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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.

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Bitcoin Billionaire', 'Day of the Viking', The Sailor's Dream, and Tons More

After last week's admittedly fairly weak week, the fate of this week's list of new game releases lies solely in the comments. There's some truly amazing looking games in this bundle, but will someone still have the audacity to post that it's a weak week?! I checked, and the sky is still blue, so probably. Either way, there's something for everyone here whether you're a fan of Simogo's crazy mystery games, Noodlecake stuff, random free to play games, and much, much more...

'Drop Wizard' is The Next Game From The Creators of 'Lost Yeti'

Remember the super simple yet unbelievably cute ice block sliding puzzler Lost Yeti [$1.99]? If you've got no idea what I'm talking about, head to our Lost Yeti review and bask in the glory that is getting a yeti from one side of the screen to the other. The point is, Lost Yeti was a great game, and that same crew of guys is hard at work on their just-announced next game, Drop Wizard...

Realistic Submarine Simulator 'Silent Depth' is Still in Development

One of the things I love about our upcoming games forum is when a developer posts an early look at a game they're making and then sticks with the thread throughout the game's development cycle. Often this provides some really interesting insight into how an iOS game changes from its early concept stages to its final release. The down side of all this is it's real easy to get excited about a game only to have it just fall off the map entirely...

'Taekwondo Game Global Tournament' Soft Launches in Canada and Sweden

Eagle-eyed forum members spotted the soft launch of Taekwondo Game Global Tournament, which seems like a surprisingly slick fighting game which focuses on staying true to both the taekwondo fighting style as well as the both the rules and scoring system used when sparring in a tournament environment...

With Blizzcon rapidly approaching, the internet rumor machine is grasping on to any and all hints for what Blizzard will be revealing this weekend. Well, we got the most concrete evidence yet in the form of a brand new trademark filing. Dated October 28th, Blizzard put their legal dibs on the verbal trademark "Eye of Azshara." Now, given what we know about the World of Warcraft universe, the previous teases from Blizzard, and the fact that the November season card back is goblin themed, it seems all but confirmed that this is the name of the expansion and it's going to hinge heavily on gadgets and gizmos...

If you're not paying attention to the PC/console space these days, you're missing out on the release of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Like every CoD release, it's probably going to break all sales records and all sorts of insanity like that. They're doing things a little differently this year, with people who preordered getting access to the game a day early (today)...

King Taps London Symphony Orchestra for 'Candy Crush Soda Saga' Soundtrack

While I know full well about how people feel about King and their games around here, it's always really rad to see developers actually putting effort into the soundtracks and sound design of their game. It feels like all too often developers just hit up the various royalty free audio sites, and just pay a few bucks for whatever background jingle fits their game best and call it a day. The extreme polar opposite of that is what King is doing:..

LogoWe've got a special guest this week who I'm totally not going to spoil, you're just going to have to listen to the podcast. We kick stuff off with some wrestling chat, so if that kind of thing grinds your gears just skip forward to about fifteen minutes in. After that, we talk about a ton of iOS games and go over the news of the week, it's a long one too.

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Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 10/31/14 - 'Ghost Blade', 'Sleep Attack TD', 'Super Glyph Quest' and 'Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge

Another solid week under our belts, friends. We've got a really great action game that uses swipe controls in a way that actually doesn't suck, a tower defense game that somehow manages to feel fresh, an awesome to a sequel to an already good puzzle game, and a spin-off of one of our favorite games ever? Sign me up. Here's the list of our best reviewed games this week:..

Backflip Soft Launches 'NinJump Dash' in the UK and Singapore

What originally was just a pretty simple jumping game by Backflip Studios has since turned in to a... whole series of titles. There's NinJump [Free], NinJump Deluxe [$0.99], NinJump Rooftops [Free], NinJump Smash and their associated free and/or HD versions. Well, this morning NinJump Dash soft launched in the UK and Singapore App Stores...

Four New 'Hearthstone' Cards Might Have "Leaked"

October 31st, 2014 12:03 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in News
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Following our post yesterday about Blizzard sending me mysterious stuff, it has turned out they're sending similar packages to basically anyone who covers Hearthstone [Free (HD)] on any level. IntoMobile's Simon Sage mentioned in the comments yesterday that he received an Alarm-o-Bot, and other folks across the internet have wound up with schematics for Harvest Golemns, Rapair Bots, and Poultryizers. With the Hearthosphere (That's a thing now.) ablaze in speculation, some questionable cards have "leaked."..

"DAMN IT," is what I said when I posted this last story and realized I hadn't taken the insignificant amount of time it takes to reach level 20 in Hearthstone [Free (HD)] in September, thus missing out on the pirate card back. I'm in a bit of a Hearthstone lull currently, waiting for the next expansion, but it's still important to get those collectable items in Blizzard games because… reasons? If you don't have the itch, I'm not sure I can explain it. It's the same feeling you get when you miss out on an easy to get time limited title in World of Warcraft proper...

Normally I don't put a whole lot of thought in to divining the meaning of the weird iOS press packets that get mailed to me on the reg', but when Blizzard sends you something... Well, that seems noteworthy. When they send you something UPS overnight and that something is quite literally two pieces of paper... That seems even more noteworthy, right? Maybe?..

Judging by a few game sales that just scrolled across the TouchArcade news ticker, I wouldn't be at all surprised when iTunes featuring refreshes tomorrow if there's some kind of new feature area for spooky games on the cheap. You can pick up all these games for ten bucks, and, honestly, that's a pretty good way to drop some cash particularly if you're in the real-game loving anti-timer game crew as none of these games have any of that junk...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Twisty Hollow', 'Whoa Dave!' and a Bunch of Soft Launches

I know it's been a running joke around here forever to post that it's a "weak week" in the comments, but today that actually might be appropriate. I've got no idea what's going on here, if developers are avoiding releasing this week because of Halloween or if it's just sheer coincidence that everyone else seems to be releasing their games next week? Alternatively, maybe the App Store is just being weird which is always inside the realm of possibility...