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.

"The 10000000 Guy" Details Crazy Free to Play Payment Model for Upcoming 'Smarter Than You'

Luca Redwood, also known as "The 10000000 Guy", was working on a hotly anticipated sequel for the original 10000000 [$2.99] titled You Must Build a Boat. Along the way, he started working on a side projects, and from there the story takes an incredibly predictable turn that I feel like I've heard a million times from other developers with "side projects"- The side project turns in to the main project, and before you know it, you're polishing up a game for release that you only originally meant to take a little break and prototype...

Now that the Flappy phenomenon is (mostly) behind us, we can get back to looking at games like this and being like "Oh hey, that looks like a neat cave flyer!" right? Well, whatever, that's exactly what I said when I saw this trailer:..

Creator of '10000000' Reveals 'Smarter Than You' in New Trailer

While the rest of us are (im)patiently waiting for Luca Redwood's 10000000 [$2.99] followup You Must Build a Boat which was revealed earlier this year, he's apparently working on something else. That "something else" is Smarter Than You, a multiplayer social-y game that looks a little bit like a significantly spruced up version of rock-paper-scissors in the just-released "instructional video":..

In a week already filled with crazy sales, here's a huge freebie we just spotted off our starboard bow: Assassin's Creed Pirates [$4.99] is free for the first time ever, because, well, YOLO? Seriously though, I'm wondering if we're on the verge of a big App Store anniversary feature on the App Store with this game as the Apple sanctioned freebie of the week? Maybe?..

'Plague Inc' Simian Flu Update Infects App Store

July 10th, 2014 11:17 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News, Updates
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I've said it before, and I'll say it again: You'd be hard pressed to find a better bang for your buck on the App Store than Plague Inc [$0.99] and its associated IAP unlocks. The amount of support the game has received since its initial release and the overall craziness of its additional updates easily makes it a must-have for anyone. We liked it in our review two years ago, and since then the game has gotten better and better...

In the very early hours of the morning today, Minecraft Pocket Edition [$6.99] version 0.9.0 hit the App Store. Dubbed the "biggest update EVER" by Mojang, 0.9.0 adds infinite world size, caves, tons of new blocks, monsters, biomes, new places to explore, and more. Better yet, they even tweaked the UI a bit to add an interaction button, so you'll no longer accidentally dig/punch things...

While the rest of the internet is busy trying to figure out David O'Reilly's Mountain [$0.99], we're doers around here at TouchArcade. While everyone else was postulating the meaning of Mountain, debating whether or not it's a game, and everything else under the sun, I just completed a thirty hour marathon of the game, entirely live streamed on Twitch, and manage to capture the exciting ending of the game which you can now watch below.....

We're 24 Hours in to Streaming 'Mountain'

July 9th, 2014 12:57 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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David O'Reilly's Mountain [$0.99] is an interesting... thing. We posted about it when we first heard about the "mountain simulator" coming to the App Store, and our forums are filled with people who don't get it, people who are trying to get it, and people who are flat out mad at its existence...

'Dawn of the Immortals' is a Cool Looking 3D MMORPG Soft Launched in Mexico

The iOS MMORPG market is mostly dominated by Gameloft's Order & Chaos [$6.99] and a few other titles that all have varying degrees of World of Warcraft-y-ness. Well, a new game popped up on our radar called Dawn of the Immortals by Perfect World Entertainment that is currently soft launched in Mexico and looks pretty sweet. Like most MMO's, it's hard to really judge the game until it goes live and gets an active playerbase, but, it's showing promise so far...

'Magic 2015' for iPad is Now Available Worldwide

July 9th, 2014 11:47 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Release
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I added it in our new games roundup already, but Magic 2015 [Free (HD)] is rad enough that it deserves its own post. Following in the long line of yearly iteration in the Magic world on iPad, Magic 2015 takes everything about Magic 2014 and makes it incrementally better. It's basically the collectible card game equivalent of Madden at this point. New players (err, cards, in the case of Magic) and a few new features which generally make re-buying every year worthwhile...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Beyond Gravity', The 'Blackwell' Series, 'Hellraid: The Escape', and Much More

Today is a bit of an odd day, as there's oodles of games being released on the App Store that have come in what amounts to three stages. The first of which are indie games which are out now from developers who aren't doing the whole Thursday launch thing that recently had threads posted in our forums. (Hint: Developers should post threads for their games if they want people to know about them!) The second group are games that are going to be available at 11:00 PM Eastern like usual, and the third is one (so far) lonely soft launched game...

'Hearthstone' Expansion Curse of Naxxramas Pricing Details Revealed, $24.99 for All Content

Since the expansion was originally hinted at, Hearthstone [Free (HD)] players everywhere have been speculating how much the expansion was going to cost. Well, Blizzard just gave us our answer. First off, players who participate in the launch event which will last around a month following the release of the expansion will gain access to the first wing, the Arachnid Quarter. After that, the rest of the wings can be purchased for 700 in-game gold each, or $6.99 in real money...

Pixelbite Just Announced 'Reckless Racing 3', Coming This Fall

If you read the headline, that's the story. There's no more details right now about the sequel to Reckless Racing [$0.99] and Reckless Racing 2 [$1.99], but it's still rad knowing there's another sequel coming. There's also this work in progress image, which is missing a lot of textures:..

'Modern Combat 5' Is Still Going to Require Online Connectivity

If you had your fingers crossed given recent news that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 [$4.99] was getting an offline mode that Modern Combat 5 would be getting the same treatment... I'm sorry to disappoint. As Gameloft_Ryan points out on our forums, the game is still going to have an online connectivity requirement due to the unified progression system...

LogoHappy 4th of July, everyone! If you're in the USA, hopefully you're in the midst of an awesome barbecue before doing the whole fireworks thing. If you're outside the USA, well, we've got a podcast for y'all. It was sort of a crazy week for me personally with lots of flooding in my area, so I didn't play quite as many games as I usually do… But we still manage to talk about a lot of iOS stuff regardless.

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!


iTunes Link: The TouchArcade Show
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Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-162.mp3, 73.1MB


  • Zombie Puzzle Panic [Free]
  • Callys Caves 2 [Free]
  • Denny's Atari Remix [Free]
  • MTN [$0.99]
  • Monster Hunter Freedom Unite [$14.99]