Category Archives: Updates

Nitrome is a studio that just keeps cranking out the rad pixel-art games. Their game Magic Touch: Wizard for Hire [Free] is a fun and challenging game where you draw glyphs to defeat enemies. If you've gotten your high scores but are hungry for more, then good news: Nitrome has just released an update adding in a bunch of new stuff. Most deviously, there's a new mega-balloon enemy to try and defeat, which I have no clue how I or anyone else will pull off. Should be fun!..

The TouchArcade Borg Collective was pretty enamored with Pandemic: The Board Game [$4.99] when it came out in the halcyon days of 2013. We called it "a tight, focused package that demonstrates some of the best that tabletop and iOS design can offer," high praise for first-timers F2Z Digital Media. Good news, then, that the game is finally getting iPhone support later this week...

The Simpsons Tapped Out [Free] has just gotten an update adding in notable series archenemy Sideshow Bob and the rest of the Terwilliger family to the hit simulation game. The Terwilligers are looking to make amends for the many, many crimes they've committed against the Simpsons, or so it seems. You can build buildings and complete missions to unlock all five of the Terwilliger clan, including Sideshow Bob. Just be careful where you lay down those rakes. Or don't, it'd be funnier...

If you've been following the iOS gaming scene the last couple of years, you've probably heard of a F2P game called Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft [Free], a card game released for PC, Mac, and iPad in 2014. Blizzard's Team 5, the developers of the game, wanted to take collectible card game (CCG) principles, where players collect cards, build decks, and fight against other players' decks, and turn what's often seen as a hardcore gaming genre into a more accessible game that would appeal to a much wider audience. Since this is a Blizzard game, the developers decided to use the heroes and flavor of their megahit World of Warcraft (WOW) to build the Hearthstone mythos, linking in this way their new endeavor to their largest success and using WOW characters as a way to attract more players to Hearthstone. Team 5's plan worked perfectly because the game's accessibility combined with Blizzard's marketing and WOW mythos have allowed Hearthstone to explode in popularity...

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. No two ways about it, I've got a bad case of the Mondays. Don't worry, friends. For me, that just means listing a bunch of cool 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!..

Skullduggery [$4.99] is a game that features a skull as a tax collector, so with the income tax filing deadline next week on April 15th, it would make sense for ClutchPlay Games to do something to commemorate that. And what are they doing? Well, they're launching the game's fourth world, "The Village of the Scammed" next Thursday, April 16th. Thankfully, it'll be a free update, in case you owe Uncle Sam big-time. Check out the trailer below:..

The developers of Minecraft Pocket Edition (MCPE) [$6.99] are continuing their quest to bring the Pocket Edition closer to the full PC edition of the game with the upcoming 0.11.0 update. The update brings some very welcome additions including boats (which, unlike the PC edition, will be rideable by 2 mobs instead of 1), new World Edit screen, fishing, various stone brick variants, a few new mobs (squids will finally populate those empty seas), and the ability to change skins. For those of you who hold your pre-infinite worlds dear, 0.11 can turn them infinite if you so desire. Don't get too excited by the addition of redstone blocks - there are still no redstone circuits in MCPE...

Zen Studios may be best known for their Zen Pinball [Free] tables, but that's not all they do. They released CastleStorm: Free to Siege [Free] last year, combining physics puzzler gameplay with strategy elements. Well, Zen Studios has decided to update the game to include PVP multiplayer. You'll be choosing one of four factions to fight for, choosing one of four regions to fight in (with different bonuses), fortifying your defenses, and then going after different online opponents to try and take them down. It seems to add a raiding-strategy component to a game that's perfect for it, since CastleStorm has always been about building castles and attacking others' castles...

With Avengers: Age of Ultron releasing in theaters on May 1st, we can expect plenty of Marvel and Avengers-themed games to be hitting the App Store. Here's one that's not another action-RPG! Zen Studios is putting out a new Age of Ultron table in Zen Pinball during the week of April 21st, and as you've come to expect from the multiplatform pinball table developers, they are releasing it for mobile as well as every other gaming platform under the sun...

