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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.

If you haven't played Plague Inc. [$0.99] yet, well, the game is on the verge of giving you one more huge reason to flop out 99¢. An update due to hit in the next few weeks is going to be bringing the ability for mobile players of the game to play the community created custom scenarios from the PC version of the game. Instead of waiting for official scenarios, you'll be able to go through some of the best worldwide epidemics players have created ranging from werewolves to xenomorphs to... cats? ..

'The Elder Scrolls: Legends' Gameplay Details Revealed in New Video

Back at E3 last year, Bethesda announced their collectable card game, The Elder Scrolls: Legends. Speculation ran wild about when the game would be coming, as well as how it would be played. "When" is still super ambiguous, as Bethesda has mentioned that it'll be a surprise release with another tiny tease that they're getting closer. Today they revealed the following gameplay video, which briefly details the "how," showing a bit of the basic core concept, with further information in a followup blog post:..




Two great games went on sale this morning which are both responsible for sucking up so much of my time it's hard to really estimate. If you've been playing Butterscotch Shenanigans' amazing Crashlands [$4.99] and found yourself saying, "You know, this game isn't brutally difficult enough, I highly recommend Don't Starve: Pocket Edition [$4.99]. It's a couple bucks cheaper now, and while the game plays way better on an iPad than it does an iPhone, it's still something you shouldn't miss. We absolutely loved it in our review too. I really dig how the game has such distinct day and night cycles, and how early on you genuinely fear the night, but as you begin to build up your infrastructure, you get more and more confident with surviving in the darkness- As opposed to your first night, where you don't leave the glow of your meager camp fire...

Hearthstone has been in an interesting place for a while now as a CCG. It's safe to say its incredible popularity has surprised everyone, but with any game that involves collecting things to play, even ridiculously popular games can begin to ask too much of new players. It's a problem that's been solved by other CCG's, through having a "standard" pool of cards which only includes the most recent sets. It's not that crazy in a digital CCG like Hearthstone that's only been around for a few years, but imagine if Magic the Gathering players needed to worry about owning cards that span across the multiple decades of the life of the game. That's nuts, and similar logic grounded the Hearthstone team when they too decided to implement card rotation...

Rally Racing Sim 'Rush Rally 2' Launching Sometime Next Month

We've had a thread brewing in our forums for the upcoming Rush Rally 2 for a while now, and we just heard this morning that the game is complete and they're trying to figure out a launch date. While things firm up, the developers are saying they hope to release the game sometime in May, but aren't really getting specific beyond that just yet. There is, however, a brand new trailer which looks really awesome:..

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Alchemic Maze', 'Little Ninja' and More

Well, so far I'm sorry to say that this year's Lima Bean Respect Day might be a little more boring than when we've celebrated the holiday previously, as Apple's massive Earth Day feature is rolling into week two and seemingly every developer who isn't just soft launching something has pulled the ol' abort lever on launching this week. On one hand, it makes sense, as releasing something on the App Store is all about rolling the dice on feature slots, and since Apple has most slots tied up with Earth Day promotions, well, ya'know. As we mentioned in our game of the week post last week, even Editor's Choice picks are lower priority these last two weeks...

If you haven't done the whole Massdrop thing before, here's the basic gist of how it works: Someone says, "Hey I want this thing, does anyone else want one?" Once enough people say they want it, Massdrop contacts the manufacturer and says, "Hey if we buy X of these, what kind of discount can you give us?" The manufacturer then comes back and is like "Hmm, well if you buy X, and we don't have to do anything, we can sell them for $Y." It's basically like buying something wholesale, but with those savings (which usually make up a retailer's profit margin) passed on to the buyers. In this particular instance, that means getting a SteelSeries Stratus XL MFI controller, which normally sells for $69.99, and Amazon sells for $60.08 for $29.99. Even with shipping, that's close to the cheapest we've seen this controller, and that's including refurbished units. These are brand new...

If you've been following our weekly Hearthstone roundups, you've seen countless amazing things coming in the upcoming expansion set. The addition of the Old Gods themselves, all the old cards that are returning in different ways, and the overall flavor of the set has me ridiculously excited. Better than that though, Whispers of the Old Gods kicks off the first Hearthstone card rotation, with Goblins vs Gnomes and Naxxramas falling out of what's playable in Standard. This all happens next Tuesday, April 26th...

Yesterday we posted about Supercell's latest statement on fair play, which seemed to be aimed squarely at giving people who have installed various hacks and cheats like Xmod one last warning before bringing out the ban hammer. As expected, basically every Clash of Clans [Free] has people coming out of the woodwork this morning to complain about being banned, largely (so far, anyway) for running Xmod...

Last week we posted about a set of new tables coming to Zen Pinball [Free] on April 26th to celebrate Alien Day. When you consider Reebok is even releasing Alien shoes, a set of rad pinball tables seems pretty normal. Anyway, here's the latest trailer for the table that's based on the survival horror game Alien: Isolation. Check it out:..

