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.

The writing has been on the wall for quite a while now through various warnings when users load 32-bit apps. The TouchArcade app, for instance, is among the many 32-bit apps which display a message about how they need to be updated. We've spent quite a bit of time on our podcast debating how and when Apple is finally going to rip the bandaid of 32-bit compatibility off iOS, and as of this morning, it seems that it has begun. As pointed out by TA reader Severed, 32-bit apps no longer appear in App Store search results...

WWDC Preparations - The TouchArcade Show #309

June 2nd, 2017 8:30 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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Ahhh the Friday before WWDC! With preparations to be made to head to San Jose on Sunday, this podcast is a few minute short but we still hit all the big news stories of the week along with a few tiny predictions for WWDC. As far as game discussion is concerned, three big ones sucked up tons of our time: Crazy Taxi Gazillionaire [Free], Bouncy Hoops [Free], and Yankai's Peak [$2.99].

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!

Patreon backers get access to a ultra-rad video version of the podcast, which you can view by clicking here. It includes us playing the games we're talking about as we're talking about them, and other fun surprises.

 

iTunes Link: The TouchArcade Show
Stitcher: The TouchArcade Show via Stitcher Radio for Podcasts [Free]
RSS Feed: The TouchArcade Show
Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-309.mp3, 55MB

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With WWDC right around the corner, Apple is jumping the gun with sharing some of their mind-boggling statistics when it comes to the App Store. Since the launch of the App Store in 2008, Apple has paid App Store developers seventy billion dollars. Additionally, app download rates continue to soar with Apple seeing an increase of 70% in overall downloads this year alone. Apple typically kicks off their WWDC keynote (which is Monday at 10:00 AM Pacific) boasting about how great everything is going, so don't be surprised to hear even more crazy statistics like this next week...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Neighbors from Hell', 'Yankai's Peak', 'Stolen Thunder', 'Maze Bandit', 'Fancy Dogs' and More

It's Wednesday again, and this week the big day of game releases falls on a particularly special day, Speak in Complete Sentences Day. Apparently, this pseudo-holiday is to pay homage to speaking (or writing) in complete sentences instead of using text message shorthand, emoji, and other common forms of communication these days. In the age of covfefe, we need days like today. Anyway, as usual, there's tons of new games to sort through today, including a few we've been following for a while from our upcoming games forum...

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD are capable of delivering the full 18 watts the Switch needs, actually allowing you to charge and play at the same time...

Well this is a strange one- Early this morning THQ released the first season of Neighbours from Hell [Free] completely for free and (so far) there doesn't seem to be any kind of IAP shenanigans to speak of. They are making a point to call this "Season 1," so it's entirely possible they're going to be doing the Telltale thing and releasing subsequent paid episodes of the game with this as the initial teaser of that? Either way, the game started as PC (and later a console game) in Europe in 2003, although in the US we only ever saw the PC release...

Even More Rants - The TouchArcade Show #308

May 26th, 2017 9:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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Is there anything better than a Friday before a holiday weekend? I'm not sure there is! We kick things off talking a bit more about the roundups I've been doing over on MacRumors every Friday and what a bummer it is that the common perception of so many people is that there aren't any good mobile games- A statement which is obviously untrue. After a little rant session, we move on to four great games which were released this week: Prison Architect [Free (HD)], Skullgirls [Free], Zombie Gunship Survival [Free], and Rogue Wizards [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!

Patreon backers get access to a ultra-rad video version of the podcast, which you can view by clicking here. It includes us playing the games we're talking about as we're talking about them, and other fun surprises.

 

iTunes Link: The TouchArcade Show
Stitcher: The TouchArcade Show via Stitcher Radio for Podcasts [Free]
RSS Feed: The TouchArcade Show
Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-308.mp3, 60MB

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It's a wrap for us this week here at TouchArcade, and provided nothing crazy happens in the world of iOS gaming, we'll see you again on Monday morning for Shaun's Update Mondays and Tasos's Touchstone Tavern Hearthstone [Free] roundup before diving in head-first to whatever awesome mobile games get released and whatever rad looking mobile games are coming soon. We've been doing this for years now, and to keep doing what we're doing, we need your help. Whether you're here for our game reviews, to read about upcoming games, find games on sale, listen to our podcast, or participate in your community, we're glad to have you. If the feeling is mutual, which I hope it is, there's a few things you can do to help keep TouchArcade alive in this weird changing world of mobile gaming, which for numerous reasons has jeopardized the future of third party editorial sites like ours...

