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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.

'Power DOS' the iOS x86 Emulator Goes Free

March 24th, 2015 2:02 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News, Sales
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Back in 2010, few things were hotter than emulators sneaking on to the App Store. The novelty value of your iPhone or iPad emulating something and the whole lucky feel you got of snagging something from the App Store before Apple pulled it often resulted in a tornado of interest around anything to do with emulation. In fact, the reveal of iDOS is one of our most popular TouchArcade stories ever. Well, skip ahead in time five years later and almost everyone has a folder full of weird emulators on their device, they don't cause the same splash of excitement, and Apple isn't anywhere near as vigilant about removing them- Or, at least, this has been the case with Power DOS [$0.99] for the last few months...

If you're not among the millions of people still playing World of Warcraft, what you've missed in the latest expansion is the garrison system. In a supreme nutshell, Blizzard has effectively implemented many of the features that have made the various base-building mobile games into WoW. As you level up to 100, you're continually building your garrison and interacting with your growing number of followers by sending them on timer-based missions. If this sounds interesting to you, check out this video which gets pretty in-depth with how it all works:..

LogoThis week the big news was everything to do with Nintendo, so we dedicate the first half of the podcast to a recap of everything that has happened so far with Nintendo on mobile as well as what we think will happen in the future. Since we've got returning special guest Brad Nicholson on the podcast, we dedicate the second half to discussing the upcoming Wrestlemania matches and our predictions for 'em. Sorry if you don't like wrestling, but, we'll be back with a normal episode next week.

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, 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!

 

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Best iPhone and iPad Games - 3/20/15 - 'To Be Or Not To Be', '. Decluster', and 'Imps in Tokyo'

It's been another great week in iOS gaming, and here's another bundle of high scoring game reviews we published this week. Speaking of publishing reviews, chances are you'll see review output amp up considerably in the not too distant figure as so far we've picked up six new writers this week with another two on the way next week. So, these posts might grow quite a bit in the future as we just review more stuff...

The year is 2015 and developers are still trying to out-Clash of Clans Clash of Clans [Free]. Hell, Supercell even did it themselves with the release of Boom Beach [Free]... Which, admittedly was pretty good. Anyway, Hero Sky: Epic Guild Wars [Free] just hit the App Store with developer Innospark throwing their hat into the base building/attacking/defending sort of game. The interesting twist that makes this one noteworthy is a hero system, which gives you a ton of different dudes to play as to supplement your offensive and defensive strategies instead of just solely dispatching mindless soldiers...

Few things are hotter right now than the hit indie sensation Crossy Road [Free]. Everyone's talking about it, everyone's (still) playing it, and developers are racing to clone it. I guess it doesn't help that "Just make Crossy Road" has become a bit of a catch phrase on our podcast, but, hey, welcome to 2015. Anyway, two new characters just hit the Android version of the game on the Amazon App Store. They're coming soon on iOS, but if you want a sneak peek, check out this video by YouTube superstar BitStern:..

Well this is weird. Dark Echo [$1.99] is one of those games that really make the App Store special. If you've been around for a while, you know the type- Totally experimental gameplay in a package that'd be super hard to sell on other platforms, but the impulse buy-friendly nature of the App Store combined with pricing of a couple bucks often makes all this work out. Or, so it would seem. If this is the first you've heard of the game, definitely check out our five star review. Here's an excerpt:..

While we don't often cover much to do with the business of iOS gaming around here, this seemed interesting enough to share- Per Rovio's 2014 financial reports, the company has seen its first major drop off in profits since the Angry Birds franchise hit big. Rovio's games themselves are doing well, with a 16% rise in overall revenue, but where the company is beginning to falter is in its previously massive product licensing business...

Late last year we posted about daily deal site Meh.com offering the fantastic Steelseries Stratus for $45. Well, if you thought that was a great deal, today you can get the same controller for $30- Which sort of feels like the price point these controllers should have been all along. They normally sell for $80, but can be had for $61.66 on Amazon... Or $44.99 for refurbs...

'Final Fantasy: Record Keeper' Soft Launches in Canada... On Android

We've been following developments of Final Fantasy: Record Keeper for quite a while now, but our excitement kicked into overdrive last month when it was announced that the game was in fact going to see an English release. If this is the first you've heard of the game, here's the basic gist from our previous article-..

