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 TouchArcade App and the iOS 10.1 "May Slow Down Your Phone" Popup

We first launched the TouchArcade app all the way back in May of 2012. To put that into perspective with what was happening in the world of iOS at the time, that was before iOS 6 would even be announced at WWDC that year, and if you were really cool, you probably had an iPhone 4S in your pocket even though the iPhone 3G and 3GS were still incredibly dominant in the market. It launched before everyone decided they hate textures and skeuomorphic design, and before the wide screen of the iPhone 5. Honestly, I'm surprised it still works as well as it does...

Gameloft's 'Asphalt Extreme' Soft Launches

Gameloft's 'Asphalt Extreme' Soft Launches

October 26th, 2016 1:00 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in News, Upcoming Games
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Anyone remember when Gameloft's release road map leaked? It happened on April Fools Day, so I'm pretty sure everyone assumed it was a joke, but, we're now starting to see games hitting the App Store from the leak, which really makes me think the rest of the schedule is also true (if not delayed a bit). Here's what we said, avoiding any DMCA-able titles (even though those were leaked as well):..




New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Mr. Mustachio', 'Tavern Brawl Tactics', 'Witch Spring 2' and More

Aside from being National Mincemeat Day, there's not a whole lot of new iOS releases- Yet, anyway. Most of this week's big games came out earlier in the week, which has been the weird trend we've been seeing for the last few weeks aside from any surprises that pop up late Wednesday night. It's possible developers are avoiding this week because of the Apple keynote tomorrow, but, who knows. Either way, between Smile Inc., Oh...Sir!, and a few other of these games, I think we'll have plenty to play...

With the announcement of the Nintendo Switch being the actual elephant in the news room this week, we kick off the podcast by talking about the new Nintendo hybrid portable console along with questions we cant answered and some hefty speculation. There's just so many questions with the Switch, it's honestly worse than an episode of Lost. If you don't care about the Switch, well, good news, we talk about a ton of iOS games too. Those include Plants vs Zombies Heroes [Free], Mini Metro [$4.99], Eggggg [$3.99], Best Fiends Forever [Free], Return of the Zombie King [$2.99], The Bug Butcher [$3.99], Maximum Car [Free], and last but not least, a brief mention of Dashy Crashy [Free].

Also, I'm experimenting with changing around how episodes are titled in the RSS feed, as it was kind of dumb how everything just showed up in iTunes as "The TouchArcade Sho..." Maybe this will make things nicer. MAYBE NOT!

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!

 

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Following the announcement of the Nintendo Switch this morning, I figured that would be it for news aside from random publishers and developers announcing they're committed to the platform. What I didn't expect was Nvidia to come out and be like, "Oh, yeah, that's us," as Nintendo traditionally is just as vague as Apple when it comes to internal specs on their devices. Per Nvidia, the Nintendo Switch is powered by the Tegra processor...

Nintendo Reveals the Mobile Console Hybrid, the Nintendo Switch

After loads of anticipation overnight, Nintendo revealed a video showing off what the rumored Nintendo NX actually is, as well as what they're calling it. The Nintendo Switch, as its dubbed, can be played either as a mobile device with detachable controllers or as a home console by dropping it in a dock. Check it out:..

If you have time between existential crises as you "celebrate" Evaluate Your Life Day today, there's a bunch of neat looking iOS games that have hit our forums in the last couple days. We're still sort of trying to figure out this odd cadence the App Store has been on with releasing games any time randomly between Sunday and Thursday, so some of these have been posted for a couple days now...

If I had to put my finger on one thing that I truly love about Hearthstone [Free], it'd be that the team is totally into trying just about anything. Tavern Brawls, the weekly rotating game mode that hits every Wednesday have turned into my favorite part about the game, and today Blizzard announced another spin to this game mode. It's called the "Heroic Tavern Brawl" and it's sort of like if you took the idea of the Tavern Brawl and mashed it up with the idea of Hearthstone's Arena. Players will have the option of weekly Standard deck tournaments against other players, with the stakes have been significantly raised over just playing normal ranked games...

