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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.

It's a wrap for us this week here at TouchArcade, and provided nothing crazy happens in the world of iOS gaming, we'll see you again on Monday morning for Shaun's Update Mondays and Tasos's Touchstone Tavern Hearthstone [Free] roundup before diving in head-first to whatever awesome mobile games get released and whatever rad looking mobile games are coming soon. We've been doing this for years now, and to keep doing what we're doing, we need your help. Whether you're here for our game reviews, to read about upcoming games, find games on sale, listen to our podcast, or participate in your community, we're glad to have you. If the feeling is mutual, which I hope it is, there's a few things you can do to help keep TouchArcade alive in this weird changing world of mobile gaming, which for numerous reasons has jeopardized the future of third party editorial sites like ours...

We kick off this week's show with some Black Friday recaps and how the "deals" seem to be extending way longer than usual. We try to get Jared to buy some expensive Legos, and then hop into the requisite game discussion. Those games include Swap Sword [$2.99], Amateur Surgeon 4 [Free], Sletters [Free], Apollo Justice Ace Attorney [$0.99], Sticky Space [Free], and Don't Grind [Free].

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!

 

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We posted about it coming a few days ago, but Tiny Wings TV has since been released on the Apple TV. If you load up your Apple TV's App Store, you'll see it front and centered featured for $2.99. Chances are you've already played the iOS version, but playing on the TV provides a new opportunity to play split screen multiplayer sharing either one Apple TV remote or using an Apple TV remote and a secondary MFi controller...

If you're super old school, you might remember Amateur Surgeon as Adult Swim's very first game on the App Store. If you never played it, it's basically Trauma Center: Under the Knife for the old school DS, but dripping with Adult swim charm and silliness. Amateur Surgeon was a hit, and Adult Swim went on to release two sequels to the original which all have since been removed from the App Store (although I'm not sure how many people noticed). As of this morning, Amateur Surgeon 4 [Free] hit the App Store. The fourth installment is a bit of a remaster of the original games, as well as being packed with new content, so there wasn't a whole lot of reason to keep the old defunct Amateur Surgeon games around...

'Galaxy on Fire 3: Manticore' Officially Launching on December 8th

Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore has been one of this year's most controversial games in our community, as it's a significant departure from the open-world nature of its predecessors. Deep Silver Fish Labs have re-tuned the game to be more in line with how people are playing mobile titles in 2016, which puts greater emphasis on shorter, action-packed missions instead of endlessly wandering around in space...

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, download the free Mobcrush app for iOS [Free], also available on Google Play. 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 mobcrush.com/toucharcade. Oh, and if you want to participate in chat, you'll need to register over on Mobcrush first...

Apple and Product Red have been doing annual promotions now for ten years, which honestly, really makes me feel old as it doesn't seem like that long ago. If you've never heard of this whole (RED) thing before, the Wikipedia page does a good job of detailing what it's all about. Basically, all these massive global brands all get together to put out (RED) products (which are typically red, believe it or not) to raise awareness and money to fight AIDS in Africa. Considering how global this effort is, it'd actually be pretty impressive if you've never heard of it, but, hey, whatever...

I can't believe it's already been a year since our last National Mousse Day. I'm not sure if it technically qualifies as a mousse or not, not being an expert in such things, but I feel like it's appropriate to eat a Baker's Square French Silk Pie today. Or really any day. While you're eating your pie, why not also sink your teeth into some of these new iOS games? Either way, we only have a few more weeks until the iTunes holiday freeze hits, so I'm sure this list will grow significantly by tonight and the following weeks will be even crazier...

With the holiday this week, we recorded this episode earlier than usual so we spend a lot of time jumping from crazy topic to crazy topic, like what specifically makes Waffle House hashbrowns so good and the math of how many ad views an ad-based game might need to get before it's making anywhere near what it might have made as a paid game with low sales. Along side some brief movie chat, we hit on a random assortment of games including Gun Strider [Free], Please, Don't Touch Anything [$4.99], Solitaire: Decked Out [Free], Microsoft Solitaire Collection [Free], and *Solitaire* [Free]. Turns out when you don't have much to talk about you can just get Jared on the topic of Solitaire games.

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!

 

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If You Like TouchArcade, Please Support Our Patreon

November 25th, 2016 9:00 PM EST 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.

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While this week's new releases seem few and far between, Kathy Rain [$4.99] has taken the App Store by storm (HEH!). It launched on the PC a while ago, and currently rocks a 77 on Metacritic. Kathy Rain is one of the many new point and click adventure games that have been released in recent years which take the same formula many of us grew up on but turned everything from storytelling to in-game mechanics up to 11...

