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'Pokemon GO' Buddy Pokemon Feature Coming Soon

September 2nd, 2016 3:37 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Updates
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Niantic's starting to introduce some cool and useful new features to Pokemon GO [Free], with the recent addition of Pokemon Appraisal, and now the next new feature: Buddy Pokemon. You can now assign a Pokemon of your choice to become your buddy, and they will appear alongside your avatar on your profile. Niantic is promising that there will be "in-game rewards and experiences" available to you and your buddy, such as getting candy for walking together. Neat!..

XperimentalZ Games' Pinball Breaker Forever [Free] did a pretty solid job at combining both pinball and endless Breakout-sttle gameplay when it released earlier this year. The game's just gotten an update with a couple of new game modes. If you're a pinball fan that wants something that feels a bit more like pinball, the Pinball Classic mode might be for you. It's still not the most realistic physics that you'll experience in a pinball game, but it does add a new layer of challenge to the game...




Looks like it's nostalgia week on the App Store because after getting a He-Man game yesterday, today we are getting G.I. JOE vehicles in Micro Machines [Free]. Micro Machines in itself is a retro game brought back to life, and adding G.I. JOE vehicles on top of that is like having a nostalgia sandwich. The new update adds seven classic G.I. JOE combat vehicles: you can drive the H.I.S.S. Tank around, use Cobra Rage to take out other players on the arena combat, or even mess around with Rolling Thunder. In addition to the G.I. JOE vehicles, the update has also added a new track, Army Action, that comes complete with plastic soldiers and tanks and even a working minefield...

Super Entertainment's Steppy Pants [Free] has been a game based around two ideas: one, what if "The Ministry of Silly Walks" was a video game; two, what if a game was made around not stepping on the cracks of a sidewalk, lest you break your mother's back? Well, video game adaptation led to your back getting broken as opposed to your mother, since that just seems horrific. But now, Steppy Pants is out to turn another childhood walking method into a video game with the new Floor is Lava mode in the 1.3 update, live now...

I'm not one for hyperbole, but Coffee Stain Studio's Goat Simulator [$4.99] is indisputably the best goat, giraffe and whale simulator game of all time, and the App Store was unequivocally blessed by its presence when it launched in 2014. At the time, it was universally praised by fans of goats, fans of simulators, and anyone in between, and in our review, Carter even deviated from his notorious three and a half star rating tyranny, and bestowed it with a rare but deserved four star score. Unfortunately, while the joke was funny at first, we soon fell back to reality - Goat Simulator quickly got old, and didn't have much longevity beyond the initial novelty and complete absurdity of its core concept. However, Coffee Stain Studios have taken steps to alleviate this issue through new spin off entries in the franchise, and occasional updates that add brand new features and levels to try out. Today, the original Goat Simulator received a 'Buck to School' update, that adds new menus, and most importantly a whole new level to glitch around in...

Even though Leap Day [Free] only launched on the App Store in May, we have already seen five content updates be released for it in the three or so months since it came out. While none of these have been particularly groundbreaking, with only some characters and themes being introduced, they have helped reinvigorate the ridiculously compulsive platforming gameplay that quite literally never ends. This pattern of consistent improvements to the formula continues today, as Nitrome have released what they call the 'first major update' for Leap Day, and have introduced a multitude of new traps to sabotage your jumps, as well as new characters and levels to tide you through to the end of time - or whenever Leap Day is updated next...

I was a big fan of Ellipsis [$3.99] when it released earlier this year, and the game's just gotten a Game of the Year update with new content, along with a brand new free version. First off, why Game of the Year? Well, they won Intel's Game of the Year award, so yeah, fair enough. But the new content adds in 15 levels to the full game, bringing the total to 150 levels...

While today's Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] update isn't nowhere as huge as the upcoming 0.16 Boss Update one we wrote about a few days ago, 0.15.7 has added one important new feature: a new texture pack. According to the update blog announcement, this one is mostly about Oculus Rift, but what the rest of us are getting is the Natural texture pack, which lets you enjoy higher-res textures and more realistic sheep faces (108 more pixels ready to haunt your dreams). The texture pack really makes a huge difference in the way the game looks, and although it won't be to everyone's liking (texture packs never are), if you wanted your Minecraft to look sharper, this is the texture pack for you...

Infinite Dreams are continuing their rapid expansion of their excellent shoot 'em up Sky Force Reloaded [Free] with yet another new update dropping today. As with previous updates, this one comes with a code name, which is "The D Update." What's that "D" stand for? Dinosaurs! But not just any dinosaurs, but raptors with lasers attached to their head. Yes, laser raptors. Ahem. Perhaps you didn't hear me, I said LASER RAPTORS. Here are a couple of screens from this new Level 12...

