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Update Mondays: ‘A Noble Circle’, ‘Pokemon GO’, ‘Cookie Jam’, ‘Star Traders 4X Empires’, 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. Let’s just go ahead and lose ourselves in some nifty updates this week, okay friends? There’s lots of good stuff to check out, no matter what your tastes. 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!

Miitomo, Free Nintendo has other things on its plate as far as mobile goes, but there’s no doubt they’d prefer Miitomo to be in better shape than it is in terms of active users. To that end, we finally get a big update to the game that adds a few features people were asking for. Things like sending direct messages to friends, customizing your Mii’s room, creating extra sidekick Miis, and more are now possible. Some of this stuff probably should have been in there from the start, but hey, they might be able to coax some people to come back.

A Noble Circle, $1.99 The story of the noblest little circle around is coming to a close in the near future. This update adds a new chapter, and from the looks of things, there won’t be too many more as far as the story proper goes. Aside from the new content, this update also adds in better death animations and some camera shaking, according to the notes. Not that you can trust the notes. They are written by a malevolent AI.

Sky Force Reloaded, Free Some neat little additions to this enjoyable shoot-em-up this time around. Most notably, there is now a card radar that will make it easier to collect cards. There are some new avatars to pick from, a new tournament level to challenge, and some bug fixes and improvements. With all of the levels finished, I imagine we won’t be seeing a whole ton of further updates to this game, but it’s been quite a ride.

Pokémon GO, Free The latest update to Pokemon GO is a good update. Maybe not the update some people wanted, but I think it does a good job of encouraging people to load the game up at least once a day. As of this version, your first catch each day and your first stop by a Pokestop will give you greater rewards than usual. This effect increases each consecutive day, up to seven days. Another nice update is that if you beat a Gym Leader, there’s now a short window where only you can drop a Pokemon in there, sparing you from vultures sniping your spoils. The Prestige system has also seen some adjustments.

Templar Battleforce Elite, $9.99 A typical Trese Brothers update, which means so many additions, tweaks, and improvements that I couldn’t possibly fit them all here. This time around, many of these things center around Pyro Engineers. The highlights include a new weapon and armor combo, eight new requisition levels, four new talents, flame-throwing turrets, three new flame weapons, and some new ordnance. There are plenty of other things, too, especially with regards to fixes, but I’ll leave that stuff up to you, friends.

Oh...Sir! The Insult Simulator, $1.99 How appropriate, you fight like a cow! Oh, sorry friends, I was just in the middle of deathly insult combat. But let me take a moment to tell you about this update to Oh…Sir!, the insult simulator. There’s a new guest character you can unlock, none other than Serious Sam. I don’t know how famous he is these days, but there was a time when Serious Sam’s games were like an oasis in the desert for anyone looking for some hardcore action in their first-person shooters. The developers have also changed how multiplayer scoring works, so that anyone who disconnects is going to have to live with a loss on their record. There’s also a harsher penalty for taking to long to make your move. Quick wits are important!

Pathfinder Adventures, Free Obsidian is generally known for two things: quality content, and more bugs than an anthill. This update to Pathfinder Adventures offers both. The latest adventure deck, Sins of the Saviors, is now available. It has new scenarios, maps, locations, loot, and rewards, and by all accounts, it’s a corker of a good time. Unfortunately, this latest version is still quite buggy. Lots of bug fixes in this patch, but it still feels like this one has a long way to go before we can safely call it stable.

Nimian Legends: BrightRidge HD, $3.99 This is a huge update that I’m not even going to try to detail. The main points include a new Grimlin Shapechange character that brings a number of size change options to the game. Camera controls and the UI have seen numerous improvements to try to make things a little more comfortable for all. There are a bunch of changes to accommodate the potential new sizes the player character might be, and lots of bug fixes and other tweaks, as well. This developer has been putting in such hard work lately that I have no trouble tossing them a coveted Update Mondays Most Spider-Mans of the Week award. Enjoy!

The Sandbox Evolution, Free Imagine you had a sandbox where whatever was in your imagination, you could create. What kind of amazing things would you make? A fantasy world of your dreams? A gorgeous sea of stars? Fantastic creatures, great and small? An auto-runner? Oh, the last one? I see. Well, if you really want to do that, you’re now able to in The Sandbox Evolution‘s latest version. You’ll have to buy the Runner Pack, but once you do, you’ll be able to build your own courses and send the two new heroes running along them. New objects include power-ups and extra breakable items. In addition, the developer is running one last chance on the Ghostbusters content from earlier this year. If you want it, you should probably get it now, because I can’t imagine Sony bothering with licensing the 2016 Ghostbusters team out again.

Sentinels of the Multiverse, $6.99 So the big news in this particular update is the arrival of the Prime Wardens variant team. That team includes The Argent Adept, Captain Cosmic, Fanatic, Haka, and Tempest. There’s some kind of process for unlocking this team, but I’ll be honest with you, friends: I’m too tired to research it right now. But it’s morning for you, which means you should be all bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, and ready to do some serious link-clicking. I have faith in you.

Cookie Jam: Top Match 3 Game, Free I don’t know about you, friends, but when I think Cookie Jam, I can’t help but conjure up images of 1960s Hanna-Barbera cartoons. I can’t be the only one because the latest update adds the Flintstones to the game. Now, I haven’t checked, but I’m assuming it’s the classic Flintstones as opposed to the philosophically-charged DC Comics reboot. If it were the latter, I guess I would start playing Cookie Jam. Wilmaaa!

Vainglory, Free Okay, I had to double-check the name of that new hero. In the update notes, they write the title of each sub-section in all caps, and Flicker’s name can look like a totally different word if you aren’t looking carefully. Anyway, the new hero is Flicker, who uses fairies and moonlight to help out allies and mess around with enemies. Flicker isn’t the sort you want to be doing direct combat with, in other words. This update also has some new skins, some quest changes, and a bit of re-balancing. Oh, and you can now record and stream directly from your device, which is pretty cool.

Ire - Blood Memory, Free Ire – Blood Memory has been pretty popular in our forums for a while now, and this new update should help keep it that way. A new mode, Penitence, has been added, offering some new challenges. If that’s not enough, there’s a new difficulty setting to play with, and some new bosses and patterns in the Rift. Some balance adjustments have been made, and some new items are available in the shop. Oh, and of course, there are 25 new pieces of gear to find and make use of. Phew, I didn’t accidentally call it Blood Money this time.

Modern Combat 5, Free Whenever I stream an old RPG on Mobcrush, I almost always get someone asking me to play Modern Combat 5 instead. Hey, it’s cool, but I’m not a big military shooter guy. People love this game, that much is clear. They want to play it, they want to watch it, they want to pour milk on it and eat it, then go to the hospital only to be turned away because you can’t really eat a digital game anyway so how does any of this make sense? Right! Update! There’s a new tier of weapons called Prestige that includes seven very deadly arms. As of this version, you can also play online using your data connection, though I’m not sure how good that would be. Squads have been revamped, the single-player rewards have been improved, and Rush Mode now has a job for people who have been killed. Neato.

Star Traders 4X Empires Elite, $4.99 Free stuff! It’s a thing that people like. The Trese Brothers like to make things that people like, so you get a free thing today. It’s a new map called The Rim, and while it’s not the biggest map in the game, it’s big enough for you to get into a lot of trouble with. This update also includes some new tech, a new upgrade, an improved UI, and a bunch of fixes and performance improvements. All for free!

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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