We've been huge fans of Astro Duel [$4.99 (HD)] basically forever. It's still my go-to recommendation when people ask me what game they should get when they want to play two player games on a single iPad. Over the years, the game has evolved in interesting ways, between a stripped-down iPhone version called Astro Party [Free] and an Apple TV update that lets you play the game on the TV using both the Siri Remote and the Astro Remote [Free] companion app. If you've never played the game before, the easiest way to describe it is as a multiplayer top-down arena shooter, which reminds me a lot of old multiplayer Atari games but (obviously) spruced up quite a bit...

Best New iOS Games On Our Forums: 'Subdivision Infinity,' 'Skullgirls', 'Zombie Gunship Survival', and Loads More

While the internet seems to be split between whether or not it's Asparagus Day today or if it's Asparagus Month the entire month of May, it's officially our made up holiday of the day. Also, a fun fact I only learned recently: A whole lot of people can't smell asparagus pee. Personally, I can, but I'm really not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. Maybe simultaneously both. What is a good thing, is the number of awesome iOS games being released this week. We've already posted individual stories about some of the stand-outs, but there's a lot of good indie stuff in here as well...

Things "going viral" on the internet rarely make a whole lot of sense when it comes to the actual subject matter of whatever it is this time that has "gone viral," but at least there's some logic in why this phenomenon is a thing: It's incredibly easy to consume and share content, and it seems like the less time it takes someone to see the new thing, enjoy it, and share it, the harder it hits. Take "the dress" a few years ago, all you had to do was look at a photo. It took a fraction of a second, and you were then fully equipped to argue whether it was blue and black or white and gold. What's exponentially more impressive is when one of these fads transcends what everyone has seen and instead becomes what everyone has, as is the case with these new toys that I'm sure you've already seen at least one kid fiddling with. They're called "fidget spinners," and are by far the most popular of the various "fidget toys" out there...

Another Friday, and another episode of the podcast! Weeks like this are easy to record as there's so many rockin' games to talk about that we actually ended up running a little longer than usual. After some followup from last week's beer chat, we talk about all the awesome iOS games we played and then shifted gears to speculating about Zelda. The games we talk about this week are: Arkanoid vs Space Invaders [$3.99], Old Man's Journey [$4.99], No Stick Shooter [$1.99], Guns of Boom [Free], Beholder [$4.99], Lode Runner 1 [Free], and Timber Tennis [Free]. Sorry about the Windows notification noises, I didn't realize my recording software was also picking those up! It'll be fixed for next week I promise.

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!

Patreon backers get access to a ultra-rad video version of the podcast, which you can view by clicking here. It includes us playing the games we're talking about as we're talking about them, and other fun surprises.

 

iTunes Link: The TouchArcade Show
Stitcher: The TouchArcade Show via Stitcher Radio for Podcasts [Free]
RSS Feed: The TouchArcade Show
Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-307.mp3, 71MB

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'The Frankenstein Wars' Is an Awesome Looking Upcoming Gamebook

If you would have told me when I was borrowing Choose Your Own Adventure books from my school library that some day in the future I'd be playing amazingly advanced gamebooks with in-game maps, items, and branching paths out the wazoo... It would've blown my mind, particularly considering those CYOA books we all got our start on had such basic decisions, like do you go left, or right. Well, Cubus Games is just starting to release details on their next gamebook, The Frankenstein Wars and it's both looking and sounding incredibly rad...

Throughout the history of the App Store, I feel like we've had practically every variety imaginable of dual stick shooters. Hell, we've even had dual stick looters, but a no stick shooter? That sort of thing is worthy of The People's Eyebrow. Well, it turns out this no stick shooter, which consequently is also named No Stick Shooter [$1.99] is an unbelievably frantic game that's most easily described as Missile Command with some interesting twists. It's a little too stressful of a game for me, but in a world where gamers go absolutely wild for unbelievably fast-paced games like Geometry Dash [$1.99] I can definitely see the appeal...

