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.

'Dragon Quest VIII' Drops Five Bucks to $14.99

August 28th, 2014 10:30 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News, Sales
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We've mentioned it many times before, but if you're the kind of person who always finds yourself getting worked up over games for "casuals" and badly want a "real game," look no further than Dragon Quest VIII [$14.99]. Our resident RPG fanatic Shaun Musgrave reviewed it when it was released, and gets in to some serious depth about how this is a game you could play for hundreds of hours if it sucks you in...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Alone', 'Bioshock', 'The Nightmare Cooperative', 'Tiny Tower Vegas' and Loads More

This is turning out to be a surprisingly huge release week for iOS. We already know about Bioshock, but there's also a load of other awesome stuff in this pile of games. As usual, they should all be released at 11:00 PM Eastern. The one exception to that is Tiny Tower Vegas which is already soft launched, so that'll be available worldwide whenever NimbleBit decides to throw the switch which could be a little earlier or a little later than the rest of these games...

There's a stupid amount of escape the room type games on the App Store. If you haven't played one, they're basically bite sized point and click adventure games with the main goal being, obviously, escaping from a room. Most of the time the solution is very obscure, requiring you to search for objects, combine them, use them on different things to get different objects, and so on...

So I'm not sure what's going on as I've triple checked my calendar and it's definitely Tuesday. We usually see these kind of New Zealand released on Wednesday, obviously. But, hey, who am I to complain about getting a small handful of new games just because it's Tuesday? Not me, that's for sure...

'Swing Copters' Gets Way Easier in New Update

August 25th, 2014 12:31 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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Love it or hate it, Swing Copters [Free] has been glued to the top of the charts since it was released last week. Much like Flappy Bird, Swing Copters launched with some ridiculous difficulty levels. Fast movement, huge hit boxes, instant death, and more all combined to make a game that was brutal. In fact, people uploading videos of them not even able to score one point to YouTube has become a thing...

LogoThe biggest thing to happen this week was our awesome exclusive reveal of Swing Copters, so we talk about that and a lot of the design work that goes in to things that seem simple. From there, we hit some other games, cool news, and more.

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Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 8/22/14 - 'Hearthstone' Curse of Naxxramas, ' Catchup', 'Rules!' and 'Star Realms'

We're going strong this week with some absolutely amazing games that you need to download and play over the weekend if you don't already have them on your device. This list has three new games, and with the final wing of the Hearthstone expansion unlocked, it made sense to sit down and write a review for it, even if all the people who are interested already have it...

It's nuts to think that The King of Fighters hit arcades twenty years ago. Packed with characters from SNK's other fighting games, you could pump quarters in to arcade machines to duke it out using fighters from Fatal Fury, Art of Fighting, Ikari Warriors, Psycho Soldier and even some dudes original to the King of Fighters games. Following that, they started releasing yearly iterations until 2003, with subsequent games released with roman numeral suffixes instead...

'Hearthstone' Curse of Naxxramas Review - Easily The Best Way New Collectable Card Game Cards Have Ever Been Released

If you've been following along with TouchArcade for the last half a decade, I've mentioned a bunch of times how much I love collectible card games. I've been playing the physical version of Magic the Gathering for no joke, over 20 years now, and I've never found a digital collectible card game (Short of just playing Magic online, of course.) to even begin to compare until I got in to Blizzard's Hearthstone [Free (HD)]. Like any CCG, I've had more love/hate moments with Hearthstone than I could even count, but at minimum, just playing even a couple matches has turned in to part of my daily routine. We've already got a review of the core game on the site, so I'm not going to focus on that as much as I am the new expansion. If you don't know what Hearthstone is, or much about it, definitely start there first...

I've talked about it on the podcast before, but I've been waiting for the whole enchilada of The Walking Dead: Season 2 [$4.99] before jumping in, as I really don't like waiting for episodes between cliffhanger endings. I think Lost might be responsible for just finally pushing me over the edge on that, as anyone who followed along with that show as it aired can undoubtedly attest to. The last episode is coming next week, and here's the spoiler-laden trailer:..

Well, this is it, Naxxramas is over. We've had five awesome weeks of new content in Hearthstone [Free (HD)]. In the words of Dr. Seuss, "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." That might be a little over-dramatic. Anyway, this last part of Naxx is super cool, and continues to totally nail the feel of the actual World of Warcraft boss fights in card game form. This whole expansion is going to be hard to top...

Upcoming 'Angry Birds Stella' Launching on September 4th

Rovio is on the verge of releasing a new wing (HEH.) in to Angry Birds universe. They've been teasing it on Twitter forever now, but Angry Birds Stella finally has a launch date of September 4th. Here's the trailer, which features no gameplay, but instead just some pretty rad animation of the cast of characters:..

They say bad news comes in threes, and in the world of iOS gaming that apparently means fantastic IP which historically has been responsible for some phenomenal games being relegated to Clash of Clans knockoffs. We saw it last week with the soft launch of Call of Duty: Heroes, The Simpsons: Tapped Out going Clash, and now this week fulfills the prophecy of threes with the worldwide launch of Star Wars: Commander [Free], yet another build a base and attack other bases Clash of Clans-like free to play game...

The Final 'Hearthstone' Curse of Naxxramas Expansion Area, The Frostwyrm Lair, is Now Open

I almost feel like we've been spoiled over the last five weeks with all the new content that's been slowly drizzled in to Hearthstone [Free (HD)], as I'm not sure what I'm going to do next weekend when I open the game up and aren't greeted with the announcement that a new wing has been opened. But, on the up side, now that the whole new card pool is released, we can figure out some great new decks that shift up the metagame even more...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Ancient Battle: Hannibal', 'Motorsport Manager', 'Swing Copters' and More

It's the butt crack of dawn Wednesday morning, and the App Store in New Zealand just dumped a fresh load of new iOS games on to the world. The list this week is a little sparse, so far anyway, but maybe that's because everyone knows better than to release something around the same time as an official Flappy Bird followup...