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.

If you don't really follow the business world of mobile, let me give you a brief summary of what it feels like the investment climate is like in Finland for mobile startups: One guy says, "Hey I've got an idea for a mobil..." at which point they're interrupted by someone else dumping a figurative dump truck of money on top of them before they can finish their sentence. The up-side of this for us, is that it seems like there's a never-ending stream of funding for people to do really cool and often totally experimental things- Or at least, this seems to be the case with the just announced Everywear Games...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Stormblades', 'SwapQuest', 'Goblin Quest: Escape' and More

It's another Wednesday, which means precisely two things this early in the morning: First off, the New Zealand App Store just had a whole bunch of new games appear on it. Secondly, we've got the same weekly caveat that it's very likely that these aren't all the games being released tonight- Instead, these are the games that have discussion threads currently in our forums. Stay tuned for a full roundup this evening once we suss out everything new that's on the App Store. There's some games I know are coming out tonight which haven't appeared on the New Zealand App Store yet, so it's definitely worth checking out our full list tonight...

LogoThis XXL American-sized episode of The TouchArcade Show is basically the GDC recap podcast we really wanted to record but just were too busy with how insane GDC was to do it. We talk about our party, meeting the Butterscotch Shenanigans guys, and how it's cool that so many indie devs at GDC continue to do pretty great. We chat about some of the big games this week, then move on to a discussion about the Apple Watch. It's a good time all around.

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Best iPhone and iPad Games - 3/13/15 - 'Baldur's Gate 2', 'Blokshot Revolution', 'Flop Rocket', and 'Card Crawl'

Since we were busy with GDC last week, we didn't end up posting a best games roundup... But, to be fair, we didn't post many game reviews either. So, this week is a collection of the last two weeks worth of game reviews. Like an extra-value two-fer'. Again, these are games we reviewed in the last two weeks, not games that necessarily were released in the last two weeks. It trips people up every week, but until we've got a Maglor cat explaining it, I'm going to keep mentioning it. ..

Did you stay up all night last night playing Dungeon Hunter 5 [Free] but feel like something's missing? And that something is your depressingly barren friends list? Well, we've got you covered. There's a huge thread in our forums forming of people dropping their friend codes for other people to add. In fact, we've got a whole forum dedicated to trading these kind of codes if you play other games that have similar systems...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Dungeon Hunter 5', 'Paper Monsters Recut' and More

This year so far has been really weird for the typical Wednesday release cycle. Previously you could've set your watch by the weekly onslaught of games every Wednesday morning which creeped out on to the New Zealand App Store. In the last few months, however, that trend changed to just straight up releasing your games worldwide, or releasing them at some other random time throughout the day. It's weird, but, whatever, we'll make it work...

The Apple Watch Keynote is Starting Soon, Are You Expecting Games?

Today is the day that we all get to tally our score cards with regards to what the Apple rumor mill was and wasn't right about with the announcement of the Apple Watch set to begin in just under two hours at 10:00 AM Pacific. A lot has been revealed already with regards to how the Apple Watch is going to work, as they were giving full-featured demos following the last keynote:..

GDC 2015: First Look at 'Super Stickman Golf 3' and its Level Editor

Noodlecake is about to make their stick golf series into a trilogy. Super Stickman Golf [$2.99] and Super Stickman Golf 2 [Free] were smash hits, but the one feature they've lacked is a solid level editor. That's what they're hoping to change with Super Stickman Golf 3. We got a first look at the level editor, which likely will make for some pretty insane user-created content:..

GDC 2015: 'Brickies' by Noodlecake Puts a Cool Spin on Brick Breakers

In 2015's App Store, it's really hard to try to add something new to genres that have been done so many times. Brick breakers are definitely one of those cases, so I was pleasantly surprised to see the dudes at Noodlecake managed a twist that at least had us saying, "Huh, that's neat." ...Which doesn't happen often in the world of brick breakers...

