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.

New Games on Our Forums: 'Voyageur', 'Ketchapp Winter Sports', 'Malevolent Machines', and More

Apparently today is Laugh and Get Rich Day, and hopefully we all celebrate this particular made up holiday by... Well, laughing and getting rich. I just finished with judging the IMGA's in France, so I think laughing and getting rich aren't on my personal agenda as much as "being tired" is. But, hey, weirder things have happened...

When Pokemon Go [Free] hit the App Store last year, it was painfully obvious that Niantic had no clue how huge the game would become. For businesses who were lucky enough to also be Pokestops, the game brought a massive influx of customers, even leading Yelp to categorize them for easy searching. In the midst of Poke-mania, I too found myself posting up at bars I've never been to before and tossing a lure up just because I could drink some beers and play Pokemon at the same time. While this might have been great for businesses, it turns out the phenomenon wasn't so great for public spaces and parks...




Once again we'll be attending GDC in San Francisco, which takes place on the week of February 27th at Moscone Center. If you're a developer, Patreon backer, or local TouchArcade fan, this post is for you! If you're none of those things, but like reading about brand spankin' new iPhone games (and updates), you'll still be in for a treat that week as we basically spend five days meeting with tons of developers and recording footage of upcoming stuff. To get an idea of what I'm talking about, take a look at last year's coverage which was our busiest GDC yet. It's entirely possible that 2017 will be even crazier, actually, that's almost guaranteed because as I'll be at Train Jam the days leading up to GDC...

Massive game releases this week come with a massive episode of The TouchArcade Show. We don't waste any time before hopping straight into the game chat. Games covered include Fire Emblem Heroes [Free], Glitchskier [$1.99], Missleman [$2.99], Snailboy: Rise of the Hermitron [Free], and Warlock's Tower [$1.99]. We hit up a couple of the bigger news stories of the week as well as plans in the future with events, both GDC and other fun stuff.

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.

 

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'Gangstar New Orleans' Soft Launch Expands to Canada

Early Last Month Gameloft soft launched Gangstar New Orleans in the Phillipines. Like most highly anticipated titles, folks on our forums quickly downloaded the game and sharing their first impressions. A few days later, for whatever reason, Gameloft rejiggered things on their end to block anyone from playing the game who wasn't actually from the Philippines. Well, the good news is as of this morning Gangstar New Orleans is now available in Canada...

'Arcane Quest HD' Is Now Available for Free with Ads

February 2nd, 2017 12:31 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in News
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If you're into dice-rolling tabletop games, you owe it to yourself to check out the Arcane Quest series. Arcane Quest, which was originally released all the way back in 2012, just got a HD release in the form of Arcane Quest HD [Free]. Better yet, it's totally free with none of the content gated behind any kind of IAP shenanigans. If you like the game and want to support it, you can toss the developer a couple bucks, otherwise there's some incredibly unobtrusive ads that appear ever once in a while...

New Games on Our Forums: 'Charming Keep', 'Downgeon Quest', 'Felis: Save All The Cats', 'Tankout' and More

A few years ago Gizmodo decided that February 1st is Change Your Password Day, which of all the dumb holidays we highlight on Wednesdays is probably the best one so far. If you're not using a password manager yet, I highly recommend 1Password [Free], but I've got a lot of friends who swear by KeePass. Whatever you use, just use something, and start using unique and complicated passwords for every site you visit- including this one. Once you've got that out of the way, there's a ton of great games that have hit our forums this week!..

'Robot Unicorn Attack 3' Soft Launches in New Zealand and... It's Incredible

As eagle-eyed forum member ramazrules pointed out moments ago, Robot Unicorn Attack 3 has soft launched in New Zealand. I just gave it a download and a few quick play throughs, and while I need to spend way more time with it, my initial impressions on the game are remarkably positive. The game is rendered in full, beautiful, 60fps 3D now, although the core platforming gameplay of jumping and dashing largely remains the same...

'Zen Pinball' Gets a Star Wars: Rogue One Table This Week

January 31st, 2017 12:00 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in News
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We're huge fans of Zen Pinball [Free] 'round these parts, as it's not only a great pinball game, but it's been out for so long that there's so many different tables that there's seriously something for everyone. Joining the array of existing Star Wars tables this week is a brand new table based on the new-ish movie Rogue One. Check out the trailer:..

What Even Is a Spinki? - The TouchArcade Show #292

January 27th, 2017 10:00 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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I've been a bit under the weather this week, so apologies in advance for coughing, sniffling, and cough drop wrapper rustling... But, we still bust out a pretty high quality podcast (in my opinon)! We discussed a ton of new games, including Alien Path [Free], Potion Explosion [$4.99], Splitter Critters [$2.99], Ninja Spinki Challenges [Free], I Love Hue [Free], and Drifting School Bus [Free]. We also chat a bit about the news of the week as well as some breaking news on Oceanhorn 2.

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.

 

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We're huge fans of PAX events, Carter is actually at PAX South right now, so you should be seeing a whole bunch of mobile game event coverage soon-ish. One of the coolest parts of PAX (and to be fair, every part of PAX is pretty dang cool) is getting together with tons of people to play loads of board games and other tabletop stuff. The PAX crowd is super accepting and approachable, even for total newbies, and it's real neat getting a chance to play so many weird, obscure, and/or expensive board games with people willing to teach you the ropes versus trying to get friends together back home to play a board game...