A Tale of Two Chess Games - The TouchArcade Show #277

October 14th, 2016 11:00 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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This episode starts off with a brief discussion on all the things we missed last week, including Jared's tips for intelligent camping as well as long-range outdoor rifle shooting. The two things go together like peas and carrots, I swear. From there, we talk a bit about Overcast [Free], a older podcast app that's got some really cool features. Oh, and of course, there's a hefty amount of games chat. Those games include Shuffle Cats [Free], Really Bad Chess [Free], Moveless Chess [Free], Flappy Golf 2 [Free], Dustoff Heli Rescue 2 [Free], and Dan the Man [Free].

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!

 

iTunes Link: The TouchArcade Show
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Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-277.mp3, 59.8MB

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New iPhone Games on our Forums: 'Dustoff Heli Rescue 2', 'Mushroom Wars 2', 'Space Merchants: Arena', and More

Well, another weird Wednesday is upon us. Most of these games actually hit the App Store sometime on Sunday or Monday, with a few stragglers coming out this afternoon. Developers might just be busy doing their part in today's festivities of National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, which has them distracted, or maybe we're just about to have one of those nights that just filled with all sorts of surprise game releases- But maybe that's what makes the App Store fun?..

As mentioned on last week's episode, Jared is out of town this week practicing his primitive survival skills camping in the Californian wilderness. Thinking about what to do this week for a podcast, instead of just throwing another Rewind episode in the feed, I figured we'd feature another podcast that we really like. Coffee with Butterscotch is a weekly podcast put together by the team from Butterscotch Shenanigans, the developers behind Crashlands [$4.99] and other games. Each Wednesday they put together a podcast where they discuss what's going on in their studio, the state of their various games and projects, events or game development groups they're involved in, and things like that. Effectively, if you've ever been curious what it's like to be involved in a small indie studio, following along with the Coffee with Butterscotch podcast is a great way to totally absorb that vibe and get an idea of what day to day operations are like. In this episode in particular, among the things they discuss is the logistics of dealing with managing having a merch shop for your games, office spiders, what they're working on in the future and the thought process behind how the studio gets steered around from project to project.

The other reason of looping in the Bscotch podcast this week is it gives me an excuse to promote two other things they're involved in: If you're in the St. Louis area, be sure to go check out Pixel Pop Festival. One day passes are $15 and two day passes are $25. Bscotch's Carol Mertz plays a huge role in putting all this together, and if you're even vaguely interested in video games, game culture, experimental games, board games, and really anything/everything to do with games you should check it out. Additionally, Sam Coster, who not only is one third of the Bscotch brothers, but also wrote that crazy good The Last Game I Make Before I Die editorial on Crashlands development, is getting married this weekend.

So, huge congratulations to Sam, great job to Carol, and ... we'll see you next week with a real episode of The TouchArcade Show. And again, if you like what you've heard with Coffee with Butterscotch this week, head on over here to find the links to subscribe to the show which is on basically every service you could ever use to get podcasts.

 

iTunes Link: The TouchArcade Show
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Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-Bscotch.mp3, 65.5MB

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Jade Empire: Special Edition'

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one...

We're still on the hunt for Jade Empire to appear on the App Store, but I've got Shaun's review of the game locked and loaded for the second an active iTunes link appears. [Edit: It's out now, here's our review.] While we wait, there's a whole bunch of other super rad games that came out this week. Feast your eyes on the full roundup (so far, anyway)...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Arcadecraft', 'Vanquisher', 'Demon Party' and More

Holy crap it's National Kale Day. I still remember when I first tried to convince myself that kale chips were good. If you've never tried them, well, don't bother. Anyway, if that's a challenge you feel like taking on today, at least there's a bundle of great iOS games out (and coming out) to play. Jade Empire is expected to hit later this evening, but for now, here's the new games that have been posted to our forums this week. If your game isn't in this list, be sure to make a thread for it before the full roundup goes live at 10:00 PM Eastern...

