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.

New iOS Games on Our Forums: 'Judas Priest: Road to Valhalla', 'Sidewords', 'Project Mallow', 'Finn in 1989', and More

Today is apparently National Hot Dog Day, the day of the year where all hot dogs are equally appreciated. Being in Chicago, I'm pretty deep into the Chicago style hot dog scene, but, I'd say I love all hot dogs equally. If you're looking for some new games to play while you wait in line for hot dogs today, you're in luck, there's a ton of new titles that have hit the App Store recently...

Comic Con is always an odd event for us to cover, particularly as the event has evolved from just focusing on comics to being an event about comics, TV shows, movies, video games, and every other medium that's even vaguely relevant in modern geek culture. Historically, it can be a bit hit or miss when it comes to mobile games, but Telltale kicked things off with a bang with three new games announced in one teaser video:..




The Nintendo Switch Online App Just Hit the App Store

Ahead of the launch of Splatoon 2 this Friday for the Nintendo Switch, the Nintendo Switch Online [Free] companion app is now live. It's a super quick download, and seems to seamlessly link to your Nintendo account... But (as of this writing) it doesn't seem to do a whole lot yet. I can sort of link my account, then it tells me the service is down for maintenance...

If you found yourself thinking that the pre-release launch hype Blizzard has been building for their upcoming Hearthstone [Free] Knights of the Frozen Throne hasn't been as goofy as we've come to expect from the Hearthstone team, strap in. The bar was set incredibly high (or low? I'm not sure in this case) with One Night in Karazhan, which took the World of Warcraft Karazhan raid and turned it into a disco dance party, but this latest promo from Blizzard has us wondering if Knights of the Frozen Throne isn't going to have a considerable tongue in cheek side focus surrounding frozen treats?..

Since Apple didn't feature it, we're going to keep bangin' the download the A Planet of Mine [Free] drum until everyone has heard it. Anyway, we kick the show off with a recap of all the big news stories of the week as points of discussion on each of them, then move on to discussing three cool games: Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition [$4.99], A Planet of Mine (of course), and Knights Fall [Free]. All three are worth checking out, but please at least give A Planet of Mine a shot.

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!

As a companion to this audio podcast, we also do a video version of the same show that is exclusive to Patreon which allows you to see us playing the games we're talking about. Backers can view the most recent video episodes of the TouchArcade show by clicking here. Be sure you're logged in to see the latest content. For everyone else who is curious, you can check out our public patreon posts to see older episodes of the video podcast. If you like what you see, consider becoming a TouchArcade Patreon backer.

 

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1Button Announces Upcoming 'Mr Jump S' on Our Forums, Along with Interesting 'Mr Jump' Trivia

If you're not hanging out on our upcoming games forum, you should be. It's a great place to not only find about games looking for beta testers, but also upcoming titles like Mr Jump S. The original Mr Jump [Free] came out in 2015, sort of at the height of the super difficult one button game trend, and was remarkably popular with over 24 million players. More amusing though, is that the game was so difficult only 77% of players even made it to the second level, with only 753 actually ever finishing it...

The Upcoming 'Power Hover: Cruise!' Is an Amped up Version of 'Power Hover'

It's hard to believe that Power Hover [$2.99] came out a year and a half ago, but I guess time flies when you're being constantly blasted by the fire hose of new iOS game releases. If you missed Power Hover the first time around, we've got a review of it. It is/was a simple, but incredibly well executed game of flying a hoverboard around across a variety of different environments. Well, a pseudo-sequel spinoff of sorts was announced on our forums this morning, and it looks even more rad than the original. It's called Power Hover: Cruise!, and, well, get a load of the trailer:..

As spotted by our eagle-eyed forum members at about 3:00 AM, Motorsport Manager Mobile 2 [$3.99] hit the App Store. Motorsport Manager has turned into the game that everyone asks about in comments, so I hope this is good news to a bunch of people this morning who were wondering where it was in last night's new game roundup. Alternatively, if you're curious what this Motorsport Manager business is all about, Tasos put together a great article on the improvements in the sequel and we've got a review of the original from all the way back in 2014...

New iOS Games on Our Forums: 'Ruins of Glitterdeep', 'Galactic Attack: Alien', 'A Planet of Mine', 'Street Fighter IV Championship Edition', 'Virtua Tennis Challenge' and More

Along with being bombarded with new iOS games, today's made up holiday is National Eat Your Jello Day. Why did the powers that be decide that today should be the day that we celebrate Jello? It's also Bill Cosby's birthday... As before being known for being the target of surprising accusations and legal drama, Bill Cosby was Jello. Strange times we live in. Anyway, what's not strange is the absurd amount of new iOS games that have hit our forums. My personal favorite this week is A Planet of Mine, but there's tons of good stuff in the list...

Late last night Street Fighter IV Championship Edition [$4.99] hit the App Store. Jared posted a review of the game early this morning, and it's a great mobile fighter. We've had our hands on a pre-release copy of the game for a while now, and Jared and Carter were easily able to play multiplayer battles via Discord. Much like its predecessor, Street Fighter IV Volt [$4.99], organizing multiplayer outside the game is way, way easier than doing it inside the game. In fact, the forum thread for people hooking up to play Volt together is one of the most popular forum threads of all time. These days, Discord [Free] is the new hotness, and really just works better than forums for time sensitive stuff- Like realtime fights in Street Fighter. If that sounds like something you're into, join our Street Fighter IV Championship Edition Discord server!..

