Author Archives: Eli Hodapp

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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.

While I've yet to see an augmented reality game (or app, for that matter) that uses augmented reality in a way that feels like much more than a gimmick, it's cool seeing Lego embrace technology more. Anyway, the way it works is to buy one of the Lego fusion sets, of which three are currently available with one "coming soon." You build the bricks, which all seem to include the telltale augmented reality marker patterns, launch the app, point it at your legos, and you're in business...

FDG Entertainment's Blueprint 3D [$0.99 / $1.99 (HD)] is one of those perfect mobile games that you can describe in a single sentence to make it appeal to just about everyone. In a nutshell, you manipulate drawings in 3D space and try to rotate them in to being what they should be. It sounds easy, but can be stupidly difficult particularly in later levels when the drawings get really complex...

The 'Skylanders: Trap Team' Controller Will Only Work With 'Skylanders'

Earlier this week we posted about Skylanders: Trap Team and the cool reveal that they were going to offer a kit that features a bluetooth summoning portal and iOS game controller. Towards the end of the story, I speculated that perhaps this Skylanders bundle would be the spark that starts the fire of massive amounts of iOS 7 controller adoption rates. This, of course, was all under the assumption that the included controller was just a normal iOS 7 game controller with some Skylanders branding on top...

Upcoming 'Call of Duty : Heroes' Looks a Lot Like 'Clash of Clans' But 'Call of Duty'-ized

Activision just revealed the latest game in the Call of Duty franchise that's exclusive to iOS. That sentence probably has you pretty excited, yeah? Well, let me bring you back down to earth- It looks and sounds a lot like the free to play base building and attacking games that have blown up in popularity since Clash of Clans Started making bazillions of dollars a day...

As I completed the final class challenge of the Construct Wing, it hit me, next week is the last Hearthstone [Free (HD)] expansion wing to open... Potentially for a long time. Blizzard hasn't mentioned any solid plans for more expansions yet, and, knowing how Blizzard has operated in the past, it might be a while. So, let's savor these last couple wings, eh?! Also, I know I've been slow to put up the guides for the Heroic side of the previous wing. I really wanted to believe beating them were possible without just drawing a god hand and having the bosses draw crap the whole game, but I'm not so sure. I'll get it up soon...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Accidental Spelunking', 'Sentinel 4', 'WWE SuperCard', and Loads More

Another Wednesday morning is upon us, which, for people in the US region of the App Store means an entire day of waiting around while everyone else in the whole world can slowly start downloading these new iOS games. There's some good stuff in this list, including a new Sentinel game, a WWE card game, and some other games that look pretty promising. Stay tuned for 11:00 PM Eastern tonight for the full roundup...

I love Hearthstone [Free (HD)], you love Hearthstone, and it seems like everybody in the whole frickin' world loves Hearthstone... But we're going to need to settle in for the inevitable disappointment of these weekly expansions coming to an end next week. But, hey, in the meantime, let's party down on the Construct Quarter which just went live in the US...

'Goat Simulator' is Headed to iOS

'Goat Simulator' is Headed to iOS

August 12th, 2014 11:53 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Upcoming Games

As is the case when anything gets popular, there's already loads of different (and often terrible) Goat Simulator clones on the App Store, but soon we'll be able to play the real deal. In goat simulator, you play as a goat, and simulate being a goat. It's basically just a supremely ridiculous physics sandbox game where you play as a goat. Here's the trailer from when it launched on PC:..

'Skylanders Trap Team' for iPad Will Have a Bluetooth Low Energy Portal AND Controller, Launching in October for $74.99

If for some strange reason you've spent the last few years living on a remote island being extra cautious about not reading any scraps of newspaper that might wash ashore and haven't heard about Skylanders, here's the deal- Originally released in late 2011, the Skylanders games, much like Disney Infinity orbit around a universe of plastic figurines with little NFC chips inside of them. You can put these figurines on another piece of plastic dubbed the "Portal of Power" and import them in to the various Skylanders games. It's a cool idea, and neatly bridges the divide between toys and video games...

Oh Hey, 'TourStar' Launched This Morning

August 12th, 2014 11:34 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Release
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Yesterday evening we posted about the (then) upcoming TourStar [Free] which was supposed to be launching this week. My brain just sort of parsed that as "Look for it on Wednesday with all the other games," and not "Oh, I'll show up Tuesday morning." So, if the idea of band management appeals to you, or you're looking for another game to play along side Band Stars [Free], be sure to check this one out...

Upcoming 'TourStar' Aims to Be The 'Game Dev Story' of The Music Business

I feel like I've been saying this for years now, but I really wish someone would just look at Kairosoft's game formula and take it the next evolutionary step beyond porting old java games to iOS. The simulation gameplay loop they pack in to their games is fantastic, but even their best titles have a palpable air of jank around them. One could argue that's what makes 'em so lovable, but, still, there's loads of room for improvement and iteration...

The 'Drake VS Lil Wayne' App is a Really Cool Idea, But I'm Not Sure It Did Anything

For some strange reason, I've been on a concert attendance bender for the last couple weeks like never before in my life. Late last month, I got to hang out with Avenged Sevenfold to see their upcoming game Hail to the King: Deathbat, and last night, I was back at the same venue to see Drake and Lil Wayne showcase the gimmick of their new tour. Rap battles have been a thing for as long as I can remember (You've seen 8 Mile right?) and so has Street Fighter. Somewhere along the chain of command between Drake, Lil Wayne, and Capcom, someone decided why not combine rap battles with Street Fighter? Sure, why not, right? And with that, the Drake VS Lil Wayne app [Free] was born...

The TouchArcade Show - 167 - Bio-Shocked

August 8th, 2014 7:29 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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621424_largerThis week was kind of a blur for me with so much cool stuff happening between Bioshock getting announced, desperately trying to beat the Military Quarter in Hearthstone, Dragon Quest IV launching, and so much more. We manage to distill all this amazement into one hour of podcast. Or, try to, anyway.

Don't forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to 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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Simple Ball, $0.99 - Simple Ball is the brand new physics-based puzzle game for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It's simple by name, but not by nature! Simple Ball can be played by anyone, anywhere.

Your job is to get the ball to hit the finish target by using the shapes and power-ups. Each level increases in difficulty with objects and obstacles that can help or hinder your progress. Best of all, Simple Ball has 75 levels all unlocked ready to play in any order you want!

Simple Ball is available now on the App Store for $0.99. There is also a free version of Simple Ball with 25 levels.


Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 8/8/14 - 'Dragon Quest IV' and 'Astro Duel'

We've been doing the monthly best game roundups for quite a while, where we pile together all the 5 and 4.5 star games in to one massive post. I figured it's 2014, so why not try something new and do these kind of roundups weekly instead of monthly. The comments section for the monthly posts are usually a bit of a mess with people discussing so many games, so maybe by doing more of that style of article focused on fewer games will result in a better discussion? Maybe?..

The one thing that sort of stinks about the App Store is because of the sheer quantity of things that get released, it's very easy to forget about cool games that launched without a whole load of content. Especially if you've got a smaller device, or a device packed with games you love, once you beat a game, it's not abnormal to delete it and move on. Last year we posted about Mayday! Emergency Landing [Free], and it fits perfectly in to the previous case I just described, as it originally launched with five missions that didn't take long to beat...