Author Archives: Eli Hodapp


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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.

SWAT Tactics Game 'Door Kickers' Drops to 99¢

June 28th, 2016 4:15 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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Door Kickers [$4.99 (HD)] hit the App Store almost exactly a year ago now and following the PC game dropping in price courtesy of the Summer Steam Sale, the iOS version also saw an extreme price drop. 99¢ is the cheapest Door Kickers has ever been on iOS, and if you're in to top-down tactical gameplay, it's a title you really shouldn't miss. (In case you didn't grab it when it launched.)..

Kabam Is on Track to Release an 'Avatar' Movie Tie-In Game With One of the Largest Budgets in Mobile Gaming History

Remember Avatar? That movie with the weird jungle planet filled with blue skinned humanoids getting rampaged by humans that for some reason did obscenely well at the box office? Well, they're not only making four more sequels (WTF) but they've also teamed up with Kabam to make a massive budget mobile game which will be updated and evolve along with the release of the upcoming Avatar sequels- The last of which is scheduled to be released in 2023...




The TouchArcade Show - 263 - Disco Stampede

June 24th, 2016 8:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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As promised, we return this week following our last episode which centralized around E3 and didn't have much game chat to... Spend most of the podcast going over the cool iOS games we've been playing this week. Those games, in order, include: Disco Zoo [Free], its similarities to the new Rodeo Stampede [Free], the weird IAP curve in Redungeon [Free], how much Jared loves Teeny Titans [$3.99], and the cool discover of Tapt [Free]. We also chat a bit about WWDC stuff, the insanity of watching the whole Brexit thing as Americans, and other relevant and irrelevant topics.

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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Billionaire., Free - Tap to build a small business, collect your fortune, and expand your business empire!

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It seems like the theme of the month is classic games getting removed from the App Store for one reason or another. It seems that PopCap's original Plants vs Zombies is the latest fabulous title to get silently nuked. The "good" news, if you'd call it that, is Plants vs Zombies Free [Free] remains on the App Store, but it's just an EA-ized iteration of the game that's packed to the brim with IAP. To be fair, it's a lot more friendly than some other EA games (*cough* Dungeon Keeper *cough*) but it still sucks to see the original, no-nonsense version of such a great game vanish...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Rodeo Stampede', 'Hyperburner', 'Otaku Heroes' and a Bunch More

As far as dumb food-related made-up holidays are concerned, I'd say that today's National Onion Rings Day might be one of the most delicious. To celebrate it fully, I'd recommend going to a place like Red Robin that goes above and beyond when it comes to the presentation of onion rings by stacking them into a massive ridiculous tower that spreads envy throughout the entire restaurant. It's like the infectious nature of the fajita effect. Oh, and while you're waiting for your golden brown, deep fried, savory slices of America to hit your table, maybe consider playing some of the new iOS games that hit the App Store this week?..

I get pitched a whoooolllleeee lot of iOS games on Twitter and while I make an effort to try out most of them, with it being nearly eight years into the life of the App Store, it's sort of rare to see games that make me think "Oh dang, this is super clever." This was the case this morning when developer Stephen Coyle tweeted me the link to his first iOS game, Tapt [Free]. The easiest way to describe it is if you took the idea of a rhythm game, and stripped it down to its absolute most basic. While totally blown out rhythm games like Voez [Free] will have you tapping, swiping, and doing all sorts of other stuff to effectively play along with whatever song is being played, Tapt just asks you to tap out the actual beat of the song...

The TouchArcade Show - 262 - E3 Wrap-Up

June 17th, 2016 8:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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Well that's a wrap for E3 week, this year was probably the strangest year yet for E3. The event is evolving, maybe dwindling, potentially changing, and just overall really different from the old E3. We talk about this in the podcast, as well as everything we saw this week that was particularly awesome. Give it a listen if you're curious where all the E3 mobile stuff went.

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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Dungeons of Chaos UNITY EDITION, $3.99 - Go back to the glory days of RPGs with Dungeons of Chaos - Unity edition. An indie developer has created an RPG that will scratch the itch that you may have forgotten you have.

Create your 6-player party, develop their skills and spells, and defeat the evil forces.

Over 50 hours of gameplay with no in-app purchases and no ads makes this a bargain at $3.99.

