Author Archives: Eli Hodapp


About the Author

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.

Jared has a Comcastic day without connectivity for most of the afternoon, which pushed our recording time super late into the day. Originally I said I didn't have time to record a full episode, but, well, we ended up doing that anyway because so much was happening this week we got carried away. We discuss a couple PUBG knockoffs, the zany story regarding the Russians, clarifying the Switch Skyrim article and more. It's a great podcast for what was originally supposed to be a bit of a placeholder.

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!

As a companion to this audio podcast, we also do a video version of the same show that is exclusive to Patreon which allows you to see us playing the games we're talking about. Backers can view the most recent video episodes of the TouchArcade show by clicking here. Be sure you're logged in to see the latest content. For everyone else who is curious, you can check out our public patreon posts to see older episodes of the video podcast. If you like what you see, consider becoming a TouchArcade Patreon backer.

 

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Two years ago now we launched our Patreon and since then while support from our community has been encouraging, we're still only half way to our goal to get back to firing on all cylinders. As you've likely noticed, there haven't been any new names on the site since Brad Nicholson left quite some time ago, as we're largely treading water trying to stay alive on the incredibly limited resources we have. I personally think third party editorial outlets like TouchArcade are very important to the health of online ecosystems like the App Store, and I believe we provide a significant value to our readers and iOS developers every day. All we're asking for is a value for value exchange, and if you feel you derive any value from reading TouchArcade (or anything from the TouchArcade community), please support our efforts to continue doing what we're doing. Here's all the ways you can do that:

Advertising

If you're an iOS developer looking to raise awareness of your game, advertising on sites like TouchArcade is a great way to reach a hyper-targeted audience of iOS gamers and industry influencers who view the site multiple times a day. We offer options ranging from sponsoring our podcast, advertising on our forums, or even completely re-skinning the site. Apple's editorial featuring games team constantly visits TouchArcade, along with (obviously) our whole staff, so having well-placed ads on a site like TouchArcade can be exponentially more effective at getting word out about your game than paying a PR person (likely way more money) to send us emails. For more information, contact our ad sales manager at ads@toucharcade.com.

Supporting Us on Patreon

Patreon is our primary funding source these days. If you're unfamiliar, you're able to more or less "subscribe" to creators (like us) whose content you value. We offer several different tiers of support, which grant things like cosmetic rewards on our forums, as well as access to a Patreon-only chat channel on our Discord server. All Patreon backers also get a video version of our podcast. Developers who support us on Patreon on the "Indie Developer" tier and above get access to a developer chat on on Discord for direct access to TouchArcade staff (and other developers), along with other developer-exclusive content like a business insights email newsletter, event reports, and more. We're also in the process of working with a few different highly relevant companies for exclusive discounts for Patreon backers, although nothing has been finalized just yet.

Overall, a good way to look at our Patreon is to think of TouchArcade as a magazine you'd subscribe to. If you used to pick up a copy of GamePro every month for five bucks (back when magazines only cost five bucks), kick us $5 instead. We provide way more content than print magazines ever could, in an infinitely more timely manner. If you'd like to support the site for more than that because we've saved you money over the years by helping you avoid bad games or by highlighting games you wanted when they were on sale... Even better! The way we look at it is that there's nothing more valuable than time, and we work well over a full time schedule to try and save YOU time by not having to sort through the crap on the App Store. If we've provided value to you in any of these ways, please consider giving back to us with your support.

Amazon Prime Members Can Subscribe to Us on Twitch for Free

If you're an Amazon Prime member, you get way more benefits than fast shipping that you might not even be aware of. One of those perks is Twitch Prime. Once you link up your Amazon account with Twitch, aside from a bunch of random gaming-related freebies, you'll also be able to subscribe to one Twitch channel per month for free. We hope you use that free subscription on our Twitch channel. Something to keep in mind with these free Twitch subscriptions is they do not auto-renew. You'll need to manually re-subscribe every month, so if you'd like to go one tiny step further for us, set a recurring reminder on your iPhone's calendar to remember to do this.

Subscribe on Twitch and/or Cheer with Bits

If you're not an Amazon Prime member, you can still subscribe to our Twitch channel, it just costs $4.99. Something to keep in mind with this is the Twitch revenue share is 50/50, so if you just want to support the site and don't really specifically care about Twitch, your dollars go way farther over on Patreon as they take significantly smaller payment processing fees. But, hey, if you just love Twitch and want the perks that come with a subscriber, rock on.

