Category Archives: Updates

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Minecraft', 'Solomon's Keep', 'Goat Simulator', 'Asphalt Xtreme', and More

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. I feel like I'm beating the same drum recently, but most of this week's big updates were bringing 64-bit compatibility to older apps like XCOM: Enemy Within and Ryan North's To Be or Not To Be. I've found a few interesting updates that fall outside of that set-up, though, and I'm confident that with iOS 11 out in the wild that we should be back to normal business around here soon. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

Apple is using the revamped App Store in iOS 11 with its added emphasis on curation and editorial to bring us news of a substantial update for Super Mario Run [Free] that's set to hit next week. First up is a new mode called Remix 10 which takes 10 bite-sized chunks from the existing levels in the game and has you play through them in quick succession. There are also rainbow medals spread throughout for you to collect, and it sounds like it'll be a different experience each time you play the new mode. There's no failing this mode, if you don't make it through a level you'll just move onto the next one, but playing well and collecting the medals will allow you an opportunity to earn new items for your Mushroom Kingdom, culminating the the grand prize of a brand new character: Daisy. Once you've unlocked Daisy through Remix 10 mode, she'll be playable in the rest of the game, and comes with a new double jump move that should give players a whole new way to play through the game...




Check the thermostat in Hades, friends. When 2K put up a notice that they were pulling down their terrific strategy XCOM: Enemy Within [$9.99] from the App Store pending a compatibility update, I was pretty sure we had seen the last of it. After all, that was sort of the same thing the publisher had said about Bioshock, at least for the first couple of years it was broken. Unlike that sad tale, this story has a happy ending. XCOM: Enemy Within is now back on the App Store, with a spiffy new 64-bit update to make it compatible with the latest version of iOS. I'm eating a plate full of crow, friends, and it has never been so tasty...

Last month Zen Studios announced that three major Universal motion pictures franchises would be getting the pinball table treatment in their lovely Zen Pinball [Free] game, and alongside that announcement they released the first trailer for one of those tables which is based on the classic kid-finds-an-alien-and-adventure-ensues tale… Mac and Me! No just kidding, it's based on Spielberg's classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Then at the end of the month, Zen revealed the trailer for the second table in the upcoming pack based on The Undisputed Greatest Film of All Time Jaws. Now Zen has just released the trailer for the third and final table in the upcoming pack, which is based on the '80s version of Rick and Morty, also known as the Back to the Future trilogy. Check it out, Doc!..

Out of all the amazing iOS games I've played over the past nine years, there is an extra special place in my heart for Solomon's Keep [Free]. Developer Raptisoft launched the game on April 2nd, 2010 which was the day after I officially began working for TouchArcade as a freelance writer. Its mixture of dual-stick shooting, RPG-like ability upgrading, and randomly-generated dungeons tickled all of my fancies, and I was bursting at the seams to write about it in an official capacity for my very favorite website. It was sort of like the culmination of my dreams coming true right before my own eyes. So write about it I did, and it ended up that my Solomon's Keep review was officially the third full review I wrote for this site and my fifth story overall during my first week working here. I've added more than 4,300 more stories for TA since those humble beginnings 7+ years ago...

Following the typical cadence of iOS releases, iOS 11 was originally revealed at WWDC this summer then predictably released mere moments ago leading up to the iPhone 8 launch this Friday. I feel like most of the benefits of iOS 11 are going to be on the iPad where the new icon dock along the bottom of the screen is going to make your iPad behave a lot more like a MacBook when it comes to multitasking. What's likely going to be a bigger hit around here is the release of AR Kit, which is Apple's way of allowing developers to easily embrace creating all sorts of augmented reality apps and games...

Words With Friends [Free] became one of the early ambassadors of mobile gaming when it launched 8 years ago, finding its way to the phones of many who wouldn't call themselves "gamers" at that point in time. To celebrate its 8 anniversary, Words With Friends continues its growth but this time around we are getting pop-culture inspired words that might make the language purists among you (or the older ones among you) cringe. We are getting words suggested by other players or ones that you hear about often, so expect to earn points for words like Delish, Queso, Bae, Bestie, Hangry, Smize, BFF, and many other ones most often seen on Instagram and Twitter rather than dictionaries. We can start debating what makes a word a word or whether TFW should be in a Scrabble-like game, but the fact is these words are extremely popular and are slowly making their way into official dictionaries. So, I think they are fair Words With Friends game...

