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.

Invoking the name of Spelunky in any game announcement is serious business. If you haven't heard of it, Spelunky is an amazing permadeath fully randomized platformer that really hit it big when it was released no Xbox Live Arcade in mid-2012 among other platforms in the following year. The game has a huge following due to its insane difficulty and the amount of skill it takes to reach the end of the game alive...

Check Out the 'Alto's Adventure' Teaser Trailer

The developers behind Alto's Adventure are doing a good job of keeping their cards close to their chest in regards to what you actually do in the game, but a snazzy web site and cool looking teaser trailer go a long way in piquing interest in a mysterious iOS game. Check out the just-released teaser trailer:..

Check Out These Screenshots for 'Goblin Sword', an Upoming Action Platformer

I'm a sucker for good pixel art and goblins, so the upcoming Goblin Sword is managing to tickle two of my interests at once. The developers posted a thread on our forums yesterday, and it's been generating loads of interest. Here's the screenshots, with a trailer coming soon:..

'Belial' Aims to Be The 'Symphony of the Night' for iOS

One of the coolest things about our forums, if you're not already a member, is the amount of super-early iOS games that get posted by developers in our upcoming games forum. Belial is one such game that was posted quite a while ago, but it according to their Facebook page, development really seems to be picking up steam. Their goal is to build a Symphony of the Night / Aria of Sorrow for iOS...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Valiant Hearts: The Great War', 'Mikey Boots' and Lots More

It's Wednesday again, and the weirdness of a four day work week here in the US isn't stopping the unstoppable flow of new iOS games on to the App Store. While we're light on quantity compared to some weeks, we're high on quality. Valiant Hearts: The Great War likely passes the hardcore gamer Real Game™ sniff test, everyone who has had an early copy of Mikey Boots loves it, and Angry Birds Stella should appear sometime tonight- Typically Rovio does Worldwide launches, so Stella should launch at or around midnight Pacific. Everything else will be available at 11:00 PM Eastern...

If you remember all of our coverage of Hearthstone [Free (HD)] and its Curse of Naxxramas expansion (Here's the review!) you'd remember how much we loved the buy-once-get-everything pricing structure behind it. But, a lot of people didn't. So, if you were among the folks out there who for some reason wish you could endlessly buy packs over just flopping out a $20, I've got some great news...

151590_largerJust as we were about to record, Nintendo went and announced the "new" 3DS which is a lot like the old 3DS but with some more trigger buttons and an extra analog stick. So, we hit the record button and talked about the latest from big N before discussing the games of the week. From there, we spend a lot of time speculating what the new iPhone and iWatch (or whatever it ends up being) are going to be all about. We won't have long to wait, thankfully.

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, even if they don't make it into the podcast. 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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Dementia: Book of the Dead, $1.99 - Medieval England – a times of knights, witches, and hunters. What other secrets of this time of trouble are hidden from humanity?

In Dementia: Book of the Dead, you play one of the best mercenaries of the Night Hunters order. The Bishop has given him a new mission. Is it going to be as simple as it seems? What exactly is in that village far away from civilization?

On a tricky path filled with supernatural elements, you’ll deal with ghosts and demons, and those who were friends will become enemies. Are you ready?

Dementia: Book of the Dead for iPhone and iPad is available in the App Store now for $2.99. Get it today!

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This week is lead by a surprisingly good game that I never would've expected to be as great as it turned out to be if I hadn't tried it. Dodo Master has a weird name and an icon that doesn't give you any idea what the game is about... But, that seems to be the way that most of the true App Store gems work out: Totally awesome games that you never expect...

Notorious indie auteur Kepa Auwae posted some details on our forums regarding the next update to Rocketcat's latest Real Game™, Wayward Souls [$6.99]. Backing up a bit, if you haven't played Wayward Souls (here's our review) yet, you really should. It's a great permadeath action RPG with just enough roguelike trimmings to make people who get really mad when you refer to something as a roguelike only slightly miffed. There's multiple classes to play as, tons of content to go through, and a really cool power curve that gives purpose to multiple attempts as you slowly unlock character abilities...

'Dragon Quest VIII' Drops Five Bucks to $14.99

August 28th, 2014 10:30 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News, Sales
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We've mentioned it many times before, but if you're the kind of person who always finds yourself getting worked up over games for "casuals" and badly want a "real game," look no further than Dragon Quest VIII [$19.99]. Our resident RPG fanatic Shaun Musgrave reviewed it when it was released, and gets in to some serious depth about how this is a game you could play for hundreds of hours if it sucks you in...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Alone', 'Bioshock', 'The Nightmare Cooperative', 'Tiny Tower Vegas' and Loads More

This is turning out to be a surprisingly huge release week for iOS. We already know about Bioshock, but there's also a load of other awesome stuff in this pile of games. As usual, they should all be released at 11:00 PM Eastern. The one exception to that is Tiny Tower Vegas which is already soft launched, so that'll be available worldwide whenever NimbleBit decides to throw the switch which could be a little earlier or a little later than the rest of these games...

There's a stupid amount of escape the room type games on the App Store. If you haven't played one, they're basically bite sized point and click adventure games with the main goal being, obviously, escaping from a room. Most of the time the solution is very obscure, requiring you to search for objects, combine them, use them on different things to get different objects, and so on...

So I'm not sure what's going on as I've triple checked my calendar and it's definitely Tuesday. We usually see these kind of New Zealand released on Wednesday, obviously. But, hey, who am I to complain about getting a small handful of new games just because it's Tuesday? Not me, that's for sure...

'Swing Copters' Gets Way Easier in New Update

August 25th, 2014 12:31 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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Love it or hate it, Swing Copters [Free] has been glued to the top of the charts since it was released last week. Much like Flappy Bird, Swing Copters launched with some ridiculous difficulty levels. Fast movement, huge hit boxes, instant death, and more all combined to make a game that was brutal. In fact, people uploading videos of them not even able to score one point to YouTube has become a thing...

LogoThe biggest thing to happen this week was our awesome exclusive reveal of Swing Copters, so we talk about that and a lot of the design work that goes in to things that seem simple. From there, we hit some other games, cool news, and more.

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, even if they don't make it into the podcast. 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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