Category Archives: Updates

Pixelbite's Space Marshals [$4.99] brought some fresh ideas to the tired dual-stick genre when it launched back in January. Rather than a run-n-gun, blast everything in sight approach, Space Marshals demanded strategy, patience and stealth in order to be the most successful. We loved the game in our initial review, but in March, Pixelbite sweetened the pot with a huge Chapter 2 expansion for the game which added new enemies, new weapons and more. Now Pixelbite has taken the wraps off of a forthcoming Chapter 3 update for Space Marshals in our forums, and it's looking really sweet. ..

Monument Valley [$3.99] has just been updated with a free chapter, Ida's Dream, which is available now for all users on both iOS and Android. If you have an Android device and haven't played Monument Valley, then you can pick it up for free on the Amazon Appstore now until about 11:00 PM Pacific Time on July 25th. Any Android device can install the Amazon Appstore and get this for free, not just Fire OS devices, so hop on this if you want the game without paying...




While Vainglory [Free], the made-for-mobile MOBA, has been out for a while now, it hasn't "officially" launched according to its developers, Super Evil Mecacorp (SEM). Bo Daly, SEM CEO and co-founder, explains that if Vainglory was a PC title, July 2nd would be the day it would come out of beta. On July 2nd, then, Vainglory launches globally for both iOS and Android. The global launch also brings with it some new features: Ranked and Casual queues, an innovative skin system, new tutorial videos to ease players into this very demanding genre, and, finally, a new hero, Rona the Beserker...

I reviewed the fascinating Last Voyage [$1.99] by Semidome back in April, and the developer has just decided to double the number of chapters in this abstract game. It's still something that defies any sort of genre classification, as it goes through multiple genres, and this update introduces a number of new game mechanics, like tilt-based puzzles to try and solve, or even to just sit back and experience. The whole thing still doesn't make much sense, but it's still really pretty. And hey, there's new music, checkpoints, and achievements to get...

Earthcore: Shattered Elements [Free], the innovative CCG by Tequila Games, continues to pleasantly surprise me. If you haven't had a chance to play the game yet, this is a CCG that innovates by using a Risk and Element system that makes even the weakest card actually useful. By using this Risk system, the game forces players to rethink many of the strategies often used in most CCGs. The game has just received its first major update today that adds a new feature, Events, new unique cards (with new skills), and also an upgraded matchmaking system (the old system irked some in our forums). ..

Indian studio Rolocule, who are known for their motion-based games, released Dead Among Us [Free] to the App Store this month, but they're hard at work on updating Bowling Central [Free], to version 2.0. Along with a free price, there's a cool new feature: Apple Watch support. If you have a watch, you'll be able to use it to play the game by swinging your arm like you're actually bowling a ball once you get updated to the new watchOS 2 (or right now if you're brave enough to run the beta). This works both with running the game on the device, or beaming the game to an Apple TV...

World of Tanks: Blitz [Free] has been around worldwide for about a year now, and has done remarkably well for Wargaming, with over 30 million downloads and having over 100,000 concurrent players. With the game's first anniversary coming up, Wargaming's running some special promotions for the game, and these will include some rewards for everyone, and people who take part in the game...

Regular readers know that we're pretty big fans of the RNPG (role-non-playing-game) Godville [Free]. The quick gist of the game is that you create a hero, and he goes on many adventures, completing quests and fighting enemies, all on his or her own. It's a passive game so you only need check into Godville whenever you feel like it. The most basic level of interaction required is to hop in and resurrect your hero should they fall in battle, but even then, it's not really required. Your hero can still live on for eternity in the afterlife, mumbling to themselves that you never came to help. Being a God is tough!..

If you're the kind of person who loves Monument Valley [$3.99] but despises paying for new DLC content – and there's a few of you out there – then I have good news. The "Ida's Dream" chapter, which was a $0.99 IAP to support the (Red) AIDS charity late last year, will be available for free, in a slightly-less-red form this Thursday, June 25th. And it'll be free to everyone, not just people who paid for the chapter and have had access to it since then. You just won't be able to play as red Ida...

Hello everyone, and welcome to the... second day of the week! It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven (eight?) days. It's a bit quiet this time around, probably because of the big E3 show running last week. That said, there are still some interesting updates to check out. 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!..

