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 iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Charming Runes', 'Star Cat Adventure', 'Planescape: Torment EE', 'Footy Golf' and Tons More

Happy National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, everyone! While you're playing all these new iPhone games, I recommend fully taking advantage of the oleophobic screen of modern iOS devices by eating a grilled cheese at the same time. While we're at it, I'm not sure if it's just my area or if it's just the arms race of food trucks, but the gourmet grilled cheese scene in Chicago is getting a little silly. I've had some great (and weirdly expensive) ones, but really, there's nothing better than the absolute crappiest grilled cheese ingredients. I'm talking Kraft individually wrapped "cheese," white wonder bread, and margarine. ...Kids these days growing up thinking a grilled cheese should have organic gruyere cheese, ten grain artisan bread, heirloom tomatoes, thick-cut bacon, and other crazy stuff? Sacrilege...

NimbleBit's Bit City [Free] just crossed 2.5 million downloads, and is getting a big ol' update this week that will add (among other things), moon cities. All in all, eight new cities will be included along with six satellites and give lunar rovers. The new special building that's being thrown into the mix is the Space Needle, so get your tapping finger ready...




We got an email about this device and while I'm not super sure it's even a thing that actually exists (yet?), it's still a pretty neat concept that seemed worth discussing. It's called the "PGS" which stands for the incredibly unique and creative name, "Portable Game System." They've got a pretty fancy web site (which seems to only work well in Chrome) with loads of different renders of the device and a surprising amount of system specs to look at. The basic idea is that it's a dual-screen hybrid device which is both a portable PC that runs Windows 10 and an Android smartphone. It's got an Intel Atom X7 processor, which includes Intel HD graphics for games...

Excitement surrounding the upcoming release of Planescape: Torment is incredibly high in our forums, and according to a tweet by Beamdog President Trent Oster the wait is (almost) over. It's also apparently their most polished release yet, which says a lot as their ports of the Baldur's Gate games were pretty great. A trailer for Planescape: Torment was released late last month, which is totally worth a look if you've never heard of this game before:..

There's a New 'iDracula' Game Potentially Coming to the App Store

The original iDracula was released back in early 2009, which was a really transformative time for the App Store. Loads of very simple games were available, but very few felt like they got close to comparing to the overall fit and finish of the rest of the onboard Apple apps. iDracula was among the titles that really started to ratchet the quality bar upwards, as it was a full-featured dual stick shooter with multiple weapons, power-ups, and other things which seem like obvious inclusions today. Unsurprisingly, its since been removed from the App Store, but you can see the AppShopper listing. If you've really never heard of this game before, check out this old video we made of it:..

We hop right into things in this week's episode of the show, quickly discussing a bit about the new Hearthstone [Free] expansion before moving on to going over all the Modern Combat Versus announcements. There's a quick story about gaming salons in there, then we take a turn towards talking about a bunch of great iOS games that came out this week including Pixel Drifters [Free], Drop Not! [Free], Monsu 2 [Free], Faily Tumbler [Free], MouseBot [Free], Transformers: Forged to Fight [Free], and Onirim [$0.99].

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Patreon backers get access to a ultra-rad video version of the podcast (you can get a taste of what they're like above), 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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Journey to Un'Goro Has Launched, Get Crackin' Opening Packs in the Latest 'Hearthstone' Card Set

If you've been following along with Tasos's weekly Hearthstone roundups, you're likely fully aware of just how excited we've been for the latest card set release- Both because new cards are always fun, and because this set officially kicks off the Year of the Mammoth card rotation. All the cards from Blackrock Mountain, The Grand Tournament, and League of explorers will be heading to Wild. Additionally, Blizzard is sending some classic cards off to Wild (which they're calling the "Hall of Fame" now). Those cards include Azure Drake, Sylvanas Windrunner, Ragnaros the Firelord, Power Overwhelming, Ice Lance, and Conceal. That's a lot of cards, but, as of right now there's 130 new cards being injected into the card pool via Journey to Un'Goro packs. Those packs are now available for opening in the US, and Un'Goro should be available in other regions later in the day...

Death Road to Canada [$7.99] is the best thing since sliced bread, or, potentially even better than sliced bread depending on how you feel about roguelikes and carbohydrates. We loved the game in our review, and my only minor gripe with the game is that I want to play it for long sessions and I'm just more comfortable doing that on an iPad with an MFi controller. The game launched without MFi support, even though I gave Rocketcat and Madgarden heck about it during the beta...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Quantum Revenge', 'MouseBot', 'Tap Summoner', 'Cell 13', 'Under a Spell', and More

Oh man, today is National Deep Dish Pizza Day, which is basically the Chicago version of Christmas. Some people argue a deep dish pizza isn't a pizza and instead is a bread casserole, and I'll tell you those people are wrong. A pizza is a pizza no matter the depth of the pan. If you're in an area where you can't get a deep dish pizza, this recipe from America's Test Kitchen is pretty great and fairly easy. While you're eating your pizza, it just so happens there's a ton of new games that have been released this week...

Weird Interactive Toy Experience 'Vignettes' Set to Launch This Month

We got a good long look at Vignettes back at GDC, and I've played builds of the game in various competitions I've judged around then. It's a cool experience, but I'm really excited for it to get released to see what people think of it as you sort of need to cross your eyes a bit to see it as a game. The basic idea is you're rotating objects in 3D space to find other objects hidden inside that space. The latest teaser shows exactly what I'm talking about:..

