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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.

As of this week, we'll be 291 episodes into our podcast. It's hard to believe we've been doing it weekly for over five years now. I think that makes us the longest running mobile games podcast out there! In the last few weeks, we've been refining the video version of our podcast which is the same audio as our normal podcast, except you can see the games we're playing and the things we're reacting to in real time. Here's a teaser of this week's episode:..

We recently switched over to Discord [Free] from Slack [Free] for all of the back-end communication at TouchArcade here, and we've been super happy with everything. Discord has effectively replaced both Slack and Skype [Free] for us, and cooler yet, the way Discord works allows us to have an open chat server that anyone can join- Heck, if you play online games, chances are you're already using Discord. If you're not, you should totally check it out. You can either download the mobile app or the PC/Mac client and then just hop right in. Since we started using Discord full time a few weeks ago, we've grown an awesome community of people chatting about iOS games all day long...

Quite a few people have asked me lately what the best MFi controller is that has a clip that you can snap your iPhone into, and my answer typically is something along the lines of "Eh, well, there's the MOGA Rebel, but it's sort of old and the SteelSeries Nimbus is a way better controller but it doesn't have a clip." Well, some eagle-eyed Reddit users found a solution to this problem. Better yet? It'll only cost you $1.82 shipped. Check it out:..

I'm not sure what it is with all these weird "simulation" games hitting the App Store lately, but I love it. The latest, which is set to be released on Monday the 23rd, is The Wolf. It was posted to our forums this morning, and it sounds like just my kind of strange. It's a multiplayer RPG where you choose what type of wolf you want to be, tweak out your wolf build with various skills and abilities, and join a wolf pack which then goes rampaging around the land...

If you've been pondering taking a vacation in March, and always wanted to attend a Hearthstone [Free], two worlds you'd never expect to collide are coming together for the perfect getaway: The Hearthstone Championship Tour's winter event is taking place in the Bahamas at the all-inclusive Melia Nassau Beach Resort. They've got a silly amount of pools, are right on the ocean, and best yet, the whole place is going to be packed to the brim with Hearthstone fanatics. Anyway, Blizzard just released more information on the event, including pricing and the ability to RSVP. Oh, and of course, there's an exclusive card back for anyone who attends the event...

New Games on Our Forums: 'Z-Exemplar' 'Endless-A Lost Note' 'Sky Dancer', and More

Well it's apparently National Gourmet Coffee Day, and here I am sitting here drinking my Kirkland brand pre-ground decaf like some kind of idiot. Anyway, the first crop of new games of the week have been posted to our forums. If you've got a game that's coming out this week, and haven't posted your active iTunes link to the forums yet, ya'll need to get on that...

The TouchArcade Patreon Now Features Discord Rewards

January 16th, 2017 1:00 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in News
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We've been big fans of of Discord for quite a while now, but we're taking the next step and becoming practically Facebook official by tying together our Discord server with our Patreon. If you're a TouchArcade Patreon backer and have chosen one of our rewards tiers, follow these instructions to link up both of your accounts. It takes a few seconds, and then you will be automagically invited into Discord with us and have your Patreon backer status displayed...

In the interest of not having Nintendo stuff dominate the podcast, this week we set a timer and split the podcast in two. The first half is all iOS games, covering a lot of the big releases this week including The Binding of Issac [$14.99], Sonny [$0.99], and Xenoraid [Free], with quick hits on Towaga [$2.99], Yuri [$2.99], Alpha Swipe [$2.99], and Bubble Witch 3 Saga [Free]. The second half is all about the Nintendo Switch, so, if you're not into that, feel free to skip it and wait for next week!

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As a life-long fan of everything to do with Magic the Gathering it really pains me to see their digital offerings in 2017. If you don't want to play paper Magic (which is as fun as it's ever been), your options are to either play the eternally janky Magic Online or Magic Duels [Free] which has a lot of annoying deck restrictions that keep you from duplicating your favorite paper Magic decks among other issues. Early last year we posted about rumblings of Magic Digital Next which aimed to bridge the gap between both online offerings...

Realtime counters of things to do with money aren't really anything new, but they're typically used for depressing political statistics like these. For whatever reason, Decluttr, a web site that gives you cash for your old stuff, has published a pretty amusing site that shows just how much hugely popular free to play games are making in real time. Now, this comes with the obvious caveat that all they're really doing is extrapolating estimates of what all these games are actually making as the only one who knows (for instance) how much Clash of Clans is making per second is Supercell... But, hey, it's still fun to sit there in amazement as these numbers rise so rapidly...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'The Binding of Issac: Rebirth', 'Bubble Witch 3 Saga', 'Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links', and a Bunch More

Aaaaaaaaaahhhhh it's finally here, The Binding of Issac: Rebirth [$14.99], which really seems like the perfect game to get to celebrate today's made up holiday which is Cigarettes are Hazardous to Your Health Day! For real though, the game is fabulous, the port is great, the controls are on par with the best dual stick shooters, but most importantly: We need to support premium games like this as a community of iOS gamers. If you often find yourself complaining about free to play, IAP, shallow games, and all the other common mobile criticisms, put your money where your mouth is and download The Binding of Issac. Nothing would make me happier than for word to get out that the port did incredibly well on mobile, as it could help to reinvigorate interest from developers to make more premium iOS games if we show them a market exists for them. Here's a lengthy Let's Play that will give you a great idea of what you're in for:..

