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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.

If you've been following our weekly Hearthstone roundups, you've seen countless amazing things coming in the upcoming expansion set. The addition of the Old Gods themselves, all the old cards that are returning in different ways, and the overall flavor of the set has me ridiculously excited. Better than that though, Whispers of the Old Gods kicks off the first Hearthstone card rotation, with Goblins vs Gnomes and Naxxramas falling out of what's playable in Standard. This all happens next Tuesday, April 26th...

Yesterday we posted about Supercell's latest statement on fair play, which seemed to be aimed squarely at giving people who have installed various hacks and cheats like Xmod one last warning before bringing out the ban hammer. As expected, basically every Clash of Clans [Free] has people coming out of the woodwork this morning to complain about being banned, largely (so far, anyway) for running Xmod...




Last week we posted about a set of new tables coming to Zen Pinball [Free] on April 26th to celebrate Alien Day. When you consider Reebok is even releasing Alien shoes, a set of rad pinball tables seems pretty normal. Anyway, here's the latest trailer for the table that's based on the survival horror game Alien: Isolation. Check it out:..

Square Enix's "Project: Rising" Turns out to Be the Free to Play Social RPG 'Samurai Rising'

Last week we posted a vague Square Enix teaser for something called Project: Rising, with promises that we'd hear more about the game on the 19th. Well, turns out I was the only one to accurately guess that the reveal today was... just going to be another trailer. (I've played this whole Squeenix teaser thing a time or two before.) Anyway, Project: Rising is actually apparently the code name for the upcoming Square Enix free to play RPG Samurai Rising. Check it out:..

It's a bit of an open secret that there's absolutely no shortage of bots, hacks, mods, tweaks, and many other things that fall inside of those categories for Clash of Clans [Free] and Clash Royale [Free] and Supercell's other games. The most popular ones that I have heard of do things like make you always active on Clash of Clans (so you only get attacked when your mandatory attack cool down occurs) which admittedly were a bigger deal before recent updates as well as the ability to "ghost attack" which amounts to continually re-trying an attack without that attack actually registering. I've read that quite a few top-tier clans do these kind of things to keep their win streaks rolling, as they can effectively brute force different attack strategies until they find one that works, then execute that strategy on the live servers. Oh, there's also all kinds of shady ways to get gems. I'm sure there's all sorts of other similar stuff out there like this, but, well, you get the gist...

The TouchArcade Show - 253 - Almost Dead

April 15th, 2016 9:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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As Jared gets closer and closer to home ownership, he's on the verge of suffering a stress-related death, but still somehow manages to pull it together for an hour of random chatter about iOS games. Fear the Walking Dead: Dead Run [Free], Back to Square One [Free], Spellspire [Free], Sky Charms [Free], Vectradius [$0.99], and Warbits [$3.99] all get talked about, along with a hefty chunk of iOS news. It's a pretty solid show, I tell ya'.

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Bloomberg published an interesting article last night surrounding Apple potentially pursuing building a "secret team" to explore various potential App Store changes. It doesn't seem that far fetched, as it's not hard to find both iOS developers and iOS gamers who have something to say about how the App Store has truly grown out of its original design. Additionally, following last year's leadership shake-up it seems even more likely that it won't be long before we see some serious changes on the App Store, making this more of a matter of "when" and "what" rather than a matter of "if."..

Apparently unhappy with Sega dominating the soccer management world between Football Manager Touch 2016 and Football Manager Mobile 2016, EA has thrown their hat into the ring with the (currently) Singapore-only soft launch of FIFA Soccer: Prime Stars. On the surface, it seems a bit more light weight than Sega's offerings with gameplay that orbits around training and scouting players, then completing challenges and matches (which are rendered in full 3D) using your tricked out team...

A few years ago when I spoke at the Korea Games Conference, I saw a whole ton of awesome games in development and one of those was Monster Raid [Free] by Orca. While the genre is getting a little crowded these days, Monster Raid is another free to play game focused around the idea of collecting a ton of monsters, leveling them up, and using them to clear dungeons and do other assorted things that all involve monster on monster battles. It scratches a lot of itches that players looking for a Pokemon game (without a proper one on the App Store) might have...

NimbleBit Announces 'Tiny Tower 5th Anniversary Edition' Update, Looking for Beta Testers

Hey, remember Tiny Tower [Free]? Well it's almost five years old now and NimbleBit is celebrating the occasion with a massive update to the game that they're calling the "5th Anniversary Edition." They just posted in our forums about it, and they're actively looking for beta testers. Beta testing NimbleBit games is one of the things our community does best it seems, so, get on it!..

