Category Archives: Updates

Bounce On [$1.99 / Free] is one of the original iOS classic platformers, and it's gotten a nice refresh in order to keep it up with modern devices. It's gotten an iOS 8 fix, yes, but this game hasn't been touched since an iOS 7 update back in 2013, and the last updates before that were in 2010. Team Phobic has transferred the game over to Iddy Biddy Games, who immediately got on adding widescreen support along with Game Center support...

There are some games where I think that they would look better with the iOS 8 graphics library, Metal. Bean Dreams [$1.99] was not necessarily one of those games. As a 2D pixel art platformer, it certainly isn't ugly, but it certainly isn't a game where I think "you know what would make this look better? Metal." Well, Kumobius thought "you know what would make this look better? Metal." So they added Metal visual effects to the game. Some of them are quite subtle, but they include an aurora borealis, per-drop rain effects, and new shaders. This is all without affecting performance on the old iPhone 3GS and iPad 1, which the game is still compatible with...

Crossy Road [Free] has just gotten another big update adding in more characters with special features. There's 17 new characters who pop up in this update, and they're mostly based on the British Isles. Want to play as a chimney sweep in a dark and rainy landscape with double-decker buses? You can do that now in this update, which includes three secret characters. One of them is a Doctor Who reference, of course. Because why not...

Update Mondays: 'Despicable Me: Minion Rush', 'WWE Immortals', 'Candy Crush Soda Saga', 'Sky Force 2014', 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. Well, this week wasn't quite as significant as the last one, but there are so many more Spider-Mans this time around I can't help but give it the nod. Lots of other great stuff, too! 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!..

In the fall of 2010, EA revived the legendary NBA Jam franchise in what was originally planned to be a bonus game included with the purchase of their basketball sim NBA Elite 11 on consoles. A rebooting of the well-known and long-running NBA Live franchise, NBA Elite 11 was plagued with development problems and eventually cancelled prior to release. Thankfully, EA decided to release the rebooted NBA Jam in October of 2010 as a standalone digital download on consoles, and in February of the following year that game made its way to iOS devices. And let me tell you, NBA Jam [$0.99 / $4.99 (HD)] was glorious on the iPhone. ..

With WrestleMania this weekend, it makes sense that the WWE games on the App Store would get updates in time for the big event. Today, WWE Immortals [Free] gets two new wrestlers and a new event system. We heard about Stone Cold Steve Austin coming to Immortals yesterday, but we now know his two varieties: Icebound Watcher and Texas Rattlesnake. Makes perfect sense. Also, the late, great Macho Man Randy Savage is being added to the game in Renegade and Macho King varieties. Here's how I feel about that:..

Blek [$0.99] has been a huge success for Kunabi Brother, racking up over 1.5 million sales since its release back in 2013, and now the game has gotten a big update adding 20 new levels. Their goal with these 20 levels was to challenge dedicated players, as they saw players were getting even better than they, the developers, were at the game, and some even had beaten the game without making a single mistake. So, expect to get challenged in these new levels...

We loved the card-based dungeon crawler Card Crawl [$1.99in our review, but some balance and RNG tweaks were still needed to tighten up the experience. Notably, this came in the form of repeatedly getting unplayable opening hands, where the dealer Hoernis would throw out something like two Souleaters and a level 7 Goblin at the start, and the only plausible option would be to restart. And restart...

KingsRoad [Free], an action-RPG with online multiplayer that made its way from PC to iPad last year, is making another jump, this time from iPad to iPhone. Rumble Entertainment has launched the version 3.0.0 update which makes the previous iPad-only app universal, bringing in iPhone players for the first time. If you don't know what KingsRoad is about, we got to see how far the game has come along when we recorded a video of the game at GDC:..

Have you made a grievous error in your life by not playing The Blocks Cometh [$0.99 / Free], the rad endless block-climber action game? Well, good news is that The Blocks Cometh Free is now available on the App Store. This is a free, ad-supported version of the 2011 original, that's the same game, just with the occasional ad that pops up. You can remove the ads for $0.99, and the game is otherwise identical to the paid version, with the IAP to unlock all characters and to unlock the Game Boy-style GameBot mode...

