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Update Mondays: ‘Pokemon Go’, ‘Turbo Dismount’, ‘Phoenix 2’, ‘Talisman’, and More

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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!

Angry Birds Seasons, Free Okay, so this app started out as a way of tying Angry Birds into the seasons of the year, then to holidays, and then basketball? Which sort of made sense in that sports have seasons, I guess? But I have no idea what the connection is this time around. The latest update adds 17 new levels that parody Hollywood films, with a promise of more levels in the theme to come. Okay, whatever gas you need for your bird-flinging car, I suppose.

The Greedy Cave, $0.99 I don’t know, Greedy Cave. These free updates are increasingly convincing me that you are in fact a generous sort of cave. For example, this one has 20 new floors of monsters to battle through, some new armor to sniff out, and the ability to get some valuable crystals by watching an ad. If you were really a greedy cave, you would subtract 20 floors, take away all of my armor, and force me to pay to get it all back. Then make me watch a series of Old Navy ads from the late 1990s. Wait, that would be more like the cruel, insidious cave, wouldn’t it?

Phoenix II — Space Shooter, Free At last, a game whose name correctly reflects its content. And with a nice update, too. Tired of getting all hyped up to activate the warp gate for a new ship and getting your 26th Jericho instead? As of this version, duplicate ships sting a little less as you get a princely 50 credits should one come through the gate. It’s not much, but every little bit counts. This update also makes a bunch of balance adjustments and visual tweaks based on player feedback. Anyone relying on certain overpowered ships might have to pick up some new tactics.

Pokémon GO, Free Finally, that one thing that Pokemon Go players have been asking for has been implemented. Yes, that’s right, an appraisal system for your Pokemon! Now you can have your team leader give you all the dirt on any of your Pokemon, letting you know if they’re worth investing in or bound for the ol’ candy dispenser. On the one hand, this feels like something that should have been there from the start. On the other hand, it’s also something that players probably could waited for in lieu of other issues being addressed. Really no winning here. But hey, I caught Pikachu and Slowpoke, so I’ve marked this game off as 100% cleared.

Pet Rescue Saga, Free This week is light enough that I’m willing to let the evil that is Dave the Puppy into our hallowed halls once more. It’s not a special update, just another 15 levels to bring the total up to 1,467. Strangely, they seem to be horror-themed levels. It’s a little early for Hallowe’en, but I suppose going back to school can be a horror in and of itself? Well, knock yourselves out. But don’t do it while Dave the Puppy is around, or you might wake up minus a kidney, know what I’m saying?

True Skate, $1.99 Showing some quick turn-around, this update to True Skate adds the 2016 SLS Munich course that was just used in a competition around two months ago. Of course, as with other added parks in the game, you’ll have to buy it via IAP, but how cool is it to have courses from the real world made available so quickly in a game? This new version also includes some bug fixes and UI adjustments, because such things are the staples, my friends. The staples.

Race The Sun, $4.99 One of the most appealing points of Race the Sun is its lovely visual design. It’s hard to fully appreciate that while you’re playing the game, though. Fortunately, this update brings a new mode called Sunrise where there are no high scores to worry about, no speed boosts to try to run into, or anything like that. This update also adds some new portal worlds, 3D Touch support, and various bug fixes and optimizations. Safety tip: racing the sun in a video game is a lot of fun, but doing it in real life could result in injury to yourself and others. Please play with celestial bodies responsibly. Thanks.

Mr. Crab 2, Free Hey, it’s that crabby guy with the hat! Mr. Crab 2 adds some new levels in this update, and they are pretty tough. There are four of them in total, so get at it and test your skills. This new version throws a bunch of new stuff into the vending machine, including 10 new levels and some new costumes. You know, just in case a crab wearing a bowler hat isn’t good enough for you, you decadent philistines.

Order & Chaos 2-Fantasy MMORPG, Free Has it been a year already? I guess so. It’s not like an App Store description would just go and lie to you, right? So, happy anniversary to Order & Chaos 2! To celebrate, there’s a wild event going on that sees you racing other players around the world, uncovering information about its history in the process. There are special quests, new solo challenges, new mobs and bosses, and of course, some cool new gear to collect. There are plenty of other cool additions as well, but you’ll have to check the game for all of that. Since I didn’t have time to buy a present for the game, I’ll just have to give it this coveted Update Mondays Most Spider-Mans of the Week award instead.

Talisman, $3.99 If you’re craving more content for Talisman, I’ve got some excellent news for you. The latest expansions, Blood Moon, has hit the game, and is available via IAP. There are 111 new adventure cards, 3 new characters, 10 new spell cards, and a whole lot more. There are some bug fixes to go with all of that, though it looks like some people are still having issues with private games, so keep that in mind if you’re just picking it up now.

The Sandbox Evolution, Free It’s a nice grab bag of new stuff in this latest update to The Sandbox Evolution. For those closing out their summers, a few fireworks might help you see the season off in proper fashion. Fans of this summer’s Ghostbusters movie, all ten of you, can finish out your team by playing as Patty and Abby. Each of them wields a special ghostbusting weapon of their own, sure to be useful in taking out the new slime enemy that’s been added to the game. Rounding out the update, there’s a new campaign, new missions, and the ability to skip daily quests if they’re too much of a pain to complete.

Turbo Dismount®, Free Let’s dismount from this week’s article by looking at the latest additions to Secret Exit’s Turbo Dismount. Truth be told, it’s a fairly typical update, but that’s not a bad thing when it comes to this game. You get a new free vehicle, the Sweet Justice cop car, and a new seasonal head, the Intimidating Cop Hat. Sure, why not? Naturally, here there be bug fixes, as well.

That about wraps it up for last week’s significant updates. I’m sure I’ve missed some, though, so please feel free to comment below and let everyone know if you think something should be mentioned. As usual, major updates will likely get their own news stories throughout this week, and I’ll be back next Monday to summarize and fill in the blanks. Have a great week!

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