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.

Looks like we're in for another wacky Wednesday of game releases as games randomly appear for sale both specifically in New Zealand and worldwide with seemingly no consistency as to why. Well, moments ago Magic Duels [Free] went live worldwide. You may remember it from our E3 coverage when the game sported the "Origins" suffix which seems to have been dropped in its final release. Either way, it's very much Magic the Gathering that's been given a Hearthstone [Free] spin in that now it's totally free to play and card packs are earned through a similarly generous in-game economy of earning and spending coins...

Pulling out all the stops, The TouchArcade Patreon just crossed 450 supporters and is closing in on the finish line. We just need another tiny boost to get us over the edge, and with the incredible support we've gotten so far I feel like hitting our goal isn't a matter of if but a matter of when. Yesterday we fist pounded with Alex Okafor of One Man Left who shared how important TouchArcade was to his tiny studio, and today, we're going even smaller and (potentially) more obscure in hearing from Justin Smith. You probably know him as the maniac behind Enviro-Bear 2010 [$1.99] and the game which seemingly took over every indie dev's life that I know, Desert Golfing [$1.99] among others...

Check Out the 'Star Wars: Uprising' Gameplay Trailer Kabam Just Released

While it's really cool that new Star Wars game is being released that links in to the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced when it was revealed that said game was not only a mobile game but also made by Kabam- In effect, basically guaranteeing it is going to be very free to play. But, hey, whatever, at least it looks pretty cool in the video they just released:..

We've already got two podcast here between the RPG Reload series of podcasts and our normal TouchArcade show, but if you're looking for another podcast to listen to consider checking out Arash & Eli's Mega Ultracast. I've teamed up with Arash Keshmirian, the CEO and one of the cofounders of Limbic Software to record a more free-form industry-centic developer-focused podcast every couple weeks. Arash has similarly been around in the iOS world forever, and chances are you've played at least one of his games between Zombie Gunship [Free], Tower Madness [$2.99], Tower Madness 2 [$2.99] or others...

TouchArcade Teams up With Mobcrush to Stream Tons of Mobile Games

You asked and we listened. One constant piece of feedback we've gotten from our community is to bring back live streaming, and with the wild success of our Patreon, we're doing just that. The tl;dr of the news is that in the very near future the whole TouchArcade team is going to be streaming exclusively on Mobcrush, a new mobile-focused streaming service. We're still working out the particulars, but keep your eyes peeled on the site for way more news regarding our streaming plans. We're going to be aiming for around two hours of streaming a day, and are open to any suggestions on what kind of games you'd like to see streamed and when. I'm a big fan of scheduled shows, so I think we're going to shoot for a week-long array of content you can look forward to with potential for off-hours bonus streams if anyone is playing something new and cool that they want to share. The URL you're going to want to bookmark is http://www.mobcrush.com/toucharcade, but they've also got a mobile app you can install by tapping this link on your iOS or Android device. From there, search for "TouchArcade" and follow us...

Alex Okafor of One Man Left Studios on the Importance of Supporting TouchArcade

Our Patreon continues to rip it up, as we blew past the 75% mark this weekend- rapidly closing in on our goal. Our Patreon is actually doing so well that we're #175 overall on Patreon. All this is awesome, totally unexpected, and you guys are the best. Anyway, on Friday we heard from Neil Young, the founder and former CEO of ngmoco who has since moved on to doing secretive things at N3TWORK. Today, we're swinging back to the indie side of things to hear from Alex Okafor, who is half-way responsible for Tilt to Live [$2.99] which you've probably played in some form or another over the years...

I Wish 'Fallout Shelter' Leaned More on the Social Experiments That Powered Fallout Vaults

I've been playing Bethesda's Fallout Shelter [Free] since its release the Sunday before E3 and after starting over a couple times finally have a vault with over 100 people and a fully upgraded Nuka Cola Bottler. This has me at the strange point you really rarely hit in free to play games where I find myself saying, "Well, now what?" It's a weird feeling, as basically all free to play games, builders in particular, orbit the idea of a never-ending treadmill of content. I've got friends that have been playing Hay Day [Free] for years without running out of things to do, and here I am saying "Well, now what?" in a matter of weeks of playing Fallout Shelter...

Mojang and Telltale Release 'Minecraft: Story Mode' Trailer

If there's one game out there that can get away with releasing a game trailer not only super early on the weekend, but also on a national frickin' holiday and still have everyone post it, it's Minecraft. Well, that's exactly what has happened. Telltale and Mojang blasted out the first trailer for Minecraft: Story Mode, direct from Minecon in London, at 5:45 AM Central time on a Saturday and the 4th of July. So, Happy Birthday, America...

316645_largerThis week's episode of the podcast was dominated by game discussion of two awesome titles that were released this week. We get down and dirty with Adventures of Pip [$14.99] which seems like a really clever platformer that manages to blend pixel art both as an art style and as a game premise. Unfortunately, the virtual controls sort of suck. On the other hand, we're all excited for The Executive [$4.99]. It's a deceptively deep fighting game even though the controls seem so simple, oh, and even just calling it a fighting game is weird as there's so much more you do in it. We hit on the weekly Nintendo drama, and there's even some exciting news about the future of TouchArcade hidden in the podcast that you'll have to listen to to find out- Otherwise it'll all be revealed next week when we make our official announcement.