If you don't really follow the business world of mobile, let me give you a brief summary of what it feels like the investment climate is like in Finland for mobile startups: One guy says, "Hey I've got an idea for a mobil..." at which point they're interrupted by someone else dumping a figurative dump truck of money on top of them before they can finish their sentence. The up-side of this for us, is that it seems like there's a never-ending stream of funding for people to do really cool and often totally experimental things- Or at least, this seems to be the case with the just announced Everywear Games...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Stormblades', 'SwapQuest', 'Goblin Quest: Escape' and More

It's another Wednesday, which means precisely two things this early in the morning: First off, the New Zealand App Store just had a whole bunch of new games appear on it. Secondly, we've got the same weekly caveat that it's very likely that these aren't all the games being released tonight- Instead, these are the games that have discussion threads currently in our forums. Stay tuned for a full roundup this evening once we suss out everything new that's on the App Store. There's some games I know are coming out tonight which haven't appeared on the New Zealand App Store yet, so it's definitely worth checking out our full list tonight...

LogoThis XXL American-sized episode of The TouchArcade Show is basically the GDC recap podcast we really wanted to record but just were too busy with how insane GDC was to do it. We talk about our party, meeting the Butterscotch Shenanigans guys, and how it's cool that so many indie devs at GDC continue to do pretty great. We chat about some of the big games this week, then move on to a discussion about the Apple Watch. It's a good time all around.

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, 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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Oh also, if you're interested in sponsoring either of our podcasts, we've got ad packages that can fit any budget. Shoot an email to ads@toucharcade.com for more information.

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Best iPhone and iPad Games - 3/13/15 - 'Baldur's Gate 2', 'Blokshot Revolution', 'Flop Rocket', and 'Card Crawl'

Since we were busy with GDC last week, we didn't end up posting a best games roundup... But, to be fair, we didn't post many game reviews either. So, this week is a collection of the last two weeks worth of game reviews. Like an extra-value two-fer'. Again, these are games we reviewed in the last two weeks, not games that necessarily were released in the last two weeks. It trips people up every week, but until we've got a Maglor cat explaining it, I'm going to keep mentioning it. ..

Did you stay up all night last night playing Dungeon Hunter 5 [Free] but feel like something's missing? And that something is your depressingly barren friends list? Well, we've got you covered. There's a huge thread in our forums forming of people dropping their friend codes for other people to add. In fact, we've got a whole forum dedicated to trading these kind of codes if you play other games that have similar systems...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Dungeon Hunter 5', 'Paper Monsters Recut' and More

This year so far has been really weird for the typical Wednesday release cycle. Previously you could've set your watch by the weekly onslaught of games every Wednesday morning which creeped out on to the New Zealand App Store. In the last few months, however, that trend changed to just straight up releasing your games worldwide, or releasing them at some other random time throughout the day. It's weird, but, whatever, we'll make it work...

The Apple Watch Keynote is Starting Soon, Are You Expecting Games?

Today is the day that we all get to tally our score cards with regards to what the Apple rumor mill was and wasn't right about with the announcement of the Apple Watch set to begin in just under two hours at 10:00 AM Pacific. A lot has been revealed already with regards to how the Apple Watch is going to work, as they were giving full-featured demos following the last keynote:..

GDC 2015: First Look at 'Super Stickman Golf 3' and its Level Editor

Noodlecake is about to make their stick golf series into a trilogy. Super Stickman Golf [$2.99] and Super Stickman Golf 2 [Free] were smash hits, but the one feature they've lacked is a solid level editor. That's what they're hoping to change with Super Stickman Golf 3. We got a first look at the level editor, which likely will make for some pretty insane user-created content:..

GDC 2015: 'Brickies' by Noodlecake Puts a Cool Spin on Brick Breakers

In 2015's App Store, it's really hard to try to add something new to genres that have been done so many times. Brick breakers are definitely one of those cases, so I was pleasantly surprised to see the dudes at Noodlecake managed a twist that at least had us saying, "Huh, that's neat." ...Which doesn't happen often in the world of brick breakers...

GDC 2015: It's Not Hard to Compare Noodlecake's 'Tiltagon' to 'Super Hexagon'

I feel like comparing something to Super Hexagon [$2.99] to something is a risky venture, but it's appropriate here. Tiltagon is yet another game on the Noodlecake buffet, and in it you tilt a ball around to a series of increasingly difficult hexagonal platforms. It ticks the checkboxes of a good ultra-difficult game, as evident by the GDC demo where we both fail to survive more than a few seconds, also audio is a little weird, so strap in:..