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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.

'Vignettes' Is Another Great Game to Play on 4/20

April 20th, 2017 11:30 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Release
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We've been following the development of Vignettes [$2.99] ever since we saw it at GDC, and now that it's finally available, I can't wait to see what people think of it. The basic gist of the whole thing is you're rotating an object in 3D space to find another hidden object inside of that object. For instance, check out how this lamp turns into a fan once you find the correct angle:..

As spotted by eagle-eyed forum member currymutton this morning, Terra Mystica [$9.99] is now available for download. Terra Mystica is one of those board games I've heard quite a bit about (as it has won a silly amount of awards), but never really got a chance to play as getting friends together to play board games is pretty challenging once everyone starts getting married and having kids. Thankfully, these digital ports are fantastic for solving that problem, as thanks to a full-featured online mode, I can now play Terra Mystica with all my buds...




The "Fully-Fledged" Mobile MMORPG 'Crusaders of Light' Soft Launched Today

I feel like developers have been making the promise of fully featured MMORPG's for mobile forever, and it's rarely realized to an extent that compares with the pre-launch hype. There's a few exceptions out there for sure, namely Gameloft's Order & Chaos [Free] series and a few other games that offer large multiplayer experiences, but none of them ever really make you think, "Alright I'm done with playing MMORPG's on the PC, this is it." It's possible that NetEase's Crusaders of Light might change that. If nothing else, the trailer looks awfully cool:..

Yesterday we posted about the announcement of the fourth episode of Telltale's The Walking Dead: A New Frontier [$4.99], which is due out next week on April 25th. Well, today they let loose the launch trailer which continues to tease what's happening in the game. Fair warning, there's potential spoilers if you haven't played through the previous episodes. Check it out: ..

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Evergrow: Paper Forest', 'Get Me Outta Here', 'Office Space: Idle Profits' and More

Happy Wednesday, everyone... Or, I suppose I should say, happy National Amaretto Day! If you've never had Amaretto, you should broaden your horizons and give it a try, as it's a super versatile liqueur. It's one of the cornerstones of making tiramisu, it's fantastic in pancake batter, and is awesome for using in both home made ice cream and/or whipped cream. If you're old enough to drink it, it's decent on the rocks but really shines with some sour mix to make an Amaretto sour, or with sour mix and orange juice for an Amaretto stone sour. Why does Amaretto deserve its own holiday? Who knows, but any of these things I listed would pair fabulously with playing this week's new iOS games...

Check out the Launch Trailer for 'Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series', Coming This Week

It seems like everyone I know became fast fans of Guardians of the Galaxy when the movie first hit, and with the sequel on the horizon Telltale is expertly surfing the wave of Marvel hype by releasing Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series this week. Check out the new launch trailer which shows quite a bit of the game (or don't, if you want to experience everything fresh)...

Jared is dog sitting this week, so apologies in advance to random barking as the unruly beast he's watching is... Randomly noisy. It's a real cool show though regardless, which we kick off with two awesome emails. One from the original creator of Snake and another from a listener asking us about the impending 32-bit app-pocalypse. From there we switch gears to talking about (a ton) of new games including Mystical Runes [Free], Tape it Up [Free], Fairyland Story [Free], Hempire [Free], Mallow Drops [$2.99], Full of Stars [Free], Bazoo Mobile Esport [Free], Super Plexis [Free], Footy Golf [Free], Bacon Escape [Free], and Star Cat Adventure [$0.99] which I think is a record for one podcast, maybe.

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!

Patreon backers get access to a ultra-rad video version of the podcast (you can get a taste of what they're like above), which you can view by clicking here. It includes us playing the games we're talking about as we're talking about them, and other fun surprises.

 

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Among the many strange things about the App Store is how many games we see released on a weekly basis that have a concept that's so absurd it's like something your super-baked friend mumbles with an aimless, glassy-eyed stare. In this particular instance, what was uttered would have been something along the lines of "What if we make a three lane runner but instead of playing as a humanoid character you play as a roll of tape and instead of running along platforms you're taping up boxes." It'd likely be followed by someone else in a similar mental state saying, "Whoa, dude, and what if like, there were tons of different rolls of tape you can play as including a roll of bacon tape?"..

Polytron Teases that 'Fez' is Coming to iOS... Again

The history of the iOS port of Fez is both long and old. It started with mention that Zynga offered to port Fez all the way back in 2012. A few months later, it was teased that Fez would be coming to more platforms in 2013 which was something we speculated about on our podcast. In 2013, developer Phil Fish said that an iOS port of Fez was "Highly probable." Then, later in 2013 following drama surrounding Phil Fish threatening to quit game development, Polytron confirmed that ports were still in the works. Four years later, and the following trailer pops up on Vimeo:..

'Death Road to Canada' Gets MFi Update

April 13th, 2017 1:11 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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If you're not playing Death Road to Canada [$8.99] yet, it's time to take a step back and take a good hard look at your life and try to figure out what happened. For real though, it's a great game, and still very much in the running for my personal game of the year for 2017. If you love games with random elements, dig Rocketcat's humor, and want something to play that seems to spawn endless stories to tell other people who are into the game, Death Road to Canada will be your jam. One thing I begged for in the original pre-release beta of the game is MFi support as I've always preferred busting out an MFi controller instead of using virtual controls when playing marathon sessions of any game. Well, my wish has been granted. The game was just updated with MFi support...