Don't forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to podcast@toucharcade.com. 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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Neil Young of N3TWORK, Former Ngmoco Founder and CEO, on the Importance of Supporting TouchArcade

At some point over the night, our Patreon rocketed past $7,000. We're so close to our goal that I can taste it. You guys are amazing, and I know I've been saying that a lot recently but, I don't know what else to say to express the immense amount of gratitude we're all feeling here. The success of the Patreon is super validating to all of us here, as Shaun nailed it when we were talking about it last night in saying that site traffic statistics don't measure how much people care about what you're doing, Patreon contributions do. It's awesome to be doing something people care about, which really, has been our goal all along...

Jared Bailey of Nocanwin on the Importance of Supporting TouchArcade

After our June update yesterday, we saw another surge in contributions to our Patreon, and it feels like we're in the home stretch of hitting our goal. Also, as mentioned yesterday, we're getting really close to having all the forum stuff done, so hang tight for that...

June Patreon Update - Thanks to All Our Supporters

As part of our Patreon, we're going to be doing these monthly roundup posts to thank everyone who has contributed so far. If you've pitched in to supporting TouchArcade, Patreon should be charging whatever credit card you used in the next couple days. Currently we're sitting at 415 supporters and $6,302.75 a month from readers, developers, and fans from the site. It means so much to us it's hard to put in to words, seeing the rush of support when we posted we were in trouble has totally validated just how much work we all pour in to the site...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight (But Mostly Out Now): 'Chip Beat Blaster', 'Quadrush', and Loads of Other Indie Games

It's Wednesday once again, and if this trend on the App Store keeps up, we're really going to need to re-think what to call this weekly feature. In the past, games would pop up in New Zealand then slowly drizzle across the world as it got closer to Thursday in each geographical region's respective time zones leading up to games coming out in the USA at 11:00 PM Eastern. The last few weeks, more and more games have just been showing up as available worldwide at the same time they'd typically just show up in New Zealand. This is the case this week as well, with the vast majority of these games available for download right now...

Rami Ismail of Vlambeer on the Importance of Supporting TouchArcade

Let's kick off today's TouchArcade Patreon update with some awesome news: We're above 400 individual patrons supporting the site, and we're just a few bucks shy of $6,000- Over half way to our goal in less than two weeks. You guys are amazing, and this level of grassroots support from our community is only motivating us to kick even more proverbial ass in the world of iOS gaming...

'Don't Starve Pocket Edition' Teased via Klei Entertainment Instagram

In late last January we posted about Klei Entertainment's Don't Starve potentially coming to mobile. At the time, it was like a lot of indie "coming to mobile" announcements. Totally non-commital, and framed more around the idea of "It'd be cool if..." and not really "We are doing this on this date." Mobile ports weren't Klei's priority back then, but today it seems like the winds of change are blowing... Or, at least, that's what a recent Instagram post by the developers would suggest:..

Oddly enough, a lot of the buzz surrounding Apple's keynote at WWDC wasn't necessarily new features or future major iOS revisions... But the odd inclusion of a surprisingly long segment on Apple's new music service dubbed simply, "Apple Music." Well, if you were following along with our keynote coverage and anxious to give Spotify, Pandora, or whatever else you're using the boot, Apple Music and iOS 8.4 is here...

Noah Bordner of Mika Mobile on the Importance of Supporting TouchArcade

Last Friday we heard from Randy Smith of Tiger Style on the importance of supporting the TouchArcade Patreon. We're just shy of 400 folks backing us right now, which is just awesome. When we started kicking around this idea, we had no idea what was going to happen. So far the incredible reaction from our community has vastly exceeded our expectations, and we're hopeful we'll hit our goal... Eventually!..

NimbleBit's Capitals [Free] is a really fun word game that we absolutely loved in our review when it was released last month. Since then, it's been tweaked a bit both in how the free to play system works and, more recently, how you communicate with players. Previously, there wasn't any way to chat or send text or anything like that in Capitals, which sort of meant the game was the most fun to play with friends who you could then hassle via iMessage or something similar. In the game's most recent update, a emote system has been added that's sort of similar to Hearthstone, with way more options to choose from...

'Pokemon Shuffle' is Headed to Mobile "Soon"

Remember in late February when we speculated that Nintendo's oddly free to play Pokemon Shuffle would eventually come to mobile? Well, according to a just-released trailer from The Pokemon Company, it's headed to smartphones "soon"...

131498_largerFinally back to regular podcast episodes, it feels like it's been too long. We kick this week off with a bang, talking about our Patreon a bit before moving on to discussing what an absolute complete and utter sh*t show Sonic Runners [Free] is. Seriously, it's almost like the game is some kind of modern high-level satire on free to play. From there we move on to quickly chatting about games like Arrow [Free] and Piloteer [$2.99]. From there, we move on to discussing the news drama of the week split between what Nintendo is up to and the explosion caused by Apple removing the Confederate flag from the App Store.

Don't forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to podcast@toucharcade.com. 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
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Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-211.mp3, 74.2MB


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