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.

While I hope everyone is being extra safe today while observing Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day, I actually typed up this whole post while standing on the top rung of an extra-tall ladder and pushing branches into a wood chipper with my foot. Anyway, as I've mentioned in other Wednesday morning new game roundups, the App Store seems to be shifting the way they release games again. We used to see a big influx in the New Zealand App Store, then everything just started releasing Wednesday morning on the US App Store, and now games just seem to be coming out randomly. While we work on identifying the new pattern, these posts are going to be a little weird as they include games that were released Monday, Tuesday, and today...

We're pretty huge fans of Mika Mobile around here, as both Battleheart [$2.99] and Battleheart Legacy [$4.99] are near the top of any short list I could ever come up with on the best iOS games. Naturally, when they announced their upcoming turn-based strategy game Lost Frontier, we were all ears. Back in February, details were sparse beyond what was detailed on their blog which wasn't a whole lot...

With the Clash Royale [Free] update out of the way, Supercell has refocused their promotional lasers on talking about the upcoming update to Clash of Clans [Free] which introduces some pretty huge convenience features. Namely, spells and troops are going to take a lot less time to brew and train. Spells are going to brewed in half the time, and the Dragon, Watch and Wallbreaker will also be trained in half as much time as before. The Golem, Lava Hound, and P.E.K.K.A. units are going to train three times faster, along with "hugely reduced" hero regeneration times and faster training for other units across the board...

'Joan Mad Run' Hits the App Store

May 3rd, 2016 11:33 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Release
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Happymagenta's Joan Mad Run [Free] has been in development forever. So long in fact that they released the lightweight teaser prequel John Mad Run [Free] nearly two years ago just to give players a taste of what was coming with the "full" game. The original thread for the game was posted all the way back in 2013. Well, it's here now, and if there's any truth to the saying "good things come to those who wait," Joan Mad Run should be pretty rad...

If you don't pay attention to the PC/console world, chances are you've missed out on 2K's latest blockbuster release, Battleborn. The easiest way to describe it is if you took Borderlands, added some elements which almost feel MOBA-like, mixed in a bunch of different characters kind of like Blizzard's Overwatch, and gave all of them their own guns and abilities. Here's the launch trailer which gives you an idea of how that all goes together:..

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 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 Oh, and if you want to participate in chat, you'll need to register over on Mobcrush first...

It's crazy to think that there was a time where few things were hotter than anything to do with Bejeweled. Back in the 2000's when PopCap was still a tiny company few people had heard of, it seemed like everyone knew Bewjeled. I've owned a variety of the game on practically every platform I've had since then, including but not limited to the good ol' Palm Treo. Somewhere along the way, Candy Crush became a thing and seemed to dethrone Bejewled as king of all matching games, but maybe this latest iteration, Bejeweled Skies will do something to change that?..

The TouchArcade Show - 255 - Dark Lord Day

April 29th, 2016 8:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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We recorded early this week, as Jared and I both have crazy stuff going on this weekend. Jared is going on some kind of crazy camping trip, and I'm going to Dark Lord Day at the Three Floyds Brewery. We both might not make it back from each of our adventures alive, in which case, 255 is a pretty great number to end on I guess. Anyway, we chat quite a bit about the various big announcements of the week like Nintendo bringing Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem to the App Store, along with talking about the following new iOS games: Loop Drive 2 [Free], Goo Saga [$4.99], War Tortoise [Free], and Outdodge [Free]. It's a good time, I promise.

Don't forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to 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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If You Like TouchArcade, Please Support Our Patreon

April 29th, 2016 7:30 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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Hey everyone, it's Friday and we're close to the end of the week of TouchArcade blasting stories out (unless anything cool happens over the weekend we need to cover), but the fact still remains: To survive, we very much need your support. The business of running a web site is tricky, and as we pointed out in our original cry for help, the way developers promote their iOS games has changed significantly with the rise of metrics-centric free to play and in-game directly tracked advertising. It's supremely difficult for us to compete with that, and as such, we've been appealing to our community directly. If you like hanging out on our forums, listening to our podcasts, or reading some of the best long-form content in mobile gaming, please consider supporting us on Patreon. We never hit our initial goal, but we've been slowly climbing none the less. We're hopeful we get there eventually!

It doesn't take a whole lot to keep us afloat, as we run super lean as is. As I've mentioned before on the podcast, even if our hardcore podcast followers each just contributed a buck a month we'd really never need to worry about this again. It'd be awesome to not need to worry about this kind of thing, and instead just continue focusing on combing the App Store for the best games iOS has to offer. To do that, we need your help. Think of it like subscribing to a magazine, except that magazine shovels rad content your direction 24/7 and is home to a great community of people to discuss every aspect of mobile gaming with.

Of course we appreciate the support of our current and former backers, but if you haven't chipped in yet... If you like what we do around here, please consider supporting us on Patreon.


Mobile MOBA-ish Game 'Titan Brawl' Gets a New Trailer, Shaping Nicely

I am really glad PC games like League of Legends don't have a /played command to see your cumulative play time, as mine would be... Horrifying. I play a ton of PC MOBA's, but really have yet to find one on mobile that has really grabbed my attention for very long. Titan Brawl is another entry in the space that we've posted about before, which now has a brand new trailer:..

