Category Archives: Updates

Last fall, PikPok took their highly atmospheric and creepy first-person zombie apocalypse runner/shooter hybrid Into the Dead [Free] and expanded on it in every way imaginable with the sequel Into the Dead 2 [Free]. This included improving the visuals a ton, adding in all sorts of new weaponry, expanding the upgrade system, adding additional environments to run in, and creating hand-crafted levels with a full campaign and compelling storyline rather than the endless nature of the first game. Overall it seems to have been quite the hit with players, amassing more than 13 million downloads as of mid-February. PikPok has been good about keeping the content updates flowing following Into the Dead 2's release last October, adding in new weapons and features and hosting various special events. Today, they're teasing what they're calling the "biggest update yet" to Into the Dead 2, and you can probably guess why by checking out the teaser trailer...

It was a very merry Christmas for strategy game-loving iPad owners this past December when Aspyr Media brought 2K and Firaxis Games' critically-acclaimed title Civilization VI [Free (HD)] to the iPad. And not just some stripped-down-for-mobile port either, this was the full, real deal desktop game but on the iPad. We were overwhelmingly impressed with it in our review and picked it for our Game of the Week when it released, and in general feel it's the best strategy title available on the App Store. Since that initial release, Aspyr has been busting their butt to get all of the DLC that has been added to the desktop version of the game out for the iPad. This has included the Poland and Vikings packs in February and the Australia pack earlier this month. Now a new pack featuring Persia and Macedon content is now available for purchase in Civilization VI for the iPad...




For the past few years, Mad Otter Games have been offering a truly cross-platform MMO experience for mobile gamers in the form of Villagers & Heroes [Free]. For a long time it was only available on PC and Android, but it did finally come to iOS back in February and allowed players to play seamlessly across all three platforms. What it lacked in fancy graphics it certainly has made up for in terms of the sheer number of things you can do in the game, and how well it all works across a pretty wide variety of devices. It's a very old-school sort of MMO experience, but that seems to be what players love about Villagers & Heroes. Last year Mad Otter released a huge update called the Starfall Expansion which significantly reworked huge portions of the game including the combat. Now with the iOS release behind them, they're working on the game's next big update which will focus more on the social areas of the game...

It's been a bit of a rough first year for SEGA Forever, the latest initiative from SEGA to bring their classic games to mobile gamers. The basic idea was a good one: plumb the depths of SEGA's invaluable gaming archives and make the treasures within available for anyone with a smartphone to play for free. Players could pay a relatively small one-time price to remove ads and take advantage of extra features. The bulk of the releases have been drawn from the Genesis console, SEGA's most popular hardware worldwide. Unfortunately, when the service launched, the emulator that SEGA was using for these releases was in pretty poor shape, and it feels like the whole line has been trying to recover ever since...

Epic Games announced Fortnite [Free] version 3.5.2, and it is rolling out starting right now. While the rumored destruction of Tilted Towers has yet to come to pass, there is a new Light Machine Gun weapon, 50v50 v2 Limited Time Mode, and some bonus XP and Battle Pass star opportunities ahead of Season 3's conclusion...

Developer Jussi Simpanen aka Adventure Islands released Duke Dashington Remastered [Free] back in November of last year, just a handful of days after Apple's latest device the iPhone X hit the market. Given the timing of the release, it's no surprise that the game didn't support the full screen of the iPhone X at the time, but it was still disappointing to iPhone X owners like myself and has only grown more so in the months since. Well! Thankfully Adventure Islands was already on the case, and decided to roll iPhone X screen support into a juicy new content update for Duke Dashington Remastered which has just hit the App Store today. The new content comes in the form of the Crystal Caverns dungeon which offers 30 brand new levels complete with their own new Game Center achievements and Time Trial leaderboard. Here's a brief glimpse of the game running on an iPhone X...

In January of last year, The Firm [$1.99] developer Sunnyside Games launched their second mobile title called Towaga [$3.99], an uber-stylish fixed point shooter in a similar vein to the cult classic ZiGGURAT. And seeing how ZiGGURAT was pulled from the App Store 8 months after its release, and then republished under another developer account forcing existing owners to purchase it again, and then THAT version was pulled too, I was more than happy to see the arrival of Towaga to fill that gap in my gaming library. And beyond that, the gameplay was more varied in Towaga and the art style and fluid animations were a sight to behold. The only problem with Towaga is that it felt like the core of a great game that just needed more stuff, and Sunnyside had big plans last July to update the game. ..

People who know what I do for a living are always asking me what a good mobile game to play is, or what my all-time favorite mobile game is. And as we all know, with the firehose of new releases coming out every week and literally hundreds if not thousands of high quality mobile games to choose from, that question almost always is difficult to answer. So I always keep a couple of fallback go-to recommendations in my mind for whenever I'm put on the spot, and one of those is Terry Cavanagh's Super Hexagon [$2.99]. It's easy enough for anybody to play, it looks and sounds great, and it is the poster child for "easy to learn but hard to master." It's the type of game that should just be pre-installed on every iOS device. It's a masterpiece. Since first arriving on iOS back in the summer of 2012, Cavanagh has kept Super Hexagon well-maintained during all the software and hardware advancements Apple has put out over the years, and that trend continues today with a brand new update adding in support for the full screen of the iPhone X as well as 120fps support for ProMotion-enabled iPads...

It's been more than three years since Triada Studio launched their stunning shadow puppet puzzler Shadowmatic [$3.99] on the App Store, but that's not stopping them from continuing to add new content to the game. This week a new chapter titled "Other Worlds" will be added via an update to Shadowmatic, and it will bring 30 brand new levels as well as a few hidden levels to unlock, adding to the game's already impressive 100+ levels. The new chapter goes into three distinct worlds: Space, Music, and Ancient Times. You can see all these new themes on display in the following trailer, but be warned that just by the nature of the game watching the trailer will spoil a few of the new puzzles that are coming out...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Death Road to Canada', 'Mobius Final Fantasy', 'Disco Ducks', 'Fire Emblem Heroes', 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. There are some cool updates this time around for some big paid and free-to-play titles alike. I mean, more of the latter than the former, but that's basic business rules for you. 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!..