Channel 4 is behind one of my favorite TV shows, The Island with Bear Grylls, along with loads of other ultra-trashy reality TV and game shows. For instance, Channel 4's Naked Attraction is a dating show where people choose who to go out with based on critiquing their naked body. Yes, for real. In the world of iOS, their games are just as varied as their TV programming, ranging from really cool gamer-y games like Super Arc Light [$1.99] to today's release of Evil Island [Free], which is something like Clash of Clans [Free] meets Evil Genius. (Evil Genius, interestingly enough, had a freemium mobile port which now seems defunct?)..

'Arkanoid vs Space Invaders' Review - After Seeing the Movie "Pixels," I Guess This Mash-Up Makes Sense?

Early this morning, Square Enix unveiled to the world the latest and greatest thing they've been working on in arena world of mobile gaming. If you're thinking, "Oh, neat, you mean they updated all their old Final Fantasy ports to 64 bit?" Well, that'd be nice, but today's news is in the form of the somewhat confusing release of Arkanoid vs Space Invaders [$3.99], a mash-up, which I suppose totally makes sense in a world where Adam Sandler's Pixels can rake in just shy of $245 million dollars at the box office. As the title indicates, the Arkanoid and Space Invaders universes have been duct taped together in a way that actually works quite well and, despite what I thought initially, makes a strange amount of sense...

Out Now Part 2: 'Dawn of Crafting', 'Up the Wall' 'Old Man's Journey', 'Guardian Kingdoms', and More

Holy moly, you know it's a crazy week for iOS releases when we're posting a second "Out Now" roundup at 8:00 AM the following morning. We've already posted about Old Man's Journey and Chroma Squad, but other cool games in this particular roundup include Up the Wall, Dawn of Crafting, and apparently Guardian Kingdoms is also a real neat multiplayer battler sort of thing. Anyway, on with the show!..

'Old Man's Journey' Saunters on to the App Store

May 17th, 2017 10:04 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Release
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The question of the day in TouchArcade comments has been "Where's Old Man's Journey [$4.99]?" Folks just aren't satisfied with my killer mushroom hunting tips, and instead want to play award winning games. I get it. Well, the answer to the question is, it's on the App Store, right now. If this is the first you've heard of Old Man's Journey, it's a puzzle game of sorts where you interact with the environment to create a pathway for your old man to, well, journey upon...

Out Now: 'Beholder', 'No Stick Shooter', 'Terminator Genisys', 'Guns of Boom' and Loads More

Well I really hope everyone took my mushroom hunting information to heart and spent the day looking for morels, but, if you didn't... The good news is there's a ridiculously huge load of new iOS games to play through. Lots of people were looking forward to Beholder, No Stick Shooter looks really cool, and apparently the world needs more Mobile Strike-likes with the release of Terminator Genisys: Future War. There's a ton of great stuff in here though, and I look forward to streaming it on our Twitch channel soon!..

Best New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Raster Prime', 'Guns of Boom', 'Terminator Genisys: Future War, No Stick Shooter', and More

Believe it or not, it's Wednesday again, and it's also National Mushroom Hunting Day. I'm not sure if it's exclusively a Midwestern thing, but this time of year (and actually, a few weeks prior) is just gangbusters for hunting morel mushrooms. Morels are pretty interesting fungi, as like truffles, people really haven't figured out how to produce them on a mass scale like all the other food we have factory farmed. Instead, mushroom hunters get up super early, head out to their own highly prized and secretive spots where they pop up, and go wild harvesting them. It's super lucrative, as ~4 ounces (roughly enough fresh morels to fill a normal sized sandwich bag) can easily sell for $10-20 locally, or for far more online when dried. A good hunt can yield multiple coolers full of 'shrooms, which is why everyone keeps their hunting grounds top secret. Morels have an incredibly unique taste, and if you're ever looking to treat yo'self I recommend picking some up and making some kind of mushroom risotto. They're reasonably easy to find dried at Whole Foods and other "high-end" grocery stores. Oh wait, this is an iPhone games site. Right. Well, hopefully you learned something new. Anyway, a ton of new iOS games have come out in the last week...