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.

'Arkanoid vs Space Invaders' Review - After Seeing the Movie "Pixels," I Guess This Mash-Up Makes Sense?

Early this morning, Square Enix unveiled to the world the latest and greatest thing they've been working on in arena world of mobile gaming. If you're thinking, "Oh, neat, you mean they updated all their old Final Fantasy ports to 64 bit?" Well, that'd be nice, but today's news is in the form of the somewhat confusing release of Arkanoid vs Space Invaders [$3.99], a mash-up, which I suppose totally makes sense in a world where Adam Sandler's Pixels can rake in just shy of $245 million dollars at the box office. As the title indicates, the Arkanoid and Space Invaders universes have been duct taped together in a way that actually works quite well and, despite what I thought initially, makes a strange amount of sense...

Out Now Part 2: 'Dawn of Crafting', 'Up the Wall' 'Old Man's Journey', 'Guardian Kingdoms', and More

Holy moly, you know it's a crazy week for iOS releases when we're posting a second "Out Now" roundup at 8:00 AM the following morning. We've already posted about Old Man's Journey and Chroma Squad, but other cool games in this particular roundup include Up the Wall, Dawn of Crafting, and apparently Guardian Kingdoms is also a real neat multiplayer battler sort of thing. Anyway, on with the show!..




'Old Man's Journey' Saunters on to the App Store

May 17th, 2017 10:04 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Release
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The question of the day in TouchArcade comments has been "Where's Old Man's Journey [$4.99]?" Folks just aren't satisfied with my killer mushroom hunting tips, and instead want to play award winning games. I get it. Well, the answer to the question is, it's on the App Store, right now. If this is the first you've heard of Old Man's Journey, it's a puzzle game of sorts where you interact with the environment to create a pathway for your old man to, well, journey upon...

Out Now: 'Beholder', 'No Stick Shooter', 'Terminator Genisys', 'Guns of Boom' and Loads More

Well I really hope everyone took my mushroom hunting information to heart and spent the day looking for morels, but, if you didn't... The good news is there's a ridiculously huge load of new iOS games to play through. Lots of people were looking forward to Beholder, No Stick Shooter looks really cool, and apparently the world needs more Mobile Strike-likes with the release of Terminator Genisys: Future War. There's a ton of great stuff in here though, and I look forward to streaming it on our Twitch channel soon!..

Best New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Raster Prime', 'Guns of Boom', 'Terminator Genisys: Future War, No Stick Shooter', and More

Believe it or not, it's Wednesday again, and it's also National Mushroom Hunting Day. I'm not sure if it's exclusively a Midwestern thing, but this time of year (and actually, a few weeks prior) is just gangbusters for hunting morel mushrooms. Morels are pretty interesting fungi, as like truffles, people really haven't figured out how to produce them on a mass scale like all the other food we have factory farmed. Instead, mushroom hunters get up super early, head out to their own highly prized and secretive spots where they pop up, and go wild harvesting them. It's super lucrative, as ~4 ounces (roughly enough fresh morels to fill a normal sized sandwich bag) can easily sell for $10-20 locally, or for far more online when dried. A good hunt can yield multiple coolers full of 'shrooms, which is why everyone keeps their hunting grounds top secret. Morels have an incredibly unique taste, and if you're ever looking to treat yo'self I recommend picking some up and making some kind of mushroom risotto. They're reasonably easy to find dried at Whole Foods and other "high-end" grocery stores. Oh wait, this is an iPhone games site. Right. Well, hopefully you learned something new. Anyway, a ton of new iOS games have come out in the last week...

Guitar Learning Game 'Rocksmith' Soft Launches in Canada

Looking at the evolution of music games, Guitar Hero hit big, had a few spinoffs (like DJ Hero) and then Rockband became a thing where you could get friends together and play as the whole band. The "problem" with these games is they're definitely deep into game territory and even if you're a Guitar Hero master, that doesn't mean you have any idea how to play a guitar. Rocksmith changed all that, and instead of playing with a plastic toy guitar you played the game with an actual guitar, allowing you to learn the instrument in 60 days. Check out the original console release trailer:..

