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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.

'FTL: Faster Than Light' for iPad Review - Easily The Best Way to Play 'FTL'

Originally released on the Mac, PC, and Linux machines in late 2012, FTL: Faster Than Light [$9.99 (HD)] has seen more positive reviews and won more awards than I can even reasonably list. Rocking a solid 86 on Metacritic, FTL has already proven itself to be a great game. If you missed all the buzz the first time around, here's the gist-..

Just when I was totally ready to say we've officially seen it all when it comes to Flappy Bird clones, spin-offs, and mash-ups something like this has to hit the App Store. Imagine, if you will, the gameplay of Flappy Bird mixed with Street Fighter. When I say mixed, I mean mixed. The sprites and sounds are directly ripped, and you play as one of the classic Street Fighter characters avoiding dhalsim's arms. Yes. Really...

News already hit that Hearhtstone: Heroes of Warcraft is available via a soft launch for the lucky residents (or iTunes account holders) of the New Zealand, Australian, and Canadian iTunes regions. We grabbed it today, and I was effortlessly able to log in and play the game with my US account. If you weren't watching the stream today, you missed me losing pretty bad in it:..

It's Wednesday again, which means it's time for another New Zealand game m-m-m-m-mega stream. I'm changing the way this works around a bit to front-load the "big" games people are most excited for so we can spend the most time with them before moving on to the other games of the week. That way if you want to see everything, you can stick around, or if you're only interested in the big releases you don't need to wait through other games you're not quite as stoked about. So, here's the order that the games will be streamed today:..

Coming Tonight: 'FTL', 'Monument Valley', 'Warhammer 40K: Storm of Vengeance' and More

Awesome. It's Wednesday again, and while the list of games on the New Zealand store that are scheduled to hit there US market at 11:00 PM Eastern tonight is looking a little slim, there's some great stuff in here… And it's pretty early, so it's always possible more stuff leaks out throughout the day. A lot of these very much are premium games with premium price tags, so let's hope that everyone who was mad about news this week that gamers prefer free games with ads put their money where their mouth is and sends these soaring up the charts!..

Best iPhone and iPad Games of March 2014

April is shaping up to be an amazing month for iOS gaming, but March was really awesome and filled with games we'd been anticipating forever as well as a few surprises. March was host to GDC, so things sort of slowed down during that time, but, whatever. There are still were ton of great games to check out regardless...

As mentioned in our post last week, Apple has started a new thing where they release weekly lists of the top most downloaded games on the App Store. Now, keep in mind instead of a near-realtime display like the top charts in iTunes, these are cumulative downloads over the whole week...

FTL is a hell of a game, and hearing that it was coming to the iPad is easily among the best news I've heard surrounding the App Store. It's one of my favorite games for the PC, and while I haven't played it in quite a while, it's been super exciting to pick up the game again on the iPad. It's being released tomorrow for $9.99, but we got the all clear this afternoon to stream the game today...

Tomorrow is going to be huge between FTL, Monument Valley, and all the other games scheduled to be released... So let's spend today doing a little catch up, seeing what's going on in my Boom Beach and other similar stuff...

Check Out the Trailer for 'Hodappy Bird', an Upcoming Flappy-like From the Creator of 'Flapthulhu'

The proverbial One Ring of Flappy Bird games was submitted to the App Store yesterday, and soon, one flappy game shall rule them all. It's called Hodappy Bird, and it's by Madgarden, the developer of the similarly awesome Flapthulhu [Free]. If you want your brain to melt from being subjected to the best trailer we've ever posted on TouchArcade, hit play:..

If it wasn't already incredibly apparent by watching the App Store top charts or even shoulder surfing other people when they're playing iOS games in the wild, everyone is crazy about free games with ads these days. I'm not sure if Backflip Studios started the trend with Paper Toss [Free], but it certainly was the earliest ultra-successful ad-sponsored game that I remember everyone playing. Since then, games like Flappy Bird and tons of other simple mini games that you can download for free and "pay" for my viewing ads have been released...

If I could have an iPhone developer spirit animal, it'd have to be Galcon's [$1.99] Phil Hassey. The guy always seems to be doing cool stuff between tending his goats, to making adaptations of his game that use marbles, and now, apparently, getting custom totem poles made to honor video game related things:..

The TouchArcade Show - 148 - A Gauntlet of Bummers

March 28th, 2014 9:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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855716_largerThe week following GDC, we're still down exactly one Mike Meade, but that doesn't stop Jared and I from recording a rockin' podcast. We talk about Gunnar gaming glasses, Pam's birthday, iOS games, and the ridiculous onslaught of bummer news this week... Including, but not limited to the Threes / 2048 drama and what there is to do about the crazy state of clone madness on the App Store.

Don't forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to 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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Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-148.mp3, 87.6MB


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  • Flappy Golf [Free]
  • Nerdy Workout [Free]
  • Star Wars: Assault Team [Free]


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FLASHOUT 2, $1.99 - FLASHOUT 2, the sequel to the anti-gravity racer FLASHOUT 3D, is finally here! In FLASHOUT 2, you pilot one of many ultra-fast ships and use your arsenal of rockets, guns, bonuses, and upgrades to fight your way to victory!

FLASHOUT 2 features a redesigned and enhanced Career Mode, massive improvements in steering, physics, opponents' AI, and other gameplay elements, a free Online Multiplayer Mode, and other completely new and exciting game modes.

FLASHOUT 2 also features high-end graphics and supports game controllers. It's available now in the App Store for $2.99 – be sure to check it out!


If you follow our daily Twitch streams, you'll likely be aware that we don't typically stream on Friday. Well, I figured out how to get around the scheduling conflict of when I usually stream and when we record our podcast... By getting developers onboard to stream and talk about their games and other developers' games. Here's who is going to be on it:..

If you're still wild about Mines of Mars [$4.99], chances are you're going to be very excited for the update that was just announced in our forums by Josh from Crescent Moon. The (currently) single player mining game is going to have a "huge" multiplayer update, which also adds new content in the forum of helmets and armor to unlock, as well as "a few different modes." This is coming after a bug fix update which is currently pending approval...