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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.

With the new Hearthstone [Free] adventure, One Night in Karazhan, on the horizon, it seems this week Blizzard looks back to Whispers of the Old Gods for a Tavern Brawl. We're on the cusp of getting a ton of brand new cards, but if you're a free to play player or just didn't open many Whispers of the Old Gods packs but want to try out some of the decks that come loaded with tons of cards from that set, this week's brawl is for you...

'Death Road to Canada' Preview - Does It Surprise Anyone Anymore That Rocketcat and Madgarden Make Incredible Games?

Last Friday I got a build of Rocketcat and Madgarden's Death Road to Canada on my iPhone. Since then, I've been completely obsessed. After hours, and hours, and hours of playing, I'm ready to say it: As far as my own personal game of the year is concerned, Death Road to Canada is currently the game to beat. It combines Rocketcat humor, great pixel art, fantastic music, randomized gameplay, playable dogs capable of shooting guns, spooky stories about menacing goblins, Madgarden freakishly small file sized and so much more to create an experience that's not only super fun but also surprisingly deep with new things I'm still discovering while I play...




Following the reveal of the Amazon Fire Phone was a few exclusive games that looked surprisingly awesome. Saber's Edge [Free] was one of those games, which seemed to combine puzzle mechanics, RPG elements, and... Pirates. On paper, it sounded amazing, and as someone who loves puzzle RPGs, it got me pretty close to picking up a Fire Phone just to try it out. Well, the Amazon Fire Phone completely bombed, which eventually resulted in these exclusive games being released on other platforms. It's been soft launched for a while, but as of this morning Saber's Edge is now available worldwide...

New iPhone Games: 'Eisenhorn: Xenos', 'Flick Soccer 17', 'Journey Below', 'Reigns' and Tons More

While I imagine many of you are busy gathering firewood to stoke the campfire to appropriately celebrate National S'mores Day, the rest of us are absolutely drowning in brand new iOS games. We've seen so many new games hit our forums the last few days this list is sort of overwhelming, which is a great change from previous weeks where we've been like, "Sooooo... Where's all the new games?" So, if you need s'more games on your iPhone to play while making and eating s'mores today, you're in luck...

'Puppet Bird' Is the Next Game From the Developers of 'Politaire', Releasing This Week

If you're not familiar with Politaire [Free], I'm just going to pull this bus over and give you time to read our review. It's a combination of poker and solitaire that seems crazy, but quickly turns into something in between "this is super clever" and "why didn't someone think of this before?" Well, Pine Entertainment, the same developers behind Politaire are on the verge of releasing their next game this week, Puppet Bird. Check out the trailer:..

'Eisenhorn: Xenos' Gets Second Developer Diary Ahead of This Week's Launch

We've been closely following the release of the upcoming Warhammer 40K game Eisenhorn: Xenos, as it looks like there's a pretty decent chance of this game being the release that breaks the Warhammer curse. If you're unfamiliar with that particular affliction, it's a lot like the torment of video games based off movies. You get excited for the title, then, well, anyone around to play a movie game in the NES/Game Boy/SNES era knows how the rest pans out. That's sort of been the case with 40K games on the App Store, as they've been incredibly hit or miss. That doesn't seem to be the case with Eisenhorn: Xenos as everything we've seen surrounding the title seems oddly impressive for a Warhammer game...

Isometric Platform Hopper 'Bluk' Set for Release Next Week

I've had my eye on Bluk ever since the trailer first got posted in our forums, as it looks a lot like if you took something like Mr Jump [Free] and combined it with a vibe that's... ever-so-slightly vaguely reminiscent of Monument Valley [$3.99]. Also, the developers have been super active in our community which always seems to help when it comes to releasing a rad game...

The TouchArcade Show - 269 - eSports Everywhere

August 5th, 2016 8:45 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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With the League of Legends Championship Series and the DOTA 2 tournament The International underway, we kick off this week's podcast with some quick eSports chat before diving deep into discussing a whole bunch of different new games. This time around, those games include Mobius Final Fantasy [Free], Tap Hero [Free], Ollie Cats [Free], Blitz Breaker [$2.99], AbyssRium [Free], Pixel Disc Golf 2 [Free], and PlayCast [$9.99] which I guess kinda sorta counts as a game. We also talk a bit about Hearthstone [Free] news and the latest Pokemon Go [Free] drama.

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!

 

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MOBIUS FINAL FANTASY, Free - Mobius Final Fantasy is a free-to-play mobile game made by the team behind the official Final Fantasy series. Its development was spearheaded by famous producer, Yoshinori Kitase, who was also behind Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, and Final Fantasy X. Selected as the best game of 2015 in Japan's App Store, Mobius Final Fantasy is now available worldwide. Download Mobius Final Fantasy from the App Store for free today and get a console quality game in the palm of your hand!

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While I assume most of you are out celebrating National Watermelon Day, those of us at TouchArcade Towers are scratching our heads wondering what's been going on with the App Store as of late. As we mentioned last week, the delightfully predictable behavior of App Store game releases has gotten real weird, and we're back to games randomly popping up at odd times during the week instead of one giant wave early Wednesday morning. (Or so it would seem.) While we figure out the new groove the App Store is jamming to, these posts are going to be a little weird...

