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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.

'Papers, Please' Comes to the App Store This Friday

If you haven't played Papers, Please, I don't really blame you as it's a PC/Mac game and this is (obviously) an iOS site. It's a real weird game that's hard to describe. The core of it is the incredibly repetitive task of checking passports in a dystopian future. Things happen though, which I'm really reluctant to spoil on any level, which make the game remarkably interesting...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Owen's Odyssey', 'Sneaky Sneaky', 'The Hobbit' and TONS More (Most Already Available in the US)

This is a bit of a weird week, and a slightly misleading title because an odd amount of these games are already released on the App Store. For whatever reason developers have decided to forgo the typical staged NZ release thing in exchange for just setting their games live on the App Store at seemingly random times overnight. Weird stuff on the App Store this time of year is actually totally normal as developers jockey for position during the iTunes holiday freeze, so, I'm sure next week will be even more crazy...

Here's How to Buy 'Hearthstone' Goblins vs Gnomes Packs

December 9th, 2014 1:31 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in News
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In what is probably the weirdest Hearthstone [Free (HD)] news we've posted yet, apparently buying the new Goblins vs Gnomes card packs is simply too complicated for many Hearthstone players. So many people are buying the wrong packs and floodling Blizzard with support tickets that they were forced to delay the launch of Goblins vs Gnomes in Europe...

'Hearthstone' Expansion Goblins vs Gnomes Launches

'Hearthstone' Expansion Goblins vs Gnomes Launches

December 8th, 2014 3:27 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News
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Last week, Blizzard teased the new Hearthstone [Free (HD)] expansion Goblins vs Gnomes in a super cool way: By giving everyone a free arena ticket and enabling the new cards as arena draft picks. It seems to have worked wonderfully, as my weekend was filled with friends trading stories of crazy cards they managed to pull into their decks...

852522_largerNo Brad or Mike this week, but Jared and I manage to power through with a potent podcast of powerful proportions. We hit on the awesome games we played this week, the disappointing ones, and everything in between. Oh, there's a little Wii U chat at the end too if that's the kind of thing you're in to.

Don't forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to 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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Bean Dreams, $2.99 - Kumobius has released a brand new game this week: Bean Dreams. It's the sequel to their classic iOS platformer Bean's Quest, which revolved around a clever auto-jumping mechanic that streamlined the platformer genre for touch devices. The sequel takes the gameplay to a new level with power-ups like a magic chili which enables a mid-air dash attack!

But that's not all! Bean Dreams has crisper graphics, all new music, a new world structure system, and better pacing in its achievements system.

It's already a massive adventure – but with updates underway, it's also just getting started.


Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 12/5/14 - 'Checkpoint Champion' and 'Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath'

Two games got five star reviews this week, and in my opinion, they're both absolute must-haves. One is even free, so it makes things that much easier (although if you like it you should think about tipping your hat in the form of the single IAP unlock). Lots of great games were released this week, so next week's best games post should be pretty rad as well...

If you haven't heard of it before, is basically the new If you remember Woot from back in the day, it was one gadget for sale a day, usually for a really low price. They only had so many, so when said deal was gone it was gone. Well, somewhere along the way Woot sold to Amazon and instead of being a single deal a day it's a weird amalgamation of all sorts of deals for all sorts of different things. Meh is a reboot of Woot by the original creators, and is incredibly reminiscent of how Woot used to be...

'Game of Thrones - a Telltale Game Series' Review - There Is Only One Thing We Say to Death

We've been huge fans of Telltale games around here since the massive shift that was the release of The Walking Dead. The quality of their games continued through The Walking Dead - Season 2, The Wolf Among Us and Tales from the Borderlands which is available on Steam but has yet to hit iOS. The contrast between these recent titles and their previous games like Jurassic Park is just incredible to behold, so it shouldn't be much of a surprise that Game of Thrones - A Telltale Game Series [$4.99] falls in line with modern Telltale releases instead of, well, their previous works...