A new game from the developers of Puzzle Forge 2 [Free] hit the App Store this morning, and it has so thoroughly knocked my socks off I had to peel myself away from playing to write something about it. Ever since I got totally sucked into Civilization VI on my PC, I've been looking for something similar to play on my iPhone. There's games like Civilization Revolution 2 [$9.99] and other similar titles, but they never really clicked with me for one reason another. A Planet of Mine [Free] is pushing all of my buttons...

Upcoming 'Twins: Brotherhood' is like 'Kalimba' Meets 'Stranger Things'

A couple weeks ago we talked about Kalimba [$3.99] on our podcast, it's a puzzle platformer where you control two characters at once which is a mechanic that I really loved. Early this morning, Twins: Brotherhood was posted to our forums, and I'm really liking what we've seen so far. Take a look at the trailer:..

Just as Telltale told us last week, Minecraft: Story Mode - Season Two [$4.99] hit the App Store this morning. We've got an extensive review of the first Minecraft: Story Mode [Free] if you either didn't play it or are just looking for a refresher. Story Mode is a fantastic example of Telltale's ability to spin a compelling story out of nothing. After all, Minecraft [$6.99] has no plot to speak of beyond just being a survival-y crafting game with some vague end-game things players can go after. Inside of that world, you originally followed a gang of unknown builders in a story that played out a lot like The Goonies. (I say this as a good thing.) I can't wait to dive into the second season, as your team of nobodies are now celebrities, which should add some interesting wrinkles into the mix...

On this week's episode of The TouchArcade Show, we kick things off talking about the Five Nights at Freddy's drama and the incredible weight that must be on the shoulders of Scott Cawthon with increasing expectations of future FNAF games. Buuut... We could just be being trolled, like Sister Location who knows. After discussing a bunch of news we jump into chatting about a bunch of great games that came out this week including Drop Wizard Tower [Free], Mini Day Z [Free], Star Vikings Forever [$2.99], Hoggy 2 [Free], Kraken Land [Free], and in:dark [$2.99]. It's a great time, I promise.

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!

As a companion to this audio podcast, we also do a video version of the same show that is exclusive to Patreon which allows you to see us playing the games we're talking about. Backers can view the most recent video episodes of the TouchArcade show by clicking here. Be sure you're logged in to see the latest content. For everyone else who is curious, you can check out our public patreon posts to see older episodes of the video podcast. If you like what you see, consider becoming a TouchArcade Patreon backer.

 

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One of the cool features that Twitch added kinda-sorta recently is the ability for channels to host other people's streams on their own page. For instance, as of this writing, we're hosting the Games Done Quick event over on our Twitch channel. What this means is when you load up twitch.tv/toucharcade (or pull our channel up on the Twitch app [Free]), and one of us aren't actively streaming, you'll see Games Done Quick instead. It's a cool feature, but Games Done Quick is only hosted twice a year, and we've got tons of opportunities to host other awesome streams. Ideally, I'd love to turn our Twitch channel into a great place to go to see developers and publishers streaming their own iOS games, as discoverability for mobile seems particularly terrible on Twitch unless you're playing Clash of Clans [Free], Clash Royale [Free], or something else unbelievably popular...

"Knights of the Frozen Throne" Is the Next Hearthstone Expansion

Rumors have been circling for quite a while now that the next Hearthstone [Free] expansion is going to have something to do with the World of Warcraft expansion Wrath of the Lich King... Which turned out to be pretty close. Originally leaking on a Chinese Hearthstone site this morning, and then officially revealed by Blizzard moments ago, the next expansion is titled Knights of the Frozen Throne. Ben Brode and Jason Chayes blow the roof off the whole thing with this reveal video:..

While it's easy to feel a slight twinge of disappointment by how derivative a lot of new mobile titles feel, in a glass half full sense, it's pretty remarkable how refined game mechanics that work well on mobile are getting. The latest example of a game that takes everything that's popular in mobile and re-assembles the pieces in an increasingly polished way is Tilting Point and Simutronics' Siege: Titan Wars [Free]. It's got elements of Clash Royale [Free], an art style that's a bit closer to Vainglory [Free], and gameplay that mixes in more than a few dashes of those classic Castle Defense sort of games. Of course this is also wrapped in cards to collect and upgrade, chests that unlock in real-time, and player vs player combat with clans you can join if you want to play with friends...

Supercell's upcoming lightweight MOBA has been in soft launch in Canada for a while now, we're huge fans of it, and the team at Supercell is actively tweaking the game as it (hopefully) nears a global launch. The latest round of changes includes a nerf to the newest brawler, Piper, whose super charge rate has been reduced by 25%. Anyone who has played a MOBA before knows this sort of thing is to be expected, as more often than not new characters are released slightly overpowered then are typically nerfed to be brought back into line with the rest of 'em...

New iOS Games on Our Forums: 'in:dark', 'Mine Quest 2', 'Kraken Land', 'Grand Prix Story 2', 'Pixel Heroes', and more

We're back in full swing after an extended holiday weekend here in the USA, but that doesn't mean this Wednesday also isn't a holiday for someone. Turns out today is National Graham Cracker Day, which apparently is observed by eating graham crackers. No word if Teddy Grahams count or not, I suppose that's up to the person celebrating. Anyway, even though the first two days of the week were smoked out with fireworks and other fourth of July festivities, there's still a load of great new games that hit the App Store this week: ..

We're all about Brawl Stars, Supercell's ultra-lightweight soft launched MOBA. If you don't know what the game is all about, check out our first impressions here, but for everyone else, Supercell just confirmed the way they're going to be monetizing this game: Through the release of loads of new brawlers. Brawl Stars isn't even out of soft launch yet and they're already adding new content, this time in the form of a brawler named Piper. She's a long-range damage dealer who actually does more damage the farther she is away from her target...