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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.

Blizzard sent us over some video to share of the new Hearthstone [Free] adventure, One Night in Karazhan. We've already posted a bunch of the cards and the full video of Ben Brode going over the different floors of Karazhan, but if you want to go just a little deeper, check out what it'll be like battling the Silverware Golem of Karazhan, complete with some of the new cards being used:..

We've already posted about the reveal of the new Hearthstone [Free] which happened last night at 11:00 PM Eastern. Why such a weird time? The reveal was streamed live from China Joy, a huge game convention in China. If (like me) you were sleeping when Ben Brode took the stage to talk about One Night in Karazhan, you can now watch the previously recorded reveal. There's a bit of a pre-show you can skip if you're not into that, the important part starts around the 31:00 mark in the video: ..




New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Legend of Heropolis', 'Pixel Car Racer', 'Cthulhu Clicker' and More

I was really hoping to be able to ring in Walk on Stilts Day in with a whole avalanche of brand new iOS games, but it's looking like we're in the midst of another App Store SNAFU this week where iTunes isn't being super cooperative. It's making finding listings for this week's new games more difficult than usual, and AppShopper isn't being much help either. Thing is, I know there's a bunch more games coming out this week, they're just not on the App Store yet. Does this mean another shift in the way Apple releases new iOS games? (Remember, new games used to not be available for download until 11:00 PM Eastern.) Or, is iTunes just being weird? Flip a coin, read some tea leaves, and grab your dowsing rods as there's not a great way to tell...

'Jurassic Go Dinosaur Snap Adventures' Brings 'Pokemon Snap'-like Gameplay to the Canadian App Store

Of the many Pokemon spinoffs out there, Pokemon Snap was my favorite. If you've never played it, the basic gist is that instead of the RPG-ish nature of the "proper" Pokemon titles, you're on a Pokemon safari of sorts and are put to the task of taking photos of Pokemon in the wild. You were scored based on shot composition and other factors that go into taking a good photo, and the game actually served as a pretty great trojan horse to teach kids about photography. On the App Store, there's been a few developers who have taken a stab at this genre, most notably R2 Games' Bigfoot Hunter [Free] and BebopBee's Snapimals [Free]. Well, BebopBee is at it again with the Canadian launch of Jurassic Go Dinosaur Snap Adventures, which basically combines Snapimals with Jurassic Park...

The TouchArcade Show - 267 - Pokemon? No.

July 22nd, 2016 9:15 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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We're almost over talking about Pokemon Go [Free], or so it would seem, as we only spent about five minutes this weeks talking about the game- Primarily surrounding the incredibly massive Pokemon Go Chicago meetup which was attended by thousands of people standing around waiting for the servers to come back up. From there, we roll the clocks back to talk about a game that was actually released last week, Hero Slide [Free]. Additionally, we also spend time discussing Dead Shell [$2.99], Guild of Dungoneering [$3.99] (Which we keep referring to as Guild of Dungoneers), and ReRunners [Free] before getting into some news.

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!

 

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Cranky internet commenters have been calling it since about two hours after Pokemon Go [Free] hit the App Store, but according to survey company and analytics firm SurveyMonkey, Pokemon Go peaked on July 14th. They're figuring that based on the number of people playing Pokemon Go every day, the number of times the game is being downloaded, as well as the amount of people searching Google for Pokemon Go related things. Now, these sorts of things come with significant caveats as the game just launched in Japan, and all it'd take to cause players to come surging back into Pokemon Go is a captivating update or two. But, the writing is on the wall, that Pokemon Go-mania is beginning to fade in the US market...

If you loved Dots [Free], and couldn't get enough of Two Dots [Free], you'll be happy to know that Playdots, Inc has made the series into a trilogy with the recent release of Dots & Co [Free]. Alternatively, if all this Dots business is news to you, and you're at all into really well done minimalistic but still brain-breaking puzzle games... You really need to download one (or all three) of these games. Like previous Dots games, gameplay still involves connecting dots, but this time around there's new characters and super powers to go with them...

'Fish!' Comes to the Apple Watch

July 21st, 2016 1:15 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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As mentioned when we first heard about the game, Strange Flavour's Fish! [$2.99] is the spiritual successor to Flick Fishing, one of the many amazing old Freeverse games that kicked the bucket when they got rolled into the ngmoco (then DeNA) katamari. Fish! is a no-freemium nonsense premium fishing game that plays an awful lot like Flick Fishing did back in the day. It's also the subject of the second news story we're posting today surrounding Apple Watch gaming, which we rarely seem to hear about anymore. (Squeenix is releasing an Apple Watch game, in case you missed that.)..

Back before Pokemon Go [Free] took over the App Store, all anyone seemed to care about was Agar.io [Free] (and then Slither.io [Free]). If you've never played one of these .io games, imagine an MMO stripped down to its very core. In Agar.io you play as a roaming blob, sucking up other smaller blobs. In Slither.io it's the same basic idea but applied to the classic Snake formula. Now, in Diep.io [Free], it's the same basic idea except this time around you're playing what feels like a super-simple massively multiplayer shooter...