Twitch Bits Donation

Another thing you can do on Twitch to help us out is cheer us with Bits. It's a new thing Twitch recently added that let you more or less "tip" the active streamer with a Twitch-exclusive currency that gets added to our account which Twitch eventually pays out on. Much like subscriptions, the revenue share on Twitch Bits isn't great, but you can get them for free if you're willing to view some ads on Twitch. Cheering is pretty fun while streaming as there's a whole lot of fanfare when Bits come in, they get added to a tip cup, and Twitch chat gets all excited.

Shop on Amazon Through Our Affiliate Link

If you do a lot of shopping on Amazon, visiting the easy to remember URL toucharcade.com/amazon and clicking through our link gives us credit as the referral for everything you buy. Amazon then gives us a very tiny percentage of the sale, which they'd otherwise just keep for themselves. They have widely varying commission rates, but everything (short of just buying cash gift cards) awards us something.

Amazon Pantry items are among the highest commissions Amazon pays, so if buy a lot of non-perishables and other home goods on Amazon, clicking our link first would be amazing- It also helps keep the joke alive that TouchArcade is in part supported by toilet paper sales since mobile gamers spend a lot of time playing on the toilet.

One-Time Contributions via PayPal

One thing a lot of people have asked us for is the ability to do one-time payments via PayPal. As part of setting up everything to make our Twitch channel work, we also have a more user-friendly way to do one-time payments. Click here, fill out the form, and it'll toss you over to PayPal to complete your payment. All of your PayPal information remains confidential, so we'll really only know what you fill out on the one-time contribution page. If you want to cover PayPal fees, there's a checkbox for that too. One thing to keep in mind with this is that since this whole thing is built with Twitch in mind, it's outside of all the automated stuff we've built for Patreon. If you don't care about those rewards, rock on. Additionally, if we're streaming when you donate, it'll automatically read your note on stream.

Whitelist TouchArcade on Your Ad Blockers

I know this is a ultra-touchy subject for some people, but if you use an ad blocker, please whitelist the TouchArcade domain. We (to the detriment of our own success) run the site with minimal ads which are manually screened to avoid anything that spawns pop-ups, auto-plays sound, or anything else annoying. We respect our readers, and while we'd be doing tons better if we had full-screen and totally irritating interstitials, I think all that does is encourage more people to block your ads. If you just block everything because you assume all sites these days have in-your-face ads, just try whitelisting us. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. And, hell, if you really want to block our ads, just kick us a few bucks in one of these other ways and we'll be square.

Tell Your Friends and/or Share Our Stories on Social Media

If you love TouchArcade, but really just aren't interested in supporting the site financially, you can still do us a solid via word of mouth. If a friend of yours just got a new iPhone, recommend they check out TouchArcade to find some great games to download. Additionally, we go out of our way to produce great long-form content which typically doesn't generate that much search traffic. For instance, Shaun's amazing RPG Reload series, which I think is some of the best content we publish, are among the worst performing articles on the site. If you read something here that you find insightful, or otherwise interesting, please take a moment to encourage your friends to check it out on Twitter or Facebook. You might think one share doesn't mean much, but we can clearly tell the difference in site analytics.

Thanks for Reading

As always, thanks so much to everyone who has supported us over the years. You're the main reason we're still around, and we hope to keep doing what we've been doing for years to come. Hitting our original Patreon goals would allow us to hire more writers, attend more events, refresh the site, and potentially even explore options with our iOS app. We've managed to successfully fight against the tide of needing to run SEO-bait listicles, get involved in sponsored content, and all the other gnarly things web sites are doing to stay alive all because of you.

Thanks everybody!

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While we're primarily supported by a mixture of Patreon, Twitch subscriptions and Amazon referrals these days, site sponsors go a long way in making up for the funding shortfalls of our Patreon never reaching its goal. To show our appreciation, we are now publishing these posts thanking our sponsors each week- Both to give them a little extra visibility and hopefully to get readers who love TouchArcade to give their games a look to similarly support their efforts in allowing us to continue to provide everyone with awesome third party mobile games editorial which the App Store ecosystem badly needs...

'Reigns: Her Majesty' Will Hit the App Store on December 7th

The original Reigns [$2.99] is one of those games that you can recommend to the most hardcore gamer on the planet and someone who has never played a video game before and they'll both enjoy it. It's difficult to come up with many other titles that fit that description. If you've never played it, imagine the swiping left/right mechanic made famous by Tinder but applied to a lightweight RPG where you're managing your kingdom with binary decisions. We got a look at the sequel at PAX West, and it's basically exactly what we wanted: More Reigns...