Update Mondays: 'Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff', 'Candy Crush Saga', 'Cardinal Quest 2', 'Auro', 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. Some really huge updates last week, with many big titles and plenty of unexpected ones. 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!..

On Wednesday, Rockstar Games released an update for their iOS port of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City [$4.99] that added support for the native resolutions of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well as support for all Apple Made For iPhone (MFi) controllers. A similar update was released for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas [$6.99] way back in October of last year, which kind of made sense as that's sort of the "flagship" GTA game out of the original 3D trilogy. However, it was nice to see GTA: Vice City get some love too, and everyone wondered if Grand Theft Auto III [$4.99] would get a similar update soon. The answer is: Yes! Right now! An update has just hit adding the exact same things to GTA III as the Vice City update earlier this week: support for iPhone 6 screens, MFi controllers, and assorted bug fixing...

I love that True Skate [$1.99] has burst onto the scene of real-life skateboarding culture, first with its partnership with Street League Skateboarding which began last June and has resulted in 5 downloadable SLS parks being added to the game, and now with the legendary Skatepark of Tampa which is now available as a downloadable course ahead of the 21st annual Tampa Pro contest that's being held this weekend. ..

Blizzard announced the "Blackrock Mountain" expansion coming to Hearthstone [Free] back during PAX East, and now you have the ability to pre-purchase the expansion ahead of its release, and get an exclusive card back for pre-purchasing. If you buy it for $24.99, you'll get the Molten Core card back for free, which can't be obtained otherwise. You will, of course, be able to buy the expansion with 700 gold or in multiple wings for $6.99 each, just like "Curse of Naxxramas."..

TinyCo's Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff [Free] is running a special event starting today, crossing over with Star Trek in a new in-game event. A variety of Star Trek characters are in the event, mostly from The Next Generation, including Picard, Riker, and Data, and all of them are voiced by their original actors. Captain Kirk is making an appearance in the event as well. Star Trek has had plenty of references in the Family Guy show and the Next Generation cast did all appear on one episode, so this makes a lot of sense...

Not long ago, we brought word that the amazingly deep RPG Siralim [Free] would be receiving a very substantial update quite soon. If you've been waiting with anticipation, the day has finally arrived. Siralim 2.0 features heavily overhauled graphics and adds a ton of content to an already large game. There are now more than 100 new creatures in the game, a new skill point system, hundreds of new items, and lots more. You can check a full list of the changes by visiting the forums at  developer Thylacine Studios's homepage. This update is of course free, as all of the many other updates made to the game have been...

The Blocks Cometh [$0.99] is one of my personal all-time favorite iOS games, and it's getting an update for its fourth anniversary on the App Store, which is coming as soon as Apple approves it. Halfbot shared this morning that they have submitted the update to the game, so as soon as Apple approves it, which should hopefully be by the end of this week depending on Apple approvals. Some behind-the-scenes stuff caused some delays from the original February release for the update, but things are on track now, assuming Apple has been appeased...

Rad news if you're a fan of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City [$4.99], as the game has gotten an update bringing two killer improvements to the game. First up is MFi controller support, which is always welcome to a game that was originally meant to be played with a controller! Second, the game now has support for the native resolutions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, so the game's going to look as crisp as it possibly can. Awesome...

So, you're probably going to want to sit down for this one. Modern Combat 5 [Free] is officially going free-to-play in this latest update, available now. Before you freak out, the good news is that Gameloft is going to try and take care of people who paid for the game, they added in new content and controller support is finally here in the game...

Dinofarm Games' Auro: A Monster-Bumping Adventure [$2.99] was a game which our Shaun Musgrave gave a five-star review, and is one that has actually become one of my go-to games when I'm just looking to play something quickly, but that doesn't mean there's not room for improvement. Five stars out of five isn't equivalent to "perfect" by any stretch of the imagination. For example, Auro launched with a tutorial that takes place over 31 missions designed to explain every single nuance of the game. It was kind of comical, and even I skipped most of them once I felt I had a handle on the mechanics. Thankfully, Keith Burgun of Dinofarm Games thinks that was a bit excessive too, and is changing that in update 1.29, coming soon – and it's bringing a whole host of changes to the game...

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