Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. It's quiet this week. A little too quiet, if you ask me. I've found some interesting ones, but if you're counting on this article to get you through your morning, I'm afraid I've let you down this time. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!

Altered Beast Classic, Free Over the past few weeks, SEGA has issued updates to all of the new SEGA Forever Genesis games. These updates have taken care of some of the performance issues and fixed up the sound emulation a bit. Other than the framerate problems, these are now approaching the level of the emulator SEGA was using on iOS eight years ago. Good job, everyone! Now you can enjoy Altered Beast, Comix Zone, Kid Chameleon and Phantasy Star II a little better than before. But you're still hungry.

868-HACK, $4.99 An update that adds content to one of my favorite iOS games? Yes, please. Specifically, you can now buy an expansion to the game through IAP. It adds a new mode to the game where you can choose a starting class, try to deal with random rule changes, and so on. It's tough, perhaps tougher than the normal mode, even. But it's also very, very good. Even though I was probably never going to stop playing 868-HACK anyway, now I'm super-ultra-top-secret-probation-never going to stop playing it. An easy pick for a coveted UMMSMotW award, even if it were a more crowded week.

Don't Starve: Pocket Edition, $4.99 Oh, this is a neat update. I think the aesthetics and general gameplay mechanics of Don't Starve have wide appeal, but its difficulty level sometimes scares people away. Well, no longer. This update adds a mode called No Sweat, which basically turns the difficulty down to almost nothing. I'd have called it Can't Starve mode, but what the heck do I know? I write about retro mobile games and expect to get paid for it.

Disney Crossy Road, Free If you're not first, you're last. Wait, I think I've got my mediocre car racing movies crossed again. Speaking of crossing and cars, Disney Crossy Road got an update with a trunk-load of Cars figurines. More than 30, to be exact. New characters include Lightning McQueen, Cars newcomer Cruz Ramirez, and everyone's favorite tow-truck Mater, who is really, really lucky that the Minions came on the scene and started being even more annoying than him. They all join the game, along with a new Thunder Hollow level for them to play in. All joking aside, I heard the third movie was okay? That's surprising, but there you go.

Subway Surfers, Free We can always count on the Subway Surfers, even during slow weeks. This time, they're visiting Shanghai. Surf through the gardens and shopping malls, collecting fans to win prizes. You can earn a new outfit for Lee, along with a Rickshaw board. Who... uh.... who wants to tell the developers that rickshaws were invented in Japan? I guess what I'm saying is that you probably shouldn't cite Subway Surfers in your cultural studies report that's due in two weeks. I know, now you have to rewrite the whole darned thing. Sorry, I do that a lot. My girlfriend in university used to say to me, "Shaun, you have a way of ruining every moment."

Candy Crush Soda Saga, Free Geez and cripes, Doc. Are you telling me... you built a time travel plot... out of a Candy Crush update? Precisely! If you play through levels at about 88 stages per hour, you're going to see some serious... fizz. I don't know. I saw this new episode had something to do with time travel and I thought a Back to the Future parody would be infinitely more entertaining than trying to talk about yet another 15 levels of misery. See the last sentence of the previous entry. Next!

Survivalcraft 2, $3.99 It might be hard to believe if you weren't around at the time, but at one point, a little indie knock-off of Minecraft was leagues better at providing a full-blown Minecraft experience than the actual mobile version of Minecraft. That game was Survivalcraft, and its sequel has not enjoyed nearly the same level of success. Probably because the Pocket Edition of Minecraft doesn't suck anymore. Still, there are lots of cool features that Survivalcraft 2 has that you won't find in its source of inspiration. This latest update adds a ton of new content, changes, adjustments, and so on. Highlights include gamepad support, food rotting mechanics, rivers, female player characters, a freaking tigershark, greater visibility, sneezing, improved zebra textures, puking, and so very much more.

That about wraps it up for last week's significant updates. I'm sure I've missed some, though, so please feel free to comment below and let everyone know if you think something should be mentioned. As usual, major updates will likely get their own news stories throughout this week, and I'll be back next Monday to summarize and fill in the blanks. Have a great week!

  • WhovianWithALightsaber

    "But you're still hungry." Chrono Trigger reference, ftw!

  • Mrwubbs

    The backhanded altered beast compliment was pure savagery.

  • boydstr

    I thought that Sega could do a better job with the re-release of "ComixZone" when I started the game up I was presented with ear tearing up sounds this was so bad that I close up the game and never touched it so I hope that the update make things better but I have a question and that is that why are there Sega emulators out there that emulate these games almost perfect but that Sega as a developer doesn't seems to have the same knowledge to do this the "right" way? I surly hope that they can fix this in the end because there are a lot of great Sega games out there.

    • Lodmot

      I've never had any performance issues with the Sega Forever releases, even on 3-year-old hardware. It's possible that I downloaded the apps after Sega had already pushed out a fix, but I still think people have been making a mountain out of a molehill with this situation.

      • boydstr

        I think that you downloaded the latest version "because that mol had made a mountain on the landscape" they are game developers there are people that made perfect working emulators in there free time! Sega could expect this uproar.

