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Update Mondays: ‘A Noble Circle’, ‘Geometry Dash’, ‘Phoenix 2’, ‘Subway Surfers’, 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. With the Lunar New Year upon us, plenty of games are taking advantage of the holiday to deliver some cool updates. There are plenty of non-holiday updates this week, 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!

Dan The Man, Free Dan the Man is celebrating two holidays with its latest update. For the Lunar New Year, there are three new costumes and a rooster battle in Survival Mode. Australia Day sees three new costumes of its own added, along with a crocodile battle in Survival Mode. Both battles will drop tokens that you can use to win some prizes in the random gacha machine. Sounds like a fun way to honor two special days in one event.

MARVEL Avengers Academy, Free Somehow, through careful teasing and inside jokes, the arrival of Hawkeye has become one of the most hyped events among the fans of this game. Well, he’s finally arrived, sort of. The latest event is a Hawkeye/Ultron event, with characters like Kate Bishop, Viv Vision, Lucky the Pizza Dog, Jocasta, and Ultron all as potential new recruits. Waiting at the end of it all is the Clint Barton Hawkeye, but only if you manage to fulfill all the right conditions. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait for him to join the campus down the road in the main storyline.

Siralim 2 (Monster Taming RPG), $4.99 Siralim 2 is back again this week, this time with an update that sees some major improvements to the game’s high performance mode. It should now run better than ever on older devices. Other than that, it’s just UI adjustments and bug fixes this time around, but hey, the game had two updates the week before, so I think the developer is entitled to a bit of a break.

The Greedy Cave, $0.99 It’s another usual update for The Greedy Cave. That means you’ve got 20 new dungeon levels to dig through, and some new armor sets to collect. Specifically, some new Cave and Dreamworld sets have been added. I don’t have anything else to add here, so I guess I’ll just meander a little so that the formatting on the article doesn’t get weird. Cheese wedges. Ninja goldfish. A lovely walk in the park with Ms. Brant. That should do it.

Phoenix II, Free Phoenix 2 has another big update on the way, but this one is here to make a few little adjustments for the sake of comfort. Well, more like balancing, but you know. The Mega Laser’s beam width has been reduced a little, the Missile Swarm damage is now working as intended, and the amount of time that your weapons are disabled after deactivating a Personal Shield has been made shorter. Some bug fixes and performance improvements round out the details.

Dungeons of Chaos REVAMPED ED., $5.99 Dungeons of Chaos has now firmly established itself among those RPGs that seem to have decent updates at least a couple of times a month. This one, like many of the game’s other updates, comes down to a lot of fine details. Highlights include fixing a bug involving battle speed, the ability for monks to become exorcists, and class changes now unequipping gear that doesn’t fit the new class. There are lots of other little fixes and tweaks, though, so do check out the notes if you’re interested.

MARVEL Contest of Champions, Free Everyone’s favorite non-Capcom Marvel fighting game has updated with some new characters to collect. Five-star versions of Superior Iron Man, Colossus, Guillotine, Yellowjacket, Moon Knight, and the Hulkbuster armor are now available from the five-star crystal draw. Good luck! This update also fixes some bugs, particularly ones involving Moon Knight. But were they really bugs, or just hallucinations of a disturbed mind? The first thing. It was the first thing. Come on, have some confidence in your own sanity, friends. KHONSHU IS WATCHING.

Shooty Skies, Free Shooty Skies is doing its part to celebrate the Lunar New Year with this colorful new update. There are 11 new pilots to collect, a new Demon Dragon boss, some new baddies, and the all-important bug fixes and performance improvements. Who could these new pilots be? Who knows? I’m actually asking, as I don’t know, and the update notes give no hints. But I’m sure at least some of them will be rooster-related. It would only make sense.

Pokémon TCG Online, Free The Pokemon Trading Card Game is still going strong after more than 15 years, with new expansions releasing regularly alongside each new generation of games. The most recent additions correspond with the latest games, Pokemon Sun & Moon, and this update is mainly about adding that expansion to this app. That also includes support for the new theme decks from that expansion, as well as the ability to use the code cards from the actual physical card packs. Some bugs were also fixed, but stability has always been something of an issue for this app, so we’ll see how effective that will be this time.

