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 Coming Tonight (or Out Right Now?) - 'Fort Meow', 'SBK15', 'Sonic Runners', 'Spike Dislike 3' and More

The mysterious App Store new game Stargate has been really strange lately, more strange than usual, which is really saying something. Said wormhole seems to have just opened up this morning, and dumped a ton of new games on the App Store. Most of these are available worldwide, or at least accessible on iTunes outside of the regions they usually are at this time of day. Did the stars align and a bunch of developers just decided to not do the staggered release thing? Did Apple change something on the App Store to make that not happen anymore? Is this just standard deviation in the App Store's high weirdness levels? Will someone proclaim this a weak week in the comments? I wish I had the answer to anyone of these questions...

Kepa Auwae of Rocketcat Games on the Importance of Supporting TouchArcade

We launched our Patreon yesterday, and so far the support has been incredible. In less than 24 hours, we're over 1/3 of the way to our goal. The best part about all this has been the massive swell of community support. I figured the Patreon would do, at minimum, alright with the support of iOS developers- What I wasn't expecting is just how many readers would pitch in and support us. It's an awesome feeling to have so many people quite literally voting with their wallet and saying "TouchArcade is awesome and we want you guys to stick around."..

Drive Adventure Time's Jake the Dog in Cart Form in the Upcoming 'Formula Cartoon All Stars'

Have you ever said to yourself, "Man, I love Adventure Time, but it sure would be awesome if I could drive Jake the Dog." (Who hasn't?) Well, your dreams are about to come true. Cartoon Network is on the verge of releasing Formula Cartoon All Stars, which is a cart racer with an isometric view point and controls that feel a lot like Super Offroad from back in the day. ...But there's one more thing that makes this game noteworthy: It's actually going to be a premium title released at $3.99 instead of loaded to the brim with free to play shenanigans...

TouchArcade Needs Your Help, Please Support Our Patreon

It's hard to imagine where the App Store would be without enthusiast sites like TouchArcade. We've been covering iOS gaming before the App Store even launched, years before the term "iOS" was even coined by Apple. While the "mainstream" games media often looks down on mobile games, we've been evangelizing the platform for seven years now- discovering amazing new titles and bringing incredible indie studios to the spotlight who might have otherwise been totally lost between the cracks of the App Store. Additionally, in the process we've fostered the absolute best community for discussing iOS games online, which has turned into an invaluable resource for both up and coming iOS developers as well as every type of iOS gamer imaginable. Unfortunately, despite all this, our very existence is in jeopardy. If you like what we do, please consider supporting our Patreon or consider advertising with us. If you'd like to know what led to this, read on- I'm going to lay all of our cards on the table...

LogoE3 is absolutely exhausting, and our overall exhaustion level is well represented in this week's podcast, which was recorded immediately after the show floor closed yesterday. We chat about the coolest things we saw in mobile including accessories and devices, weird things at E3, and our experience with various VR demos. We'll be back to normal episodes next week, so please stick with us through another episode with weirdo audio quality.

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-210.mp3, 45MB

Oh also, if you've got a new game, a great update, just like supporting what we do, or want to get the word out about something cool you're doing in the world of iOS gaming and are interested in sponsoring either of our podcasts, we've got ad packages that can fit any budget. Shoot an email to ads@toucharcade.com for more information.

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Fallout Shelter'

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one...

E3 2015: Hands-On With 'Magic Duels: Origins' and... A New Magic Card!

Yesterday we met with the wonderful people at Wizards of the Coast for the annual tradition of checking out what they're doing with the Duels series this year at E3. Before we dive into that though, Wizards gave us the opportunity to spoil a totally new Magic card, so if you're just here for that, take a look to the right... But stick around, as this might be the most exciting year for Duels yet...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Star Wars - Heroes Path' , 'Dragon Jump', 'Downhill Riders' and More

When I woke up this morning, I thought to myself, "Maybe I won't even have to do a new games post because who is crazy enough to release their game during E3 week?" Well, the answer, it would seem, is lots of people. Strap in for the onslaught of games coming tonight...

Among our first appointments of the day was sitting down to chat with Bethesda VP Pete Hines. Unsurprisingly, he didn't have anything new to talk about, as they put all their cards on the table during the E3 event... But, it's always nice to get some more details on where Bethesda is headed, what they're thinking with their mobile strategy and more. Instead of doing an article with a bunch of quotes pulled out and such, I figured it'd be cooler to just post ten minutes of raw audio of us chatting at E3...

You know what the best part of E3 is? anything could be true. There's so many examples of things being "leaked" that seem totally ridiculous that have turned out to be later revealed inside of E3 presentations it's hard to pick a favorite. Anyway, since we're a day away from Nintendo's E3 press conference, it seemed like a good time to post this very likely fake video of the "Nintendo XDS" that's been floating around this morning:..

