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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.

A really cool game got posted to our forums this morning, it's called Fury Roads Survivor [Free] and it's like if you took police chases from Grand Theft Auto games, but had them all take place inside a wasteland that's obviously nodding pretty heavily towards Mad Max movies with the familiar verby noun monetization scheme of random unlocks to collect...

The TouchArcade Show - 260 - Chim Chim Cher-ee

June 3rd, 2016 8:45 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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On a week like this where there's an avalanche of great games to talk about, it's really hard to choose which to focus on, but we persevere and manage to pull our heads out of our collective butts long enough to chat about some of our favorites. Following a brief tip on installing the EstateSales.net App [Free] to find house stuff on the cheap we dive into game discussion. That includes, in order, Human Resource Machine [$4.99], Sky Force Reloaded [Free], Tap Cats [Free] (again), Nonstop Knight [Free], Warcher Defenders [$0.99], and last, but not least, Dig Deep! [$1.99]. With only a little time left, we touch on a couple quick news story and call it a day!

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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The problem with super classic iOS games is all too often they get filed away in a "Great Games" folder on your iOS device which just grows over time. Add automatic updates into the mix, and it's a real great way to have no idea that those classics are still getting updated all the time. Well, today's a great day to dust off Temple Run 2 [Free] if you haven't played it in a while and give the new update a whirl. Like the previous update, "Frozen Shadows," the latest update adds a whole new area to run through...

If there's one thing that we can all agree on, it's that the world of free to play games can be really weird- Particularly when you consider that nearly everything any of the big free to play developers does is driven by analytics and performance metrics. If you ever wonder why a specific thing is the way it is inside of one of the games anywhere near the top of the App Store grossing charts, it's very likely been heavily scrutinized, A/B tested, and exists because it's what is seeing the highest overall conversion rates with regards to either getting players to keep playing, play longer, or spend more. (And that's not a cynical look at things either, it's just reality.)..

It seems like ever since these monthly swag packs have become a thing, everyone has their own variation on the Loot Crate (I have no idea if they were even the first to do it, either). Well, Minecraft is bigger than Jesus so it only made sense that they would also have their own monthly shipment of Minecraft-y stuff you can subscribe to. It's called "Mine Chest" and was originally announced all the way back in February. But what do you get for your $29.99 a month? Well, mine just got dropped off at my doorstep so I'm more than happy to show you. First off, here's what the box itself looks like:..

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Human Resource Machine', 'Sky Force Reloaded', 'Dig Deep' and Tons More

Apologies for posting our morning new games roundup in the afternoon, but, so far we have had two problems today: Not a whole lot of games had popped up on the App Store yet when we usually post this, and TouchArcade forum member sstrngmnm told me that today was National Milk Day but according to my research it's actually on January 11th, so I wasted my day drinking all the milk in my house for nothing. Then, after a bit more research I discovered that National Milk Day and World Milk Day are two entirely different holidays and World Milk Day is today. So, the lesson here is, if anyone wishes you a happy National Milk Day, you better put them in their place and tell them to stop thinking so small because it's World Milk Day today. But, hey, provided you're not spending your afternoon getting into pedantic arguments with strangers about dairy-related holidays, you're in luck. Some iOS games also came out...

The vast majority of this particular podcast is devoted to discussing a whole boat load of new games that came out this week, those include, in order, the following: Warp Shift [$2.99], Voez [Free], Tap Cats [Free], Leap Day [Free] (again!), Bingo Pop [Free], Hatoful Boyfriend [$4.99], and Goat Simulator: Waste of Space [$4.99]. Mike busts out some incredible puns, and we also hit up a few of the bigger news stories of the week.

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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It seems like in the world of video games, everyone looks at what Riot is doing with League of Legends eSports and says, "I want me a piece of that." To some extent, that effort has been marginally successful in the PC world. DOTA 2 has pretty huge events, as does Heathstone, Counter-Strike, and a few others... But it feels like the whole eSports nut has yet to be really cracked in the world of mobile. Vainglory has been doing small events, and Supercell has put on a few Clash Royale tournaments, but none really seem to have the draw of the "major" eSports just yet...

Aspiring Poke-masters who signed up for the US "Field Test" of Pokemon Go (The fancy name they're calling something that's in between a beta and a soft launch.) should be getting their invites to download the game. If you signed up, today is a good day to spend the whole afternoon endlessly refreshing your email for the invitation. We haven't heard just how many people they're letting in with this initial wave, but hopefully it includes some TouchArcade community members. (How could it not?) Aside from news of this latest invitation wave, Niantic is teased some new screenshots on their blog...

Since it's Towel Day, let me provide an important reminder that a towel is the most useful thing you can have in the universe. In fact, if I'm ever on the Discovery Channel show Naked and Afraid, my single survival item I'll bring with me will bring a towel, without question. Anyway, aside from the requisite Towel Day celebrations, it also happens to be Wednesday, and a whole heap of brand new iOS games have hit the App Store. Also, given how odd the App Store has been with randomly dumping out other new games on Wednesday, it's incredibly likely that we'll see way more today...

