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.

The internet is in a real weird spot right now. Ad blocking has been gaining steam over the years, and depending on how technically savvy your site's audience is, it's entirely possible to have more people blocking the advertising that is paying for your site to exist than viewing those ads. The saving grace in a more-recent sense has been that people browsing from mobile devices has also grown significantly. Over two thirds of our traffic comes from mobile devices, and most of those devices are running iOS. In that sense, it still sucks, but it's not a huge deal if a bunch of people in that remaining third are blocking our ads. If you're blocking our ads, please support our Patreon...

'CSI: Slots' is a Video Game

'CSI: Slots' is a Video Game

September 18th, 2015 5:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Upcoming Games

You know those novelty dice that are a staple anywhere that sells dumb overpriced gifts for bachelor/bachelorette parties? I feel like a set of those have to exist for iOS game development. On one die, various popular IP's your studio has access to. On the other, popular mobile game types. Gameloft totally could have rolled something like, say, The Amazing Spider Man and Farm Builder, but instead, the dice landed on CSI and Casino Game. Once you invoke the dice, there's no take backs, and much like a monkey's paw, once you dive in you're stuck with whatever accursed results the universe throws your way...

"We Own You" - Confessions of an Anonymous Free to Play Producer

When it comes to discussions surrounding free to play, people often focus on monetization tactics based on their experiences as a player. Folks commonly get upset based on the disruption of the historical precedent that games should have a price tag, that you pay, then get the game. It's understandable, as it's hard to be a savvy consumer when the value proposition is often so heavily distorted, making it supremely unclear how large the air quotes around "free" really are. In actuality, that's among the least gross things about giant free to play titles from huge developers who have turned game design into modern-day factory farming, harvesting user data more aggressively than the worst PC spyware of the early 2000's, all to fuel the fires of selling as much IAP as possible...

iOS 9 is Now Available

September 16th, 2015 1:03 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News

While the gold master has been out for a week, iOS 9 is now officially available and can be found by going to your iOS device's settings and selecting the update. We've been following things pretty closely, and haven't seen any majorly compelling reasons to not upgrade... But those kind of things typically snake out after tons of people download the new OS and discover [insert random game/app/whatever here] is broken on the new operating system. Personally, I'm mashing the update button while shouting "YOLO" but I might be more adventurous than most...

'Final Fantasy Adventure' / 'Sword of Mana' Remake Coming to Mobile This Year

If you weren't around for the weird way Square retitled their early games just for fun, this might all be a little confusing to you, but, here goes. Final Fantasy Adventure is a Game Boy game which was originally released in Japan as Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden and Europe as Mystic Quest. (Not to be confused with the SNES game Final Fantasy Mystic Quest.) It then got a remake for the Game Boy Advance titled Sword of Mana as this isn't even a Final Fantasy game at all- Instead it's the first game of the Mana series which would eventually blow up into Secret of Mana. So, whatever you know this game as, here's the good news: It's coming to mobile this year...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight (And Out Now?): 'Super Bounce Back', 'Starseed: Origin', 'Order & Chaos 2: Redemption' and More

This has been a supremely weird week for iOS game releases, all because of iOS 9 hitting at some point today. A lot of games are already out, and have been since last night. Others are following the NZ release cycle. As usual, it'd seem that developers really just don't know what to do to play favorably into Apple's featuring cycle when Apple breaks their own pattern with hardware or software releases. I'm sure next week will be crazy too...

I feel like mobile technology needs some kind of universal constant we can cite, something along the lines of Rule 34, that says "A case exists for every conceivable piece of portable electronics." We saw it with ridiculous cases for the Apple Watch, and history is once again repeating itself with the Apple TV remote. Griffin is the first of what I'm sure will be many different accessory manufacturers making cases for the remote, with the silicon Survivor Play for Siri Remote. ..

To say Geometry Dash [$1.99] is huge on our forums would be a monumental understatement. The main thread is rocketing towards 65,000 total posts and soon will exceed three million views. For one game! The developer is super-active in the thread, and the fans of the game are extremely energetic, sharing levels and... Well, lennies all day long...

While any iOS gamer with a few devices under their belt probably has a bunch of Lightning cables laying around, it's hard to overstate just how useful having a super long one is. Using something like this 10-foot braided MFi-certified Lighting cable courtesy of TouchArcade Deals can be supremely handy to play battery-hungry games from bed or on the couch (or really anywhere else not within 3 feet of an outlet). Better yet, this particular cable is covered in nylon braiding which for some magical reason really helps with it not getting tangled and helps it look cooler than your average Lightning cable...

LogoOn this week's episode of The TouchArcade Show, we primarily focus on the two major events this week. First off, what a total, unbelievably bummer it is that EA removed Flight Control from the App Store along with the implications of trying to deal with legacy software on iOS. Once we made our peace with amazing games vanishing potentially forever we shifted gears to talk about everything that happened at this week's keynote and what we think of it all. If you want to follow along, Jared posted a great roundup of everything that happened earlier this week.

