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.

A new game has taken the crown of the most downloaded free game on the App Store, it's called Timberman [Free] and almost vaguely feels like someone took a look at those don't step on the black tiles games and decided to make something that looked like a real video game out of it. Maybe. Anyway, in the game you play as a lumberjack and can tap either side of the screen to chop an apparently infinitely tall tree down...

I elected to miss the boat of this particular console cycle and build a PC instead, but if you're a console gamer, chances are you're undoubtedly stoked for Destiny. It's the first huge release from Bungie since they got off the Halo franchise, and everything is indicating it's going to be a pretty rad game. A public beta is starting up tomorrow for people with Sony consoles, with a Microsoft console beta coming next week...

Another Wednesday, another huge batch of games for us to dive in to later this evening when they all hit the US App Store at 11:00 PM Eastern. It seems like everyone and their brother is just waiting for Modern Combat 5 to hit next week, but, there's some good stuff (and another Gameloft game) in this list...

486553_largerBack in action with another episode of The TouchArcade Show, we make up for the mediocre game chat the previous week with loads of game chat this week, along with all the cool news of the week. Be sure to hit up the links to the sales posts below, especially if you're missing some of those awesome games.

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  • Mountain [$0.99]
  • Beyond Gravity [$0.99]
  • Magic 2015 [Free (HD)]
  • Transworld Endless Skater [Free]
  • Urban Trial Freestyle [$1.99]
  • Pyramid Solitaire Saga [Free]
  • Sonic Jump Fever [Free]


This week's episode of The TouchArcade Show is sponsored by…

Dungeon Quest, Free - Sponsoring this week's podcast is Shiny Box Games, the maker of Dungeon Quest – a truly free-to-play action RPG with addictive gameplay, epic loot, character customization, and fully randomized dungeons. With no pay wall, a thriving community of users, and regular updates by the developers, Dungeon Quest is designed for gamers who want constant challenge and extensive customization and game-play. The challenge map update is out NOW on the App store. Stop by the Dungeon Quest thread in the TouchArcade forum for user strategies and direct developer support.


TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Magic 2015' for iPad

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one...

Yesterday while going through my email I got a note about the new Leo's Fortune [$4.99] trailer, and kind of wrote it off. I mean, we've covered the game extensively between preview and review coverage, and there's not a whole else left to say about it other than it's good and you should download it. Well, for whatever reason I found myself on the YouTube most watched videos on my Apple TV last night, and look what I found:..

"The 10000000 Guy" Details Crazy Free to Play Payment Model for Upcoming 'Smarter Than You'

Luca Redwood, also known as "The 10000000 Guy", was working on a hotly anticipated sequel for the original 10000000 [$2.99] titled You Must Build a Boat. Along the way, he started working on a side projects, and from there the story takes an incredibly predictable turn that I feel like I've heard a million times from other developers with "side projects"- The side project turns in to the main project, and before you know it, you're polishing up a game for release that you only originally meant to take a little break and prototype...

Now that the Flappy phenomenon is (mostly) behind us, we can get back to looking at games like this and being like "Oh hey, that looks like a neat cave flyer!" right? Well, whatever, that's exactly what I said when I saw this trailer:..

Creator of '10000000' Reveals 'Smarter Than You' in New Trailer

While the rest of us are (im)patiently waiting for Luca Redwood's 10000000 [$2.99] followup You Must Build a Boat which was revealed earlier this year, he's apparently working on something else. That "something else" is Smarter Than You, a multiplayer social-y game that looks a little bit like a significantly spruced up version of rock-paper-scissors in the just-released "instructional video":..

In a week already filled with crazy sales, here's a huge freebie we just spotted off our starboard bow: Assassin's Creed Pirates [$4.99] is free for the first time ever, because, well, YOLO? Seriously though, I'm wondering if we're on the verge of a big App Store anniversary feature on the App Store with this game as the Apple sanctioned freebie of the week? Maybe?..

'Plague Inc' Simian Flu Update Infects App Store

July 10th, 2014 11:17 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News, Updates
99¢ Buy Now

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: You'd be hard pressed to find a better bang for your buck on the App Store than Plague Inc [$0.99] and its associated IAP unlocks. The amount of support the game has received since its initial release and the overall craziness of its additional updates easily makes it a must-have for anyone. We liked it in our review two years ago, and since then the game has gotten better and better...

In the very early hours of the morning today, Minecraft Pocket Edition [$6.99] version 0.9.0 hit the App Store. Dubbed the "biggest update EVER" by Mojang, 0.9.0 adds infinite world size, caves, tons of new blocks, monsters, biomes, new places to explore, and more. Better yet, they even tweaked the UI a bit to add an interaction button, so you'll no longer accidentally dig/punch things...

While the rest of the internet is busy trying to figure out David O'Reilly's Mountain [$0.99], we're doers around here at TouchArcade. While everyone else was postulating the meaning of Mountain, debating whether or not it's a game, and everything else under the sun, I just completed a thirty hour marathon of the game, entirely live streamed on Twitch, and manage to capture the exciting ending of the game which you can now watch below.....

We're 24 Hours in to Streaming 'Mountain'

July 9th, 2014 12:57 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
99¢ Buy Now

David O'Reilly's Mountain [$0.99] is an interesting... thing. We posted about it when we first heard about the "mountain simulator" coming to the App Store, and our forums are filled with people who don't get it, people who are trying to get it, and people who are flat out mad at its existence...

'Dawn of the Immortals' is a Cool Looking 3D MMORPG Soft Launched in Mexico

The iOS MMORPG market is mostly dominated by Gameloft's Order & Chaos [$6.99] and a few other titles that all have varying degrees of World of Warcraft-y-ness. Well, a new game popped up on our radar called Dawn of the Immortals by Perfect World Entertainment that is currently soft launched in Mexico and looks pretty sweet. Like most MMO's, it's hard to really judge the game until it goes live and gets an active playerbase, but, it's showing promise so far...