The TouchArcade Show - 258 - Mike is Alive

May 20th, 2016 9:15 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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This week's podcast is home to two minor miracles: Jared didn't need to take Friday off so we recorded at a normal time, and Mike Meade was awake during the day so he was able to join us. Strap in for a ton of game related talk, as we kick things off with briefly touching on Leap Day [Free] again before moving on to Extreme Forklifting 2 [Free], Imbroglio [$3.99], Titan Quest [$7.99], Ulterior [Free], and Bushido Bear [Free]. From there, as usual, we chat about all the week's biggest news stories and hottest controversies (of which there was at least one).

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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This week's episode of The TouchArcade Show is sponsored by…

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Supercell's Clash Royale [Free] made a massive splash when it launched not long ago, spawning endless navel-gazing think pieces about what it means for the future of gaming, eSports, the price of tea in China, and everything in between. The problem is, the burn-out rate with Clash Royale is a real concern. When the game first launched, it's not at all hyperbole to say everyone I know was playing it. These days? It seems only the hardcore remain. I think for some motivation on how to get the game back in everyone's good graces again, Supercell should take some motivation from pepperoni pizza...

Ever find yourself wondering just how much people love Clash of Clans [Free]? A better question is, have you ever thought about something that you like enough that you'd spend countless hours creating a remarkably elaborate domino setup, complete with detailed illustrations built out of those dominos, only to watch them all fall over? What about the incredible patience that comes of setting up thousands of dominos? The whole thing... Kind of breaks my brain:..

Veterans of the App Store will know that while there's a zillion match threes and Clash of Clans clones out there, there's also seemingly just as many totally crazy games that leave you scratching your head and saying to yourself, "Why does this exist." Much more rare, is when you download one of these games, then find yourself asking, "Why is this so fun?" Such is the case with the recently released Extreme Forklifting 2 [Free]...

If you asked me to list exceedingly unlikely but very cool things that could possibly happen today, I'm pretty confident that nowhere on that list would you find "Super-classic old-school ngmoco IP being ressurected by the original developers and suddenly released on the App Store." To back things up a bit, back when ngmoco was still a thing and releasing/maintaining video games on the iPhone, GodFinger hit the App Store back in mid-2010. It was a super fun little god game where you spent time lording over a little planet, demonstrating your power to followers, and growing in overall strength by gaining more followers. If anyone remembers the classic PC game Black & White, it was sort of similar to that, at least in concept, while still being a super approachable casual free to play game...

My deepest apologies for posting this a little later in the day than I usually do, it just so happens that today is I Love Reese's Day and between that and yesterday's National Mushroom Hunting Day, I'm running on fumes here. We've already posted that two soft launched games, Mr. Crab 2 and Britney Spears: American Dream are now out worldwide, but there's a bunch of other stuff slowly oozing its way on to the App Store...

Illusion Labs' 'Mr. Crab 2' Launches Worldwide

May 18th, 2016 10:30 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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It sort of goes without saying that we're massive fans of Illusion Labs around these parts, and while we're still anxiously awaiting a Sway [$4.99] update, sequel, or reboot, the sequel to Mr. Crab [Free], cleverly titled Mr. Crab 2 [Free] has launched worldwide. We've had a thread in our forums for quite a while now as the game has been in soft launch since early last month, and so far initial impressions seem positive. Basically, if you liked Mr. Crab but wanted it to be a better and more complete gameplay experience in basically every way, well, Mr. Crab 2 is exactly what the doctor ordered...

Noodlecake's 'Dig Deep' Invades the App Store on June 2nd

We got a nice look at Noodlecake's Dig Deep back at GDC, and like many of their other titles we saw a few months ago, Dig Deep is making its way to the App Store soon. June 2nd is the day that you'll be able to dig deep in Dig Deep, digging as deep as you can in various alien worlds. Dig it?..

"Friendly Challenges" Coming to 'Clash of Clans', Single Gem Resource Boosts are Back

Despite the recent dominance of Slither.io [Free], we all know the true king of the App Store charts these days is Clash of Clans. I really want to make a Game of Thrones reference here, but everyone is so sensitive to spoilers these days you'll just have to imagine it. Anyway, it's entirely possible that the catalyst of Clash of Clans' return to dominance is the upcoming update which adds what they're calling "Friendly Challenges," which sound super awesome...

While I imagine practically everyone reading TouchArcade owns a copy of Minecraft: Pocket Edition, I'm not super sure the same is true for the proper PC/Mac Java version. It runs on basically any modern computer and while Pocket Edition has come an awful long way, I still think if you're serious about playing Minecraft you need to do it on a computer. The world of Minecraft modding is a bottomless rabbit hole, and I can say with complete confidence that if you like bumbling around on your iPhone building stuff, the experience only gets better on the computer...