After weeks (months?) of people asking on a nearly daily basis where The Binding of Issac: Rebirth [$14.99], it finally hit last night and both the forum thread and the comments on the release post. Amid the excitement and pricing complaints are a few interesting tidbits from developer Tyrone Rodriguez...

'Zombie Free Throw' Is the Latest Game by Retro Dreamer, Due out This Week

Sure there's a ton of great simple free-throwing basketball games on the App Store, but how many have you quite literally throwing your own head? It's kind of like if you mixed the scene with the Fireys from Labyrinth with zombies, and threw in a basketball hoop for good measure. Take a look at the trailer and I'm sure you'll agree, at least partially:..

We're huge fans of Mediocre's PinOut! [Free] (check out our review) but the game was just a hair too complicated for a number of people I recommended it to. Particularly as you get deeper into the game, some of the shots you need to make to progress require a true Pinball Wizard. If that got frustrating for you, but you generally like the idea of an endless pinball-er, Ascending Pinball [Free] might be just what the doctor ordered...

'OrbitR' Is a Rad-Looking Upcoming Twitch-Puzzle Game Due out Soon

It seems like every iteration of maze games possible has already been done on the App Store, but something about the trailer of Motion Lab's OrbitR makes it feel way more fresh than all the other stuff out there. The basic idea of the game is that you try to make your way to the center of each circular maze by tapping the screen to change the direction you're heading. 80 levels will be included for free, with additional packs available for purchase. Take a look at the game in motion:..

'Forward Assault' Aims to Be the Next Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for Mobile

I feel like over the years I've lost count of the number of promising Counter-Strike-likes we've seen in development on mobile. If you're unfamiliar with the Counter-Strike phenomenon the tl;dr basically amounts to it started its life as a mod for the PC game Half-Life back in 1999 and quickly turned into the game to play at LAN parties. Since then, it's turned into a global phenomenon with the most recent iteration, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is played as an eSport and has a huge real-money in-game economy for skins. (Don't even ask me how much I paid for my dumb knife skin, holy sh*t, I am an idiot.) Anyway, it feels like every once in a while a cool looking beta will pop up that looks a lot like Counter-Strike then for whatever reason it just fizzles out. Hopefully that's not the case with Forward Assault, a game that's being constantly teased on Twitter and currently available in its "unreleased" form on Google Play...

The Puzzle-Action RPG 'Phobos Children' Is on the Hunt for Beta Testers

Chalk this game up as something we missed working insane hours during the our end of the year pre-iTunes freeze insanity, but, hey, better late than never right? The upcoming puzzle-action RPG Phobos Children has been on the hunt for beta testers on our forums for a few weeks now. Forum member Tychaeus has some pretty detailed first impressions on the game which looks a bit like a rhythm game but what you're actually doing is tapping series of three individual similarly colored orbs which then powers up the character that corresponds to that color which results in attacking whatever enemy you're facing off at the time. You don't have the luxury of waiting around for the perfect chain to appear, as orbs are slowly descending towards the bottom of the screen, so you've got to form a fast-paced strategy to make what you've got access to at that particular time turn into a huge attack. The payment model is said to be similar to Puzzle & Dragons [Free], which loads of people are already familiar with (and don't seem to have a problem with). ..

'Super Planet Defender' is Headed to iOS Soon

'Super Planet Defender' is Headed to iOS Soon

January 10th, 2017 11:00 AM EST by Eli Hodapp in Upcoming Games
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We've had a thread in our forums cookin' for a while now for the upcoming game Super Planet Defender which actually has been slowly drizzling out beta releases on Android. The object of the game is to survive as long as you can in a world where your planet is just being absolutely bombarded with comets and other astral bodies. Check it out in action:..

We talked about Breakout Ninja [Free] game on this week's podcast, but we've been having so much fun with it (and so are other people, judging by the game's performance on the top charts), so it felt worth posting again. Chances are, in 2017 you've probably played a lot of ninja games on your iPhone, as well as many one-button games, but how many one-button ninja games have you played? (OK, maybe a couple, who knows, the App Store is a crazy place.) What sets Breakout Ninja apart is its incredibly fluid animation which makes you feel like you're doing all sorts of really cool ninja-y stuff even though the input method could not be more simple...

Hey, remember when Gameloft's game release roadmap leaked on April Fool's Day and no one was sure if it was real? Well, the Grand Theft Auto-like we mentioned set in New Orleans seems to have missed its release window from the original leaks, but it actually exists nonetheless. As pointed out by eagle-eyed forum member Hen14, Gangstar New Orleans just soft launched in the Philippines and apparently is the "gold standard for open-world action-adventure." Turf wars seem to be the game's online social mechanic, and I'm hoping it's some kind of real multiplayer mode instead of just some weird social battle mechanic as a mobile GTA-like with some killer multiplayer would be really cool...