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.

Finally Back in the USA - The TouchArcade Show #351

April 20th, 2018 8:30 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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On this week's episode of The TouchArcade Show, I'm finally back in the USA and allowed to talk about my trip to Japan to visit Platinum Games and see World of Demons, an upcoming action game published by DeNA. That segues into discussing not one but three emails we got from listeners on the state of mobile gaming and people being disappointed when things like the new Castlevania get announced for mobile. We spend a ton of time on those emails, so we only ended up talking about two games outside of the news, but they're both great: Oddmar [$4.99] and Brew Town [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!

As a companion to this audio podcast, we also do a video version of the same show that is exclusive to Patreon which allows you to see us playing the games we're talking about. Backers can view the most recent video episodes of the TouchArcade show by clicking here. Be sure you're logged in to see the latest content. For everyone else who is curious, you can check out our public patreon posts to see older episodes of the video podcast. If you like what you see, consider becoming a TouchArcade Patreon backer.

 

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Ben Brode Leaves 'Hearthstone'

April 20th, 2018 4:45 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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Here's a sentence I never thought I'd need to write: This afternoon Ben Brode announced he was leaving Blizzard and the Hearthstone [Free] team. In a post he made on the Battle.net forums, Brode lays out that he's been working on Hearthstone for almost a decade, and has been working with Blizzard since he was 20 years old. Since then Ben has very much become the face of Hearthstone, featured in countless videos, Blizzcon presentations, and many other venues. While it's true there's over 80 people currently working with the Hearthstone development team, for many Brode is Hearthstone, and he will be ultra difficult (if not impossible) to every fully replace...




According to The Sims fan site SimsVIP, EA is cleaning house on Maxis staff, laying off multiple people from the Sims 4 team and transferring others to development of The Sims Mobile [Free]. SimsVIP's sources speculate that EA is shifting more towards mobile development, as games like The Sims Mobile are basically money printing machines versus selling single boxed copies of The Sims on PC- A line of reasoning, that sadly, makes a ton of sense...

'Hearthstone' Devs Detail the Monster Hunt Mode

April 19th, 2018 6:45 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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Hearthstone's [Free] latest expansion, The Witchwood, has been out long enough now for everyone to crack open all their packs and get to dabbling in the new meta. This is always the most exciting time for me to play games like Hearthstone, as no one has figured out what the "best" decks are yet. Even HS pro players are tweeting about low win rates as everything is in the state of complete chaos that comes from completely jumbling up the card pool. But, if you're like a lot of players out there and really love the single player content Blizzard has introduced, we got a new tease today from the Hearthstone team revealing all sorts of details on Monster Hunt...

'World of Demons' is a Platinum Games Action Title, Published by DeNA for Mobile

Followers of our podcast likely noticed a lot of ultra-mysterious mentions surrounding a trip I was taking to Japan that I couldn't talk about beyond I was going to be away from the site for a while. The reason for all that was a trip to Platinum Games in Osaka where I was able to go hands on with Platinum Games' upcoming mobile action game, World of Demons, which is being published by DeNA. Platinum Games is ten years old now, and if you're not familiar with them, they're responsible for games such as Bayonetta, Nier: Automata, and more. The founding team previously worked on historic titles such as Devil May Cry, Resident Evil, and Okami, so the announcement that Platinum is working on a mobile game comes with loads of attached expectations...

Best New iOS Games on Our Forums: 'Golem Rage', 'Brew Town', 'Retro Highway', 'Weed Grower 2', 'Oddmar' and MUCH More

On this particular iOS game release Wednesday, we celebrate National Lineman's Day! A weird made-up holiday for sure, but, I actually have a wild and vaguely relevant story that is still blowing my mind: We go to the neighborhood meetings here where I live, where the police and city government people come to fill in residents on what's been going on. A super weird problem my town is now facing is a crew of guys who have a bucket truck and go around using it to steal copper off the actual power lines to then sell for scrap. They just do it in the middle of the day! No one ever calls it in because... You see guys in orange vests fiddling around with power lines and you just assume they're legit. Why would anyone think otherwise? Anyway, not super relevant to TouchArcade for sure but my mind has been so blown by this whole thing I've been telling this story to anyone who will listen as it's so unbelievable. The guts for a plain day heist like that! That's some Oceans 11 stuff!..