Ever since we posted our first impressions of the Nvidia Shield set top box Apple TV competitor, I've been keeping a close eye on happenings in the Shield-iverse as they're (quite honestly) a bit more interesting than the new Apple TV. Nvidia had the remarkable foresight to include a game controller in the box, so to some extent, the Nvidia Shield is way more successfully realizing the hopes and dreams that we had for the Apple TV. Things got a bit more weird today as Super Meat Boy hit the Google Play store for the Nvidia Shield (and presumably other similar Android TV devices)...

Get the iOS-Exclusive 'Hearthstone' Hero Khadgar as Apple Launches Massive "Apps for Earth" App Store Promo

Yesterday we mentioned some higher than average weirdness orbiting the App Store surrounding all sorts of rumors we were piecing together from different iOS developers who had (some subtly, some not-so-subtly) been told to reschedule the release of their game this week. The most logical conclusion to jump to there was that Apple was clearing the runway for a massive game release that was going to get the Clash Royale mega-feature treatment. Well, that's sort of true, but it wasn't just one game, it's for the "Apps for Earth" promotion. A bunch of apps and games got updated to have Earth Day-y things, and this feature is likely going to hang around through next week as Earth Day isn't until the 22nd...

Sometime last night the update to Crashlands [$4.99] hit the App Store, and it's added a ton of things that are going to make playing the game a whole lot nicer- Arguably making the whole thing worth playing again. Namely, the world map got much better, harvesting plants got less annoying, players will be able to build what basically amount to conveyor belts to move around, and loads more stuff. I'm not kidding about loads either, take a look at the full patch notes if you don't believe me...

I find it to be sort of hard to believe that very many people reading TouchArcade don't already have Luca Redwood's fabulous You Must Build a Boat [$2.99], but if you don't, and you live in the UK, and you frequent Starbucks, you can score a free copy of the game by picking up one of the Starbucks pick of the week free app cards and redeeming the promo code on the back. You better hurry, as it seems like (at least in the US) jerks will grab entire stacks of those cards when it's something good...

Backflip Studios' Dragonvale [Free] may be a little old, but there's still a ridiculous amount of people playing the game. To keep players engaged, Backflip has continually been rapid-firing new content into the world of Dragonvale. Currently, there's more than 270 dragons that players can collect in game, and as of this morning they've introduced a second "legendary" dragon to the game. (If this is all going over your head, a legendary dragon in Dragonvale has special abilities and effectively looks way cooler than non-legendary dragons.) Players will need to be at least level 30 to begin building Gaia's Perch to summon the new dragon, but it's not as easy as just building a new building and waiting for a timer- To summon Gaia, players will need to send their dragons on quests and compete in races to collect the various rewards and artifacts to build their nursery...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Flick Golf Extreme', 'Super Karts', 'Wild Roads', 'X-Tactics' and More

While you guys are busy celebrating National Bookmobile Day, I've been spending my morning trying to figure out what's going on with the App Store. I've heard a bunch of different rumors from a bunch of different connected people about something big happening in these next two weeks, but have been totally unsuccessful in connecting any more than two dots. Is there a huge surprise game coming out this week? Is there some kind of App Store reorganizing taking place? All I know is more than a few developers were asked to reschedule their game launch away from this week. Which seems... odd, but it might explain why this week's release list is a little more scant than normal. I'm hoping these various rumblings mean we're going to see something different resulting from the App Store leadership shakeup from late last year, but it could just mean another massive game is coming that's getting the Clash Royale [Free] mega-feature treatment? Or it could mean nothing! That's the greatest part about Apple rumors!..

Last week we posted about a huge update that had just hit Magic Duels [Free] and I somewhat sarcastically mentioned that it seems like with this game for every bug Wizards fixes, new ones pop up. Well, that's true once again with the latest Magic Duels update, and this particular problem might be the most game-breaking yet...

Butterscotch Shenanigans' Crashlands [$4.99] launched a while ago, and everyone aside from some cranky PC gamers seem to love it. If you want to know how much we love it, take a look at our review. Even the best games can get better though, and the update scheduled to hit this week for Crashlands aims at a whole load of quality of life improvements. Check out the trailer:..

Check out the Latest 'Super Senso' Trailer

We previewed it earlier this year, but all of us at TouchArcade are pretty excited for Super Senso. If you haven't heard of it before, the best way to describe it is a real slick mobile Advance Wars-like with big-ass robots. Recently, it was announced that the game is to be published by GungHo, which brings along all sorts of benefits like being part of the GungHo booth at PAX East... Which of course means you need a PAX East gameplay trailer:..

Over the weekend I played through Lost Tracks [Free], an iOS game released by a team of students from The Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark. Like a lot of student games, it's super experimental, which makes for a pretty neat overall experience. It's one of those weird things that straddle a sometimes uncomfortable fence between an interactive art project and an actual game, but being roughly 30 minutes long and totally free, it's definitely worth checking out...