Category Archives: Updates

Super Phantom Cat 2 [Free] gracefully leapt onto the App Store this past August, and while the original game was one of our most favorite mobile platformers, this sequel was an improvement in just about every way. The graphics and especially the animations are much better, there are loads more playable characters to unlock and use, and there are a bunch more special abilities to utilize as you work your way through each level. Levels that are absolutely stuffed with secrets, I should add. Super Phantom Cat 2 is simultaneously a dream come true and a nightmare for completionists such as myself. Anyway, developer Veewo has been great about adding new content to the game following its release, and today's update is perhaps its biggest yet as it stars the world's most famous cat little girl Hello Kitty...

Fans of touchscreen brawling are likely quite familiar with Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition [$4.99] which launched on iOS back in July, but if you're an iPhone X owner you've probably been pretty bummed that the game didn't support the full screen of the device. At least I know I was. It was kind of the same problem that the older Street Fighter games had when they weren't updated to the 4-inch widescreen introduced with the iPhone 5. With black borders covering the parts of the screen that weren't supported, it was easy to accidentally swipe or tap on that unsupported part of the screen, and it made the games harder to play. Well, that is a problem no more as today Street Fighter IV CE has been updated to fit the full iPhone X screen, and it's beautiful...




Krosmaga [Free], the fun collectible card game from Ankama, is getting more cards soon, and this time around the cards are coming straight out of the animated series Wakfu. As part of this cross-promotion, Krosmaga will get the "Brotherhood of the Forgotten," a group of characters pivotal to Season 3 of the animated series and who are also appearing in Dofus. The cards from the Wakfu series will make up eight of the 90 cards coming in the "Brotherhood of Oropo" expansion and will represent Oropo, Echo, Toxine, Poo, Arpagone, Bump, Mishell, and Dathura (for those who know the animated series). It's always fun seeing different media cross their beams, and I'm sure people who like the series will enjoy these new cards...

One of the most surprisingly enjoyable releases for me this year was Kingdom: New Lands [$9.99] from Raw Fury games. What looked to be a simple side-scrolling game with pixel art (GORGEOUS pixel art, I should add) was actually one of the more complex and deep strategy games I've played. You're tasked with building up your kingdom from scratch as you gather resources, build defenses, and amass an army of loyal subjects. What is so awesome about Kingdom: New Lands is that there's an incredible amount of things you can do in the game, much of which is hidden and only discovered through experience (and failure). It's an incredibly challenging but rewarding game, and you can read more about what I love about it in our Game of the Week write up. Today, Raw Fury has just released new content for Kingdom: New Lands in the form of an entire new area called Skull Island...

Back in August of 2014 Sunnyside Games launched The Firm [$0.99], a twitch arcade game that had you frantically buying and selling stocks before they stacked up too far on your desk and your company fires you. You'd buy a stock by swiping it right and sell it by swiping left, and The Firm felt like the lovechild of Timberman and Tinder. The setup was simple: There are red and green stocks, and you want to buy the green ones when they're on the rise and the red ones when they're on the decline. The opposite was true for stocks you want to sell. As you progress in the game the speed that the stocks are sent to your desk increases, and although it's a simple task of recognizing what to do with each type of stock, once things start to speed up The Firm turns into a truly manic high-scoring game. Check out the trailer...

Indie developer Jeff Weber brought a great take on skiing to the App Store earlier this year with Just Ski [$1.99]. The game was built off of similar mechanics to his previous release Krashlander, which used some pretty realistic physics and skiing techniques to have you solving puzzle-like levels. Just Ski's aim was to take those techniques and apply them to a much longer side-scrolling level where you can focus more on, well, just skiing. The game took a cue from Desert Golfing in having the landscape colors slightly change as you made it further through the game and progressed towards making it to the cabin at the end of the level. Just Ski achieved what it set out to do, but its mechanics were pretty tough for players to grasp. With that in mind Weber has released a new version of Just Ski today that features a much more helpful tutorial which you can see below...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes', 'Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp', 'Hidden Folks', 'Mini Metro', 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. Twas the week before Christmas and all through the updates, holiday fixtures were arranged like rows of little cupcakes. A rush to get in before the yearly freeze, improvements for players who will surely be pleased. 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!..

When it comes to games that are never leaving my device, the Mos Speedrun games are most definitely on that list, and today I'm very pleased to see that both games are now updated for the iPhone X screen. The original Mos Speedrun [$0.99] launched in early 2011 and as its name implied it was a platformer centered around completing levels as quickly as possible. It was one of the earlier games to totally nail virtual controls in a highly-demanding precision platformer like this, and I have fond memories of battling for first place on the levels that featured online leaderboard support. Yes, Mos Speedrun is a true classic and one that I often revisit just for fun. Being an iPhone X owner, I naturally prefer that games take advantage of that whole gorgeous screen, and Mos Speedrun looks quite beautiful running on it now...

This has been a somewhat harrowing saga as we've followed along with Simogo as they've updated their entire mobile games library not once but TWICE in the past 6 months; first to be fully 64-bit compatible for the arrival of iOS 11 in September, and now to be fully supporting the entire screen of the iPhone X which launched in early November. Today that saga comes to an end (for now!) as their original trilogy of iOS games Beat Sneak Bandit [$2.99], Bumpy Road [$2.99], and Kosmo Spin [$2.99] have all received iPhone X updates. They join SPL-T [$2.99], Device 6 [$3.99], The Sailor's Dream [$3.99], and Year Walk [$3.99] which have all received iPhone X updates over the course of the last few weeks. ..