Aftermath [$2.99] is a very atmospheric dual-stick zombie shooter that's near and dear to my heart, and I'm so thrilled to be reporting today that this incredibly niche little game has received iOS 11 support in its first update in nearly four years. This probably ties with Rogue Touch as the most surprising updates in my collection. Anyhoo, we first talked about Aftermath way back in March of 2010 just after it launched, when our own TouchArcade co-founder Arn reviewed that version of the game. Boy, our review process sure was different back then! ..

The big Hearthstone [Free] nerfs are upon us. The 9.1 update, which comes bearing the nerf hammer, has officially dropped onto the App Store, so make sure you know how some of your decks might have changed before playing another round. If you don't remember exactly which cards have changed, the changes are as follow: Innervate gives you only 1 mana crystal instead of 2, Fiery War Axe costs 3 mana (up from 2), Hex costs 4 mana (up from 3), Murloc Warleader gives +2 Attack to your Murloc instead of +2 Attack and +1 Health, and Spreading Plague now costs 6 mana, up from 5. The developers talked about the reasoning behind the nerfs, pointing out how they didn't want to move these Basic cards to the Hall of Fame, like they've done with Classic ones, since Basic cards serve different purposes in the game. There are more details about the changes here...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'TypeShift', 'Marvel Future Fight', 'Warlock of Firetop Mountain', 'Dashy Crashy', and More

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. This was a really exciting week for 64-bit updates, with games like Final Fantasy Tactics, Aralon: Sword and Shadow, Baldur's Gate 2, and Lunar all getting much-needed jolts of life among many others. Besides those, there were also some very nice updates along the regular, content-granting lines. I've picked some of the best to feature here. 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!..

It's no exaggeration to say that Neon Chrome [$9.99] was one of the best mobile games to hit the App Store in 2016. The beautiful cyberpunk aesthetic combined with an engrossing sense of progression elevated Neon Chrome to the very apex of the iPhone's dual stick shooter genre, and received a highly coveted five-star review from the notorious Carter Dotson himself back in November. Understandably, everyone wanted even more Neon Chrome to play, and so the promise of the Arena DLC hitting mobile back in January was extremely exciting. However, months went by with little information on when this expansion would make its way to the mobile iteration of the title, and even with a substantial amount of content in the base game, Neon Chrome fans were beginning to wonder if the Arena DLC would ever make the transition from PC at all. Thankfully, 10tons have today confirmed that a first version of Arena for the iOS port of Neon Chrome is finally playable, and they are looking for testers on our forums to help balance and optimise the expansion before its upcoming launch...

As iOS 11 looms and the deadline for 32-bit apps is upon us, it's been interesting watching long-dormant apps finally get updated after years of inactivity. Still, some big names remain unaccounted for, while others have promised updates on a nebulous schedule. One game that had many iOS gamers worried was Square Enix's Final Fantasy Tactics [$13.99 / $15.99 (HD)], the only iOS Final Fantasy game that wasn't yet 64-bit compatible. Fortunately, about a month ago Square made it known that the game would be updated sometime in September. Dates have a way of slipping, but this one didn't. Final Fantasy Tactics has at long last been updated and will happily make a home on your spiffy new iOS 11 devices...

If you like playing CSR Racing 2 [Free] or you just like the fancy Ferraris, you are in luck. In celebration of the Italian manufacturer's 70th anniversary, CSR2 is getting six tailor-made Ferraris, apparently the only mobile game to be part of Ferrari's 70th anniversary celebration. Specifically, starting today, players can get behind the wheel of cars like the 70th anniversary Ferrari 488 GTB, inspired by Michael Schumacher's F2003-GA Formula 1 card. The event, which starts today and will last until February, will also include cars like the Ferrari California T, inspired by the 1957 250 Testa Rossa Spider Scaglietti, a really good-looking car if you've ever seen it. These six Ferraris have been reproduced in great detail both inside and outside, and they should be a treat for those who like the (usually red) supercars...