We've said it before, and I'll say it again: While the App Store is absolutely chock full of Pokemon-likes, Adult Swim's Pocket Mortys [Free] is easily among the best. We've extensively gushed over the game in our review, but if you haven't tried it yet, even if you don't particularly care about Rick and Morty it's still a fantastic game. (Although, many of the in-jokes will go over your head if you're not familiar with the show.) It's also been constantly updated with all sorts of new Ricks and Mortys to collect, the most recent of which adding four Mortys and 15 Ricks, which you can see in the following Adult Swim tweet:..

If you've loaded old games or apps (like the TouchArcade app) lately, chances are you've seen the scary popup warning you that a particular app could slow down your iPhone. What this is really saying is whatever app you're using hasn't been updated yet to be a 64-bit app, these old apps have a nebulous future where they'll either eventually not work in new versions of iOS at all and/or get pulled from the App Store entirely.. We see a lot of folks (particularly when it comes to our app) who have the attitude of "Well what's the problem just update it to 64-bit ya dingus." Unfortunately, as Michael Brough points out on his blog, even when updating 868-HACK [$4.99] should be as easy as re-compiling as a 64-bit binary, it isn't:..

I'll be the first to admit I totally don't understand the Bloons phenomenon. The entire series have been absurdly popular on mobile, with Bloons TD 5 [$2.99] soaking up nearly ten million downloads since it was released. Those sorts of numbers are unheard of for most premium games on the App Store, but people are just wild about Bloons. Whatever the secret sauce is that makes the game so sticky, it'll be interesting to see how Bloons TD 6 does, which was just announced by Ninja Kiwi late last week...

Among the many things I love about mobile gaming is how the platform is home to both absolute mass-market games that can appeal to every living person and super niche titles that play to a specific interest group. Today's example of that is people who are into fishing for carp (or, I guess, fishing in general). The App Store is jam packed with arcade fishing games which seem to hinge more on the excitement of catching tons of fish rather than the strategy that goes into fishing. That's where CarpCraft [Free] comes in...

Ahhhh sorry for missing last week's episode of the podcast, but we're back and better than ever with our 300th episode. That's nearly six years of weekly podcastin', which is pretty crazy to think about. We kick off this week's show with what I've been doing the last couple weeks, the wild scale of esports, and the Hearthstone tournament. Games played on this episode include Death Road to Canada [$7.99], Gangstar New Orleans [Free], Meganoid 2017 [$4.99], Climb! [$1.99], Bethesda Pinball [Free], and Ballz [Free].

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 (you can get a taste of what they're like above), 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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As revealed by Ben Brode moments ago on the final Hearthstone [Free] Journey to Un'Goro card tease stream, the latest expansion (and with it, the next card rotation) will start rolling out on April 6th. Now, as you might remember from previous Hearthstone releases, this comes with the caveat that the way their global rollouts work the release will be staggered across regions... So, some patience might be in order when the day arrives...

I feel like the story of The Sandbox Evolution [Free] and Pocket God [$0.99] are pretty similar. Both games launched as super barebones sandbox games, which in their initial format were hard to really call "games." Then, through rapid-fire updates, before you know it both Pocket God and The Sandbox Evolution have so much content in them it's borderline bewildering. Even crazier is that the stuff getting added to The Sandbox Evolution isn't just more of the same, they've build in both significant tools and gameplay elements as well as integrated well known IP's like Pac Man. Next week, Shrek and Puss in Boots are joining the mix...

The proper console version of Final Fantasy XV was one hell of a game, particularly when you take something that's already delicious like Cup Noodles and add in the finest, freshest ingredients, what do you get? The ultimate flavor experience. While you're selecting your favorite ingredient, you can now check out the just-soft launched Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire mobile game, which appears to beat the dead horse of re-skinning empire builders with new and/or popular IP. (To be fair, the idea of building an empire at least makes sense inside of the Final Fantasy XV universe.)..

If you were gaming in the 90's, chances are you're intimately familiar with the brand Mad Catz. They were effectively synonymous with going over to a friend's house and playing two player games with someone being stuck with the cheapest controller they sell at Funco Land. In recent years, Mad Catz has really turned things around. Hell, I vastly preferred their Microcon controller for the XBOX over the original XBOX-sized controller. They also make some great sticks for fighting games, and their series of MFi controllers are pretty great as well. It hasn't been a secret that they've been in financial trouble recently, but this morning they made it official with bankruptcy declarations...

You Can Now Pre-Register for 'Robot Unicorn Attack 3' on Android, Global iOS Release Coming Soon?

We're huge fans of everything Adult Swim does, and I really think you could make a strong argument that the Robot Unicorn from the Robot Unicorn Attack series of games is Adult Swim's Mario. The series is fantastic, and it doesn't really matter which of the games you're playing as long as you're playing them. Robot Unicorn Attack [$0.99] is the original, followed by Robot Unicorn Attack 2 [Free], and there's also two pseudo-sequel spinoffs Robot Unicorn Attack Heavy Metal Edition [$0.99] and the holiday-themed Robot Unicorn Attack Christmas Edition [$0.99]. The gameplay is great, the premise is absurd, and Erasure's Always elevates the whole thing to a new level...