Ankama's Drag'n'Boom [Free] is a pretty fantastic arcade game that we really liked in our review, and today it just got more content that should give you another reason to return to the game. The new update, which just went live, adds a new game mode with 50 new arenas that offer a different challenge from the original mode. This new mode has you fighting in a small arena of sorts, and after you take out the various troops, a mini-boss appears. Taking that one out gives you keys (that you can use to unlock new dragons), and doing so within the time limit gives you even more keys. Speaking of new dragons, the update has added 6 new dragons to play with, but you'll have to gather keys to unlock them...

Lineage 2: Revolution [Free] is a huge game with a huge player base, and now that huge player base is about to go to war (well, even more war). The game's first major update will add the Fortress Siege and Open Siege modes, which will let you slaughter each other at greater numbers than before. Fortress Siege—held every Friday from 20:00-21:00 PST—will have players enter a real-time, massive PvP battle between two clans. The Fortress Siege can host up to 50 players per clan, and the first to "imprint" on their opponents' Holy Artifact wins. In order to participate, clans have to first successfully bid on a desired fortress and then enter the battle against the clan defending that fortress. Bidding is held from 0:00-19:00 PST every Thursday, the day before the Fortress Siege. As you'd expect, winning gets you great rewards but even losing gets you Adena, EXP, and Proof of Blood...

Good news, fans of the turn-based strategy RPGs Demon's Rise [$1.99] and Demon's Rise 2 [$1.99]. Both games have been updated for the iPhone X and the infamous notch, so if you have one of those newfangled devices, you should enjoy the games better now. The update has also continued to improve screen controls on both games, a process seemingly never-ending (which is not a bad thing). Updating a game for the iPhone X can be a bit of a pain, but I had no doubt Wave Light Games would get it done and fast given the developer's habit of keeping the games up-to-date...

Prepare to get electrified as Supercell's Clash Royale [Free] has just received a new update that brings all kinds of goodies to the game as well as some much needed balance changes. First of all, we are getting a new arena called Electro Valley, which is set at 3400 Trophies. The new Arena looks pretty cool visually and adds a fun, futuristic look to the game. The update also adds new brand new cards, Zappies and Hunter, both of which can be unlocked starting today. Zappies spawns a pack of miniature Zap machines while Hunter deals big damage up close but is pretty bad at range because of the shotguns he wields. It's a nice change to have access to new cards right away instead of having to wait one to two weeks for each one to unlock...

'DomiNations' Gets Frosty With the New Cold War Update

December 12th, 2017 12:00 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in News, Updates
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Anyone who has been paying attention the last few years will be more than aware of just how jam packed the App Store is with free to play games that have you building bases, upgrading everything, and fighting other players. While that also describes exactly what you do in DomiNations [Free], Nexon's foray into this genre has a neat twist: Instead of just upgrading your Town Hall, or whatever other main building you have in your base across these different games, in DomiNations you advance through different ages- Sort of like the classic PC strategy series Age of Empires, Civilization, and others. ..

One of last year's best games, and really one of the more enjoyable and unique games for mobile in general, was Kestrel Games' Rule with an Iron Fish [$2.99]. It's a game about fishing but is certainly not a fishing simulation game, of which there are several on the App Store. Instead, Rule with an Iron Fish almost feels like one of those incremental idle games, but one where you actually DO stuff. The progression system is addictive as you're constantly catching new fish, getting new equipment, and unlocking new areas. Everything has a grander feel to it though as there's also a full world to explore filled with non-player characters to interact with, all of which have quite colorful personalities. It's like many of the best parts of an RPG have been whittled down into a super-mobile friendly package with a perfect gameplay loop for short gaming sessions. Oh, and did I mention it's a totally paid, premium title with no IAP? tl;dr: I love Rule with an Iron Fish...

Even before its release, we were all over GRID Autosport [$9.99]. It's a real-deal, full-blown premium racing experience that we absolutely loved in our review. The entire game reminds us of the old days of the App Store, when developers would release incredible game experiences that you paid money for, without any IAP shenanigans...

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. As we march ever closer to Christmas and the App Store freeze, I keep expecting a deluge of updates to drop on my head. So far it hasn't been too bad, but I expect the next week to be a little scary. Oh well, let's just look at what's in front of us. 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!..

Just in time for the weekend and the upcoming holidays, Pokemon GO [Free] has added the 50 new Pokemon from the Hoenn Region and its dynamic weather system. As we talked about in a story earlier this week, this update brings Pokemon like Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, and many other ones to the game, so get ready to go hunting if you want to complete your collection. In addition to adding more Pokemon, the game now has a dynamic weather system that ties into the real-world weather of the location you're playing at. And the new weather system isn't just cosmetic...

Race for the Galaxy [$6.99] is getting ready to grow. The third expansion, The Brink of War, will add four new starting worlds to the game, thirty six new developments to build and worlds to settle, five new goals, and Prestige, a new way to earn victory. The expansion also adds Search, a new action that allows players to find specific cards that can more easily work with their current strategy. The new expansion will hit the game on December 14th, and it will cost you $3.99. The expansion is highly rated on Boardgamegeek and should be a good addition to the base game...

Over the past decade I've grown to love a lot of iPhone games, but there's a handful of games that I love on a whole different level, like I SUPER DUPER LOVE them. Andy Wallace's Particle Mace [$2.99] is one of those games. Released in early 2015, Particle Mace on first blush looks like your typical retro-inspired top-down space shooter. Except… you can't shoot. After finding your ship's weapons nonfunctional, you improvise by tying a bunch of garbage to an array of bungie-like cords to your ship. You defeat enemies and smash asteroids by zipping around and using your momentum to sling that makeshift weapon (let's just call it oh I don't know a PARTICLE MACE) into them, and it is honestly one of the most unique and satisfying gameplay mechanics I've ever used. Here's the trailer for Particle Mace so you can see what I'm very poorly attempting to explain in action...

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