LogoWe just made it to Jared's place in Sacramento and decided to throw down a podcast about our experiences this week. WWDC is a strange event, because you really never know who is going to be there- Particularly as the lottery for tickets gets more and more competitive. So, most of the stuff we saw is secret, at least for now. As cloning becomes a bigger and bigger deal on iOS, developers are increasingly hesitant to let anyone publicly see their projects until it's too late for anyone to beat them to market with a clone. Weird, right?

Either way, E3 is next week, and that event will be overloaded with games, so stay tuned for that insanity.

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-209.mp3, 41MB

Oh also, if you've got a new game, a great update, just like supporting what we do, or want to get the word out about something cool you're doing in the world of iOS gaming and are interested in sponsoring either of our podcasts, we've got ad packages that can fit any budget. Shoot an email to ads@toucharcade.com for more information.

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Word is finally coming directly from Blizzard regarding all the mysterious new Hearthstone rumors that have been circulating around lately regarding what might be behind the fourth button on the menu. Well, Blizzard put all the speculation to rest this morning by announcing that the mysterious fourth button is actually hiding a new mode they're calling Tavern Brawl...

Somewhat expectedly, this week is a bit of a strange week. Among the games headlining the releases so far is a free version of Threes! [$2.99] which seems sort of strange that that is even newsworthy since Threes! is universally fantastic and you'd think people would just be willing to pay $1.99 for it... But, I guess this is the world we live in now. There's a bunch of other games coming out as well, but most of the big news and releases we know of are in a holding pattern following E3 next week...

LogoWell, this is kind of crazy. I rarely look at our podcast download stats because... Well, it's just not something I think about a lot. The podcast is just sort of something fun we do at the end of the week when I get a chance to BS with Jared and Mike. I think that reflects on the podcast itself, in that it's just a fun thing we do without worrying about too much. Well, it's been growing steadily over the years and we're at the point now where we're peaking around 63,000 downloads a week. That's insane! If you would've told me back on episode #1 that we'd even have more than a few hundred people listening, I would've been skeptical. But, hey, thanks a ton to all of our supporters and listeners. It's really cool so many people are voting with their downloads.

Oh, and we threw down a great podcast this week too, focusing a bit on Mike's new game Move the Walls [Free], the shockingly elaborate Blades of Brim [Free], and potentially the greatest game in human history You Must Build a Boat [$2.99]. Also of course is random talk of the news of the week, our WWDC and E3 plans, and just a hint of wrestling chat near the end.

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-208.mp3, 104MB

Oh also, if you've got a new game, a great update, just like supporting what we do, or want to get the word out about something cool you're doing in the world of iOS gaming and are interested in sponsoring either of our podcasts, we've got ad packages that can fit any budget. Shoot an email to ads@toucharcade.com for more information.

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Best iPhone and iPad Games - 6/5/15 - 'You Must Build a Boat', 'Vietnam '65' and 'Sproggiwood'

There were a lot of great games this week, but if you're not already well on your way of building a boat... What in the world are you doing? You must build a boat. You don't maybe need to build a boat, or could build a boat if you felt like it. No, you must build a boat, right now. Oh, and there's some other games you should be playing too, but not until you've built your boat- Or at least gotten a good start...

TouchArcade WWDC Mixer Tickets Now Available

June 4th, 2015 4:43 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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We're doing things a little different this year with our WWDC party, in making it ever so slightly more official than we usually do in offering tickets via EventBrite. It's still free, and everyone who signs up is still welcome. Even if you're not an iOS developer and are just local, feel free to grab a ticket and swing on by. Our parties are always filled with developers showing their games to other developers, and fresh opinions on prototypes, ideas, and other similar stuff is always nice. At GDC we even had a game jam that spontaneously sprung up during the party...

We're Going to Be at WWDC and E3

June 4th, 2015 2:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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It's not much of a surprise by now given it's been our yearly routine for basically forever, but both Jared and I will be at WWDC next week and E3 the following week. If you're going to be at either event, and want to show us a cool game you're working on please get in touch...

Think you've spent too much money on Hearthstone [Free] already? Well, strap in for this one- Blizzard just announced that they're quickly adding cosmetic skins to the mix of things you can buy in game. They'll run $9.99, and when you unlock one it'll replace your existing hero portrait at the bottom of the playing field with a special hero portrait that's all gold and shiny with a special animation for your hero power and, oh god, Blizzard, just take my money...

Editor's Notes: The Curious Inconsistencies of Reactions to Free to Play Mechanics

I've been playing a ton of a new shooter this week that has a lot of mechanics that get some people around here really upset: It's got a rigid experience system which gates ever single thing in the game. If you want to use a particular weapon or play a particular game mode, you've really got no choice but to wait through the grind- Even though you'll be playing with (and against) players that have the advantage better weapons you don't have access to yet. There's not much you can do about this either other than just wait to access them through playing more...

'Hitman Sniper' Will Hit the App Store Tomorrow.

Square Enix just posted details of the upcoming Hitman Sniper launch on their blog. "It may have taken us a little more time than expected – but we believe if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing right," they say. The game has been soft launched forever, and asking where the game is in our weekly release posts has turned into less of a question and more of a meme...