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’ll be honest with you all, friends: it’s gotten a lot tougher to put these articles together lately due to losing a couple of my important sources post-GDPR. If you are a developer or player of a game that has a cool update, please let me know through the usual channels so I can consider it for the weekly round-up. This concludes the public service announcement. Please enjoy this week’s nifty selection. 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!
Dan The Man, Free Is this an Independence Day update? Eh, let’s pretend it is. Dan the Man has been around long enough to settle into a pretty standard update pattern, usually offering a new level or event combined with a new costume. And so it goes here, where Dan the Man meets Honest Abe in what is dubbed the Lincoln Adventure. You can unlock the Lincoln costume for your created character while you’re at it. Note that this isn’t the first time this costume has been available, but it’s not like Abe is in danger of going out of style anytime soon.
Exiled Kingdoms RPG, Free Exiled Kingdoms has been legging out nicely, constantly adding new goodies and content to keep the game alive well past when it was technically complete. This update adds new companion quests for Grissenda and Adaon. Yes, this update contains an Adaon add-on. You’ll trigger them randomly on the road provided you’re level 13 or higher. There are six new areas to explore, with new equipment and secrets to discover. Naturally, they’re connected to the aforementioned new quests. Finally, a few new player portraits are available so you can find a look that’s right for you. Or at least, right enough.
Choice of Games, Free Over 80 previously released games were added to the Hosted Games app, making it the one-stop location for Hosted Games fans. But you’re looking for something new, aren’t you? How about this update to Choice of Games, which brings a new adventure called I, Cyborg? You play as a cyborg copy of a famous outlaw, and you’re on the run from just about everyone you can think of. To make matters worse, your cybernetic brain is failing and it needs a super-rare part. You’ll have to pull the literal heist of a lifetime to survive, and you may just run into some unexpected assistance. Or is that competition? That’s up to you, I suppose. This one’s a beefy 300,000 word epic written by Tracy Canfield, who I believe is new to the Choice of Games fold. I quite enjoyed it, so make sure you check it out if you also like this sort of thing.
Death Road to Canada, $14.99 Canadians are enjoying a day off today thanks to Canada Day falling on a Sunday this year. What better way to enjoy your paid day off than checking out how our friends to the south live? This update, dubbed Gizzard, has a bunch of things in it. A special trading spot called the Last Mall on Earth, for example. Some improvements to certain characters so that they won’t drop their cool weapons when they die, for another. A new rare character named Moody is perhaps your thing? Weapon support! Rocket launchers and electric tools! A new song? Yes? Hopefully something in there pleases you. There are other things, but hey, people to see and places to go, yeah? I’ll just hand over this week’s coveted UMMSotW award and head on.
PUBG MOBILE, Free PUBG’s mobile fortunes may more or less be mirroring its fortunes elsewhere, but it’s still doing well enough for itself. New in this update is the Royale Pass, which basically works as a player level that you can rank up by playing the game. Achieving higher ranks earns you special rewards, and since this is Tencent you can naturally just buy your way to a higher rank as you like. Classic Mode gets a first-person perspective view with its own tier system for those who want to pretend they are a floating gun, and the new Mini Zone makes you play in a tighter space to generate more conflict. There are lots of other adjustments, fixes, and improvements, so make sure to check out the update notes if you’re interested.
Baldur's Gate II: EE, $9.99 The Infinity Engine 2.5 update is slowly making its way to all of Overhaul’s iOS releases, and this time it’s Baldur’s Gate 2‘s turn. There are over 500 fixes, improvements, and new features in this update so it’s frankly impossible to make even a partial list, but there are lots of great little additions like having a button that lets you take everything from a container and support for a bunch of new languages. And it of course brings the app up to spec with modern iOS hardware, which is a handy thing in and of itself.
Pinball Arcade, Free Well, here it is: the new Bally/Williams-less Pinball Arcade. Now with over 30 real tables! Sigh. Nothing Farsight could do about it, I know, and the developers are probably more gutted than anyone about all that work going down the drain, but it’s still a real shame. Consolation prize? The previously-exclusive Stern Pinball tables AC/DC, Mustang, and Star Trek have been added to Pinball Arcade. Apparently, this will be the usual case going forward, which makes me wonder what the point of Stern Pinball is at all now. Oh well, if you haven’t been following that app but love this one, I guess that’s three new tables to play. SIGH.
Disc Drivin' 2, Free The Disc Drivin’ series has caused some of the biggest productivity hits at TouchArcade Towers of almost any games, and while it remains to be seen if the sequel will have the longevity of the first, it’s certainly earned its share of that. This update adds four new tracks, a new crate obstacle, and makes some changes to the blast power, giving you new reasons to get out there and start not doing your work for the day. You can do it, Shaun believes in you. If you get fired, however, Shaun has never heard of you.
Typeshift, Free Okay, this probably isn’t going to shock anyone or anything, but the latest version of Zach Gage’s compelling puzzler includes a new puzzle pack you can buy. A clue puzzle pack, to be specific. A clue puzzle pack from Jess Worby, if you really want the full skinny. So if you’re looking for a new puzzle pack with some amusing clues and have a few bucks to spare, head on in to that in-app shop and grab yourself the goods. Have I successfully typed enough words here to maintain the formatting? I sure hope so.
AXE.IO, Free There’s a new game mode in Axe.io called Hurricane Survival mode, and just from the name it sounds… familiar. Anyway, it allows you to play real-time multiplayer battleground matches… hm… against real humans all across the globe. Well, anyway. There are also 20 new weapons. Apparently you can forge and transform them into new shapes using a special ability. The last note is the most mysterious here. It says, and I quote, “Character skill the re-designed". So, yes. Character skill the re-designed. What more could you want?
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!