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.

We're just over a month away from GDC 2015, or, what's basically the busiest week of the year for us. Jared and I will be on the scene meeting with as many developers as we can, and we'll be having a party at some point during the week. We're still ironing out the details on our meeting schedule and when the party will be, but I've had quite a few people suggest that the theme of our party be sticker trading again...

LogoI've spent the last few days in London attending the Mobile Games Forum. It's been a great event, but it raises the ever-present question when I travel of how is it that in 2015 we haven't solved the problem of terrible hotel WiFi? I don't care if it's done through QoS, routing rules that prevent media streaming, or what... But it doesn't matter what continent I'm on, WiFi always sucks. So, no new podcast this week, but I figured this provided a fun opportunity to delve back into the podcast archives to pull out a particularly interesting show.

To set the scene, back in the day we used to record our podcast with me and TouchArcade co-founders Arnold Kim and Blake Patterson. We'd usually grab developers we knew and just talked about whatever. On episode 11 Steve Jobs had just revealed the iPad mere hours before recording. Joined via Skype was Dave Castelnuovo and Allan Dye from Bolt Creative, Anders Mårtensson from then Illusion Labs and now Color Monkey, Natalia Luckyanova and Keith Shephard from Imangi Studios and Bruce Morrison from the now defunct Freeverse. The things we talk about and the things we thought about the iPad now are a little embarrassing at times, especially since in 2015 doubting the success of the iPad is laughable. Remember though, the internet reaction to the iPad was really not kind, and day one was filled with the ultimate dismissal of "It's just a big iPhone."


This podcast is so old, it doesn't even work in our normal in-line media player format so you'll need to hit the link below to play it in your browser or natively on your iOS device:

Direct Link: TouchArcadePodcast-Ep11.m4a, 50.0MB

Sorry that there's no new podcast today, but, I'm guessing this podcast is going to be a "new" podcast for most of our listeners. If you've been around since 2010 and have been listening this long that this podcast rewind is actually a rerun for you, thank you for your support. We'll make sure next week is extra awesome just for you guys.


Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 1/24/15 - 'Dragon Quest V', 'Lowlander', and 'Space Marshals'

This is the week we've been waiting for so far this year. Our best games roundups have been a little scant with one or two high scoring games a week which really just doesn't compare to what we saw in December. Things are finally starting to ramp up here with three really good games you should really have on your iOS device...

'The Lego Movie Video Game' Hits the App Store

January 22nd, 2015 1:00 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in News
$4.99 Buy Now

You've surely seen The Lego Movie by now, right? If you need to go to wherever it is you get your movies from and just straight up buy the BluRay. It's that good. After you do that, check out the new Lego Movie Video Game [$4.99] on the App Store. If nothing else, it deserves some kind of nod for being a premium game when it seems like free to play movie-based games are all the rage these days...

'Evolve: Hunters Quest' Briefly Appears on The App Store

January 22nd, 2015 10:00 AM EST by Eli Hodapp in News
Free Buy Now

If you haven't heard of Evolve yet, you should fix that problem. It's a PC/console title that's scheduled for release on February 10th and the easiest way to describe it is 2K takes Natural Selection (Or, I guess, Natural Selection 2) to the next level. It was a hit at E3 last year, and seemed to be the game on the show floor that had constant lines all day long. We didn't try it while we were there because of the whole line thing and being super busy anyway, but it looked really neat...

It's Wednesday again, and this list of games coming tonight comes with a similar caveat as last week's list in that there's a very good chance this isn't all the games we're going to see slowly drip out of the App Store today. It's been a weird place lately, as last week there were nearly double the amount of new games at 11:00 PM Eastern for our normal "Out Now" roundup as there were when we first combed through the New Zealand App Store in the morning...

LogoWe kick this podcast off with the relevant news in portable gaming which includes Wednesday's Nintendo Direct announcement of the New 3DS XL coming to the USA next month. We're all sort of bummed as we wanted the normal sized New 3DS XL, but, what Reggie says goes... From there, we talk about the cool games of the week, and the relevant news which included quite a bit of upbeat "Everything's going so well!" reports on tons of successful games.

Don't forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to We read 'em all, even if they don't make it into the podcast. 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-190.mp3, 79.8MB




Best iPhone and iPad Game of the Week: 1/16/15 - 'Hero Emblems'

Our game of the week picks aren't always the games that receive the best scores in reviews, but that's not the case this week. Everyone is all about Hero Emblems, and I've even gotten over my few minor grievances I mentioned last week during our podcast. If you don't have this game yet, what the heck are you doing?..

As pointed out by our sister-site MacRumors and discovered by Patently Apple, Apple has registered a patent application for a new style of home button that pops up and doubles as a joystick. Now, before getting too excited about this, keep in mind Apple (and all other tech companies) are basically filing patents every day for all sorts of crazy things. It seems like a good 99% of these patent applications never amount to anything, but they're still fun to look at...

I know people around here love to moan and groan when a new free to play game hits, particularly when it comes from a popular or potentially nostalgic franchise, but man is the writing on the wall that's what millions upon millions of people are looking for. SimCity BuildIt [Free] is definitely not the straight up port of SimCity 2000 that a lot of hardcore gamers are anxious to get on their iPads, but by nearly every metric there is to gauge the success of the game has shown that folks are loving it...

MGM seems to be on a fast track of releasing iOS games for a really odd selection of movies lately. Last week we saw The Princess Bride - The Official Game [$3.99] which actually charted insanely well and is rocking some ridiculously positive iTunes reviews. This week, Hot Tub Time Machine: Tap That [Free] is now a thing that exists in this world...

If you missed this the last time it went free, make sure you don't make that mistake again. Marvel Pinball [$0.99] is yet another suite of pinball tables from the pinball wizards at ZEN Studios. They're also responsible for Zen Pinball [Free], The Walking Dead Pinball [$1.99] and much more. The way their pinball games work is pretty cool, in that they're a collection of tables you can permanently unlock via IAP...

Late last month we posted the insane news of what the multi-billionaire creator of Minecraft [$6.99] has been up to since selling to Microsoft. The almost unbelievable answer is apparently "Notch is busy outbidding celebrities for trophy properties in Los Angeles." At the time, photos of the house (It almost seems inappropriate to simply refer to it as a "house") were pretty sparse, but since then Notch has thrown a housewarming party offering more candid looks at the candy room, wine cellar, chrome machine guns, and more...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Bowling Central', 'Gunslugs 2', and 'Socioball'

This is working out to be a weird week, particularly as new games have leaked out on to the App Store in the last couple days which definitely has resulted in this post being far lighter than they usually are. But, hey, if you think the iOS release cycle in January is bleak, you should check out the console world. I looked up what's come out (or is coming) this month to blow some Best Buy gift cards on, and, yeah. Nothing. Anyway, here's the few iOS games coming tonight:..

Surprise! Apple Cracks Down on EU 14 Day Return Window Abuse

Late last year we posted about Apple's new return policy that went into effect across all of the various iTunes stores to fall in line with updated consumer protection regulations. In a nutshell, people using the App Store, buying Music or Movies from iTunes have two weeks to get an instant no questions asked refund. The new policy was debated both in the article comments as well as in a thread in our forums, and few people were very happy about it. Apple definitely made sure to mention in their updated iTunes guidelines that this refund only could occur before the piece of media was downloaded, but that didn't seem to be the case in actual practical use, as folks could just wildly download stuff and ask for refunds while keeping the app on their devices...