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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.

We've been doing this whole new iPhone release cycle thing for so many years now, and the week or so leading up to the actual keynote always seems to be the most exciting. Our sister site MacRumors has a pretty extensive roundup of what's expected in the iPhone 7, including what might be the most controversial thing: The likely removal of the traditional headphone jack. I feel like Apple is going to have some serious explaining to do to sell people over on that, so, I'm excited to see how they play that all off...

We're streaming live on Mobcrush right now. There's a couple different ways you can watch the stream, and they all work equally well and it's really just a matter of personal preference as to which method you prefer. The easiest way to watch is just watching the embedded player right here on TouchArcade. In the interest of being polite, we mute the audio. If you're somewhere you can listen, be sure to turn it back up- the controls for that are in the lower right corner of the video stream. Alternatively, if you're on a mobile device, download the free Mobcrush app for iOS [Free], also available on Google Play. From there, search for TouchArcade. If you follow us, you'll get alerts when we're streaming. Last, but not least, you can visit our channel directly in your browser at mobcrush.com/toucharcade. Oh, and if you want to participate in chat, you'll need to register over on Mobcrush first...




The TouchArcade Show - 271 - I Just Need Some SPEED

August 26th, 2016 9:15 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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We do our best to make up for last week's podcast connectivity SNAFU by talking about a whole bunch of game releases, from both this week and last week. This results in a little bit quicker than usual rundown of the news, but, hey, you probably already read it here on TouchArcade anyway. The games discussed, in order, were: Leap of Fate [$3.99], Deus Ex Go [$4.99], Outfolded [Free], Legend of the Skyfish [$3.99], Flip Diving [Free], Riptide GP: Renegade [$2.99], Pixel Dodgers [Free], and Solitairica [$3.99]. I told you, a ton of games.

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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If You Like TouchArcade, Please Support Our Patreon

August 26th, 2016 9:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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Hey everyone, it's Friday and we're close to the end of the week of TouchArcade blasting stories out (unless anything cool happens over the weekend we need to cover), but the fact still remains: To survive, we very much need your support. The business of running a web site is tricky, and as we pointed out in our original cry for help, the way developers promote their iOS games has changed significantly with the rise of metrics-centric free to play and in-game directly tracked advertising. It's supremely difficult for us to compete with that, and as such, we've been appealing to our community directly. If you like hanging out on our forums, listening to our podcasts, or reading some of the best long-form content in mobile gaming, please consider supporting us on Patreon. We never hit our initial goal, but we've been slowly climbing none the less. We're hopeful we get there eventually!

It doesn't take a whole lot to keep us afloat, as we run super lean as is. As I've mentioned before on the podcast, even if our hardcore podcast followers each just contributed a buck a month we'd really never need to worry about this again. It'd be awesome to not need to worry about this kind of thing, and instead just continue focusing on combing the App Store for the best games iOS has to offer. To do that, we need your help. Think of it like subscribing to a magazine, except that magazine shovels rad content your direction 24/7 and is home to a great community of people to discuss every aspect of mobile gaming with.

Of course we appreciate the support of our current and former backers, but if you haven't chipped in yet... If you like what we do around here, please consider supporting us on Patreon.

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New iPhone Games: 'Space Marshals 2', 'Solitairica', 'Lost Maze', 'MLB 9 Innings Manager' and More

It's hard to believe it's already been a year since the last time we celebrated National Waffle Day, but, here we are. For me, I typically spend National Waffle Day in sullen and remorseful silence because we don't have any Waffle House locations in the Chicago Area. (I actually looked into the logistics of opening one, turns out you need to commit to multiple locations in a surprisingly large territory.) Anyway, sure, I could get waffles from any other breakfast diner, but there's just something amazing about Waffle House. It's the perfect drunk food too, meanwhile, we're just slumming it with Taco Bell. Either way, if you're looking for some brand new iOS games to help celebrate the occasion, our forums have got what you need...

Working from home has an ton of awesome perks, but it comes with an incredibly significant downside: Your entire day's productivity is tied to your internet connection cooperating. We had some bad storms this morning, which knocked my whole area offline. I've been getting doing as much as I can via my abysmal AT&T cellular connection, but that just doesn't work for podcasting. Comcast still doesn't seem to have a solid ETA on when we're going to be back online, so, to have something in the podcast feed I figured we'd feature another rewind episode.

