Category Archives: Updates

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. This week's list is kind of small but there are a few updates here that pack a solid punch. I suppose it's to be expected, though. Not much point pushing through updates this close to a new iOS version unless you know for sure your app is going to break. Anyway, here's the list of what I could find. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

Many players have been rightfully complaining about Pokemon GO's [Free] Raid system, especially since it's now tied to your ability to get any of the many Legendaries unleashed upon the world. Well, it looks like the most recent update, which has just gone live, will improve your Raid capabilities and maybe make it easier to actually get one of the exotic Legendaries. Specifically, update 1.43.1 has added the ability to view the numbers of trainers who have entered and are preparing for a Raid before using a Raid Pass. This is essential if you aren't doing the raid with friends because otherwise you have to pretty much guess who's in or not. It's not fun using a Raid Pass only to find out that you're flying solo this time around or that there are only a couple low-level players there to help get that Legendary...




Crash of Cars [Free], the .io-style real-time multiplayer game that lets you smash people's cars with (relative) impunity, got a new update that adds a much-awaited feature, private matches. It's one thing to smash the cars of people you don't know or don't care about, and it's another to go car-Hulk on friends and family. Nothing like the smell of familial trolling, I think. The private matches mode allows you to join up to 5 other players and either play Deathmatch or Crown Collect. I suspect this mode will give you another reason to hop in Crash of Cars and play. The update also added a new Mine map that looks all retro and comes with some tight spaces to navigate...

Well friends, we can scratch another one off the condemned list. I'm not real happy about losing the games that are definitely on their way out this fall, but if I must find a silver lining, it's seeing a lot of games updating that I never thought would update again. Take, for example, Rogue Touch [$2.99]. It's a pretty nice mobile version of the classic computer game. Originally released all the way back in February of 2009, the game hadn't seen an update since September of 2013. I thought for sure this one would be a goner come iOS 11, but not only has it been updated with 64-bit compatibility, there's also a bunch of cool new additions and improvements...

Whether it's a major triple-A release from a traditional gaming powerhouse, or a smaller gem from an up-and-coming indie developer, it's always a joy to write about iOS games for TouchArcade and contribute to the greater recognition of the platform within the gaming industry. However, there has been one unfortunate exception to this, with the impending 32-bit Appocalypse meaning many classic titles I quite literally grew up with are soon to disappear from the App Store. Super Glyph Quest [$3.99] was one such game, and featured as a particular standout in our recent guide of the best mobile titles that will die with iOS 11. However, thankfully it appears that our list has prompted the developer to ensure one of 2014's best puzzle games will soon survive the cull, as Super Glyph Quest has just had an update submitted for 64-bit compatibility...

If you've been following our extensive coverage of Pokemon GO [Free] over the past few weeks, you may have noticed a certain tinge of disappointment intertwined with the announcement of Legendary Pokemon being obtainable through the new Raid Battle system. This despondency isn't because of their scarcity, or even the relatively convoluted manner of obtaining the rarest of the rare creatures, but mainly owing to the fact that the Legendary Beasts have been sadly neglected from Niantic's press releases thus far. The roaming Legendary Pokemon from the Gold, Silver and Crystal games are undoubtedly the best trio, and so I am unfathomably delighted to announce that from today, Raikou, Entei and Suicuine will begin to appear within Pokemon GO...

Released back in 2014, BattleLore: Command [$6.99] brought Fantasy Flight's board game BattleLore Second Edition to digital life. The tabletop game is fun and one of the better two-player unit-based warfare games out there. The iOS version features the same tactical warfare found on your tabletop and of course offers the opportunity to take on the AI in a single-player campaign or another human being via online multiplayer. A just-released version updates the game to make it 64-bit compliant, thus saving it from the digital dust bin of history. Fantasy Flight is working through their iOS hits, having updated Elder Signs: Omens [$3.99] earlier this year...

Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes [Free] continues to expand, and the latest update has added a new feature called Territory Battles. Territory Battles are all about letting your guild get together and trying to conquer as many territories of the battlefield as possible. Each territory has its own objectives and activities, so this feature shouldn't feel repetitive and grindy. Territory Battles come with time limits, and the more Territory Points your Guild earns within that period, the better the rewards at the end of the event. Any reason to play with friends is welcome, and it looks like Territory Battles will require coordination, which should make the whole thing more fun...

C.A.T.S.: Crash Arena Turbo Stars [Free] has been doing quite well since it came out, with 60 million downloads, 3 trillion cats destroyed, and, more importantly, 0 actual cats harmed. Now, CATS is about to get even bigger with an update that adds new weapons and introduces Gang Battles, or Guild Battles if you prefer (although everyone knows cats come in gangs). Gang Battles are all about a new 3 vs 3 mode, where you can put 3 of your vehicles against 3 vehicles of another player in a battle for total domination. The player who ends up with at least one vehicle that isn't a total wreck wins, and the trophies she wins are added with the others to form a gang rating. Gang Battles are live for three days, at the end of which you get your rewards and then the whole battle starts anew...

