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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.

The First Wing of 'Hearthstone' Blackrock Mountain Has Been Unlocked

Well, the time for release time speculation is over as the second single player adventure for Hearthstone, Blackrock Mountain, just had its first wing unlock. Blackrock Depths pits players against Coren Direbrew, High Justice Grimstone, and Emperor Thaurissan in normal and heroic difficulty modes. Just like Curse of Naxxramas, we're expecting the normal mode to be pretty simple and beatable with most decks while heroic mode will likely require specific strategies and deck types. Of course, just like Naxx, I assume it won't take long for someone to throw together some great totally free to play decks to beat the expansion content as well...

Today is the day that the first wing of Hearthstone's [Free] Blackrock Mountain single player adventure is unlocked for players to try their luck in the Grim Guzzler. Blizzard isn't giving up any specific details on when the first wing is going to unlock, but we've got two things to go off of: An email Twitch sent out and the historical precedence set by Curse of Naxxramas...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Countryballs - The Polandball Game', 'Bouncing Ball', and More Games About Balls

Even though it's April Fools today, developers didn't seem to be dissuaded into not releasing their games. You never know these days, as there's so much fake news that people doing real things tend to just avoid the day entirely. But, not on iOS, I guess. Anyway, there's a bunch of good stuff in this list so far including a game about Countryballs which is an reddit phenomenon I totally don't understand. I'm getting old...

New 'Hearthstone' Patch Likely Includes iPhone Support, to Be Released April 9th?

One of the best parts of a game getting as huge as Hearthstone [Free] is people feverishly data mining update files. If you're new to Blizzard patch data mining, in a supreme, over-simplified, nutshell it means people dig through the game's files looking for anything new that wasn't in the old version. Graphical assets, sound files, text strings, and other things like that are all revealed by Hearthpwn as the patch hit the PC/Mac client this afternoon...

LogoUnfortunately, radical Radical billionaire Mike Meade has fired Brad Nicholson as his body surrogate, so we're back to normal episodes of the podcast- As if that is ever possible. This week has been pretty crazy from an overall story output perspective, so we're kind of scatterbrained and recording late in the day. But, I'd argue those circumstances make for the best podcasts. Also, we get Mike's predictions for Wrestlemania, as we all agree Brock Lesnar just has to retain the title- Especially with a phatty-boom-batty three year contract under his belt.

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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Best iPhone and iPad Games - 3/27/15 - 'Final Fantasy: Record Keeper', 'Taichi Panda', 'Swap Quest' and More

I told you guys last week we had picked up some new team members, and if you haven't noticed, we've been on fire this week. Tons more content across the board ranging from more reviews, developer interviews, more guides, and way more news. I even had to change the front page to display more stories at a time just so we weren't bumping our daily load out off the front page. A good change overall, I'd say. Anyway, here's our top scoring reviews we published this week: ..

The internet was on fire this morning when it was revealed that Unity developer Erik Roystan Ross posted a playable version of Super Mario 64 HD built in unity that runs inside your browser, provided you've got the Unity plugin installed, of course. It's a bit of a tech demo to showcase his Unity tool Super Character Controller which is a collection of functions that make animating characters easier. How easy? Well, easy enough to throw together the first level of Super Mario 64...

'Rules!' Is Officially the First Apple Watch Game

March 27th, 2015 10:30 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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We've been watching AppShopper like a hawk as Apple Watch updates have been rolling out over the last day or so. MacRumors has a full list of all the interesting apps they've seen so far, but on the games front, there really hasn't been that much. ...Until this morning when Rules! [$2.99] had an update approved adding Apple Watch support...

'Hearthstone' Blackrock Mountain Adventure Launches April 2nd

Well how about that. The "leak" we posted about yesterday from the Korean Battle.net refund page turned out to be spot on. Blizzard just confirmed that the Blackrock Mountain single player adventure for Hearthstone [Free] will indeed launch on April 2nd...

We're working on a bunch of awesome stuff to make the best iOS gaming forum in the world even better, and the first feature launched this afternoon: A fully responsive redesign of our forums. If you're not hip to the whole responsive web design trend, what that means is our forums automagically lay themselves out differently depending on either the size of your browser window or the screen size of the device you're viewing it on...

'You Must Build a Boat' Hands-On Preview - The '10000000' Sequel is Even Better Than We Were Expecting

If you were around for 10000000 [$2.99] mania, you'll likely remember just how magical it all was. If you weren't, the headline of the review basically nails it. In a nutshell, a game randomly came out of nowhere with a title that didn't make much sense, an icon which was basically a placeholder, and some of the best puzzle gameplay we saw that year. Honestly, the game still holds up well to existing puzzler releases, and is on my short list of titles I tell people to grab when I get the all-too-often question of "What games should I get?"..

