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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.

Alright, first off, I meant to post this yesterday, so the time left on this deal is a little shorter than some of the other stuff we typically post... But, chalk that up to planning my day around in-flight WiFi that didn't work. (And flight attendants who couldn't be more apathetic.) Anyway, today's (Or, yesterday's, I guess) TouchArcade deal is the ZeroLemon SolarJuice 20000mAh Battery which is just totally up my alley on a personal level, as anything solar really appeals to me. So the way this battery pack works is like any other battery pack in that you can charge it via micro USB then recharge anything that uses USB utilizing the two onboard USB ports. It can deliver 2.1A for tablet charging, and with 20,000 mAh of onboard juice, you could conceivably use this battery to charge your phone for an entire week. Or, maybe longer, if you're somewhere sunny...

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, visit mobcrush.com/beta and download the free Mobcrush app. (It's in beta, so you'll need to agree to have it installed on your device.) 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...




LogoThis weekend is PAX in Seattle, and this podcast was recorded live from my hotel room, using my headphones' in-line microphone sooo... Audio quality is just alright at best. Either way, we talk about the phenomenon that is PAX pin trading, another Oculus Rift demo, yet another Apple TV gaming rumor, and a few iOS games. Those games specifically were Sage Solitaire [Free], Lara Croft GO [$4.99] and Ski Safari 2 [$1.99]. Also, no Mobcrush stream (or YouTube archive) this week as... Well, hotel internet.

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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Oh also, if you've got a new game, a great update, just like supporting what we do, or want to get the word out about something cool you're doing in the world of iOS gaming and are interested in sponsoring either of our podcasts, we've got ad packages that can fit any budget. Shoot an email to ads@toucharcade.com for more information.

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This Week's 'Hearthstone' Tavern Brawl is Another Rerun

August 26th, 2015 6:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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Normally I'd be like "Eh, another Tavern Brawl rerun in Hearthstone [Free], that sucks." However, considering this is the week of The Grand Tournament's release, I think everyone is busy doing other things... Namely, figuring out where all these new cards are going to live inside of the future metagame. I'm having a ton of fun playing a bunch of different crazy decks. If you're waiting for all this craziness to die down before you hop back into the ranked ladder and are looking for something to do, this week's Tavern Brawl is "Encounter at the Crossroads" all random decks...

It sure would be awesome if we'd see some kind of massive battery technology breakthrough, but until then, we're stuck with what we've got. I tend to play games that require longer play sessions on my iPad, exclusively because I need the battery in my iPhone for, well, all the non-gaming things my iPhone does. It sucks getting lost in a real awesome 3D game on your iPhone only to close the app and see you're on the verge of getting the dreaded 20% battery remaining popup any second now...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Ski Safari 2', 'Sketch Breaker', and Tons More

Now, before I hear anyone calling this a weak week, remember last week was an insane week for new iOS games. The App Store can't knock it out of the park every week, but there's still some real awesome stuff in the mix here including a sequel to Ski Safari and Sketch Breaker looks real fun. While we've yet to see it pop up on any international App Store yet, Lara Croft Go is also allegedly making an appearance at some point tonight and those three games alone make this Wednesday night release cycle worth staying up for... But wait, there's more, a whole bunch more, in fact...

'Rock(s) Rider' HD Remake Shows How Far iOS Hardware Has Come

The original Rock(s) Rider [$2.99] was released in 2012, and the forums thread is actually sort of amusing to go back and read. A "real" Trials game wouldn't be out for another couple years yet with the release of Trials Frontier [Free] but this didn't stop iOS gamers from getting real excited when anything Trials-like hit the App Store. Well, fast forward a few years into the future and the developers have announced a HD remake of Rock(s) Rider, aptly named Rock(s) Rider - HD Edition. Check out the new trailer:..

When Hearthstone's [Free] first full card set expansion, Goblins vs Gnomes launched, there was an immense amount of confusion regarding how to buy the correct packs in Hearthstone. The amount of people who didn't know how to buy Goblins vs Gnomes packs was truly incredible, leading us to posting this guide that explained to both new and veteran players of Hearthstone how to buy Goblins vs Gnomes packs...