'AlphaCat', The Dungeon Crawling Puzzler for People with Toxoplasmosis, Soft Launches in Canada

I feel like ever since Dungeon Raid [$0.99] entered my life then was left to wither on the vine I've been chasing the next best things in dungeon crawler-y puzzle games that have all sorts of different layers of RPG-ish depth to them. Thankfully, the rise of free to play on the App Store has created an environment where there's absolutely no shortage of these kind of games. The latest is AlphaCat, a game which (per the trailer) seems to check an awful lot of boxes of what I'm looking for in these kind of things:..

Foursaken Media's 'War Tortoise' is Now Available

April 27th, 2016 1:21 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Release
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Well this is one of the surprises I was talking about in our new games roundup earlier this morning. Foursaken Media's War Tortoise [Free] hit the App Store moments ago. We got a hefty hands on back at GDC, and I really dig how they're combining the idea of a clicker and a shooter. I'm super curious to see what people think now that they're able to try it, as a lot of cautious, skeptical optimism seemed to surround the GDC demo:..

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Aliens vs. Pinball', 'Orbitron Arcade', 'Spellbinders' and More

While you're sitting in absolute silence in observation of International Noise Awareness Day, we're trying to drink from the fire hose of iOS game releases. We typically curate these lists from our forums and AppShopper, but in a very typical SNAFU, AppShopper has been acting a little weird this week so it's supremely possible I'm missing some games in this list which hopefully will make themselves a but more known as the day goes on...

'Demonrift TD: The Mountain of Doom' Is Coming to Mobile From the Creators of 'Defender Chronicles'

If you weren't around for the release of Defender Chronicles [$1.99] and Defender Chronicles II [$1.99], you missed two really great games that managed to feel significantly different released on the App Store during a time where it felt like every other game coming out was a tower defense game. The side-view "mountain defense" sort of thing was really cool, and honestly, still worth checking out today...

'Flight Unlimited 2K16' Goes Free Along With New Update

April 26th, 2016 12:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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There's loads of really cool flight simulators on the App Store, and Flight Unlimited 2K16 [$0.99] is easily on that list somewhere. Well, it got a big update today that added a bunch of different plans you can unlock via IAP, but the core game itself went free. If you, like me, really only download these flight sim games to fiddle around, see if you can land a plane with engine failures, and generally just crash a lot... Well, you can now do that totally for free in one of the better flight sims on the App Store. If you really need to fly a C130, well, you can grab the IAP and go wild...

An Update on 'Munch Time 2' Appears on Our Forums Years Later

You'd have to be a pretty O.G. iOS gamer to remember Munch Time [$0.99], it's a three star puzzler released back in 2012 that's old enough to not only have a lite version, but also an HD version. They announced a sequel back in 2014 which looked pretty dang sweet. It effectively took the mechanic of Munch Time, but expanded it out to a full-featured platformer instead of a relatively simple puzzler. Here's the original trailer from way back when:..

This morning Supercell clarified what's going on with their recent policies to encourage "fair play." According to them, accounts that were found using 3rd party hacks and cheats were banned for two weeks this time. Per Supercell, "When those 2-weeks are up, any accounts continuing to utilize 3rd party software will be permanently banned. Bans are non-negotiable." So, if you at all care about keeping your Clash of Clans [Free] account, consider this your one warning to uninstall all your third party utilities...

The TouchArcade Show - 254 - Buggin' Out

April 22nd, 2016 9:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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It seems I've somehow caught whatever Jared had last week, through the internet, and spend this whole week randomly muting myself to cough but we push through anyway and talk about a whole heaping helping of brand new iOS games. Game chat includes Loud on Planet X [$3.99], Loop Mania [Free], Star Knight [$0.99], Pang Adventures [$3.99], Fold+ [$1.99], Yakin [$0.99] and last but not least, Choppa [Free]. We eventually hit up some news too before a surprise arrival from UPS takes a turn to Doomsday Preppers the TV show. It's insane!

Don't forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to 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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Simetrix, Free - Simetrix is an endless puzzle game that takes you through a mind-bending search for symmetry. Tap on the screen to rotate a bottom block so that it mirrors the falling block above it. Blocks fall at different speeds with different variations as you progress through this brain-teasing journey. Simetrix is available on the App Store for free for your iPhone and iPad. See how far your brain goes!

(To see the game in action, check out the trailer.)


If you've been following the mobile streaming scene, you're no doubt fully familiar with Fishdix. When Gameloft was making a big push to having a whole team of people streaming their games, he was on the frontlines, and like us has since moved over to his own channel on Mobcrush. (He was also huge in the Order & Chaos YouTube scene.) Well, we've teamed up, and from time to time he'll be streaming on the TouchArcade Mobcrush channel. Check it out:..

If you haven't played Plague Inc. [$0.99] yet, well, the game is on the verge of giving you one more huge reason to flop out 99¢. An update due to hit in the next few weeks is going to be bringing the ability for mobile players of the game to play the community created custom scenarios from the PC version of the game. Instead of waiting for official scenarios, you'll be able to go through some of the best worldwide epidemics players have created ranging from werewolves to xenomorphs to... cats? ..