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.

LogoWe recorded a bit earlier than we usually do today, which means it's just me and Jared as Mike fell asleep in a pile of Ritz crackers. That's alright though, as we have a great conversation about side scrolling racing games, iOS controllers, and a bunch of other cool stuff.

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Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 11/21/14 - 'Crossy Road', 'Vainglory', 'XCOM', and 'Crystal Siege'

This week it seems like we're handing out five star reviews like it's going out of style, but all of these games are great and two of them won't even cost you a penny to play, basically ever. That's pretty awesome, right? Anyway, it's probably safe to get used to weeks like this, at least for the next couple weeks, as the end of the year is almost fully upon us...

Telltale and HBO Reveal First 'Game of Thrones' Trailer

I've just been increasingly impressed by the quality of the games that Telltale has been putting out lately. Walking Dead [Free] was a major turning point it felt like, as it was a definite departure from the good but distinctly janky games like Jurassic Park [$2.99 (HD)]. Walking Dead Season Two [Free] was fabulous, and The Wolf Among Us [Free] proved that Telltale could duplicate these incredible experiences with non-Walking Dead IP. So, that brings us to the Game of Thrones trailer:..

Widget Mania Hits Its Peak With Inevitable '2048' Widget

November 20th, 2014 12:57 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in News
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The release of iOS 8 allows for 3rd party widgets to live a happy life right on your today screen. Some of these widgets do useful things like adding detailed weather information via Weather Underground [Free], send quick notes to Evernote in Neato [$0.99] or add a calculator with PCCalc [$9.99]. Others do silly things like checking up on your character in Godville [Free], fiddle around playing the Flappy-like Overglide [$0.99]... And now, of course, play the ultra-popular Threes! [$1.99] clone 2048 with the just-released 2048 in Widget! [Free]...

Yes, believe me, I am fully aware this is an iOS games site, so before you read the headline and race to the comments, I know. With that being said, there's a lot of people out there, including a few real life friends of mine who might have an Android phone but an Apple tablet... Or the other way around. Regardless, there's people reading TouchArcade who this news is useful for. I promise you...

This morning a lot of people on Twitter are pointing out that Apple has changed the label of buttons on the App Store. Previously, when you went to download a free game, the button you hit to do it said "Free". Makes sense, since it's where the price goes for other paid apps...

Earlier this year, we reviewed the SteelSeries Stratus pint-sized iOS game controller. It's a great accessory, but the common complaint across the entire internet seemed to be that it's just too tiny. The SteelSeries Stratus is great for having a small controller to toss in your bag and play with on the go, but if you actually want to settle in to your couch and get involved in a longer play session it didn't take long before you started wishing the controller was bigger...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Ancient Battle: Successors', 'Earn to Die 2', 'Kingdom Rush Origins', 'Swing Tale' and More

Wednesday mornings! Strap in for a whole load of new iOS games. This week includes a new, beefy, Hunted Cow game to sink your teeth into, I've been looking forward to Earn to Die 2, Kingdom Rush Origins will probably be pretty polarizing, and there's a bunch of other stuff in this list that'll give us all plenty to talk about for the next week...

Never Miss a 'World of Warcraft' Queue Again With the 'WoW Notifier' App

If you're among the bazillion people desperately queuing up to log into their World of Warcraft server to play the new Warlords of Draenor expansion, listen up- While the Looking For Group and Looking For Raid systems have made it way easier to find groups, there is nothing that sucks more than waiting in queue for an hour (especially if you're playing a DPS class) only to have the one time you actually get up from your computer to go to the bathroom or get something to drink be when the queue pops. It's happened to me more times than I could remember, almost like the game knows I went AFK for a minute...

770322_largerThis is a big of a free form podcast this week as we ended up recording so late that I just said "Screw it, let's do it live." I almost think these sort of podcasts turn out better, as we get off topic while being on topic and talking about more interesting stuff. We mostly hit on Candy Crush Soda Saga [Free], Space Age: A Cosmic Adventure [$3.99] and then talked about the drama of both Monument Valley [$3.99] and Golfinity [Free] drama. It's a good podcast, I swear. I even manage to compare Candy Crush to Ultima Online.

Don't forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to We read 'em all, even if they don't make it into the podcast. 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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Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 11/14/14 - 'Candy Crush Soda Saga', 'Icewind Dale', 'Monument Valley' and More

OK so I know I always start these out with "Oh man you guys we reviewed so many good games this week," but it's REALLY TRUE this time. But, wait, does that make the other times... not true? Who the hell even knows, but you should download these games like yesterday...

Love the 'Monument Valley' Totem? You Can Buy One on Etsy

November 14th, 2014 1:53 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in News
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While some people are mad as hell that the Monument Valley [$3.99] expansion pack costs money, other people are selling really sweet Monument Valley swag on Etsy. If you haven't played the game yet, check out our review and the review of the expansion...

Well this is weird. NimbleBit just launched Golfinity [Free], which is most easily described developers obsessed with Desert Golfing [$1.99] who decided to make their own version of an endless golfing game. It launched free with ads, and the ads were implemented in a way that was totally typical of what you normally see in these sorts of free games: Not obnoxious, but there every once in a while...

Straight out of the "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things" department is some amazingly depressing news from the dudes at ustwo following the release of the Monument Valley [$3.99] expansion, Forgotten Shores. Backing things up a bit, Monument Valley is an incredible game. We effortlessly gave it five stars in our review, and it's included in any list of games I tell people to check out when constantly asked "What games should I get?" Its expansion launched this morning, essentially doubling the amount of content in the game for $1.99...

'Candy Crush Soda Saga' Review - Poppin' Bottles in the Ice

'Candy Crush Soda Saga' Review - Poppin' Bottles in the Ice

November 12th, 2014 4:44 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in 5 stars, Free, Games, Puzzle, Reviews
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There's been a lot of super popular free to play games on the App Store, but the original Candy Crush Saga [Free] completely redefined the meaning of App Store success. The game was huge on Facebook, and the leap to mobile sent the popularity of Candy Crush to a level I'm not even sure the wildest dreams of anyone at King could have imagined. It's become part of pop culture to the point that the game is even referenced in unrelated TV commercials now, and it's almost rare to be out in public and not see someone playing the game...