Category Archives: Updates

It's not the first thing that comes to mind with any sandbox game to think, "Man, I'd like this game even more if there was more to do." The whole point of a sandbox is to let you do what you want, after all. That being the case, Portal Knights [$4.99] must really want you to like it, because its brand new Adventurer's Update loads it up with new features and new ways to play...

With the strange goth event coming to a close last week in Nintendo's Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp [Free], it appeared that the decks were all clear for a Valentine's Day event. But no, friends. Doing what you would expect is not how this game rolls. Apart from a box of chocolates that was sent to everyone's mailbox, it seems Valentine's Day will come and go without much of a peep. Instead, players have been treated to the big update that Nintendo has been teasing for the last little while. There are a couple of semi-big things, and a bunch of little things. Let's take a look, shall we not?..




Need something romantic to do on Valentine's Day this year? How about a road trip. Maybe to Canada? Maybe with a horde of deadly zombies trying to kill you the entire way? I really can't think of anything more romantic than that. Rocketcat Games and Madgarden seem to agree, as they've just released a surprise update for their zombie road trip simulator Death Road to Canada [$11.99]. The centerpiece of this update will be a special Valentine's Day Event, but of course you'll need to play on actual Valentine's Day to see it, so check back in tomorrow for that. When you do, Cupid will join your party and according to the developers "his sayings are VERY romantical" and he'll be sporting a new weapon, the bow and arrow. ..

You all are probably familiar with developer Paul Pridham, aka Madgarden, through his collaboration work with Rocketcat Games on titles such as Punch Quest [Free] and Death Road to Canada [$11.99], but did you know this one man wonder has also been making and releasing solo projects for many years now? It's true! One such project is the extremely laid back space shooter Chillaxian [$1.99], which he originally launched back in July of 2013. As you might have guessed from the game's title, this is an homage to the classic arcade shooter Galaxian, but like… more chill, maannnn. Move back and forth across the bottom of the screen as you fire at waves of enemies at the top of the screen. However, in Chillaxian these groups of enemies are much more lively and expand and contract in a mesmerizing–and yes, chill–kind of way. Blast through as many levels as you can, with checkpoints every ten levels and boss fights every 5 waves. It's simple, relaxed alien blasting that we really enjoyed in our original review from 2013...

The latest balance update for Supercell's Clash Royale [Free] has players angry about nerfs to the Knight card. The balance changes just launched on February 12th, but Supercell today defended their move to reduce the Knight's hit points by 6%. While this is a minor change, the community is angry about a common card getting nerfed, which grants more power to higher-rarity counters...

It's here at last. Vainglory [Free] and its long-awaited 5V5 mode are now available to the general public. It was originally announced for February 13th, but it released early, kind of. It's already the 13th in Asian territories, but the 3.0 activation is rolling out midday in North America and in the evening in Europe, so you can go download the update and start playing 5V5 right now. Save your Golden Tickets for Willy Wonka!..

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. Lots and lots of interesting updates this week, with some big free-to-play and paid games represented. We've got expansions, compatibility updates, seasonal events, and more. Like bug fixes! And other improvements! 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!..

Super Evil Megacorp announced at a major Vainglory [Free] event that the long-awaited 5v5 mode will release on February 13th for the general public. The mode is currently available to those who won a Golden Ticket, but everyone will have their chance to play it starting on Tuesday. ..

The Battle of Plytopia [Free] originally launched back in February of 2016, and originally under the name Super Tribes. Yes, a copyright claim prompted Swedish developer Midjiwan to change their game's name several months after its release, which is never a fun thing but they dealt with it in stride. All this time later I actually think the Polytopia name fits the game's overwhelming charm much better. But I digress. Upon launch, The Battle of Polytopia won over fans with its incredibly streamlined take on the turn-based strategy genre. Over the decades that genre has grown into something so complex it's not always easy for newbies to jump into, and that's where Polytopia came in, offering a welcoming hand to those who were intrigued but not prepared to overcome the learning curve of the genre's biggest titles. Beyond just being easier to grasp than many other turn-based strategy games, Polytopia was also built with mobile touchscreens in mind, and it showed. Everything was very clear to navigate and understand, which is impressive given that this is a typically information and menu-dense genre. ..

Back before we had wide screen deluxe cinematic experiences in the palm of our hand, mobile games used to involve very simple ideas delivered in a very simple format. This was a canvas that developers could use to distill the essence of fun gameplay down to a very pure form. Games like Ketchapp's Knife Hit [Free] were the fare of yesteryear but the great thing about these tiny little micro games is that it is still a great format. They still provide a very concentrated burst of fun you can sit down for a few minutes of a time and this is reflected in how well Knife Hit is doing...

Perchang just released the first DLC for Warhammer Quest 2 [$4.99], entitled The Lord of Khorne. This new paid DLC will take players through a brand new region of Talabecland. East of Altdorf, Khorne's Chaos forces are laying siege to this land, and the player has to try and defeat his forces and stop his advance. This all takes place in a seven-part story campaign, with a new map, new environments, and of course, a bunch of new enemies to take on. The developers claim that this is a 30% increase in playable content over the base game...