Already entering the top 5 list of best-selling RPGs on the Google Play Store in the US and Canada, Dungeons of Chaos is now available for iOS too.

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New Games on Our Forums: 'Adventure Company', 'Dawnbringer', 'Paranormal Minis' and Much More

While everyone is hopefully having a great National Lobster Day, Jared and I are wandering around E3 where anything to do with VR definitely seems to be the flavor of the week. Since massive E3 announcements are dominating the news cycle this week, it doesn't seem like that many iOS games have hit the App Store, but there's still more than enough to keep us all busy while we eat our lobster rolls and accompanying lobster bisque...

It's the Friday before E3, it's like a million degrees out in the Chicago area here, and I'm sure things will be even hotter when Jared, Eric and I are wandering around SoCal next week. I'm thinking this should be a pretty big E3 for us, as the "big players" who have dropped out of the event this year are just opening up floor space for more little guys, which typically means mobile stuff. Either way, we kick the show off with some E3 chat, WWDC predictions, and other random stuff before devoting the rest of the show to talking about a ton of the great games that came out this week. Those games, in order, are Fury Roads Survivor [Free], Hurdle Turtle Forever [Free], Rule with an Iron Fish [$2.99], Block Havoc [$2.99], Epic Flail [$0.99], Let's Go Run Around [Free], 6180 the Moon [$1.99], and last, but by no means least, Heroes of Loot 2 [$3.99].

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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Goo Saga, $4.99 - Plunge into the depths of an underwater adventure with Goo Saga. A classic platform game filled with thrills and action, puzzles and mystery. Have fun playing in one of three modes or compete with your friends in guiding Goo, a brave little creature, on a journey of survival and a quest to find the purpose of his creation.

Goo Saga offers a whole lot of new goodies for gamers: brand new character skins, cloud sync, full controller support, and a powerful lever editor. Get Goo Saga with all the new features in the App Store for just $4.99 and enjoy it on your iPhone or iPad.

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It should go without saying, but we're huge fans of Mobcrush around here. If for some totally insane reason you haven't heard of Mobcrush before, it's basically Twitch but focused on mobile games. It's super cool for us, as (obviously) we're totally into mobile, and it's great streaming on a platform where everyone is on the same page. (We got a lot of pushback on Twitch for not streaming "real games," for instance.) Previously, the huge down-side of Mobcrush was that the only way you could actively stream what you were playing was either by using an Android device, jailbreaking your iOS device, or using the Mac client. Since most of the known world operates on Windows, this significantly limited broadcasting. Well, as of a few moments ago, the Mobcrush Windows client has entered public alpha...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Heroes of Loot 2', 'Wizard Swipe', 'Skyforce Unite' and More

It's a beautiful day today in the Chicago area, particularly as we all come together to celebrate National Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day. I'm not super sure that this is even a real holiday as much as it's just something some dude on YouTube made up, but really, when you think about it, isn't that how practically all holidays start? I don't have a problem getting onboard with grassroots holidays, even though I don't really understand why jelly doughnuts need their own holiday considering National Doughnut Day was last week... But, hey, why not. If you're looking for some new iOS games to play while you drive jelly doughnut after jelly doughnut down your throat, I've got some great news: There's a bunch of 'em. We've seen games drizzling out all week, so, you might already have some of the stuff in our list...

Things have been heating up over the last few months in the world of Clash of Clans [Free] when it comes to Supercell's commitment to getting rid of cheaters running the various hacks and mods out there. Long story short, people running these various third party utilities were given temporary bans as a warning of sorts, but the gloves are coming off and the people who haven't reformed will be permabanned inside of the next few days...

The TouchArcade Show - 260 - Chim Chim Cher-ee

June 3rd, 2016 8:45 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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On a week like this where there's an avalanche of great games to talk about, it's really hard to choose which to focus on, but we persevere and manage to pull our heads out of our collective butts long enough to chat about some of our favorites. Following a brief tip on installing the EstateSales.net App [Free] to find house stuff on the cheap we dive into game discussion. That includes, in order, Human Resource Machine [$4.99], Sky Force Reloaded [Free], Tap Cats [Free] (again), Nonstop Knight [Free], Warcher Defenders [$0.99], and last, but not least, Dig Deep! [$1.99]. With only a little time left, we touch on a couple quick news story and call it a day!

