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The TouchArcade Show - 243 - A Trip to Blizzard

February 5th, 2016 9:45 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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811576_larger-2With me visiting Turbo this week for a look behind the scenes of Super Senso, we actually ended up recording the podcast in the limbo between when all the games start sneaking out in the morning and when they are released globally in the evening. So, with no new games to talk about yet we spent the first half of the podcast talking about my super secret trip to Blizzard as part of their process of figuring out what to do with card rotation in Hearthstone. On the other side, we talk about some of the cooler news stories of the week, and get back to the time honored tradition of speculating what Nintendo is going to do after all the Nintendo news this week.

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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If You Like TouchArcade, Please Support Our Patreon

February 5th, 2016 9:30 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in News
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Hey guys, we don't publish too many of these Patreon posts as I try to not be obnoxious about fundraising, but the very important fact remains: To survive, we very much need your support. The business of running a web site is tricky, and as we pointed out in our original cry for help, the way developers promote their iOS games has changed significantly with the rise of metrics-centric free to play and in-game directly tracked advertising. It's supremely difficult for us to compete with that, and as such, we've been appealing to our community directly. If you like hanging out on our forums, listening to our podcasts, or reading some of the best long-form content in mobile gaming, please consider supporting us on Patreon. We never hit our initial goal, and over the past few months support has fallen off significantly.

It doesn't take a whole lot to keep us afloat, as we run super lean as is. As I mention on this week's podcast episode, even if our hardcore podcast followers each just contributed a buck a month we'd really never need to worry about this again. It'd be awesome to not need to worry about this kind of thing, and instead just continue focusing on combing the App Store for the best games iOS has to offer. To do that, we need your help. Think of it like subscribing to a magazine, except that magazine shovels rad content your direction 24/7 and is home to a great community of people to discuss every aspect of mobile gaming with.

Of course we appreciate the support of our current and former backers, but we'd all sleep a little easier if we were closing in on our goal instead of falling away from it. If you like what we do around here, please consider supporting us on Patreon.

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The TouchArcade Show - 242 - Trump Dump

January 29th, 2016 9:30 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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6444269_largerWe kick off this week's episode by wishing we could spend another week just talking about Crashlands [$4.99], but we chat a bit about this editorial on Wired before Mike butts in to talk about the chart-topping Flappy-like Trump Dump [Free] which is a real thing that exists. From there we discuss Super Phantom Cat [$1.99], Infinite Skater [$0.99] and Circa Infinity [$2.99] before taking a quick break to get a word in from this week's podcast sponsor, Captain Cowboy [$2.99]. Coming back on the other side we get into a long discussion about Twofold, Inc [$3.99], then shift gears to TV Sports Soccer [$2.99] (with a brief mention of Touchdown Hero [Free]) before moving on to Blocky Football [Free] and a brief rundown of some of this week's bigger news stories.

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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This week's episode of The TouchArcade Show is sponsored by…

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LogoThis was a fun podcast to record, as it's great when you have more awesome games that you're genuinely excited about than you even have time to talk about them. We kick things off with Punch Club [$4.99] (and this is the editorial we mentioned) then move on to Sky Chasers [Free] and its questionable monetization methods. The main course of the podcast is Crashlands [$4.99], but we also hit on Dungelot: Shattered Lands [$3.99] before shifting gears to go over a few quick news stories. As we mention in the show, if you like what we do here, please consider supporting us on Patreon!

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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This week's episode is powered by Geek Fuel. Geek Fuel is the only monthly mystery box with an exclusive shirt, Steam game, and more in every box with a guaranteed value of $50. Prices start at $13.90 a month. If you sign up to try Geek Fuel this month through TouchArcade, you'll receive a $20 Steam download of Warmachine: Tactics, a tactical combat game set in the award-winning world of the Iron Kingdoms, for FREE with your first box. Available only while supplies last from Geek Fuel.

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LogoThis week we spend a hefty amount of time talking about Supercell's new Clash Royale which is currently soft launched, but we've posted about quite a bit. We're pretty confident it's going to be the next big thing. However, the big thing right now is definitely Pocket Mortys, a Pokemon-like based on an amazing TV show that we love. We also discuss Venture Kid [$0.99] a bit, along with our own weird expectations and nostalgic baggage. Oh, and of course, we hit on a couple big news stories of the week before driving it home and peacing out for the weekend.

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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This week's episode is powered by Geek Fuel. Geek Fuel is the only monthly mystery box with an exclusive shirt, Steam game, and more in every box with a guaranteed value of $50. Prices start at $13.90 a month. If you sign up to try Geek Fuel this month through TouchArcade, you'll receive a $20 Steam download of Warmachine: Tactics, a tactical combat game set in the award-winning world of the Iron Kingdoms, for FREE with your first box. Available only while supplies last from Geek Fuel.

