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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.

GDC 2015: Hands on With 'Phoenix 2', Another Awesome Verical Shooter

Among the rapid fire games we saw at GDC was the sequel to Phoenix HD [Free] by Firi Games. They made very clear over and over that this isn't meant to replace the original as much as its made to supplement it. We sat down with the developers who walked us through what's new and exciting about the sequel:..

Blizzard is still holding their cards pretty close to their chest with regards to the iPhone Hearthstone [Free (HD)] client, with no real specific release timing beyond sometime in the next couple months. Regardless, today during their brief keynote during PAX East they revealed a couple images of what it's going to look like running on the iPhone:..

Blizzard is on a roll with Hearthstone [Free (HD)] content lately, and this morning's announcement further sets the scene with the release cycle they're settling in to for the game. The first injection of cards came from the Curse of Naxxramas single player adventure, then the Goblins vs Gnomes expansion hit, now we're alternating back to single player adventures with Blackrock Mountain coming to Hearthstone in April...

Tonight is the night. If you're at GDC or in the San Francisco area and enjoy mobile games and want to hang out with mobile game developers you should totally come to our party tonight. The theme of the night is sticker swapping, and hopefully if you're reading TouchArcade you took advantage of our many posts telling you to get stickers. If not, well, there's probably some generous folks out there willing to give stickers to the stickerless...

GDC 2015: 'Golden Tee' Is Coming to the App Store

One of the coolest things about GDC is when random games pop up that you totally didn't expect. So far the surprise is an iOS version of Golden Tee. If you've never heard of Golden Tee before, it's that golf arcade game that's in basically ever bar on the planet. The game as we saw it was super early, so they weren't into us shooting video, but we do have a photo to prove it exists:..

Back in 2012, the App Store was a very different and arguably crazier place. Free to play, and all the tricks that go into promoting a free to play game didn't exist yet and really the easiest way to get additional interest in your game after launch was to drop the price. This resulted in the pretty hilarious trend of game sales for reasons that didn't even make sense. Universally recognized 100% useless Hallmark-invented holidays like Sweetest Day even had their associated deluge of iOS game sales. So, I figured if developers were looking for a reason for a say in the dead zone between George Washington's birthday and St. Patrick's Day, why not observe my own birthday with a iOS game sale?..

The TouchArcade Show - 195 - GDC Pre-Show

February 27th, 2015 10:24 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast

LogoAaaaaaaahhhh I'm running around with my hair on fire trying to get everything done before we all leave to go to GDC that I don't even have time to write good show notes. We start the show off with some reader emails, a love letter to Mike, and... I don't know, we talk about a lot of other stuff including the crazy featuring this week of a Flappy-like and even crazier IAP buying flows in other games. Definitely check it out, it'll set the scene for 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!

 

iTunes Link: The TouchArcade Show
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Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-195.mp3, 70.7MB

Oh, and if you didn't last week, be sure to listen to the inaugural episode of The RPG Reload Podcast! Additionally, 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 of the Week: 2/27/15 - 'Pinball Arcade: The Addams Family', 'AG Drive' and 'Planet Quest'

Another week of awesome games, including one kinda-sorta weird review where we focus on a specific IAP item inside of a game. But, to be fair, figuring out what to do with content-centric IAP is still a little weird for us... Bur, whatever, you need Pinball Arcade any way you slice it. Again, these are the highest scored reviews we published this week: ..

'Blood Bowl' Goes on Sale for a Buck

February 27th, 2015 10:00 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News, Sales
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Man, if you would have told me about the intense drama that would surround giving Blood Bowl [$0.99 (HD)] a negative review, I would have told you that there's no way people are this passionate about a weird football game... Then this happened. If you've been dying to see what all the fuss was about with this game, but weren't curious enough for the original $4.99 price point, now's your chance...

We're always trying out new things around here at TouchArcade, and lately we've been trying to come up with ways to come up with neat stuff for existing and hopeful iOS developers which represent a pretty significant chunk of our community. So, we're starting a job board. You may have seen job listings on Gamasutra, Monster, and other places. We hope to do something similar, but with the same laser focus that TouchArcade has on iOS games...