In today's edition of I Feel Old Now, the seminal dino flick Jurassic Park is set to turn 25 years old this coming June, and Universal has partnered up with the folks at Zen Studios to celebrate this milestone with a new set of Jurassic Park and Jurassic World pinball tables heading to their digital pinball games Zen Pinball [Free] and Pinball FX3. There are three tables in all, with the first focusing on the 2015 revitalization of the series Jurassic World. Next is a table based off some of the most classic scenes of the original Jurassic Park film, and the third table is based all around the mayhem caused in the Jurassic Park universe, like massive dinosaur battles and rescuing survivors. You can see all three Jurassic World Pinball tables in action in the following trailer...

Those readers unfortunate enough to follow me on Twitter know that I have a terrible vice, and its name is Marvel Avengers Academy [Free]. The game's original concept, which sounded like something between a city builder and a dating sim, pulled me in at launch. While it has done an absolutely terrible job of delivering on its initial promises, the entertaining writing and deep character cuts managed to keep me coming back anyway. The game just hit its second anniversary, and to honor the occasion developer TinyCo has brought some seriously big changes to the campus. Good? Bad? I suppose we'll have to see how things play out, but it's certainly different...

Pokemon GO [Free] version 1.61.1 (0.91.1 on Android) is starting to propagate on iOS and Android, and the data miners over at the Pokemon GO-obsessed The Silph Road uncovered some of the new features in the update...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Rules of Survival', 'Super Phantom Cat 2', 'Vainglory', 'Elder Scrolls: Legends', 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, there were a few. Perhaps a few more than a few, but not many more than that. I hunted down some interesting ones, or at least some somewhat-interesting ones. There are cats, panthers, sorcerers, and other such things to look forward to later in the article if you've got the moxie to hang around. 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!..

Following its very well-received release on Steam back in March of 2016, developer Clever Plays brought their awesome roguelike top-down shooter Leap of Fate [$3.99] to the iOS platform in August of the same year. Leap of Fate offered up infinite replay value with its randomly-generated design and roguelike elements, and it was all wrapped up in this ultra-cool cyberpunk dystopian theme. We gushed over Leap of Fate in our Game of the Week award and our subsequent 4.5 star review, but perhaps one of the most standout features of the iOS version of the game was its ingenious control system. Top-down dual-stick shooters have always worked quite well on the touchscreen, but Leap of Fate featured some pretty interesting special abilities which wouldn't seem like they'd work so well with virtual controls. Clever Plays figured it out though, and even went in-depth into the challenges of nailing such a good control scheme on mobile. Well, be that as it may, Leap of Fate players had still been requesting MFi controller support for the game since its release, especially since the Steam version was already built for controllers. It took a year and a half, but they've finally obliged on that request with a brand new update that hit Leap of Fate this week...

While Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp [Free] hasn't really caught on the way Nintendo probably was hoping for, it doesn't seem to be lacking in active players for the moment. The developers seem to be counting on wall-to-wall events to keep the players engaged, but you can tell that they're trying to get the hang of what those events should be and how they should play out. The winter event that just ended was easy to finish in a day or two, while even regular players had trouble completing the event prior to that, Rover's Garden Safari. Well, prepare your gardening tools, because the latest event has players heading back to the planting grind...

It's already been a year since Fire Emblem Heroes [Free], the free-to-play spin-off of Nintendo's long-running tactical RPG franchise, released on iOS and Android. The game has been received quite well by many players and has turned out to be Nintendo's biggest success so far in the challenging mobile market. Part of that must surely be credited to the hard work of the development team, who have listened to player feedback and made frequent updates based on it. Indeed, it's impressive just how much the game has changed in one year. To celebrate the occasion, Nintendo put out a new video today outlining some upcoming additions to the game...

One of our favorite games from a couple of years ago, and indeed still one of our favorite games today, is Rule with an Iron Fish [$3.99] from developer Kestrel Games. It's something of an odd mashup of fishing mini-game, incremental clicker game, and role-playing game, and as strange as that might all sound it actually works beautifully together. Rule with an Iron Fish received several updates in the months following its release in 2016, but Kestrel went on to other projects including porting the game to desktop, and the iOS version sat dormant for all of 2017. In porting the game to other platforms they also added in some new content and other improvements, and last month we learned that the iOS version of Rule with an Iron Fish would be getting an update to bring it up to par with those desktop versions as well as adding support for the full screen of the iPhone X. Today that update is available...

Earlier this month we wrote about a significant update to Super Evil Megacorp’s mobile MOBA, Vainglory [Free] . Version 2.12 was slated to significantly revamp the way skins were unlocked in-game as well as update a variety of other facets of the game. Now, Version 2.12 has finally hit, and with it, the launch of the long awaited 5v5 mode to all Golden Ticket holders...

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