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. I think someone must have stuck a broomstick in the update machine last week, because we got quite a few more interesting ones than we’ve been getting lately. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper 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!
Nimian Legends: BrightRidge HD, $3.99 Wow, this one got two updates last week. Hey, have you all played Nimian Legends yet? You really should, it’s quite nifty. Anyway, these updates add a bunch of things to the game, including an expanded day/night cycle, improved quality settings, fireworks, falling damage, and more. The updates also included an assortment of bug fixes and other minor improvements. Seriously, it’s only a couple of bucks, give it a go.
MARVEL Avengers Academy, Free Wheel of Tiny Co, turn turn turn, is your latest event cool or a burn? After a surprisingly enjoyable event based on Spider-Man Homecoming, Avengers Academy is on to the next thing. The Armor Wars event is a sort-of mini-event to fill in the gap until Defenders hits Netflix. It pits Tony Stark against the Crimson Dynamo, and it includes a lot of Iron Man odds and ends. Riri Williams is here as a premium character, and Young Avenger Iron Lad joins his compatriots who have already been added in previous events. Whiplash and the Darren Cross version of Yellowjacket are also recruitable, and a few very lucky players will be able to get some Hulkbuster armor for Stark. But how is the event itself? Well, Sky-Cycles. D’oh.
Typeshift, Free The next of TypeShift‘s promised monthly updates is here, and while it lacks much in the way of sizzle, I’m sure fans of the game will be happy with it anyway. There are two new clue puzzle packs you can buy via IAP, giving you more of the crosswords-style fun to master. This update also adds sorting options for the pack list, which is a timely addition given the increasingly large assortment of them to scroll through. More content for those who want it, plus a UI addition for everyone. Isn’t that what updates are all about? Wait, where are the bug fixes? And performance improvements? WHERE ARE THEY?
Phoenix 2, Free At long last, Phoenix 2‘s anniversary update is here! Let’s see what’s in the box, friends. Phew, a lot. So, the highlights include new Ultimate Upgrades for all Auras and Zen modes, Ultimate Upgrades for all weapons, a new ship interface, reworked weapon types, three new ships, updates to the game engine itself, a bevy of balance changes, and yes, bug fixes! If you’re using an iPhone 7 or an iPad Pro, you’re going to see some serious… stuff with this updated engine. For everyone else, you certainly can’t sneeze at all of that new content. I mean, you can. I’m not the sneeze police. But you ought not to. At any rate, this is the coveted UMMSMotW award winner this week. Nice work, Firi Games.
Wonderputt, $0.99 Here’s this week’s nice example of rising from the grave. Wonderputt was one of the many games that needed an update for 64-bit compatibility. Developer Damp Gnat didn’t just stop there, however. They made this once-iPad exclusive title universal, added some new achievements, threw in some new controls to improve how the game plays, and restored retina display functionality for the recent iPads that support it. Since it was iPad-only, I feel like a lot of iOS gamers haven’t tried this one out, but you really ought to now. It’s a blast.
Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed, Free Watch out, friends. Dynasty Warriors is off of its leash, and it’s going to… like… pee on every hydrant. All of them. No hydrant is without sin. So, this little experiment seems to be going well enough for Nexon. They’ve added a new campaign in their latest update to Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed that continues the Battle of Red Cliff. There’s also a new officer skill upgrade item, and new things to buy. Just be careful the game doesn’t dig up your flowerbed.
The Elder Scrolls: Legends CCG, Free Ever since Elder Scrolls Legends launched, we here at TouchArcade Towers have been inundated with letters asking when Bethesda was going to update the shucky-darned thing to support iPhone. We’ve always had to reply to those letters with a heartfelt SADFACE emoji, but we’ve gone and fired up the HAPPYFACE and SUNGLASSES emoji machines because the game is now universal. This update also changes some cards and fixes some bugs, things which we do not get letters about but will SUNGLASSES emoji to anyway.
Dawn of Crafting, Free Speaking of games we get a lot of mail about, we’ve got something like seventeen bags full of letters about Dawn of Crafting, all from the same address. It’s pretty weird, but at least it gave us something to do with Carter’s old office, now dubbed La Salle des Too Many Freaking Dawn of Crafting Letters. Right, update stuff. Well, it looks like this update has some new surprise game endings, new items, redesigned quests, and some other stuff. I like how every line of the update notes thanks the person who brought the subject to the developer’s attention. That’s kind of sweet.
Mr. Crab 2, Free You gotta do what? You gotta pinch knees! Ba-da-daaa-da-da. Hello, Mr. Crab. It is summer, you are having a very nice time, I’m sure. Unless you are an Australian crab or a crab from anywhere else in the Southern Hemisphere, in which case you are probably having a disagreeable winter. Let’s pretend it’s the former, though. So how do you celebrate this hot weather? With twelve new levels, of course. Just as I used to do in my younger years. Yes, sir. I would finish my school year, loudly announce that it was summer, and suddenly grow twelve new levels. Of what? Oh, friend. Don’t ask questions you don’t want the answers to.
Oh...Sir! The Insult Simulator, $1.99 I have to say, Oh…Sir! has a pretty odd assortment of guest characters. Serious Sam, H.P. Lovecraft, and now… the Postal Dude? They even got his original voice actor, Rick Hunter, to reprise the role. You’ll have to figure out how to unlock him, of course. But now I’m wondering who else is going to show up. Bubsy the Bobcat? Art Carney? The cast of Cheers? Boogerman? Don Cherry? The possibilities are endless here! Actually, that last one would be great. Look into it Vile Monarch, he can’t be that expensive. He’s Canadian, after all!
Injustice: Gods Among Us, Free Wait, what? The sequel is out and they’re still adding stuff to this one? Well, I guess if it’s still putting butts in seats, there’s no harm in adding the odd character here and there. I can’t help but think that effort would be better put towards the rather thin roster of the sequel, but what do I know? Nothing except how to renew a Canadian passport in Japan, friends, and that’s hardly relevant here. This update adds Arkham Asylum Killer Croc and the data for a couple of future characters, Arkham Knight Batgirl and Yellow Lantern Hal Jordan. The new multiplayer season character is Flashpoint Aquaman. Have fun!
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!