Category Archives: Updates

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'TypeShift', 'Marvel Future Fight', 'Warlock of Firetop Mountain', 'Dashy Crashy', 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. This was a really exciting week for 64-bit updates, with games like Final Fantasy Tactics, Aralon: Sword and Shadow, Baldur's Gate 2, and Lunar all getting much-needed jolts of life among many others. Besides those, there were also some very nice updates along the regular, content-granting lines. I've picked some of the best to feature here. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

It's no exaggeration to say that Neon Chrome [$8.99] was one of the best mobile games to hit the App Store in 2016. The beautiful cyberpunk aesthetic combined with an engrossing sense of progression elevated Neon Chrome to the very apex of the iPhone's dual stick shooter genre, and received a highly coveted five-star review from the notorious Carter Dotson himself back in November. Understandably, everyone wanted even more Neon Chrome to play, and so the promise of the Arena DLC hitting mobile back in January was extremely exciting. However, months went by with little information on when this expansion would make its way to the mobile iteration of the title, and even with a substantial amount of content in the base game, Neon Chrome fans were beginning to wonder if the Arena DLC would ever make the transition from PC at all. Thankfully, 10tons have today confirmed that a first version of Arena for the iOS port of Neon Chrome is finally playable, and they are looking for testers on our forums to help balance and optimise the expansion before its upcoming launch...




As iOS 11 looms and the deadline for 32-bit apps is upon us, it's been interesting watching long-dormant apps finally get updated after years of inactivity. Still, some big names remain unaccounted for, while others have promised updates on a nebulous schedule. One game that had many iOS gamers worried was Square Enix's Final Fantasy Tactics [$13.99 / $15.99 (HD)], the only iOS Final Fantasy game that wasn't yet 64-bit compatible. Fortunately, about a month ago Square made it known that the game would be updated sometime in September. Dates have a way of slipping, but this one didn't. Final Fantasy Tactics has at long last been updated and will happily make a home on your spiffy new iOS 11 devices...

If you like playing CSR Racing 2 [Free] or you just like the fancy Ferraris, you are in luck. In celebration of the Italian manufacturer's 70th anniversary, CSR2 is getting six tailor-made Ferraris, apparently the only mobile game to be part of Ferrari's 70th anniversary celebration. Specifically, starting today, players can get behind the wheel of cars like the 70th anniversary Ferrari 488 GTB, inspired by Michael Schumacher's F2003-GA Formula 1 card. The event, which starts today and will last until February, will also include cars like the Ferrari California T, inspired by the 1957 250 Testa Rossa Spider Scaglietti, a really good-looking car if you've ever seen it. These six Ferraris have been reproduced in great detail both inside and outside, and they should be a treat for those who like the (usually red) supercars...

Sega is continuing on with their Sega Forever initiative, which they announced this past June and sees classic titles from their entire console history coming to mobile in free to play form. The initiative got off to a rocky start both due to underwhelming titles being released and the emulation performance of those titles being less than stellar. To their credit Sega has worked hard since to release new Sega Forever games with an improved emulator and they've promised to roll those improvements out to the existing line of games via updates. Today a bunch of Sega Forever titles received those promised improvements: Altered Beast [Free], Kid Chameleon [Free], Comix Zone [Free], and The Revenge of Shinobi [Free]. ..

One of the silver linings of the impending 32-Bit Appocalypse has been seeing what sort of App Store golden oldies have risen from the depths of neglect to get some sort of shiny new update to make it 64-bit compliant. I'd have to say my most unexpected update so far has been the one for Rogue Touch that launched at the beginning of the month, but my eyes certainly widened when I discovered that PikPok's touch-centric dunking game Slam Dunk King [Free] had received its first update in nearly 5 years saving it from the Appocalypse. Originally launched in 2011, Slam Dunk King felt like a riff on the ultra popular Fruit Ninja as there were basketballs that launched into the screen and your job was to snag it with your finger and dunk it into the hoop, while also flicking away any bombs that came your way. What set it apart was the trick system which had you grabbing the ball and then doing all sorts of fancy things with it before finally dunking it in an effort to rack up cool combos and a high score...

Tabletop card game Friday (Freitag) [$3.99] made its way to the digital world back in July and provided mobile gamers with an opportunity to play as Friday from Robinson Crusoe. Your job is to direct the efforts of Robinson, famous literary shipwreck victim and all around bonehead, as he learns his way around the island and gets better at, you know, not getting himself killed. The game is a lot of fun and just got a major content update: King of the Island. King of the Island is an online tournament for 1024 players who will compete to become the best of the bunch and true ruler of the tropical island...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Real Racing 3', 'Marvel Avengers Academy', 'Card Thief', 'Hitman Sniper', 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. Updates, updates, we've got updates. Some are pretty cool, but many of them are just 64-bit updates that are exciting but not really a good fit for this summary. Like Vay. Can you believe they updated that? Shin Megami Tensei dies while Vay lives on. It's a strange world out there, friends. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

Hitman Sniper [$0.99] continues to be a very entertaining game, and the constant updates with new events and new weapons certainly haven't hurt the game. It's actually great to see how well this game has been supported, even though it's been out for quite a few years. The latest update is one of the most entertaining ones because it blends the seriousness of Hitman Sniper with the craziness that is the Just Cause series. Specifically, this new update allows you to get the Final Argument Rifle for free, and that weapon is a ton of fun. Instead of just letting you shoot people in the head, which is what you do most of the time in Hitman Sniper, this weapon lets you tether enemies to walls, objects, or even other guards, which introduces plenty of silly moments...

