Author Archives: Eli Hodapp


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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.

"Friendly Challenges" Coming to 'Clash of Clans', Single Gem Resource Boosts are Back

Despite the recent dominance of Slither.io [Free], we all know the true king of the App Store charts these days is Clash of Clans. I really want to make a Game of Thrones reference here, but everyone is so sensitive to spoilers these days you'll just have to imagine it. Anyway, it's entirely possible that the catalyst of Clash of Clans' return to dominance is the upcoming update which adds what they're calling "Friendly Challenges," which sound super awesome...

While I imagine practically everyone reading TouchArcade owns a copy of Minecraft: Pocket Edition, I'm not super sure the same is true for the proper PC/Mac Java version. It runs on basically any modern computer and while Pocket Edition has come an awful long way, I still think if you're serious about playing Minecraft you need to do it on a computer. The world of Minecraft modding is a bottomless rabbit hole, and I can say with complete confidence that if you like bumbling around on your iPhone building stuff, the experience only gets better on the computer...




It's Friday the 13th, which means ... an extra spooky podcast. Or not, actually it isn't really spooky at all. I had a super expensive bottle of beer explode on my shelf last night, so maybe it is spooky, we just didn't capture it in the recording. Anyway, we talk about a load of really awesome iPhone games this week, including but not limited to Trump's Wall [Free], Leap Day [Free], Final Friday [Free], Caterzillar [$2.99], Gravity Switch [Free], Sloomy [Free], and Jared even live-deleted Bejeweled Stars [Free]. We then shift gears to talking about the news of the week, and other random stuff. It's a good time, I promise.

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With the rapid-fire pace of the App Store, it's really crazy when you realize something has been around for a year. Well, that's the case with Mortal Kombat X [Free], which, sure enough, we reviewed over a year ago now with a guide posted not long after. If you haven't tried the game yet, it's basically one of those swipe-gesture based free to play fighters loaded with gacha mechanics, leveling dudes up, and collecting new ones. If you're into the Mortal Kombat universe, it's a bunch of fun. If you're not, well, you can see the kind of stat inflation these games see as they continually add new and better characters like Kold War Scorpion here who has precisely 55,331 hit points-..

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Gravity Square', 'Leap Day', 'Basketball Clicker', 'Talisman: Horus Heresy' and More

As far as totally made up holidays are concerned, today's celebration of Eat What You Want Day seems, well, not too shabby. So, while I'm swimming around in my pool of pistachios, let me explain what's been going on lately with these release posts- According to a few different developers, the part of iTunes connect where you can schedule your game's release is apparently broken. It was this feature that was responsible for the tidal wave of new games hitting the App Store at exactly 8:00 AM. The reason they're weirdly dribbling out throughout the day is because everyone is manually launching their games... Which sort of makes these morning roundups a little silly, as there's just a small slice of the day's games. But, hey, people look forward to them so we're not going to stop posting them...

From the Forums: Any Interest in the Angry Birds Movie?

With the Angry Birds movie hitting the big screen on May 20th, this latest discussion on our forums feels particularly timely. Forum member HarryWarden asks the question, "Any interest in the Angry Birds movie?" and continues by saying, "It's coming just 11 days from now. I'll probably end up seeing it with my niece. It doesn't look bad for a kids animated movie. If you like and want to see Rivio sustain, a lot is riding on what was a very expensive movie."..

Noodlecake's 'Caterzillar' Hits the App Store This Week

We got a good look at Noodlecake's upcoming Caterzillar back at GDC, and it seems like the easiest way to describe the game is a modern version of Soosiz [$0.99], which is A-OK with me because these kind of gravity-bending platformers always seem to break my brain in the best way. If you missed our preview from GDC, take a look:..

Square Enix Announce 'Final Fantasy Brave Exvius', Sign up Now for Bonus Items

If you were looking for a new Final Fantasy game to get excited for, the just-announced Final Fantasy Brave Exvius might be just what the doctor ordered. You can sign up on the game's site to pre-register to get "powerful items" to use when the game launch. The whole teaser site make it seems like the game is going to be ultra free to play, particularly with all the crystal unlocking hijinks, but at least the trailer looks cool:..

The TouchArcade Show - 256 - Hungry Sharks

May 6th, 2016 7:15 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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We kick off the show this week by talking about our weekends last week: Jared didn't get eaten by bears while camping, and I managed to not get soaked to the bone at Dark Lord Day. From there, we switch gears to talking a bit about the HTC Vive VR headset and wondering what type of VR will "win" the inevitable VR format war. Then, we dive head first into talking about a bunch of super rad games that were releases this week including Joan Mad Run [Free], Black Hole Joyrider [$0.99], Hungry Shark World [Free], and Inks [$1.99].

