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. It’s quite an interesting mix this week, with some games we rarely see stepping up alongside the usual suspects. 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!
Dungeons of Chaos REVAMPED ED., $5.99 This game’s been seeing steady updates, most of which contain a number of improvements and fixes. The last couple of updates included some changes to the rest option on indoor maps, a new skill called Nature Ally that allows you to summon wolves and other beasts, a new feat called Tree Hugger, and six additional save game slots making for a total of fifteen. I don’t include this game every time it updates, so make sure you keep an eye on it, because the developer works pretty hard at it.
Dan The Man, Free Dan The Man has a plan, a plan to increase the size of the land. This new version expands the world map, but that’s not all. You also get new rewards for completing challenges, a new hard mode, and a survival mode where you can put your skills to the test to see how long you can hang in there. I wanna see if you wanna see what it means to be the man with the master plan, are you the man now?
LUMINES PUZZLE & MUSIC, $2.99 More albums for Lumines! It’s just what I wanted! There are two additional albums available to buy as IAPs now, both at a cost of $4.99. That works out to about a dollar per skin. The first pack, which went live late last week, includes some songs from Japanese pop rock band Sekai no Owari. Personally, I’m not a fan, but if you are, here you go. The second pack, which became available from today, is more up my alley. The Rez Album includes a handful of songs from the Lumines developer’s other famous title, the trippy rail shooter Rez. That said, still waiting for Heavenly Star over here.
King Rabbit - Classic, Free What’s that? You want more levels for King Rabbit? And you want them for free? That’s just absurd! Or it would be, in a world where the developer of King Rabbit wasn’t such a cool customer. Luckily, we live in this dimension, and that means we get 64 brand new levels for the low price of $0.00. These levels include a new enemy, the Snowman, and lots of new items to wrap your fuzzy brain around. Naturally, there are also some new customization options. That’s enough to be worthy of the coveted Update Mondays Most Spider-Mans of the Week award in my eyes, and since I am the sole judge of that prestigious award, I guess that’s that.
Exiled Kingdoms RPG, Free This game was just recently brought to my attention, and I’ll be putting together a full review of it soon. It’s kind of Diablo-like, and the developer is one of those diligent beavers who likes to make huge updates in part based on player feedback. This latest version adds some new areas, four new quests, some new items, and a set of eight new advanced skills. There are improvements to the UI, some balance tweaks, and a bevy of bodacious bug fixes, as well. The game is free to try with a $3.99 IAP to unlock the full thing, and it’s certainly worth a look for hack-and-slash dungeon crawl fans.
Nekosan, Free This game has some weird controls, but once you get used to them, it’s still really freaking hard. If you’ve mastered the game, however, you’ll be happy to hear that there is a whole new world to explore, known only as the mysterious World B. There are plenty of new tricks, traps, and obstacles to contend with, so stay sharp. This update also adds a couple of new characters and some tutorials for those trying the game out for the first time.
Invisible, Inc., $4.99 The latest iPad release from Klei is as good as you would expect, and it fits tablet gaming like a charm. Still, there were a few things about the port that I was hoping would be addressed, and this update makes a good go of them. The GUI elements have had their resolution improved and look a lot better now. The loading times have seen major improvements, and there is now a Cloud Save feature. About the only thing I could ask for now is for Klei to make this a universal app. Still, I’ll take this for now.
LEGOÂ® Star Warsâ„¢: The Force Awakens, Free Kylo Ren isn’t as cool or mysterious in The Force Awakens as Darth Vader was in the first Star Wars, but I think he’s easily one of the more fascinating characters in the movie, and the one whose arc I’m most interested in. Yes, even though he did that thing at the end of the movie. If you’re a Kylo booster like me, you’ll be happy to hear that the Ottegan Assault mission is now available in LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens, allowing you to play as Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma as they hunt for the location of Lor San Tekka. The Empire Strikes Back character pack is also newly available, bringing some old favorites back. This content is free if you have the All Content Season Pass. Otherwise, it’s $1.99 for the mission and $0.99 for the character pack.
Fallout Shelter, Free I wonder how much Bethesda are kicking themselves over not having more content ready to go for this game closer to launch? There’s been a steady trickle lately, and the game certainly still seems to have an audience, but the conversation has certainly moved on by now. Oh well. This update adds a new cave quest location, new quests, and of course, some delightful iMessage stickers. Had enough of those yet? Too bad, have some more! Taste the sin of excess!
Star Horizon, $3.99 Star Horizon is, if nothing else, a very pretty game. In the rail shooter genre, that counts for a lot. Well, this update ensures that Star Horizon can at least keep that distinction by improving the visuals with new high resolution textures and other tweaks. There’s an aiming reticule now, which should help those who were having difficulties getting shots to land where they wanted them to, and the game is now available on Apple TV. That last bit should make at least a few readers happy.
Feral Fury, $4.99 The sub-genre that is the twin-stick rogue-lite has been slowly fattening up on iOS of late. The big cheese will be arriving soon by the looks of things, but in the mean time, Feral Fury is probably one of the better choices. This update delivers improved touch controls, a new endless mode, some leaderboards to go with that new mode, and an assortment of delicious bug fixes. I see nothing wrong with any of that. You may proceed, Feral Fury.
PewDiePie's Tuber Simulator, Free Hey hey, it’s an update to the latest game with Pewdiepie’s name attached to it! The UI has gotten some work done on it, and there are some new customization goodies. There are two new posters, a new haircut, and one new shirt. I mean, that’s really all you need, right there. Oh, but there are also some bug fixes. Look, this isn’t a super-exciting update, I know, but Pewdiepie’s name brings all the boys to the yard, so here it is. Pewdiepie, Pewdiepie, Pewdiepie!
Eisenhorn: XENOS, $5.99 Let’s bring this to a close with a look at the latest update to Carter Dotson’s favorite Warhammer game. There are six new sets of weapons to wreak havoc with and a new alternate camera for adventure mode. Sure, more weapons and options are good. The developer has also trimmed this bad boy down so that it doesn’t take up quite so much space on your device by optimizing some textures. I mean, it still takes more than 3 GB, but hey, any improvements are welcome in this day and age. Finally, some bugs have been fixed, which should hopefully improve your Eisenhorn experience all around.
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!