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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.

It's getting close to the middle of 2015, and it's safe to say Flappy mania has almost entirely subsided, but that doesn't stop iOS developers from continually releasing Flappy-likes on a daily basis. Almost all of them are terrible, highly derivative, and entirely non-noteworthy. If you think that sounds mean, I challenge you to wrap your lips around the App Store fire hose and see how much you can drink... It won't take you long to see exactly what I mean. It's not all bad though, as sometimes games pop up on our radar that might be highly derivative clones, but are at least interesting or amusing enough to be noteworthy, which is definitely the case with The Legend of Zeldo: Lonk's Awakening DX [Free]..

077016_largerCongratulations lucky recipients of the Apple Watch and... Well, people like us who are still wondering when the hell ours are going to ship. I had hoped this episode would be all about our first impressions of the Apple Watch, but, hey, when life gives you lemons... Talk about how awesome Does Not Commute [Free] and the other great games of the week are. We've got a full news rundown as well, along with rumors, speculation, and little WWE chat at the end. (There's a Pay Per View this weekend...!)

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!

One last thing of housekeeping here, the podcast is now available on Stitcher. I figured this would work a little bit better than the semi-broken Flash player we typically embed, and it works with the free Stitcher Radio for Podcasts app. Let us know what you think. If nothing else, it's just one more way to listen to our show. Also, since we're new on Stitcher, it'd be really rad if anyone who uses Stitcher would leave us reviews over there.

 

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Walking War Robots, Free - Do you miss the old good days when you played mech games? Do you want to have something like that on your iPad or iPhone today? If so, your dreams can come true now! In Walking War Robots, you can pilot a giant mech robot and take part in great multiplayer battles. It’s a 3D shooter game with a deep upgrade system and 6-on-6 fights. Try different strategies for your attacks and defenses, team up with other players to destroy your enemies and win the great robot war. Walking War Robots was developed and published by Pixonic and it's available on the App Store for free.

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Best iPhone and iPad Game - 4/24/15 - 'Sorcery! 3'

Apple Watch Release day! Maybe next week, we'll have some Apple Watch games in this roundup, maybe. Either way, this week was pretty dominated by Apple Watch news so we didn't publish as many reviews as we usually would... But that doesn't mean we skimped on one great game Sorcery! 3. It's our highest rated game of the week, and really, our only really highly rated game review that we published. But, hey, whatever, it's awesome...

Originally revealed on September 12, 2012, the 5th generation iPod touch is really starting to show its age. It's still rocking a 4" screen and an A5 chip, which was cool in 2012- Not so much in 2015. Apple has slightly fiddled with the iPod touch since then, but entirely through releasing cheaper models without cameras and changing pricing around. Internals have remained the same. The iPod touch used to be an incredibly popular platform around TouchArcade, particularly in the early days of the iPhone, but has since really fallen out of favor as the iPhone and iPad have so vastly exceeded its performance...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Battle Odyssey', 'Dungeon Link', 'Sorcery 3' and Tons More

As the weeks of 2015 race by, here we are again on another Wednesday filled with brand new iOS game releases. We've got the weekly Ketchapp game, a new title from both Gameloft and Gamevil, Sorcery 3, and a ton of other awesome stuff...

LogoSorry we're late this week (or late from last week, I guess) on posting our podcast, I was attending Pocket Gamer Connects Bangalore and if you think hotel WiFi is bad in the USA... Well, you ain't seen nothin' yet. But, hey, whatever, even though we're a couple days late we still cut a great podcast complete with tons of India talk, Apple Watch hype, Hearthstone stuff... And a few other things. It's a good time, I promise, especially if you've left us iTunes reviews.

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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Best iPhone and iPad Games - 4/18/15 - 'Implosion', 'Halo: Spartan Strike', 'Football Manager', 'Attack the Light' and More

This has been a crazy week of travel between attending various iPhone events, so we didn't post the best games last week, and this week's podcast is going to wait until Monday... But after that things should get back to normal, at least until the E3 and WWDC insanity in June. Anyway, here's the top rated game reviews we posted over the last two weeks:..

'Halo' Comes to the iPhone: 'Halo: Spartan Assault' and 'Halo: Spartan Strike' Now Available

Well, I'll be. This week just keeps getting better. Moments ago not one but two different Halo games hit the App Store. Halo: Spartan Assault [$5.99] and Halo: Spartan Strike [$5.99] are now available for download on the App Store. Each feature 30 levels of Halo-y gameplay, and it's a little weird they're not just one app because of how similar they both seem. We got a hands on of the game at E3, back when it was locked away in the Windows exclusivity prison:..

'WWE 2K' Hits the App Store

April 16th, 2015 2:17 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News, Release
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Trailing behind the rest of the games released this week is 2K's hotly anticipated (for wrestling fans, anyway) full-fledged wrestling game WWE 2K [$7.99]. At first glance, it seems like a toned down (for mobile) version of the console title WWE 2K15, complete with multiple game modes including the ability to create your own WWE Superstar...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Arcane Tower', 'Civil War: Bull Run 1861', 'Mega Drift' and More

Well, the obvious juggernaut release of the week was yesterday's universal update to Hearthstone [Free], but there's still new games coming out in the event that you're not like 99% of the rest of the internet and just over the moon because you can play Hearthstone on your phone now. Like always, it's very likely more games will trickle out throughout the day, so be sure to check our roundup later in the evening at 11:00 PM Eastern...

'Hearthstone' for iPhone Now Available via Universal Update - Log in to Get Your Free Pack of Cards Now

As predicted late last month, the Hearthstone [Free] update that adds universal support and makes the game playable on iPhones is currently available on the App Store. The App Store can be a little weird when it comes to update propagation, so if you don't see the universal update available yet just give it a bit and it should show up. A trick that has worked in the past for updates like these is if it doesn't show up as universal on your iPhone yet, try downloading it on your iPhone through your purchase history. Why does that work? Who knows, the App Store is weird...