If you don't have some kind of VPN access by now, that's a problem you really need to fix for so many reasons it's hard to really list them all. I suppose the biggest one would be security, as if you're often using public WiFi networks, anything you're doing on your computer that isn't already encrypted is susceptible to someone else getting access to. Granted, most important things like your online banking and other similar stuff is encrypted via SSL anyway, but there's a lot you do on your computer that's just sent via plain text... Including reading TouchArcade. (Hey, hackers, if you're reading this via sniffing someone else's WiFi packets, you stink.) You might (understandably) find yourself saying, "Well, who cares if someone is listening in while I read TouchArcade," that's reasonable to think, but the problem now is most major hacks come from hackers discovering something small and trivial, but using that information they can gain access to so much more. It's kind of like how identity theft can snowball from someone discovering one little snippet of information. For instance, you might use the same password for an email account you use for a forum somewhere, someone gets that password, and suddenly they're in your email and can effectively reset everything else. Using a VPN whenever you're connected to any unencrypted WiFi can eliminate this attack vector...

Prettygreat Reveal Their First Game: 'Land Sliders'

We've been following the epic tale of Prettygreat for quite some time now. Earlier this year, a bunch of very great ex-Halfbrick guys spun off to do their own thing. A while later, Hipster Whale, the developers of Crossy Road helped them out with some seed money. We caught a super-quick glimpse of it, but today is the day for the full reveal. The game is called Land Sliders, and you can see how it looks in the just-released trailer:..

913168_largerThis week's episode of The TouchArcade Show starts out with the requisite iTunes reviews and listener emails, including hearing from someone who still uses a flip phone and rocks an iPad. Looking at how much I pay every month for smartphone cellular service, this is starting to feel more and more reasonable. From there, we move on to discussing our origin stories of sorts from another email. Oh, and when we start talkin' games, we chat about Final Fantasy VII [$15.99], Pac-Man 256 [Free], Horizon Race [$2.99], Burger - The Game [Free], and some soft launched clicker I still don't know the full name of.

If you want to be heard on an episode of The TouchArcade Show, 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!

 

iTunes Link: The TouchArcade Show
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Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-219.mp3, 79.3MB


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

Tiny TrackZ, $2.99 - Do you like trains? Then you’ll love Tiny TrackZ!

Solve shunting puzzles to collect locomotives and wagons in beautiful 3D, then run them on your own personal train sets. Complete the puzzles quickly and unlock extra scenery and layouts.

Written by the Apple Design Award-winning developer, Strange Flavour, Tiny TrackZ is universal and on the App Store now for just $2.99. Find out more at StrangeFlavour.com!

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'Piloteer' Gets the PewDiePie Bump

August 21st, 2015 6:27 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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Everyone's favorite YouTuber slash kingmaker PewDiePie gave Piloteer [$2.99] the ol' PewDiePie bump this week with a video that's already got over two million views as of this writing. His experience with the game mirror my own, with lots of stupendous crashes. If PewDiePie's endorsement isn't enough to push you over the edge of downloading Piloteer, maybe give our five star review a gander as well...

If you're anything like me, chances are you've got a graveyard of frayed cables for your iOS devices. I've given up on buying the Apple ones, as it's crazy how little it seems to take for the cable to start pulling away from the Lightning connector, and once that happens, forget about the rest. I'd think "Well, maybe I'm just a power user," but my circle of friends all seem to experience the same problem, which shouldn't be a thing when you're dropping $20-30 on a cable...

