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.

'Minecraft' Creator Notch Just Outbid Jay-Z and Beyoncé on a Beverly Hills Mega-Mansion

Alright, so this is probably the first (and likely the last) time we'll ever post about celebrity news but this just scrolled across my RSS feeds and the TouchArcade water cooler chat agreed it was just too ridiculous to not share here. Everyone knows Minecraft is the biggest thing ever, but it's hard to really get a idea of just how huge it is. Sure, the iOS game is always charting, every kid under the age of 12 has a Minecraft shirt, and Notch sold his interest in the game for over a billion dollars... But how do you truly quantify that level of success, both personally for Notch as well as for the Minecraft itself?..

Telltale and Mojang Announce 'Minecraft Story Mode' Adventure Game

Well this is some pretty crazy news that I'm not sure anyone expected: The word on the street this morning is that Telltale has paired up with Mojang to release a new adventure game series set in the Minecraft universe. It's called Minecraft Story Mode and it either makes no sense, or makes perfect sense, depending on how you look at it...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Brothers in Arms 3', 'Galcon 2', 'The Taekwondo Game', 'Ultimate Robot Fighting' and More

Well boys and girls, this is the last Wednesday night release extravaganza before Christmas, or actually, maybe even this year since the Wednesday following the iTunes freeze falls on New Years Eve and it's hard to say how many developers are going to be scheduling their apps for release on January 1st, which is that following Thursday. Like all pre-iTunes lockout weeks, I'd bet money that this isn't even a smidgen of what we'll see released before the week is up:..

'Papers, Please' for iPad Review - A Must-Play Storytelling Experience

Papers, Please [$7.99 (HD)] is a weird game, as it's incredibly difficult to succinctly describe in a way that makes it sound even vaguely fun. Developer Lucas Pope (Of Helsing's Fire [$0.99] fame!) manages to turn pedantry and tedium into gameplay elements and in the process crafts an experience that will likely be among the most memorable games you've played this year. It's been out on the PC for about a year now, but much like FTL [$9.99 (HD)], it always felt like Papers, Please truly belonged on the iPad...

The TouchArcade Show - 185 - Censored

December 12th, 2014 10:00 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in Podcast

LogoThis is a bit of a weird podcast, as we recorded it super late in the day after being busy with all the subsequent drama of the week. So, that's mostly what the podcast is about. All the junk surrounding Papers, Please, Jared's new obsession with Marvel Contest of Champions, the odd premise of Highrise Heroes [Free], and the insanity revolving around the release of the Hearthstone [Free (HD)] Goblins vs Gnomes. We don't really follow any show notes, which is both good and bad. Maybe.

Don't forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to We read 'em all, even if they don't make it into the podcast. 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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Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 12/12/14 - 'Bean Dreams' and 'Dragon Quest 3'

Have I mentioned how much I love the Bean games? Both Bean's Quest and Bean Dreams have knocked my socks off. Oh, and Dragon Quest 3 is awesome too, particularly if you're into older RPG's. We didn't post many reviews this week, but we've got a huge backlog of stuff we've yet to post, so stay tuned for next week's roundup. It's going to be nuts...

If you listen to our podcast, we often get on ramble-y vaguely off topic tangents surrounding reminiscing about great iOS games which have been totally broken by iOS updates over the years. There's a lot of games like that, but Helsing's Fire [$0.99 / Free / $2.99 (HD)] is consistently on the top of any short list of "Please Update These Games" that Jared and I come up with. Well, all this drama surrounding Papers, Please [$7.99 (HD)] this morning gave me a good reason to email developer Lucas Pope who also was responsible for Helsing's Fire. ...And boy did he give me some good news...

In record time, the controversy of the Papers, Please [$7.99 (HD)] nudity appears to be coming to a close. If you haven't been following the saga, which has entirely transpired over the last six hours or so, Papers, Please was released earlier this morning without the nudity found in the PC/Mac/Linux version of the game. Developer Lucas Pope mentioned on Twitter that the nudity-free version of the game on the App Store was because Apple rejected the original version due to "pornographic content." Whenever it seems like Apple is censoring anything, the internet goes wild, and as such the morning news cycle was filled with various stories surrounding it...

Nudity, or lack thereof, on the App Store has once again become the topic of debate following the release of the indie game iPad port Papers, Please [$7.99 (HD)]. It seems like there's two things that universally generate loads of clicks across the internet: Apple hate and censorship. So, when you combine those two things into one news story, you're left with something that everyone has to post about. Or, so it would seem in the instance of the release of the nudity-free version of Papers, Please and the controversy surrounding it...

Originally release on PC in late 2013, and Mac/Linux in early 2014, Lucas Pope's Papers, Please [$7.99 (HD)] is an incredibly well received indie game where you play as an officer working at a border checkpoint in the dystopian country of Arstotzka. Gameplay involves checking the documents of people trying to enter the country, and making sure the only people with proper documentation are allowed admission. It's one of those games like FTL [$9.99 (HD)] which may have released on the PC first, but always felt like they should have been an iPad game instead. Well, as of early this morning, that problem has been solved through the release of a fantastic iPad port...

'Jenga' and 'The Journey Down: Chapter One' Go Free

'Jenga' and 'The Journey Down: Chapter One' Go Free

December 12th, 2014 1:45 AM EST by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News
Free Buy Now

'Tis the season for App Store freebies, fa la la la la, la la la la. Or something. Tonight's freebies are a solid adventure game, and a really weird adaptation of a board/puzzle game that you totally wouldn't think would work when you make an app out of it... But it totally does...

'Tales from the Borderlands' Hits the App Store

December 10th, 2014 11:13 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in News, Release
$4.99 Buy Now

Who knows what the delay was behind the release of Tales from the Borderlands [$4.99], but I could flip a coin between some kind of approval drama (either technical or content related) or maybe Telltale just didn't want to steal the show from Game of Thrones [$4.99]. Whatever the reason, it's out now...

'Papers, Please' Comes to the App Store This Friday

If you haven't played Papers, Please, I don't really blame you as it's a PC/Mac game and this is (obviously) an iOS site. It's a real weird game that's hard to describe. The core of it is the incredibly repetitive task of checking passports in a dystopian future. Things happen though, which I'm really reluctant to spoil on any level, which make the game remarkably interesting...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Owen's Odyssey', 'Sneaky Sneaky', 'The Hobbit' and TONS More (Most Already Available in the US)

This is a bit of a weird week, and a slightly misleading title because an odd amount of these games are already released on the App Store. For whatever reason developers have decided to forgo the typical staged NZ release thing in exchange for just setting their games live on the App Store at seemingly random times overnight. Weird stuff on the App Store this time of year is actually totally normal as developers jockey for position during the iTunes holiday freeze, so, I'm sure next week will be even more crazy...

Here's How to Buy 'Hearthstone' Goblins vs Gnomes Packs

December 9th, 2014 1:31 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in News
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In what is probably the weirdest Hearthstone [Free (HD)] news we've posted yet, apparently buying the new Goblins vs Gnomes card packs is simply too complicated for many Hearthstone players. So many people are buying the wrong packs and floodling Blizzard with support tickets that they were forced to delay the launch of Goblins vs Gnomes in Europe...