Category Archives: Updates

Earlier this week, Telltale Games confirmed that Walking Dead: The Game - Season 2 [$4.99] would be getting its second episode, titled A House Divided, this Thursday. Well, it's Thursday, and guess what? They weren't lying as Episode 2 A House Divided is now available to download form within the app. Look, I even have proof...

It was a big deal when classic BioWare RPG Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic [$9.99] launched for the iPad in May of last year, but being an iPad-only title meant that those who didn't own an iPad were left out in the cold. Aspyr Media, who handled the iOS port of KOTOR, were barraged with requests for iPhone support, and this past December, they granted gamers their wish with a Universal update to the game. Of course, if you give a mouse a cookie, he'll want a glass of milk. So now that the game was Universal and able to be played across different devices, now people were clamoring for iCloud save syncing, so they could continue their progress on all their devices. Well, Aspyr delivers once again with today's update which brings iCloud save syncing to Knights of the Old Republic...

Following Real Racing 3's [Free] first anniversary last week where they were giving out a free in-game Porsche, EA and Firemonkeys have just released a pretty huge new update to the game adding a bunch of customization options, photo sharing, controller support and new luxury vehicles from Aston Martin. The new customization options allow you to tweak the more than 80 cars in the game, then once you have your personalized ride ready you can use the new Photo mode to pause the in-game action and snap a shot. You can even add filters to your photo and share them on social media. It's like Instagram for your Real Racing 3...

When Hutch Games released Smash Bandits [Free] in August of last year, I instantly fell in love. They took the same vehicular smashing gameplay of their previous Smash Cops and put you in the role of the bad guy, outrunning an increasingly aggressive pursuit of police as you aimed to wreak as much havoc and monetary damage as possible. They also rotated the action into a more friendly one-thumbed, portrait orientation that made Smash Bandits an easy go-to option for killing time throughout the day with my iPhone. It was just an astoundingly fun game to play...

BeaverTap Games have updated their two main "Mikey" games, Mikey Hooks [$1.99] and Mikey Shorts [$0.99], with official support for MFi iOS 7 controllers. Owners of Mikey Shorts may have noticed that the game already received a controller support update early last week… and then again over this past weekend. Well, there was some wonky issues with the controller support in those first two updates, but today's update seems to be right on target. As such, the sequel Mikey Hooks has received the same controller support update...

The soccer-themed new table for Zen Studios' Zen Pinball [Free], which was announced late last month, is now available to download from within the Zen Pinball app. The way the Super League Football table works is a bit different from the other DLC tables in the game. There are actually eight different versions for the table, seven that cover popular football clubs and an eighth that is for the fictional Zen Studios Football Club. These are all actually separate IAP tables, even though they are the same table layout for each. The difference between each is just the theme. So you'll need to choose your allegiance before picking one up, and then there's sort of a big online battle between all the various football club tables within the game...

Hot on the heels of a new park being added to Touchgrind Skate 2, True Axis has just updated their fantastic skateboarding sim True Skate [$1.99] with its own new park and lots of other new features. The new park is the Schoolyard, available as an 99¢ in-app purchase, and it's one of the four new parks planned for the game. Unlike the game's previous two parks which feature a lot of transition, the Schoolyard is more street-focused and is filled with plenty of stairs, ledges, handrails and benches to skate on. And it's a ton of fun...

As you may know if you picked up Illusion Labs' touchscreen skateboarding game Touchgrind Skate 2 [$4.99] since it launched this past November, the game originally shipped with three playable skateparks and the promise of one more "coming soon." That fourth new park, called The Docks, has just been added to the game in an update over the weekend. The Docks is a concrete wonderland with lots of transition, plenty of handrails, and even some cement pipes to skate through. It's also quite different from the bright, sunny daytime settings of the previous parks and has a darker feel and some pretty cool lighting effects...

Hey Flappy Bird [Free] fans, the world's current most popular bird has just received a brand new update on iOS. It includes new colors of birds, which appear to just be randomly assigned with each new game. So, if you have a particular affinity for the new red or blue versions, you'll just have to rely on luck in order to play them. The game also features a new night theme, which similarly seems to be random with any given game. The most noticeable different to me is that the green pipes have been revamped, and appear to be much smoother now and not as pixelated. Here's a side-by-side comparison of a screen from the old Flappy Bird and the updated version...

While the pickings are pretty slim for iOS 7 controllers that are actually worth buying, things are getting pretty awesome on the software side of things as more and more games that were originally made to be played with controllers slowly begin to get controller support. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 [$0.99] already had controller support, but last night both Sonic the Hedgehog [$0.99] and Sonic CD [$2.99] joined the controller party.

I'm not sure if the Sonic games specifically are worth picking up a controller for, but if you've already got one, the Sonic games are definitely worth playing with proper controls. Additionally, the Sonic games are just worth having anyway, regardless of whether or not you've got a controller to play them with. The love they've gotten by Christian Whitehead and Sega is really remarkable.

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One of 2012's absolute best iOS releases, Luca Redwood's 10000000 [$2.99] has just been given a much needed update adding widescreen support (yay!), Game Center achievements and new Ace Levels. If you missed it previously, 10000000 is a matching game with built-in combat and RPG mechanics, not totally unlike Puzzle Quest or Dungeon Raid. The hook here is that you're constantly under a time constraint, so you need to be making the right kind of matches for whatever your current obstacle is (fighting an enemy, unlocking a door, etc.) with the clock ticking down in your face. It puts a certain sense of panic into the gameplay, but not in a bad way. In fact, it's exhilarating when you know time is just about to run out and you happen to make the most perfect match ever, propelling you forward and continuing your run when you were sure you were toast...

Telltale's latest episodic adventure The Wolf Among Us [$4.99] has just received its second episode, called Smoke and Mirrors. Telltale seemed hopeful back in January that this second episode would launch simultaneously across all platforms the first week of February, and confirmed that would be the case earlier this week. The new episode will run you $4.99 and is downloaded from within the app itself, or alternatively if you've already purchased the Season Pass you can simply download it at no additional cost. Here's a recent trailer showing off the Smoke and Mirrors episode...

Hot on the heels of the release of Final Fantasy VI [$15.99] last night, Square Enix has issued an update for one of the previous games in the series, Final Fantasy III [$15.99]. The update includes widescreen support for 4-inch devices, which is an incredibly welcome addition as nothing drives me crazier than those darn black bars on games that are not optimized for widescreen. However, there's sort of a catch: Square Enix simply stretched out the visuals to fill up the screen. So, it's essentially the same visuals as before, just slightly… elongated. Here's a comparison of the original screen up top and the new widescreen version below it...

This past November, Liv Games debuted the latest entry in their "Wars" series with the sci-fi strategy title Stellar Wars [$0.99]. Today the game has received a massive new update, and to celebrate the game is now temporarily free for the first time ever. This trilogy of games began with Legendary Wars [$0.99] back in early 2011. While predominantly a castle defense game, Legendary Wars actually stuffed a bunch of different kinds of genres into its lengthy campaign, along with a humorous story and killer visuals. It all blended together incredibly well, and was so full of content it easily kept us busy until the next game in the series, Monster Wars [$0.99], launched in early 2012, almost exactly a year later...

I have a folder of games on my iPhone which I refer to as the "Please please please I would do anything to have you updated for widescreen" folder. Front and center in that folder is Justin Smith's Enviro-Bear 2010 [$1.99], and today my prayers have been answered. The game was updated with proper widescreen support for 4-inch devices as well as support for iOS 7. And, if previous updates are anything to go by, there might even be some weird hidden stuff tucked in there as well...

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