There's been a bazillion dual stick shooters released on the App Store since the days of iDracula, but there's just something about the Geometry Wars games that always have me playing them more than everything else in that genre. I even fought through playing a ton of the (now super defunct) Geometry Wars: Touch without widescreen support. Well, Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved [$9.99] is a worthy (or, arguably better) alternative...

If you read yesterday's news about new Lumines Puzzle and Music [$2.99] DLC and were bummed that you didn't have Lumines yet, things just got a whole lot easier. The fantastic mobile iteration of this classic puzzle game is now its cheapest yet, and can be downloaded for a single dollar. And, hey, if you need an extra push over the edge, Shaun liked the game quite a bit...

Looking back at last year's Black Friday iOS game sale bonanza, there were tons of good price drops, but I'm not sure any were as significant as this one. As of this morning, Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of The Lions [$13.99] has hit its lowest historical price ever of $3.99. Sure, it's been on sale before, but the lowest it has ever gotten has been is $6.99. Hopefully this is a sign of the caliber of sales we can expect this week as anyone with a paid game slams the price down to near-$0...

Nintendo Wants HOW MUCH?! - The TouchArcade Show #282

November 18th, 2016 9:30 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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We kick off this week's podcast talking about the NES Classic Edition (now that it's out) and Super Mario Run, which had its $9.99 pricing revealed this week. From there, we shifted gears over to talking about some great games that hit the App Store recently marking yet another week of fabulous premium game releases. Those games include Go Rally [$4.99], Super Cat Tales [Free], Neon Chrome [$4.99], Duelstar [$1.99], Monkey Jet [Free], Battleship Lonewolf [$2.99], and another mention of Burrito Bison: Launcha Libre [Free]. Oh, and go see both Dr. Strange and Arrival if you haven't yet. Here's one of the Dr. Strange trailers which we mention near the end of the 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!

 

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New iOS Games on Our Forums: 'Blocky Racer', 'Go Rally', 'Devilian', and More

We've got a slow start to the weekly release onslaught, which I'm guessing is because it's National Fast Food Day and everyone is waiting in line at the Taco Bell drive through for their breakfast which I've heard is ... shockingly good. Anyway, I know there's more games than this that are supposed to be out tonight, they just haven't appeared on the App Store yet...

Lorecrafting the Mikeyverse - The TouchArcade Show #281

November 11th, 2016 9:00 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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Back from Australia just in time for this whole country go to crazy, we spend a good part of the show talking about Mikey Jumps [Free] and where its story fits in with the canon of the rest of the Mikey trilogy. Apparently nothing needed to be retcon'd too hard. From there, we shift gears to talking about some of the absurdly good games that came out this week including SteamWorld Heist [$9.99], RunGunJumpGun [$2.99], Burrito Bison Launcha Libre [Free], and a brief mention of the old but good Agent Dash [Free]. Oh, somewhere in there we talk about the NES Classic Edition, and its crazily short controller cords. It's a good episode, I swear.

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!

 

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Editor's Notes: Melbourne International Games Week, GCAP, The Arcade, and The Incredible Australian Game Development Scene

As I've mentioned a few times now on TouchArcade between the original announcement and two different episodes of our podcast, I was lucky enough to be invited to Australia by the Melbourne International Games Week Visiting Journalist Program (say that three times fast) courtesy of Invest Victoria. It seemed like the objective of the whole thing was to bring foreign journalists like me, who don't have the resources to ever realistically get to Australia, and basically just let them discover how frickin' rad the Australian development scene is. (It worked, maybe too well.) I spent all my time in Melbourne, but the cool part of it being Games Week was that basically every Australian developer from all the other major development hubs were also in town, making for an absolutely unforgettable week...

PAX Australia 2016: 'Framed 2'

The original Framed [$3.99] is an ultra-innovative game, where you're actually solving the puzzle of a comic book by putting the frames themselves in order. It had some super big shoes to fill when it came to releasing a sequel, and so far with the brief demo I got at PAX Australia, they're doing a great job at making the game better in basically every way. Take a look at some of the new puzzles:..

As I mentioned with Merchants & Mercenaries earlier, I really love these hyper-concentrated strategy experiences on iOS. Element falls directly in line with that, but with gameplay that feels like an interstellar lightweight version of Civilization mashed up with an RTS, or something similar. Element is deep into the category of games that are hard to explain, but will make total sense in a few seconds of watching video. Check out how quickly things come together:..