Author Archives: Eli Hodapp


About the Author

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.

mobcrush-logo-r225xWe'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, visit mobcrush.com/beta and download the free Mobcrush app. (It's in beta, so you'll need to agree to have it installed on your device.) 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.

If you missed the stream, we upload archive videos to our YouTube channel, so just head over there to see previous streams and our other random video content. Additionally, if you would like to stream on Mobcrush, it's actually supremely easy and doesn't require any kind of extra hardware and the software to do it is a quick (and free) download. Check out the Mobcrush FAQ for more information.

 

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The TouchArcade Show - 263 - Disco Stampede

June 24th, 2016 8:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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As promised, we return this week following our last episode which centralized around E3 and didn't have much game chat to... Spend most of the podcast going over the cool iOS games we've been playing this week. Those games, in order, include: Disco Zoo [Free], its similarities to the new Rodeo Stampede [Free], the weird IAP curve in Redungeon [Free], how much Jared loves Teeny Titans [$3.99], and the cool discover of Tapt [Free]. We also chat a bit about WWDC stuff, the insanity of watching the whole Brexit thing as Americans, and other relevant and irrelevant topics.

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 Like TouchArcade, Please Support Our Patreon

June 24th, 2016 7:45 PM EDT 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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It seems like the theme of the month is classic games getting removed from the App Store for one reason or another. It seems that PopCap's original Plants vs Zombies is the latest fabulous title to get silently nuked. The "good" news, if you'd call it that, is Plants vs Zombies Free [Free] remains on the App Store, but it's just an EA-ized iteration of the game that's packed to the brim with IAP. To be fair, it's a lot more friendly than some other EA games (*cough* Dungeon Keeper *cough*) but it still sucks to see the original, no-nonsense version of such a great game vanish...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Rodeo Stampede', 'Hyperburner', 'Otaku Heroes' and a Bunch More

As far as dumb food-related made-up holidays are concerned, I'd say that today's National Onion Rings Day might be one of the most delicious. To celebrate it fully, I'd recommend going to a place like Red Robin that goes above and beyond when it comes to the presentation of onion rings by stacking them into a massive ridiculous tower that spreads envy throughout the entire restaurant. It's like the infectious nature of the fajita effect. Oh, and while you're waiting for your golden brown, deep fried, savory slices of America to hit your table, maybe consider playing some of the new iOS games that hit the App Store this week?..

I get pitched a whoooolllleeee lot of iOS games on Twitter and while I make an effort to try out most of them, with it being nearly eight years into the life of the App Store, it's sort of rare to see games that make me think "Oh dang, this is super clever." This was the case this morning when developer Stephen Coyle tweeted me the link to his first iOS game, Tapt [Free]. The easiest way to describe it is if you took the idea of a rhythm game, and stripped it down to its absolute most basic. While totally blown out rhythm games like Voez [Free] will have you tapping, swiping, and doing all sorts of other stuff to effectively play along with whatever song is being played, Tapt just asks you to tap out the actual beat of the song...

The TouchArcade Show - 262 - E3 Wrap-Up

June 17th, 2016 8:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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Well that's a wrap for E3 week, this year was probably the strangest year yet for E3. The event is evolving, maybe dwindling, potentially changing, and just overall really different from the old E3. We talk about this in the podcast, as well as everything we saw this week that was particularly awesome. Give it a listen if you're curious where all the E3 mobile stuff went.

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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Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-262.mp3, 35MB


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

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Already entering the top 5 list of best-selling RPGs on the Google Play Store in the US and Canada, Dungeons of Chaos is now available for iOS too.

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E3 2016: We Just Played 'The Elder Scrolls: Legends' on an iPad

We've been closely following Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls: Legends for quite a while now, as more than a few of us at TouchArcade Towers are massive fans of collectable card games. We got to spend a little bit of time today with the game running on an iPad, and while we weren't able to record any video, you really don't need to see iPad specific video as the game is a 1:1 version of everything they've shown for the existing PC version. The only difference is instead of using a mouse cursor you're using your finger, and instead of clicking you're tapping...

E3 2016: Grumpyface's 'Teeny Titans' Is Looking Rad as Hell

If you're reading TouchArcade and haven't played at least one of the games from Grumpyface Studios, we should probably send some scientists to study you because that's just crazy. They consistently make games that are not only fun to play, but the animations are amazing. My personal favorite of theirs is Bring Me Sandwiches [Free], but you can't go wrong with any of their stuff. At E3 today we got a look at their upcoming game, which is coming out next week. It's called Teeny Titans and as mentioned when it was first announced, "Teeny Titans is a collectible character battle game where you hunt for, train, and battle various DC Comics' heroes and villains. The game will also include original voicework from the full Teen Titans Go! cast."..

We Just Played a Few Levels of 'Deus Ex Go'

We're pretty big fans of Squeenix's Go series between Hitman Go [$4.99] and Lara Croft Go [$1.99]. If you haven't played one, or either, they're running a bundle promotion to get both for $5.99. Anyway, as anyone familiar with the Go games probably could have guessed, the gameplay falls directly in line with what you'd expect...

'Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius' Spotted on the E3 Show Floor

Well, we were really hoping that we'd get a chance to play it when we saw the Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius sign in the Square Enix booth today. Instead, it's just a little gameplay demo video that I'm sure will be on YouTube eventually. If you're chomping at the bit for this game, give it a look:..

