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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.

'Rules!' Is Officially the First Apple Watch Game

March 27th, 2015 10:30 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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We've been watching AppShopper like a hawk as Apple Watch updates have been rolling out over the last day or so. MacRumors has a full list of all the interesting apps they've seen so far, but on the games front, there really hasn't been that much. ...Until this morning when Rules! [$2.99] had an update approved adding Apple Watch support...

'Hearthstone' Blackrock Mountain Adventure Launches April 2nd

Well how about that. The "leak" we posted about yesterday from the Korean Battle.net refund page turned out to be spot on. Blizzard just confirmed that the Blackrock Mountain single player adventure for Hearthstone [Free] will indeed launch on April 2nd...

We're working on a bunch of awesome stuff to make the best iOS gaming forum in the world even better, and the first feature launched this afternoon: A fully responsive redesign of our forums. If you're not hip to the whole responsive web design trend, what that means is our forums automagically lay themselves out differently depending on either the size of your browser window or the screen size of the device you're viewing it on...

'You Must Build a Boat' Hands-On Preview - The '10000000' Sequel is Even Better Than We Were Expecting

If you were around for 10000000 [$2.99] mania, you'll likely remember just how magical it all was. If you weren't, the headline of the review basically nails it. In a nutshell, a game randomly came out of nowhere with a title that didn't make much sense, an icon which was basically a placeholder, and some of the best puzzle gameplay we saw that year. Honestly, the game still holds up well to existing puzzler releases, and is on my short list of titles I tell people to grab when I get the all-too-often question of "What games should I get?"..

As if there were any doubts as to whether or not Supercell has truly made it with Clash of Clans [Free], the fact that there's a vibrant developer community creating bots which play the game is a true benchmark for overall craziness. Video game bots have had a fascinating history, starting with simple macro programs that automate keypresses to bots like this one that use advanced image analysis to effectively totally play the game for you. There have been bots for basically every online game out there, so it's not much of a surprise that these kind of things also exist for Clash of Clans. It's called ClashBot, and works using the BlueStacks Android emulator. They've even got forums filled with people tweaking the bot and helping others do crazy stuff with it...

If you enjoy reading internet tea leaves and playing Blizzard's smash hit collectable card game Hearthstone, today is your lucky day. Earlier this month the Blackrock Mountain expansion was announced. If this is the first you've heard of it, it's going to be another single player adventure similar to the Curse of Naxxramas expansion, featuring loads of single player encounters and of course- a bunch of new cards...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Jump'N'Shoot Attack', 'Stickman Rush' and More

Another Wednesday, another onslaught of iOS releases. Here's the few games that have poked their head out on the New Zealand App Store so far, but I know for a fact this is just a sampling of what's coming tonight as there's at least one very huge game release that hasn't shown up on our forums yet...

'Power DOS' the iOS x86 Emulator Goes Free

March 24th, 2015 2:02 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News, Sales
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Back in 2010, few things were hotter than emulators sneaking on to the App Store. The novelty value of your iPhone or iPad emulating something and the whole lucky feel you got of snagging something from the App Store before Apple pulled it often resulted in a tornado of interest around anything to do with emulation. In fact, the reveal of iDOS is one of our most popular TouchArcade stories ever. Well, skip ahead in time five years later and almost everyone has a folder full of weird emulators on their device, they don't cause the same splash of excitement, and Apple isn't anywhere near as vigilant about removing them- Or, at least, this has been the case with Power DOS [$0.99] for the last few months...

If you're not among the millions of people still playing World of Warcraft, what you've missed in the latest expansion is the garrison system. In a supreme nutshell, Blizzard has effectively implemented many of the features that have made the various base-building mobile games into WoW. As you level up to 100, you're continually building your garrison and interacting with your growing number of followers by sending them on timer-based missions. If this sounds interesting to you, check out this video which gets pretty in-depth with how it all works:..

LogoThis week the big news was everything to do with Nintendo, so we dedicate the first half of the podcast to a recap of everything that has happened so far with Nintendo on mobile as well as what we think will happen in the future. Since we've got returning special guest Brad Nicholson on the podcast, we dedicate the second half to discussing the upcoming Wrestlemania matches and our predictions for 'em. Sorry if you don't like wrestling, but, we'll be back with a normal episode next 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, 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 - 3/20/15 - 'To Be Or Not To Be', '. Decluster', and 'Imps in Tokyo'

It's been another great week in iOS gaming, and here's another bundle of high scoring game reviews we published this week. Speaking of publishing reviews, chances are you'll see review output amp up considerably in the not too distant figure as so far we've picked up six new writers this week with another two on the way next week. So, these posts might grow quite a bit in the future as we just review more stuff...