As if there were any doubts as to whether or not Supercell has truly made it with Clash of Clans [Free], the fact that there's a vibrant developer community creating bots which play the game is a true benchmark for overall craziness. Video game bots have had a fascinating history, starting with simple macro programs that automate keypresses to bots like this one that use advanced image analysis to effectively totally play the game for you. There have been bots for basically every online game out there, so it's not much of a surprise that these kind of things also exist for Clash of Clans. It's called ClashBot, and works using the BlueStacks Android emulator. They've even got forums filled with people tweaking the bot and helping others do crazy stuff with it...

If you enjoy reading internet tea leaves and playing Blizzard's smash hit collectable card game Hearthstone, today is your lucky day. Earlier this month the Blackrock Mountain expansion was announced. If this is the first you've heard of it, it's going to be another single player adventure similar to the Curse of Naxxramas expansion, featuring loads of single player encounters and of course- a bunch of new cards...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Jump'N'Shoot Attack', 'Stickman Rush' and More

Another Wednesday, another onslaught of iOS releases. Here's the few games that have poked their head out on the New Zealand App Store so far, but I know for a fact this is just a sampling of what's coming tonight as there's at least one very huge game release that hasn't shown up on our forums yet...

'Power DOS' the iOS x86 Emulator Goes Free

March 24th, 2015 2:02 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News, Sales
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Back in 2010, few things were hotter than emulators sneaking on to the App Store. The novelty value of your iPhone or iPad emulating something and the whole lucky feel you got of snagging something from the App Store before Apple pulled it often resulted in a tornado of interest around anything to do with emulation. In fact, the reveal of iDOS is one of our most popular TouchArcade stories ever. Well, skip ahead in time five years later and almost everyone has a folder full of weird emulators on their device, they don't cause the same splash of excitement, and Apple isn't anywhere near as vigilant about removing them- Or, at least, this has been the case with Power DOS [$0.99] for the last few months...

If you're not among the millions of people still playing World of Warcraft, what you've missed in the latest expansion is the garrison system. In a supreme nutshell, Blizzard has effectively implemented many of the features that have made the various base-building mobile games into WoW. As you level up to 100, you're continually building your garrison and interacting with your growing number of followers by sending them on timer-based missions. If this sounds interesting to you, check out this video which gets pretty in-depth with how it all works:..

LogoThis week the big news was everything to do with Nintendo, so we dedicate the first half of the podcast to a recap of everything that has happened so far with Nintendo on mobile as well as what we think will happen in the future. Since we've got returning special guest Brad Nicholson on the podcast, we dedicate the second half to discussing the upcoming Wrestlemania matches and our predictions for 'em. Sorry if you don't like wrestling, but, we'll be back with a normal episode next 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!

 

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Oh also, if you're interested in sponsoring either of our podcasts, we've got ad packages that can fit any budget. Shoot an email to ads@toucharcade.com for more information.

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Best iPhone and iPad Games - 3/20/15 - 'To Be Or Not To Be', '. Decluster', and 'Imps in Tokyo'

It's been another great week in iOS gaming, and here's another bundle of high scoring game reviews we published this week. Speaking of publishing reviews, chances are you'll see review output amp up considerably in the not too distant figure as so far we've picked up six new writers this week with another two on the way next week. So, these posts might grow quite a bit in the future as we just review more stuff...

The year is 2015 and developers are still trying to out-Clash of Clans Clash of Clans [Free]. Hell, Supercell even did it themselves with the release of Boom Beach [Free]... Which, admittedly was pretty good. Anyway, Hero Sky: Epic Guild Wars [Free] just hit the App Store with developer Innospark throwing their hat into the base building/attacking/defending sort of game. The interesting twist that makes this one noteworthy is a hero system, which gives you a ton of different dudes to play as to supplement your offensive and defensive strategies instead of just solely dispatching mindless soldiers...

Few things are hotter right now than the hit indie sensation Crossy Road [Free]. Everyone's talking about it, everyone's (still) playing it, and developers are racing to clone it. I guess it doesn't help that "Just make Crossy Road" has become a bit of a catch phrase on our podcast, but, hey, welcome to 2015. Anyway, two new characters just hit the Android version of the game on the Amazon App Store. They're coming soon on iOS, but if you want a sneak peek, check out this video by YouTube superstar BitStern:..