Niantic's Pokemon Go [Free] is already the biggest mobile game in the US, and it seems excitement surrounding the Japanese launch could not possibly be more than it is right now. Since the cultural impact of Pokemon Go (at least in the countries its available in) has been unmistakable, my favorite Pokemon Go news now involves all the insanity orbiting the game in the business world. (Like yesterday's announcement of a Pokemon movie.) Anyway, we've already known that when the game finally launches in Japan, Pokemon Go and McDonalds are going to do a joint promotion. People suspect this means McDonalds locations in Japan will all be Pokestops, or potentially gyms. Speculation ran wild as to what a tie-in with Pokemon Go could mean for McDonalds' Japanese profits, which resulted in their stock rocketing to a 15 year high... All because of a totally ambiguous and mysterious tie-in with Pokemon Go...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Dead Shell', 'Tiny Archers', 'FIE Swordplay' and Tons More

According to obscure holiday-collecting web sites, today is nap day. Some guy on Blogspot calling the day nap day is more than good enough for me, and really, it should be good enough for you. Anyway, assuming you're not taking this opportunity to go take a nap right now, there's a ton of new iOS games for you to download today (and quite a few soft launches)...

Following the week of Poke-mania, the first half of the podcast surrounds the phenomenon of Pokemon Go [Free], so if you're not into that at all just skip forward about a half hour. Otherwise, we talk about a ton of other games we've been playing this week. Here's what I think is the full list, maybe. Might be missing some- Klocki [$0.99], Micro Machines [Free], Combo Critters [Free], Super Stickman Golf 3 [Free], Time Locker [Free], Egg, Inc [Free], FTL [$9.99 (HD)], Bomboras Forever [$0.99], Polyforge [Free], Suicide Squad: Special Ops [Free], Day of the Tentacle Remastered [$4.99], Crush Your Enemies [Free], and Hero Slide [Free]. A ton of 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!

 

iTunes Link: The TouchArcade Show
Stitcher: The TouchArcade Show via Stitcher Radio for Podcasts [Free]
RSS Feed: The TouchArcade Show
Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-266.mp3, 71MB

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Use Yelp to Find Pokestops in 'Pokemon Go'

July 15th, 2016 3:27 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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While we've already posted this trick for using the Ingress [Free] map to find Pokestops in Pokemon Go [Free], there's a considerable amount of friction in downloading and installing Ingress, signing up for the game, and using the surprisingly clunky browser map. Well, Yelp [Free] has come to the rescue, adding a new filtering option for searches, "Pokestop Nearby." Business owners (and/or Yelpers) will need to go in and flag bars, restaurants, and other locations as having a Pokestop nearby, but even looking around where I live there's already more than a few places tagged as having a Pokestop nearby...

What do you do if you're in an area of the world that doesn't have Pokemon Go [Free] yet? The answer for most people is to just wait, and maybe spend some time reading stories like these to follow the worldwide phenomenon. If you really want to play Pokemon Go, you can take the few simple steps to download a game from a different iTunes region. Or, if you're a developer in China, you just quickly clone the game. City Spirits Go [Free] launched when Pokemon Go was in beta, and aside from minor differences, it's every bit the Chinese clone anyone who follows the mobile scene was expecting...

How to Find 'Pokemon Go' Events in Your Area

July 15th, 2016 11:49 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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With the weekend almost upon us, it seems like all my friends are working up grand plans to spend as much time as possible over the next couple days wandering around and collecting Pokemon in Pokemon Go [Free]. But, if you don't have friends into the game, it's not big deal, as I've really never seen a mobile game explode into so many local communities like Pokemon Go has- Particularly considering it's only been out a week. Unsurprisingly, Reddit seems to be the place to go to find other people locally playing Pokemon Go, and there is an entire directory of regional Pokemon Go subreddits to explode...

Just when you thought Pokemon Go [Free] mania has reached peak levels of insanity, well, leave it to the two people who could potentially become the next US President to ratchet things up to the next level. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have integrated the game into their campaigns in the absolute most cringe-worthy ways imaginable...

Decluttr is a web service that buys up your old junk, including CD's, DVD's, games, cell phones, and a bunch of other stuff. Apparently, like everyone else, they've gotten into Pokemon Go [Free] in a big way, and compiled a map based on state-specific search terms to find which Pokemon people are looking for most in each particular state. I'm in Illinois, and they're right on the money here. Everyone is wild about catching Eevee. Word on the street is they can evolve into tons of different things, which, I suppose, is super appealing to Illinoisans...

Niantic's Pokemon Go [Free] is well on its way to being to biggest video game ever, but the one trend that's arguably even more predictable than Pokemon games doing well is internet curmudgeons racing to let everyone know how much they don't like or don't care about the new popular thing. It's a time honored tradition, dating back far before the internet even existed. Preferring rollerblading because too many people skateboard, suddenly hating your favorite band because they got played on the radio and now people know who they are, choosing to ride your horse to work because you refuse to be yet another sheeple with a car... The list goes on and on. The good news is, if you're this kind of person, the PokeGone browser extension is just what the doctor ordered. (Although what if even this extension gets too popular? Then what?)..

Yesterday we posted that the Pokemon Go [Free] 1.0.1 hit the App Store, and with it came stability improvements as well as fixing the whole Google account permissions thing. Problem was, as people quickly started discovering, updating to 1.0.1 broke people's ability to log into the game via their Pokemon Trainer Club login. It's a pretty typical App Store SNAFU, really. Race out an update to fix one thing, break other stuff in the process, repeat...

While it seems that Pokemon Go [Free] has completely taken over the planet, brave developers are still releasing new iOS games this week. The haul feels a little lighter than usual as far as big name releases are concerned, and we got more than a few emails from devs who pushed their game release back 1-2 weeks likely to try to avoid Poke-mania... So the next couple weeks should be pretty full. Either way, it's National Beans 'n' Franks Day, so regardless of whether you're playing Pokemon Go or downloading these new games, it's time to break the glass on your emergency supply of hot dogs and baked beans...