Category Archives: Updates

Zen Studios is adding another Marvel-themed table to their lineup of digital pinball games across all platforms, including of course iOS. Spider-Man's arch-nemesis Venom will be getting his very own table, and it'll be coming to both Zen Pinball [Free] and Marvel Pinball [$0.99] the week of December 8th. Specifically, iOS gamers can look forward to the table becoming available on December 11th, and it'll be in line with other Marvel tables from Zen and will cost $1.99. Here's a screen of the new Venom table...

You forgot about Pocket God [$0.99], didn't you? Sure, it has been a year since the last episode, "Apocalypse, Ow!" But that's no reason to forget about the game that made the "apps with free updates" concept a reality. Well, the app refuses to die, as Bolt Creative has announced episode 48 is coming soon, entitled "Call of Booty." The big new feature in this update is the ability to dive in the sea and explore underwater, hunting for treasure, while avoiding deadly sea creatures. There's twenty total pieces of booty to get, and a golden oyster idol, because why not? Check out the trailer for the upcoming update:..

If you've already bought and played through Monument Valley [$3.99] and its "Forgotten Shores" expansion which was released just a couple short weeks ago, you may be pleasantly surprised to find that there's another new chapter that's been added to the game. As part of the Apps for Red initiative, a new "final" chapter has been added to Monument Valley, "Ida's (RED) Dream." This is a new chapter with some new puzzles, and featuring protagonist Ida decked out in red. ..

Threes [$1.99] has gotten its version 1.2 update, timed with the Apple Apps for Red initiative, but fans of the game actually have a few key additions and tweaks to look forward to. Most obviously added is the Product Red theme, which makes the entire game a red-tinged look in line with the charity's red-themed products. This theme is enabled by default with the 1.2 update, but you can disable it in the options. There's another theme added, Night Mode: this makes the game's background and 3-plus tiles use darker colors so that it's easier on the eyes in low light. Or, Threes just wasn't dark and brooding enough for you...

On Sunday, Apple and a ton of big-name publishers and developers launched a Apps for Red, containing a bunch of updates and sales centered around the AIDS awareness charity Product Red, which contributes to the AIDS Global Fund. Apple has worked with Product Red before, with things like red iPods, but this is a new direction, as a bunch of apps have added red themes, red icons, have sales contributing toward Product Red, and even have new content for the occasion. Threes [$1.99] has a new red theme along with new night colors, and games starting with higher card numbers, and 100% of the app's price is going toward Product Red. Monument Valley [$3.99] has a new final chapter, "Ida's (RED) Dream" which is available for $0.99 with all proceeds going toward Product Red. Free-to-play games are getting into it as well: Clash of Clans [Free] has a special Product Red gems pack, FIFA 15 Ultimate Team [Free] has a Red points pack and a special tournament to unlock Rafa Marquez, Bubble Witch 2 Saga [Free] has special Product Red levels where gold bars used in them will go toward the Global Fund. There's 16 games in total that are contributing to Product Red in some way until December 7th. Check out the list below:..

Welcome to the week, everyone! It's time for our weekly look at notable or interesting updates from the last week that you may or may not have missed. Remember, you can keep an eye out for interesting updates yourself by using AppShopper Social [Free], the watchlist in the TouchArcade App [Free], or by paying very careful attention to the TouchArcade forums. If I've missed anything you think should be mentioned, please leave a comment so others can see it. Following on last week's feedback, I'm going to present things as more of a list this time around. Lots of big ones this week, and a couple of interesting smaller ones, too. Let's dig in!..

One of the true App Store classics is Kairosoft's 2010 release of Game Dev Story [$4.99], which was pretty much just a simple port of a game that they originally released on PC in Japan in the late '90s. It wasn't the prettiest game, nor did it have any fancy features that took advantage of iOS's capabilities. What it did have was an unparalleled gaming experience that let you create your own fictional game company and release your own fictional games. The amount of tongue-in-cheek humor and video game cultural references was incredible, and the game itself was a very satisfying simulation. The game's popularity prompted Kairosoft to release a multitude of similar simulations for mobile devices, and while many of them are quite good there's really nothing that's topped Game Dev Story...