New Games on Our Forums: 'Adventure Company', 'Dawnbringer', 'Paranormal Minis' and Much More

While everyone is hopefully having a great National Lobster Day, Jared and I are wandering around E3 where anything to do with VR definitely seems to be the flavor of the week. Since massive E3 announcements are dominating the news cycle this week, it doesn't seem like that many iOS games have hit the App Store, but there's still more than enough to keep us all busy while we eat our lobster rolls and accompanying lobster bisque...

Supercell Doubles Down on Never Muting Emotes in 'Clash Royale'

If you ask any Clash Royale [Free] player what frustrates them most about the game, people will likely have a wide variety of things, potentially centralizing around the pay model of the game, chest timers, and similar... But it seems everyone is unified around just how frustrating player emotes can make the game. If you don't play Clash Royale, here's what you're "missing"- Communication in the game has been distilled down to ten buttons, and through the miracle that is human nature on the internet, people have figured out how to be total sh*t heads with only these ten emotes at their disposal. In the immortal words of Dr. Ian Malcolm, "Life, uh... finds a way."..

It's the Friday before E3, it's like a million degrees out in the Chicago area here, and I'm sure things will be even hotter when Jared, Eric and I are wandering around SoCal next week. I'm thinking this should be a pretty big E3 for us, as the "big players" who have dropped out of the event this year are just opening up floor space for more little guys, which typically means mobile stuff. Either way, we kick the show off with some E3 chat, WWDC predictions, and other random stuff before devoting the rest of the show to talking about a ton of the great games that came out this week. Those games, in order, are Fury Roads Survivor [Free], Hurdle Turtle Forever [Free], Rule with an Iron Fish [$2.99], Block Havoc [$2.99], Epic Flail [$1.99], Let's Go Run Around [Free], 6180 the Moon [$1.99], and last, but by no means least, Heroes of Loot 2 [$3.99].

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…

Goo Saga, $4.99 - Plunge into the depths of an underwater adventure with Goo Saga. A classic platform game filled with thrills and action, puzzles and mystery. Have fun playing in one of three modes or compete with your friends in guiding Goo, a brave little creature, on a journey of survival and a quest to find the purpose of his creation.

Goo Saga offers a whole lot of new goodies for gamers: brand new character skins, cloud sync, full controller support, and a powerful lever editor. Get Goo Saga with all the new features in the App Store for just $4.99 and enjoy it on your iPhone or iPad.

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It should go without saying, but we're huge fans of Mobcrush around here. If for some totally insane reason you haven't heard of Mobcrush before, it's basically Twitch but focused on mobile games. It's super cool for us, as (obviously) we're totally into mobile, and it's great streaming on a platform where everyone is on the same page. (We got a lot of pushback on Twitch for not streaming "real games," for instance.) Previously, the huge down-side of Mobcrush was that the only way you could actively stream what you were playing was either by using an Android device, jailbreaking your iOS device, or using the Mac client. Since most of the known world operates on Windows, this significantly limited broadcasting. Well, as of a few moments ago, the Mobcrush Windows client has entered public alpha...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Heroes of Loot 2', 'Wizard Swipe', 'Skyforce Unite' and More

It's a beautiful day today in the Chicago area, particularly as we all come together to celebrate National Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day. I'm not super sure that this is even a real holiday as much as it's just something some dude on YouTube made up, but really, when you think about it, isn't that how practically all holidays start? I don't have a problem getting onboard with grassroots holidays, even though I don't really understand why jelly doughnuts need their own holiday considering National Doughnut Day was last week... But, hey, why not. If you're looking for some new iOS games to play while you drive jelly doughnut after jelly doughnut down your throat, I've got some great news: There's a bunch of 'em. We've seen games drizzling out all week, so, you might already have some of the stuff in our list...

Things have been heating up over the last few months in the world of Clash of Clans [Free] when it comes to Supercell's commitment to getting rid of cheaters running the various hacks and mods out there. Long story short, people running these various third party utilities were given temporary bans as a warning of sorts, but the gloves are coming off and the people who haven't reformed will be permabanned inside of the next few days...

A really cool game got posted to our forums this morning, it's called Fury Roads Survivor [Free] and it's like if you took police chases from Grand Theft Auto games, but had them all take place inside a wasteland that's obviously nodding pretty heavily towards Mad Max movies with the familiar verby noun monetization scheme of random unlocks to collect...

The TouchArcade Show - 260 - Chim Chim Cher-ee

June 3rd, 2016 8:45 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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On a week like this where there's an avalanche of great games to talk about, it's really hard to choose which to focus on, but we persevere and manage to pull our heads out of our collective butts long enough to chat about some of our favorites. Following a brief tip on installing the EstateSales.net App [Free] to find house stuff on the cheap we dive into game discussion. That includes, in order, Human Resource Machine [$4.99], Sky Force Reloaded [Free], Tap Cats [Free] (again), Nonstop Knight [Free], Warcher Defenders [$0.99], and last, but not least, Dig Deep! [$1.99]. With only a little time left, we touch on a couple quick news story and call it a day!

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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The problem with super classic iOS games is all too often they get filed away in a "Great Games" folder on your iOS device which just grows over time. Add automatic updates into the mix, and it's a real great way to have no idea that those classics are still getting updated all the time. Well, today's a great day to dust off Temple Run 2 [Free] if you haven't played it in a while and give the new update a whirl. Like the previous update, "Frozen Shadows," the latest update adds a whole new area to run through...