Square Enix's "Project: Rising" Turns out to Be the Free to Play Social RPG 'Samurai Rising'

Last week we posted a vague Square Enix teaser for something called Project: Rising, with promises that we'd hear more about the game on the 19th. Well, turns out I was the only one to accurately guess that the reveal today was... just going to be another trailer. (I've played this whole Squeenix teaser thing a time or two before.) Anyway, Project: Rising is actually apparently the code name for the upcoming Square Enix free to play RPG Samurai Rising. Check it out:..

It's a bit of an open secret that there's absolutely no shortage of bots, hacks, mods, tweaks, and many other things that fall inside of those categories for Clash of Clans [Free] and Clash Royale [Free] and Supercell's other games. The most popular ones that I have heard of do things like make you always active on Clash of Clans (so you only get attacked when your mandatory attack cool down occurs) which admittedly were a bigger deal before recent updates as well as the ability to "ghost attack" which amounts to continually re-trying an attack without that attack actually registering. I've read that quite a few top-tier clans do these kind of things to keep their win streaks rolling, as they can effectively brute force different attack strategies until they find one that works, then execute that strategy on the live servers. Oh, there's also all kinds of shady ways to get gems. I'm sure there's all sorts of other similar stuff out there like this, but, well, you get the gist...

The TouchArcade Show - 253 - Almost Dead

April 15th, 2016 9:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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As Jared gets closer and closer to home ownership, he's on the verge of suffering a stress-related death, but still somehow manages to pull it together for an hour of random chatter about iOS games. Fear the Walking Dead: Dead Run [Free], Back to Square One [Free], Spellspire [Free], Sky Charms [Free], Vectradius [$0.99], and Warbits [$3.99] all get talked about, along with a hefty chunk of iOS news. It's a pretty solid show, I tell ya'.

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Bloomberg published an interesting article last night surrounding Apple potentially pursuing building a "secret team" to explore various potential App Store changes. It doesn't seem that far fetched, as it's not hard to find both iOS developers and iOS gamers who have something to say about how the App Store has truly grown out of its original design. Additionally, following last year's leadership shake-up it seems even more likely that it won't be long before we see some serious changes on the App Store, making this more of a matter of "when" and "what" rather than a matter of "if."..

Apparently unhappy with Sega dominating the soccer management world between Football Manager Touch 2016 and Football Manager Mobile 2016, EA has thrown their hat into the ring with the (currently) Singapore-only soft launch of FIFA Soccer: Prime Stars. On the surface, it seems a bit more light weight than Sega's offerings with gameplay that orbits around training and scouting players, then completing challenges and matches (which are rendered in full 3D) using your tricked out team...

A few years ago when I spoke at the Korea Games Conference, I saw a whole ton of awesome games in development and one of those was Monster Raid [Free] by Orca. While the genre is getting a little crowded these days, Monster Raid is another free to play game focused around the idea of collecting a ton of monsters, leveling them up, and using them to clear dungeons and do other assorted things that all involve monster on monster battles. It scratches a lot of itches that players looking for a Pokemon game (without a proper one on the App Store) might have...

NimbleBit Announces 'Tiny Tower 5th Anniversary Edition' Update, Looking for Beta Testers

Hey, remember Tiny Tower [Free]? Well it's almost five years old now and NimbleBit is celebrating the occasion with a massive update to the game that they're calling the "5th Anniversary Edition." They just posted in our forums about it, and they're actively looking for beta testers. Beta testing NimbleBit games is one of the things our community does best it seems, so, get on it!..

Ever since we posted our first impressions of the Nvidia Shield set top box Apple TV competitor, I've been keeping a close eye on happenings in the Shield-iverse as they're (quite honestly) a bit more interesting than the new Apple TV. Nvidia had the remarkable foresight to include a game controller in the box, so to some extent, the Nvidia Shield is way more successfully realizing the hopes and dreams that we had for the Apple TV. Things got a bit more weird today as Super Meat Boy hit the Google Play store for the Nvidia Shield (and presumably other similar Android TV devices)...

Get the iOS-Exclusive 'Hearthstone' Hero Khadgar as Apple Launches Massive "Apps for Earth" App Store Promo

Yesterday we mentioned some higher than average weirdness orbiting the App Store surrounding all sorts of rumors we were piecing together from different iOS developers who had (some subtly, some not-so-subtly) been told to reschedule the release of their game this week. The most logical conclusion to jump to there was that Apple was clearing the runway for a massive game release that was going to get the Clash Royale mega-feature treatment. Well, that's sort of true, but it wasn't just one game, it's for the "Apps for Earth" promotion. A bunch of apps and games got updated to have Earth Day-y things, and this feature is likely going to hang around through next week as Earth Day isn't until the 22nd...

Sometime last night the update to Crashlands [$4.99] hit the App Store, and it's added a ton of things that are going to make playing the game a whole lot nicer- Arguably making the whole thing worth playing again. Namely, the world map got much better, harvesting plants got less annoying, players will be able to build what basically amount to conveyor belts to move around, and loads more stuff. I'm not kidding about loads either, take a look at the full patch notes if you don't believe me...