The year is 2015 and developers are still trying to out-Clash of Clans Clash of Clans [Free]. Hell, Supercell even did it themselves with the release of Boom Beach [Free]... Which, admittedly was pretty good. Anyway, Hero Sky: Epic Guild Wars [Free] just hit the App Store with developer Innospark throwing their hat into the base building/attacking/defending sort of game. The interesting twist that makes this one noteworthy is a hero system, which gives you a ton of different dudes to play as to supplement your offensive and defensive strategies instead of just solely dispatching mindless soldiers...

Few things are hotter right now than the hit indie sensation Crossy Road [Free]. Everyone's talking about it, everyone's (still) playing it, and developers are racing to clone it. I guess it doesn't help that "Just make Crossy Road" has become a bit of a catch phrase on our podcast, but, hey, welcome to 2015. Anyway, two new characters just hit the Android version of the game on the Amazon App Store. They're coming soon on iOS, but if you want a sneak peek, check out this video by YouTube superstar BitStern:..

Well this is weird. Dark Echo [$0.99] is one of those games that really make the App Store special. If you've been around for a while, you know the type- Totally experimental gameplay in a package that'd be super hard to sell on other platforms, but the impulse buy-friendly nature of the App Store combined with pricing of a couple bucks often makes all this work out. Or, so it would seem. If this is the first you've heard of the game, definitely check out our five star review. Here's an excerpt:..

While we don't often cover much to do with the business of iOS gaming around here, this seemed interesting enough to share- Per Rovio's 2014 financial reports, the company has seen its first major drop off in profits since the Angry Birds franchise hit big. Rovio's games themselves are doing well, with a 16% rise in overall revenue, but where the company is beginning to falter is in its previously massive product licensing business...

Late last year we posted about daily deal site Meh.com offering the fantastic Steelseries Stratus for $45. Well, if you thought that was a great deal, today you can get the same controller for $30- Which sort of feels like the price point these controllers should have been all along. They normally sell for $80, but can be had for $61.66 on Amazon... Or $44.99 for refurbs...

'Final Fantasy: Record Keeper' Soft Launches in Canada... On Android

We've been following developments of Final Fantasy: Record Keeper for quite a while now, but our excitement kicked into overdrive last month when it was announced that the game was in fact going to see an English release. If this is the first you've heard of the game, here's the basic gist from our previous article-..

If you don't really follow the business world of mobile, let me give you a brief summary of what it feels like the investment climate is like in Finland for mobile startups: One guy says, "Hey I've got an idea for a mobil..." at which point they're interrupted by someone else dumping a figurative dump truck of money on top of them before they can finish their sentence. The up-side of this for us, is that it seems like there's a never-ending stream of funding for people to do really cool and often totally experimental things- Or at least, this seems to be the case with the just announced Everywear Games...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Stormblades', 'SwapQuest', 'Goblin Quest: Escape' and More

It's another Wednesday, which means precisely two things this early in the morning: First off, the New Zealand App Store just had a whole bunch of new games appear on it. Secondly, we've got the same weekly caveat that it's very likely that these aren't all the games being released tonight- Instead, these are the games that have discussion threads currently in our forums. Stay tuned for a full roundup this evening once we suss out everything new that's on the App Store. There's some games I know are coming out tonight which haven't appeared on the New Zealand App Store yet, so it's definitely worth checking out our full list tonight...

LogoThis XXL American-sized episode of The TouchArcade Show is basically the GDC recap podcast we really wanted to record but just were too busy with how insane GDC was to do it. We talk about our party, meeting the Butterscotch Shenanigans guys, and how it's cool that so many indie devs at GDC continue to do pretty great. We chat about some of the big games this week, then move on to a discussion about the Apple Watch. It's a good time all around.

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!

 

iTunes Link: The TouchArcade Show
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Oh also, if you're interested in sponsoring either of our podcasts, we've got ad packages that can fit any budget. Shoot an email to ads@toucharcade.com for more information.

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