'PlayCast' First Impressions: PS4 Games on iOS, Just Keep Your Expectations Realistic

Earlier today we posted about PlayCast [$9.99], a third party utility that had been just released on the App Store. It advertises the ability to play PS4 games on iOS devices via the same Remote Play functionality that allows you to play PS4 games on the Vita. After waiting what felt like forever for my PS4 to update itself (I don't even remember the last time I turned it on), and the same simple setup process that the PS Vita goes through to link it to the PS4 I was... well, playing Rocket League on my phone. Or, more accurately, trying to play Rocket League...

The TouchArcade Show - 268 - Moving Too Fast

July 29th, 2016 10:42 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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Last week was so packed with great iOS game releases that a lot of them actually spilled over into this week's podcast. It's all good though, as we're talking a solid hour of nothing but game chat. Those games include Severed [$6.99], Phoenix 2 [Free], Road Not Taken [$4.99], Tinker Island [Free], Duck Roll [Free], Snakebird [Free], Dunkers [Free], and last, but not least Snow Horse [$1.99].

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!

 

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'The Quest HD'

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one...

Blizzard sent us over some video to share of the new Hearthstone [Free] adventure, One Night in Karazhan. We've already posted a bunch of the cards and the full video of Ben Brode going over the different floors of Karazhan, but if you want to go just a little deeper, check out what it'll be like battling the Silverware Golem of Karazhan, complete with some of the new cards being used:..

We've already posted about the reveal of the new Hearthstone [Free] which happened last night at 11:00 PM Eastern. Why such a weird time? The reveal was streamed live from China Joy, a huge game convention in China. If (like me) you were sleeping when Ben Brode took the stage to talk about One Night in Karazhan, you can now watch the previously recorded reveal. There's a bit of a pre-show you can skip if you're not into that, the important part starts around the 31:00 mark in the video: ..

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Legend of Heropolis', 'Pixel Car Racer', 'Cthulhu Clicker' and More

I was really hoping to be able to ring in Walk on Stilts Day in with a whole avalanche of brand new iOS games, but it's looking like we're in the midst of another App Store SNAFU this week where iTunes isn't being super cooperative. It's making finding listings for this week's new games more difficult than usual, and AppShopper isn't being much help either. Thing is, I know there's a bunch more games coming out this week, they're just not on the App Store yet. Does this mean another shift in the way Apple releases new iOS games? (Remember, new games used to not be available for download until 11:00 PM Eastern.) Or, is iTunes just being weird? Flip a coin, read some tea leaves, and grab your dowsing rods as there's not a great way to tell...

'Jurassic Go Dinosaur Snap Adventures' Brings 'Pokemon Snap'-like Gameplay to the Canadian App Store

Of the many Pokemon spinoffs out there, Pokemon Snap was my favorite. If you've never played it, the basic gist is that instead of the RPG-ish nature of the "proper" Pokemon titles, you're on a Pokemon safari of sorts and are put to the task of taking photos of Pokemon in the wild. You were scored based on shot composition and other factors that go into taking a good photo, and the game actually served as a pretty great trojan horse to teach kids about photography. On the App Store, there's been a few developers who have taken a stab at this genre, most notably R2 Games' Bigfoot Hunter [Free] and BebopBee's Snapimals [Free]. Well, BebopBee is at it again with the Canadian launch of Jurassic Go Dinosaur Snap Adventures, which basically combines Snapimals with Jurassic Park...

The TouchArcade Show - 267 - Pokemon? No.

July 22nd, 2016 9:15 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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We're almost over talking about Pokemon Go [Free], or so it would seem, as we only spent about five minutes this weeks talking about the game- Primarily surrounding the incredibly massive Pokemon Go Chicago meetup which was attended by thousands of people standing around waiting for the servers to come back up. From there, we roll the clocks back to talk about a game that was actually released last week, Hero Slide [Free]. Additionally, we also spend time discussing Dead Shell [$2.99], Guild of Dungoneering [$4.99] (Which we keep referring to as Guild of Dungoneers), and ReRunners [Free] before getting into some news.

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!

 

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Cranky internet commenters have been calling it since about two hours after Pokemon Go [Free] hit the App Store, but according to survey company and analytics firm SurveyMonkey, Pokemon Go peaked on July 14th. They're figuring that based on the number of people playing Pokemon Go every day, the number of times the game is being downloaded, as well as the amount of people searching Google for Pokemon Go related things. Now, these sorts of things come with significant caveats as the game just launched in Japan, and all it'd take to cause players to come surging back into Pokemon Go is a captivating update or two. But, the writing is on the wall, that Pokemon Go-mania is beginning to fade in the US market...

If you loved Dots [Free], and couldn't get enough of Two Dots [Free], you'll be happy to know that Playdots, Inc has made the series into a trilogy with the recent release of Dots & Co [Free]. Alternatively, if all this Dots business is news to you, and you're at all into really well done minimalistic but still brain-breaking puzzle games... You really need to download one (or all three) of these games. Like previous Dots games, gameplay still involves connecting dots, but this time around there's new characters and super powers to go with them...

'Fish!' Comes to the Apple Watch

July 21st, 2016 1:15 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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As mentioned when we first heard about the game, Strange Flavour's Fish! [$2.99] is the spiritual successor to Flick Fishing, one of the many amazing old Freeverse games that kicked the bucket when they got rolled into the ngmoco (then DeNA) katamari. Fish! is a no-freemium nonsense premium fishing game that plays an awful lot like Flick Fishing did back in the day. It's also the subject of the second news story we're posting today surrounding Apple Watch gaming, which we rarely seem to hear about anymore. (Squeenix is releasing an Apple Watch game, in case you missed that.)..