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. Updates, updates, we’ve got updates. Some are pretty cool, but many of them are just 64-bit updates that are exciting but not really a good fit for this summary. Like Vay. Can you believe they updated that? Shin Megami Tensei dies while Vay lives on. It’s a strange world out there, friends. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let’s dig in!
Card Thief, $2.99 Card Thief got its first major content update last week, adding in a set of new thieves to play as, each with their own rules. Only three of the ten total new thieves are playable on any given day, where you can take them out on a special contract to see how you stack up against other players. This update also makes a few other adjustments, like changing the random junk you would get from completing runs into extra treasures. Some rule changes for specific cards, too. If Card Thief follows the same pattern as Card Crawl, this probably won’t be the last time we see the game in this feature.
MARVEL Avengers Academy, Free After another terrible Daredevil event, Avengers Academy fans will surely be glad to jump into the next one featuring… oh no, it’s the Inhumans. And good news, everyone! This event looks to be using a lot of random elements! Oh well, someone out there must like these characters, and if that’s you, this is a real jackpot. Medusa, Black Bolt, Gorgan, Auran, Crystal, Triton, Karnak, and Lockjaw are all up for grabs here. Some of them are free, some of them are not. Unfortunately, the one most people would care about, Lockjaw, is not. Oh well. It’s a slow week for updates in general, so I guess I’ll give this the coveted UMMSMotW award just because they put Lockjaw in the icon.
King Rabbit - Classic, Free Did someone order some more levels for King Rabbit? Because if you did, you’re all set for the next little while. The Diamond Collection of levels is now available, giving you a bunch more stages to make your way through. If you bought the previous three Collection IAPs, you’ll get Diamond for free. Otherwise, you can buy it at the same price as the others. This update also includes new skins and some new run effects, along with some other cool stuff. Hop to it. No, I’m not apologizing for that one. It’s been a hard week already and it’s only Monday.
Lost Socks: Naughty Brothers, Free Lost Socks tried to fight the good fight, but when even Super Mario has trouble meeting sales expectations as a paid auto-runner, what hope does anyone else have? So, the game is free-to-play now. But don’t get too discouraged. The economy has been adjusted to promote IAP purchases, but only a little bit. Furthermore, the levels have more checkpoints and some other adjustments to make it a little less punishing all-around. Yes, usually games get harder when they go free-to-play, but Lost Socks has never been about taking the well-traveled road and it’s not about to start now.
Fire Emblem Heroes, Free Fire Emblem Heroes continues to get some pretty nice monthly updates in addition to regular bug fixes and such. This one includes a new support system that allows you to pair up units and build their relationship to give them stat boosts in the field. You can also now easily view team names, and search for specific skills when you want to find the right inheritable skill to pass along to another unit. There are also a few new options in the settings menu to disable animations in certain cases in order to speed up the gameplay. It’s up to you.
Dashy Crashy, Free Wow, this was a great week for new icons. Look at that beauty. It reminds me of some game I really liked that I haven’t played in, like, two weeks or so. Okay, so fans of classic arcade games probably recognize what’s going on in that icon, but in case you can’t figure it out, Dashy Crashy is doing a cute little homage to Outrun in its latest update featuring the new Outrunner ’86 car. If you can visit 195 locations before… well, before Thursday of this week, you get to keep it. Better get going on that, I guess.
Crossy Road, Free Crossy Road is still bringing the update thunder. Its latest takes on a space theme, adding nine new figurines to collect in the game. There’s the astronaut chicken that you see in the icon, for one. What are the rest? It is a mystery. You’ll just have to play to find out how weird or disappointingly normal things get. I mean, we’re starting with an interstellar chicken, so it can’t be all that bad.
Hitman Sniper, $0.99 Wait, why is Hitman Sniper crossing over with some other game’s universe? Just Cause! Haaaa, I’ve been waiting literal years to use that one, friends. Literal. Years. And it’s no lie. Just Cause‘s chocolate is getting all up in Hitman’s peanut-butter, and that’s as gross or benign as your imagination allows. What it actually means is that you can get the Final Argument Rifle for free and start tethering enemies to walls, objects, or other enemies. You can also shoot sticky rocket mines on your foes and watch them do their best impression of Team Rocket blasting off again. Oh, and standard objects now explode if you shoot them, for added awesomeness.
MORTAL KOMBAT X, Free Yes, it’s time for another round of Is It A Mortal Kombat Kharakter Or A New Flavor Of Mountain Dew?! I’m your host, Shaun Musgrave. I’m going to list five names. Four of them are new additions to the Mortal Kombat X roster, while one is a Mountain Dew flavor. All you need to do to play at home is guess which one is the Mountain Dew flavor! There will be no prizes awarded whatsoever for this. Okay, are you ready? Shirai Ryu Takeda, Aftershock Tremor, Arctic Burst Freeze, Punk Cassie Cage, and Wrathful Shinnok. It’s up to you, friends!
Real Racing 3, Free Well, well, well, another Real Racing 3 update. I suppose there are some new cars. Yes, we’ve got the Ford Falcon FG X, the Holden Commodore VF, and the McLaren P1 GTR. There’s some business here about two competitions, one of which involves the McLaren 720S and the other something to do with the Bathurst 1000. I honestly dropped off this game a really long time ago so I can’t give many more details, but it seems to still be going over well with its fans. Real Racing 4 when? Just kidding. Sequels to hit iOS games are like baby mutants in the Marvel Universe.
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!