The fourth and final installment of Forge Reply's digital gamebook Joe Dever's Lone Wolf [$0.99] is now officially available for download, just as we learned it would be earlier this month. The new installment, titled Act 4 - Dawn Over V'taag, will run you $4.99 if purchased on its own, or if you've previously bought a Season Pass it will simply be available for download. Here is a trailer detailing the Dawn Over V'taag episode...

A little more than a year ago, id Software updated two of their old iOS ports–Doom Classic and Rage HD– with 4-inch widescreen support and support for Apple's then-new iOS 7 software. Both games had quietly disappeared from the App Store at least a month prior to the updates, which was scary for me as I'm a massive fan of the Doom iOS port. I was delighted to see them return with updates, and hoped that id might see fit to update some of the other games in their iOS catalog...

Character action games are a genre that feels underrepresented on iOS, perhaps because they inherently rely on complex button combinations for combat that just don't translate very well to the touchscreen. Well, about a month ago, Ghost Blade [$4.99] launched on the App Store seemingly out of nowhere, and set a standard for how these types of games should be built for the touchscreen. Rather than rely on a set of virtual buttons, Ghost Blade uses intuitive touchscreen gestures for its combat mechanics, and it works incredibly well, creating a very satisfying experience. ..

It was just about a week ago that we told you that the latest update for Minecraft - Pocket Edition [$6.99], version 0.10 to be precise, had been submitted to Apple for approval. Well it didn't take too long because as of this morning that update is now live and available for download in the App Store. Version 0.10 is more of a big facelift and a few nips and tucks, as there isn't any major new feature additions. The visuals have been improved, and it's immediately noticeable. The textures are better, the clouds more crisp, and the water is way more watery-looking now. It's like the game's color pallet moved from fourth grade primary colors to something a bit more adult. Here's some side-by-side comparison shots so you can see the difference. "Before" pictures on the left, "after" on the right, click to enlarge if that's your thing...

Update Mondays: 'Monument Valley', 'Battle Supremacy', 'Farm Heroes Saga, 'Chaos Rings', 'Game Of War: Fire Age', And More

Okay, so we're going to try a new weekly thing here at TouchArcade. Let's face it, no matter how well you try to keep tabs on interesting new updates, whether it's through the App Store itself, the TouchArcade forums, AppShopper Social [Free], or what have you, there's always a lot of them you might miss. With that in mind, every Monday, I'm going to do my best to highlight interesting or noteworthy updates from the last week. I am just as human as the rest of you, so when I inevitably miss something cool, please feel free to point it out in the comments. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of updates from the last seven days, particularly since many updates are of the 'bug fixes, etc.' sort that are very important but generally not all that newsworthy. So, with the premise explained, let's get on with it...

Pixelbite's fantastic drift-heavy, top-down racer Reckless Racing 3 [$0.99] has received a significant content update and is on sale for $2.99, down from its regular price of $4.99. The update adds support for Apple's Metal graphics API, and while Reckless Racing 3 was a very attractive game to begin with, there definitely seems to be a bump up in the lighting, shadows, smoke and other effects. This update also adds some classic levels from the original Reckless Racing, which is nice because the original appears to no longer be available. A new cup, additional arcade events, and a tweak to the difficulty in arcade mode round out the latest update...

Noodlecake's got a slew of new updates for three of their most popular games. First up, Super Stickman Golf [$2.99] and Lunar Racer [$1.99] have both been updated to support modern devices. This means widescreen support and support for the iPhone 6/Plus are available now for both games. This is their first compatibility update in a couple of years, so it might be time to take them for a spin again if you haven't in a while! Pixel Boat Rush [$1.99] fans might want to give Lunar Racer a shot, there's similarities between the two that even I wasn't reminded of until now...

'Monster Dash' Gets First Update in Two Years

November 13th, 2014 11:30 AM EST by Carter Dotson in News, Updates
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Halfbrick's not letting anything die off, it seems. Between an overhaul for Fruit Ninja [$0.99 / Free] and numerous Age of Zombies [$0.99] upgrades, now Monster Dash [Free] is getting a fresh coat of paint for 2014. As pointed out by friend of the site and mega-cool-guy, Mike Schramm, a big update has gone live this morning. Australian studio Six Foot Kid (who made Band Stars [Free]) has taken charge on development of the game. Along with it is a new trailer for the game:..

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