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.

During the Apple keynote yesterday, Tim Cook and friends announced that the new iPads would be available for preorder today. Hardcore folks like myself assumed this meant like most preorders they'd be available at midnight Pacific time. After giving up at around 3:00 AM, it turns out for whatever reason this time around Apple waited until morning to flip the preorder switch...

Today I got an email from an EA Mobile representative collecting data from respondents on the current perception of EA Mobile in the industry. Thinking about it, it's actually really rare for anyone from the giant gaming outfits to take time to ask what we think. Communication is typically pretty one-sided, with information controlled behind sanitized press releases and embargoes. When people ask me what I think, I'm often brutally honest, so earlier this morning I drafted a response. After sharing it with the rest of my crew before sending, it was suggested that I just turn this into an open letter, with hopes that it'll actually amount to something beyond just a "Thanks for your feedback."..

The Apple Event Live Stream is Now Live

The Apple Event Live Stream is Now Live

October 16th, 2014 1:06 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News

Get your browser over to Apple.com or load up the event on your Apple TV if you're interested in following along with today's keynote. If you're stuck at work, or somewhere else that you can't watch live, you can follow along with the MacRumors live blog. Alternatively, if you need something a bit more discreet, @MacRumorsLive on Twitter might be the key...

Today's Apple Event is Only a Few Hours Away

Today's Apple Event is Only a Few Hours Away

October 16th, 2014 10:02 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News

If you're the kind of person who gets super excited for new iPads, today is your personal Christmas. Or, maybe, when new iPads get released instead of just announced, that might be your personal Christmas. Splitting hairs either way, I suppose. Anyway, in just a few hours, today's Apple event will begin which is expected to include the new iPads which hilariously enough, Apple leaked themselves in support documents:..

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Adrenaline Rush Miami Drive', 'Hail to the King: Deathbat', 'Necklace of Skulls', and More

Headlining this week's releases is Avenged Sevenfold's Hail to the King: Deathbat. Both our recent hands on and our original preview have thrown down some insane amount of page views, which seems to have a lot to do with A7X's commanding presence on social media. It'll be interesting to see whether or not that buzz turns into game downloads. Hopefully it does, as it's pretty admirable that their goal is to just make a great game, even if it doesn't turn a killer profit...

2K Releases 'My NBA 2K15' …And It's a Card Game

October 13th, 2014 1:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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Over the weekend, 2K released My NBA 2K15 [Free], which initially had me saying "Oh sweet," when I got the push alert for it. NBA 2K14 [$4.99] was a pretty decent basketball game, and the name of the game in sports seems to be yearly iterations so I assumed the slight title shift here was to provide some separation between the full console and mobile side of things. NOPE, it's a totally different game...

LogoWe recorded this week's podcast on Wednesday due to scheduling issues that prevented Jared and I from meeting up for our normal Friday pow wow… This means game discussion of this week's releases are going to be shifted to next week. Instead, we talk about my side grade to the iPhone 6, my breaking point with the iPhone 6 Plus, and what we expect (or would like to) see at next week's Apple event.

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, 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!

 

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Zombie Highway 2'

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one...

Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 10/10/14 - 'Banner Saga', 'Inferno 2', 'Skylanders' and More

I'm basically the iOS Nostradamus, as last I predicted last week we'd be seeing a ton more great games get released now that we're in Q4, and sure enough, this is one of our biggest best games roundups in a while. Keep in mind, these are games reviewed this week- Not necessarily games that were released this week- ..

Out Now: 'Dragon Quest II', 'Terra Battle', 'Castaway Paradise', 'Zombie Highway 2', 'Reckless Racing 3', 'iBomber 3' and More

It's that time of week again, and a bunch of new iOS games have made their way to the US App Store after worming their way through the various time zones across the globe. Tonight I'm especially excited for Reckless Racing 3, the latest entry in a series that I've loved on iOS over the years. There's also Terra Battle and Castaway Paradise scheduled to go live soon, but they just haven't shown up in time for this post, so we'll let you know when we spot them...

Check Out 'The Hunted', a Dual Stick Multiplayer Shooter

I've always enjoyed games that do interesting things with your field of view. People gave Doom III a lot of crap, but only being able to see what your flashlight showed you added a weird layer of suspense to the game. Well, in a vaguely similar vein, F5 Games' upcoming dual stick shooter The Hunted throws you into multiplayer battles where vision is everything. Check out the gameplay video:..

Just as the rumor mill predicted, Apple sent out event invitations this morning for their October 16th event. It'll be held at the Town Hall auditorium at the Apple HQ at 10:00 AM Pacific on October 16th. The tag line of the invitation is "It's been way too long."..

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Dragon Quest II', 'Reckless Racing 3', 'Skullduggery!', 'Zombie Highway 2' and More

You can tell we're steaming ahead into Q4 when Wednesdays are filled with big name games you were actually looking forward to, versus just a couple games you recognize. Almost all of these games were on our radar on some level before their release threads started showing up in our forums, and it's hard to say which I'm most excited for. Regardless, the pre-Christmas rush, or whatever you want to call this time of year… It's the best...

I've said it before, and I've got absolutely no problem saying it again and again: The Room [Free / $0.99 (HD)] and The Room Two [$2.99] are among the finest games available on the App Store. The first installment is free on the iPhone (with a 99 cent purchase to unlock the rest of the game) and The Room proper for iPad has also been a buck for quite some time now. The Room Two has been on sale before, most recently this summer, but I'm not one to pass up on an opportunity to remind everyone to download these games again...

'Super Meat Boy'-like 'Glue Knight' is Free Again

October 7th, 2014 10:30 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Free, News, Sales
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Glue Knight [Free] has had a weird life on the App Store so far. It was released for free in late August as a sleeper indie game no one paid much attention to, then folks figured out it was actually really good and it seemed like the developer upped the price to 99¢ when he saw the downloads start to spike. Well, the game is free once again, so if you missed it the first time around as a freebie, here's your chance...