It’s always kind of sad when a game stops being updated and stops working. When you combine the chaotic and unpredictable effects that an iOS system update can have, along with the fact that updating a game might not be worth the time and resources to actually do so, sometimes games just die off. Sometimes developers and publishers pull the games, or just leave them in the store, and caveat emptor. Look at Geometry Wars: Touch ($0.99), for example: it’s got issues on iOS 8.1, which is sad as it’s got all the cool modes from Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2. Some may have thought Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light ($3.99) was consigned to a similar fate. It even disappeared off the App Store at one point, and hadn’t been updated for three years. Well, out of nowhere, the game’s been resurrected and updated for compatibility in 2014!
The game has been updated with iOS 8 support, widescreen visuals, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus support, and cloud saving. Why now, three years after the game’s last update and four years after release? This is quite possibly because the sequel, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, is out now on Steam, which seems a good enough reason as any to make sure the original game works. Could this be a harbinger for that game hittiing mobile? Do note that the original iPad version got updated and was made universal, if you owned the iPhone version you’re unfortunately out of luck.