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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.

Some of the best games on the App Store take a core mechanic that you might be super familiar with from all sorts of other games, then manages to repurpose that mechanic into something entirely new. Maybe they'll even add some kind of RPG progression on top to keep you playing. That describes a bazillion games on mobile right now, but the most recent one that fits that description is Mighty Games' new Questy Quest [Free]...

Remember five days ago when I posted that Final Fantasy Tactics [$13.99] was on sale and suggested that this was a pretty strong sign that the game was going to eventually get a 64-bit update? Well, it's almost like we know what we're talking about over here at TouchArcade because Squeenix just confirmed that a 64-bit update is in fact coming to Final Fantasy Tactics via updating the iTunes description of the game. The iTunes text now reads:..




These days it doesn't seem like there's that many developers left that you can just blindly purchase everything they release on the App Store without a second thought and have a game you'll love, but for me, Tinytouchtales still is posted up inside of that exclusive camp. I absolutely couldn't get enough of Card Crawl [$2.99], have killed my iPhone's battery multiple times playing Card Thief [$1.99] and now can't wait to see just how sucked into the just-released Miracle Merchant [$1.99]...

New iOS Games on Our Forums: 'Bring Me Cakes', 'Idle Realm', 'Monoposto', 'Road Warriors', 'Pigeon Wings', 'Tumblestone' and More

Hey what do you know, it's National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, which are far as made up holidays on Wednesdays are concerned, is a pretty good one. I've recently discovered that mom and pop ice cream shops typically have their own hand made ice cream sandwiches they make with soft serve, and it's sort of broken the boxed kind you buy at the grocery store for me. Anyway, if you're stuck in traffic driving to get ice cream sandwiches or waiting in line to order an ice cream sandwich, there's a ton of new games out now that you can play!..

Back at GDC this year I saw a bunch of games made in the Defold game engine which were all incredibly high quality. One in particular, Bring Me Cakes [$2.99] stood out as a very well done block sliding puzzler which I just sort of assumed would get picked up by some random publisher, loaded to the brim with freemium shenanigans, and we'd be posting something along the lines of, "It's a really cool game provided you're willing to put up with tons of ads." It's an incredibly nice change of pace that this isn't the case. Bring Me Cakes is self published and is just a premium puzzle game with no IAP...

We kick off this show talking a bit about the Tesla Model 3 announcements tonight, which I'm incredibly excited for. Fingers crossed for cool stuff and nothing too expensive! Anyway, after that brief chat we move on to discussing the news of the week which includes touching on Pokemon Go Fest again and a few other big happenings. As usual, we end the show with a bunch of game discussion. Those games include Age of Solitaire [Free], Linelight [$1.99], Vista Golf [Free], Wonderputt [$0.99], Pixel Volley [Free], and Eden Renaissance [$2.99].

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!

As a companion to this audio podcast, we also do a video version of the same show that is exclusive to Patreon which allows you to see us playing the games we're talking about. Backers can view the most recent video episodes of the TouchArcade show by clicking here. Be sure you're logged in to see the latest content. For everyone else who is curious, you can check out our public patreon posts to see older episodes of the video podcast. If you like what you see, consider becoming a TouchArcade Patreon backer.

 

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Among the many things that take place in the TouchArcade Discord is a hefty amount of speculation that comes from iOS gaming fans desperately trying to read the tea leaves on the App Store. Today's eyebrow-raising events surround an all-time classic of gaming: Final Fantasy Tactics [$13.99]. If you've never played this game and you're even remotely interested in turn-based strategy, I don't care what platform you play it on, or what re-release you play as long as you play it. Final Fantasy Tactics was one of the few PlayStation games you could practically turn a profit on trading it into Funco Land it was in such demand back in the day, and the game has aged beautifully over the years through its various ports and re-releases...

Check Out 'KoKo Fighters', An Upcoming Hack and Slash Looking for Beta Testers on Our Forums

Are you a fan of all sorts of particle effects, numbers spewing all over your screen, and a never-ending onslaught of enemies being slain using only your finger tip? If so, there's a new upcoming hack and slash that just got posted to our forums. The way all the skills work and the way the graphics look remind me quite a bit of Battleheart Legacy [$4.99] which I don't think is a bad thing at all. Check out the gameplay video:..

One of the things I've been most curious of with the upcoming Hearthstone [Free] expansion, Knights of the Frozen Throne, is how Blizzard is going to navigate the waters of their typical kooky tone with one of the ultimate evils of the Warcraft universe. Well, a video released by Blizzard earlier in the day featuring Dave Kosak explores that thought process, along with digging into what it's actually going to be like participating in the upcoming single player content of the expansion...

It's been teased for a while now, but mere moments ago the universal update for The Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free] hit the App Store. Due to general App Store weirdness as these updates propagate across the App Store, it might not show as an available update for you just yet, but it's definitely now listed as a universal app on iTunes, so it shouldn't be too long...

