Author Archives: Eli Hodapp

About the Author

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.

LogoWith GDC bearing down upon us, I spent almost the entire week buried up to my neck in scheduling meetings with developers, so we did a bit of a free form podcast this week. We started off talking about the things that happen when you launch a free game, and all the weird tertiary markets that have blown up surrounding the insane popularity of the App Store. From there, we chatted about the ridiculously brutal Peter Molyneux interview, Nintendo's latest plans along with some New 3DS XL chat, Eric's time with Sick Bricks, pixelated guns, and Jared shares his thoughts on King of Thieves [Free]. Overall, it's a good podcast, even if it is a bit all over the place.

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Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 2/13/15 - 'Dark Echo', 'Radiation Island', and 'Pike and Shot'

We reviewed a lot of great games this week, but the three with the highest review scores this week I feel really confident in saying you need on your phone. 2015 is ramping up to be a hell of a year, and we're barely a month and a half in. I can't imagine what the rest of the year is going to bring us...

Candy Crush Saga [Free] is the game that just doesn't stop when it comes to raking in ungodly amounts of money for According to The Guardian, Candy Crush made 1.3 billion with a B dollars in 2014 on in-app purchase alone. That's millions of extra lives, gold bars, candy hammers, and all the other stuff you can buy in game...

TA Plays: 'Shadowmatic' - An Awesome Shadow Puzzler

February 13th, 2015 2:00 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in News, TA Plays
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Shadowmatic [$2.99] came out a while ago, but it's one of those games that's kind of difficult to describe but makes total sense as soon as you see it in motion. It's like the crazy child of Zen Bound [$2.99] and Blueprint 3D but with shadows. We give it a spin, but this video comes with the standard puzzle game caveat: These levels only have one solution, so watching us solve them can be a major spoiler. We only do the first few levels though, so, it's not that big of a spoiler for the overall game-..

If you're looking for new podcasts to listen to (aside from ours, of course) I recently discovered one that I'm absolutely in love with. As I've mentioned on The TouchArcade Show numerous times now, my nightly ritual involves listening to podcasts as I go to sleep. I even own a pair of sleep headphones, which are a real thing believe it or not. Anyway, the problem with listening to a lot of podcasts to fall asleep is sometimes they're just too interesting. You put 'em on to unwind and go to bed, and end up staying up later because you're learning about something new from Stuff You Should Know, want to find out what happens next in Serial, are totally captivated by crazy stats from Freakonomics, and more. The struggle is real, I tell you...

Today we've got a fresh install of Halfbrick's Monster Dash [Free] to check out the recently released Ghostbusters content. You actually have to play the game for a little bit before you can drop $2.99 on the new Ghostbusters characters, so we do that and talk a bit about the history of the game in the process:..

TA Plays: 'Radical' - The Latest From Beaver Tap Games

February 11th, 2015 11:30 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in News, TA Plays
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We sat down with developer Mike Meade in between a commercial break for The Mikey Shorts Fun Show over a bowl of Mikey Munch to play the latest release from Beaver Tap Games, Radical [Free]. It's another one of those see how long you can survive avoidance high scoring game with ads, which you probably already have a dozen of on your phone. Each of them has their own little twist, which always makes them at least worth trying out, especially since they're all so small and take mere seconds to download. Here's what Radical looks like in motion:..

I think it's safe to call 1-Bit Ninja [$2.99] an App Store classic now, which makes 1-Bit Ninja Retro Remix [$1.99] even more interesting as it takes the original formula but gives it a new slightly to the side view. Oh, and it's random and endless check it out:..

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Radical', 'Staying Together', 'Daytona Rush' and a Bunch More

No week can ever truly be weak when Radical is on the horizon. I mean, have you seen the trailer? You should fix that problem if not. If pick up and play insta-death games aren't your thing, that's cool too, there's a ton of new stuff coming out this week as well...

Been following along with the Sega drama that's popped up lately? No? That's alright because the walking, talking encyclopedia of Sega drama knowledge is here to give us the full rundown while I play through Sonic CD [$2.99]. Why is Sonic CD relevant? Well, because it's this level of quality that we'd potentially have if Sega gives the same dudes behind this game the stamp of approval to go wild with Sonic 3...

Lonnie Plays 'Taiso', One Of Our Favorite Crazy Games

February 10th, 2015 5:53 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in News
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A couple GDC's ago, Taiso [Free] was a hit. Jared showed it to us, and we all stood around like idiots twirling our phones in the air to make the in-game gymnast do the same. The thing with Taiso is, it's a real hard game to describe, but something you understand in seconds once you see it in action. Thankfully, our favorite iOS YouTuber Lonnie is hot on the case-..

Developers Headed to GDC: Let's Meet Up!

February 10th, 2015 11:52 AM EST by Eli Hodapp in News
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Well, it's that time again. We're a few weeks out from GDC, I've got my Google Calendar primed and ready to go. If you're a developer, and you've got something new or exciting to show us, we're stoked to meet with you. If you have a playable demo of your unreleased game, we'd love to see it. Looking at our GDC coverage from previous years should give you an idea of what you're in for. We do direct capture off your iOS device and basically record a TA Plays video live, putting developers in the pilot seat of showing their game off to the world...

If you tucked yourself into bed last night content with the fact that iOS developers have explored every potential dungeon crawler-y RPG crossover known to man, well, awaken to the terrible truth: This wacky crossover bus is still fully out of control, resulting in some glorious creations, such as Chesslike: Adventures in Chess [$1.99]. In the game, you use familiar chess mechanics and pieces to delve deeper and deeper into dungeons filled with all the roguelike trimmings such as warp tiles, locked doors, keys, and treasure to upgrade your chess pieces...

We've already got a five star review up for Particle Mace [$2.99], but it's one of those games you really need to see in motion to appreciate. It's also one of those games that's really hard to do well on an iPad while you're talking. So, I'm sucking it up big time in this video, but, hey, whatever...

While the game itself is incredibly basic, the trailer we posted last week was too good to not at least check the game out when it finally launched. Jared and I give it a spin in today's TA Plays, and, well, not many people are playing it yet based on Game Center leaderboards...