Just Add Haptics - The TouchArcade Show #276

September 30th, 2016 8:15 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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Wasting no time this week, we hop directly into game discussion. Primary games include PewDiePie's Tuber Simulator [Free], Wheel of Fortune Free Play: Game Show Word Puzzles [Free], Zip Zap [$1.99], Pumped BMX 3 [$3.99], Bottle Flip 2k16 [Free], Dog Sled Saga [$3.99], and last but by no means last, Butts In Space [$0.99]. We hit up a few brief news stories, get the latest on Mikey Jumps, and hear about Jared's camping trip next week. All in all a great podcast!

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!

 

iTunes Link: The TouchArcade Show
Stitcher: The TouchArcade Show via Stitcher Radio for Podcasts [Free]
RSS Feed: The TouchArcade Show
Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-276.mp3, 62MB


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A few weeks ago we posted about Game Maker doing a Humble Bundle, and it seems like game engines getting onboard with the whole deep discount high value bundle thing is a hot new trend that's awesome for hobbyist game developers. This time around, Clickteam Fusion is available via Humble Bundle. If the name doesn't ring a bell, try this on for size: Clickteam is the engine that Scott Cawthon used to create the Five Nights at Freddy's series of games. (Here's him first posting about it on their forums.) So, who knows, FNAF has pretty much proven that the sky is the limit with Clickteam, much like Crashlands is one of the benchmarks for what you can do with Game Maker...

If you've been itching to play a hex grid turn-based strategy game that costs you zero dollars, Warlords [Free] might just be what the doctor ordered. It's both got a hefty single player PvE side of things, as well as asynchronous multiplayer for PvP battles. Apparently, the best stuff comes from doing PvE too, which is pretty neat as these F2P games seem to trend heavily towards PvP stuff. Check out the trailer:..

'Runeblade' Gets Massive Watch OS 3 Update

September 29th, 2016 11:30 AM EST by Eli Hodapp in Apple Watch, News
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For better or for worse, Runeblade [Free] still seems to be the game to play on the Apple Watch if you're looking for something that closely resembles what you'd actually think of as a video game. If you've never played it before, it's effectively a RPG-themed clicker that has a surprising amount of depth compared to most Apple Watch games. It recently was updated to support the new Watch OS 3, which among other things, included them doing a total rewrite of the game...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Concrete Jungle', 'Paperback: The Game', 'Zip Zap' and More

Oh man, so for all the made up holidays that land on Wednesdays, today's might be the best one. It's National Drink Beer Day, which I think I've really got no choice but to celebrate. Too bad it doesn't also fall on Saturday, which is Cantillon's Zwanze Day which is kind of a big deal if you're into the whole craft beer scene. I'm still trying to rationalize attending the $85 tasting event in my area, which is a lot for a beer event where you don't walk away with a bunch of bombers to take home. Anyway, this week has been particularly plentiful for new iPhone games, so sink your teeth into some of these...

The TouchArcade Show - 275 - "I Wear the Cargo Shorts"

September 23rd, 2016 9:30 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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We kick things off with some listener email, specifically defining what makes a "Mike Meade game." From there, we come good on our promise from last week with tons of game chat. Those games include Deflated [Free], The Counter of Death [Free], the Sorcery [$4.99] series, Vulture Island [$4.99], Action Buggy [$0.99], Cat Physics [$1.99], Jungle Crash Land [$0.99], and Faily Rider [Free]. There might be some other stuff in there, but those are the big ones. We also talk about how great W1-enabled headphones are, and we talk about Mike's upcoming game, Mikey Jumps.

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!

 

iTunes Link: The TouchArcade Show
Stitcher: The TouchArcade Show via Stitcher Radio for Podcasts [Free]
RSS Feed: The TouchArcade Show
Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-275.mp3, 76.5MB

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