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If you're tired of never getting anything fun in the mail, definitely check out Geek Fuel.

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LogoPicking up from where we left of discussing our Game of the Year post and the best games included in it, we start with The Executive and move through the remaining best games list. If you already have all these games, this will probably be a great refresher. If you don't have all these games, hopefully our discussion leads you to picking up some of the best stuff 2015 had to offer.

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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Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-239.mp3, 68MB

This week's episode is powered by Geek Fuel. Geek Fuel is the only monthly mystery box with an exclusive shirt, Steam game, and more in every box with a guaranteed value of $50. Prices start at $13.90 a month. If you sign up to try Geek Fuel this month through TouchArcade, you'll receive a $20 Steam download of Warmachine: Tactics, a tactical combat game set in the award-winning world of the Iron Kingdoms, for FREE with your first box. Available only while supplies last from Geek Fuel.

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If you're tired of never getting anything fun in the mail, definitely check out Geek Fuel.

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January Patreon Update: Here's to 2016!

January 8th, 2016 8:40 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in News
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When we launched our Patreon half way through last year, things were pretty dicey, and the future of TouchArcade was sort of cloudy. Since then, readers and developers have supported us in a huge way and through adding things like TouchArcade Deals, we've been able to stabilize significantly. Things aren't so scary anymore. One slightly annoying thing is we were pretty close to hitting the $9,000 threshold on Patreon, then they changed how they display contributions. Currently, the total reflects how much we actually get every month after all the various processing fees, which I suppose is a more accurate way to do things, but it really shows just how far off our original $10,000 goal we still are.

We still need your support. If you like what we do here on TouchArcade, please consider heading to our Patreon page and even just contributing a dollar. Everything adds up, and is highly appreciated. A good way to think of it is like a magazine subscription, except instead of just getting a sorta out of date paper publication once a month, you're getting the bleeding edge of what's going on in the world of iOS gaming every day. As I mentioned in an editorial yesterday, the amount of content we've produced (totally for free to our readers) is ridiculous. We're on track sometime early this year to have reviewed the iOS equivalent to every PS2 game ever released.

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Thanks to all of our supporters, and special thanks to our top-tier supporters FDG Entertainment and Must Play Games Pvt Ltd. FDG is responsible for the just-released Lonewolf [Free] and the upcoming Venture Kid which is scheduled to be released next week. Must Play Games is still working hard on their first release.

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LogoAs we do every year, on this podcast following our Game of the Year post, Jared and I discuss our various picks and the thought process that went into them. If you've found yourself going through the seven stages of grief over why we'd choose Land Sliders [Free] as our game of the year, hopefully this discussion clears up any questions you might have had. We also go through the rest of the list, so if you want to follow along with the best games post you can find links to everything we're talking about in order.

We originally intended on talking about everything in the list, but Comcast had other plans. My internet connection totally died about half way through, but, it was late in the day on New Year's Eve and we were already an hour in anyway... So we're just going to pick up where we left off next week, provided my internet connection can hold it together. Thanks for listening, it's been a great year.

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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This week's episode of The TouchArcade Show is sponsored by Geek Fuel, a monthly subscription service that sends you rad boxes of swag filled with shirts, games, posters, and other awesome stuff. Each box is worth at least $50, but costs you as little as $13.90 plus shipping and handling.

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If you're tired of never getting anything fun in the mail, definitely check out Geek Fuel.

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Update: Enough people have joined this drop that the $34.99 price tier has been hit, making this the best deal we've ever seen on a non-refurbished SteelSeries Stratus. It comes with the Massdrop caveat of it's not going to ship for a couple weeks, but, good things come to those who wait, right? Anyway, as of this update, there's 17 hours left on this particular drop, so if you want to get in on it, now's your chance.

Originally Posted December 28th: I was sort of on the fence with regards to posting the last MFi controller on Massdrop, but the response was super positive and resulted in something like 50 (maybe more) TouchArcaders jumping on the MFi controller bandwagon. Browsing the site again this morning for knives, key caps, and the other weird junk they've got on there I found they've got a drop that only has two days left for the SteelSeries Stratus, available for $39.99, or potentially $34.99 if enough people hop on. (You can choose to only join in on that price, if you want, but might not get a controller if they don't have 30 people onboard to hit that price point.) It's all kind of weird how it works out, but I'm starting to dig Massdrop.

