It's hard for us to say enough good things about Halfbrick's Monster Dash [99¢] and Ratloop's Helsing's Fire [99¢]. One game takes the running right forever gameplay formula that's become so popular, spices it up, and adds weaponry. The other is an incredibly unique puzzle game which is unlike anything we've played on the iPhone, a claim that's almost impossible to make with puzzle games. Both games have received recent updates, so be sure to download them if you haven't already.

Monster Dash now comes packed with an additional power-up for Barry to pick up, a motorcycle that makes you temporary invincible while riding it. Along with the motorcycle comes new motorcycle-related stat tracking and achievements as well. Halfbrick also made some fixes and other tweaks to the game such as fixing heart placement so they're a little easier to pick up. Best of all, this update just shows that they're committed to supporting the game much like Fruit Ninja [99¢ / HD] which has also been host to several great updates.

Helsing's Fire 1.2 adds an entirely new campaign to play through, a new character, a new enemy, additional puzzle mechanics, and even a cool online system where you can solve puzzles for bounties to compete against other players online. The new campaign also comes with an additional survival arena, and you can now replay, save, and share puzzles you've played in the past.

If you still don't own these games, we have overwhelmingly positive reviews for both Monster Dash and Helsing's Fire that you should check out. The two games combined would probably be the best $1.98 you'll spend today, but if you already own them, be sure to mash your update button in iTunes as soon as possible.

  • Metalbear

    Loving both of these updates so far. Great work Ratloop and Halfbrick!

  • Metalbear

    Loving both of these updates so far. Great work Ratloop and Halfbrick!

  • MrMuesli

    Helsing's Fire is simply brilliant. I love the atmos, the art work, the one-liners, the gradual introduction of new weird and wonderful creatures and their various unique attributes. I'v already got my money's worth, and the up-date is just the icing on the cake.

  • MrMuesli

    Helsing's Fire is simply brilliant. I love the atmos, the art work, the one-liners, the gradual introduction of new weird and wonderful creatures and their various unique attributes. I'v already got my money's worth, and the up-date is just the icing on the cake.

  • Yrogerg212

    To Halfbrick: you have iPad users who want your app in native resolution. And don't make us buy it again! Our money is waiting... :D

    • swarmster

      "...don't make us buy it again"?

      Haha, more like 'get ready to pay 5 times as much for it 3 months from now'. You should be so lucky to just be allowed to buy it again.

      I love Halfbrick's games (Rocket Racing port please!), but they have not shown themselves to be very iPad friendly.

  • Yrogerg212

    To Halfbrick: you have iPad users who want your app in native resolution. And don't make us buy it again! Our money is waiting... :D

    • swarmster

      "...don't make us buy it again"?

      Haha, more like 'get ready to pay 5 times as much for it 3 months from now'. You should be so lucky to just be allowed to buy it again.

      I love Halfbrick's games (Rocket Racing port please!), but they have not shown themselves to be very iPad friendly.

  • Cougarcat

    Did Hellsing's Fire get retina support yet?

  • Cougarcat

    Did Hellsing's Fire get retina support yet?

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    Great stuf!!

  • http://www.fdg-entertainment.com Future777

    Great stuf!!

  • tsharpfilm

    Yay! ^_^ I love both of these games. I look forward to installing the updates.

  • tsharpfilm

    Yay! ^_^ I love both of these games. I look forward to installing the updates.

  • Tikicobra

    Two great games indeed. Helsing's Fire is incredible. Monster Dash is the best running game I've played.

  • Tikicobra

    Two great games indeed. Helsing's Fire is incredible. Monster Dash is the best running game I've played.

  • Jonah

    Nice! I thought Helsing's Fire was brilliant, but the puzzles were a little too straightforward since you never had to add shields to monsters. Looks like they changed that in the new version.

  • Jonah

    Nice! I thought Helsing's Fire was brilliant, but the puzzles were a little too straightforward since you never had to add shields to monsters. Looks like they changed that in the new version.

  • wegmans

    Helsing's Fire is five stars, even before this update. I thought it was very entertaining, and it was easy enough that it keeps you hooked until you beat it. At that point you realize that it was definitely worth the $1, and most certainly worth much more for the entertainment value. Pick it up!

  • wegmans

    Helsing's Fire is five stars, even before this update. I thought it was very entertaining, and it was easy enough that it keeps you hooked until you beat it. At that point you realize that it was definitely worth the $1, and most certainly worth much more for the entertainment value. Pick it up!

  • Dubdub

    Both updates are fantastic! I love it when publishers pamper their customers like this :D

  • Dubdub

    Both updates are fantastic! I love it when publishers pamper their customers like this :D