New iOS Games on Our Forums: Faily Skater, Vista Golf, Eden: Renaissance, Run Jump Die, Hades Star, Age of Solitaire - Civilization, and More

It's hard to believe it's already been a year since we last celebrated National Bagelfest, but sure enough, here we are. A few years ago I spent a summer in New York City, and honestly, everything they say about bagels in New York is true. I've got access to pretty good bagels here in Chicago, but there's just no comparison to hole in the wall NYC delis. Thankfully, I've got a bundle of new iOS games to distract me from my bagel woes...

'Coco Crab' Is an Upcoming Crustacean-Powered Spin on 'Pang'

Whether you call it Pang or Buster Brothers, chances are you've been digging all the Pang-likes on the App Store recently. Pang Adventures [$3.99] and The Bug Butcher [$3.99] are probably the two best one, but the upcoming Coco Crab is a cute spin on the Pang formula of splitting things and busting them, but this time around it's crabs splitting their ultimate enemy: fruit(?)...

As promise, here we are with a super special Monday edition of the podcast, due to a Comcast SNAFU preventing us from recording on Friday. It actually turned out to be a good thing, as it allowed us to record an extra-long episode which focuses quite a bit on the hot and humid Saturday at the Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago. Following that, we kick it over to quickly going through the big news stories of the week and close out the show by talking about Layton's Mystery Journey [$15.99], Leap On! [Free], Sidewords [$2.99], and Mr Jump S [Free].

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!

As a companion to this audio podcast, we also do a video version of the same show that is exclusive to Patreon which allows you to see us playing the games we're talking about. Backers can view the most recent video episodes of the TouchArcade show by clicking here. Be sure you're logged in to see the latest content. For everyone else who is curious, you can check out our public patreon posts to see older episodes of the video podcast. If you like what you see, consider becoming a TouchArcade Patreon backer.

 

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Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago Recap: Connectivity Issues, Angry Crowds, and Refunds

Just barely over a year ago, Niantic first launched Pokemon Go [Free] and to say it was an instant hit would be an understatement. It didn't take long before local city governments and police departments were issuing statements on Pokemon Go and trying to deal with hordes of people who were loitering at hot Pokestops at all hours of the day. Things snowballed further, and fans organized a massive meetup at Millennium Park in Chicago on Facebook. Thousands of people attended, and, well, I wish I could say I was surprised to say the game was unplayable between Niantic's servers and the connectivity issues that arise when you pack tons of cell phones in one place. So, instead, a year ago, people basically just stood around yelling:..

The Podcast Will Be Posted on Monday!

July 21st, 2017 8:45 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News

Just a quick note if you're looking for the podcast- It'll be posted on Monday. Just as we were about to start recording today, Jared's internet died. After hours of waiting, we're just calling it and are going to throw down an awesome podcast first thing Monday morning. The good news is, I'm going to the Pokemon Go event in Chicago this weekend, so we'll be able to get into all that on Monday when it's nice and fresh still. I'm excited.

I know people look forward to it on Fridays, but, ya'know, Comcast.

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With the upcoming Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion on the horizon and the existing metagame getting a bit long in the tooth, Blizzard has been up to all sorts of exciting things to keep people playing Hearthstone [Free]. Previously, we celebrated the Midsummer Fire Festival which had Ragnaros awarding us double coins for all of our quests. Now, Frost Lord Ahune has taken things over with the Frost Festival. This time around, participating in the event doesn't award coins, but instead packs for the upcoming expansion. Of course you can't actually open them until Knights of the Frozen Throne launches, but, it's cool earning them regardless...

The original Zombies, Run! [Free] has been free since 2015, and if you've never tried it and have any interest in running, you really should. Instead of how a lot of running apps will just have you running and walking based on timed intervals with chimes and maybe some voiceover to tell you what to do next, Zombies, Run! does basically the same thing but it's cleverly disguised through an in-game narrative where you're running around inside of a zombie apocalypse. It's hard to really capture in a trailer, but check this one out to get an idea of what it's like:..

'Songbirds' Is an Upcoming 'Electroplankton'-Like Musical Zen Puzzler

If you never had a chance to play Electroplankton on the Nintendo DS, early next month you'll have the opportunity to play a rad-looking iOS game called Songbirds - Playful Music Creation from Pelican 7 which looks like it does a great job of riffing on the formula. Pelican 7 are developers of Lily [$1.99], which is another cross between an interactive musical game and a touchscreen toy sort of thing, so these guys have experience in building things like this...

New iOS Games on Our Forums: 'Judas Priest: Road to Valhalla', 'Sidewords', 'Project Mallow', 'Finn in 1989', and More

Today is apparently National Hot Dog Day, the day of the year where all hot dogs are equally appreciated. Being in Chicago, I'm pretty deep into the Chicago style hot dog scene, but, I'd say I love all hot dogs equally. If you're looking for some new games to play while you wait in line for hot dogs today, you're in luck, there's a ton of new titles that have hit the App Store recently...

Comic Con is always an odd event for us to cover, particularly as the event has evolved from just focusing on comics to being an event about comics, TV shows, movies, video games, and every other medium that's even vaguely relevant in modern geek culture. Historically, it can be a bit hit or miss when it comes to mobile games, but Telltale kicked things off with a bang with three new games announced in one teaser video:..