      • Lodmot

        It's still a bigger fuss than it needs to be. If it's true that Sega fixed the emulation problems that were there (assuming there even were any), then that's it! Let it go people!

        I think people really are complaining this much simply because of the mere fact that it's Sega. It seems like no matter what that company tries to do, they can never catch a freaking break. The Dreamcast was a good example of that, and now Sega Forever is another example of that. People really need to chill out.

      • boydstr

        The update they bring was for the poorly sound emulation you miss the point the bad sound was one of a list of things that they could have done way better before they bring the games on iOS in the first place.

      • Lodmot

        It can still be patched via updates. And if you're talking about how accurate the sound emulation itself is, why is that a big deal?

        The point I'm trying to make is this: What's the most important aspect of any game? Being able to play it. If you can, then that should be fine for most people. Newcomers won't notice anything if they haven't seen those games before, and while it might annoy people who are long time Sega fans, it's ridiculous to let minor details like that bug them. Just enjoy the game, give Sega constructive suggestions on how they can improve it, and thou shall eventually receive.

        That's my feelings about it..

      • philsmtx

        Looks like Shaun tweeted your answer Lodmot... He's on day 30 of his I hate Sega Forever thing...

      • Lodmot

        O.o Really? Lol.

      • boydstr

        Mabey that's the reason that people complain about it not for bashing Sega but let them know that things can be done better but however you look at it people can agree or disagree in the way how you look at these things and there is no wright or wrong way.

      • Lodmot

        I can tell you for a fact that people do it to bad-mouth Sega. If you read the Eurogamer interview from back in June, every single question the interviewer asked Mike Evans was a surefire attempt to put him on the spot and embarrass the Sega Forever brand. And amazingly, Mike had perfect answers for every question, one of which the interviewer even applauded him for. Reading the whole thing felt like an interrogation to me-- not an interview by a friendly, caring fan..

      • boydstr

        A see myself as a passionate gamer and that's why I can be picky but it's never about bad-mouth Sega or any other person or developers when I write something about a game its always about constructive criticism and my passion for gaming and games in general.

      • Lodmot

        I wouldn't consider you the worst of the people that bad-mouth Sega. You do have a couple complaints, but like you said in your original post you want to see Sega succeed. I just think there's other people out there that actually do purposefully try to ruin Sega's rep though. I don't think this amount of up-roar against Sega was totally necessary and I think it could've been more constructive.

      • Shaun Musgrave

        Yeah, you've got my number alright, I totally hate SEGA. That's why my first writing job 20 years ago was for a SEGA fan site called SEGA Otaku, which I left to work at Dreamcast IGN, during which time I contributed a few things to the Official SEGA Dreamcast Magazine. Then I followed that up with a term or two at UGO's official SEGA site, SEGA-X. Then I wrote guides for some SEGA games for American strategy magazines. I've competed in Virtua Fighter tournaments, and even now, in my sparing amounts of free time, I write about old SEGA games on my personal blog. I buy and play through every Ryu ga Gotoku game as soon as they release in Japan because it's one of my favorite series, and pretty regularly gush about the SEGA 3D Classics line on 3DS to virtually anyone who will hear me out.

        Sadly, my nefarious 20-year plan to destroy SEGA's reputation from the shadows has been spoiled because I tipped my hand a little too much on some shoddily-done emulated ports. CURSES!

      • Lodmot

        Uhh.... okay.... I said "You do have a couple complaints, but like you said in your original post you want to see Sega succeed.".... I *recognized* that, but somehow you took that as me saying "You totally hate Sega!" o-o;;

      • Shaun Musgrave

        It just felt like you were lumping me in with people interrogating the poor PR guys, that's all. I freaking love SEGA, and I really wish SEGA Forever had gotten off on a better foot. I know they'll improve them, which is why I made the judgement call of not reviewing them as-is. But it's so very frustrating that they didn't come out of the gates blazing the way that I know they can.

      • Lodmot

        I'm sorry I gave you that impression, that wasn't my intention. I love Sega too, and it just seems like today they're this thing that everyone likes to pick on. I've tested Sega Forever games with the 4 phones I have in my house (Android and iOS variants), and none of them have had any problems. It seems to me that if the issue is as serious as people are making it out to be, wouldn't I find the same problem on at least one of my phones? But since that wasn't the case (and partially because I really love Sega xD), I naturally came to the conclusion that these lagging issues were being blown out of proportion by the media.

      • Lodmot

        I was literally trying to apologize but Disqus wasn't posting the comment for some reason.

        Anyway, I'm sorry I gave you that impression, that wasn't my intention. I love Sega too, and it just seems like today they're this thing that everyone likes to pick on. I've tested Sega Forever games with the 4 phones I have in my house (Android and iOS variants), and none of them have had any problems. It seems to me that if the issue is as serious as people are making it out to be, wouldn't I find the same problem on at least one of my phones? But since that wasn't the case (and partially because I really love Sega xD), I naturally came to the conclusion that these lagging issues were being blown out of proportion by the media. And I'd rather it didn't. That's all.

  • Mince0

    Can't starve mode haha

  • dancj

    Hmm... I'm almost tempted to reinstall Don't Starve with the new mode - but then I've got Crashlands still unfinished.