Graphic Adventure Game 'Her Majesty's Spiffing' Hits the App Store on May 4th

We've been getting an awful lot of rad ports lately, and the cool port gravy train doesn't seem to be stopping anytime soon with the announcement of Billy Goat Entertainment's Her Majesty's Spiffing which is due out on the App Store on May 4th. If this is the first you've heard of the game, here's the gist: It calls itself a "quaint graphic adventure game," set in a universe where you're searching for planets to claim for the Galactic British Empire. (Oh, and "Spiffing" is actually an acronym for "Special Planetary Investigative Force For Inhabiting New Galaxies" which makes a lot more sense once you know that.)..

Upcoming 'Swing King and the Temple of Bling' Is My Kind of Thing

If you're among the many people who often send us emails for the podcast asking for current (or future) recommendations for single-tap portrait mode games to play while you're commuting, add Shredworks Games' Swing King and the Temple of Bling to your watch list. The game follows the adventures of Mumbles the Monkey as he swings through various temples collecting bling (as the title hints). Your little monkey swings from point to point, spinning around them until you tap and launch yourself to the next one. Check out the game in action:..

Family-Made 'Ninja Pizza Girl' Hits the App Store on April 27th

One of my favorite things about GDC is the incredibly varied people we meet, building all sorts of different games with infinitely varied studio setups. When we saw Ninja Pizza Girl at GDC, aside from being a pretty neat game, what was fascinating about it is it's a family project. Nicole Stark, her husband, and their four daughters put this game together in Unity. Additionally, it's been in development long enough that the original Mikey Shorts [$1.99] served as the inspiration for the game's controls. Check out the demo from GDC:..

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Charming Runes', 'Star Cat Adventure', 'Planescape: Torment EE', 'Footy Golf' and Tons More

Happy National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, everyone! While you're playing all these new iPhone games, I recommend fully taking advantage of the oleophobic screen of modern iOS devices by eating a grilled cheese at the same time. While we're at it, I'm not sure if it's just my area or if it's just the arms race of food trucks, but the gourmet grilled cheese scene in Chicago is getting a little silly. I've had some great (and weirdly expensive) ones, but really, there's nothing better than the absolute crappiest grilled cheese ingredients. I'm talking Kraft individually wrapped "cheese," white wonder bread, and margarine. ...Kids these days growing up thinking a grilled cheese should have organic gruyere cheese, ten grain artisan bread, heirloom tomatoes, thick-cut bacon, and other crazy stuff? Sacrilege...

NimbleBit's Bit City [Free] just crossed 2.5 million downloads, and is getting a big ol' update this week that will add (among other things), moon cities. All in all, eight new cities will be included along with six satellites and give lunar rovers. The new special building that's being thrown into the mix is the Space Needle, so get your tapping finger ready...

We got an email about this device and while I'm not super sure it's even a thing that actually exists (yet?), it's still a pretty neat concept that seemed worth discussing. It's called the "PGS" which stands for the incredibly unique and creative name, "Portable Game System." They've got a pretty fancy web site (which seems to only work well in Chrome) with loads of different renders of the device and a surprising amount of system specs to look at. The basic idea is that it's a dual-screen hybrid device which is both a portable PC that runs Windows 10 and an Android smartphone. It's got an Intel Atom X7 processor, which includes Intel HD graphics for games...

Excitement surrounding the upcoming release of Planescape: Torment is incredibly high in our forums, and according to a tweet by Beamdog President Trent Oster the wait is (almost) over. It's also apparently their most polished release yet, which says a lot as their ports of the Baldur's Gate games were pretty great. A trailer for Planescape: Torment was released late last month, which is totally worth a look if you've never heard of this game before:..

There's a New 'iDracula' Game Potentially Coming to the App Store

The original iDracula was released back in early 2009, which was a really transformative time for the App Store. Loads of very simple games were available, but very few felt like they got close to comparing to the overall fit and finish of the rest of the onboard Apple apps. iDracula was among the titles that really started to ratchet the quality bar upwards, as it was a full-featured dual stick shooter with multiple weapons, power-ups, and other things which seem like obvious inclusions today. Unsurprisingly, its since been removed from the App Store, but you can see the AppShopper listing. If you've really never heard of this game before, check out this old video we made of it:..

We hop right into things in this week's episode of the show, quickly discussing a bit about the new Hearthstone [Free] expansion before moving on to going over all the Modern Combat Versus announcements. There's a quick story about gaming salons in there, then we take a turn towards talking about a bunch of great iOS games that came out this week including Pixel Drifters [Free], Drop Not! [Free], Monsu 2 [Free], Faily Tumbler [Free], MouseBot [Free], Transformers: Forged to Fight [Free], and Onirim [$0.99].

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!

Patreon backers get access to a ultra-rad video version of the podcast (you can get a taste of what they're like above), which you can view by clicking here. It includes us playing the games we're talking about as we're talking about them, and other fun surprises.

 

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Journey to Un'Goro Has Launched, Get Crackin' Opening Packs in the Latest 'Hearthstone' Card Set

If you've been following along with Tasos's weekly Hearthstone roundups, you're likely fully aware of just how excited we've been for the latest card set release- Both because new cards are always fun, and because this set officially kicks off the Year of the Mammoth card rotation. All the cards from Blackrock Mountain, The Grand Tournament, and League of explorers will be heading to Wild. Additionally, Blizzard is sending some classic cards off to Wild (which they're calling the "Hall of Fame" now). Those cards include Azure Drake, Sylvanas Windrunner, Ragnaros the Firelord, Power Overwhelming, Ice Lance, and Conceal. That's a lot of cards, but, as of right now there's 130 new cards being injected into the card pool via Journey to Un'Goro packs. Those packs are now available for opening in the US, and Un'Goro should be available in other regions later in the day...