I'd hope that by now Death Road to Canada [$12.99] needs no introduction, but just in case, here we go. A collaborative effort between long-time mobile developers Rocketcat Games and Madgarden, Death Road to Canada is a survival adventure slash roadtrip simulator that tasks you with making it from Florida to Canada in order to escape a zombie apocalypse. Canada is apparently immune to zombie infestation, or something. It's a stunning mixture of resource management, open-ended decision making, and good old-fashioned zombie bashing. We liked it okay I guess. ..

Back in December a super fun little arcade avoidance game launched called Man Vs. Missiles [Free] from developer Spiel Studios. The premise was simple. You're flying a plane, people are launching homing missiles at you for some reason, and since your plane isn't equipped with weapons you'll need to outrun and outmaneuver the missiles and eventually cause them to run right into each other and explode. It's like some really cool scene out of Top Gun. Best of all, Man Vs. Missiles only required the use of a single joystick for movement, so it made a perfect one-handed distraction when you had some free time to kill. If you aren't familiar with Man Vs. Missiles, check out the trailer to see what it's all about...

It's been a few months since the last one, so it was about time for another Feh Channel update video for Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes [Free]. And here we are! The latest video comes alongside a new update, and it highlights a handful of new additions to the game. If you're a fan of the more obscure Japan-only entries in the Fire Emblem series, this one is definitely for you. If not? Well, you get a new mode to play around with, and that's not bad either...

With baseball season underway, it's time for the baseball games to start hitting the field, and Com2us has another yearly installment of their long-running series, 9 Innings Baseball 18 [Free], out now. The game got an update from last year's version in the same app, so if you played last year and deleted, you might already have the app in your library. The game features a few interesting features in this year's updated. They're including a one-handed Arcade mode, albeit still in landscape, but that should make this easier to play while commuting or doing other things. Like, if you're at a baseball game, your team's down by 10 runs, and you have a drink in one hand, game in the other, waiting until you can actually leave. Check out the exclusive trailer for the game, starring Mike Trout:..

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Fortnite', 'Tetris Blitz', 'Fighting Fantasy Classics', 'Sonic Forces', 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. While I wasn't keeping quite as careful an eye as usual due to a brief vacation I took, I still found a few nifty updates that some of you might care about. Well, I tried, at least. 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!..

I was pretty darn excited to see that Revolutionary concepts, despite mostly being out of the mobile gaming world for a number of years, took the time to update two of their most unique offerings to save them from the 32-Bit Appocalypse last year. First up was UFO on Tape [Free] which received a 64-bit update in March of last year, followed by the phenomenal puzzler Gesundheit! [$3.99 / $2.99 (HD)] which received its 64-bit update the following June. Then this past December, the developers did me one better by updating UFO on Tape with full screen support for the iPhone X, and it looked glorious. Now, following in the footsteps of its partner, Gesundheit! has also received a welcome iPhone X update and it is looking better than ever...

Fighting Fantasy Classics [Free], the latest incarnation of the popular gamebooks of years gone by, is a great delivery system for the top-notch digital conversions developer Tin Man Games has become known for. It launched with a few titles that had yet to get the Tin Man touch, and there are lots more on the way. While the team is busy converting those books, however, they've also pushed out an update that addresses some of the feedback they have received...

The original Pako - Car Chase Simulator [$1.99 / Free] began life on mobile back in the summer of 2014 as a super fun and stylish endless survival driving game, and it only grew and grew from there with a slew of updates in the years that followed. Eventually it found its way to desktop where it was also quite well-received. For the sequel, developer Tree Men Games went in the opposite direction, creating a game for desktop and console first and then porting it to mobile in January of this year. To get the game working well on mobile, the visuals were toned down and some of the content from the console and PC version was left out, but that didn't stop Pako 2 [$1.99] from being one of the most fun releases of 2018 so far. Now Tree Men are beginning to flesh out the mobile version to bring it more on par with its older siblings, and today a new Pako 2 update has added a new level and three new vehicles into the game...

Nearly two years after its release, developer Infinite Dreams has put out another final content update for their phenomenal shoot 'em up Sky Force Reloaded [Free]. You might be thinking, "Hey! Wasn't their an update a little over a year ago that was supposed to be the 'final' update?" Yes! You are correct! And we really couldn't blame Infinite Dreams for that seeing as they continually pumped out content update for Sky Force Reloaded in the 8 or so months following its release. It was easily one of the most well-supported games on the App Store. Well, I guess they still had some more gas left in their tank as this week's update has added in another bonus level titled B3 which includes "all new enemy units, weapons and a proper boss at the end." But THIS is the final content update for the game, they say. For reals this time!..

This past November, everyone got excited when HAL Laboratory, famed developers of such classic franchises as the Kirby games, Super Smash Bros., and the Mother/Earthbound series released their very first smartphone title in Japan called Hataraku UFO. It's a product of their internal mobile game development team dubbed HAL Egg, and featured an adorable UFO helping out all sorts of folks by using its special ability to carry around objects similar to a claw machine game. The game was so darn charming I just had to have it in my life, but at that time there was no indication that it would be releasing outside of Japan anytime soon, if at all. That worry didn't last all that long though as Hataraku UFO made its way stateside in late February under the name Part Time UFO [$3.99], and it was just as fantastic as I'd hoped it would be. Here's the trailer if you're somehow unfamiliar...

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