Sega is continuing on with their Sega Forever initiative, which they announced this past June and sees classic titles from their entire console history coming to mobile in free to play form. The initiative got off to a rocky start both due to underwhelming titles being released and the emulation performance of those titles being less than stellar. To their credit Sega has worked hard since to release new Sega Forever games with an improved emulator and they've promised to roll those improvements out to the existing line of games via updates. Today a bunch of Sega Forever titles received those promised improvements: Altered Beast [Free], Kid Chameleon [Free], Comix Zone [Free], and The Revenge of Shinobi [Free]. ..

One of the silver linings of the impending 32-Bit Appocalypse has been seeing what sort of App Store golden oldies have risen from the depths of neglect to get some sort of shiny new update to make it 64-bit compliant. I'd have to say my most unexpected update so far has been the one for Rogue Touch that launched at the beginning of the month, but my eyes certainly widened when I discovered that PikPok's touch-centric dunking game Slam Dunk King [Free] had received its first update in nearly 5 years saving it from the Appocalypse. Originally launched in 2011, Slam Dunk King felt like a riff on the ultra popular Fruit Ninja as there were basketballs that launched into the screen and your job was to snag it with your finger and dunk it into the hoop, while also flicking away any bombs that came your way. What set it apart was the trick system which had you grabbing the ball and then doing all sorts of fancy things with it before finally dunking it in an effort to rack up cool combos and a high score...

Tabletop card game Friday (Freitag) [$3.99] made its way to the digital world back in July and provided mobile gamers with an opportunity to play as Friday from Robinson Crusoe. Your job is to direct the efforts of Robinson, famous literary shipwreck victim and all around bonehead, as he learns his way around the island and gets better at, you know, not getting himself killed. The game is a lot of fun and just got a major content update: King of the Island. King of the Island is an online tournament for 1024 players who will compete to become the best of the bunch and true ruler of the tropical island...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Real Racing 3', 'Marvel Avengers Academy', 'Card Thief', 'Hitman Sniper', and More

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. Updates, updates, we've got updates. Some are pretty cool, but many of them are just 64-bit updates that are exciting but not really a good fit for this summary. Like Vay. Can you believe they updated that? Shin Megami Tensei dies while Vay lives on. It's a strange world out there, friends. 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!..

Hitman Sniper [$0.99] continues to be a very entertaining game, and the constant updates with new events and new weapons certainly haven't hurt the game. It's actually great to see how well this game has been supported, even though it's been out for quite a few years. The latest update is one of the most entertaining ones because it blends the seriousness of Hitman Sniper with the craziness that is the Just Cause series. Specifically, this new update allows you to get the Final Argument Rifle for free, and that weapon is a ton of fun. Instead of just letting you shoot people in the head, which is what you do most of the time in Hitman Sniper, this weapon lets you tether enemies to walls, objects, or even other guards, which introduces plenty of silly moments...

The good folks at RareSloth have once again released an update for their fantastic puzzle platformer King Rabbit [Free]. This latest update is called the Diamond Collection and features 64 of the very best community created levels released in an official package complete with new leaderboards and achievements. The Diamond Collection follows the precious gem naming convention of the previous three expansions - the Emerald Collection, the Ruby Collection, and the Sapphire Collection. Each of those expansions were released for $1.99 apiece, and as a special bonus if you've previously bought all three of them then you'll receive the new Diamond Collection for free. Whee!..

Back in June we posted about a new update to Dumpling Design's beloved high-score chaser Dashy Crashy [Free] in which they began a new system for allowing people to unlock new vehicles in the game entirely for free and without the reliance on luck through the in-game gacha prize system. That update introduced a Dinosaur vehicle and for the two weeks following the update's release if you managed to collect enough meat items while playing with the Dinosaur you'd unlock it permanently. If you didn't earn the Dino during the event, it still remained possible to unlock it by ~secret means~ which are hinted at in game. Then in mid-July, a second event called the Ramper Event started and featured a playable ramp-equipped truck that you could spin around and drive backwards at any time, thus propelling any vehicles in front of you off the ramp and into the air. If you "ramped" enough vehicles you'd unlock the Ramper for free, otherwise much like the dino it would require you to unlock it through secret means...

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