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.

iOS 8 Crew: 'Swype' Keyboard Just Went Free

November 6th, 2014 1:00 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in Free, News, Sales
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Alright, while this isn't really game related (I guess you type in games, so there?) it's still a pretty rad heads up for anyone who is interested in fiddling around with third party keyboards in iOS 8. Swype [$0.99] is now free for a limited time. Often cited by Android users as a reason why they could never switch off 'droids, Swype lets you type by swiping to letters on a keyboard instead of tapping the virtual keys...

Check Out These Screenshots of 'Battlefield 4' Running on iOS

Early last year we posted about EA's intentions to bring the Frostbite engine to iOS. This summer saw the announcement of Metal, which allows developers low-level access to the GPU and CPU of iOS devices which only has served to make these things more possible...

Last Night's South Park Episode "Freemium Isn't Free" Focuses on Freemium Mobile Games

Last night's episode of South Park, titled "Freemium Isn't Free" focuses on free to play mobile gaming. Like most things South Park makes fun of, their take on the current free to play climate of mobile gaming is... Shockingly accurate. They go through the design process of these games, which I swear is practically a GDC talk I've sat through, make comparisons to gambling, and how pushing free to play games on your friends at school is a lot like pushing drugs...

The crazy thing about Doodle Jump [$0.99] in 2014 is that both the original game and the Doodler IP somehow still have legs despite being released in 2009 and not really changed all that much. But hey, it's a classic on iOS and as they say, if it ain't broke don't fix it...

Back at the Khans of Tarkir Pro Tour I got a sneak peek of what Wizards was planning with Magic 2015 [Free (HD)] which as of today is now available for everyone. In a nutshell, there's two major improvements. First off, the "premium boosters" that ruffled everyone's feathers so significantly have since been changed to "battle boosters." All those cards which you previously needed to dip into the IAP bucket to get now are available for free and unlocked by winning multiplayer matches. Additionally, the payment model of the whole game makes far more sense and is modeled after how Magic games used to be- Everything unlockable by playing, or if you don't want to screw around you can just pay once and get it all instantly...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Bitcoin Billionaire', 'Day of the Viking', The Sailor's Dream, and Tons More

After last week's admittedly fairly weak week, the fate of this week's list of new game releases lies solely in the comments. There's some truly amazing looking games in this bundle, but will someone still have the audacity to post that it's a weak week?! I checked, and the sky is still blue, so probably. Either way, there's something for everyone here whether you're a fan of Simogo's crazy mystery games, Noodlecake stuff, random free to play games, and much, much more...

'Drop Wizard' is The Next Game From The Creators of 'Lost Yeti'

Remember the super simple yet unbelievably cute ice block sliding puzzler Lost Yeti [$1.99]? If you've got no idea what I'm talking about, head to our Lost Yeti review and bask in the glory that is getting a yeti from one side of the screen to the other. The point is, Lost Yeti was a great game, and that same crew of guys is hard at work on their just-announced next game, Drop Wizard...

Realistic Submarine Simulator 'Silent Depth' is Still in Development

One of the things I love about our upcoming games forum is when a developer posts an early look at a game they're making and then sticks with the thread throughout the game's development cycle. Often this provides some really interesting insight into how an iOS game changes from its early concept stages to its final release. The down side of all this is it's real easy to get excited about a game only to have it just fall off the map entirely...

'Taekwondo Game Global Tournament' Soft Launches in Canada and Sweden

Eagle-eyed forum members spotted the soft launch of Taekwondo Game Global Tournament, which seems like a surprisingly slick fighting game which focuses on staying true to both the taekwondo fighting style as well as the both the rules and scoring system used when sparring in a tournament environment...

With Blizzcon rapidly approaching, the internet rumor machine is grasping on to any and all hints for what Blizzard will be revealing this weekend. Well, we got the most concrete evidence yet in the form of a brand new trademark filing. Dated October 28th, Blizzard put their legal dibs on the verbal trademark "Eye of Azshara." Now, given what we know about the World of Warcraft universe, the previous teases from Blizzard, and the fact that the November season card back is goblin themed, it seems all but confirmed that this is the name of the expansion and it's going to hinge heavily on gadgets and gizmos...

If you're not paying attention to the PC/console space these days, you're missing out on the release of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Like every CoD release, it's probably going to break all sales records and all sorts of insanity like that. They're doing things a little differently this year, with people who preordered getting access to the game a day early (today)...

King Taps London Symphony Orchestra for 'Candy Crush Soda Saga' Soundtrack

While I know full well about how people feel about King and their games around here, it's always really rad to see developers actually putting effort into the soundtracks and sound design of their game. It feels like all too often developers just hit up the various royalty free audio sites, and just pay a few bucks for whatever background jingle fits their game best and call it a day. The extreme polar opposite of that is what King is doing:..

LogoWe've got a special guest this week who I'm totally not going to spoil, you're just going to have to listen to the podcast. We kick stuff off with some wrestling chat, so if that kind of thing grinds your gears just skip forward to about fifteen minutes in. After that, we talk about a ton of iOS games and go over the news of the week, it's a long one too.

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Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 10/31/14 - 'Ghost Blade', 'Sleep Attack TD', 'Super Glyph Quest' and 'Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge

Another solid week under our belts, friends. We've got a really great action game that uses swipe controls in a way that actually doesn't suck, a tower defense game that somehow manages to feel fresh, an awesome to a sequel to an already good puzzle game, and a spin-off of one of our favorite games ever? Sign me up. Here's the list of our best reviewed games this week:..

Backflip Soft Launches 'NinJump Dash' in the UK and Singapore

What originally was just a pretty simple jumping game by Backflip Studios has since turned in to a... whole series of titles. There's NinJump [Free], NinJump Deluxe [$0.99], NinJump Rooftops [Free], NinJump Smash and their associated free and/or HD versions. Well, this morning NinJump Dash soft launched in the UK and Singapore App Stores...