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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.

To some extent, this story feels a little inevitable. The beauty of Pokemon Go [Free] is how it turns real-world landmarks and other locations into gameplay elements. Niantic's other game, Ingress [Free] did the same thing, with largely the same points, but never even came close to hitting the same critical mass that Pokemon Go has seen. So, while it's entirely likely that people were playing Ingress in inappropriate and disrespectful locations, it's not like anyone was aware for Ingress, or even knew what they were doing beyond looking at their phone. However, when you've got millions and millions of people playing the game, hungry for collecting Pokemon and taking over gyms and said in-game hot spots are actually inside of the Holocaust Museum... Things get weird...

Great news for Pokemon hunters this afternoon, as Pokemon Go [Free] version 1.0.1 just hit the App Store. Among the things fixed in the update is rolling back Google account permissions, general stability improvements, and you shouldn't need to log in quite as much anymore when playing...

We tried to add up the number of cumulative hours that Team TouchArcade has spent playing various iterations of Lumines, but couldn't find a calculator that could go that high... So instead, we're just refocusing our mathematical lasers on being super excited for the upcoming launch of Lumines - Puzzle & Music. If this is the first you've heard of the game, it's actually coming in two versions: Lumines - Puzzle & Music is the paid, premium experience while a second game, Lumines VS will be free to play. Well, per Japanese mobile gaming industry insider Dr. Serkan Toto, Lumines - Puzzle & Music will be hitting Japan, Australia and New Zealand next week, with a global launch coming in September:..

Friends of mine who have spent time in the military seem to love saying, "If it's stupid and it works, it isn't stupid." Well, that's certainly the case with this particular Pokemon Go [Free] tip. We've seen more than a few people complaining that there isn't a whole lot to do if you're not willing to actually go out and walk around. Yes, you can drive from Pokestop to Pokestop, but in the process you'll be farming up a ton of eggs to hatch. Hatching eggs requires walking (the game knows you're driving because you're moving too fast) upwards of 10km with the game running, which is a tall order for people who have become one with their couch. Thankfully, there's a couple ways to cheat this, but, they're pretty ridiculous...

After a few different stories surrounding crooks using Pokemon Go to steal phones and commit other crimes, it seems social media has been ablaze with warnings surrounding not getting your phone stolen while wandering around collecting endless Pidgeys. Unfortunately, phones getting snatched isn't exactly a new phenomenon, but friends of mine who regularly ride public transit totally zoned out of their surroundings staring at a tiny screen all consistently swear my one thing: Getting a wrist strap...

While we've already established that Pokemon Go [Free] is on track to be bigger than sliced bread, not everything is as awesome as it seems in the land of Pokemon. As discovered by Adam Reeve, principal architect of the security firm RedOwl, if you're playing Pokemon Go via logging in through your Google Account, you're potentially giving Niantic and Pokemon Go access to everything on your Google account. What can you do with full access to a Google account? Well, as Reeve points out:..

A Look at the Unbelievable Popularity of 'Pokemon Go'

July 11th, 2016 12:14 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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This weekend was pretty surreal for people who follow the mobile gaming scene, as Pokemon Go [Free] seems to be hitting harder than Flappy Bird. Crazier, yet, as of this writing, it isn't even available in most places of the world yet. If you weren't around for the Flappy Bird phenomenon, it was truly incredible, as seemingly one random morning practically every person with an iPhone suddenly was playing Flappy Bird. Similarly, every single social media service I use was packed with people I know, many who aren't even into video games at all, going on real-world adventures to collect Pokemon in Pokemon Go...

While Pokemon Go [Free] is seeing such explosive growth in the USA that the servers can barely keep up, most of the world can't even play it yet without some minor hoops to jump through as it's not available on many other App Store regions yet. Of course, if you're willing to follow our guide on how to download soft launched games, you can easily get Pokemon Go on your iPhone wherever you are... But, if small amounts of hassle aren't your cup of tea, according to the Wall Street Journal, Pokemon Go will be launching in Japan, Europe, and other Asian regions "within a few days."..

Even though it was a shorter than normal week this week, we still were lucky enough to have a ridiculous amount of game releases. Some awesome... Others... Not so awesome. You'll have to listen to the podcast to find out which is which. Anyway, here's the games we discuss: Pokemon Go [Free], Super Stickman Golf 3 [Free], Dead Venture [$0.99], Cops - On Patrol [$2.99], Circle Breakout [Free], Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast [Free], and probably some other minor stuff getting mentioned here and there. We also hop into some quick news discussion (of which there wasn't much) then call it a day!

Don't forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to 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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Assuming you're in the US, Japan, or New Zealand, chances are you've probably downloaded Pokemon Go and have been since made fully aware of what a ridiculous battery suck the game is. It's sort of incredible how quickly it drains your phone, almost putting Nintendo's Miitomo to shame... Which is a pretty incredible accomplishment. I'm a massive Anker fanboy, largely because it seems like as far as actual name brands are concerned, they're the absolute best value out there. Yes, you can get cheaper weird generic batteries but I'm always nervous about plugging my phone, a device I use every day and depend on quite a bit, into potentially dodgy stuff. Also, I'm a fan of external packs over battery cases, as you can help friends out when their phones are dead without awkward case swapping...

