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.

LogoFresh off the Memorial Day holiday, this week has been flooded with insanely awesome game releases. We touch on a bunch of them, but Jared and I definitely will need to spend this weekend playing catch up. From there we discuss some of the news of the week, including how neat it is that we live in a world where you can turn your phone into a VR headset by folding up a fancy piece of cardboard. THE FUTURE, I tell ya'.

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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Oh also, if you've got a new game, a great update, just like supporting what we do, or want to get the word out about something cool you're doing in the world of iOS gaming and are interested in sponsoring either of our podcasts, we've got ad packages that can fit any budget. Shoot an email to ads@toucharcade.com for more information.

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Best iPhone and iPad Games - 5/29/15 - 'Chaos Rings III', 'Geometry Wars 3', 'Grim Fandango Remastered' and TONS More

Anyone who called this week a weak week is a damn maniac, as this has turned out to be among the best iOS game release weeks of the year and we don't even have all the games reviewed yet. I'm busy having my nose buried in Desktop Dungeons, and everyone else is playing the rest of the rad releases. Here are the best games we did review this week, and there's a lot of them:..

The Apple Watch Review: Week 3 - HealthKit is Weird

Welcome to week three of our Apple Watch review series. If this is the first entry you've stumbled across, be sure to check out week one which is filled with initial impressions, and week two which focuses quite a bit on the activity tracking of the device. Once again with no significant Apple Watch game releases aside from a Runeblade update, we're in another odd spot. But, hey, whatever, Apple is teasing a full Watch Kit SDK which will be previewed at WWDC, so it's possible that some really cool Apple Watch stuff is on the horizon...

If you've been following my Apple Watch review series so far (Week 1, Week 2), one of the criticisms I've had is a serious lack of apps that do anything useful and games that are, to put it kindly, worth playing beyond the first session. Things feel so lame right now for two real reasons: The first of which being nearly all of these Apple Watch and games were developed without any of the developers actually having an Apple Watch yet. Secondly, there's serious limitations as to what developers can even do on the Apple Watch right now. Existing Apple Watch apps can't access any of the fancy sensors, and really just exist as a smaller second screen to the Apple Watch. For some things (Like seeing the temperature of my Bluetooth grill thermometer) that's enough, for most things though... Not so much...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Desktop Dungeons', 'The Branch', 'Up You Go' and More

This is a bit of a weird release week (When is it not, though?) in that there's a load of big-name games coming out... which haven't actually hit any of the international App Stores yet. We typically only post games which have active forum threads, which require an active iTunes link, and games like Geometry Wars 3 aren't anywhere to be found on the App Store yet. Desktop Dungeons is doing the typical NZ release thing, so, that's something to get excited about if nothing else. Oh, and like many weeks prior to this one, we've got a good spread of games that are out now, games that are appearing in New Zealand and will hit the US App Store tonight, and soft launched games which will go worldwide... whenever. Anyway, on with the show...

It shouldn't be a surprise by now, but we're going to be at both WWDC and E3 this year. Something new we're doing though is putting together a mailing list of developers who attend events so we have a more effective way to send out information for things like party plans, post-event photos, and other fun stuff. Historically we haven't had a great way to get word out about parties aside from just posting a story on TouchArcade or letting it spread organically on Twitter which is ok, but not great...

Happy Memorial Day!

May 25th, 2015 11:12 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News

Hey guys, it's Memorial Day in the USA today. Being a national holiday and all, we're taking the day off to do... Well, the things you do on Memorial Day! If you're also celebrating the holiday, we hope you have a great one. If you're one of our many non-US readers, we'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow morning...

122371_largerThis week's episode of The TouchArcade Show is loaded with discussions of the various games of the week and Mike's odd depth of knowledge when it comes to anything to do with Growing Pains. It's really creepy, in a way that's actually creepy and not just in one of those "Oh I'm just joking around" kind of ways. It's a good time, I promise, you might even learn something... About Growing Pains.

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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This week's episode of The TouchArcade Show is sponsored by…

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If you are a fan of breakout games, or are looking try one out for the first time, Brickies is free on the App Store so you might as well check it out. You’ve got nothing to lose. Except sleep if you stay up all night playing it.

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Best iPhone and iPad Games - 5/22/15 - 'Capitals', 'Ire: Blood Memory', and 'Digit & Dash'

Some great games this week are included in this post that everyone really needs to have. NimbleBit is up to their old tricks of releasing really awesome games, particularly if you like getting beat by your friends in word games. Similarly, a free to play game actually succeeded in being a good hardcore game, meanwhile, console developer Insomniac has made a great transition to mobile with their latest release. Definitely give these all a look...

The Apple Watch Review: Week 2 - It's Time to Stand... And Grab a Snack

Continuing on from last week's Apple Watch review, and I'm just shy of two weeks of total ownership of the Apple Watch. As predicted, the Apple Watch is getting better, as an update released on Tuesday went a long way to address my primary concern of the Apple Watch requiring way too obnoxious of an arm gesture to activate. Unfortunately, Apple adjusted this functionality The Apple Way which anyone who has had an iOS device is no doubt familiar with. What I mean by that is the activation sensitivity still isn't adjustable by the user, and wasn't even mentioned in the patch notes. I was pretty sure I was just crazy until a bunch of people on different forums also said they noticed it was way easier to activate following the update...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Brickies', 'The Top Spot', 'Ice Age Avalanche' and Tons More

Submitted for the approval of the Weak Week Society is a week full of games. Chalk it up to App Store weirdness or whatever else, but most of the games are actually out right now. I've broken the list up into three, stuff that you can grab this instant, Microsoft's Age of Empires which is the only noteworthy thing soft launching this week (so far) and the normal stuff that's coming out at the normal 11:00 PM Eastern time tonight...

