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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.

To say Geometry Dash [$1.99] is huge on our forums would be a monumental understatement. The main thread is rocketing towards 65,000 total posts and soon will exceed three million views. For one game! The developer is super-active in the thread, and the fans of the game are extremely energetic, sharing levels and... Well, lennies all day long...

While any iOS gamer with a few devices under their belt probably has a bunch of Lightning cables laying around, it's hard to overstate just how useful having a super long one is. Using something like this 10-foot braided MFi-certified Lighting cable courtesy of TouchArcade Deals can be supremely handy to play battery-hungry games from bed or on the couch (or really anywhere else not within 3 feet of an outlet). Better yet, this particular cable is covered in nylon braiding which for some magical reason really helps with it not getting tangled and helps it look cooler than your average Lightning cable...

LogoOn this week's episode of The TouchArcade Show, we primarily focus on the two major events this week. First off, what a total, unbelievably bummer it is that EA removed Flight Control from the App Store along with the implications of trying to deal with legacy software on iOS. Once we made our peace with amazing games vanishing potentially forever we shifted gears to talk about everything that happened at this week's keynote and what we think of it all. If you want to follow along, Jared posted a great roundup of everything that happened earlier this week.

Don't forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to 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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EA Quietly Removes 'Flight Control', 'Real Racing', and Other Classics From the App Store

If you were going to put together a list of truly classic iOS titles, and both Flight Control and Real Racing weren't on it, you'd have some explaining to do. Sadly, it seems as of about ten days ago, the only place those games will exist anymore is in ancient reviews and YouTube trailers. As accidentally spotted by Shaun last night, while looking for something else, EA has removed the following games from the App Store:..

I'm probably weirder than most, but considering I do almost everything on my iPhone, I pay pretty close attention to how much battery I'm carrying with me. All the emails, tweets, IFTTT alerts, chat apps, and other crazy stuff I use to keep TouchArcade running like a well oiled machine don't work if my battery is dead, so I've collected what most would probably consider an unhealthy amount of external battery packs over the years. Recently I picked up a Anker PowerCore 20100, which has replaced my Mophie Powerstation XL that used to have a permanent spot in my bag. It's replacing the Anker Astro E6 at the top of their battery lineup, and the PowerCore is both nearly a third smaller and lighter...

TouchArcade Deals: Win a Free MacBook Air

September 9th, 2015 5:27 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Deals, News

It's been an exciting day so far, like every keynote day, and while you're mentally tallying up just how much you're going to spend with all the fancy new gadgets announced today... Maybe try your luck at getting something for free? Care of TouchArcade Deals, we're giving away a free MacBook Air. All you've got to do to enter is sign up and mash the giant button to be included in the contest...

It's happening, the keynote is starting, and we're likely on the verge of the iPhone 6s announcement, a new Apple TV, and all sorts of other exciting stuff. You can watch right along with us live by heading to this link in your browser, or loading up the special "Apple Events" channel on your Apple TV... It's oddly poetic in a way, that you'd potentially be watching a new Apple TV being revealed on your instantly old and busted old Apple TV...

Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Star Wars Droid Review - Malibu Stacy's New Droid Hat

In the last week, the internet has been on fire with what's likely going to be the hottest toy this Christmas, the Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid. The upcoming movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is scheduled to be released on December 18th of this year. Following "Force Friday" last Friday, Star Wars mania is already upon us. Leading the charge of the first blitz of new toys, bedding, and clothing is the obnoxiously cute (and actually working) BB-8. Gone are the days of lame toys which are effectively just painted plastic that kinda sorta looks like but works nothing like something from a movie, instead, the Sphero BB-8 is a miniature version of the exact same droid to be featured in The Force Awakens...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Mucho Taco', 'Devastator', 'Skilltree Saga' and More

If you woke up and haven't checked your calendar yet today, I've got some good news and I've got some bad news. The good news is it's Wednesday and there's a ton of new iOS games coming tonight to download. The bad news is, the grand council that determines whether or not this week is in fact weak is busy waiting for the keynote to start... So we might not have an authoritative answer as to where this week lies on the meh-o-meter until later today...

Spinning our wheels in the mud of Apple TV gaming rumors has been an annual WWDC tradition for years now. An Apple TV App Store reveal has practically earned a permanent square amongst the various Apple Keynote bingo cards by now, but, if recent rumors are to be believed, tomorrow is going to be the day that it finally happens. Now, I know we've been hyped up for Apple TV gaming for, well, years, but let's take a Devil's Advocate-y approach here and analyze why games on the Apple TV might not be the Next Big Thing...