If you don't read the musings of Shaun Musgrave around here, you're doing yourself a disservice by missing out on all the awards he gives out for things. While the highly coveted Most Spider-Mans of the Week award seems to get doled out the most, today's news is on the 2015 Golden Poncho award winner Demon's Rise [$0.99]. If you're unfamiliar, Golden Ponchos are handed out for the best original RPG's of the year, duh, and Demon's Rise, as well as its sequel, Demon's Rise 2: Lords of Chaos [$7.99] are great games. Shaun reviewed the original all the way back in 2015, mentioning that the game was lacking a bit of polish despite being an enjoyable experience with tons of replay value. Since then, the game has seen a lot of love from its developer, taking care of quite a few of the concerns laid out in the review...

The Upcoming 'Pocket Claw' Provides Claw Machine Fun, Without Draining Your Pockets of Quarters

I doubt I'm alone on this, but throughout my life I've definitely been guilty of dumping a dumb amount of quarters into claw machines to get stupid prizes I honestly don't even need. As an adult, through the marvels of the internet, I've since learned what an unbelievable scam these claw machines are... But, do you think that stops me from still playing them? Of course not, because I'm an idiot. The perfect compromise here is scratching the claw machine itch, on my phone, without spending tons of money for some sawdust-stuffed Spongebob. Well, there's where Pocket Claw comes in. Check out the trailer:..

As you've likely noticed by now, we've switched streaming providers back to Twitch and the whole gang has been spending a bunch of time streaming the latest and greatest iOS games over there. Since we've transitioned to being an almost entirely reader-supported site via Patreon, people have been asking for other ways to support TouchArcade because they're not into Patreon for one reason or another. Well, I'm happy to announce that you can subscribe to us on Twitch, and better yet, Amazon Prime members can subscribe for free via Twitch Prime...

Dark Lord Eve - The TouchArcade Show #306

May 12th, 2017 9:15 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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This was a fantastic week for awesome new iOS game releases, so we do what we can to follow suit with an equally amazing podcast. We chat a little bit about what's going on with both of us this weekend, and then hop right into game discussion. Those games include Built for Speed [Free], Empire TV Tycoon [$4.99 (HD)], Steredenn [$3.99], Crash Club [Free], Artificial Superintelligence [$3.99], Run-a-Whale [$0.99], and Faraway: Puzzle Escape [Free].

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!

Patreon backers get access to a ultra-rad video version of the podcast, which you can view by clicking here. It includes us playing the games we're talking about as we're talking about them, and other fun surprises.

 

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'Dash Legends' Gets a New Trailer and a Launch Date

Back at GDC we got a look at Dash Legends, which is another multiplayer side-scrolling platforming racer sort of thing. These types of games have been remarkably popular on the App Store, and it seems like Dash Legends is poised to be the next big one. There's a dozen different characters you can play, hundreds of levels to race on, and just a stupid amount of things to unlock to upgrade your runner. Take a look at the trailer:..

New iOS Games on Our Forums: Built for Speed, RPG Onigo Hunter, Lethe, Injustice 2, Bit Heroes, Just Ski, Miles & Kilo, To the Moon, and TONS More

On the totally made up holiday calendar, today is National Clean Up Your Room Day, which I'll be celebrating by ... cleaning up my iPhone instead. I probably download way more stuff than your typical person, dealing with TouchArcade day to day, but my phone is a disaster of icons spewed everywhere, nonsensical folders, and more. It might not technically be a room to clean, but, eh, close enough. This week is home to a absurd amount of new games, to the point that I don't even know where I'm going to start with all these gems...