When it comes to weirdo NES games, mentions of A Boy and His Blob [$4.99] hit every possible piece of nostalgia I have for the era, like one of those YouTube videos of a guy playing unbelievable piano pieces utilizing all 88 keys. It was released in 1990, which meant I was old enough to understand most of the zany game elements, most of which hinged around feeding jellybeans to your pet blob which would then inexplicably cause it to transform into various different forms, which were then used to solve different platforming puzzles. For instance, if you need to go up or down, you'd toss your blob a licorice flavor bean and it'd morph into a ladder. It was (and still is) a super cool game mechanic, as you had a limited number of jelly beans so you needed to use them strategically...

If you're the kind of person who gets annoyed by vaguebooking, chances are this latest "announcement" by Nintendo isn't going to do too much for you. However, if you're the kind of person who loves to be teased along by video game marketing, boy do we have a treat for you. Nintendo has been tweeting various things from Pocket Camp since the game soft launched a few weeks ago, but today's tease surrounds the fact that the Animal Crossing fortune teller, Katrina, might have something mysterious in store for us soon:..

Our favorite Saskatoonians at Noodlecake have been up to something ultra rad in the frigid arctic wastelands of Saskatchewan. If you've spent any time online gaming, you've no doubt inevitably come across cheaters. It's just sort of a fact of life, and there's rarely a ton done in mobile to prevent it. There isn't really a mobile equivalent of PunkBuster or other popular anti-cheat PC software, so developers have been forced to roll their own tech which is often simply too huge of an undertaking for a small indie developer. Well, that's where the latest project from Noodlecake Labs comes in...

On last week's SwitchArcade, we took a look at Bethesda's port of Doom, which is a great port with the potentially (for some) significant caveat that the overall graphical fidelity of the game is turned way down to make it run on the Switch. This had me pretty concerned for Bethesda's port of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, as while it is older, it feels like a "bigger" game and made sense to assume that similar sacrifices needed to be made. I'm happy to report that the Switch port of Skyrim is amazing. It's so good it makes me mad, which I'll get to later...

New iOS Games on Our Forums: 'White Night', 'Tower Fortress', '7 Wonders', 'Ninja Tennis', 'Lineage 2', 'Universal Paperclips', Two NetEase 'PUBG' Knock-Offs and More

Another Wednesday morning release roundup is upon us, and between a ton of great iOS games and both Rocket League and Skyrim hitting the Switch this week I've officially got too much to play. But, before you hop into all these games this week, it's probably a good idea to observe today's made-up holiday: National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day is observed every year on November 10th and is an entire day dedicated to finally digging out that old jar of pickles that expired sometime in January and throwing it away. Or, heck, keep aging that old jar of mustard as an eternal science experiment, see if I care!..

If you're one of the many iOS 11 holdouts still running iOS 10 to keep using things like the TouchArcade and AppShopper apps, as well as the oodles of games which were never updated to 64-bit, chances are you noticed both the TA and AppShopper apps have been super broken the last day or so (as well as a few areas on the actual site). Well, we worked out all the gremlins that were causing problems and things should now be back to normal (or as normal as they usually are, anyway)...

We actually recorded this podcast on Wednesday, as I'm in Jordan right now to serve as a judge for the Middle East / North Africa International Mobile Gaming Awards (say that five times fast). That being said, we recorded this before there were any details about Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and I totally nailed it! Anyway, we hit up the big news stories of the week then discuss the following games: Million Onion Hotel [$3.99], The Tower Assassin's Creed [Free], Starman: Tale of Light [$3.99], Abi: A Robot's Tale [$2.99], The Muscle Hustle [Free], Cally's Caves 4 [Free] and Runic Rampage [$3.99].

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!

As a companion to this audio podcast, we also do a video version of the same show that is exclusive to Patreon which allows you to see us playing the games we're talking about. Backers can view the most recent video episodes of the TouchArcade show by clicking here. Be sure you're logged in to see the latest content. For everyone else who is curious, you can check out our public patreon posts to see older episodes of the video podcast. If you like what you see, consider becoming a TouchArcade Patreon backer.

 

iTunes Link: The TouchArcade Show
Stitcher: The TouchArcade Show via Stitcher Radio for Podcasts [Free]
RSS Feed: The TouchArcade Show
Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-330.mp3, 78MB

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While we're primarily supported by a mixture of Patreon, Twitch subscriptions and Amazon referrals these days, site sponsors go a long way in making up for the funding shortfalls of our Patreon never reaching its goal. To show our appreciation, we are now publishing these posts thanking our sponsors each week- Both to give them a little extra visibility and hopefully to get readers who love TouchArcade to give their games a look to similarly support their efforts in allowing us to continue to provide everyone with awesome third party mobile games editorial which the App Store ecosystem badly needs...

