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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.

The TouchArcade Show - 242 - Trump Dump

January 29th, 2016 9:30 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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6444269_largerWe kick off this week's episode by wishing we could spend another week just talking about Crashlands [$4.99], but we chat a bit about this editorial on Wired before Mike butts in to talk about the chart-topping Flappy-like Trump Dump [Free] which is a real thing that exists. From there we discuss Super Phantom Cat [$1.99], Infinite Skater [$0.99] and Circa Infinity [$2.99] before taking a quick break to get a word in from this week's podcast sponsor, Captain Cowboy [$2.99]. Coming back on the other side we get into a long discussion about Twofold, Inc [$3.99], then shift gears to TV Sports Soccer [$2.99] (with a brief mention of Touchdown Hero [Free]) before moving on to Blocky Football [Free] and a brief rundown of some of this week's bigger news stories.

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!

 

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As an American who is just ever-so-slightly too old to have been a part of schools really pushing playing soccer, most of the game is a total mystery to me. Thankfully, Tasos is around to review the super-in depth soccer strategy games, but I never really got past the complications that got added to soccer games in recent years. However, I always really enjoyed the super old-school 16-bit and previous soccer games which focused more on just passing the ball down the field and scoring. Well, the recently released TV Sports Soccer [$2.99] is exactly that, a gloriously stripped-down game of soccer that endlessly has you scoring goals from field to field...




The Mobile Port of 'Final Fantasy IX' Is Complete, Likely Will Launch Very Soon

Last year ended with a bang as one of the last stories we posted in 2015 was Squeenix announcing Final Fantasy IX is coming to mobile. As mentioned in that same post, it doesn't sound like it's going to be a quick and dirty port either, as high quality graphics, auto-save, high-speed mode, achievements, and other modern conveniences have been added to the game. The only question that remained was when will we be playing it?! Well, a preview video posted by Square Enix gives us some clues:..

The history of the App Store has been filled with weird little things that slip through the cracks and provide functionality Apple... Well, didn't really intend on anyone doing. This inevitably leads to those things getting nuked from orbit on the App Store by the powers that be at Apple. Apps with "hidden" emulators inside them fit inside of this category, as do all the weird little games and apps which run in Notification Center, and apps which used the volume buttons before that was allowed. (Although I guess Overglide [$0.99] is still on the App Store, probably because PCalc [$9.99] won the Notification Center argument for them.) Today's craziness comes courtesy of Lock Blocks [$0.99], a game you can play while your phone is locked...

Sandstorm: Pirate Wars [Free] has a bit of a weird history behind it, as being from Ubisoft we were naturally fairly excited for it... But it soft launched in Spain, which is a strange place to soft launch a game. Since not many of us have Spanish iTunes accounts as part of our Batman utility belt of regional iTunes accounts for downloading soft launched stuff, it just sort of sat on our forums without much interest for the better part of ten months before it appeared globally today. To be fair, I think the fact that the screenshots were all in Spanish didn't really help a whole lot...

I'm posting this slightly earlier than usual as I've got to take my jerk of a cat to the vet this morning to get some well deserved annual shots, so keep in mind there's a near 100% chance that this isn't even half of the games that are coming out today. Typically we see a couple different bursts of new games hitting the App Store throughout the morning, and this is just the first of that. I'll update this with the second wave of games when they hit our forums, or you can just hit this link and see 'em yourself as they're posted...

Late January seems to be the time of year when every research/analytics firm on the planet is releasing their reports for the previous year, and we've been inundated with all sorts of them. Superdata published a nice and succinct report showing top digital revenue generating titles across console, PC, and mobile which seemed too crazy to not post. The tl;dr effectively is Clash of Clans [Free] and Game of War [Free] together made more money than the entire top ten console games list combined in digital revenues. That's absolutely insane to think about...

LogoThis was a fun podcast to record, as it's great when you have more awesome games that you're genuinely excited about than you even have time to talk about them. We kick things off with Punch Club [$4.99] (and this is the editorial we mentioned) then move on to Sky Chasers [Free] and its questionable monetization methods. The main course of the podcast is Crashlands [$4.99], but we also hit on Dungelot: Shattered Lands [$3.99] before shifting gears to go over a few quick news stories. As we mention in the show, if you like what we do here, please consider supporting us on Patreon!

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!

 

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Supercell Teases 'Clash Royale' Balance Changes Coming in February Update

While Carter and I are on a mission of spreading the good word of Clash Royale to anyone who will listen, Supercell is hard at work getting all the balancing in order. Per a recent forum post, quite a few things are getting tweaked, including more than a few cards that I have seen players complaining about. At my trophy level, the X-Bow seems just absolutely ridiculous as if left unchecked it can knock out an entire tower of yours and still be hungry for more. Supercell mentions that of the people who have unlocked the card, half are using it, which seems like a good indication of a balance problem!..

I've mentioned before that a big part of what I do around here is follow the larger mobile scene to try to sort of get ahead of the curve for what we should be covering on TouchArcade. That involves reading a lot of developer blogs, which usually are pretty interesting for one reason or another, but rarely leave me just standing at my desk doing one of these:..

Upcoming 'Epic of Kings' Looks Pretty Sweet, Check out the Launch Trailer

In late 2014 we posted about Epic of Kings, and iff you're into things like big muscley dudes, dragons, huge swords, giant trolls, and other things along those lines, it probably was on your radar somewhere. Well, after years of waiting it's finally scheduled for release next month (The developers are shooting for February 18th) and it'll be available on both iOS and Android. Taking place in the mystical world of Khunirath, Epic of Kings, as the title hints, is an epic action roleplaying game. Check out the launch trailer:..