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Nathan's Favorite iPhone and iPad Games of 2015: 'Capitals', 'The Executive' and Other Hits

Editor's Note: Distilling the ridiculous amount of iOS game releases down to a game of the year, a runner up, and 25 other "bests" takes a lot of hacking and slashing of titles off a massive list of games we considered. This year's initial list was among the biggest I can remember of all the years we've been doing this, so, like previous years, the TouchArcade staff weighs in with lists of their own personal favorites which might not have made the overall best list for one reason or another. We're going to drizzle these out over the next couple days while we wait for iTunes to thaw out.

-Eli


As a very, very long-time reader of Touch Arcade, it was an absolute thrill to start writing reviews here this year. Not only has it been a blast getting to shove my brain-thoughts into the internet machine for your reading pleasure, it’s also been super interesting getting a peek behind the scenes of how the website is put together every day. (Basically, everyone sits around smoking cigars and giggling while trying to decide which free-to-play game to give 5 stars to -- all except Carter “3.5” Dotson, of course). We laughed, we cried, we got mad about Confederate flags. It’s been a great year! Without any further ado, here is my favorites for the year of 2015 (in order of release):

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LogoMerry Christmas, everyone! Due to the holidays, we didn't record a new episode this week, so we're dipping back into our archives. This one is actually courtesy of Facebook's weird new "On This Day" feature which recommended this 2009 roundup I wrote of all the cool things that happened in the world of iOS gaming. What's especially crazy about this was ngmoco's Eliminate had just recently been released, and no one realized the massive free to play trend that was going to kick off. Instead, it was just a weird new way they were selling the game.

For an additional slice of App Store history, check out our best games of 2009. Along with this article went a companion podcast we recorded with the guys from Tigerstyle who had just been awarded our first-ever Game of the Year for Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor [$1.99]. It's a fascinating discussion on the best games at the time, as even though it's technically the same iOS platform, it feels like there's been several generational leaps in the kind of games we've seen released. Oh, and of course, for the sake of comparison, here are our best games for this year. What a difference six years makes.

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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This week's episode of The TouchArcade Show is sponsored by Geek Fuel, a monthly subscription service that sends you rad boxes of swag filled with shirts, games, posters, and other awesome stuff. Each box is worth at least $50, but costs you as little as $13.90 plus shipping and handling.

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If you're tired of never getting anything fun in the mail, definitely check out Geek Fuel.

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merry-christmas-snoopy-9066336-800-600Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal(s)! By now you've probably ripped open all your presents and are progressing to the second part of the holiday: Day drinking, eating too many cookies, watching Christmas movies, and waiting to stuff yourself full of whatever magnificent feast your family is preparing. We're doing the Christmas Story thing and getting Chinese food, because, sure, why not! Anyway, if you've opened a brand new iOS device this year and are looking to get some quick cash for your old one, check out the TouchArcade device buyback program.

The way it works is pretty simple, you head to the site, go through and input what you've got, and we give you a quote. Our overhead on this whole thing is super low, so, quotes will almost always be higher than what the "big guys" are offering- Sometimes only by a few bucks, but, hey, a few bucks is a few bucks. From there, you'll put in all your information and we'll send you a box with a prepaid shipping label. Toss your device in, tape it up, put it in the mail, and once we verify your device is what you said it was, we cut you a check. If the mail is cooperating, the whole process shouldn't take much longer than a week or two and require almost zero effort on your part.

This whole thing is pretty win/win, as we get a commission on devices that come through the buyback program which supports the site, and you get cash for old stuff that otherwise just might get shuffled into a drawer somewhere or otherwise forgotten. Getting a quote only takes a few seconds and comes with zero obligation, so, it doesn't hurt to at least consider it. If you're more into selling old devices yourself or passing them off to other family members but still want to support the site, check out TouchArcade Deals or consider contributing to the TouchArcade Patreon- Think of it as a magazine subscription with tons more content and a rad community to boot.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and... we're only a few more days away from a Happy New Year.

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TouchArcade Game of the Year 'Land Sliders' and the Best iOS Games of 2015

Logo_on_whiteWell, it was another banner year in the world of iOS gaming, with so many great games released in 2015 that it made our head spin trying to whittle it down to the list you see before you. When it came to our Game of the Year pick, it really came down to the nitty gritty between two particular titles. In the end, one just barely inched out the other for reasons we'll get to in a second. Following the Game of the Year and Runner Up picks are 25 of what we feel were the best games of 2015. Of course this list doesn't include many other great games that came out this year, and to be honest it could have easily been three or four times the size. However, we thought this was a nice cross selection of genres and truly the best of the best of this year. If a game you adored this year isn't featured here, feel free to list it in the comments below, we love hearing about what games people enjoy playing on their iOS devices.