Family Guy The Quest for Stuff, Free The latest event to hit Quahog is a Martial Arts tournament. Peter can’t resist participating, of course, decking himself out in a costume that looks like Ryu from Street Fighter. Lois is there in a yellow number likely inspired from Kill Bill, and the Giant Chicken is even getting in on the action with his Akuma-like duds. Guest stars include The Karate Kid, Billy Blanks, Mr. Miyagi, and Mr. Washee Washee. Warm up your punching arm and get your credit card ready for another TinyCo spectacular!

Subway Surfers, Free The Subway Surfers are on their way to San Francisco this time, though I’m pretty sure they’ve been out that way before. In any case, you’ll surf across the Golden Gate Bridge, collect sea lions, and hopefully unlock the new Pixel Outfit for Jenny and the new Groovy Board. Wait a minute. How can it be a subway if it’s along the top of the Golden Gate Bridge? I really need to read the series bible on this game sometime to see if I can make sense of all of this stuff.

Lanota, $1.99 Lanota is a beautiful little game that feels like it has almost totally slipped under the radar. Oh well, I guess that’s how it goes sometimes. Anyway, there’s a new side story chapter called Adventure to the Glorious Sunrise Land available as a $3.99 IAP, and new chapters have been added to the expansion, as well. Although you have to pay for this new content, the game does offer free trials for every paid stage, so you can see what you’re getting for your money. Give the game a shot, it’s quite unique.

A Noble Circle, $1.99 With this update, the story of A Noble Circle is now complete. This game has been a hard one to cover in the traditional sense, as it launched in a rough form that didn’t feel appropriate to review. But now that it’s actually complete, it almost feels too old to review. So let’s do this: spend that dollar. Buy the game. There’s no official TouchArcade score for it, but trust me, this game is something special. Anyway, one coveted Update Mondays Most Spider-Mans of the Week award for actually reaching the finish line in a satisfying way. Congrats, dev!

BADLAND 2, $0.99 This is a terrific update for Badland 2. It adds a new level pack called Warpzone with 10 new levels, 15 new online levels, special badges for clearing levels in one try, and a new clone counter option that shows you how many clones you’re saving. There are 42 new achievements to unlock, and a bug fix for the online mode that plugs a hole some cheaters were using. When I was a lad, ‘bad’ meant the same thing as ‘good’. If these devs keep up their hard work, my old irrelevant slang might make a comeback! I could be cool again!

Geometry Dash, $1.99 Phew, a new version of Geometry Dash? My fingers are already crying. Version 2.1 adds a new level called Fingerdash, a spider game mode, some new objects to contend with, tons of new quests and rewards, daily levels, and more. There’s new art, improvements to the editor, some new secrets, and bug fixes a-plenty. Now get out there and die in the virtual world until you win! Also in the virtual world! The Last Starfighter was not a documentary! I am very sorry if you are learning that for the first time today! EXCLAMATION POINTS!

Hitman Sniper, $0.99 Okay, Hitman Sniper went a little over the top with its Lunar New Year celebrations. But that’s cool, I can dig it. So, pretty much everything has been draped in the theme, and there’s a new limited edition Dragun rifle you can add to your arsenal. There’s new music, new costumes, fireworks, and a daily red envelope that gives you some free goodies. Oh, and sticky land mines. I’m not sure how that’s New Year-themed, but let’s just go with it, okay?

Oh...Sir! The Insult Simulator, $1.99 Let’s bring this week’s round-up to a close with a look at the latest version of Oh…Sir!. The big news is the addition of a new character, a cockney fellow named Albert. But that’s not all. There have been some tweaks to the AI, and the hand will no longer hide until you’ve finished your tea. Sadly, they’ve closed a bug that made it easy to get Serious Sam, so you’ll have to work a little harder if you want him now. On the positive side, it’s easier to get the The Number of the Beast achievement now.

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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