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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.

'Thomas Was Alone' Drops to $3.99 and Goes Universal

Mike Bithell's Thomas Was Alone [$5.99] is one of those things I wish I could delete from my brain. Not because it was bad, but because it was so good and the original experience was so powerful I want to experience it fresh all over again. It's an insanely clever game, as on the surface it's an incredibly basic puzzle platformer. You play as one of many characters, represented as basic polygons, and need to get them all to the end of the level utilizing each of their unique abilities. Think Blizzard's The Lost Vikings stripped down to its most minimal core...

Yesterday the Hearthstone [Free (HD)] expansion Curse of Naxxramas was released. The non-heroic difficulty levels of the three bosses and class challenges are pretty easy, but heroic is an entirely different ball game. If you're stuck on the normal challenges, check out our guide from yesterday. If you're stuck on the heroic bosses, read on, just keep in mind there are potential spoilers ahead as these single player adventures are essentially deck building puzzles...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Modern Combat 5: Blackout', 'Revolution 60' and Loads More

The day is finally upon us, after loads of anticipation and drama of nearly all forms, Gameloft's Modern Combat 5 is finally almost here. Also, if you're not in to modern military shooters, there's a ton of other awesome games coming out tonight too. Here's the launch trailer for MC5 if you haven't seen it yet:..

The first Hearthstone [Free (HD)] expansion is here, and if all you care about is unlocking all the cards as quickly as possible, you can beat everything that provides card unlocks in less than a half hour. The first wing, the Arachnid wing, features three bosses: Anub'Rekhan, Grand Widow Faelina, and Maexxna. With the right deck, they're all really easy. If you want to figure this stuff out on your own, don't read this, obviously...

As Hearthstone [Free (HD)] fanatics everywhere desperately look for any kind of tea leaves to read to divine the exact time of day the new Curse of Naxxramas expansion is going to hit, Blizzard has shed some light on when it's not going to hit. The game has been undergoing maintenance this morning, starting at midnight Pacific and ending pretty soon (or scheduled to end, anyway) at 8:00 AM Pacific...

Freebie Alert: Kemco Monster Taming RPG 'Band of Monsters'

If you see Shaun endlessly reviewing Kemco games, and found yourself curious what all the fuss was about but not curious enough to drop the upwards of ten bucks their games usually cost, here's your chance. Band of Monsters [Free] just went free, down from its normal price of $7.99...

Blizzard has been constantly drizzling out new cards as they've teased the upcoming Hearthstone [Free (HD)] expansion Curse of Naxxramas, but with the first wing scheduled to open tomorrow, now is a great time to head over to their Facebook album where they've been continually adding new cards...

Avenged Sevenfold's Upcoming 'Hail To The King: Deathbat' Shows Loads of Potential

The music industry is in a real weird place right now, and, arguably, has been since the advent of Napster. These days, MTV is nearly irrelevant, music videos are shot with comparatively microscopic budgets with hopes for viral success on YouTube, and terrestrial radio has taken a back seat to the many great options for streaming music via the internet. Bands are forced to get creative, both when it comes to initially getting discovered as well as maintaining and fostering that popularity. Mobile gaming obviously is undeniably huge, which has bands like Avenged Sevenfold asking, "Why not make a video game instead of a music video?"..

The TouchArcade Show - 164 - Magic Mikes

July 18th, 2014 8:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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204347_largerI feel like this whole week has everyone in a holding pattern waiting for Modern Combat 5, right? Regardless, some awesome games came out, we chat about 'em, and some other cool newsworthy things went down… Which, we similarly shoot the breeze about.

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Hearthstone [Free (HD)] is getting its first expansion next Tuesday. Pricing details were already announced, and you can buy it in one of two ways: Drop a total of 2,800 in game gold, or spend $24.99. Like World of Warcraft's Naxxramas raid instance, the expansion is split in to "wings," which each wing sold individually. The cool part of all of this is that the price to unlock things decreases as you spend gold to unlock things, so you can basically just dump the gold you've been saving and then pick up the rest for a discounted amount of real-world cash...

Game of Thrones Ascent [Free], if you haven't fiddled with it yet, is a really neat game dripping with Game of Thrones fan service for both book readers and show watchers. A lot of people really like it, which, in the Game of Thrones universe means someone is going to die. Right?..

If you're not the kind of person who is totally stoked for the release of Modern Combat 5 next week and instead prefer slower-paced games like Telltale adventures, you're in luck: Walking Dead: The Game - Season 2 [$4.99] is getting its fourth episode next week. Titled Amid the Ruins, it continues the zany adventures of Clementine and friends in a zombified apocalypse...

Looking for another Candy Crush-like to play and really love Square Enix? Well, today is your lucky day (particularly if you're Australian), as Squeenix just soft launched Smoothie Swipe in Australia. The game is reasonably popular on Facebook, with just barely shy of half a million likes as of this writing...

Late last month, we posted news of Konami buying the Sword & Poker IP and soft launching a totally new, re-worked free to play version of the game. If you read the story, Jared details an extensive meeting we had with the developers at WWDC about how they were still actively tweaking the payment model of the game and were highly receptive to our feedback on it. This, of course, didn't stop commenters from as predictably as the sun rising going completely off the handle...