Another Cartercast! - The TouchArcade Show #350

April 13th, 2018 10:52 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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Eli's still off somewhere in the world, so it's the Carter and Jared show on the podcast once again! The guys take a well-overdue dive into the email and respond to your questions and podcast reviews. Then, tehy cover the news of the week, including the new Death Road to Canada [$12.99] update, speculate about Guildlings, and talk about The Rock on HQ Trivia [Free]. Then, they get into some game discussion, including Golem Rage [$2.99], Vandals [$3.99], and more. Eli might be back next week, unless he finds another planet of the corner to discover!

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!

As a companion to this audio podcast, we also do a video version of the same show that is exclusive to Patreon which allows you to see us playing the games we're talking about. Backers can view the most recent video episodes of the TouchArcade show by clicking here. Be sure you're logged in to see the latest content. For everyone else who is curious, you can check out our public patreon posts to see older episodes of the video podcast. If you like what you see, consider becoming a TouchArcade Patreon backer.

 

iTunes Link: The TouchArcade Show
Stitcher: The TouchArcade Show via Stitcher Radio for Podcasts [Free]
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Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-350.mp3, 27MB

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It's that magic time that only happens a couple times a year: A brand new Hearthstone [Free] expansion is upon us. If you haven't been following along, The Witchwood introduces a bunch of really great new things to the game. I think what's going to be the most impactful new keyword moving forward is "Rush," which are minions that mechanically work very similar to those with Charge, except Rush minions can only attack other minions on the turn they come out...

Best New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Colorblind', 'N.O.V.A. Legacy', 'The Ramen Sensei 2', and Tons More

While I don't know how you guys are spending Barbershop Quartet Day, but I'm pairing up with some friends to do some Be Sharps cosplay. (Not really, but that would be rad as heck.) When you're singing along with all your favorites, you can play any of the onslaught of today's games (of which there are many). I'm oddly excited to see what's up with the N.O.V.A. re-release, but there's a bunch of other great stuff in here:..

'Guildlings,' the Next Game from the Creator of 'Threes!', Is Looking for Beta Testers

While we've been covering Guildlings for quite literally years now, what you do in the game is still a bit of a mystery. The few details that have come out so far involve a group of friends completing quests in a mystical fantasy land, and it sounds like there's social hooks that let you play with others. Last year it was mentioned that the game would be split into multiple "chapters," but beyond that... the rest is sort of a mystery...

I doubt I'm the only one who is surprised that HQ Trivia [Free] is still going as strong as it is - particularly with how quickly fads die on the app store - but here we are. There's been numerous celebrity guests that have appeared on the app to host, but none other than Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will be hosting tomorrow for a total of $300,000 in prizes. I expect his upcoming movie, Rampage, will get mentioned quite a bit during the show... which really just makes the current timeline we're on that much more strange. Imagine if just a year ago someone suggested that as part of a movie promo tour you've got to stop in on a trivia app? Craziness...

Shut Down THIS - The TouchArcade Show #349

April 7th, 2018 10:14 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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Eli's off globe-trotting again, so Jared and Carter take the reins on this week's podcast. They discuss the controversial decision by Apple to make Choice of Games release all their future gamebooks in a hub app [Free]. They lament the age of games shutting down, as Yo-Kai Watch: Wibble Wobble [Free] joins the long list of titles to see a shutdown later this year. Carter and Jared get hyped for Teeny Titans: Go Figure, before discussing Never Stop Sneakin' [$2.99] and Nitrome's Colorblind - An Eye For An Eye [Free], along with what you're missing if you're not watching the TouchArcade crew and their Fortnite [Free] squad adventures.

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!

As a companion to this audio podcast, we also do a video version of the same show that is exclusive to Patreon which allows you to see us playing the games we're talking about. Backers can view the most recent video episodes of the TouchArcade show by clicking here. Be sure you're logged in to see the latest content. For everyone else who is curious, you can check out our public patreon posts to see older episodes of the video podcast. If you like what you see, consider becoming a TouchArcade Patreon backer.