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EA Quietly Removes 'Flight Control', 'Real Racing', and Other Classics From the App Store

If you were going to put together a list of truly classic iOS titles, and both Flight Control and Real Racing weren't on it, you'd have some explaining to do. Sadly, it seems as of about ten days ago, the only place those games will exist anymore is in ancient reviews and YouTube trailers. As accidentally spotted by Shaun last night, while looking for something else, EA has removed the following games from the App Store:..

I'm probably weirder than most, but considering I do almost everything on my iPhone, I pay pretty close attention to how much battery I'm carrying with me. All the emails, tweets, IFTTT alerts, chat apps, and other crazy stuff I use to keep TouchArcade running like a well oiled machine don't work if my battery is dead, so I've collected what most would probably consider an unhealthy amount of external battery packs over the years. Recently I picked up a Anker PowerCore 20100, which has replaced my Mophie Powerstation XL that used to have a permanent spot in my bag. It's replacing the Anker Astro E6 at the top of their battery lineup, and the PowerCore is both nearly a third smaller and lighter...

TouchArcade Deals: Win a Free MacBook Air

September 9th, 2015 5:27 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Deals, News

It's been an exciting day so far, like every keynote day, and while you're mentally tallying up just how much you're going to spend with all the fancy new gadgets announced today... Maybe try your luck at getting something for free? Care of TouchArcade Deals, we're giving away a free MacBook Air. All you've got to do to enter is sign up and mash the giant button to be included in the contest...

It's happening, the keynote is starting, and we're likely on the verge of the iPhone 6s announcement, a new Apple TV, and all sorts of other exciting stuff. You can watch right along with us live by heading to this link in your browser, or loading up the special "Apple Events" channel on your Apple TV... It's oddly poetic in a way, that you'd potentially be watching a new Apple TV being revealed on your instantly old and busted old Apple TV...

Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Star Wars Droid Review - Malibu Stacy's New Droid Hat

In the last week, the internet has been on fire with what's likely going to be the hottest toy this Christmas, the Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid. The upcoming movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is scheduled to be released on December 18th of this year. Following "Force Friday" last Friday, Star Wars mania is already upon us. Leading the charge of the first blitz of new toys, bedding, and clothing is the obnoxiously cute (and actually working) BB-8. Gone are the days of lame toys which are effectively just painted plastic that kinda sorta looks like but works nothing like something from a movie, instead, the Sphero BB-8 is a miniature version of the exact same droid to be featured in The Force Awakens...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Mucho Taco', 'Devastator', 'Skilltree Saga' and More

If you woke up and haven't checked your calendar yet today, I've got some good news and I've got some bad news. The good news is it's Wednesday and there's a ton of new iOS games coming tonight to download. The bad news is, the grand council that determines whether or not this week is in fact weak is busy waiting for the keynote to start... So we might not have an authoritative answer as to where this week lies on the meh-o-meter until later today...

Spinning our wheels in the mud of Apple TV gaming rumors has been an annual WWDC tradition for years now. An Apple TV App Store reveal has practically earned a permanent square amongst the various Apple Keynote bingo cards by now, but, if recent rumors are to be believed, tomorrow is going to be the day that it finally happens. Now, I know we've been hyped up for Apple TV gaming for, well, years, but let's take a Devil's Advocate-y approach here and analyze why games on the Apple TV might not be the Next Big Thing...

It seems like the whole mobile-focused corner of the internet is reaching astronomical hype levels which can only be described by using the Lennie emoticon for the impending release of Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] version 0.12. Like most Minecraft updates, a bunch of new stuff is going to be added, but I'm most excited for redstone which allows players to build basic electronic circuitry in game... Which people of course have taken to the extremes of creating computer processors, in game, using redstone...

It's kind of crazy how quickly quadcopter drones went from super expensive gadgets sold at stores like Brookstone and Sharper Image to... drones that fit in the palm of your hand and sell for $69, as is the case with the Limited-Edition 'Code Black' HD-Camera Drone. It's got 10 minutes of flight time and an onboard 720p camera which captures footage to a microSD card. It's also tiny as hell, here it is next to the controller:..

The TouchArcade Show - 221 - BB-8 Adoration Station

September 4th, 2015 9:01 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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195525_largerWe kick off this week's episode with a long discussion on the relative low interest of the original Sphero toy and the off the charts explosion caused by the release of their BB-8 toy. I guess that's just the magic of the Star Wars brand at work. From there, we answer a couple emails and move on to talking about a ton of games. The Deer God [$6.99], Power Ping Pong [$4.99], Don't Starve: Pocket Edition [$4.99], Electro Ball [Free] are all in there, along with another mention of the fantastic Sage Solitaire [Free].

If you want to be heard on an episode of The TouchArcade Show, 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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