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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.

Coming Tonight: 'Wayward Souls', 'Horde of Heroes', 'Tiny Dice Dungeon' and Loads More

Hey guys, it's Wednesday again which means exactly one thing for iOS gamers: A whole heap of new games. Rocketcat Games' Wayward Souls is leading the charge, as it's easily the most anticipated game we've seen in a while. The thread in our upcoming games forum has been off the chain for quite a while now, crazier yet, it was originally posted all the way back in 2011 not long after the "original" Mage Gauntlet [$2.99] was released.

So, like previous weeks, all of these games will be available at 11:00 PM Eastern, or potentially way earlier if you're in a European or Asian iTunes region. There's one caveat with that though, the games in the list that are soft launched could pop up whenever, potentially even tomorrow.

Here's what's on our radar so far, and of course, new games will likely pop up throughout the day:

Also, just for fun this week I'm going to be doing an early morning stream in addition to our normal streaming time at 4:00 PM Eastern. If you want to watch a quick once over of all these games, check it out on Twitch or watch the archive video below:

(YouTube might be processing this for a while, so if it doesn't work check back in a bit.)


TA Plays Live: Unlocking Basic Cards in 'Hearthstone'

April 22nd, 2014 5:04 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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I played sooooo much Hearthstone before the beta wipe, that it sort of killed me when I lost all my progress. I've got the Mage, Warlock, and Priest fully unlocked. Three down, six to go. Hopefully we can go through one, maybe two today? Maybe? Fingers crossed, playing ranked without all the cards!..

Apple's weekly top cumulative download charts are pretty interesting this week, as even though the top titles basically stayed the same, there was considerable movement elsewhere. The Goat Simulator knock-off Goat Rampage [$0.99] is doing particularly well. Additionally, despite a fairly negative review and our community being pretty mad about the online requirements, it'd seem that the rest of the world really doesn't care as The Amazing Spider-Man 2 [$4.99] is charting really highly on both the iPhone and iPad side of things...

Zen Studios is great at pumping out additional content for their pinball games and trailers along with them, which only makes it that much easier to get totally stoked for these updates. Planned for sliding on to the App Store next week, the new "Masters of the Force" pack will feature four tables for $9.99 packed with Yoda, Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine and more...

TA Plays Live: 'Wayward Souls' and 'Hearthstone'

April 21st, 2014 5:07 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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With Wayward Souls excitement reaching sky high levels, it only seems right that we spend some time today streaming Rocketcat Games' latest roguelike. Once I hit the skill ceiling on Wayward Souls, which I don't expect to take very long, I'll move over to playing my other favorite roguelike: Hearthstone. I still need to unlock the basic cards for some classes, so why not do that in ranked or in the arena?!..

635699_largerThis week's episode is a little weird, as Jared had to leave super last minute before we started recording... So I grabbed Rocketcat Games' Kepa Auwae who apparently is fighting a vicious illness and was highly medicated. We don't really follow the typical show format with game and news discussion, and instead just chat about random stuff as it pertains to things that Kepa and his studio are working on, game design, and other stuff.

We'll have a normal episode next week, I promise. Maybe I'll even know the correct episode number.

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Unpossible'

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one...

This story just popped up on our radar, and it's pretty rad to see Blizzard trying to shift Hearthstone [Free (HD)] from a game you play in your basement wearing your pajamas to a game that you go somewhere to play with other people. (Optionally still wearing your pajamas, if Magic events are any indication.) Blizzard is calling them a "Fireside Gathering" and the first big one will be held next Saturday, April 26th. They've got a directory of venues up on their site, which is a little limited right now, but considering they only just announced this, I expect there will be many more in short order...

Early this month, Blizzard's Hearthstone [Free (HD)] soft launched, but it wasn't until this past Wednesday afternoon that the iPad version hit worldwide. I'm not sure it surprised anyone that we loved it in our review, and it's safe to say that if you haven't at least tried the game (Which has been available on the PC and Mac for quite some time!) you really should give it a shot, regardless of what platform you're playing it on. I'm even starting to warm up to the game, as I slowly come to grips with my main criticism of it which seems to be that it's not Magic the Gathering...

TA Plays Live: 'Hodappy Bird' Launch Party

April 17th, 2014 5:06 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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I now know what it must feel like to have a baby. Hodappy Bird is here, and the launch is going swimmingly. I've been dodging haters all day like Neo dodging bullets in The Matrix, but that's all part of the deal. So, let's stream some iOS games!..

The recorded story of modern man has been divided in to chapters of historical significance, with events and accomplishments that every person alive today is taught about in grade school. The ancient Egyptians constructing of the pyramids, Alexander Flemming discovering penicillin, Neil Armstrong setting foot on the moon first, and now, Madgarden releasing Hodappy Bird [Free] on the App Store. A new age of iOS gaming is upon us, and nothing will ever be the same...

When I rolled over at a little after 5:00 AM Central time to check the New Zealand releases, I wasn't sure we were going to have much to be excited about today... Then all these games hit. Here's what we'll be streaming today:..

Coming Tonight: 'Hodappy Bird', 'Unpossible' 'Hitman Go', and a Bunch of Other Games That Aren't 'Hodappy Bird'

All of the Ron Paul .gifs in the world can't begin to explain just how amazing it is that Hodappy Bird is finally upon us. The game that is so hot it only got approved by Apple after we added an on-launch warning screen is here. Oh, and a bunch of other stuff too like Acceleroto's Unpossible which has been getting a ridiculous amount of traction in our upcoming games forum since it was originally announced...

It's Tuesday afternoon again, and once again, the Apple cumulative weekly top games charts have wound up in my inbox. There's not much of a shake up from last week, with the main differences being A Dark Room shooting up the charts, along with the new Family Guy and Trials games. 2048, sadly enough, shows no sign of stopping and once again is locked in at #1 free...

Check Out the New Trailer For the Skull-Flinging Game 'Skullduggery!'

One of the games we saw at GDC during the Big Indie Pitch was ClutchPlay Games' skull-flinger, Skullduggery!. Well, it's got a new trailer now and it's themed for today's US-centric Tax Day. So, if you've got your taxes done, give it a look:..