Category Archives: Updates

One game that has been very popular in our community but has flown mostly under the radar since its release in June is The Counter of Death [Free] from developer Curlking. This twitch reaction game has you facing off against an onslaught of foes by countering their attacks which leads to you automatically launching an offense of your own. It's done very simply by either touching the giant upper counter button or lower counter button, and paying close attention to your enemy's motions prior to their strike is key to being successful. For such simple mechanics, The Counter of Death is a surprisingly strategic game, and made even better by its fantastic presentation that mimicked old-school kung-fu movies to a T. ..

Power Hover [$2.99] is reaching its one year anniversary on the App Store, and since its initial release, the developers have gone all-out in continuously updating their hoverboarding opus with more and more major additions that have greatly improved on the already impressive base game that was well received back in December 2015. Considering the game has remained resolutely premium in its monetisation throughout the past twelve months, it's great that Oddrok are continuing to build on Power Hover. On December 8th, the next 1.7.0 update is slated to launch, and could be the biggest yet for the game. With a new chapter, levels, and a wide variety of other additions and improvements, there's a lot to look forward to in this upcoming content update, and the developers have released a teaser gif to demonstrate what's in store for Power Hover next Thursday...




Minecraft [$6.99] has been arguably the most influential game of the past decade. Whether it's the crafting and mining mechanics, the emphasis on survival or sandbox gameplay, or even just the sheer online connectivity that Mojang's flagship title has utilised to such devastatingly popular effect, there's no doubt that the reverberations from the block-building behemoth have greatly impacted gaming, and likely will continue to do so for a while. Even though iOS received its iteration of Minecraft rather late (and a severely limited version, at least at launch), its omnipresence on the iTunes charts emphasises its impression on the platform, and games such as Junk Jack Retro [Free] are direct results of such an influence. Featuring an incredibly well done 2D take on the sandbox building formula, Junk Jack Retro (and its later sequel now confusingly titled Junk Jack [$4.99]) developed a cult following amongst the mobile community, and for good reason. To celebrate the new game's desktop release, Junk Jack Retro is available for free for a week, and definitely worth giving a go if you haven't tried the series before, or have been living under a rock for the past five years...

Marvel Puzzle Quest [Free] has been adding new characters frequently, and this time around we are getting Medusa, Queen of the Inhumans. As producers Josh Austin explained, Medusa won the poll that the developers conducted over the summer, so it looks like the players really wanted her in the game. She's designed to be a support character that can also cause damage while healing the team, if you know how to play her that is. Her hair appropriately can shake the board up by generating health, gaining additional AP, causing damage, or even swapping random tiles and stealing any swapped enemy special tiles. In other words, she can be a pain. Her abilities are all about messing with the opponent's tiles and turning the battle around all by herself. The Queen of the Inhumans is available starting today...

In March of last year, Kalypso Media released a refreshing take on the roguelike genre with Crowntakers [$3.99 (HD)]. By taking elements from turn-based strategy RPGs and blending in some of the most popular elements of roguelikes, they created an experience that was more than the sum of its parts. Also, by including two difficult levels, one where you could take your characters and experience levels with you game to game and one that was truly permadeath and caused you to start completely over upon death, Crowntakers appealed to a wide audience of gamers. We loved it in our review and really the only problem was that Crowntakers was an iPad-only game, limiting the amount of people who could play it. Well, that's no longer going to be the case as Kalypso has announced that Crowntakers will be receiving iPhone support this coming January. Here's how the game will look on the iPhone...

Ellen's Heads Up [$0.99] has been a huge success, and I don't think I've stood in a line recently and haven't seen one family or another play this word game. It's still in the top 5 games on the App Store and has been there since forever. Add to that all the celebrities that Ellen has playing this game on TV, and it's no wonder it's so huge. The game's latest holiday update lets players try decks for free. More specifically, during Ellen's 12 Days of Giveways, players can try out one of the most popular decks in the game for free. You can't pick which deck you'll try out, but this might be a chance to have fun with words you'll have no idea how to offer any clues...