As the days grow darker and the chilly Autumn weather creeps ever closer, it leaves games such as Swim Out [$2.99] to provide a small bit of respite from the impending gloomy 2017 months. The game's interesting combination of Hitman GO-esque puzzle solving with a swimming concept was quite literally refreshing, and we appreciated Swim Out's variety and substantial length in our review earlier this month. However, Swim Out was not without its minor issues, most notably its relatively unforgiving nature in forcing the player to restart from the very beginning of a level if a mistake was made. In an attempt to alleviate this, developer Lozange Lab has today released their first content update for Swim Out, which includes a more forgiving checkpoint system as well as some neat additional content to try out...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Miss Fisher', 'Ticket to Earth', 'Death Road to Canada', 'Gangstar Vegas', 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. In a bit of an inversion from the usual business around these parts, most of today's updates are for paid games rather than free-to-play. Well, law of averages says it has to happen sometime, right? Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper 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!..

Supercell has been considering changing its Clash of Clans [Free] matchmaking algorithm substantially to ensure that matches are more even, and today those changes have gone live. The update makes improvements to the algorithm functions. Specifically, the new functionality will change the way the "total weight" of a base is measured with regards to defense and offense. These changes should translate to you playing against people with similar builds, which should make for fairer raids. One of the reasons behind this change is that Supercell doesn't want to force people to be less creative and more cookie-cutter with their base builds. By changing the way the algorithm works, Supercell hopes that imagination and creativity will be rewarded...

Ever since it launched in 2013 to universal critical acclaim, including our very own prestigious Game of the Year accolade, Ridiculous Fishing [$2.99] has remained a mainstay on my premier page of App Store games on my iPhone. As a result, while compiling our extensive 32-bit Appocalypse guide of titles that will vanish with iOS 11, it was somewhat of a surprise to see the very same game appear as one under threat of an impending 64-bit extinction. It turns out that despite feeling fresh throughout the passage of time, Ridiculous Fishing had not received an update since December 2013, and so was still stuck in a 32-bit rut. Amidst the resulting confusion from such a high profile title seemingly being neglected, developer Vlambeer quickly assured us that the game would be modernised for iOS 11. Today, Ridiculous Fishing has received its first update after almost four years, which brings the title up to 64-bit standard and also adds new speedrun leaderboards and haptic feedback for newer iPhone and iPad devices...

Death Road to Canada [$10.99] just got its massive content update. This updated, dubbed DUODENUM, includes new music, weapons, characters, systems, and more. As with every big update to the game, the price will go up by $1. If you aren't familiar with Rocketcat Games' road trip action RPG, Carter's review of the game should have you covered. The game has had a lot of post-release support over the past few months, and the newest update has truckloads of new shiny stuff to experiment with. Check out a video showcasing the update below:..

To the Moon [$4.99] is a lovely experience with great music and story, and you'll be glad to know that there's an update coming out next week that's going to add some fun features. And the update will be accompanied by a 40% price drop, so what's not to like? The update will add the Music Box feature, which will allow you to play the music from the game's soundtrack even when you close the game, which is a fun idea given how lovely that music is. And if you really like those music pieces, you'll be able to go and grab them directly from iTunes. In addition to the Music Box, the update will add a QR code sharing that allows players to get to a saving point simply by scanning the QR code on the art work...

Leaks in video games are by no means rare occurrences anymore, and the speed that the online community is able to datamine the latest release, update or demo means developers have to be on their guard to avoid giving away any secrets. However, after the previous few weeks Pokemon GO [Free] has had, with quite literally legendary calamities such as the Pokemon GO Fest in Chicago, I can't help to feel this latest datamine of Niantic's augmented reality application is a little too well-timed. In the complete teardown of the latest version 0.71.0, keen Pokemon super nerds on the Silph Road subreddit have discovered, amongst many neat new additions, the presence of all 135 creatures from the Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald trilogy on Game Boy Advance. ..

PES 2017 [Free], the soccer game that continues to actually let you play soccer (looking at you, FIFA), has just added a very welcome new feature that brings back memories of playing soccer on consoles with friends sitting next to you on the couch. The new mode allows you to organize round-robin tournaments with up to three friends locally. That should be a fun way to compete with friends without having to worry about spotty internet. And let's be honest, there's nothing better than competing with friends in these kinds of sport games. And having in-game tournament support beats having to keep records on a piece of paper like we used to do back in the day...

DotEmu has made quite the name for themselves over the last few years on iOS. They've given us some fantastic retro ports like Neo Turf Masters [$2.99] and even some newer PC games like Titan Quest [$7.99]. The 32-bit Appocalypse is nearing and while many developers have started updating their titles or even announcing plans for not updating, we finally have some clarity from DotEmu. My favourite releases from them are the Ys Chronicles 1 [$4.99], its sequel Ys Chronicles 2 [$4.99], and Another World - 20th Anniversary [$3.99]. Another World has not been updated yet, and neither has Karateka Classic [$0.99], but we now know that they will update their complete catalogue for iOS 11...

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 am excited to see many 64-bit updates coming across my desk, that wave seems to have gone hand in hand with fewer content updates. Which is fine, but it doesn't leave a lot for me to write about. I hope you'll enjoy this week's selection anyway. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper 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!..

Frost [$3.99] is a deck-building card game that is all about surviving against impossible odds in a treacherous environment where any misstep can be your last. It is cold. It is bleak. It is fantastic. You play as the leader of a small band of survivors looking to outrun the Frost — a killer blizzard — and make it to the Refuge, the one place where one can find a modicum of safety from the storm. The entire game is designed to support Frost's narrative and theme, from the chilling music and spot-on sound effects to the whitewashed artwork full of chilly blues, grays, and whites...

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