I'm not sure what it was about PalmOS that was so awesome, but in a time before WiFi or cellular data it seemed like I lived on my PalmPilot. Hell, I feel like you could make a strong argument on the Palm V being one of the best PDA's ever made. I had my calendar, (offline) email, a ton of games, a bunch of books, newspapers, and other stuff that seemed to provide a shocking amount of usefulness and entertainment for how incredibly basic it all was compared to what we have today. PalmOS games were typically remarkably simple, largely due to the limitations of the platform. You can only do so much with a grayscale screen and 16Mhz processor. Ackeron: Dark Sun was in a league of its own when it was released in the late 90's, offering a full RPG experience with a level of complexity that was sort of unheard of for PalmOS games. Here's what it used to look like:..

It seems the US launch of Pokemon Go [Free] has been a ... bit of a sh*t show, for lack of a better way to put it. The game seems to be totally overloaded with players, which I suppose is a good problem for Niantic to have, but it's left more than a few people in our community wondering if there's just no Pokestops and Pokemon gyms near them... Or if the game is just stuck eternally loading map points which never appear. Well, thankfully there's a pretty great way to scope out your neighborhood for nearby Pokemon Go locations, as well as potentially scout out other locations you could swing by soaking up Pokeballs and other goodies...

Take a Look at This Gameplay Video From 'Bomboras Forever', an Upcoming Defender-Like

We've been following Bomboras Forever ever since it got posted to our forums. So far, it seems like if you took the classic Atari game Defender and added some incredibly stylish graphics along with other modern conventions. Take a look at the latest video, which shows a bunch more actual gameplay:..

Last month I posted about the contents of the "beta" Mine Chest. If this is the first you've heard of it, the basic idea is the same as all those other swag box subscriptions. $29.99 a month gets you a shipment of Minecraft swag, about every 30 days, and it's filled with some exclusive stuff you can only get via this service. This month was pretty similar to last month, in that there was a shirt, a sticker, a stamp, and other little trinkets...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Tap Smiths', 'Dictator: Emergence', 'Ghostbusters: Slime City', 'Blast Blitz' and More

Since Ronald Reagan proclaimed July 6th to be National Air Traffic Controller Day, I was going to suggest everyone go download Flight Control but, uh, well, I've got some bad news. I guess we could just download Harbor Master [Free] and pretend it's planes instead of boats? Maybe? Oh well, regardless of how you celebrate, at least there's a bunch of new iOS games to play this week...

If you're looking for something to do this week, the incredibly entertaining charity speed run marathon Summer Games Done Quick is now live on Twitch. If you've never heard of this before, Games Done Quick is an incredibly amazing event that rounds up the best video game speed runners in the world who then blow through their favorite games live on stream. What elevates the whole thing to be truly fascinating is the commentary running along side the speed runs, where someone is always explaining both the history of particular runs as well as how the glitches and other tricks used in the run actually work. They also do no glitch runs of some games as well, which are similarly crazy to watch as just how good some of these people are at specific video games is mind blowing...

We kick off this week's show with a whole lot of sighing surrounding the community reaction to Galaxy on Fire 3 in or forums, as needless to say... Folks aren't taking the soft launch well. From there we liven things up a bit with some first impressions on Pokemon Go along with a few other games: Gordon Ramsay Dash [Free], Crypt of the Necro Dancer [$4.99], Final Fantasy Brave Exvius [Free], Neo Turf Masters [$2.99], Don't be Squared [Free], Hyperburner [$2.99], and Dungeon Tiles [Free]. Weird connectivity issues and other behind the scenes annoyances resulted in this podcast being a tiny bit shorter than usual, but we'll make up for it next week.

Don't forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to 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, $0.99 - Plunge into the depths of an underwater adventure with Goo Saga. A brand new update of the beautiful platformer is available now for 80% off for a limited time.

Guide Goo in a journey of survival and help him in his quest to find the purpose of his creation. Don't miss this chance to play a game that's one of the finalists in Indie Prize USA and is quickly garnering heaps of praise, all for just $.99 on the App Store. An HD desktop version will also be released soon on Steam for PC gaming enthusiasts.


Capcom's Monster Hunter Freedom Unite [$14.99] has been broken for... What feels like forever. It was one of the many games that got smoked out with the release of iOS 9, and somewhere along the timeline of this whole cluster-you-know-what they eventually just removed it from the App Store. Earlier this year some clever jailbreakers figured out a tweak to get the game running again, but everyone else was stuck waiting for the update which has been rife with delays. Well, per recent news from Capcom, the update will be hitting inside of the next ten days...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Pocket Arcade Story', 'Final Fantasy Brave Exvius', 'Don't Be Squared' and More

I'm based in the Chicago area, and I love everything about this part of the USA except for one very significant problem: When I'm craving Waffle House I've got to drive all the way to Indianapolis to get my fix of scattered, smothered, and covered hash browns. Sure, we have objectively better overall mom and pop diners all over the 'burbs, but there's just something magical about Waffle House. It's like when you're really craving White Castle, there's just no substitute. What does this have to do with anything? Nothing really, just random Waffle-related musings on National Waffle Day and wishing I could celebrate properly at a Waffle House. Thankfully, there's a whole heap of brand new iOS games to play instead...

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.)..