It seems like the whole mobile-focused corner of the internet is reaching astronomical hype levels which can only be described by using the Lennie emoticon for the impending release of Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] version 0.12. Like most Minecraft updates, a bunch of new stuff is going to be added, but I'm most excited for redstone which allows players to build basic electronic circuitry in game... Which people of course have taken to the extremes of creating computer processors, in game, using redstone...

It's kind of crazy how quickly quadcopter drones went from super expensive gadgets sold at stores like Brookstone and Sharper Image to... drones that fit in the palm of your hand and sell for $69, as is the case with the Limited-Edition 'Code Black' HD-Camera Drone. It's got 10 minutes of flight time and an onboard 720p camera which captures footage to a microSD card. It's also tiny as hell, here it is next to the controller:..

The TouchArcade Show - 221 - BB-8 Adoration Station

September 4th, 2015 9:01 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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195525_largerWe kick off this week's episode with a long discussion on the relative low interest of the original Sphero toy and the off the charts explosion caused by the release of their BB-8 toy. I guess that's just the magic of the Star Wars brand at work. From there, we answer a couple emails and move on to talking about a ton of games. The Deer God [$6.99], Power Ping Pong [$4.99], Don't Starve: Pocket Edition [$4.99], Electro Ball [Free] are all in there, along with another mention of the fantastic Sage Solitaire [Free].

If you want to be heard on an episode of The TouchArcade Show, don't forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to 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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One of the main criticisms of Hearthstone [Free] and its new expansion, The Grand Tournament, is just how long some of the new animations take. For instance, when you play a card that utilizes the joust mechanic, there's a whole dramatic card draw and reveal before the card you played can have its joust effect activate (or not activate if you lost the joust). Typically, this isn't a problem at all as the 75 seconds players have to take their turns is almost always enough to do everything you'd ever want even with all sorts of silly new animations...

If you were paying attention to our forums yesterday, you likely saw the thread on the BB-8 Companion App [Free]. Well, details are finally here following the original reveal in April this year. Really, the best thing you can do is just watch the video Sphero released:..

When Don't Starve: Pocket Edition [$4.99] first launched on the App Store, internet comedy kings had a field day with the fact that at the time it was iPad only... And really, the only way you're fitting an iPad in your pocket was if you were a bad enough dude to rock Jnco jeans. (I mean, they are coming back, after all.) Klei has been teasing that it's also coming to iPhone as well, and early this morning that universal update finally hit the App Store...

iOS 9 is right around the corner, and chances are we'll find out its final release date during next week's iPhone keynote. At minimum, we'll likely get a gold master next week. So, there's no better time than the present to learn how to make iOS 9 apps. The cool thing is, TouchArcade Deals has all sorts of eLearning stuff. Today we're featuring the All-Inclusive iOS 9 & Swift 2 Developer Course Bundle. It's got fifty five hours of content spread across nearly 400 different lectures...

'My Country 3D' and 'X-Mercs' Both Coming Soon From Game Insight

A couple weeks ago I got a chance to spend some time with the Game Insight team, and my main takeaway was this isn't your typical free to play outfit. Particularly with core gamers, free to play developers have been demonized as the ruthless creators of money-sucking Skinner boxes. It's a often justifiable argument, as the App Store is loaded with abusive free to play models centralized around allowing the player to infinitely spend, often with no idea what they're even going to get for their money, with the recent popularity of gacha mechanics. Worse yet, you'd be hard pressed to find a veteran iOS gamer who dabbles in free to play that hasn't felt the sting of what it's like when a free to play game you're invested in abruptly gets shut down...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Deer God', 'Worms 4',  'Rock(s) Rider - HD Edition' and More

It's another Wednesday, and with it is another gigantic load of iOS games to plow through. Also, interestingly enough, the Sphero BB-8 companion app is among tonight's releases which makes us wonder if the September 4th date mentioned on their site isn't when the toy itself is going to be available. Additionally, there's a whole bunch of other good games appearing on the App Store today including Crescent Moon's Deer God. Check out the trailer for that:..

September Patreon Update - Still Alive

September Patreon Update - Still Alive

September 1st, 2015 6:47 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News
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The TouchArcade Patreon is still kicking ass and taking names. We recently sent out the first of what's likely going to be a monthly newsletter of sorts to our community which has us surging towards having 500 total patrons, which is a pretty rad number to hit. If you're backing us already, we'd like to once again thank you for your support. If you're not backing us yet, well, if you like what we do here every way consider tossing a couple bucks our way. The best way to think of it is like a magazine subscription. Did you used to buy Nintendo Power back in the day? Well, TouchArcade is really just an internet magazine updated all day...