perfectly sets the scene of the delightfully absurd (and not that far fetched, given the last three weeks) premise where nukes have launched, most people and animals are mutated, and you're taking your family taco truck to Canada...

New iPhone Games On Our Forums: 'Digby Forever', 'Hidden Folks', 'Mildly Interesting RTS', and a Bunch More

Ohhhhh snaaaap today is National I Want Butterscotch Day according to some web site that says it is, which plays perfectly into looking at our GDC appointments and seeing an early meeting with Butterscotch Shenanigans where we're (hopefully) going to see what they're working on next. In the meantime, there's a whole bunch of new games that have hit our forums recently, many we've posted about, and some that we haven't posted about quite yet!..

One of the most demoralizing things about playing ranked in Hearthstone [Free] is when you're doing really well, gaining stars like mad, really climbing the ladder... only to go on a massive losing streak and slide all the way down to where you were before. I typically will just play ranked to get the card back, then stick to fiddling around in casual matches because losing so much progress on a bad streak of games feels bad. Well, Blizzard is changing how this works later this month...

Gameloft Resurrects Halo-Like 'N.O.V.A.' Series as Upcoming Free to Play Game (For Android?)

When this video got dropped into our Discord chat this morning (Which is a great place to get breaking iOS games news as it takes so much less time for someone to drop a YouTube link there than it does for me to write an article here, by the way!) when I was out grabbing coffee I couldn't help but laugh so hard I got strange looks from people around me- Not because the trailer is particularly funny, but because this sort of thing is the exact opposite of what people around here are always asking for. Backing up a bit, back in the hay day of Gameloft, they were rapidly releasing "highly inspired" games for mobile leaning heavily on popular console titles. One of those was the N.O.V.A. series, which would have been pretty easy to mistake as a Halo game if you weren't too familiar with the Halo universe...

Unfortunately, the fears I mentioned in last week's podcast episode came true and I'm currently stuck using the world's worst hotel WiFi (which really describes basically all hotel WiFi). I wasn't even able to place a simple Skype call yesterday, so there's not a whole lot of point in trying to record an hour long podcast today... But, thankfully, we've got tons of back catalog stuff to pull out which I'd bet not many people have heard before. (And if you have, you're a serious hardcore fan of TouchArcade and we really appreciate you sticking around for so long.

Anyway, this week's episode is actually from the third episode of our podcast in 2009 where we had the developers of Pocket God [$0.99] on the show. Pocket God was somewhat of a TouchArcade community sensation, with a following that was sort of incredible at the time. What also makes this episode fascinating to listen to is it was recorded right when there were initial rumblings of free to play and in-app purchases potentially coming to the App Store. Listening to this episode, we don't even really know what to call this style of game and continually refer to in-game purchases as "DLC" as that was the only reasonable comparison at the time.

We'll get back to our regular podcasts next week, and with GDC and all sorts of other stuff coming up I'm hoping to work towards having a few non-time sensitive episodes we can have in queue so we can have normal, new, and unreleased podcasts ready to go in times like this when WiFi doesn't cooperate. But, hey, this will be a great blast from the past for most people I think.

 

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Take a Look at the Trailer for 'Djinn Caster', an Upcoming Kemco Action RPG

Someone better wake up Shaun Musgrave, because Kemco is teasing their next mobile release. It's called Djinn Caster, and its due to hit the App Store later this month. Kemco isn't getting specific beyond "February," so, that realistically likely either means next week the 15th or the following week of the 22nd. They just released a new trailer for the game this morning, which ticks off basically every box of things you'd expect out of an action RPG:..

The Upcoming 'Rhythm Doctor' Combines Glitchstep Music and ... Saving Patients?

This is definitely a weird one, but, often times the best mobile games are the strangest. Per a (surprisingly) information filled post in our forums, Rhythm Heaven is a upcoming single-tap rhythm game that puts players to the challenge of saving patients by tapping to every seventh beat. You'd think this would as easy as counting to seven, but the twist the game has is the music is "infected" leading to glitchstep. It makes more sense to just watch the trailer:..

As seems to be normal for App Store releases these days, the bulk of the new games will be released by Wednesday night and then included in our new games roundup post that we do every week... Then, inevitably, a few more randomly drizzle out late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, the latest example of which being OK Golf [$2.99]. It's a premium game free of all freemium shenanigans, which it seems like people are always asking for. One thing I'm curious of is what people who are into the technical aspects of golf games will think of this, as it almost plays more like a mini golf game since there isn't any sort of club selection to speak of...

Pac-Man is Coming to 'The Sandbox Evolution' Next Week

February 9th, 2017 10:00 AM EST by Eli Hodapp in News
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If you haven't played The Sandbox Evolution [Free] and you're at all into world creation-y god games, you need to set aside some time this morning to solve that problem. The game has been updated like crazy since it was first released, and it's getting even more content, this time with the addition of Pac-Man of all things, and players will have the ability to both include things from the Pac-Man universe inside of their own crafted worlds- Including just creating and playing your own Pac-Man mazes...

While it's not totally surprising, our GDC schedule is almost full. We're limited to (as of this writing) only a couple open time slots on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, with a decent chunk of time on both Thursday and Friday available. If you want to meet up with us at GDC and have a new and unreleased game or update to an existing game that we can shoot some video of and post on the site, please book an appointment with us!..

New Games on Our Forums: 'Voyageur', 'Ketchapp Winter Sports', 'Malevolent Machines', and More

Apparently today is Laugh and Get Rich Day, and hopefully we all celebrate this particular made up holiday by... Well, laughing and getting rich. I just finished with judging the IMGA's in France, so I think laughing and getting rich aren't on my personal agenda as much as "being tired" is. But, hey, weirder things have happened...