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.

Best iPhone and iPad Game of the Week: 1/9/15 - 'Drop Wizard'

We're finally at the point where new games are coming out, and it's great to start highlighting the best of them again. This week we only had one high scoring game, but this has also been a great week for releases so next Friday's Best Of post should be pretty beefy I'm thinking. Hopefully...

In one of the rare instances where it actually pays to be American and buying things in US Dollars is the recent news of iTunes price adjustments. This isn't really anything new, as Apple has adjusted prices in the past to be in line with current currency conversions... But this one might sting a bit more than most as thanks to the strength of the dollar (Go Team America!) prices are shifting around in a few non-US regions...

There's really two kinds of people in this world: Those who love The Princess Pride, and those who haven't yet seen (or read) The Princess Bride. Most are probably far more familiar with the movie than the book, which according to Wikipedia is featured in numerous best-of lists, and despite the film being a "modest" success at the box office, it's since gone on to become a cult hit. And, like most movies that actually are worth watching, it's sadly not on Netflix so you're going to have to get a little more creative to see it- Like dropping $5 on the DVD or $10 on the Bluray...

If you don't dabble in r/bitcoin or r/buttcoin on Reddit, you're missing out on cryptocurrency fanatics really trying to make Bitcoin happen. Following Bitcoin news has a bit of a learning curve, particularly as you need to not only wrap your head around the technology itself, but the psychological phenomenon of legions of people waiting to get rich off their investments (i.e. "To the moon!"). Following the daily drama of Bitcoin has become my personal TMZ...

Behind the Back Free to Play Endless Runner Review - It's Just like 'Temple Run'

There's a free game that hit the App Store recently which you may have seen featured by Apple, or even potentially climbing the free charts. If you like games, and especially like free games that feature progression through playing over and over again collecting some type of in-game currency to then spend on various unlockables which could be cosmetic or performance related, you should consider giving this one a look. It's a gameplay loop that works well, and is incredibly conducive to both quick play sessions where just one run offers a bit of progress, but when you get close to unlocking the next thing the “just one more try” factor often increases...

As many commenters were quick to point out last night in our out now roundup, the soft launched Wizard Golf which is generating some buzz on our forums is nowhere to be found. Well, the reason for that seems to be yet another App Store SNAFU. As you likely well know by now, Apple stuff "just works," and when it doesn't "just work," well, things get weird. They've got a ticket in with Apple's support team, but it's anyone's guess when there will be any kind of response...

The Independent Games Festival has been going strong for 17 years now, which is pretty crazy to think about. The first big winner of the IGF all the way back in 1999 was Fire and Darkness, a PC game which hilariously enough was never released. In 2011 and 2012 when the mobile explosion was happening, both Hellsing's Fire [$0.99] and Beat Sneak Bandit [$2.99] took home awards. Since then, mobile games have been judged right along side "real" games, and this year a few of them have made the finals...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Area 777', 'Battle Slimes', 'Drop Wizard' and More

Wow it's been so long that we've had a bunch of new iOS games hit the App Store I'm not sure I even remember how to post them right. I guess we just do a list? Right? OK, I guess it's really only been two weeks but still. Considering there's been nothing going on since the 17th or so, expect these games to have lots of coverage in the coming days:..

'Gyro Skate' Turns Your Phone Into a Skateboard

'Gyro Skate' Turns Your Phone Into a Skateboard

January 6th, 2015 2:00 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News
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In mid-2012 we posted about Taiso [Free], a super-silly game where you controlled a gymnast by twirling your phone around. We thought it was a hilarious idea, and finally someone has picked up that torch to bring us another super-silly game. Gyro Skate [Free] uses your phone as a skateboard. Unlike Touchgrind Skate 2 [$4.99] or True Skate [Free], you use your whole phone instead of your fingers to control the game. Want to do a kick flip? Flip your phone over. 360 flip? This time flip your phone over with some spin...

'Need for Speed: No Limits' Will Be Free to Play

Following news of how few people paid for Monument Valley, is the somewhat inevitable announcement that the upcoming Need for Speed: Most Wanted (which we posted about yesterday) will in fact be free to play:..

In today's installment of "this is why we have free to play" news is a recent tweet by ustwo, the studio behind the fabulous Monument Valley [$3.99]. Oh, and if you haven't played the game yet, you really should. We gave it our runner up game of the year award and loved it in our review. Anyway, here's the tweet in question:..

LogoAs predicted, the week following the final days of the iTunes freeze is dead. With almost no new games to speak of hitting the App Store, we really didn't have that much to talk about, so this podcast is sort of like the show Seinfeld. It's an episode about nothing.

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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What Are You Looking Forward to in 2015?

What Are You Looking Forward to in 2015?

January 2nd, 2015 3:30 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News

Whether or not your muscle memory is used to writing it on checks yet (People still write checks, right?), it's now 2015. Hopefully everyone had a safe and happy New Year's Eve (I got knighted at Medieval Times), a hangover that wasn't too terrible on New Year's Day, and are now excited to share images like these on Facebook:..

Little White Bear Studios Teases 'Puzzle Blitz' - Coming Next Week

Little White Bear Studios have been around for what seems like forever now making all sorts of different puzzle games for iOS. Their whole App Store catalog is packed with a bunch of different varieties of tangram style puzzles, which I've been a fan of since I was a kid. Probably the best place to get started is with either one of their bundles, which are split into separate sku's for the iPhone and iPad. (I told you they were old, these pre-date universal app prevalence.) Anyway, they've got a new puzzler in the works coming next week called Puzzle Blitz...

'I Am Level' and 'Necrorun' Both Go Free

January 2nd, 2015 11:30 AM EST by Eli Hodapp in Free, News, Sales
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We were expecting a bit of an avalanche of price changes, updates, and releases following iTunes thawing out earlier this week. Instead, we really haven't seen much movement at all. That's alright though, as nothing big going on with the App Store means we can focus on more obscure stuff like these two games that recently went free...