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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: 'Astro Boy Flight', 'Color Ranger', 'Dwelp' and More

Before everyone goes wild on calling this a weak week, remember apps are typically "released" on a Thursday, and this Thursday is the US holiday Thanksgiving. As is customary for this time of year, there's a stupid amount of games on sale, so while there might not be a whole lot that interests you this week, maybe divert your weekly App Store purchasing funds to filling out your catalog with older games you might've missed which are now substantially cheaper instead?..

Check Out the 'Tales From The Borderlands' Launch Trailer

Telltale's Tales From The Borderlands is launching on Steam today, and like their games are always launched, will slowly drizzle out to other platforms over the course of the week. We'll likely see it on iOS anytime between now and Friday-ish, with fingers crossed that it's coming sooner rather than later. Telltale just released the following launch trailer, which is definitely worth a look...

New Apple Ad Features Metal MOBA 'Vainglory'

November 25th, 2014 12:30 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in News
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The previous bar for "winning the App Store lottery" was getting featured on the App Store, then it got raised to being Editor's Choice, and now it's apparently "have Apple make a TV commercial about your game." Or, at least, that's the trail the recently released Metal-powered MOBA Vainglory [Free] is on. Check it out:..

Exclusive 'Hearthstone' Goblins vs Gnomes Card Reveal: Whirling Zap-o-matic

Blizzard has been teasing tons of new cards from the upcoming Hearthstone [Free (HD)] expansion Goblins vs Gnomes, which is right on track with Hearthstone Senior Game Designer Ben Brode's plans he's mentioned on Twitter. Like most (all?) collectible card games releasing a new set, all of the cards will be spoiled (That's the term they use in the Magic world, anyway) before the release of Goblins vs Gnomes. The best place I've found to keep an eye on all of the cards that have been revealed all over the internet is this page on Hearthpwn, but today we've got our own reveal, which I'm sure will be listed there soon enough as well...

LogoWe recorded a bit earlier than we usually do today, which means it's just me and Jared as Mike fell asleep in a pile of Ritz crackers. That's alright though, as we have a great conversation about side scrolling racing games, iOS controllers, and a bunch of other cool stuff.

Don't forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to 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 of the Week: 11/21/14 - 'Crossy Road', 'Vainglory', 'XCOM', and 'Crystal Siege'

This week it seems like we're handing out five star reviews like it's going out of style, but all of these games are great and two of them won't even cost you a penny to play, basically ever. That's pretty awesome, right? Anyway, it's probably safe to get used to weeks like this, at least for the next couple weeks, as the end of the year is almost fully upon us...

Telltale and HBO Reveal First 'Game of Thrones' Trailer

I've just been increasingly impressed by the quality of the games that Telltale has been putting out lately. Walking Dead [Free] was a major turning point it felt like, as it was a definite departure from the good but distinctly janky games like Jurassic Park [$2.99 (HD)]. Walking Dead Season Two [Free] was fabulous, and The Wolf Among Us [Free] proved that Telltale could duplicate these incredible experiences with non-Walking Dead IP. So, that brings us to the Game of Thrones trailer:..

Widget Mania Hits Its Peak With Inevitable '2048' Widget

November 20th, 2014 12:57 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in News
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The release of iOS 8 allows for 3rd party widgets to live a happy life right on your today screen. Some of these widgets do useful things like adding detailed weather information via Weather Underground [Free], send quick notes to Evernote in Neato [$2.99] or add a calculator with PCCalc [$6.99]. Others do silly things like checking up on your character in Godville [Free], fiddle around playing the Flappy-like Overglide [$0.99]... And now, of course, play the ultra-popular Threes! [$1.99] clone 2048 with the just-released 2048 in Widget! [$0.99]...

Yes, believe me, I am fully aware this is an iOS games site, so before you read the headline and race to the comments, I know. With that being said, there's a lot of people out there, including a few real life friends of mine who might have an Android phone but an Apple tablet... Or the other way around. Regardless, there's people reading TouchArcade who this news is useful for. I promise you...

This morning a lot of people on Twitter are pointing out that Apple has changed the label of buttons on the App Store. Previously, when you went to download a free game, the button you hit to do it said "Free". Makes sense, since it's where the price goes for other paid apps...

Earlier this year, we reviewed the SteelSeries Stratus pint-sized iOS game controller. It's a great accessory, but the common complaint across the entire internet seemed to be that it's just too tiny. The SteelSeries Stratus is great for having a small controller to toss in your bag and play with on the go, but if you actually want to settle in to your couch and get involved in a longer play session it didn't take long before you started wishing the controller was bigger...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Ancient Battle: Successors', 'Earn to Die 2', 'Kingdom Rush Origins', 'Swing Tale' and More

Wednesday mornings! Strap in for a whole load of new iOS games. This week includes a new, beefy, Hunted Cow game to sink your teeth into, I've been looking forward to Earn to Die 2, Kingdom Rush Origins will probably be pretty polarizing, and there's a bunch of other stuff in this list that'll give us all plenty to talk about for the next week...

Never Miss a 'World of Warcraft' Queue Again With the 'WoW Notifier' App

If you're among the bazillion people desperately queuing up to log into their World of Warcraft server to play the new Warlords of Draenor expansion, listen up- While the Looking For Group and Looking For Raid systems have made it way easier to find groups, there is nothing that sucks more than waiting in queue for an hour (especially if you're playing a DPS class) only to have the one time you actually get up from your computer to go to the bathroom or get something to drink be when the queue pops. It's happened to me more times than I could remember, almost like the game knows I went AFK for a minute...

770322_largerThis is a big of a free form podcast this week as we ended up recording so late that I just said "Screw it, let's do it live." I almost think these sort of podcasts turn out better, as we get off topic while being on topic and talking about more interesting stuff. We mostly hit on Candy Crush Soda Saga [Free], Space Age: A Cosmic Adventure [$1.99] and then talked about the drama of both Monument Valley [$3.99] and Golfinity [Free] drama. It's a good podcast, I swear. I even manage to compare Candy Crush to Ultima Online.

Don't forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to 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 of the Week: 11/14/14 - 'Candy Crush Soda Saga', 'Icewind Dale', 'Monument Valley' and More

OK so I know I always start these out with "Oh man you guys we reviewed so many good games this week," but it's REALLY TRUE this time. But, wait, does that make the other times... not true? Who the hell even knows, but you should download these games like yesterday...