Our pals over at Hearthpwn have data mined the upcoming Hearthstone [Free (HD)] Goblins vs Gnomes patch data, which is a fancy way of saving they poked through it looking for any relevant text strings and image files. This sort of thing has been going down in Diablo and World of Warcraft patches forever, so, it only makes sense that Hearthstone gets similar treatment. They've got all the golden cards, along with catching a bunch of flavor text changes as well as the expected card type update to make a lot of previously-released mechanical cards count as Mechs...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Bean Dreams', 'Elune Saga', Shadowrun: Dragonfall' and More

Christmas comes early for me, and other folks who loved Bean's Quest [$2.99] with the release of Bean Dreams tonight. Bean's Quest is/was one of my favorite iOS platformers, as it manages to flawlessly bridge the gap of providing an easy and cute game for people who want to ignore bonus objectives while giving hardcore gamers who want to hit things like the maximum jump count for a level something to endlessly pour over. Clever stuff...

As a long time Magic player, I've never been wild about digital card games and the ability to retune existing cards over just releasing new cards that shift the metagame. (Sure, you could argue the ban list is how Wizards "retunes" things, but, whatever.) Blizzard doesn't seem shy about tweaking cards that are creating play imbalances, and per a post on the Blizzard forums, Soulfire, Gadgetzan Auctioneer and Flare are getting hit by the nerf bat at some point in the potentially immediate future. Soulfire and Flare are zero mana cards, which can be hard to play around. Similarly, Gadgetzan Auctioneer powers the miracle rogue deck which is still oddly prevalent. Here's the full explanation of the changes:..

We don't typically post about non-gaming accessories around here, but we've been on a bit of a quest (or at least I have, anyway) for the best case for the new iPhone 6. I'm pretty careful with my electronics, and while I've personally dropped various iPhones a bunch of time, I've been lucky enough to never crack a screen or really cause anything more than a small scratch or scuff. The problem is, the stupid amount of people I know personally and have seen in the wild with cracked screens have fostered this insane paranoia of mine where continuing to not use a case means a shattered screen is more a matter of when rather than a matter of if...

The TouchArcade Show - 183 - Brad is Back

November 28th, 2014 7:00 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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235735_largerIt's been a weird week. We recorded this early in the day on Wednesday, and at the time there were almost no games on the New Zealand App Store, very little noteworthy news aside from a bunch of sales, and not much else going on. This left us not much to podcast about. So, we grabbed Brad and basically just talked about video games and wrestling. The only real relevant stuff is Tales From the Borderlands which we discuss at the beginning. But, we have fun regardless.

Don't forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to 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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Duet Game, $2.99 - Fans of the brutal Duet will be pleased to know that Kumobius has released a new update this week. Earlier this year, Kumobius added daily challenges to Duet but now you can double down on your dose with new nightly challenges. These challenges are even more difficult and designed with features introduced in their previous Epilogue Chapters update.

The Kumobius guys hope everyone enjoys this update and be sure to look out for their new game coming out next week, the sequel to Bean's Quest: "Bean Dreams".


Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 11/28/14 - 'Earn to Die 2', 'Joe Dever's Lone Wolf', 'Sunburn!', 'Vigil RPG', and Zengrams

The American holiday Thanksgiving and the American kinda-sorta holiday Black Friday really messed our week up this week. The iTunes release cycle was crazy (Which is why we've got two Out Now posts), new was almost non-existent, and most of the TouchArcade crew was either travelling to family or spending time with family. So, our review output was also odd. Our top rated games this week were all four star reviews. Here they are:..

The World of Warcraft expansion Warlords of Draenor launched not long ago, and one of the big features is the new garrison system. If you don't play WoW, it works like this- As you level your dude up from 90 to 100 in the latest expansion, quests are constantly linking back to building your own individual customizable base. Your garrison serves as a hub for crafting and questing, particularly as you start unlocking the ability to add specific buildings to your garrison which cater to your interests in the game. There's PvP centric buildings, buildings for farming up mounts, buildings for battle pets, and more. Additionally, in your garrison you gain followers which you're able to send on missions for various perks and different types of loot...