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.

Dog Sled Management Game 'Dog Sled Saga' Hits the App Store

September 22nd, 2016 1:15 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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One of the things I saw at PAX was Dan FitzGerald's Dog Sled Saga [$3.99], a surprisingly complex dog sled management game. The gameplay loop involves racing dogs via a mechanic where you're aiming and tossing dog biscuits to each of your dogs to keep them going full speed. (It almost reminds me of managing your carrots when riding Epona around in Zelda games.) After each race, the "real" part of the game begins and you micromanage all the aspects of your dog sled team and their training to build the ultimate group of canines...

Love 'Marble Madness' but Wish It Was on Your Watch? 'Marble Watchness' Might Be for You

Apple Watch gaming is super weird, but developers have figured out all sorts of crazy ways to sort of make these game experiences work on the small screen. Usually that's bite-sized companion style games, not full-blown arcade style games. The upcoming Marble Watchness bucks that trend by attempting to provide Marble Madness style gameplay on the watch, controlled with four tiny buttons:..

Upcoming 'Drifty Chase' Simplifies Drifting to One Tap

When you think of drifting in video games, you're probably imagining precise feathering of whatever button controls the gas, hitting the button that pulls the hand brake, then delicately wiggling an analog stick to gingerly slide around the corner. What if you could simplify all that into one tap? Well, that's exactly the magic of the latest verby verb to be released, Drifty Chase. Check out the video:..

Happy International Banana Festival, everyone! (Keep in mind, today is not to be confused with National Banana Day, which is apparently a totally different holiday.) I guess bananas are good enough to occupy more than one day on the made up holiday calendar, which, well, seems alright to me I guess. A bunch of iOS developers are joining in on the International Banana Festival celebrations. This list should get a few additions throughout the day as well, since we're expecting Sorcery 4 and a bunch of other games which likely aren't Jade Empire to be randomly popping up on iTunes at some point very soon...

The TouchArcade Show - 274 - A Live Delivery

September 16th, 2016 9:23 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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Well, if there's one thing you can always count on, it's never being able to count on anything. The original idea of this podcast episode when we were throwing together some notes about it was we were all going to get our new iPhones, set 'em up, and talk about what it's like gaming on them. Problem is, UPS didn't show up for Jared until it was super late (they actually deliver his phone while we're recording) and my iCloud restore took so long I couldn't really do much beyond use the stock apps for most of the day. So, with all of our good plans out the window, we just sort of talk about our first impressions and how weird it is that we've seen so little perceived advancement in mobile 3D graphics (among other stuff). We'll have a more normal episode next week, I promise.

Don't forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to 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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Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-274.mp3, 49.5MB


iPhone 7 First Impressions: Another Yearly iPhone Release, Another Set of Incremental Improvements

Something I've spent a lot of time thinking about since the iPhone 7 reveal keynote is how difficult is it to write about these new hardware releases year over year, or get that excited for them anymore. I was one of the idiots standing in line for the original iPhone, and at the time, this (now infamous) quote from Steve Ballmer about it being "the most expensive phone in the world" was totally true-..

If you're looking for games to download to try to push your new iPhone (or hell, even your old iPhone) to the limit, the keynote presentation would lead us to believe that Oz: Broken Kingdom [Free] is going to be one good way to do that- Apparently offering more monkeys on screen than any other 3D game on the App Store along with many more visual goodies...

New iPhone Games: 'Biker Mice: Mars Attack!', 'KOMRAD', 'Letter Club' and More

Well, it's National Hoagie Day, and assuming you're observing the holiday, that's probably the most exciting thing that's going to happen today. Here's why- Every iOS dev releasing a game is really hoping for one thing: Some super sick featuring from Apple. The week a new major version of iOS hits along side with release of the new iPhone means two things are getting featured. If you load up the App Store, you'll see all kinds of stuff updated for iOS 10 and on Friday we'll see even more featuring categories for best games/apps for the iPhone 7...

iOS 10 is Now Available for Download

September 13th, 2016 1:02 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News

Coming full circle from its reveal at WWDC this year, iOS 10 is now available for everyone to download. Apple has been doing pretty extensive (and easy to access) public betas, so all the fancy new stuff in iOS to might not be news to you, but as someone who hopped onboard with the release of last week's gold master... I'm >really digging the various tweaks and improvements made across the board. Of course, like with any major iOS version upgrade, it might not be the worst idea to hold off on upgrading a bit to wait and see if any major games or other things are broken. However, if you too live life by the seat of your pants, you can just grab it right now...

Watch Miyamoto Demonstrate His Ability to Eat a Burger and Play 'Super Mario Run' in New Video

While the internet is still busy arguing whether Super Mario Run is the best or worst thing ever, Nintendo is showing off the benefits of a game that can be played with one hand. This morning, Nintendo tweeted out a video showing a bit more of Super Mario Run as Shigeru Miyamoto demonstrates all the things you can do while playing a portrait mode single-hand game:..

