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. Well, there were no shortages of interesting updates this week. I’d hope there’s something for everyone to enjoy here, but if there isn’t, please don’t despair. These are but a smattering of the wonderful world of weekly updates. 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, Free While the pinball video game world is reeling from the news of Zen picking up the Bally-Williams license that Pinball Arcade lost earlier, life must go on for Farsight. It’s been a long time since a genuinely new table hit the Pinball Arcade, and now we’ve got two of them, both from Stern. Big Buck Hunter and Whoa Nellie are both fairly recent tables in the grand scheme of things, and while they’re not exactly the most well-liked tables around, they’re decent enough. As usual, they’re available via IAPs. Hard to say where the game should go from here, but I suppose it’s not necessarily a bad thing that we may see more of the recent Stern stuff in the future.
SlimeRoom, Free SlimeRoom is a fun little platformer with great level designs and lots of fun stuff to unlock. This latest update has taken care of a few bugs that were reported to the developer and added six more levels to the game. It already had plenty to offer, but am I the kind of person that will turn down more when it costs nothing? The answer is: no. No, I am not. And you shouldn’t be, either. Treat yourself, friends, life is shorter than you think.
Monster RPG 3, $0.99 I somehow missed this game’s release earlier this year, or else I would have reviewed it for sure. Oh well. Monster RPG 3 is the latest from indie RPG developer Nooskewl, and while all of its games have a certain… roughness about them, they’re quite fun adventures on the whole This game is no exception, so make sure to check it out if you enjoy JRPG-style games. This update adds portrait support and fixes a few bugs, and also serves as a good excuse for me to plug the game. It’s nice when things work out that way.
Fire Emblem Heroes, Free Well, this isn’t a very big update or a very exciting one, but it is an update, and I like Fire Emblem enough to keep on including it even if it’s not shattering the earth or anything. So what can you look forward to here? The biggest thing is a new battle type called Relay Defense. The idea here is that you pick a team of 20 characters and have to defend a base for eight turns. You’ll have five characters deployed at a time, and every two turns, they’ll swap out for a different group. Last until the end of the eighth turn, and you’re all set. Besides that, there are some new weapon skills, some new candidates for weapon refining, and an extra feature for organizing your barracks.
Choice of Games, Free I already wrote about this one in its own story, but Choice of Games has its newest release available in the hub app. It’s called Choice of Broadsides: HMS Foraker, and it’s written by one of my favorite authors in the ChoiceScript stable, Paul Wang. Build your character as you like and head out on the high seas in a wild adventure in the 19th century. Will you stick your nose into trouble, or just get pulled into it? So many ways to go, so few that lead to a good outcome, but isn’t that half the fun? Give it a go for free, and if you want to remove the ads, there’s an IAP for that.
Morphite, $7.99 It’s Morphite time! Mastodon! Pterodactyl! Triceratops! Sabre-Tooth Tiger! Tyrannosaurus! (Shreds out nasty 90s guitar lick) Oh, wait. Sorry. Wrong morph. This is the one that is like a weird indie cousin to Metroid Prime and No Man’s Sky, and while those comparisons are helpful in a way, I feel like this game doesn’t get enough credit for what it is all on its own. This update makes the huge addition of a free flight mode in solar systems, allowing you to grab the virtual stick and do your thing if you don’t want to leave it to the auto-pilot. You can also look forward to some bug fixes and display adjustments for iPhone X users. Very keen. Keen enough to win this week’s extremely coveted UMMSotW award, that’s for sure.
Transformers: Earth Wars, Free Apparently Transformers: Earth Wars gets to debut some totally new characters. Will they appear in anything else ever? Ehn, who knows. But they are here, and they look pretty cool. Sentius Magnus and Sentius Malus are twins who used to be one Transformer, I think? They have samurai-inspired designs and fight using blades, bows, and when transformed, powerful cannons. Very collectible, I’m sure. This update also makes a couple of little balance changes and tweaks, but that’s hardly surprising for a game like this, so just roll with it, friends.
Disney Heroes: Battle Mode, Free It’s time for some new heroes to be added to Disney Heroes, and it’s quite the bunch this time. First up, we’ve got Moana. She’s from Moana. Psst, that’s Moana. We’ve also got Aladdin and the Genie from, well, Aladdin. You’d think Genie would be a bit OP, but I guess he did get a bit de-powered when Al freed him. Finally, we’ve got Hiro and Baymax from Big Hero 6. The Disney movie versions of the characters, not the Marvel ones. Which have been forgotten. Also new to this update is The Heist, a new mode where you cooperate with four other players to catch a thief. It’s real time, friends, so don’t run away in the middle of the play. All this, plus some new guild perks, a friend finder, and probably some bug fixes and performance improvements!
Assoluto Racing, Free Usually updates to the big racing games just include some new cars, and while there are indeed some new cars here in the form of the Nissan Silvia S13 K’s and the Nissan Fairlady Z33, you can also look forward to a new stance shop where you can adjust various parameters and a new race track, the Meihan C course. The RetroFlex twins and Nissan GTR 2017 have been added as new token shop cars, and a couple of other new features. Sounds like a good update for fans of Nissan’s cars, if nothing else.
Clash Royale, Free We’re closing things out this week with a look at the latest update for the still enormously popular Clash Royale. This new version includes the new Goblin Giant card, which should be good for a few chuckles. You can find Trade Tokens and, well, trade Legendary Cards, and you’ll earn a new reward after each and every Clan War. There are probably more little details in this update, but I’m not following any fool links to go to any fool third-party web pages, so this is what you get. Enjoy!
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!