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Airplane Tube Racer 'Tail Drift' Goes Free-to-Play

January 23rd, 2015 3:00 PM EST by Carter Dotson in News, Updates
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Right Pedal and Attract Mode's airplane tube racer, Tail Drift [Free], has just been turned into a free-to-play game. The planes now require fuel in order to race, which recharges over time, and can be refilled by spending coins or through watching incentivized video ads. The UI has been streamlined to make it easier to navigate and quicker to access the plane menus. The tour system has been changed to replace the branching paths available initially with a simpler linear system, with some tracks' difficulties rebalanced...

When the absurd PC hit Goat Simulator [$2.99] launched on iOS last September, it was a joyous event. I'd seen all the crazy videos and read all the reviews, and I knew that Goat Simulator was something I needed in my life, but for whatever reason I never got around to playing it until it hit iOS. Once I had though, it was basically everything I'd ever hoped for, and we gave it high marks in our review. However, the iOS version wasn't quite up to snuff with its PC counterpart in terms of content, but developer Coffee Stain Studios let us know on their blog that big things were in the works for the mobile Goat Simulator. Today, one of those big things was released in the form of a new update for the game...

Checkpoint Champion [Free] quickly became one of my favorite games from last year, delivering excellent production values with fun pick-up-and-play gameplay that made for a really fun game that I still pick up from time to time. Well, we've gotten word of the first content update to the game, and it's a new level called the Ice Lake. The ice and snow of the level will present new challenges, as their slipperiness will serve as a new difficulty in trying to collect all the checkpoints here. Here's a video showing off the terrain:..

There may be two sequels to the original Kingdom Rush [Free / Free (HD)], but that doesn't mean that it still can't be updated. The game's just gotten a new content update that adds some new stuff to the game. There are four new levels where players will take on the forces of the villainous Lord Blackburn, eventually taking him on in a boss fight. There are eight new enemies to take on, with various undead creepy-crawly creeps to take down with your towers. There's five new achievements to rack up as well, with other easter eggs to find...

World of Tanks: Blitz [Free] has just gotten its version 1.6 update, bringing in new tanks, a new map, and some other tweaks to the game. The big new addition to the game are the new British tanks. These tanks generally feature low speed, with good armor, high rates of fire, and great elevation angles, which Wargaming claims is especially helpful for mobile players. There's a whole new tech tree with the tanks, with tiers 1-4 of the tanks being medium tanks, and higher tiers including heavy tanks in the mix. One of these tanks, the Matilda BP, a Tier 5 medium tank, can be had as a premium vehicle bundle with a garage slot, 500 gold, and 3 days of premium account access...

Mojang Reveals Some of What's Coming to 'Minecraft: Pocket Edition' Version 0.11

Minecraft Pocket Edition [$6.99] has been utterly huge for Mojang, as it has sold over 30 million copies so far, and is one of the few games to have a consistent presence on that otherwise free-to-play-dominated chart. Well, in order to celebrate the game's huge success, three of the members of Mojang's mobile team held a Q&A livestream that wound up going for 84 minutes. They talk a lot about the upcoming 0.11 update which they are working on. You can catch the whole thing here:..

If you were a Monument Valley [$3.99] fan who fell in love with Ida and especially the Totem (though a couple million of you drowned your poor Totem friend), then I have good news: Super Glyph Quest [$0.99] is getting an update this Thursday that adds the Monument Valley stars to the puzzle game. They're appearing as cameo characters in the match-3 puzzler, appearing in some of the quests that show up in the game. The characters show up in this new trailer, and you can catch a a glimpse of them in the Glyph Quest art style:..

Two of our very favorite iOS games, Super Crate Box [$1.99] and The Blocks Cometh [$1.99], are getting some update love soon, according to a tweet from developer Halfbot. Super Crate Box is an arena platformer that put indie studio Vlambeer on the map when it released on desktop in 2010. It came to iOS in January of 2012, and despite being a highly-precise platformer, it felt absolutely at home on the touchscreen. Vlambeer had a pretty clever idea for updating the game too, as once certain crate-collection thresholds were met they'd release a new content update. The problem, if you could call it that, was that Super Crate Box was so unexpectedly popular that those thresholds were being met faster than Vlambeer was able to produce content updates...

Sometimes it's easy to forget just how young the App Store is, but then you think back to a game like Pixel Defenders Puzzle [$0.99] that released in 2012, and it feels like a million years ago. Pixel Defenders Puzzle is a cool game that combines the match-3 and defense genres. We enjoyed it quite a bit in our review, and the members of our TouchArcade forums loved it. The game saw several updates in the intervening years, including one that stripped out all of the IAP in the game, rebalancing it as a fully-premium game...

Update Mondays: 'Crossy Road', 'Candy Crush Soda Saga', 'Heroes Of Steel', 'ALONE', 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. It's a little bit slower this week, but there are still some cool updates to call attention to. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper Social [Free], the watchlist in the TouchArcade App [Free], or by participating in the TouchArcade forums, but this weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

In October of last year, a bizarre and intriguing tactical strategy game called Ambition of the Slimes [Free] was released. The premise was that those adorable little slimes that have been fodder in RPGs for decades are finally sick of being pushed around, so they decide to fight back. The way they do this is by inhabiting the bodies of humans. The game plays out in turn-based fashion as you tactfully position your slimes near human enemies, take over their bodies, and then use those inhabited humans as weapons against the rest of the humans. It's kind of twisted, but everything's oh-so-cute, so it's ok. ..

It's that time of year again, football fans. You know what I mean. "The Big Game." Oh hell, I'll just say it: the Super Bowl is coming! (please don't sue us NFL). Here in America, the Super Bowl is like an unofficial holiday. All productivity comes to a halt as people kick back, eat and drink way too much, and watch who comes away with the NFL's biggest prize. In celebration of this big event, two NFL games from Full Fat have been updated with new Super Bowl XLIX content. ..

10tons' Crimsonland HD [Free] has just gotten an update with a feature that not a lot of folks may be able to use, but should be pretty fun to play with for those who have it: local co-op with multiple MFi gamepads. The co-op mode was available in other versions of the game, but wasn't on iOS – until now. While MFi gamepads are still a bit pricey, if you and a friend have the game and an iPad or at least the ability to hook up to a TV, you can go through the entire game in co-op mode, with support for up to four players, all using their own gamepads...

Update Mondays: 'Bubble Witch Saga', 'Midway Arcade', 'Doug Dug', 'Star Traders 4X Empires', 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. After a couple of slow weeks to start the year, it feels like the App Store is winding up again, and with that comes a bevy of updates. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper Social [Free], the watchlist in the TouchArcade App [Free], or by participating in the TouchArcade forums, but this weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

I love platformers, and there are tons of great ones on iOS in all shapes and sizes. One of my very favorite "Mario-like" platformers is Wonderworks' Bloo Kid 2 [Free], which I picked as one of my personal favorite games of 2014. It's colorful, well-designed, and the running and jumping physics feel fantastic. Today a new update has made the game even better by adding in a new fifth world with 9 new levels, a new "Nightmare" difficulty and two new game modes. The new modes are Time Attack and Boss Rush, and they'll unlock along with the new difficulty option once you've beaten the normal Story Mode once. Here's the game's launch trailer...

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