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. We’ve got new seasons, anniversaries, regular faces, and ghost gangsters in this week’s article. 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!
Choice of Games, Free There’s a new game available in the Choice of Games hub app for avid gamebook players to devour. It’s called Blood Money, and it’s a supernatural organized crime tale that sees you using your ability to summon ghosts to survive in the aftermath of your mother’s murder. You see, your mother wasn’t just anyone. No, she was the most notorious crime boss in the city, and the vacuum her death has left threatens to spark an all-out gang war. Be as good or bad as you like, as greedy or generous as you think is best. Your worst enemies could be your best friends or vice-versa depending on how you play.
Minecraft, $6.99 There are more aquatic goodies in the latest version of Minecraft, and with this terrible heat wave we’re having here in Japan, even virtual water feels like a supreme relief. This update adds turtles and baby turtles to the game. Collect the Scutes they drop and you can craft yourself a spiffy Shell Helmet. Be keep an eye open for something a little more dangerous in the sea. A new mob called The Drowned has been added, and no matter how you parse that name it doesn’t sound good. How to fight back? Collect nautilus shells and you can craft the Conduit, which will give you special underwater powers. Like Aquaman, but better! Also, be careful of those wicked dolphins. If you feed them, they’ll help you find shipwrecks, but they can’t fool me. I know they’re planning something.
Fortnite, Free Fortnite is a runaway train at this point, and it’s hard to say when it will slow down. Somehow, Season 5 is already here? I’m not sure how seasons work in Fort-World. But the fifth one is indeed here, and it brings all sorts of new structures to the island along with a new vehicle, the All-Terrain… Kart? Hey, auto-fire is a thing now, too. That’s great. Plus, lots of new cosmetic items! Which, judging by this game’s place in the top grossing charts, brings lots of folks to the yard with their wallets in tow.
Cytus II, $1.99 Cytus 2 version 1.4 has launched, and it has more of the stuff you crave! Er, provided the stuff you crave is a larger selection of songs, a new character, more storyline content, raised level caps, and so forth. But come on, if you’re reading about Cytus 2 updates, that has got to be the perfect list of what you’re looking for. Some of it is free, some of it is paid, but all of it is of the same great quality we’ve come to expect from Rayark.
Phoenix 2, Free Maybe you’re more about the shooting, though. If that’s the case, check out this update to the ever-entertaining Phoenix 2. It has two new ships, some new training missions for those just starting the game, a tremendously improved user interface, and a few other cool changes and bug fixes. I wasn’t feeling this game quite as much as other shoot-em-ups when it launched, but the post-release support has been great. I’d definitely recommend it now to anyone who enjoys the genre.
Subway Surfers, Free The Subway Surfers never take a break, and neither do its developers. In the latest update, the kids head to Havana, where they’ll do their best to enjoy the summer heat by surfing the colorful streets lined with palm trees, flamingos, and parrots. Salsa dancing expert Ramona is ready to join the team, and you can even unlock a new elegant outfit for her. Stockpile those maracas and try to win the weekly rewards. I think it’s funny that for a game called Subway Surfers, most of the time you’re outside. Well, whatever, it’s not like that fantasy is going to be final anytime soon either.
MARVEL Spider-Man Unlimited, Free Amazing Spider-Man just recently crossed the incredible benchmark of 800 issues, and Spider-Man Unlimited is celebrating that with its latest update. Suit up in the newest Symbiote Spider-Man costume and battle the Red Goblin, a terrifying combination of Green Goblin and Carnage. But don’t worry if you’re not keeping up on the newest comics, because there are plenty of other new Spider-characters to collect. The ridiculous Father Spider, Starved Venom (isn’t he always), The Other (hoo boy, remember The Other?), the very obscure Deathstorm, Prowler (how has it taken this long for Hobie to make the scene?), The Buzz (from the short-lived MC2 universe), and more! You know what? In honor of the anniversary, just this one time, I’m going to give Spider-Man Unlimited the coveted UMMSotW award. There.
Vainglory, Free Okay, I know Vainglory has all kinds of characters in it, but I did not expect to see one of Canada’s most famous crooners joining the… what? Oh. I’ve just been handed a note informing me that the new character in Vainglory is, in fact, not Paul Anka. It’s just Anka. And she’s some kind of super-cool assassin. Well, that’s less fun. Oh well, let’s make the best of it. This update also includes new social pings, a change to the penalties for dodging matches, and some new hero skins for Fortress, Taka, and (not-Paul) Anka. Also be on the lookout for balance adjustments and some fixes for the UI. Sigh, maybe one day, Lonely Boy. Maybe one day.
Soul Knight, Free Soul Knight is a pretty fun game that has won a lot of mobile gamers’ hearts in the year and change since it first released. Its latest update will keep the good times rolling for those who are interested in such a proposition. First, there are two new heroes, a Berserker and a Robot. Both very nice choices. Also new are four extra buffs and two statues, including the Statue of the Paladin and the Statue of the Engineer. Some changes have been made to the main room, and there are some new Elite Monsters to battle. Finally, there are more than thirty new weapons to make use of. Throw in some bug fixes, and that’s about that.
Feral Fury, $4.99 The angry panda game is even angrier and … panda-er with this latest version. Feral Fury was already nicely packed with content, but there’s so much more now. Three new unlockable playable characters, for starters. How about three new difficulty settings? Improved MFi controller support, which is always welcome. Game Center achievements! They are still a thing! Take that, Apple! The Daily Run is now endless, and an entirely new endgame has been added with a new stage and quest. There’s a lot more than this, but I’m running out of time and text, so feel free to check out the update notes yourself if you want more info.
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!