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, there were a few. Perhaps a few more than a few, but not many more than that. I hunted down some interesting ones, or at least some somewhat-interesting ones. There are cats, panthers, sorcerers, and other such things to look forward to later in the article if you’ve got the moxie to hang around. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let’s dig in!
Pinball Arcade Plus, $0.99 The latest addition to the Pinball Arcade line-up is Mark Ritchie’s 1985 table Sorcerer. I must not be paying enough attention, because I could have sworn this classic was already in the game, but there it is. As usual, the new table is available through a one-time IAP. As long as you’re down with pre-1990s pinball tables (I know some people aren’t), Sorcerer is a pretty easy purchase. It’s a straightforward table to be sure, but the layout is pleasant enough and the art is grand.
MARVEL Contest of Champions, Free Guess what? It’s almost time for another Marvel movie! That means most of the Marvel games on the App Store should be kicking off events pretty soon, and it looks like Contest of Champions is first to the post. The new event quest Rise of the Black Panther puts Marvel’s newest headlining hero in the starring role. At the same time, the Lunar New Year celebrations have also begun, offering up some special rewards to kick off the year. Finally, a new fighting arena has been added to the game, inspired by the movie Thor Ragnarok. It’s Muspelheim, and it’s a little toasty. You’ll have to provide the Zeppelin tunes yourself, sadly.
Super Phantom Cat 2, Free Super Phantom Cat 2 has a whole new world to play through, complete with five new levels. With those levels come some new characters. There’s some kind of hip-hop-loving bear, a magician cat, some dude whose head glows when he finds hidden locations, and more. Between the new levels and the new characters, you should have plenty to keep you busy with this game for a little while. Oh, and to celebrate the Lunar New Year, a bunch of the game’s IAPs are on sale for 50% off. Yay, New Years’ sales!
Rules of Survival, Free Even though its title sounds like the name of an inspirational family sitcom from the late 1980s, Rules of Survival seems to be just the medicine mobile action fans were looking for. Its latest update adds new facial accessory items, some new clothing inventory items, some supply updates, a few UI improvements, and a handful of bug fixes for good measure. You can wear a cowboy hat now! Ha ha, I like to imagine the main character on fictional sitcom Rules of Survival sports that cowboy hat, even though he lives in a upscale apartment building in New York. What a card!
Vainglory 5V5, Free Lots of new stuff in this update, as usual for a new Vainglory version. The 5V5 Early Access is now open to all Golden Ticket holders, there are some new hero skins, there’s an overhaul to how the skin system actually works, iPhone X compatibility, a huge UI overhaul, and ever so much more. There’s even a new free camera system to try out. I’m not even going to attempt to list everything, so check the update notes yourself if you want the full skinny. All in all, it’s a nice shot in the arm for a game that has been running for quite a while now.
The Elder Scrolls: Legends, Free When the time comes to update a card game, one of the biggest crowd-pleasing moves is to add more cards. So hey, here you go, it’s more cards. The Forgotten Hero Collection commemorates the Forgotten Hero of Tamriel with twelve brand new cards. This update also adds some special new card backs to decorate your cards with, and a few adjustments to the UI. It also makes a little tweak to the properties of one of the cards. Sorry if your deck hinged on Worm King’s Agent not being able to target friendly creatures. It can now. That’s just the way it is.
Need for Speed No Limits, Free Cars for the car gods, I suppose. The 2018 BMW M5 joins the game as of this update, putting most of us as close to a brand-new BMW as we’re likely to get without breaking the law. Two rounds of Flashback Special Events bring back six classic events including the Porsche GT3 Fastlane and the Mercedes SLK5 Proving Grounds. This update also includes optimizations for iPhone X, so that’s one more you can check off the list. I’m running out of candidates and I guess BMWs are sort of cool? Enough to award this the UMMBRotW award, at least. No coveted UMMSotW award this time around, sorry.
World of Tanks Blitz, Free It’s always a big event when a new nation comes to World of Tanks Blitz. After all, there are only so many countries in the world, and only so many of them have tanks worth adding. This time around, China is welcomed to the game with a bunch of tough medium tanks. This update also adds new boosters, new bonus container rewards, new rating battles, and a special event where you can win premium tanks and other great prizes.
The Simsâ„¢ FreePlay, Free We don’t really talk about the mobile version of The Sims much around here, but it is really popular with the masses. The latest event sees your Sim going on a quest based on a pirate-themed dating show, which is… um, you know, it’s The Sims. Just roll with it. You need to design your own tropical getaway, which sounds really nice if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere at the moment. You can unlock an exotic beach bungalow house, and mess around with some new animations connected to the whole “love in the tropics" theme this event has going on.
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!