Indie Darling 'To the Moon' Hits the App Store

May 10th, 2017 9:29 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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To the Moon [$4.99] is one of those games that you always hear people talking about that, for one reason or another, I really never got around to playing. Whether it's an accurate classification or not, To the Moon occupies the same mental category for me as That Dragon, Cancer [$4.99] in that I feel like I need to be in the right headspace to enjoy it. Heck, here's the one-line description from Steam: "A story-driven experience about two doctors traversing backwards through a dying man's memories to artificially fulfill his last wish." See what I mean?..

Prettygreat's 'Crash Club' Launches Worldwide

May 10th, 2017 9:00 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News, Release
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Prettygreat's Crash Club [Free] has been soft launched for a while now, as as of this morning, is now available worldwide. If this is the first you've heard of it, Crash Club is another one of those .io-style massive realtime multiplayer games that throws everyone who loads the game into some form of arena to play together. In this case, instead of just a boring 2D plane with circles (or other things these games often use), Crash Club takes place inside of a vibrant Grand Theft Auto-like city and pits players together in vehicular combat that reminds me a lot of firing off missiles (and all sorts of other stuff) in Twisted Metal (another old-school favorite of mine)...

The original Injustice: Gods Among Us [Free] was a ridiculously massive mobile game, and if history is any indication it seems like a pretty strong bet to make that Injustice 2 [Free] will be equally massive. It just hit the App Store this evening, and we're scrambling to figure out the difference between the soft launched Injustice 2 and the final worldwide release... And if you're in a similar situation and looking to chat with other people also working through the optimal way to play the game, come join our Injustice 2 Discord Server...

Location-Based 'Trail Of Treasures' is Hunting for Beta Testers

While it's hard to say for sure whether or not the extreme success of Pokemon Go [Free] has been the primary driving force behind interest in geolocation games or not, we've seen a bunch of developers talking about it, and even a few taking a crack at building their own. Today's example of that is Trail of Treasures, which was posted to our forums earlier today. The game does some pretty interesting stuff, particularly with the inclusion of a crafting system and resources to collect which then can apparently be traded/sold to other plays on an in-game market. Check out the trailer:..

Monday Make-Up! - The TouchArcade Show #305

May 8th, 2017 8:30 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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We're back, as promised, with a better late than never episode of the TouchArcade Show! We do things in reverse this week, talking a little about the news that happened last week before shifting gears to discussing a few noteworthy releases. Those games include Spaceplan [$2.99], Battle Bay [Free], Clock of Atonement [Free], Louie Lucha [Free], and Project Frox [Free].

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!

Patreon backers get access to a ultra-rad video version of the podcast, which you can view by clicking here. It includes us playing the games we're talking about as we're talking about them, and other fun surprises.

 

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Hey guys, I know a lot of you look forward to a new episode of The TouchArcade Show in whatever app you use to listen to podcasts on Friday evening... But, I had a death in my family today and I'm just not super into the idea of podcasting today. Instead of delivering a show that isn't really up to our normal standards, we're just going to do it on Monday. Keep your eyes (and ears) peeled for Monday afternoon when we'll return with another episode of The TouchArcade Show. (I'm really looking forward to discussing Spaceplan [$2.99], myself.)..

Ah yes, May 4th. The day each year where every social media channel is crammed to capacity with bad Star Wars puns. The good news is, what has become "Star Wars Day" is typically crammed with all sorts of different promotions surrounding the Star Wars universe. On the App Store, that means two (as of right now) things: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic [$9.99] is half off, as are the various Star Wars tables inside of Zen Pinball [Free]...

New iOS Games on Our Forums: 'Podageddon', 'Louie Lucha', 'Lightseekers', 'ClashTank.io', 'Ever Knight' and More

Once again the Great American Grump Out is upon us. Observed every year (I think?) on May 2nd, the idea of the Great American Grump Out is to "try to go 24 hours (or more) without being grumpy, crabby, or rude." With any luck, TouchArcade commenters will be in full observance of the holiday! Aside from grumping out, there's also a bunch of new iOS games that have hit our forums. So far there's a bunch of indie stuff, but if we keep our fingers crossed we might see more surprises pop up throughout the day...