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 few massive weeks, it feels like things are a bit cooler on the update front this week. Still some big ones, along with the usual suspects. 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 a video update just published by Wargaming.net, the popular company has announced the 1.8 update for World of Tanks Blitz [Free], the Mobile expansion of its huge PC tank game. The upcoming update will add Missions, a new Tutorial process, and improve the system of quick registration...

Bounce On [$1.99 / Free] is one of the original iOS classic platformers, and it's gotten a nice refresh in order to keep it up with modern devices. It's gotten an iOS 8 fix, yes, but this game hasn't been touched since an iOS 7 update back in 2013, and the last updates before that were in 2010. Team Phobic has transferred the game over to Iddy Biddy Games, who immediately got on adding widescreen support along with Game Center support...

There are some games where I think that they would look better with the iOS 8 graphics library, Metal. Bean Dreams [$2.99] was not necessarily one of those games. As a 2D pixel art platformer, it certainly isn't ugly, but it certainly isn't a game where I think "you know what would make this look better? Metal." Well, Kumobius thought "you know what would make this look better? Metal." So they added Metal visual effects to the game. Some of them are quite subtle, but they include an aurora borealis, per-drop rain effects, and new shaders. This is all without affecting performance on the old iPhone 3GS and iPad 1, which the game is still compatible with...

Crossy Road [Free] has just gotten another big update adding in more characters with special features. There's 17 new characters who pop up in this update, and they're mostly based on the British Isles. Want to play as a chimney sweep in a dark and rainy landscape with double-decker buses? You can do that now in this update, which includes three secret characters. One of them is a Doctor Who reference, of course. Because why not...

Update Mondays: 'Despicable Me: Minion Rush', 'WWE Immortals', 'Candy Crush Soda Saga', 'Sky Force 2014', 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. Well, this week wasn't quite as significant as the last one, but there are so many more Spider-Mans this time around I can't help but give it the nod. Lots of other great stuff, too! 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 the fall of 2010, EA revived the legendary NBA Jam franchise in what was originally planned to be a bonus game included with the purchase of their basketball sim NBA Elite 11 on consoles. A rebooting of the well-known and long-running NBA Live franchise, NBA Elite 11 was plagued with development problems and eventually cancelled prior to release. Thankfully, EA decided to release the rebooted NBA Jam in October of 2010 as a standalone digital download on consoles, and in February of the following year that game made its way to iOS devices. And let me tell you, NBA Jam [$0.99 / $4.99 (HD)] was glorious on the iPhone. ..

With WrestleMania this weekend, it makes sense that the WWE games on the App Store would get updates in time for the big event. Today, WWE Immortals [Free] gets two new wrestlers and a new event system. We heard about Stone Cold Steve Austin coming to Immortals yesterday, but we now know his two varieties: Icebound Watcher and Texas Rattlesnake. Makes perfect sense. Also, the late, great Macho Man Randy Savage is being added to the game in Renegade and Macho King varieties. Here's how I feel about that:..

Blek [$2.99] has been a huge success for Kunabi Brother, racking up over 1.5 million sales since its release back in 2013, and now the game has gotten a big update adding 20 new levels. Their goal with these 20 levels was to challenge dedicated players, as they saw players were getting even better than they, the developers, were at the game, and some even had beaten the game without making a single mistake. So, expect to get challenged in these new levels...

We loved the card-based dungeon crawler Card Crawl [$1.99in our review, but some balance and RNG tweaks were still needed to tighten up the experience. Notably, this came in the form of repeatedly getting unplayable opening hands, where the dealer Hoernis would throw out something like two Souleaters and a level 7 Goblin at the start, and the only plausible option would be to restart. And restart...

KingsRoad [Free], an action-RPG with online multiplayer that made its way from PC to iPad last year, is making another jump, this time from iPad to iPhone. Rumble Entertainment has launched the version 3.0.0 update which makes the previous iPad-only app universal, bringing in iPhone players for the first time. If you don't know what KingsRoad is about, we got to see how far the game has come along when we recorded a video of the game at GDC:..

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