GDC 2015: It's Not Hard to Compare Noodlecake's 'Tiltagon' to 'Super Hexagon'

I feel like comparing something to Super Hexagon [$2.99] to something is a risky venture, but it's appropriate here. Tiltagon is yet another game on the Noodlecake buffet, and in it you tilt a ball around to a series of increasingly difficult hexagonal platforms. It ticks the checkboxes of a good ultra-difficult game, as evident by the GDC demo where we both fail to survive more than a few seconds, also audio is a little weird, so strap in:..

GDC 2015: 'Slots of Farwater' is Noodlecake's Spin on Slots

Noodlecake had a lot on their plate at GDC, but that just seems to be how they roll. The first thing they showed us was their upcoming Slots of Farwater, which seems to be their spin on combining slot machines with something a little deeper. Add RPG elements to anything and it seems to get better, that definitely seems to be the case here (sorry about the audio):..

GDC 2015: 'Nightmare Guardians' is a... MOBA Defense?

Another game in the rapid-fire onslaught of GDC meetings was Nightmare Guardians, which is sort of difficult to describe as a specific genre. It's got MOBA elements in that you're controlling a hero around, but the goal is defending the dream world in an almost castle-defense kind of way. I dig it, largely because so many games these days are describe so easily as "It's like ____ but ____." Check out the video:..

GDC 2013: 'Warfriends' Lets You Make Friends AND War

Firing rockets is the best way to make friends, or at least, that's what Warfriends is shooting for. In the game, you take sides and dispatch soldiers as well as take shots at the opposing enemy player. Hiding behind shields, popping off a few rounds, and dispatching helicopters is a lot of fun, check it out:..

Rumble's KingsRoad [Free] has been on the App Store for a while, but the weird thing about covering free to play games is we're often focused on the launch of games, when these games just get better over time. We sat down with the developer of KingsRoad at GDC who showed us just how impressive the game has become:..

GDC 2015: 'Conquest: Heroes of Galandria' Combines CCG with Chess-like Strategy

Some of the best games on the App Store take existing popular genres and mash them up in fun ways. Asynchronous multiplayer, CCG elements, and chess-like strategic gameplay seems like a winning combination. Conquest: Heroes of Galandria is pretty complicated, but this hands-on with the developer will walk you through everything you do in game:..

GDC 2015: 'Ski Pirates' is Another Neat iOS Skiing and Snowboarding Game

Dudeski [$1.99] has been my go-to iOS skiing game since its release, but a lot of people really don't dig games with retro flare. If this describes you, or maybe you've just got space in your heart for another really rad skiing game, Ski Pirates is what you'll need on your iPhone as soon as its released. We got a look at it at GDC, and I can't wait...

GDC 2015: 'EarthCore' is Another Upcoming Free to Play CCG

It seems like ever since Hearthstone [Free (HD)] has become so huge, developers intentionally (or unintentionally) have been looking for a piece of that pie. EarthCore is the latest free to play CCG we've seen, and its core differentiating feature is its totally unique crafting system which allows you to create cards with the abilities you want, instead of just creating specific cards. Check it out:..

GDC 2015: 'Bit Bit Blocks' is a Rad Two Player One iPad Game

Single device iPad multiplayer is something we love, but you really don't see a whole lot of. Bit Bit Blocks is a neat split screen puzzler which has players fighting back and forth to create blocks which are thrown over to the other side of the screen and then (potentially) matched again. It's real fun...

GDC 2015: There's Another 'Stupid Zombies' Game in the Works: 'Stupid Zombies 3'

You might think physics puzzlers are a thing of the past as the App Store rockets towards city builders, Clash of Clans clones, and match threes... But the guys behind Stupid Zombies [$0.99] and Stupid Zombies 2 [apppprice url="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stupid-zombies-2/id562284789?mt=8"] has managed to carve a niche out in a market that surprisingly still is very vibrant. With millions of downloads for their own games, they're excited for the release of Stupid Zombies 3. We go hands-on at GDC:..

GDC 2015: 'Snail Bob 2' Continues the 'Snail Bob' Legacy

GDC is often dominated by hardcore gamer games, it's kind of nice to see a more family friendly educational-y game. Snail Bob [$0.99] is a puzzle game mainly targeted at kids, and Snail Bob 2 picks up that torch and continues to run with it...