Creator and Designer of 'Might and Magic' and 'Heroes of Might and Magic' Series Soft Launches 'Creature Quest'

If you're a old school RPG/strategy gamer, the name Jon Van Caneghem likely holds a lot of weight in your gaming history. If it's not ringing any bells, he's the designer and creator of the Might and Magic as well as the Heroes of Might and Magic game series. Jon Van Caneghem's resume includes a crazy amount of super important, incredibly groundbreaking PC and console games. Recently he's teamed up with VC Mobile Entertainment, a mobile studio funded by Asian juggernaut Tencent, to create Creature Quest which soft launched in New Zealand, Australia, and a few other tiny regions a few days ago. Check out the trailer:..

Alright, so this game is a little old by today's standards, but since it features no gameplay to speak of, you can't really blame us for it not being on our radar. AdWatch Tournament Edition [Free] just got posted to our forums this morning, and in a nutshell, the basis of the entire game is just watching ads. Brought to you by the masterminds behind Battle Gems (AdventureQuest) [Free] and AdventureQuest Dragons [Free], AdWatch Tournament Edition tells the tale of the Party Pals, a group of cute animals who explain how online advertising works in mobile games...

Remember the golden age of the 90's, when computers and this mysterious thing called "The Internet" was starting to regularly appear as plot points in movies and TV shows? The concept of your computer doing anything more than playing solitaire or running a word processor was pretty foreign for most people, which lead filmmakers and TV producers to come up with countless totally ridiculous scenes to attempt to illustrate what was happening inside the computer. ..

If the name Godzilab isn't immediately familiar to you, it should be. They're the dudes behind iBlast Moki [Free] and iBlast Moki 2 [$2.99], two amazing puzzle games that are actually old enough to still have the "HD" suffix. They went on to release Happy Street [Free] which is a clever spin on the popular style of casual free to play builder-ish games (I guess you could call it a builder? Maybe?) at the time. Since then, the Godzilab guys have gone sort of quiet, hard at work on soft launching Pirate Power [Free], a game which has been tweaked and tuned since it hit our forums last summer...

Supercell Responds to 'Clash Royale' Complaints and Requests

We've been posting quite a bit about Supercell's soft launched Clash Royale because it's an insanely good game. I'm currently level 6, fighting my way into arena 4, and this game has soaked up nearly all of my free time. It's simultaneously scratching most itches I have when it comes to mobile gaming, and I love that the session lengths are so short that you can squeeze in a game almost anytime. Things in the Clash Royale-iverse haven't been all puppy dogs and roses though, with some players having significant concerns with the game which Supercell responded to last night...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Crashlands', 'Bouncy Blocks', 'Sky Chasers', 'Spike Run', and More

It's Wednesday again, and I already know that tonight is going to be dominated by Crashlands. There's a massive thread in our upcoming games forum for it, and we've all been playing early copies. There's been more than a few rumblings around TouchArcade Towers that this is the first serious GOTY contender of 2016, so, it definitely should be on your radar. I've talked to the Butterscotch Shenanigans guys and they've confirmed they'll be pulling the iTunes release lever manually around midnight Eastern time, so since we don't have a forum thread as there's no iTunes link to speak of yet, it's not included in this list... But it is coming...

Editor's Notes: Retro Comparisons and Sugar Free Alternatives

Aside from being crazy about mobile gaming, in my life, I've been on more than a few insane fitness kicks. If you listen to our podcast, particularly older episodes when fellow fitness enthusiast Brad Nicholson was still around, you've probably heard about more than a few of them as we both strived to be just as ripped as... Whoever the heel of the WWE is at the time. My longest, most consistent, and easily the weirdest kick was the keto diet which is basically a more extreme version of what people know as Atkins. It involves eating fewer than 25 grams of carbohydrates in a day with the goal being kicking your body into a state known as ketosis where you're forcing your liver to metabolize fat as your primary energy source. This has a few interesting positive side effects: Since your primary nutrients are fat and protein, you're rarely hungry. Also, since your body is operating on ketones instead of glucose, you never have any kind of sugar low (or high) which means you can exercise for way longer with far better and more consistent energy levels...

As Apple does whenever international exchange rates change, they're re-jiggering the prices of apps in territories where the exchange rates have gotten out of whack. This particular round includes price increases in Canada, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore and South Africa. New prices should go into effect inside of the next 72 hours...

LogoThis week we spend a hefty amount of time talking about Supercell's new Clash Royale which is currently soft launched, but we've posted about quite a bit. We're pretty confident it's going to be the next big thing. However, the big thing right now is definitely Pocket Mortys, a Pokemon-like based on an amazing TV show that we love. We also discuss Venture Kid [$0.99] a bit, along with our own weird expectations and nostalgic baggage. Oh, and of course, we hit on a couple big news stories of the week before driving it home and peacing out for the 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, 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]
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Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-240.mp3, 63MB

This week's episode is powered by Geek Fuel. Geek Fuel is the only monthly mystery box with an exclusive shirt, Steam game, and more in every box with a guaranteed value of $50. Prices start at $13.90 a month. If you sign up to try Geek Fuel this month through TouchArcade, you'll receive a $20 Steam download of Warmachine: Tactics, a tactical combat game set in the award-winning world of the Iron Kingdoms, for FREE with your first box. Available only while supplies last from Geek Fuel.

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If you're tired of never getting anything fun in the mail, definitely check out Geek Fuel.

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