'Final Fantasy VII' for iPhone and iPad First Impressions: It's About What You'd Expect

I'm roughly 90 minutes into Final Fantasy VII so far, and I streamed my whole play session over on our Mobcrush channel. Here's part one and part two, a small WiFi SNAFU broke the stream about half way through. Anyway, I guess the supreme tl;dr of my first impressions of FF7 is this is the port you'd expect, and I mean that in both a good and bad way. It appears to be a port of the PC version of the game, which means the graphics are ever-so-slightly better than the original PlayStation version, and on my iPad Air 2 it runs flawlessly. As far as thoroughly stoking the coals of fiery nostalgia for this epic RPG, this port will definitely do the trick, and all the more janky aspects likely won't come as much of a surprise if you've played any of the iOS Final Fantasy ports released on the App Store so far...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight (or Out Now): 'Pac-Man 256', 'Final Fantasy VII', and 'Galactic Keep'

If you guys haven't seen Vanilla Sky by now, spoiler alert, but I'm pretty sure something similar happened to me. I mean, here's a day where we woke up to Pac-Man 256 [Free] available for download, Galactic Keep allegedly on the horizon somewhere, and Final Fantasy VII slowly making its way across the world's App Store regions. I'm pretty sure I died at some point yesterday, and this is just my cryogenically frozen vastly preferable alternate reality that I'm living in right now. I think I'm going to enjoy it for a bit more before running outside and screaming "TECH SUPPORT!"..

'Final Fantasy VII' Hits the NZ App Store

'Final Fantasy VII' Hits the NZ App Store

August 19th, 2015 10:10 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News

This is not a drill. Final Fantasy VII has hit the New Zealand App Store. It's $19.99 NZD which should translate to around $15 US if my math is correct. Either way, it should be available on the US App Store at 11:00 PM Eastern tonight...

eLearning seems to be a hit on TouchArcade Deals, so today we're highlighting another bundle: The 'Build 20 Games' iOS Game Developer Bundle, available now for $20. This course bundle will teach you everything you need to know to use Apple's tools to build all different types of games. Starting with simple word games, the eventually building up to complicated action games. Additionally, each subsequent course introduces more auxiliary skills such as using iTunes Connect, how IAP works, making great icons, and other stuff like that...

913168_largerWe had another week with a ton of email, so again the first half of the podcast was dedicated to discussing it. A reader asked us questions about Clash of Clans [Free], then we had a query about the app and t-shirts, along with some other stuff. From there, we shifted gears to discussing a bit of Monsters Ate My Metropolis [Free], a tiny bit of Hearthstone [Free], with the bulk of the time going to the upcoming Pac-Man 256, which is working out to be an amazing game. Oh, and we discuss a couple books along with the crazy parallels between self publishing a book and self publishing a iOS game. The two books discussed as The Martian and Wool.

If you want to be heard on an episode of The TouchArcade Show, 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!

 

iTunes Link: The TouchArcade Show
Stitcher: The TouchArcade Show via Stitcher Radio for Podcasts [Free]
RSS Feed: The TouchArcade Show
Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-218.mp3, 73.8MB


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

Tiny TrackZ, $2.99 - Do you like trains? Then you’ll love Tiny TrackZ!

Solve shunting puzzles to collect locomotives and wagons in beautiful 3D, then run them on your own personal train sets. Complete the puzzles quickly and unlock extra scenery and layouts.

Written by the Apple Design Award-winning developer, Strange Flavour, Tiny TrackZ is universal and on the App Store now for just $2.99. Find out more at StrangeFlavour.com!

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'Fallout Shelter' for Android Finally Available, 1.1 Update Arrives on App Store

Every time we post about Bethesda's Fallout Shelter [Free], out Twitter mentions are absolutely ruined for the next week from Android users asking us when the game is going to hit Google Play. Well, finally we can post about Fallout Shelter and say it's here. Here's the Google Play link. It requires Android 4.1 and up, so unless your device is super old, you should be able to run it? I think? Maybe? Either way, it's available!..

We checked out what's getting the most traction on our deals site, and it looks like a lot of people are gravitating towards the various eLearning stuff we're offering. So, today we're highlighting a pay what you want game developer bundle that features three different parts: A set of courses surrounding building games without any programming knowledge required using Stencyl & Construct 2, courses on building HTML5 games using a bunch of different tools, and finally, building both 3D and 2D games in Unity...