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, 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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While I hope everyone is being extra safe today while observing Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day, I actually typed up this whole post while standing on the top rung of an extra-tall ladder and pushing branches into a wood chipper with my foot. Anyway, as I've mentioned in other Wednesday morning new game roundups, the App Store seems to be shifting the way they release games again. We used to see a big influx in the New Zealand App Store, then everything just started releasing Wednesday morning on the US App Store, and now games just seem to be coming out randomly. While we work on identifying the new pattern, these posts are going to be a little weird as they include games that were released Monday, Tuesday, and today...

We're pretty huge fans of Mika Mobile around here, as both Battleheart [$2.99] and Battleheart Legacy [$4.99] are near the top of any short list I could ever come up with on the best iOS games. Naturally, when they announced their upcoming turn-based strategy game Lost Frontier, we were all ears. Back in February, details were sparse beyond what was detailed on their blog which wasn't a whole lot...

With the Clash Royale [Free] update out of the way, Supercell has refocused their promotional lasers on talking about the upcoming update to Clash of Clans [Free] which introduces some pretty huge convenience features. Namely, spells and troops are going to take a lot less time to brew and train. Spells are going to brewed in half the time, and the Dragon, Watch and Wallbreaker will also be trained in half as much time as before. The Golem, Lava Hound, and P.E.K.K.A. units are going to train three times faster, along with "hugely reduced" hero regeneration times and faster training for other units across the board...

'Joan Mad Run' Hits the App Store

May 3rd, 2016 11:33 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Release
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Happymagenta's Joan Mad Run [Free] has been in development forever. So long in fact that they released the lightweight teaser prequel John Mad Run [Free] nearly two years ago just to give players a taste of what was coming with the "full" game. The original thread for the game was posted all the way back in 2013. Well, it's here now, and if there's any truth to the saying "good things come to those who wait," Joan Mad Run should be pretty rad...

If you don't pay attention to the PC/console world, chances are you've missed out on 2K's latest blockbuster release, Battleborn. The easiest way to describe it is if you took Borderlands, added some elements which almost feel MOBA-like, mixed in a bunch of different characters kind of like Blizzard's Overwatch, and gave all of them their own guns and abilities. Here's the launch trailer which gives you an idea of how that all goes together:..

It's crazy to think that there was a time where few things were hotter than anything to do with Bejeweled. Back in the 2000's when PopCap was still a tiny company few people had heard of, it seemed like everyone knew Bewjeled. I've owned a variety of the game on practically every platform I've had since then, including but not limited to the good ol' Palm Treo. Somewhere along the way, Candy Crush became a thing and seemed to dethrone Bejewled as king of all matching games, but maybe this latest iteration, Bejeweled Skies will do something to change that?..

The TouchArcade Show - 255 - Dark Lord Day

April 29th, 2016 8:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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We recorded early this week, as Jared and I both have crazy stuff going on this weekend. Jared is going on some kind of crazy camping trip, and I'm going to Dark Lord Day at the Three Floyds Brewery. We both might not make it back from each of our adventures alive, in which case, 255 is a pretty great number to end on I guess. Anyway, we chat quite a bit about the various big announcements of the week like Nintendo bringing Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem to the App Store, along with talking about the following new iOS games: Loop Drive 2 [Free], Goo Saga [$0.99], War Tortoise [Free], and Outdodge [Free]. It's a good time, I promise.

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, 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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Mobile MOBA-ish Game 'Titan Brawl' Gets a New Trailer, Shaping Nicely

I am really glad PC games like League of Legends don't have a /played command to see your cumulative play time, as mine would be... Horrifying. I play a ton of PC MOBA's, but really have yet to find one on mobile that has really grabbed my attention for very long. Titan Brawl is another entry in the space that we've posted about before, which now has a brand new trailer:..

'AlphaCat', The Dungeon Crawling Puzzler for People with Toxoplasmosis, Soft Launches in Canada

I feel like ever since Dungeon Raid [$0.99] entered my life then was left to wither on the vine I've been chasing the next best things in dungeon crawler-y puzzle games that have all sorts of different layers of RPG-ish depth to them. Thankfully, the rise of free to play on the App Store has created an environment where there's absolutely no shortage of these kind of games. The latest is AlphaCat, a game which (per the trailer) seems to check an awful lot of boxes of what I'm looking for in these kind of things:..

Foursaken Media's 'War Tortoise' is Now Available

April 27th, 2016 1:21 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Release
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Well this is one of the surprises I was talking about in our new games roundup earlier this morning. Foursaken Media's War Tortoise [Free] hit the App Store moments ago. We got a hefty hands on back at GDC, and I really dig how they're combining the idea of a clicker and a shooter. I'm super curious to see what people think now that they're able to try it, as a lot of cautious, skeptical optimism seemed to surround the GDC demo:..

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Aliens vs. Pinball', 'Orbitron Arcade', 'Spellbinders' and More

While you're sitting in absolute silence in observation of International Noise Awareness Day, we're trying to drink from the fire hose of iOS game releases. We typically curate these lists from our forums and AppShopper, but in a very typical SNAFU, AppShopper has been acting a little weird this week so it's supremely possible I'm missing some games in this list which hopefully will make themselves a but more known as the day goes on...