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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.

Is 'Pokémon Shuffle' Coming to iOS?

Is 'Pokémon Shuffle' Coming to iOS?

February 20th, 2015 10:57 AM EST by Eli Hodapp in Upcoming Games

A couple days ago we posted about Nintendo bringing their first "Candy Crush style" free to play game to the 3DS eShop. If you're new to all this, here's the gist- Nintendo has been cautiously ever-so-slightly dipping their pinky toe into the free to play pool on their platforms, and Pokemon Shuffle is the first game where they just say screw it and yell "CANNONBALL!" before jumping in. I've spent the last few days playing it, and it's a very weird fit for the 3DS but a perfect fit for mobile...

Cave Teases Upcoming Bullet Hell Shooter 'Mahouotome'

Cave fans, this is about to be a really awesome Friday morning for you. According to a new teaser site, Cave is on the verge of releasing their nest shooter titled Mahouotome. Eagle-eyed forum member Strivemind points out in the forum thread that this seems to roughly translate to "Gothic Magic Maiden." Knowing Cave's previous releases, that sounds about right. Here's the trailer, which likely won't make a whole lot of sense unless you can read Japanese:..

Whenever we ask what games we should do video of, there's always a chorus of people who always say Minecraft Pocket Edition [$6.99]. I've got no idea why, as recording video of us playing Minecraft is a sure-fire way to make me and Jared look really stupid. So, whatever, we'll embrace it. We're kicking off a video series not just on how to play Minecraft PE, but how to play Minecraft PE badly. There's an endless array of servers out there for us to join, with an even more diverse range of mods running on them. We're going to hop around like the TV show Sliders...

I now have two distinctly different groups of fighting games in my life: Games where you can play as a character named "Butt" and games where you cannot play as a character named "Butt." Garou: Mark of the Wolves [$3.99] is in the first group. Jared and I get online together and go through a couple multiplayer fights, but ultimately end up having weird Game Center issues. So, I pick up the pieces, and my Butt proceeds ahead to get rocked in single player...

How Long Do You Feel Entitled to Updates After Buying an iOS Game?

If you talk to a lot of iOS developers like we do, it seems like one thing most of them wrestle with is how to deal with consumer expectations. The early days of the App Store were a brutal mosh pit of developers throwing their elbows in the form of dropping prices, constant update schedules, and doing everything they could to win over a potential fan base. Sales for literally any reason practically became a running joke and games like Pocket God [$0.99] were a big part of what pioneered the whole "Pay us 99¢ and we'll update a game for the rest of your life" mentality that seems to have stuck with a lot of iOS gamers...

We posted about it late last year, and if today's weird news about The World Ends With You isn't enough to get you nice and angry on the internet, this surely will- Remember Dungeon Keeper [Free]? The mobile free to play mutation of one of Peter Molyneux's most beloved games? Well, Evil Genius Online [Free] is basically the same deal, although arguably more emotionally confusing as instead of being a mobile iteration of a similar game with the same title, Evil Genius Online is the PC game Evil Genius decorated like some kind of evil Christmas tree where you decided to use IAP and timers instead of ornaments and lights...

Classic iOS Puzzler 'Drop7' Updated Four Years Later

February 19th, 2015 11:06 AM EST by Eli Hodapp in News, Updates
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Originally released all the way back in 2009, Drop7 [Free] was among the first batch of truly unique puzzlers to hit the App Store. It's so old it's amusing to go back and look at our original coverage of the game here on TouchArcade, before I seized control and whipped this place into shape. This was our original review of Drop7...

Nintendo Releases 'Pokémon Shuffle', Their First Game With a 'Candy Crush' Style Lives System

In the world of mobile gaming, it seems like keeping an eye on what Nintendo is doing has become the favorite spectator sport of many. February has been a particularly dramatic month as Nintendo's profits are falling and they've got concrete plans in place for bringing limited amounts of the Nintendo ecosystem to iOS. It's no secret that Nintendo has been dabbling in microtransactions on their own platforms, but today marks the day of the release of the first game released by Nintendo which straight up features a Candy Crush style lives system and monetization scheme...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Grudgeball: Enter the Chaosphere', 'Mecha Showdown',  'Swap Heroes 2', 'Switch and Drop' and More

As of this writing this morning, the list of game releases this week is a little threadbare, but keep in mind this was a holiday week in the USA. Holidays always seem to make developers gun shy with regards to releasing their games because who knows if it messes up the iTunes featuring process since these days you need to get featured. But, hey, whatever, if this week is like any other week the initial list will be tiny and filled with "weak week" comments while the full roundup of new games at 11:00 PM Eastern will be bursting from the seams...

This Back to the Future Case is the Craziest iPhone Case We've Ever Seen

You may have seen the Batmobile case that was making the rounds earlier this month and thought, "It's official, iPhone cases cannot get crazier than this." Wait, you didn't see the insane Batmobile case from a few weeks ago, well, friends, feast your eyes on this. Fair warning, you might want to be sitting down particularly if you're a Batman fan:..

Like most Americans, my guilty pleasures include watching a silly amount of incredibly stupid reality TV. My most recent obsession following powering through the entirety of season six of Sister Wives on Hulu is National Geographic's Doomsday Preppers which either just hit Netflix streaming, or the powers that be just decided to make it appear in my recommended feed...

Something I've been thinking a lot about lately is the role of publishers in mobile gaming in 2015. When the App Store was in its infancy, it seemed like signing with a publisher made a lot of sense. It's how Chillingo and many similar companies got so huge, anyway. Back in 2009-ish you could still easily sell premium priced games, and publishers provided loads of guidance in a blossoming market filled with people excited to make games, but who might not know the specifics of how the App Store works, what things in their games they should think about tweaking, and often didn't have any kind of cross-promotion network among the many other things publishers brought to the table. The price for their expertise was a hefty cut of the game's revenue, listing your game up under their App Store listing, and potentially even locking up your game's IP for the duration of whatever contract a developer signed with their publisher...

I always feel bad that we have so little coverage for hidden object games given the ridiculously huge community behind them that's powering the rapid-fire release schedule of hidden object game dev giants G5 Games and Big Fish Games (and others). They've actually gotten really cool over the years, and what originally were basically ultra-basic games that were just digitalizing the hidden object puzzles from kids magazines are now full-featured experiences chock full of varied content between finding objects, mini-games to do with those objects, and often fully fleshed out storylines that persist throughout entire series of these hidden object games...

Upcoming 'Spells of Genesis' Is the First Game to Use Bitcoin Blockchain for Its in Game Economy

The App Store and Bitcoin have had a bit of an odd history, as Apple has both blocked and allowed various Bitcoin apps over the years. There's Bitcoin Billionaire [Free] which has almost nothing to do with Bitcoins and then there's games which tip you in actual Bitcoin to play them because... Reasons? Well, the next Bitcoin-y thing to hit the App Store is Spells of Genesis, which is a collectable card game with arcade elements that uses Bitcoin's blockchain technology to power the whole in-game economy...

I feel like ever since CSR Racing [Free] hit it big, all sorts of developers have tried to come up with the next cool thing in the one-button free to play racing game world. Typically, these sorts of games have you hitting the screen to shift, but MMX Racing [Free] mixes things up and instead has you controlling how your truck handles jumps. It doesn't sound like much, but it makes a big difference. We spend a lot of the video explaining why:..