 

iTunes Link: The TouchArcade Show
Stitcher: The TouchArcade Show via Stitcher Radio for Podcasts [Free]
RSS Feed: The TouchArcade Show
Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-349.mp3, 65MB

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New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'DanMachi', 'Shotonline Golf:WC', 'Oil', and Loads More

Lately, our forum members (Nyanpass, in specific) have been ultra vigilant in drudging up all sorts of new game threads for things that look interesting on the App Store. Not all of these games are brand new on the App Store, but they're new in our forums which effectively means they weren't really on anyone's radar here and still might be worth a look! I'm writing this super early in the morning US time as it's time for me to go to bed in Japan right now! I'm over seas for some secret game reveal for a company based in Japan, and, well, I get to see what the heck was worth flying me out for tomorrow!..

Ahhhhh it's good to be home, at least for a couple days. On this week's episode, we do a GDC debrief, focusing majorly on what an incredible time Train Jam and the ... super busy and simultaneously scary time we had at GDC in San Francisco. From there, we hit on a few of our favorite games we saw at GDC but this GDC was fairly amazing as there was no clear answer for "What's the best thing you saw at GDC?" Everything was fantastic. If you missed any of our GDC coverage, be sure to check all that out here.

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!

As a companion to this audio podcast, we also do a video version of the same show that is exclusive to Patreon which allows you to see us playing the games we're talking about. Backers can view the most recent video episodes of the TouchArcade show by clicking here. Be sure you're logged in to see the latest content. For everyone else who is curious, you can check out our public patreon posts to see older episodes of the video podcast. If you like what you see, consider becoming a TouchArcade Patreon backer.

 

iTunes Link: The TouchArcade Show
Stitcher: The TouchArcade Show via Stitcher Radio for Podcasts [Free]
RSS Feed: The TouchArcade Show
Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-348.mp3, 66MB

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It seems the cadence of episodic game releases on the App Store goes a little something like this: A game that follows a pay-per-episode DLC schedule will be released on the App Store, and it'll cost money. As more episodes are released, the first episode goes free to entire new players into getting their feet wet in the series and then buying the rest of it. Telltale has been following this model for years now, and it seems Square Enix is following suit with Life is Strange [Free]. The whole first episode recently was made available for free, and it's difficult to think of many people playing through it and not wanting to continue...

Best New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'R.B.I. Baseball 18', 'Griblers', 'Sword Art Online: Integral Factor' and More

This week's "out now" cycle is going to be a little weird as we already posted an article on Monday rounding up all the stuff we missed at GDC which throws off the cadence of these Wednesday posts. That being said, there's still a bunch of great games released on a daily basis! As far as made-up holidays are concerned, today is Weed Appreciation Day! Not that weed, weeds that grow in your lawn. Seems like a weird thing to appreciate, but, hey, I hear dandelion wine is pretty good if you're hardcore enough to collect hundreds of the flowers to make it...

GDC 2018: A Look at 'Runescape' and 'Old School Runescape' for Mobile

Runescape is an absolutely fascinating game to read about, as how many games that were released in 2001 are still going strong over seventeen years later? If you've never heard of it, Runescape (originally) was a browser-based free to play MMO with a rapid update cycle with quest lines that have been evolving for over a decade. Quests aren't the only thing that have grown, the game has massively increased in scope, and now has a lightweight client you download to play in complete 3D...

GDC 2018: 'Valthirian Arc' is a RPG Character Trainer Coming to Nintendo Switch

Valthirian Arc is a tricky game to describe succinctly as there's a lot going on in this game. At its core, you build an academy to train up loads of students in some sort of fantasy medieval Hogwarts equivalent, then of course things go pear shaped and then you need to use your best and brightest students to do all sorts of battling. Check out the trailer:..

GDC 2018: 'Esports Saga' [Working Title] Puts Players in Charge of Managing Their own Esports Team

One of the games I'm most excited for from GDC wasn't even actually playable at the event, all we got was this (really cool) trailer. The game is called Esports Saga right now, which I warned the developers probably isn't a great thing given how into trademark enforcement King is on anything that is a "Saga." In it, you manage a imaginary esports team that competes in a game that looks an awful lot like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Check out the trailer:..

GDC 2018: 'Torque Drift' is the Second Awesome Drifting Game of GDC

If you're into drifting games and were already over the moon when you saw our preview of Absolute Drift, we stumbled across another big surprise. The game is called Torque Drift and while Absolute Drift is more of a stylized game, Torque Drift goes the complete opposite direction with hyper realism, recognizable cars and sponsors, and much more. Check it out:..