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TA Plays Live: 'Flappy Bird' Marathon [Offline!]

February 3rd, 2014 5:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News, TA Plays
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And we're back this week with even more iOS game streaming. I wish Flappy Bird would go away, but it doesn't show any sign of stopping- Especially now that Super Ball Juggling and Shuriken Block are similarly glued to the top ten. Anyway, if you haven't yet, please follow us as it's the best way to get notified when we're streaming...

Sorry I missed a stream on Friday, everyone... But I was pretty stoked to see people hanging out in the Twitch chat around this time of day anyway! We'll make up for it today with some extra Flappy Bird, because I've learned over the weekend that Flappy Bird is basically the real-life equivalent of Wyld Stallyns. Or, at least, that's what I'm choosing to believe for why it is still so high up on the charts...

It's Wednesday, and the perfect time to stream all the new iOS games that are scheduled for release tonight (or tomorrow). What initially seemed like a pretty disappointing load out this morning is actually turning out to be a pretty sick haul of games. I'll play through each one for a little bit, then go back and re-play anything that seemed particularly cool or otherwise noteworthy...

Man, streaming on Twitch sure is awesome. Our channel over there is growing quite a bit, and we're (currently) the only people streaming exclusively iOS stuff on the entirety of Twitch.tv. Anyway, if you want to watch me play various iOS games this afternoon, you've come to the right place...

Well it's sort of a slow Thursday afternoon, with not much iOS news happening aside from everyone waiting for the other shoe to drop on the release of Final Fantasy VI. With my staff of writers busy reviewing all the games that came out yesterday, I figure I might as well keep the streaming train rolling...

The last two times I've streamed on Twitch have more or less been dry runs for doing this sort of thing. I'm loading up all of the new iOS game releases, freshly downloaded off the New Zealand store, and I'm going to play through them live on stream. If you want to watch the stream on the go, be sure to snag the free TwitchTV App [Free] and search for "TouchArcade" inside of it...

Unless you've not paid attention to gamer culture online for the last couple of years now, you're likely fully aware of just how much live streaming games services like Twitch have exploded in popularity. Well, I play a ton of iOS games anyway for TouchArcade, so it only makes sense to go the extra step and plug my iPad into my computer and stream 'em...

The original Touchgrind [$4.99 / $7.99 (HD)] was, and still is an amazing fingerboard game. I thought it was too hard for me, and it didn't help that the locked top-down camera made it really difficult to put together any kind of reasonable line to do tricks on until you really memorized the parks. Touchgrind BMX [$4.99] fixed this in a big way by shifting the camera back, which instantly made a massive difference. Touchgrind Skate 2 is a further evolution of this formula, and really combines the best of both games...

PikPok is no stranger to making great games, in fact, you safely blindly download just about everything they've ever made or collaborated on. We expected great things from Flick Kick Football Legends, but I wasn't expecting some sort of revelation on par with the ending of The Usual Suspects of just how squarely they nailed iOS soccer games. As an American, I don't even particularly like or care about soccer but Flick Kick Football Legends changed all that. This is such a clever evolution of their previous Flick Kick football games that you simply must watch the video to see how deep the rabbit hole goes...

I've been a fan of everything iOS developer Jared Bailey has done, so it's not much of a surprise that I'm also all about Zombie Volcano. It turns out it has a weird story behind it, in that it was supposed to be released on Halloween, which sort of explains the whole "zombie" thing, but not really. Anyway, it's basically a premium version of Baby Lava Bounce [$0.99], with a different name and no ads. But, instead of being free, it's 99¢. Whether or not you download Baby Lava Bounce or Zombie Volcano doesn't make much difference as long as you grab one of 'em. This game is ridiculously fun...

Sega's Demon Tribe is a big of a jack of all trades, and I'm anxious to spend some more time with it to see which, if any, it's a master of. It's a little bit of a MOBA, a little bit of an RPG, and a little bit of a CCG. Either way, it's developed by the producer and director of the Panzer Dragoon and Yakuza series as well as Jet Grind Radio. That kind of resume buys you a hefty amount of benefit of the doubt any day in my books...

Originally released in 2006, The Shivah has a strangely serious premise in that it revolves around a Rabbi as a main character, exploring themes related to the Jewish faith through adventure game mechanics. As a non-religious person with little exposure to these worlds, I've found it to be oddly captivating. The "Kosher Edition" is an updated version with better pixel art that's more in line with the other titles Wadjet has brought to the App store like Gemini Rue [$4.99]...

I lost a good weekend of my life to Earn to Die [$0.99 / $2.99 (HD)], which had a nearly perfect compulsion loop of "I just need one more run for my next upgrade…" Strike Force Heroes Extraction seems to take a similar path, only with the endless runner formula. There's tons of characters to unlock, upgrades to earn, new weapons to get, and more. It runs a little janky on our iPad Air, but this isn't a new phenomenon with games being slightly broken on the Air, and we expect a patch to hit shortly fixing it. Regardless, you can sort of get an idea of what's going on here. Be sure to check out the developer's trailer and their hands on video for more...

While I totally love that games like Drive on Moscow and Battle of the Bulge [$9.99] are on the App Store, both Jared and I are really bad at them. How bad? Well, we somehow managed to get stuck in the tutorial of this one, a new feat for generally being terrible at video games. Regardless, if you liked Battle of the Bulge, this is about as must-have as it gets for you...

The original Epoch [$2.99] is a great shooter, powered by the unreal engine, that manages to use touch gestures in a clever way to make you feel like you're totally part of the action while not being overwhelmed with the typical dual virtual stick setup you see in a lot of games. Building on an already awesome foundation is Epoch 2, a game that takes everything that was awesome about the original and makes it awesome-er...

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