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.

Judging by a few game sales that just scrolled across the TouchArcade news ticker, I wouldn't be at all surprised when iTunes featuring refreshes tomorrow if there's some kind of new feature area for spooky games on the cheap. You can pick up all these games for ten bucks, and, honestly, that's a pretty good way to drop some cash particularly if you're in the real-game loving anti-timer game crew as none of these games have any of that junk...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Twisty Hollow', 'Whoa Dave!' and a Bunch of Soft Launches

I know it's been a running joke around here forever to post that it's a "weak week" in the comments, but today that actually might be appropriate. I've got no idea what's going on here, if developers are avoiding releasing this week because of Halloween or if it's just sheer coincidence that everyone else seems to be releasing their games next week? Alternatively, maybe the App Store is just being weird which is always inside the realm of possibility...

Check Out This 'Hail to the King: Deathbat' Soundtrack Behind the Scenes Video and iOS Alert Sounds

Despite being an oddly polarizing title in our community, we really dig Hail to the King: Deathbat [$4.99]. We posted a review and made it out game of the week. Now, we've got a behind the scenes video featuring M Shadows and Zacky Vengeance from Avenged Sevenfold talking about the sound design of the game in front of an incredibly impressive array of Mortal Kombat machines. Check it out:..

LogoThis week was really heavy on the game chat, which I always think is a good thing. Jared and I were both obsessed with different games, with me being totally about Retry and he was all about the various sports games of the week. Mike Meade was awoken from his slumber moments before recording, so I think he slept through most of it. You could argue this is both good and bad.

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  • Retry [Free]
  • Ghost Blade [$4.99]
  • NHL 2K [$7.99]
  • Rival Stars Basketball [Free]
  • Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge [$2.99]
  • Puzzle to the Center of the Earth [Free]



Best iPhone and iPad Game of the Week: 10/24/14 - 'Pixel Boat Rush'

This is a weird week for reviews this week. While we posted a lot of them, our highest scored game was only a 4.5... Which is still pretty great where I'm sitting. Be sure to hit up the links at the end of the post to find the other games we reviewed this week, or just mash the Top Reviews link at the top of every page to drill down further...

'Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas' is On Sale for $3.99

October 24th, 2014 11:10 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News, Sales
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It's crazy to think that Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas [$3.99] was released on the PS2 a decade ago now, and here are we playing the game for four bucks on our damn phones. Just let that sink in for a minute. GTA:SA was the crown jewel of what the PS2 was capable of, pushing every ounce of power that system had to its limit...

This is a hell of a time to be a collectable card game player, and if you are but don't own an iPad yet, consider this one more thing to push you over the edge. Joining Hearthstone [Free (HD)] and Pokemon TCG Online [Free (HD)] is Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation, which appears to be a full fledged Yu-Gi-Oh! client for the iPad...

Highly Anticipated 'Seabeard' Soft Launches in Canada

It's almost reached meme status to ask where Seabeard is every Wednesday following our GDC coverage of the game. Published by Backflip and developed by Hand Circus, the pedigree behind this game is just incredible. The version shown at GDC looked awesome, and that was months ago:..

NimbleBit Just Announced a New Mini Golf Game, 'Golfinity'

If you're tired of building towers, breeding frogs, managing planes and trains, collecting ice cream, or hosting disco parties in your zoo, the brothers Marsh at Nimblebit have a new game for you to get excited for. It's called Golfinity, and it looks pretty neat:..

EA Soft Launches New Free to Play 'Sim City'

Hey Sim City fans- If you've been looking to scratch your city building itch on to go, a new entry in the series just soft launched in New Zealand. It's called SimCity BuildIt, which is not only free to play but also "reimagined for a new generation of mobile players."..

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'NHL 2K', 'Puzzle to the Center of the Earth', 'Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge' and Tons More

It's Wednesday again, and as expected, barreling through Q4 we're seeing even better and better games hitting the US App Store. NHL 2K leads the pack in what actually seems like a full fledged branded sports game without any free to play garbage which is a real rarity these days. I've been looking forward to the new Tilt to Live, Rival Stars Basketball is the new PikPok game and I seem to love everything they make. SAS: Zombie Assault 4 looks cool too, as multiplayer top-down shooters always seem to be fun:..

Khans of Tarkir Pro Tour: 'Magic 2015' is Getting an Expansion, a Payment Model Adjustment, and 'Magic Online' (Still) Could be Coming to iPad

The weekend before last I attended the Khans of Tarkir Pro Tour in Honolulu, Hawaii, which as a life-long Magic player was an incredible experience by every measure. A lot of what I talked about with Wizards while I was there was under embargo, so instead of teasing what I was doing or why I was there, I figured I'd just wait until I can talk about everything. Let's get on with the actual concrete news first, then we'll wander down speculation alley before taking a turn down Pro Tour road...

'Hearthstone' Set to Hit iPhone "Early Next Year"

October 21st, 2014 3:20 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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If you're one of the many people who always races to the comments of any Hearthstone [Free (HD)] story to post the requisite "WTF BLIZZ" in regards to when in the world the game is coming to the iPhone, we got a half-answer today in part of a development update by Blizzard. There's a pretty slick infographic and the following relevant tidbit:..

A Real, Official Pokemon Game Just Hit the App Store... But It's for Kids

This headline starts out as the greatest thing ever then quickly wanders into "Oh... ok. :(" territory. Camp Pokemon [Free] is the real deal, it's a Pokemon game by The Pokemon Company featuring actual real Pokemon and interacting with them in various ways. Problem is, it's aimed at kids 6-8 and is going to be a total snooze-fest for any adult Poke-fan. Check out the trailer:..

'Godville' Update Adds Today Screen Widget

October 21st, 2014 10:35 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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If you don't have Godville [Free] installed right now, you're already losing progress on your temple. It's a "zero player game" that is basically a modern day version of the classic faux-RPG Progress Quest. I've been "playing" it for 51 months now, and the game has only gotten better with improvements, which typically coincide with new features of iOS. When push notifications became a thing, suddenly you were getting alerted when cool stuff happened to your dude. Since then the Today screen and third party widgets have become popular, and with last night's update Godville is there too...