The good folks at RareSloth have once again released an update for their fantastic puzzle platformer King Rabbit [Free]. This latest update is called the Diamond Collection and features 64 of the very best community created levels released in an official package complete with new leaderboards and achievements. The Diamond Collection follows the precious gem naming convention of the previous three expansions - the Emerald Collection, the Ruby Collection, and the Sapphire Collection. Each of those expansions were released for $1.99 apiece, and as a special bonus if you've previously bought all three of them then you'll receive the new Diamond Collection for free. Whee!..

Back in June we posted about a new update to Dumpling Design's beloved high-score chaser Dashy Crashy [Free] in which they began a new system for allowing people to unlock new vehicles in the game entirely for free and without the reliance on luck through the in-game gacha prize system. That update introduced a Dinosaur vehicle and for the two weeks following the update's release if you managed to collect enough meat items while playing with the Dinosaur you'd unlock it permanently. If you didn't earn the Dino during the event, it still remained possible to unlock it by ~secret means~ which are hinted at in game. Then in mid-July, a second event called the Ramper Event started and featured a playable ramp-equipped truck that you could spin around and drive backwards at any time, thus propelling any vehicles in front of you off the ramp and into the air. If you "ramped" enough vehicles you'd unlock the Ramper for free, otherwise much like the dino it would require you to unlock it through secret means...

Endless arcade games are abundant in the beloved realm of the App Store, but I'll be damned if Neon Drive [$3.99] isn't up there with the most stylish and well executed releases in its calamitously crowded genre. The stunning 80's inspired environments, including luminous cityscapes and luscious aquatic settings, really brought the title to life, and its frenetic dodging action created a funky rhythm game element that resonated greatly with the retina-burning colors and cybergrid courses. Despite debuting all the way back in November 2015, developer Fraoula Apps has continued to support Neon Drive as it has slowly spread to multiple other gaming platforms, and today has received its first major update in over a year with new levels, features, modes and much more...

Some of us may be mourning now that summer is nearing its close. However, Vainglory [Free] has released its 2.8 update to ease our pain. The 2.8 update includes some pretty big changes to the game, such as adding two new in-game items (SpellSword and Healing Flask), removing potions, numerous balance changes, and multiple UI improvements...

This month's major update for Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes [Free] has arrived, and it adds a much-requested feature to the game. While the core of the Fire Emblem series is the strategic combat system, it seems to be just as popular these days for the relationships that can be built between characters. In recent entries, these relationships are expressed through mini scenarios that tell some kind of story about the two characters. The debut of the support system in the third Fire Emblem game, however, only took the form of statistical advantages when certain characters were put together on the battlefield. Well, Fire Emblem Heroes now has a support system, but it's a bit closer to the one in that earlier entry than what fans of newer games may be familiar with...

It feels like it was just a week and a half ago that good ol' Nick wrote about the upcoming update to the brilliant Card Thief [$2.99]. Wait, it was just a week and a half ago. Okay, well, that's not really important. What is important is that the update is here! Yes, you are now free to venture to the little updates tab in your App Store and download the new goodies that have been added. Maybe you're using auto-update, in which case all you have to do is open the game. The future is pretty neat, and also now. Let's have a look at what's here, shall we?..

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. This week's list is kind of small but there are a few updates here that pack a solid punch. I suppose it's to be expected, though. Not much point pushing through updates this close to a new iOS version unless you know for sure your app is going to break. Anyway, here's the list of what I could find. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

Many players have been rightfully complaining about Pokemon GO's [Free] Raid system, especially since it's now tied to your ability to get any of the many Legendaries unleashed upon the world. Well, it looks like the most recent update, which has just gone live, will improve your Raid capabilities and maybe make it easier to actually get one of the exotic Legendaries. Specifically, update 1.43.1 has added the ability to view the numbers of trainers who have entered and are preparing for a Raid before using a Raid Pass. This is essential if you aren't doing the raid with friends because otherwise you have to pretty much guess who's in or not. It's not fun using a Raid Pass only to find out that you're flying solo this time around or that there are only a couple low-level players there to help get that Legendary...

Crash of Cars [Free], the .io-style real-time multiplayer game that lets you smash people's cars with (relative) impunity, got a new update that adds a much-awaited feature, private matches. It's one thing to smash the cars of people you don't know or don't care about, and it's another to go car-Hulk on friends and family. Nothing like the smell of familial trolling, I think. The private matches mode allows you to join up to 5 other players and either play Deathmatch or Crown Collect. I suspect this mode will give you another reason to hop in Crash of Cars and play. The update also added a new Mine map that looks all retro and comes with some tight spaces to navigate...

Well friends, we can scratch another one off the condemned list. I'm not real happy about losing the games that are definitely on their way out this fall, but if I must find a silver lining, it's seeing a lot of games updating that I never thought would update again. Take, for example, Rogue Touch [$2.99]. It's a pretty nice mobile version of the classic computer game. Originally released all the way back in February of 2009, the game hadn't seen an update since September of 2013. I thought for sure this one would be a goner come iOS 11, but not only has it been updated with 64-bit compatibility, there's also a bunch of cool new additions and improvements...

Whether it's a major triple-A release from a traditional gaming powerhouse, or a smaller gem from an up-and-coming indie developer, it's always a joy to write about iOS games for TouchArcade and contribute to the greater recognition of the platform within the gaming industry. However, there has been one unfortunate exception to this, with the impending 32-bit Appocalypse meaning many classic titles I quite literally grew up with are soon to disappear from the App Store. Super Glyph Quest [$3.99] was one such game, and featured as a particular standout in our recent guide of the best mobile titles that will die with iOS 11. However, thankfully it appears that our list has prompted the developer to ensure one of 2014's best puzzle games will soon survive the cull, as Super Glyph Quest has just had an update submitted for 64-bit compatibility...

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