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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If there's one thing that we can all agree on, it's that the world of free to play games can be really weird- Particularly when you consider that nearly everything any of the big free to play developers does is driven by analytics and performance metrics. If you ever wonder why a specific thing is the way it is inside of one of the games anywhere near the top of the App Store grossing charts, it's very likely been heavily scrutinized, A/B tested, and exists because it's what is seeing the highest overall conversion rates with regards to either getting players to keep playing, play longer, or spend more. (And that's not a cynical look at things either, it's just reality.)..

It seems like ever since these monthly swag packs have become a thing, everyone has their own variation on the Loot Crate (I have no idea if they were even the first to do it, either). Well, Minecraft is bigger than Jesus so it only made sense that they would also have their own monthly shipment of Minecraft-y stuff you can subscribe to. It's called "Mine Chest" and was originally announced all the way back in February. But what do you get for your $29.99 a month? Well, mine just got dropped off at my doorstep so I'm more than happy to show you. First off, here's what the box itself looks like:..

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Human Resource Machine', 'Sky Force Reloaded', 'Dig Deep' and Tons More

Apologies for posting our morning new games roundup in the afternoon, but, so far we have had two problems today: Not a whole lot of games had popped up on the App Store yet when we usually post this, and TouchArcade forum member sstrngmnm told me that today was National Milk Day but according to my research it's actually on January 11th, so I wasted my day drinking all the milk in my house for nothing. Then, after a bit more research I discovered that National Milk Day and World Milk Day are two entirely different holidays and World Milk Day is today. So, the lesson here is, if anyone wishes you a happy National Milk Day, you better put them in their place and tell them to stop thinking so small because it's World Milk Day today. But, hey, provided you're not spending your afternoon getting into pedantic arguments with strangers about dairy-related holidays, you're in luck. Some iOS games also came out...

The vast majority of this particular podcast is devoted to discussing a whole boat load of new games that came out this week, those include, in order, the following: Warp Shift [$2.99], Voez [Free], Tap Cats [Free], Leap Day [Free] (again!), Bingo Pop [Free], Hatoful Boyfriend [$4.99], and Goat Simulator: Waste of Space [$4.99]. Mike busts out some incredible puns, and we also hit up a few of the bigger news stories of the 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, 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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Elemelons, Free - So you think you can swipe?

Once upon a time, the Earth was cursed because of the vanity of human beings and all the time they spent on social networks. The curse destroyed the entire planet and its guardians cringed as the four elements – earth, air, water, and fire – were transformed into melons and spun out into space. The four melons were named the ELEMELONS.

A prophecy revealed that there would be men who would guide the Elemelons home to rebuild Earth. You are one of these chosen to guide them back. Swipe them in the right direction and take the Elemelons to the walls that match their colors, and save the ones being pulled the wrong way.

Compete for the best score in the Universe. Swipe and save all the Elemelons!

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It seems like in the world of video games, everyone looks at what Riot is doing with League of Legends eSports and says, "I want me a piece of that." To some extent, that effort has been marginally successful in the PC world. DOTA 2 has pretty huge events, as does Heathstone, Counter-Strike, and a few others... But it feels like the whole eSports nut has yet to be really cracked in the world of mobile. Vainglory has been doing small events, and Supercell has put on a few Clash Royale tournaments, but none really seem to have the draw of the "major" eSports just yet...

Aspiring Poke-masters who signed up for the US "Field Test" of Pokemon Go (The fancy name they're calling something that's in between a beta and a soft launch.) should be getting their invites to download the game. If you signed up, today is a good day to spend the whole afternoon endlessly refreshing your email for the invitation. We haven't heard just how many people they're letting in with this initial wave, but hopefully it includes some TouchArcade community members. (How could it not?) Aside from news of this latest invitation wave, Niantic is teased some new screenshots on their blog...

Since it's Towel Day, let me provide an important reminder that a towel is the most useful thing you can have in the universe. In fact, if I'm ever on the Discovery Channel show Naked and Afraid, my single survival item I'll bring with me will bring a towel, without question. Anyway, aside from the requisite Towel Day celebrations, it also happens to be Wednesday, and a whole heap of brand new iOS games have hit the App Store. Also, given how odd the App Store has been with randomly dumping out other new games on Wednesday, it's incredibly likely that we'll see way more today...