Originally launched back in May of 2016 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and had a really strange development cycle before then where it didn't really seem like Bethesda could decide if the 2016 Doom release was going to be a sequel titled Doom 4 or a reboot. In the end, it turned out to be neither, but rather a reimagining of what Doom games should be- A welcome change from previous installments in the series where they played more like survival horror games than the Doom we knew from our childhood. Gameplay is fast, and there's endless hordes of demons to shoot through as you make your way through a Mars research facility, then, of course, descend into Hell where things really start to get crazy...

Best New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'WonderWorlds', 'Catan Stories', 'Sandcastles', 'Cally's Caves 4', 'Disjoint', and More

Today's made up holiday is Abet and Aid Punsters Day, which apparently is a day where you're supposed to come up with terrible puns and encourage others to do the same. This holiday likely had more relevance before Reddit became a thing and terrible puns took over the internet. Regardless of where you stand on puns, there's a load of awesome games that have come out this week along with a few more that we know of which haven't popped up on the App Store yet like South Park Phone Destroyer. Stay tuned for that sometime later tonight or tomorrow!..

'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite' is Niantic's Next Game, Coming Next Year

While it seemed obvious Pokemon Go [Free] would do well, I'm not sure anyone expected the title to be a straight up global phenomenon. This trouble here is that when a game hits that hard, it's typically impossible to top. We've seen countless mobile developers with one-off titles that do incredibly well, only to see sequels and subsequent titles struggle to find their footing. Well, Niantic's next title might have the magic it takes to duplicate the success of Pokemon Go by leaning on an IP which might have an even more excited fanbase: Harry Potter. ..

SwitchArcade: 'Golf Story', 'Stardew Valley', 'Fire Emblem Warriors', and 'Super Mario Odyssey' Mini-Reviews

We always get a positive response whenever we post about Switch stuff now and again as it seems like there's loads of crossover in our audience between people who are into gaming on the go who also, unsurprisingly, are also really into the Nintendo Switch. Maybe we'll eventually get into full-on Switch reviews, but for the time being I like the idea of posting these sort of mini-review roundups. So, if you're even half as into the Switch as we are, strap in. Otherwise, well, we've posted other iOS stuff today you can check out instead!..

The down side of having tons of mobile devices is you eventually end up needing something to carry all of them in. Waterfield has been killing it for years now when it comes to making fabulous bags for MacBooks, iPads, and other things we find ourselves hauling around all the time. Their Muzetto is practically legendary around TouchArcade Towers, with most of us rocking different sizes of our favorite Waterfield laptop bag. If this is the first you've heard of Waterfield, the entire gist of the company is they make incredibly high quality bags and accessories, by hand, in San Francisco...

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds is a PC game on Steam which has quickly become the hottest thing since sliced bread. If you've never played it, the basic format of the game is 100 random players get dropped on an island, loot guns and other items, and the fight to the death. It's a genre known as "battle royale," and while a bunch of games have tried similar things, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (or PUBG for short) does just about everything right. In English, the closest thing to PUBG is probably Guns Royale [Free], but in China a game titled 荒野行动 which translates roughly to "Wilderness Survival" has stolen the top spots from Arena of Valor- A massive feat, considering Arena of Valor is so huge that it has drawn the ire of the Chinese government...

iPhone X Review - Wireless Charging is Amazing

While the iPhone X was only announced a couple months ago, the wait for its release felt like an eternity- Particularly as those not anxious to be early adopters of the new Face ID system and home button-free UI's picked up their iPhone 8s a few weeks ago. I picked up my iPhone X bright and early on Friday morning, and after four days of constant use I feel pretty comfortable writing something that I'd describe as a "review," even if it's just more of a formality at this point. I doubt there's many people sitting on the fence still trying to decide whether or not they want an iPhone X, but, if that describes you, hopefully this is at least vaguely helpful...

Between Animal Crossing coverage, Blizzcon, and new iPhones, I feel like we've been going non-stop this week. Jared and I somehow still found time to sit down and rap about the new iPhone X. Face ID is really cool, but is going to take some brain retraining, animoji are neat, and the device size just feels perfect. All that and more on this week's 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!

As a companion to this audio podcast, we also do a video version of the same show that is exclusive to Patreon which allows you to see us playing the games we're talking about. Backers can view the most recent video episodes of the TouchArcade show by clicking here. Be sure you're logged in to see the latest content. For everyone else who is curious, you can check out our public patreon posts to see older episodes of the video podcast. If you like what you see, consider becoming a TouchArcade Patreon backer.

 

iTunes Link: The TouchArcade Show
Stitcher: The TouchArcade Show via Stitcher Radio for Podcasts [Free]
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