When we originally started the podcast, it was an odd interview format filled with people who had never really podcasted before. Scheduling conflicts eventually made it pretty difficult to keep up, and it slowly dwindled. When Brad Nicholson joined TouchArcade, he brought his experience with hosting the Destructoid podcast, Podtoid, and rebooted our podcast as a weekly thing. Since then, barring a few weeks (like this one) where weird stuff comes up that prevents recording, we've been following the format Brad brought to the table for over five years now.

Here's how Brad originally introduced the new podcast:

We’re back! In this week's episode, The Bearded One, Jared Nelson, talks up Bumpy Road, Touchgrind BMX, and Mos Speedrun. Eli Hodapp discusses cat games, and I deliver some details about the Infinity Blade update and the third episode of Back to the Future. We also delve into the i3D thing, as well the Minecraft-coming-to-Android story that made the rounds before closing out the hour.

 

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We'll be back next week, with another regular episode of The TouchArcade Show, but hopefully you guys can enjoy this blast from the past and pour one out for Brad Nicholson.

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Turn-Based RPG 'Shadow Quest' Hits the App Store Next Week

We're always excited to try out RPG's that mix up mechanics in interesting ways, and the upcoming Shadow Quest puts you in charge of a party of four, dungeon crawling using Minesweeper-like mechanics. Judging from the trailer, it seems like a mash up of Book of Heroes [Free] with a hint of the Dungelot [$0.99] series, which sounds pretty neat to me. Take a look:..

New iPhone Games: 'Deus Ex Go', 'Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltrati0n.ipa', 'Tetris Battle Drop' and More

Along with today's bonanza of iOS game releases, it's also National Medical Dosimetrist's Day. What's a medical dosimetrist? Well, it's a sub-speciality so complicated it takes an entire paragraph to explain. So, shout out to all the dosimetrist out there, may you have great luck in achieving some level of brevity when someone asks you at a party, "So what do you do?" Anyway, this week's list of releases is a tad more scant than we're used to, and I'm thinking there's two (possibly three?) reasons for that. First off, Gamescom is this week which is basically the European equivalent of E3, most traditional games media is swamped with that so this seems like a solid week to avoid releasing anything on. Additionally, unless plans have changed (again), there's a massive game release that people are going to be super blown away by along with the precedent its release could set for the release of ...other similar games. Or, ya'know, the App Store is just being weird...

At this stage in the App Store, I feel like I've played practically ever iteration of zombie games. I mean, we've done everything from shoot zombies from an AC-130 in Zombie Gunship [Free] to, well, making zombies pizza in Zombie Pizza [$0.99]. The just-released Zombie Town Story [Free] has you surviving in a zombie apocalypse in a way you might not have done before. (Or maybe you have, as mentioned, there's a zillion zombie games.) ...But, hey, it seems new to me!..

We start off this week's podcast with a bunch of talk surrounding a Test Flight build we got about Rocketcat and Madgarden's Death Road to Canada. The game is so frickin' good, you guys. I can't wait for it to hit the App Store so ya'll can get a taste. Anyway, we also talk about a bunch of games you can actually download right now including Reigns [$2.99], Mars: Mars [Free], Journey Below [$2.99], AbyssRium [Free] (again), and Midnight Star Renegade [Free]. Oh, then we briefly touch on a few news stories before peacing out for the weekend.

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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With the new Hearthstone [Free] adventure, One Night in Karazhan, on the horizon, it seems this week Blizzard looks back to Whispers of the Old Gods for a Tavern Brawl. We're on the cusp of getting a ton of brand new cards, but if you're a free to play player or just didn't open many Whispers of the Old Gods packs but want to try out some of the decks that come loaded with tons of cards from that set, this week's brawl is for you...

'Death Road to Canada' Preview - Does It Surprise Anyone Anymore That Rocketcat and Madgarden Make Incredible Games?

Last Friday I got a build of Rocketcat and Madgarden's Death Road to Canada on my iPhone. Since then, I've been completely obsessed. After hours, and hours, and hours of playing, I'm ready to say it: As far as my own personal game of the year is concerned, Death Road to Canada is currently the game to beat. It combines Rocketcat humor, great pixel art, fantastic music, randomized gameplay, playable dogs capable of shooting guns, spooky stories about menacing goblins, Madgarden freakishly small file sized and so much more to create an experience that's not only super fun but also surprisingly deep with new things I'm still discovering while I play...

