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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.

'Pokemon TCG Online' Launches Worldwide

September 30th, 2014 4:04 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Release
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We posted about it earlier today, but if you were planning on waiting to 11:00 Eastern tonight to download Pokemon... Guess what? It's available right now. Pokemon TCG Online [Free (HD)] is a full-fledged iPad version of the Pokemon card game. As I also mentioned earlier today, it's pretty good.

No word yet on whether or not this will ever come to the iPhone, but judging by other full-fledged CCG's like Hearthstone [Free (HD)] and Magic 2015 [Free (HD)]... I'm not sure how hopeful to be. If nothing else, it's just really awesome to see more "real" CCG's coming to the App Store. Stay tuned for a review, and maybe even some guide articles.


'Pokemon TCG Online' Should Hit the US App Store Later Tonight

I had my bets on the soft launch of Pokemon TCG Online lasting at least a few weeks, but, it seems like it could be hitting as early as tonight. As spotted by Joystiq, the game is currently rolling out across the various iTunes regions similar to how games typically are released on Wednesday. So, if all goes as expected, Pokemon should be available to download at 11:00 PM Eastern...

Aside from more than a few jokes about how silly playing Hearthstone [Free (HD)] in real life would be, there hasn't been a whole lot of effort to bring the game to a physical form, until now. Games In Asia went hands on with the Chinese knockoff that apes absolutely everything from pre-Naxxramas Hearthstone. Aside from lacking new cards and subsequent balance tweaks Blizzard has made since the release of Hearthstone, the main takeaway is that playing Hearthstone when your iPad/Mac/PC isn't managing most things for you takes forever...

LogoAlright, so we sort of lied last week with the whole second part thing. I had plans to play tons of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus updated games and have loads of impressions and that... really didn't happen. In fact, we've seen very few things that even have been optimized for the new phones at all. Either way, we cut together a huge episode this week to make up for the dinky one last week.

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!


iTunes Link: The TouchArcade Show
Zune Marketplace: Podcasts
RSS Feed: The TouchArcade Show
Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-174.mp3, 90.8MB


  • Goat Simulator [$4.99]
  • Turbo Dismount [Free]
  • Asphalt Overdrive [Free]
  • Spider-Man Unlimited [Free]
  • Rope 'n Fly 4 [Free]
  • Air Supply SOS [$1.99]
  • Smarter Than You [Free]
  • Pumped BMX [$1.99]
  • Puzzle Bandits [Free]



Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 9/26/14 - 'Anomaly Defenders', 'Smarter Than You', 'Rapture - World Conquest', and 'WWE Supercard'

While there was one lonely game in this roundup last week (which doesn't even really make it a roundup) this week we've got four great games that everyone needs to try. Better yet, two of them won't even cost you any money to try out. Additionally, we're entering Q4 which is where all the huge releases seem to be, so strap in for what's likely going to be even more great weeks like this...

A couple days ago we posted about the $59.99 Mad Catz C.T.R.L.I. being available for preorder, shipping mid-October. Well, the smaller brother of the same controller is also available for preorder. At $49.99 it's going to be the cheapest MFi controller (well, cheapest launch price, others have been on sale for less before) available...

'Smarter Than You' Review - Crushing Dreams, Telling Lies, and Shooting Arrows

The problem with knocking the ball out of the park the first time you're up at bat is that every time you approach the plate, fans expect you to do the same. Luca Redwood's 10000000 [$2.99] was an iOS gaming grand slam. As mentioned in our review, the game ticked off every checkbox that makes a game impossible to put down, and since then has only gotten better with updates. 10000000 is among the games that I install first when I get a new device, and is in the same folder of iOS games that if I needed space on my device I'd sooner delete family photos than anything from it...