Now, without further ado…

 

Game of the Year 2015: 'Land Sliders'


Land Sliders, Free - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - It seems like the best mobile games latch onto a simple mechanic that feels natural on a touchscreen device and then builds an entire game around it. Slicing fruit in Fruit Ninja, drawing lines in Flight Control, even tilting back and forth in Doodle Jump are all great examples of this. Those simple actions spawned countless copycats and even entire genres in the mobile space over the years, but it's rare that a game can come along and create a mobile game that feels truly unique and native to the platform.

In 2015, I don't think any game accomplished that goal as well as Land Sliders, the first game from Australian developer Prettygreat, did. Land Sliders is a game that's built around inertial scrolling. What is inertial scrolling? Well, when you're scrolling through a list on your iOS device, say your list of emails or a list of songs in the Music app, inertial scrolling is the thing that allows you to scroll fast with a quick swipe and the screen will gradually slow down as it runs out of inertia.

It sounds like an incredibly boring concept for a game, but inertial scrolling is something that iOS devices have nailed since the beginning, and I believe it's one of the things that truly put the iPhone ahead of the pack in the early days of smartphones. Early iPhone rivals had pretty janky touchscreens which didn't have the smoothness of an iPhone. Scrolling around on iOS devices is fun and satisfying. Flicking a swipe fast and knowing you can stop the screen from scrolling on a dime if you want. It's really cool.

It's not a bad idea to try and capture that feeling and create a game around it, but how exactly does that work? I saw a very early prototype of Land Sliders at GDC this year and thought it was a clever concept and the sliding around the world felt great. But honestly I had no idea how they would craft a compelling game around it, and figured it would end up as one of those "hmmm, that's neat!" tech demo type of games and be fun for a few days before being forgotten.

That ended up not being the case at all, and besides its unique concept, I think that's shows the brilliance of Prettygreat. Not only have they created a full-fledged high-scoring game with endlessly replayable randomly-generated levels and a wide cast of neat characters to unlock, but they've created this is a way that's easy to add on to, and given the popularity of Land Sliders this seems like the kind of game that can continue living on for years and years with a constant flow of new content.

Besides the game itself, developer Prettygreat also created an insane real-life meta game that they incorporated into Land Sliders that has kept our forums on fire for months since the game's release. If you haven't read the lengthy thread in our forums, but if you like treasure hunts or ARGs, it's worth the read as the lengths Prettygreat went to to create this global game are pretty astounding. In fact, the ARG is still going and hasn't been completely solved yet.

Sliding your character around the world of Land Sliders just FEELS right, and developer Prettygreat did a wonderful job of building a whimsical world and cast of characters around that unique mechanic. There were other great games in 2015, but Land Sliders is a great mobile game through and through, and isn't the kind of game that could work on a platform other than mobile. For all these reasons it'll be something that I continue to play daily and will always have a home on my device, and it earns our nod for Game of the Year 2015


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RPG Reload Special Edition - 'A TouchArcade Christmas Carol'

With Sincere Apologies To Charles Dickens, And The Readers

First Stave - The Editor's Ghost

Let me tell you the story of Shaun Musgrave. Though they say he used to be different, it's hard to imagine it. There was never such a staunch defender of free-to-play social RPGs as he, with a stubborn streak in him about paying even a cent for an app. The cold within his heart froze his features, made him walk stiffly, and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice. Nobody ever sent him a tweet to ask how he was doing or when he would like to play Clash Of Clans together. No Facebook friends asked him for a life in Candy Crush, no children even asked him for a promo code. But Shaun didn't care, because he didn't care much for people. He wished only to be left alone to grind enough premium currency for his next Town Hall upgrade.

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LogoLong-time listeners of the podcast are going to think this is a joke, but, Mike Meade actually went out and bought new Apple hardware. Not only does he have a new Apple TV, but he also picked up a brand new iPhone 6S Plus. Incredible, right? I hope his old iPhone 4 running iOS 3.0 finds a good home. Anyway, we talk a lot about the mess of discoverability that the App Store has, Mike's experiences with his new hardware, and a bunch of games including Swing Copters 2 [Free], Star Sk8r [Free], GTA: Liberty City Stories [$6.99], Badland 2 [$4.99], Impossible Journey [Free], Dashy Crashy [Free], and a few other random ones here and there.

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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This week's episode of The TouchArcade Show is sponsored by Geek Fuel, a monthly subscription service that sends you rad boxes of swag filled with shirts, games, posters, and other awesome stuff. Each box is worth at least $50, but costs you as little as $13.90 plus shipping and handling.

