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'Checkpoint Champion' Ice Lake Update Available Now

February 18th, 2015 7:56 PM EST by Carter Dotson in News, Updates
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Last month, Protostar Games promised an update for their debut title Checkpoint Champion [Free], a game which I gave a five-star review to back at launch. Today, the game has gotten this promised update, adding a bunch of new content to the game. There's the new ice level, which is the third in the game, bringing with it a total of 24 new challenges in that arena. As well, once you pick up 90 stars in the game, you can play the level in the arena mode...

This morning we were excited to tell you that the "Platinum Edition" update for one of our most beloved iOS games Space Miner [$3.99] was awaiting approval from Apple and could be arriving at any time. I'd hoped that while writing that story last night I'd wake up and see the update waiting for me, like a 10-months-too-early Christmas present. Well, that almost happened, as just a few minutes ago the update popped up in the App Store. Well… sort of. Let me explain...

"Platinum Edition" Update for 'Space Miner' Submitted to Apple, Check Out These Screens

One of the App Store's true classics and our 2010 Game of the Year Space Miner: Space Ore Bust [$3.99 / $3.99] is finally getting a big, modern update very soon. We first heard of this new update, which developer Venan Entertainment is dubbing the "Platinum Edition" update, back in November, and this week we've learned that it's finally in the hands of Apple waiting for review, possibly even coming as early as this week...

The 10th anniversary of the modern series of Doctor Who is coming up in March, and I figure this is as good a time as any to point out that Doctor Who: Legacy [Free] has been kicking around for a while as one of the most regularly-updated games on the App Store. While the app itself only gets periodic updates on the App Store, the game itself gets multiple in-game updates per month with new levels, costumes, and special limited-time events. Oh, and it has practically all of the Doctors Who now, from both the modern ones to a bunch of the classic ones, not to mention all the companions also available...

This Thursday marks the start of the Chinese New Year, and in case you weren't aware, it's the year of the Goat. In celebration of this momentous occasion, one of our favorite iOS platformers of 2014 Bean Dreams [$0.99] has received an update with two new sets of levels, one featuring a rideable goat named Goatee and one taking place in the fiery Temple of the Dragon...

Good news for one of the most notable iOS games of a few years ago: The Incident [$0.99] has just gotten its big iOS 8 update that makes the falling-object dodger work on the latest iOS devices. As well, the game supports iPhone 6 resolutions now, and on the iPhone 6 Plus, the game runs at native 1080p. This is likely using whatever trickery that Matt Comi and Big Bucket used to make Space Age [$1.99] run at the actual native iPhone 6 Plus resolution, and not to be downscaled from the higher resolution that the phone natively runs at. It's difficult to replicate in screenshots, so if you have a 6 Plus, just download it and check it out...

Update Mondays: 'Junk Jack X', 'Candy Crush Saga', 'Gems Of War', 'Subway Surfers', 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. Too many updates this week, my friends. Far too many. Some TouchArcade favorites, some App Store favorites, and even a couple that fall into both categories. 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 August of last year, Sunnyside Games released The Firm [$0.99], a twitchy high-scoring game based around stock trading. It featured simple swipe left or right controls for buying and selling stocks, making it a perfect one-handed game, and it also boasted some lovely pixel art and a main mechanic that was super easy to understand but very difficult to master, as cliché as that may be. The Firm was a pretty simple game, and Sunnyside has had plans to expand the experience pretty much since launch. It took a bit longer than expected, but this week the big version 1.1 patch for the game has arrived adding all sorts of new stuff. ..

Temple Run 2 [Free] is swiftly becoming a game where you can run with all sorts of famous celbrities, and that's not a bad thing. Usain Bolt makes perfect sense, NFL players seem like smart additions, but perhaps Bruce Lee may be a bit more of an unorthodox addition to the game. Well, he is the orthodoxy now, as you can now play as the martial arts legend in Temple Run 2. Hey, he is a swift and athletic guy, I bet he wasn't slow. In any case, he can outrun demon monkeys here. And why not have everyone's favorite iOS game YouTuber, the rad Lonnie, play as him?..

One of the unfortunately-missing features from Space Marshals [$4.99] was MFi gamepad support. This was quite unfortunate because Pixelbite has released games with controller support in the past, but alas, not this. Well, Pixelbite has just remedied the issue, adding MFi support to Space Marshals. The game works pretty well with touch controls as it is, but there's nothing quite like aiming with actual joysticks. As well, being able to switch weapons while aiming comes in handy during combat, if you need to switch from a rifle to an SMG, for example...

Kumobius isn't ending any kind of support for their hit game, Duet [$2.99], any time soon. They've just launched version 3.0 of Duet that includes the first paid DLC pack for the game, in the Encore Chapters. For $0.99, there are 30 levels with new challenges, new music, and additional narration added to the game in these packs. New challenges on the way include attack waves that come from both directions, and boomerang blocks, shaped like the famed Australian weapon from Kumobius' country of origin. Oy!..

We've all been waiting for this one, perhaps a bit too anxiously at times. As we all know, whenever new iOS updates come, a lot of Square Enix's games tend to stop working or break in strange ways. Some big titles were affected this time around, and Square has slowly been making their way around, updating them one by one. I'm going to level with you all, I had my doubts this update was ever happening, even though the game was still available in the App Store with a notice about Square Enix investigating an update. I mean, I had no reason to disbelieve, but it was just such a long time coming, it was hard not to get worried. It was especially sad in this case because the game in question isn't easily available in English anywhere else, with the exception being a somewhat rare release on last-generation Nintendo hardware...

In September of last year, developer Beamdog released a patch for Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition [$9.99] that, among many other things, added Universal iPhone support to the previously iPad-only mobile port of BioWare's classic RPG. Sure, Baldur's Gate: EE was teeny tiny on an iPhone, but it was manageable, and quite a treat to carry around in your pocket. The sequel, Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition [$9.99], was released for iPad in January of last year, and had yet to receive the iPhone treatment. Until today that is, as an update has just landed adding in Universal support to Baldur's Gate II along with tons of tweaks and fixes...

In our hyper-connected world of social networks and online gaming, it seems like society is forgetting about our dear old friend the loner. I myself am a loner, as I enjoy single-player games the most and rarely play online with other people. I also don't really leave my apartment ever. Lately developers have been taking aim at that golden loner demographic, with games like One Player Pong last week and today the new Stratego Single Player [$2.99]. Stratego Single Player is pretty much what its title describes: The classic Stratego board game geared towards single-player play. It also features an AI developed by a Stratego World Champion...

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. Who likes free-to-play games? Whoa, don't all raise your hands at once! Lots of updates this week, especially for the big free-to-play hits, but some nice ones for smaller titles, 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!..

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