Upcoming 'Drone: Shadow Strike' Joins the Death From Above Section on the App Store

If Zombie Gunship [Free] and Gunner Z [Free] weren't enough to whet your death from above whistle, or you're just super tired of killing zombies, the upcoming Drone: Shadow Strike might be the game for you. It'll be available in early October, and features 270 challenges to complete, loads of weapons to use, and all that jazz...

Here's How to Get TouchArcade Flair in 'Smarter Than You'

With Smarter Than You launching tonight in the USA and potentially already launched in your region right now, you probably want to be at the front of the bus when it comes to representing the sickest piece of flair available in the game: The TouchArcade badge. Backing things up a bit, flair in Smarter Than You is a little icon that appears next to your avatar. There's way more than 37 pieces of flair included in the game, and they range from things like being able to select the flag of your country to other pieces of flair unlocked by doing random things in game. (Basically, flair amounts to achievements.)..

Just a quick PSA for all you iOS device owning dudes out there (which presumably is close to 100% of our readerbase), Apple just released the iOS 8.0.1 update which addresses a bunch of bugs and introduces two major bugs of its own. Namely, a lot of people (myself included) after updating cannot connect to cellular networks or get Touch ID to work. If you're the kind of person who says "Sure, why not!" and hits "Yes" when your phone asks you if you want to update, you're probably better off sitting this one out. Considering this just happened, there's no word from Apple yet or anyone else official on what's going on...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Anomaly Defenders', 'Cursed Treasure 2', 'Smarter Than You' and More

It's Wednesday again, and with the release of new iPhones and iOS 8 in our rear view mirrors, developers are finally releasing games again. This week is filled with quite a few highly anticipated titles like Anomaly Defenders, 10000000 guy's Smarter Than You, an Interstellar movie game (I'm pretty stoked to see this movie.) and more...

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus News Roundup: Over 10 Million Sold, Benchmarks Great, Shatters With Liquid Nitrogen, and More

This weekend was absolutely full of news surrounding the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Like every iPhone release, the iFixIt guys were on the spot with teardowns. The iPhone 6 Plus teardown features the ever-important size comparison with a pop tart and is loaded with insanely clear photos of every step that goes into disassembling an iPhone 6 Plus. These articles are always super fascinating to me, as seeing all the ultra-tiny parts that go together to make your phone really makes you realize how complicated these devices are. They go so in depth at iFixIt they even teardown the vibrator assembly and camera lens. They also tore down the iPhone 6, although it turned out to be largely the same except a little smaller...

'Surfy', Launching This Week, Showed Me the Terrifying Future of Greeting Cards

Since the advent of the whole race to the bottom pricing of the App Store, budgets for mobile development (particularly on the indie side of things) are super tight. Because of this (and the fact that we can just get everything we need to cover a game from an email) we almost never see the swag that people covering PC/console games are used to. On our side of the fence, having someone just send you a t-shirt is incredibly rare. I'm more than OK with this, since I have enough t-shirts to go at least a month without wearing the same shirt twice, maybe two...

The TouchArcade Show - 173 Side A - We Got Phones

September 19th, 2014 11:15 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast

LogoThe original plan for this podcast was to talk about our day playing iOS games on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus... Then the reality of just how long it takes to set up a new iPhone hit. Late in the day, and with nothing really left to talk about that we didn't already post in first impressions pieces, we record a quick podcast on our experience in line and similar. Once we have more time to spend over the weekend gaming on the new devices, we'll record the second side of this podcast... I just wanted to have something in the feed so people weren't wondering what happened.

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!


iTunes Link: The TouchArcade Show
Zune Marketplace: Podcasts
RSS Feed: The TouchArcade Show
Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-173-a.mp3, 22.7MB


This week we're dropping the "s" from the title as we only reviewed one really great game this week. But, this was a week filled with iPhone news, a major iOS release, new phones, and all the junk that comes with that so you can't really blame us with being a little preoccupied with stuff other than game reviews. Hopefully next week returns to normal, and we see more than a half dozen games get released. Fingers crossed, anyway...