I've been involved in the IndiePlus contest for a couple years now, and if this is the first you've heard of it, the basic gist is it's a GDC competition to find the best unreleased games that awards actual cash and prizes instead of just bragging rights and handshakes. If you haven't submitted your game yet, you better get on that as the deadline was extended until January 29th. $10,000 is on the line, along with other prizes, so it seems worth a few minutes of your time to jump in. Anyway, the full judges panel has finally been announced and it includes some pretty wild names, including but not limited to the co-creator of Rick and Morty, Justin Roiland...

'Heroes Above: Sky Clash' Is Hunting for Beta Testers on Our Forums

Early this morning, Fredbear Games posted on our forums looking for beta testers to get involved with their upcoming title, Heroes Above: Sky Clash. From the looks of it, the game is centralized around the idea of battling air ships with your own customized ship and crew. Participants will be awarded 500 gems (presumably the premium currency) when the game is launched globally, which might just give you a pretty good edge over non-beta testing scrubs that wander across the bow of your air ship when the game finally launches...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Dandy Dungeon', 'One Piece Thousand Storm', 'Pokemon Duel', 'Realm Grinder' and More

It's hard to believe it's already been a year since the last time we pulled out all the stops to celebrate Fluoride Day. While you're pouring one out for one of my favorite minerals added to drinking water, why not play some new iOS games? Alternatively, if you're looking to distract yourself from the government mind control caused by fluoridation of water, iOS games work great for that too. Some of these games have been out for a while, like Dandy Dungeon and One Piece Thousand Storm, but I'm including them in this listing because they're brand new on the US App Store... If you're in Japan and scratching your head at these "old" games, that's why!..

'Robot Unicorn Attack 3' is Coming to Mobile This Spring

Adult Swim has officially turned the original gloriously ridiculous Robot Unicorn Attack [$0.99] into a trilogy this morning with the announcement of Robot Unicorn Attack 3. (Although I suppose arguments could be made that it's actually a quadrilogy depending on whether or not you think Robot Unicorn Attack Heavy Metal Edition [$0.99] technically counts as its own standalone RUA game.) Just like Robot Unicorn Attack 2 [$0.99], RUA3 ups the ante a little further, with the main improvement being the game (or at least the version I saw) is shifting the game to being a beautifully animated 2.5D platformer instead of the typical sidescrolling we've seen in the past...

If you haven't hopped on the Discord [Free] bandwagon yet, you really should get on that. We switched over from Slack [Free] a few weeks ago and figured we'd open up our chat to everyone else who loves iOS games. We've mentioned a couple of times already, but you can download the PC/Mac/mobile apps (or use the browser based client) over on discordapp.com, then using our brand-spankin'-new fancy invite URL of discord.gg/toucharcade you'll get thrown into the mix with a ton of other TouchArcade community members who have been chatting about the latest and greatest in iOS gaming practically 24/7 recently...

While you might not know Adriaan de Jongh by name, chances are you've played at least one of his super weird iOS games. He's behind Fingle [$1.99 (HD)] and Bounden [$2.99], two games that deserve to be in whatever folder you've got on your iOS device for really neat local multiplayer games. We've had his upcoming title, Hidden Folks, on our radar for quite some time now but he announced this morning on Twitter (which was then subsequently retweeted by practically every indie dev I follow) that the game will be hitting the App Store on February 15th:..

It seems like today is the day for games that have been out in Japan forever to hit the US App Store. Following closely behind the Pokemon Duels news is Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag [Free]. If you're not big into anime, chances are you've never heard of it, but thankfully like all things anime Wikipedia is on the case. Kicking off with a series of novels, then eventually expanding into animation and video games, the world of Sword Art Online revolves around a virtual reality MMORPG called Sword Art Online. It's a little like The Matrix, in that players jack their mind and senses into Sword Art Online and if you die in-game you die in the real world...

'Pokemon Duel' Finally Hits the US App Store

January 24th, 2017 9:25 AM EST by Eli Hodapp in News
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Pokemon Duel [Free] has been available in Japan for what feels like forever now (particularly in App Store time) and was just released in the US App Store and many other regions this morning. The game will likely leave quite a few Pokemon-fanatics scratching their heads, as once again this is an official Pokemon game packed to the brim with everyone's favorite Pokemon but once again is pretty far from what you'd typically think of as a "real" Pokemon game if you've had your fingers crossed for something that feels a bit more like the "main" series of games hitting mobile. Pokemon Duel is a strategic board game where players take turns moving their Pokemon around to your opponent's goal. You'll use a "deck" of six Pokemon to attempt to accomplish this...

unnamed-1This week is so jam packed with game discussion that we really don't even have any time for off-topic shenanigans, which is a good thing. We hop right in discussing a ton of great games that came out recently. Those games include: Super Pixel Heroes : Casual Arcade Action [Free], Super Gridland [$1.99], WarFriends [Free], Sky Dancer [Free], Polywarp [Free], Choco Run 2 [$0.99], Red's Kingdom [$2.99], Z-Exemplar [$3.99], and Stickman Surfer [Free]. A lot of good games.

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.

warfriends

 

iTunes Link: The TouchArcade Show
Stitcher: The TouchArcade Show via Stitcher Radio for Podcasts [Free]
RSS Feed: The TouchArcade Show
Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-291.mp3, 61MB


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