World of Tanks: Blitz [Free] has recently become available for the PC as well, so it's no surprise that the latest 3.4 update is a big one. First of all, the update adds a whole new branch of American tanks from Tier II to the Tier X T57 Heavy Tank. It's been a while since we got a whole new branch, so this should be fun. We are also getting a new map, the Canyon, that's all about the American West with abandoned mines, a miners' village, and an old railway above a canyon. There are also numerous changes to maps like Falls Creek, Port Bay, Middleburg, and more, which should make those maps better both in terms of gameplay and performance...

The people demanded that Flappy Golf 2 [Free] have an ad-removal in-app purchase, and good news: Noodlecake is finally giving in to your demands to give Noodlecake money. On December 1st, an ad-removal IAP will be added in. As well, some new characters referred to as "crazy balls" have been added in. They will have to be obtained via Golden Eggs, which can be purchased, earned through the game's referral system, or by completing the last day of the Daily Race mode. This update will be available on Thursday, December 1st...

If you haven't checked out Severed [$3.99], the first-person sword-slicing Metroidvania by Drinkbox Studios, then now's a good time as the game is on sale for $3.99. But there's another good reason if you have a modern iPhone, as Drinkbox has just updated the game with 3D Touch support. Now, using 3D Touch, you can easily trigger the map to expand without having to pause the game, making exploring the game world just a bit more convenient than it was before...

When I first heard about Eggggg [$3.99], I couldn't help but agree with the developer's own assessment that the title was 'ridiculous' and 'crazy'. After all, Eggggg is a game where you literally propel your protagonist around a variety of colorful environments with their own vomit. However, to describe Eggggg as a 'sick' platformer would be correct in every sense of the word - behind the rather odd concept is a charming adventure which is really unlike similar games on the App Store. While our review back in October was unrelentingly positive, the one issue I had was its relative brevity - once the mechanics have been mastered and the admittedly challenging levels have all been completed, it's impossible not to want more of the game's eccentric charm. Thankfully, developers Hyper Games have announced the first major update for Eggggg set to launch in December, with some cool new Christmas-themed additions as well as Apple TV and MFI controller support...

Update Mondays: 'Neo Monsters', 'Oceanhorn', 'Candy Crush Soda Saga', 'Deus Ex Go', 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'm not sure if you're all over your turkey comas yet, but I'll tell you this: the App Store sure isn't. This is a really short list this week, but I suppose some things can't be helped. 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!..

The fine folks at Firi Games are hard at work on a big 2.0 update for Phoenix 2 [Free] that will bring some new content and big changes to the unique shoot 'em up. The game's structure is getting revamped to where a new league system will be in play. Each league has a daily mission, and if the player completes the mission, they go to the next league the next day. Each league will have its own leaderboard as well. A bunch of balance changes are being introduced as well, particularly with special abilities. Like, the mega laser will shoot faster but can't be moved around any more...

Clash Royale [Free] continues to add new cards to the game on a regular schedule, and the newer one that has just been added to the game is Elite Barbarians, a common 6-Elixir card unlockable in Arena 7. The card spawns 2 handsome Elite Barbarians, which as expected are melee units. They work similar to normal Barbarians but have better damage and HP. The Elite Barbarians have a 1 second deployment speed, 1.5 second hit speed, and they are very fast. According to this guide, players expect Elite Barbarians to be used mostly as an offensive card and their fast movement and attack speed should make them quite damaging...

Amidst all the excitement for the beautiful upcoming epic Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm, it's easy to forget that the original game is still rather brilliant in itself, and despite the fact it released way back in 2013, it still holds up very well to this day. Oceanhorn [$8.99] is a fantastic substitute for the Zelda experience on the App Store, and through embracing this influence fully manages to retain what makes the Nintendo adventure classics so fun to play, while also crafting its own identity and world. Despite this, one of the key selling points for the original Oceanhorn was how it took the graphical capabilities of the iPhone to the limit, and the update released today continues with this theme with a variety of additions that bring the game firmly into 2016...