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If you're tired of never getting anything fun in the mail, definitely check out Geek Fuel.

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eLearning has been shockingly popular for us on TouchArcade Deals, particularly the "pay what you want" bundles, as they let you pay as much (or as little) as you want. The only catch is you've got to beat the average to get everything which with the game design bundle we're promoting today is a little over eight bucks as of this writing. For that, you'll get hours and hours of content focused around designing games:

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Pay legit anything and you'll learn how to paint textures for games and some best practices for gamification to increase engagement. Beat that average mentioned above and you'll get another course on building 2D and 3D art for games as well as a course on putting it all together in Unity. We're talking hundreds of combined lectures, and Udemy will even give you a certificate for completion. Not bad for dropping less than 10 bucks, and 10% of all the proceeds are going to the Save the Children charity, sweetening the deal a little bit further.

Sound like something you'd want to spend your time on? Head over to TouchArcade Deals and check it out.

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If you're the kind of person who is always losing your car keys and other similar small stuff, the various Bluetooth tracking tags that have been released over the years are a great solution to find your stuff. Using an app, you pair the tags with your phone, then can make those tags beep when you use the app again as long as you're within 75' of your stuff. Courtesy of TouchArcade Deals, we're offering the 2nd generation iHere 3.0 Bluetooth tracking device for $22.99. Unlike the other Bluetooth trackers out there which are totally sealed single use devices, this one is rechargeable, with each charge lasting several weeks.

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The companion app is available for iOS and Android. If you're always frustrated you can't find your keys, these things are a great solution... Provided you also know where your phone is, but that's what Find My iPhone is for. Although, you need a computer for that, but if you've lost your keys, your phone, and your computer, you've probably got bigger problems. Anyway, if this sounds like something you need in your life, head over to TouchArcade Deals and check it out.

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LogoThis week Jared and I kick off the podcast by solidifying our position of being, as one negative iTunes reviewer put it, middle aged hipsters with us being totally over the ugly Christmas sweater thing. We're just too cool. We read an email, do some subsequent BS'ing, and hop into discussing some of this week's games. Fantastic Plastic Squad [Free] is dripping 80's nostalgia, but we don't have it in either of us for another gacha spin treadmill. Power Hover [$3.99] is super cool, but some camera trickery makes the game more difficult than it feels like it should be. A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build [$4.99] is a great little puzzler, while we both totally were into the incredibly beautiful vertical shooter Air Attack 2 [$2.99]. From there, I quickly mention Baseball Riot [Free] and Jared talks about Dungeon Time [$0.99].

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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Oh also, if you've got a new game, a great update, just like supporting what we do, or want to get the word out about something cool you're doing in the world of iOS gaming and are interested in sponsoring either of our podcasts, we've got ad packages that can fit any budget. Shoot an email to ads@toucharcade.com for more information.

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Do you have a giant battery pack yet for your various USB powered devices? If not, you should fix that problem, as there has been more times than I can count that I was super happy to be packing the ability to charge my phone while I was out and about. Well, if you're interested in solving that particular issue, courtesy of TouchArcade Deals, we're offering the Limefuel Blast 20000mAh Battery Pack for $36.99. I've got a 20,000 mAh battery pack myself, and it's sort of ridiculous just how much stuff you can recharge off of it.

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What's neat about this particular battery is that it's got four USB ports on it, whereas most battery packs these days have one, or maybe two. So, you could realistically charge an entire family's worth of power hungry mobile devices off just one battery, all at the same time. Or, if you're a developer rolling out with a ton of demo devices, this could simplify your mobile charging solution. If you're interested, head over to TouchArcade Deals and take a look.

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I feel like as iOS devices have gotten better, the constant annoyance that is dealing with media in iTunes has stayed the same. iTunes works great if you're up for doing everything inside of the specific iTunes workflow, but if you want to do things as simple as keep your audio files in formats that iTunes doesn't like, you're SOL when it comes to syncing. Well, courtesy of TouchArcade Deals, we're offering a nifty Mac app called WALTR which solves that problem.

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You plug your iPhone or iPad in, load up WALTR, then you just drag any kind of media file on to it to add it to your device. Have some crazy .mkv video file, or something similar? WALTR handles all the appropriate conversions and transfers it to your device so it's playable inside of the native iOS media player apps. So, you get all the benefits of using the native apps on your device without the annoyance of needing to use iTunes to get there.

Anyway, if this sounds cool to you, check it out on TouchArcade Deals.

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