A couple weeks ago now we posted about Hearthstone [Free] fanatics data mining the recent update to the Mac/PC game which revealed all sorts of curious text surrounding the game being playable on the iPhone and free prize packs for trying it out on the iPhone client. We speculated April 9th as a release date for the iPhone update, which has come and gone, but things have gotten far more interesting this morning...

The TouchArcade Show - 200 - Vegas, Baby

April 11th, 2015 12:01 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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exec_icon_roundedRecorded live in Las Vegas, episode #200 tells the tale of 100oz daiquiris, walking all over the place, secret video games, and so much more. We also touch on Jared's wicked obsession with Mortal Kombat X, our try-on experience with the Apple Watch, and the drama of the week which includes both Hearthstone and Angry Birds Go. Audio quality is a little weird as we just recorded with my MacBook Air's mic, so we just did a short episode. We'll be back next week with a semi-normal episode of The TouchArcade Show, maybe.

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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exec_icon_roundedThe Executive by Riverman Media - Are you tired of your coworkers being complete jerks?

Are they always crunching on something really loud, or pretending they have a stomachache so they can go play Call of Duty, or stealing your iPhone earbuds and putting them in their really gross ears?

Release all your workplace frustrations in The Executive. You're the CEO of a company where the employees have turned into werewolves, and it's your job to save the city. It's a martial arts fighting game with a deep upgrade system and timing-based platforming. After three years in development, it's coming this spring from Pizza Vs. Skeletons creator, Riverman Media.

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If you've been following the excitement following the data mining speculation and historical precedence of the time window between similar strings found for the Android client and its eventual availability. Anyway, Blizzard folks participating in various community discussions on Reddit and similar have said today is not the day...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Tiltagon', 'SBACEBALL', 'Football Manager', and Maybe Even a Surprise 'Hearthstone' iPhone Update?

This is a bit of a weird iOS release week (Aren't they all?) because what's likely to be the biggest release of the week, Mortal Kombat X [Free] is already available. In fact, it's been out so long we've already got a review of it. Additionally, if our speculation was correct, Hearthstone [Free] should be getting a update to support the iPhone any time now. But, anyway, there's a bunch of other games coming tonight too...

Nintendo 3DS Exclusive 'Fantasy Life' Is Getting a Sequel... On iOS

Released in North American markets in late 2014, Fantasy Life is a Nintendo 3DS exclusive that it seems like everyone I know with a 3DS owns. If this is the first you've heard of it, gameplay is that of a simplified action RPG which almost feels like it has light MMO elements with the inclusion of some really great multiplayer functionality. The lives found in Fantasy Life are what the game refers to the different classes players can specialize in ranging from combat-oriented lives like hunters and paladins to crafting-centric lives like blacksmiths and tailors or even gathering lives like anglers and miners. It's really cool how it all goes together, as in Fantasy Life there's always something to do no matter what play style you prefer- Which is why at times it felt more like an MMO than a simple action RPG...

001538_largerAnother huge week of iOS releases and significantly increased content output thanks to our awesome new writers has had Jared and I pretty busy on all the not-so-fun back-end stuff that goes in to managing TouchArcade... But we still manage to get together with radical Radical developer Mike Meade to talk about the awesome stuff that's been going on. With Apple Watch preorders next week, we stress out about which ones we're getting, talk about some games, then get on to talk about the Wrestlemania results.

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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Help the pompom girl, the jock, and the jarhead escape the school swarmed with ferocious zombies. Slow down or shoot the pursuing zombies, fight the bosses, and don't get bitten. Upgrade your weapons arsenal, learn about the zombie infection's mysterious origin, and enjoy the cutting edge graphics and detailed animations.

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Best iPhone and iPad Games - 4/3/15 - 'Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions', 'DuckTales: Remastered' and More

As mentioned last week, our new onslaught of fresh writers has really upped our review output. As such, these end of the week best games posts are just getting bigger and bigger. Here's the top reviews we posted this week, specifically, the highest scoring games of published reviews:..

I'll admit it, when it comes to what people are playing and what they've got installed on their iPhones I'm a serial shoulder surfer. (Which is ironic, as I absolutely hate people shoulder surfing me.) Anyway, among my local friends are quite a few ultra-casual non-gamers, or accidental gamers, or whatever you want to call the kind of person who has an iPhone and plays a few random free to play games on it. For most people fitting this description, that's either Hay Day [Free] or one of the two Candy Crush games (or some other King game) and... That's about it. Recently though, amongst the "All I play is Hay Day" crowd another game seems to be making its way into the rotation called Dragon Friends: Green Witch [Free] which is another one of "those" games that core gamers will undoubtedly roll their eyes at as it ticks all the boxes core gamers hate: Timers, in-game gems to buy, cutesy graphics, a never-ending onslaught of content and a mish-mash of other ultra-casual free to play game tropes...

The First Wing of 'Hearthstone' Blackrock Mountain Has Been Unlocked

Well, the time for release time speculation is over as the second single player adventure for Hearthstone, Blackrock Mountain, just had its first wing unlock. Blackrock Depths pits players against Coren Direbrew, High Justice Grimstone, and Emperor Thaurissan in normal and heroic difficulty modes. Just like Curse of Naxxramas, we're expecting the normal mode to be pretty simple and beatable with most decks while heroic mode will likely require specific strategies and deck types. Of course, just like Naxx, I assume it won't take long for someone to throw together some great totally free to play decks to beat the expansion content as well...