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.

iOS 8.1 Will Close Date Loophole That Allows Non-Jailbreak Emulators to Be Installed

If you're willing to jailbreak, you've basically got pick of the litter when it comes to which of the vast array of emulators on your iOS device. If you're not into the whole jailbreak scene but still are interested in emulation, things aren't so easy. ..

Upcoming 'Starband Troopers' is a "Rogue-like Musical RPG"

We've seen a lot of cross-genre craziness on the App Store, but this has to take the cake. Just announced in our forums this morning, Starband Troopers is a cross between a rogue-like and a musical rhythm game. As explained by the developer: "It is a roleplaying game with a twist in the battle system using beat game mechanic. It is a sci-fi themed epic story with instruments and musics weaponized. It is also a rogue-like adventure and so every journeys are different!"..

Upcoming 'Skip a Beat!' Uses Your Actual Heart Rate For Score Multipliers

A pretty crazy new game just popped up in our upcoming games forum called Skip a Beat!. As we've mentioned about a billion times now, the runner aisle of the App Store is falling in on itself there's so many different options to choose from. To get noticed, developers need to do something weird, and that's definitely what's happening here...

LogoThis week's episode starts off with me and Jared discussing just how insane the differences in the size of things in real life versus at an actual Raw event which I attended Monday, then we quickly shift gears into iOS games. I go over all the Skylanders stuff I already posted about earlier in the week, then we chat about the surprising number of great games that came out this week. A quick run through of the news later, and that's this week's podcast!

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!

 

iTunes Link: The TouchArcade Show
Zune Marketplace: TouchArcade.com Podcasts
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Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 10/3/14 - 'Turbo Dismount', 'Air Supply SOS', 'Tactics Maiden', and 'Valiant Hearts'

As we're barreling towards the end of the year, it's no surprise we're posting so many great game reviews. It seems like everyone holds on to Q4 to release their best games, so I'm sure it'll only get better from here- Especially looking at what came out this week. Here's the highest scored game reviews we posted this week:..

While we already posted about Modern Combat 5 [$6.99] going on sale, there's also a whole bunch of other good games that have dropped in price over the last week or so that you might've missed. Some of these games are reasonably new, some of them are old, and some of them are just weird. Either way, if you're looking to fill out your iOS game collection, or just want some new stuff to play on the weekend, here's the list-..

Hands On With 'Skylanders Trap Team' - Is It Still IAP If It's Plastic?

On Friday a mysteriously large package wound up on the front door of my house, and inside was seemingly every piece of the Skylanders Trap Team universe. Having no experience with the world of Skylanders beyond marveling at how many different Skylanders (and now Disney Infinity as well) things you can buy, it's been an interesting journey. The gimmick the whole experience hinges on is really cool, in that through the use of many different accessories, you can quite literally bring your toys to life inside of the game...

Alright, so I'm pretty stoked for this week's whole assortment of games, but one I'm particularly excited for: Adventure Xpress. It seems like everything Adult Swim makes and everything PikPok makes is great, and while I'm bordering on getting tired of free to play puzzle RPGs… I've got a great feeling about this one solely because of the talent behind it...

'Pokemon TCG Online' Launches Worldwide

September 30th, 2014 4:04 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Release
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We posted about it earlier today, but if you were planning on waiting to 11:00 Eastern tonight to download Pokemon... Guess what? It's available right now. Pokemon TCG Online [Free (HD)] is a full-fledged iPad version of the Pokemon card game. As I also mentioned earlier today, it's pretty good.

No word yet on whether or not this will ever come to the iPhone, but judging by other full-fledged CCG's like Hearthstone [Free (HD)] and Magic 2015 [Free (HD)]... I'm not sure how hopeful to be. If nothing else, it's just really awesome to see more "real" CCG's coming to the App Store. Stay tuned for a review, and maybe even some guide articles.

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'Pokemon TCG Online' Should Hit the US App Store Later Tonight

I had my bets on the soft launch of Pokemon TCG Online lasting at least a few weeks, but, it seems like it could be hitting as early as tonight. As spotted by Joystiq, the game is currently rolling out across the various iTunes regions similar to how games typically are released on Wednesday. So, if all goes as expected, Pokemon should be available to download at 11:00 PM Eastern...

Aside from more than a few jokes about how silly playing Hearthstone [Free (HD)] in real life would be, there hasn't been a whole lot of effort to bring the game to a physical form, until now. Games In Asia went hands on with the Chinese knockoff that apes absolutely everything from pre-Naxxramas Hearthstone. Aside from lacking new cards and subsequent balance tweaks Blizzard has made since the release of Hearthstone, the main takeaway is that playing Hearthstone when your iPad/Mac/PC isn't managing most things for you takes forever...

LogoAlright, so we sort of lied last week with the whole second part thing. I had plans to play tons of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus updated games and have loads of impressions and that... really didn't happen. In fact, we've seen very few things that even have been optimized for the new phones at all. Either way, we cut together a huge episode this week to make up for the dinky one last week.

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!

 

iTunes Link: The TouchArcade Show
Zune Marketplace: TouchArcade.com Podcasts
RSS Feed: The TouchArcade Show
Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-174.mp3, 90.8MB

Games

  • Goat Simulator [$4.99]
  • Turbo Dismount [Free]
  • Asphalt Overdrive [Free]
  • Spider-Man Unlimited [Free]
  • Rope 'n Fly 4 [Free]
  • Air Supply SOS [$1.99]
  • Smarter Than You [Free]
  • Pumped BMX [$1.99]
  • Puzzle Bandits [Free]

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Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 9/26/14 - 'Anomaly Defenders', 'Smarter Than You', 'Rapture - World Conquest', and 'WWE Supercard'

While there was one lonely game in this roundup last week (which doesn't even really make it a roundup) this week we've got four great games that everyone needs to try. Better yet, two of them won't even cost you any money to try out. Additionally, we're entering Q4 which is where all the huge releases seem to be, so strap in for what's likely going to be even more great weeks like this...

A couple days ago we posted about the $59.99 Mad Catz C.T.R.L.I. being available for preorder, shipping mid-October. Well, the smaller brother of the same controller is also available for preorder. At $49.99 it's going to be the cheapest MFi controller (well, cheapest launch price, others have been on sale for less before) available...

'Smarter Than You' Review - Crushing Dreams, Telling Lies, and Shooting Arrows

The problem with knocking the ball out of the park the first time you're up at bat is that every time you approach the plate, fans expect you to do the same. Luca Redwood's 10000000 [$2.99] was an iOS gaming grand slam. As mentioned in our review, the game ticked off every checkbox that makes a game impossible to put down, and since then has only gotten better with updates. 10000000 is among the games that I install first when I get a new device, and is in the same folder of iOS games that if I needed space on my device I'd sooner delete family photos than anything from it...