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 leaving soon on a two-week vacation, and while I’m pretty sure there won’t be too many disruptions to the schedule, anything could happen. Mysterious! But you’re not here for that, are you? You’re here to see some cool app updates. Worry not, friends, as I’ve found a nice assortment for you to gaze at. 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. If you’re a developer with a cool update you’d like to see here, get in touch! With that said, let’s dig in!
King Rabbit - Classic, Free That royal rabbit is at it again, all updating his game and trying to look cool, and stuff. Mission: successful. This new version of King Rabbit has six new character skins, five new run effects, five new death effects, and a bunch of bug fixes and tweaks. So hey, what are you waiting for? Hop to it before I use more awful rabbit puns. You know I’m not bluffing, friends.
Sonic The Hedgehog 4â„¢ Ep. II, Free Hmm, definitely a few issues with this one. Good news first: Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2, aka “The Less Bad Sonic 4 Game“, has been updated to bring it in line with modern devices. It’s also been folded into the SEGA Forever line-up, which means you can play for free if you don’t mind ads. The first problem is one that is likely to be fixed quickly. Namely, restoring purchases doesn’t seem to work right now, so if you already bought the game and want to play ad-free, you have to pay again. That is not as intended and I imagine we’ll see that patched up soon. The other? Well, isn’t SEGA Forever supposed to be about bringing back SEGA classics? I’m not sure there’s any definition of the word ‘classic’ that would allow for this game to be included. Oh well, updates are updates.
MARVEL Avengers Academy, Free It’s a rare occasion that there isn’t any sort of new Marvel movie or TV show for the games to build their events around, but here we are. Avengers Academy is opting to do an event around a handful of Cosmic Marvel characters. Returning members include Captain Marvel, Beta Ray Bill, Cosmo, and Nova, while new additions up for grabs are Mar-Vell, Noh-Varr, and Hyperion. By the looks of it, the new unlockable costumes will include Carol’s Binary look, one of several identities the character has assumed over the years. Some of these characters are sure to be back when Carol’s movie hits early next year, but gather ye Beta Ray Bills while ye may, friends.
MARVEL Contest of Champions, Free Contest of Champions is also doing an original event. The Red Skull is pretty much one of Marvel’s most evil, irredeemable arch-villains. None of the nobility of Doom nor the justifications of Magneto. He’s just a big Nazi jerk, and if you want him on your team in the Contest, you’re in luck. The latest story event sees Red Skull at the center of an attempted power grab, and it’s up to you to put a stop to it. Or just ignore it and go to the movies with Gwenpool! Either-or. I mean, it’s the Red Skull. Someone will take the guy out, and then he’ll just be back after eating a box of Cosmic Cube Crunch or something.
Respawnables - Special Forces, Free Respawnables is five years old, apparently, and the developers are pulling out the stops to celebrate the momentous occasion. It’s the fifth Summer Camp event, and it comes packed with returning characters, weapons, and items, to say nothing of a bunch of challenges and other content. There are also some special offers going on for those who like to open their wallets for that kind of thing. It’s impressive just how regularly this game has updated over the years nearly without fail. Let’s see if they can go another five!
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Free Well, I finally fell off of this game a little while ago. There just wasn’t enough new and interesting to keep me going, and the whole limited-time gatchapon furniture sets thing was not impressing me much. But if you are still playing, you might enjoy the latest update, which updates the goal feature, makes the garden easier to use, and allows you to spend some hard-earned resources to expand your inventory. Some bug fixes and other tweaks and that about does it for this one. Switch Animal Crossing when, Nintendo?
Six Ages: Ride Like the Wind, $9.99 A game this long in development is bound to have some post-release updating to do, and sure enough, we’ve got a lot of things to talk about in this new update for Six Ages. Content-wise, there are three new treasures and four new leader faces. Not much, but hey, not like there isn’t a lot to do in the game already. Some combat descriptions have been clarified, and there have been some adjustments to various aspects of the UI. There are also a bunch of bug fixes, typo corrections, and so on. The developer of this game is very responsive so I’m sure we’ll be seeing this game pop up here now and then in the future.
DRAGON BALL LEGENDS, Free Um, Dragon Ball, hunh? How about that? Well, let’s see if I can make heads or tails of this one. Android 19 is making the scene in a new event called Fearsome Android #19. You can unlock and recruit this powerful warrior with a little luck by completing all four story chapters and earning some Z Power to try and summon him. The main story mode has also been expanded on, and a bunch of balance adjustments and bug fixes have been implemented as well. It’s weird, though. I don’t think those Androids are actually androids at all. Oh well.
Phoenix II, Free Phoenix 2 is celebrating its second anniversary, still updating and powering on long after its shoot-em-up cohorts have gone silent. So what’s the update to celebrate this? APEX FORMS. Just look at those words. APEX. FORMS. Every ship in the game gets two APEX FORMS and in addition to them looking super-cool, they also add a modified weapon or ability. Yes, you can now take your favorite fighters even farther. There’s also a new mission type called Specialist which challenges you to take specific fighters into battle. The missions will cycle regularly, which gives you incentive to collect and maintain a variety of ships. As a tip of the hat to a great game, I’m going to award it the coveted UMMSotW award for this week. Good luck in the next year, Phoenix!
Magic: The Gathering - PQ, Free It’s weird thinking back to when Puzzle Quest was just this small little game with a great core mechanic and kind of generic art. Now the franchise basically only lives through big brands, but hey, it is a franchise and that’s not nothing. The latest update for Magic the Gathering Puzzle Quest brings in the new 2019 Core Set content, adding 212 new cards, 6 new Planeswalkers, some new events, and adjustments to card balance and other little things. Go forth and get ye flask!
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!