Square Enix and Media.Vision's latest RPG Chaos Rings 3 [$19.99] is a real doozy. It's jam-packed with stuff to do, it looks and sounds gorgeous, and it's a rare modern example of an original mobile RPG without any IAP. Once you start playing it, it's hard to put it down without hours passing. There was really just one problem with the original version of the game that released a few weeks ago. Certain hardware and OS combinations were resulting in a crash error fairly early into the game, just before the Mocktopus boss fight. Some players were able to fudge past it by changing language settings or closing and opening the game, but judging by the game's App Store reviews, most just threw their hands in the air and walked away...

World of Tank Blitz [Free], the best tank game on iOS, just got updated, and even though this update isn't that substantial, it still adds some interesting new things. As we wrote a few days ago, the update adds a new map, "Port Bay," which is very big map with mixed terrain (hills and town). The update also allows players to reset Crew Skills, which is great if you are on the players who selected crew skills before really knowing how effective each skill is. The update also fixes an issue with platoon creation; before the update, you could find a platoon consisting of a Tier 10 and a Tier 1, forcing the Tier 1 to struggle among the powerful beasts of the higher tiers (or simply troll the rest of the players). Now, you are only allowed to create a platoon if the tanks are of the same tier or one tier apart...

Ladies and gentlemen, get ready because we are all about to start brawling! Hearthstone's [Free] 2.7 patch, which adds a new mode and many more features, is currently rolling out world-wide. The patch might take some time to hit all regions, but I don't expect it to take long. We wrote about the patch a few days ago, so check that out if you want to know more about what to expect. Also, go here if you want to read the patch notes in more detail. According to Blizzard, the first "Tavern Brawl" will officially kick off this coming Wednesday (or Thursday, depending on your region). Make sure you have at least one Level-20 Hero so you can enter the Tavern Brawl mode. See you in the Tavern!..

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 lots of interesting ones this time around, with many of the usual suspects sitting things out for the week. 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!..

Hearthstone's [Free] developers have been very busy lately, haven't they? First, they announced Magni Bronzebeard, a cosmetic Hero that will replace Garrosh, the Warrior; then, they announced the long-awaited new mode, Tavern Brawl, and now they've announced two new cosmetic heroes that will replace the Mage, Jaina Proudmoore, and the Hunter, Rexxar. The new Hunter Hero will be Alleria Windrunner, the head of the Alliance Expedition to Draenor and Sylvanas' older sister. Alleria became renowned for killing a huge number of trolls in defense of her homeland during the Troll Wars. Surprisingly, Alleria hasn't appeared in World of Warcraft, yet...

Marvel has apparently decided that players of Marvel Future Fight [Free] require help defeating all those waves of enemies, so it has unveiled the first major update for its popular game. Now you can play as one of the Guardians of the Galaxy characters: Rocket Racoon, Groot, Gamora, Drax, Yondu, Nebula, Ronan, and, of course, Star Lord. According to Marvel, in order to gain access to these powerful characters, players will have to tackle the new "Special Mission" stage and find the various items that will help unlock the new heroes...

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective [Free] was once released on iOS, but once it stopped working on iOS 8, it made like a ghost and disappeared. This perhaps was appropriate for a game that's about a ghost. Or perhaps a more appropriate metaphor would be if the game was pulled, then updated to support iOS 8. Like a game coming back to life like a ghost, I guess? Whatever the clumsy ghost metaphor you choose to apply, Ghost Trick is officially back on the App Store, with 4 simple words:..

Summoners War [Free] has proven to be a major hit for Com2us in the US, as the game is regularly in the top 30 grossing games, and even gets in to the top 20 every now and then. Not bad for a game celebrating its first anniversary. In honor of said anniversary, the social RPG is adding new features and a special event in a new update, with the new content rolling out starting today...

The sixth and final issue of Gameloft's superhero auto-runner Spider-Man Unlimited [Free] has arrived, and it might just be the biggest and wackiest update yet. The most obvious new addition is the arrival of a new set of missions based around the arrival of the final member of the Sinister Six, Mysterio. Yes, apparently ol' Fishbowl-Head is the leader of the Six in this storyline, and serves as a sort of final (for now) boss for the game. Look, I can suspend my disbelief about a lot of things, but there's no way Doc Ock is taking orders from Mysterio. The guy's super abilities include the proportionate strength, speed, and agility of a Hollywood special effects designer, and wearing a stupid glass bowl on his head that Spidey smashes every time. The video games love him, though, so what can we do?..

Sometimes I wonder what's going on with Sega. When the @sonic_hedgehog Twitter account was called to my attention by Shaun, posting funny stuff that was genuinely aware of the Sonic fan community, such as making Sanic "gotta go fast" jokes and recalling the nightmare of Carnival Night Zone from Sonic 3 and Knuckles:..

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