Following the reveal of the Amazon Fire Phone was a few exclusive games that looked surprisingly awesome. Saber's Edge [Free] was one of those games, which seemed to combine puzzle mechanics, RPG elements, and... Pirates. On paper, it sounded amazing, and as someone who loves puzzle RPGs, it got me pretty close to picking up a Fire Phone just to try it out. Well, the Amazon Fire Phone completely bombed, which eventually resulted in these exclusive games being released on other platforms. It's been soft launched for a while, but as of this morning Saber's Edge is now available worldwide...

New iPhone Games: 'Eisenhorn: Xenos', 'Flick Soccer 17', 'Journey Below', 'Reigns' and Tons More

While I imagine many of you are busy gathering firewood to stoke the campfire to appropriately celebrate National S'mores Day, the rest of us are absolutely drowning in brand new iOS games. We've seen so many new games hit our forums the last few days this list is sort of overwhelming, which is a great change from previous weeks where we've been like, "Sooooo... Where's all the new games?" So, if you need s'more games on your iPhone to play while making and eating s'mores today, you're in luck...

'Puppet Bird' Is the Next Game From the Developers of 'Politaire', Releasing This Week

If you're not familiar with Politaire [Free], I'm just going to pull this bus over and give you time to read our review. It's a combination of poker and solitaire that seems crazy, but quickly turns into something in between "this is super clever" and "why didn't someone think of this before?" Well, Pine Entertainment, the same developers behind Politaire are on the verge of releasing their next game this week, Puppet Bird. Check out the trailer:..

'Eisenhorn: Xenos' Gets Second Developer Diary Ahead of This Week's Launch

We've been closely following the release of the upcoming Warhammer 40K game Eisenhorn: Xenos, as it looks like there's a pretty decent chance of this game being the release that breaks the Warhammer curse. If you're unfamiliar with that particular affliction, it's a lot like the torment of video games based off movies. You get excited for the title, then, well, anyone around to play a movie game in the NES/Game Boy/SNES era knows how the rest pans out. That's sort of been the case with 40K games on the App Store, as they've been incredibly hit or miss. That doesn't seem to be the case with Eisenhorn: Xenos as everything we've seen surrounding the title seems oddly impressive for a Warhammer game...

Isometric Platform Hopper 'Bluk' Set for Release Next Week

I've had my eye on Bluk ever since the trailer first got posted in our forums, as it looks a lot like if you took something like Mr Jump [Free] and combined it with a vibe that's... ever-so-slightly vaguely reminiscent of Monument Valley [$3.99]. Also, the developers have been super active in our community which always seems to help when it comes to releasing a rad game...

The TouchArcade Show - 269 - eSports Everywhere

August 5th, 2016 8:45 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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With the League of Legends Championship Series and the DOTA 2 tournament The International underway, we kick off this week's podcast with some quick eSports chat before diving deep into discussing a whole bunch of different new games. This time around, those games include Mobius Final Fantasy [Free], Tap Hero [Free], Ollie Cats [Free], Blitz Breaker [$2.99], AbyssRium [Free], Pixel Disc Golf 2 [Free], and PlayCast [$9.99] which I guess kinda sorta counts as a game. We also talk a bit about Hearthstone [Free] news and the latest Pokemon Go [Free] drama.

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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This week's episode of The TouchArcade Show is sponsored by…

MOBIUS FINAL FANTASY, Free - Mobius Final Fantasy is a free-to-play mobile game made by the team behind the official Final Fantasy series. Its development was spearheaded by famous producer, Yoshinori Kitase, who was also behind Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, and Final Fantasy X. Selected as the best game of 2015 in Japan's App Store, Mobius Final Fantasy is now available worldwide. Download Mobius Final Fantasy from the App Store for free today and get a console quality game in the palm of your hand!

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While I assume most of you are out celebrating National Watermelon Day, those of us at TouchArcade Towers are scratching our heads wondering what's been going on with the App Store as of late. As we mentioned last week, the delightfully predictable behavior of App Store game releases has gotten real weird, and we're back to games randomly popping up at odd times during the week instead of one giant wave early Wednesday morning. (Or so it would seem.) While we figure out the new groove the App Store is jamming to, these posts are going to be a little weird...

'PlayCast' First Impressions: PS4 Games on iOS, Just Keep Your Expectations Realistic

Earlier today we posted about PlayCast [$9.99], a third party utility that had been just released on the App Store. It advertises the ability to play PS4 games on iOS devices via the same Remote Play functionality that allows you to play PS4 games on the Vita. After waiting what felt like forever for my PS4 to update itself (I don't even remember the last time I turned it on), and the same simple setup process that the PS Vita goes through to link it to the PS4 I was... well, playing Rocket League on my phone. Or, more accurately, trying to play Rocket League...