Rovio Updates 'Bad Piggies', Adds New Sandbox Level

February 26th, 2015 12:30 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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[applink]Whenever we post about anything in the Angry Birds series, it seems like there's almost always a comment speculating whether or not Bad Piggies [$0.99 / $0.99 (HD)] is going to receive any of the significant update treatment that the rest of Rovio's lineup has. It's a good question too, as it's always seemed like Bad Piggies has sort of underperformed compared to the rest of their games, which makes sense on the App Store as the charts are all about what has the most universal and casual appeal. Bad Piggies is significantly more difficult than their other games, and one we've enjoyed quite a bit...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Age of Sparta', 'Hell: Fight for Gilrand', 'Atomas' and More

While the jury is still out on whether or not this is a weak week, it certainly is a weird one. For whatever reason there's been a ton of developers breaking out of the normal Wednesday morning release cycle this week. So, I broke the games out into two lists. The first is games that are in New Zealand right now and likely following what we usually see with App Store releases. The second are games which were released yesterday or otherwise soft launched...

There's some news coming from the land down under this morning (or their night, I guess), as three guys who were among the top talent at Halfbrick have all amicably parted ways with the company to form their own studio. Luke Muscat created Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride, Hugh Walters was the art director for Halfbrick, and Phil Larsen was responsible for making sure the whole world knew about the Halfbrick library. Since even my own grandma not only knows about Fruit Ninja, but also enjoys it, I'd say they all did a pretty alright job...

Gunbrick [$2.99] came out a while ago, and while we reviewed it and discussed it a couple times on the podcast, it's really one of those games that are better to see in motion. The game mechanic revolves around rotating your Gunbrick to solve puzzles where your gun (and sometimes blast shield) are in the right location. Also, I like recording video of puzzle games because it immortalizes you looking really dumb:..

The TouchArcade Show - 194 - Fifty Shades of TA

February 20th, 2015 10:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast

LogoThis week's podcast starts off with the favorite spectator sport of TouchArcade: Watching what Nintendo is up to. With the release of their first "real" free to play game that has lives, energy systems, dual currencies, and all that nastiness... It seems like Big-N is in an even weirder spot than it was before. But, from there we talk about the games of the week with the requisite Mike Meade Gameâ„¢ Pancake - The Game [Free], and how much I love and hate clickers like AdVenture Capitalist [Free]. From there we get on to talking about Alto's Adventure [$1.99] and you'll get to hear Jared's mind blown in real time as he plays through the AG Drive [$3.99] tutorial. Then we move on to hitting a few big news stories of the week like WWE Immortals [Free] getting updated and the The World Ends With You drama.

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
RSS Feed: The TouchArcade Show
Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-194.mp3, 75.8MB

Oh, and if you didn't last week, be sure to listen to the inaugural episode of The RPG Reload Podcast! Additionally, 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 of the Week: 2/20/15 - 'Auro' and 'Alto's Adventure'

It was perhaps a slower-than-normal review week in the world of iOS, but there were definitely a couple of real gems. Here's the top scoring games of the reviews published this week, in case you missed any of them in the flurry of other news posts and videos in the last seven days:..

YouTube is starting to become as dangerous of a rabbit hole as Wikipedia. This morning when looking up a video for the article on Magic Shot I posted, I went wandering down the related videos path which went to another video on French billiards, to something on the English channel, to something about the Titanic, to this video about how accelerometers work...

We're just over a week away from GDC, and if it's anything like previous years, the time between now and then is going to absolutely fly by until you're frantically scrambling to get to the airport. We've posted about it a few times already, but on Tuesday at GDC we're having a party with the theme of sticker swapping with other iOS developers. We've done this before, and it's always a ton of fun to go home with a suitcase full of stickers from all your favorite games...

TA Plays: 'Angry Birds Seasons' All Star Update

February 20th, 2015 1:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News, TA Plays
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While Angry Birds might be totally out of style these days, it's nuts to go back and look at how much content has been added to these games over the years. Still available for a buck, Angry Birds Seasons [$0.99] offers a ridiculous value proposition. When it was first released it was just a silly spinoff with holiday themed Angry Birds levels. In 2015, it's like having the whole Encyclopedia Britannica set dumped on your doorstep, only Angry Birds level packs instead of books. ..

'Magic Shot' Is an Upcoming "Experimental" Game of French Billiards

French billiards, or carom billiards as it might be known in the rec room of your local country club, is a game that's been around for hundreds of years. You might have even seen it being played and not even realized it, as seems to be true with most varieties of billiards, at least in my experience anyway. Anyway, the idea behind French billiards is to score points by bouncing your own cue ball off your opponent's cue ball and a secondary object ball in a single shot. It's basically what happens if you take the game of pool and decide to get rid of everything but making individual trick shots...