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.

EA Soft Launches New Free to Play 'Sim City'

Hey Sim City fans- If you've been looking to scratch your city building itch on to go, a new entry in the series just soft launched in New Zealand. It's called SimCity BuildIt, which is not only free to play but also "reimagined for a new generation of mobile players."..

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'NHL 2K', 'Puzzle to the Center of the Earth', 'Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge' and Tons More

It's Wednesday again, and as expected, barreling through Q4 we're seeing even better and better games hitting the US App Store. NHL 2K leads the pack in what actually seems like a full fledged branded sports game without any free to play garbage which is a real rarity these days. I've been looking forward to the new Tilt to Live, Rival Stars Basketball is the new PikPok game and I seem to love everything they make. SAS: Zombie Assault 4 looks cool too, as multiplayer top-down shooters always seem to be fun:..

Khans of Tarkir Pro Tour: 'Magic 2015' is Getting an Expansion, a Payment Model Adjustment, and 'Magic Online' (Still) Could be Coming to iPad

The weekend before last I attended the Khans of Tarkir Pro Tour in Honolulu, Hawaii, which as a life-long Magic player was an incredible experience by every measure. A lot of what I talked about with Wizards while I was there was under embargo, so instead of teasing what I was doing or why I was there, I figured I'd just wait until I can talk about everything. Let's get on with the actual concrete news first, then we'll wander down speculation alley before taking a turn down Pro Tour road...

'Hearthstone' Set to Hit iPhone "Early Next Year"

October 21st, 2014 3:20 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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If you're one of the many people who always races to the comments of any Hearthstone [Free (HD)] story to post the requisite "WTF BLIZZ" in regards to when in the world the game is coming to the iPhone, we got a half-answer today in part of a development update by Blizzard. There's a pretty slick infographic and the following relevant tidbit:..

A Real, Official Pokemon Game Just Hit the App Store... But It's for Kids

This headline starts out as the greatest thing ever then quickly wanders into "Oh... ok. :(" territory. Camp Pokemon [Free] is the real deal, it's a Pokemon game by The Pokemon Company featuring actual real Pokemon and interacting with them in various ways. Problem is, it's aimed at kids 6-8 and is going to be a total snooze-fest for any adult Poke-fan. Check out the trailer:..

'Godville' Update Adds Today Screen Widget

October 21st, 2014 10:35 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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If you don't have Godville [Free] installed right now, you're already losing progress on your temple. It's a "zero player game" that is basically a modern day version of the classic faux-RPG Progress Quest. I've been "playing" it for 51 months now, and the game has only gotten better with improvements, which typically coincide with new features of iOS. When push notifications became a thing, suddenly you were getting alerted when cool stuff happened to your dude. Since then the Today screen and third party widgets have become popular, and with last night's update Godville is there too...

iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay is Now Available

October 20th, 2014 1:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News

Announced during the Apple event last week, the latest and greatest update to iOS is now available. The "big" features of iOS 8.1 is the launch of Apple Pay, which if you've got an iPhone 6 (or 6 Plus) you'll be able to use your phone to pay for things at what seems like a shockingly vast array of retailers in the USA. It seems like basically any credit card terminal that can do contactless credit cards should also be able to take Apple Pay... But expect some hiccups as everything gets up and running. If nothing else, I'm excited to start using things like this for security alone, as it seems like you can hardly go a week now without reading about some massive financial data security leak. *glares at Home Depot*..

LogoAs promised, we're back again this week covering some of the games we missed last week with an XXL-sized podcast. Three of them you don't even need to pay for to try, and at least one of those will have you laughing while you're playing it. From there we move on to talk about the new iPads, WatchKit, and other neat stuff.

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!


iTunes Link: The TouchArcade Show
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RSS Feed: The TouchArcade Show
Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-177.mp3, 85.1MB


  • Daddy Long Legs [Free]
  • Strung Along [Free]
  • Hail to the King: Deathbat [$4.99]
  • Javelin Masters 2 [Free]
  • Helix [$2.99]
  • Angry Birds Transformers [Free]



Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 10/17/14 - 'Helix', 'Zombie Highway 2', 'Crimsonland HD' and 'Skullduggery'

As we're barreling towards the end of the year, it's no surprise we're posting so many great game reviews. It seems like everyone holds on to Q4 to release their best games, so I'm sure it'll only get better from here- Especially looking at what came out this week. Here's the highest scored game reviews we posted this week:..

During the Apple keynote yesterday, Tim Cook and friends announced that the new iPads would be available for preorder today. Hardcore folks like myself assumed this meant like most preorders they'd be available at midnight Pacific time. After giving up at around 3:00 AM, it turns out for whatever reason this time around Apple waited until morning to flip the preorder switch...

Today I got an email from an EA Mobile representative collecting data from respondents on the current perception of EA Mobile in the industry. Thinking about it, it's actually really rare for anyone from the giant gaming outfits to take time to ask what we think. Communication is typically pretty one-sided, with information controlled behind sanitized press releases and embargoes. When people ask me what I think, I'm often brutally honest, so earlier this morning I drafted a response. After sharing it with the rest of my crew before sending, it was suggested that I just turn this into an open letter, with hopes that it'll actually amount to something beyond just a "Thanks for your feedback."..

The Apple Event Live Stream is Now Live

The Apple Event Live Stream is Now Live

October 16th, 2014 1:06 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News

Get your browser over to or load up the event on your Apple TV if you're interested in following along with today's keynote. If you're stuck at work, or somewhere else that you can't watch live, you can follow along with the MacRumors live blog. Alternatively, if you need something a bit more discreet, @MacRumorsLive on Twitter might be the key...

Today's Apple Event is Only a Few Hours Away

Today's Apple Event is Only a Few Hours Away

October 16th, 2014 10:02 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News

If you're the kind of person who gets super excited for new iPads, today is your personal Christmas. Or, maybe, when new iPads get released instead of just announced, that might be your personal Christmas. Splitting hairs either way, I suppose. Anyway, in just a few hours, today's Apple event will begin which is expected to include the new iPads which hilariously enough, Apple leaked themselves in support documents:..

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Adrenaline Rush Miami Drive', 'Hail to the King: Deathbat', 'Necklace of Skulls', and More

Headlining this week's releases is Avenged Sevenfold's Hail to the King: Deathbat. Both our recent hands on and our original preview have thrown down some insane amount of page views, which seems to have a lot to do with A7X's commanding presence on social media. It'll be interesting to see whether or not that buzz turns into game downloads. Hopefully it does, as it's pretty admirable that their goal is to just make a great game, even if it doesn't turn a killer profit...

2K Releases 'My NBA 2K15' …And It's a Card Game

October 13th, 2014 1:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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Over the weekend, 2K released My NBA 2K15 [Free], which initially had me saying "Oh sweet," when I got the push alert for it. NBA 2K14 [$4.99] was a pretty decent basketball game, and the name of the game in sports seems to be yearly iterations so I assumed the slight title shift here was to provide some separation between the full console and mobile side of things. NOPE, it's a totally different game...