Our replacement hosts did an amazing job last week keeping the podcast spice flowing, but this week we wrangle back the mics to get a ... slightly more normal episode of the show on the books. With the new iPhone 7 being front and center this week, we spend most of the podcast chatting about the new iPhone, the headphone jack drama, the unbelievable reveal of Super Mario Run, and touch just a little bit on the new Apple Watch before briefly going over some games. Those games include, Atomic Super Lander [$2.99], Disco Dave [Free], Skyhill [$2.99], and Submerged: Miku and the Sunken City [$4.99]. It's a great time for everyone involved.

Don't forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to 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!


iTunes Link: The TouchArcade Show
Stitcher: The TouchArcade Show via Stitcher Radio for Podcasts [Free]
RSS Feed: The TouchArcade Show
Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-273.mp3, 65.5MB


Following PAX, quite a few indie devs I talk to on the reg' asked me whether or not I think it's worth exhibiting on the showfloor (or even attending at all). The answer is usually a complicated mish-mash that involve more questions like, "Well, what are you hoping to get out of being there?" Like most things in game development, computing a concrete return on investment is tricky. Conventions are expensive, and it seems unrealistic to assume you being at an event is going to result in a large enough spike in downloads to justify the cost of being there. If it was that easy, everyone would do it...

Watch the iPhone Event Keynote Streaming Live Right Now

It's that time of year again, when Apple is about to reveal the latest and greatest iPhone. MacRumors has a full roundup of everything that is expected to be revealed, and historically those sort of things have been pretty accurate. Anyway, you can watch the event live in your browser or by using the Apple Events Apple TV app...

Something we'll hopefully hear some more news about today in Apple's keynote is what's going on with the official release of iOS 10. If you haven't been paying attention to the various feature announcements, iMessage is getting fleshed out in a big way via all sorts of third party addons including but not limited to sticker packs. Sticker Pals is an upcoming pack from the creators of Hatch [$2.99] that has a super light weight loot system which will make some stickers rare as they're distributed via loot boxes that players share, collect, and open...

New iPhone Games: 'All Star Quarterback 17', 'Think Shift', 'Submerged' and More

Today is the day where every man, woman, and child takes a moment to appreciate the objectively best lunch meat: Salami. That's right, it's Salami Day, an entire day dedicated to the magical meat. Also, something I learned today is that apparently chorizo is considered a variety of salami. It's like I just found out my favorite lunch meat and my favorite burrito filling are cousins and I didn't even know all this time. Anyway, game releases might be a little odd today as developers avoid the news cycle being dominated by Salami Day celebrations such as the unveiling of the new iPhone. However, we may get some surprises throughout the day as games which are shown as part of the Salami Day keynote pop up on the App Store, kind of like Epic Citadel [Free] and other titles have in the past...

PAX 2016: A Look at the 'Crashlands' Campaign Editor

September 5th, 2016 9:16 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News, PAX
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It's no secret that we really love Crashlands [$4.99] around here, and one of the early things we heard of (I think from a GDC meeting?) was how they had plans to publicly release all the tools they used to make the game so players themselves can customize their own campaigns. Well, the dudes at Butterscotch Shenanigans have been hard at work polishing it up and are getting close to unleashing it to the world. Here's what the editor looks like in action:..

PAX 2016: 'Eon Altar' Uses Mobile Devices as Controllers

September 5th, 2016 9:06 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News, PAX
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Wandering the 6th floor of PAX lead to discovering Eon Altar, a PC/Mac Steam game that normally we wouldn't pay a ton of attention to... except the super rad thing about the game is that it uses mobile devices as controllers. It's not the first time we've seen this before, as The Jack Box also did it really well... But this is the first time I've seen it done with a more hardcore RPG?..

PAX 2016: 'Eternal' is Another Cool Looking Digital Card Game

It seems like ever since Hearthstone hit the mobile scene so hard, everyone has been dying to get a piece of that collectable card game cheddar. We're seeing a lot of these lately, and as someone who loves card games, I welcome it. Eternal seems to skew a bit more towards the hardcore side of things, with multiple Magic-like colors, huge (compared to Hearthstone, anyway) decks, and a bunch more:..

PAX 2016: Tile Placement Game 'Lanterns: The Harvest Festival' is Coming to iOS

Continuing the trend of popular board games getting digital adaptations is Lanterns: The Harvest Festival on display at PAX. If you've never heard of it, the board game is an award winning tile placement game that has you placing lanterns to celebrate the harvest festival which has a complex matching and scoring system...

PAX 2016: 'Evolution' Hops from Board Game to iPad

Evolution is a physical board game with a pretty fascinating mechanic: You're doing everything you can with the cards you're dealt to evolve a superior life form to take over the local watering hole. We get a demo of how all the mechanics work, and like most board games, it's delightfully complicated. Things get a bit simpler in the iPad version, as all the fiddly little pieces and cards are handled automatically:..