Author Archives: Eli Hodapp


About the Author

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.

Introducing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Introducing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

September 9th, 2014 3:34 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News

Man, that was a keynote, wasn't it?! Almost all the rumors turned out to be true in regards to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and the things the rumor mill didn't know turned out to be sweeter than I was expecting- Particularly when it comes to the battery life of the iPhone 6 Plus. I assumed the rumored bigger batteries were due to the fact that a bigger screen would use more power, but, it sounds like it's going to just have a longer battery life across the board thanks to the increased battery size...

Metal-powered 'Vainglory' MOBA Revealed at Apple Keynote

The multiplayer online battle arena scene is a weird one. Most of the people I know is split between League of Legends and DOTA2 in the PC world, but there's a few great offerings in the mobile world. Fates Forever [Free (HD)] and Heroes of Order & Chaos [Free] are the main ones, and the just-revealed Vainglory looks pretty damn neat as well...

The keynote stream is now live at Apple.com. To watch it, you'll need a device capable of running Safari. So, basically, some kind of Mac or an iOS device. Sorry PC people, but them's the breaks. Alternatively, if you've got an Apple TV, look for the "Apple Events" icon on your home screen...

We're just about an hour and a half from go time at the Apple keynote today. Jared has been in line for about an hour now, and is currently huddled in a mass of similar Apple fanatics refreshing Twitter while waiting for the line to move forward. The cool thing about having some boots on the ground at the keynote today is we're expecting a hands on of the iPhone 6 (and potentially even the iWatch) as soon as the event is over...

The iPhone 6 Keynote is a Few Hours Away, iWatch Potentially Also Revealed - What Are You Excited For?

If you're in to iOS hardware, few days of the year are more exciting than the Apple keynote revealing the new iPhone- Particularly on a full hardware redesign. It sets the scene for the following two years of iPhones, as history has shown the inevitable iPhone 6S is only a year ago. Similarly, the specs of the phone itself also clue us in to what kind of power the next iPads are going to have, particularly as the devices get more and more similar to each other...

The TouchArcade Show - 171 - Unloading Airstreams

September 5th, 2014 10:25 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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994243_largerWith the release of Mikey Boots we go full-on in interrogating Mike Meade about everything from relevant things about the game to his disgusting habits of eating cereal and using that same bowl for ice cream. (Actually, I'm not sure if I hit the record button yet on that nugget.) This episode is very heavy on the games chat, with a bunch of great games we loved taking the majority of the focus of the show. Oh, and if you're vaguely interested in the Airstream chat at the start of the show, Airstream Classics is the place I mentioned.

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, 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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Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-171.mp3, 69.1MB

Games

  • Mikey Boots [$1.99]
  • Desert Golfing [$1.99]
  • Super Monkey Ball Bounce [Free]
  • Gemini Strike [Free]
  • Angry Birds Stella [Free]
  • Nerf Hoops [Free]
  • Glue Knight [$0.99]

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And here's that Angry Birds Transformers trailer we talked about:


This week's episode of The TouchArcade Show is sponsored by…

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Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 9/5/14 - 'Mikey Boots' and 'Alone'

Another wild week of iOS game reviews this week, and the games that scored the highest were both titles that were highly anticipated by our community since we first caught wind of them. The Mikey games are a staple around here, especially since they were created on the TouchArcade forums. Somewhat similarly, Alone is something I've had my eye on since we first posted the trailer. There was a bunch of other stuff we reviewed this week, so be sure to check the other scores at the bottom of this post...

Invoking the name of Spelunky in any game announcement is serious business. If you haven't heard of it, Spelunky is an amazing permadeath fully randomized platformer that really hit it big when it was released no Xbox Live Arcade in mid-2012 among other platforms in the following year. The game has a huge following due to its insane difficulty and the amount of skill it takes to reach the end of the game alive...

Check Out the 'Alto's Adventure' Teaser Trailer

The developers behind Alto's Adventure are doing a good job of keeping their cards close to their chest in regards to what you actually do in the game, but a snazzy web site and cool looking teaser trailer go a long way in piquing interest in a mysterious iOS game. Check out the just-released teaser trailer:..

Check Out These Screenshots for 'Goblin Sword', an Upoming Action Platformer

I'm a sucker for good pixel art and goblins, so the upcoming Goblin Sword is managing to tickle two of my interests at once. The developers posted a thread on our forums yesterday, and it's been generating loads of interest. Here's the screenshots, with a trailer coming soon:..

'Belial' Aims to Be The 'Symphony of the Night' for iOS

One of the coolest things about our forums, if you're not already a member, is the amount of super-early iOS games that get posted by developers in our upcoming games forum. Belial is one such game that was posted quite a while ago, but it according to their Facebook page, development really seems to be picking up steam. Their goal is to build a Symphony of the Night / Aria of Sorrow for iOS...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Valiant Hearts: The Great War', 'Mikey Boots' and Lots More

It's Wednesday again, and the weirdness of a four day work week here in the US isn't stopping the unstoppable flow of new iOS games on to the App Store. While we're light on quantity compared to some weeks, we're high on quality. Valiant Hearts: The Great War likely passes the hardcore gamer Real Game™ sniff test, everyone who has had an early copy of Mikey Boots loves it, and Angry Birds Stella should appear sometime tonight- Typically Rovio does Worldwide launches, so Stella should launch at or around midnight Pacific. Everything else will be available at 11:00 PM Eastern...

If you remember all of our coverage of Hearthstone [Free (HD)] and its Curse of Naxxramas expansion (Here's the review!) you'd remember how much we loved the buy-once-get-everything pricing structure behind it. But, a lot of people didn't. So, if you were among the folks out there who for some reason wish you could endlessly buy packs over just flopping out a $20, I've got some great news...

151590_largerJust as we were about to record, Nintendo went and announced the "new" 3DS which is a lot like the old 3DS but with some more trigger buttons and an extra analog stick. So, we hit the record button and talked about the latest from big N before discussing the games of the week. From there, we spend a lot of time speculating what the new iPhone and iWatch (or whatever it ends up being) are going to be all about. We won't have long to wait, thankfully.

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, 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!

 

iTunes Link: The TouchArcade Show
Zune Marketplace: TouchArcade.com Podcasts
RSS Feed: The TouchArcade Show
Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-170.mp3, 62.0MB

Games

News


This week's episode of The TouchArcade Show is sponsored by…

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In Dementia: Book of the Dead, you play one of the best mercenaries of the Night Hunters order. The Bishop has given him a new mission. Is it going to be as simple as it seems? What exactly is in that village far away from civilization?

On a tricky path filled with supernatural elements, you’ll deal with ghosts and demons, and those who were friends will become enemies. Are you ready?

Dementia: Book of the Dead for iPhone and iPad is available in the App Store now for $2.99. Get it today!

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This week is lead by a surprisingly good game that I never would've expected to be as great as it turned out to be if I hadn't tried it. Dodo Master has a weird name and an icon that doesn't give you any idea what the game is about... But, that seems to be the way that most of the true App Store gems work out: Totally awesome games that you never expect...