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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.

When I rolled over at a little after 5:00 AM Central time to check the New Zealand releases, I wasn't sure we were going to have much to be excited about today... Then all these games hit. Here's what we'll be streaming today:..

Coming Tonight: 'Hodappy Bird', 'Unpossible' 'Hitman Go', and a Bunch of Other Games That Aren't 'Hodappy Bird'

All of the Ron Paul .gifs in the world can't begin to explain just how amazing it is that Hodappy Bird is finally upon us. The game that is so hot it only got approved by Apple after we added an on-launch warning screen is here. Oh, and a bunch of other stuff too like Acceleroto's Unpossible which has been getting a ridiculous amount of traction in our upcoming games forum since it was originally announced...

It's Tuesday afternoon again, and once again, the Apple cumulative weekly top games charts have wound up in my inbox. There's not much of a shake up from last week, with the main differences being A Dark Room shooting up the charts, along with the new Family Guy and Trials games. 2048, sadly enough, shows no sign of stopping and once again is locked in at #1 free...

Check Out the New Trailer For the Skull-Flinging Game 'Skullduggery!'

One of the games we saw at GDC during the Big Indie Pitch was ClutchPlay Games' skull-flinger, Skullduggery!. Well, it's got a new trailer now and it's themed for today's US-centric Tax Day. So, if you've got your taxes done, give it a look:..

Podcast-Illustration-0121There was a moment there at the start of the recording of this podcast that we might be Mike-less, as every time he spoke on Skype he sounded like a late-80's dot matrix printer printing out a 30 page Print Shop Deluxe banner. But, we overcame all odds and put a podcast together anyway, hitting the hot games of the week, relevant news... And loads of Wrestlemania chat. Don't worry, wrestling junk is at the end if you're not the kind of person who cares about that stuff.

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TA Plays Live: Booming Beaches, and Other Things

April 10th, 2014 5:01 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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Where to go from here? I feel like we spent a ton of time streaming all the new stuff yesterday. I do need to do some busy work in my Boom Beach, and I can always play FTL for hours. We'll see what the masses decide.....

Beavertap Games Reveal 'Mikey Hooks' Sequel 'Mikey Boots'

In a wise move of hyping up a game before Hodappy Bird swoops in and steals the show, the brain trust behind Beavertap Games have released a teaser trailer for the upcoming sequel to Mikey Hooks, Mikey Boots:..

In case you missed the drama, following a botched launch that felt like a soft launch hardcore iOS gamers did what they always do: Download games using their New Zealand accounts the second they hit the App Store and start sharing their experiences via text descriptions, screenshots, and videos in our forums. FOX's reaction to this was to issue copyright claims, close Twitch channels, and basically swing their legal flail at anyone they could. Many TouchArcade community members were caught in the crossfire, but thankfully at least Twitch has come to their senses and restored the channels that were suspended as a result of FOX's legal hissy fit...

Wednesday New Zealand game stream! Woo! Not quite as many games as we're used to, but, I'm still excited to try some of them. Here's the games I'll be playing, and the order they'll be played in:..

I think the best news baseball fans have gotten so far this season is that the reworked of the beloved RBI Baseball was going to have a price tag instead of being a free to play game. Well, it's here now, for $4.99. If you've been anxiously anticipating RBI Baseball 14 [$4.99], it seems like a good idea to pick it up just to signal to the powers that be that we're willing to pay money for actual video games when this could've so easily just been a freemium grind riding on the coattails of the RBI Baseball brand...

It's Wednesday again, and it's looking like this is turning out to be a weird week. Hodappy Bird was supposed to launch today, but it's stuck in approval purgatory because of the use of "bitcoin" in the game and the Family Guy game is due to be released and I suspect developers might be avoiding this week due to the inevitable king's welcome that game is going to get from Apple's featuring department...

FOX is Issuing Copyright Claims, Blocking Videos, and Closing Twitch Channels of Anyone Playing 'Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff'

Earlier today, we assumed FOX soft launched the upcoming Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff. Folks on our forums, as they always do, downloaded the game, and started posting impressions and videos. Instead of embracing this sort of community activity, FOX apparently decided to go totally nuclear, shutting down absolutely everything they could that had to do with the game being posted anywhere...

Yesterday I almost beat the end boss of FTL, or, at least, got pretty close. I'm not sure how we can top that today but hopefully something cool and unexpected happens on stream. Either way, strap in for a couple of hours of live iOS game playing...

If you too are on the newly formed Team "F The King" with Arya Stark and Sandor Clegane and are anxiously following along with the new season of Game of Thrones (Which I couldn't watch until last night... Thanks, HBO Go!) you really owe it to yourself to check out Disruptor Beam's Game of Thrones Ascent [Free (HD)] for iPad. Sure, it's a free to play game all dressed up with timers and currencies, but it's dripping with enough fan service to please even the most hardcore Game of Thrones fan...

We first reviewed Godville [Free] not long after it was released in mid-2010 and it instantly clicked with me. People love making comparisons to free to play games like The Simpsons: Tapped Out [Free] to virtual ant farms, as they require very little interaction and basically just exist as a virtual world to amuse you for a few seconds at a time. Godville is the most virtual ant farm-y of all virtual ant farms in that instead of logging on to manage timers or interact with whatever characters there are in game, you literally do nothing. It's a zero player game that you don't interact with at all beyond either encouraging or punishing your hero- Two things which both do whatever the next microscopic increment above "nothing" would be to the game world...