Epic Flail [$1.99] was a really interesting concept for an arena fighting game when it was first released back in June. With some beautifully detailed pixel graphics, Epic Flail was all about evading enemy attacks and countering back with fatal blows of your own, and with a significant variety in the environments and challenges available, it did make for an enjoyable and unique experience. However, the main problem was synonymous with the game's title - the controls didn't give the precision that was required to pull off some of the more interesting tactical concepts, and so flailing, admittedly epically, around the screen became the only way to be victorious in the picturesque battles against gladiators and centaurs. However, developers Noxus Ltd have made great strides to fix these issues through implementing a fantastic new control system, and have also made Epic Flail free to download, so there is no better time to give this neat 2D brawler a bout...

The interesting dungeon-building kinda-roguelike RPG Guild of Dungeoneering [$4.99] has just gotten its first adventure pack as a free update. Pirates' Cove gives you new pirate and piracy-themed missions to play through, with new stuff to check out. There's 23 new monsters, 27 new items to equip, and most importantly: 3 new classes to play with! Versus Evil and Gambrinous estimate this content adds about 30% to the game, so it's a nice, meaty little free add-on...

Yunus Ayyildiz's hocus. [$0.99] has proven to be an endearing and popular puzzle game for iOS. It's also seen some cool updates so far, including getting a level editor in a previous update. But what about sharing those levels? Ayyildiz has a clever solution for that, in a new update releasing on Thursday, September 1st. New level cards can be shared that include a snapshot and QR code to scan for the level for easy sharing and accessing. Not only can you play others' levels from the top list and rate them accordingly, but now you can get new levels from social media or other sources...

Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] is the gift that truly keeps on going on the App Store. When it first launched, many were disappointed with its relatively bare-bones approach to what is probably the biggest game of the past decade, however Mojang have kept on supporting the iPhone edition with new features that has taken it virtually on par with console and PC versions. Only two months ago did the app receive the massive addition of multiplayer Realms that allowed you to play online with friends, and the developers certainly do not seem to be slowing down the support for the mobile variant of Minecraft. On their blog today, Mojang have outlined an upcoming 0.16 update, which plans to add awesome new features such as bosses, monuments, and more to make your block-building survival experience more enthralling than ever...

Update Mondays: 'Pokemon Go', 'Turbo Dismount', 'Phoenix 2', 'Talisman', 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. Phew, this week is pretty light, my friends. Some cool stuff for games we don't often see in these articles, but if you were looking for quantity, I don't think I can help you today. 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!..

Taekwondo Game Global Tournament [Free] has been my game of choice whenever I need a quick fighting game fix, but its lack of online multiplayer was always a big shame since the game is so well made. We really liked the game here at TouchArcade when it first came out and even gave it our Game of the Week award. Finally, in a update released today Taekwondo has added online multiplayer, which is great news (although as of this moment I'm still getting server issues). The update has also added new Suits but, more importantly it has brought in an official endorsement by the World Taekwondo Federation, which is great both for the game and for those who enjoy the sport...

Bethesda has announced that the latest update for Fallout Shelter [Free], version 1.7 is now available. With the new Nuka-World add-on coming to Fallout 4, a new Special Event Quest is in the game themed after the add-on. Complete it, and the Nuka-World mascots Bottle and Cappy can appear in the Vault, and will earn you Caps and Nuka-Cola Quantum. So get that quest done, overseers!..

There's nothing quite like finding a cool game we missed several months back. It's like getting a new cool game, except it's usually had a bunch of updates to make it even better! Such is the case with Celsius Heroes [Free], an interesting take on the Puzzle & Dragons [Free] formula of social RPGs. The game was pointed out to me a few weeks ago by a member of the TouchArcade forums, and I've been looking for an excuse to mention it since. As the game just got a big content update, this seems as opportune a time as any...

Horizon Chase [Free] is a pretty astonishing mobile game in numerous different ways. Not only did it receive a glowing review back in 2015, where we declared it as the gold standard for retro-inspired racers on the App Store, but it was also used as a way for composer Barry Leith to propose to his girlfriend in the game, which won the hearts of many adoring fans - and most importantly the lucky lady, who did indeed say yes. Now with over 5 million downloads and around 70 million races completed since its release, developers Aquiris are celebrating the one year anniversary of Horizon Chase's launch with a set of updates that include a new cup, two new cars and Apple TV support...

Update Mondays: 'The Simpsons: Tapped Out', 'Star Traders 4X Empires', 'A Noble Circle', 'Demon's Rise', 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. Now this is more like it. I haven't had to be picky to fill out this article for a long while now, but this week saw tons of worthy candidates. 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!..

While we live in a time where a new Warhammer game gets released on a literal weekly basis, that's no reason to not keep following some of the more significant ones still getting update. In fact, Warhammer 40,000 Freeblade [Free] is still kicking, and the game's just gotten a big 2.0 update that finally adds multiplayer to the game. Now, you can partake in levels where you fight your friends and enemies' Freeblades for supremacy...

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