Editor's Notes: Exciting Things Ahead for Mobile Gaming

One of the things people always say they love about our podcast is getting a behind the scenes look at TouchArcade and the mobile gaming world. So, unless you're a podcast person, you're missing out on that kind of thing. So, hey, why not apply that same flavor into some kind of recurring thing around here that's quicker to digest than listening to our awesome, but long, podcast? At least it seems like a good idea on paper. I'll try to put one of these up weekly, assuming there's something entertaining to write about, of course...

LogoNow that both Jared and I have our Apple Watches, we start the show by talking a bit about some of the things covered in my review. We're both hopeful for the future, and hoping for Mike to even get an iOS update that would allow him to connect an Apple watch were he to buy one. From there, we move on to some brief game discussion before diving into the drama of the week... Which, this week, seems to be everyone and their brother announcing that they're diving head-first in to mobile from AAA.

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!

 

iTunes Link: The TouchArcade Show
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Oh also, if you've got a new game, a great update, just like supporting what we do, or want to get the word out about something cool you're doing in the world of iOS gaming and are interested in sponsoring either of our podcasts, we've got ad packages that can fit any budget. Shoot an email to ads@toucharcade.com for more information.

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Best iPhone and iPad Games - 5/15/15 - 'Legend of Grimrock', 'The Enchanted Cave 2', 'Kindo', 'Seek: Find Your Friends' and 'Fearless Fantasy'

It's awesome when a game you've been looking forward to forever comes out and it's even better than you were hoping it'd be. That was the case with Legend of Grimrock, anyway. It's a supremely awesome game that you need to check out, but this week also had loads of rad stuff get released so next week's best games roundup is likely going to be even crazier...

The Apple Watch Review: Week 1 - A Very Beautiful Less Functional Pebble

I've been struggling to come up with the best way to appropriately "review" the Apple Watch. We don't do many hardware reviews of Apple products because our primary platforms are the iPhone and iPad, two product families that are arguably pretty dumb to review because in the case of the iPhone we're on the 8th generation of a device that's only gotten better. Additionally, the historical precedence of how awesome iPhones get with each revision leads most people to (admittedly, very safely) buy one on day one. Sure, there's been a few *gates here and there between Antennagate and Bendgate, but by and large, every iPhone is better than the last one. I doubt very many people are out there who are waiting for the reviews to come in before buying a new iPhone, and people who do fall inside that demographic are likely just going to wait for the next (print) issue of Consumer Reports. Almost the exact same thing can be said for the iPad...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Heroes and Castles 2', 'Sketchman', 'Gamebook Adventures 10' and Tons More

Hey what do you know, it's Wednesday again and the crowded App Store launch jetway is jammed packed with new games on the verge of launching worldwide. I'm guessing Heroes and Castles 2 is going to make the biggest splash amongst our community, but you never really know until 11:00 PM Eastern rolls around and these games hit the US App Store...

LogoRecording early in the day means we don't get Mike to eat cereal on the podcast, but that's alright as we talk about iOS boxing games in the wake of the Mayweather and Pacquio fight, as part of a somehow relevant conversation with a listener proposing a TouchArcade show drinking game. This is the Power Hour thing we talked about, as we wrestle through attempting to do math. The only game we really get into is the fantastic Test Chamber which snuck up out of nowhere. Finally, we bring it back home with Jared's wacky Apple Watch adventure, discussion of Apple Watch games, and of course... The Nintendo news.

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!

 

iTunes Link: The TouchArcade Show
Stitcher: The TouchArcade Show via Stitcher Radio for Podcasts [Free]
RSS Feed: The TouchArcade Show
Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-204.mp3, 63.1MB

Oh also, if you've got a new game, a great update, just like supporting what we do, or want to get the word out about something cool you're doing in the world of iOS gaming and are interested in sponsoring either of our podcasts, we've got ad packages that can fit any budget. Shoot an email to ads@toucharcade.com for more information.

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Best iPhone and iPad Games - 5/8/15 - 'Test Chamber', 'Wedding Escape', 'Trulon' and 'Dungeon of Madness'

This was a cool week for game reviews, as Test Chamber sneaking up out of nowhere and being such an awesome game is one of my favorite things about the App Store. There's other great games in this list too, but if for some reason you passed on Test Chamber because of its sterile name or block pushing puzzler gameplay, it definitely deserves a second look...

One of the (many) awesome things about working with indie developers is just how open they are with their creative process, compared to the closed door meetings protected by layers of NDA's and publisher agreements when it comes to anything in the AAA world. 10000000 [$2.99] is still one of my favorite games, as evident by our five star review and we're super stoked for the upcoming You Must Build a Boat which we did a hands on preview not long ago. I'm not the only one wild about the game:..

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Catch The Rabbit', 'Legend of Grimrock', and Tons More

This is a bit of a weird week, as so much stuff came out yesterday that it seemed worthwhile to include links to all those games along with the New Zealand ones as it's just another opportunity to get excited about Grim Fandango Remastered [$9.99]. While that's definitely the star of the week so far, there's a bunch of stuff coming out tonight too... And if previous weeks are any indication, we'll likely need to do another Out Now post tomorrow with even more games that slip through the cracks. It's safe to say 2015's game releases are very much operating at full steam...