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective [Free] has a particularly tragic past - and I’m not talking about the game’s incredible storyline. Released in the twilight years of the DS, Ghost Trick received unanimous critical acclaim across the board, winning a wide variety of awards in 2011. However, the timing of the launch meant that Ghost Trick was not as successful commercially as it was with the critics - and even then, the game tended to live in the shadow of Shu Takumi’s more popular Phoenix Wright series. I was a massive fan of the game on its original DS launch, so it was both incredibly surprising and infinitely awesome to see Capcom port it to iOS in 2012, and I can’t recommend it more for its engrossing narrative and truly unique gameplay mechanics. Today, Ghost Trick has finally been updated with iOS 10 support, which is a fantastic excuse to replay the game if you were a fan, or try it out (the first two chapters are free) if you missed it first time around...

Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes [Free] has been very popular and has made the most money of any other Star Wars game on iOS, so the frequent updates shouldn't be surprising. Now in addition to getting to play with all the Star Wars characters, you can play with all those starships and capital ships just like many did as kids. The new update has added famous ships like the Millennium Falcon, the Tie-Fighter, and the X-Wing to the game. You can even play with Ashoka's Jedi starfighter, so this update isn't only for fans of the movies. The update lets you call in reinforcements during ship battles, build your own Capital Ship, including those humongous Star Destroyers, and battle opponents in the Fleet Arena with ship blueprints on the line...

If you've enjoyed playing the visually-impressive Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade [Free] but haven't played it in a bit, now might be a good time to jump back into the seat of your huge Imperial Knight. In celebration of its one-year anniversary, the game has just received update 2.3, Chaos Gods. The new update brings along new Chaos knights, which let you get a taste of the dark gods and the evil lurking in the Warhammer 40K universe, Chaos relics, which you need to earn in order to unlock your Chaos Knight, the new Daemon event that has you battling the Bloodthirster in the depths of Ford Drakkus, and a new Dredmire Multiplayer Arena that lets you battle both Imperial and Chaos Knights. Plenty of chaos and darkness in this update...

'Deus Ex Go' Puzzle Maker Update Now Available

November 23rd, 2016 3:00 PM EST by Carter Dotson in News, Updates
$1.99 Buy Now

The Puzzle Maker update is available right now for Deus Ex Go [$1.99], along with the game being on sale for $1.99. I've gotten to play around with the pre-release version of the Puzzle Maker, and what's nice about it is that it's very intuitive. For starters, the game doesn't just give you a blank canvas, it gives you a random barebones puzzle already. You can then build on it by adding tiles and paths, moving and replacing items, traps, and units. It still gives you some freedom to create what you want, but the idea is that this is meant to engage people who might not otherwise get involved with this sort of feature. The Puzzle Maker gives you a nice nudge on your way to creating content. Plus, there are rewards for making puzzles that people like: more of the chests that give you additional undos and resets that have been added into the game...

Wave Light Games has been keeping busy with both Demon's Rise games – the original got a major update right before the sequel came out, and the sequel, Demon's Rise 2: Lords of Chaos [$7.99], just released but is already the recipient of a major update. The big feature worth mentioning is that the character roster has expanded by 2. Now you can play as the Feral Ogre, and the Tenaclid Overmind. The ogre is a big brute as you might expect, but the Tenaclid Overmind? That ole wizard's got mind-control powers to rule the battlefield by making enemies fight each other. The character roster is smaller than Demon's Rise [$4.99] but has plenty of uniqueness for itself. Plus, the Demon Knight got a new character model...

GSN's Sparcade [Free] app has gotten its first major update with new content since the app's launch. Centipede is the latest game, added as a partnership with Atari to bring a fresh version of the arcade classic into the Sparcade stable. Much like the other Sparcade renditions of games, this is a slick, well-made version of Centipede that is centered around short-burst challenges. Instead of just playing for a high score centered around a time limit, you have to try and complete challenges, such as killing a certain number of fleas, or destroying centipede heads, before letting the time run out...

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