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. Along with the requisite updates that are catching up to new hardware and iOS 12, we’ve got a pretty good mix of… well, Halloween stuff, the “every week" updaters, and a couple of surprises. So yes, the usual. 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!
Fire Emblem Heroes, Free New gameplay content is always a welcome part of an update, but being able to save on data usage and storage on perpetually memory-strapped mobile devices? Now that’s what I call golden. And that’s more or less the thrust of this new version of Fire Emblem Heroes, which allows you to choose a Lite Data version of the game that takes up less space in exchange for reduced image and audio quality. This update also adds a new, more difficult setting to play the Grand Hero Battles on. Don’t forget to check out the special Halloween summoning events while you’re basking in all that new challenge and/or reduced memory footprint, too.
Bacon â€“ The Game, Free Frankly, after a lifetime of watching Americans easily put bacon on everything, I thought Bacon – The Game would be a lot simpler to master. But no, some things are really hard to toss bacon onto, and yet toss bacon on them you must. The thing that separates this food-flinger from some of Philipp Stollenmayer’s other similar games is in its stage-based approach, which means you could conceivably run out of stages and have to say good-bye to the fun times. This update adds more things to flip your bacon onto, and that’s enough for me to give out an early yet-still-coveted UMMSotW award.
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Free Well, okay, there are a couple of things to talk about here. The first is the actual update, which adds a feature that allows you to look up at the sky when you’re at your campsite. It also makes a few changes to the UI, but no bigs there. The other thing to talk about is the current Pokemon event that is going on, which gives you the chance to collect Pokeballs and trade them for various Pokemon items and outfits. This is of course happening alongside the Halloween event, so I’m sure players are quite busy right now. Good luck!
SlimeRoom, Free Some of you may be tired of seeing this game appear in every week’s column. I’m sure you’re thinking that you probably don’t need to be told every time a game gets a few new levels, right? Well, how about if a game gets 100 new levels? Yes, that’s three digits’ worth of new challenges. I don’t know about you, imaginary skeptical reader, but that seems pretty darned substantial to me. Noteworthy, I dare say. Certainly worthy in inclusion in these most illustrious halls, and I would know, as these halls are my home. AWAY WITH THEE, FOUL CRITIC!
Six Ages: Ride Like the Wind, $9.99 This update is mostly full of bug fixes, so it’s really just here so that I can once again sing the praises of Six Ages and encourage everyone who likes their games deep to pick it up and try it. Besides the bug fixes, there are also three new leader faces and some added advice in certain scenes. VoiceOver support has also been improved, with more descriptions and added details to existing ones. Six Ages. It’s the follow-up to King of Dragon Pass. Play it. Just do that little thing.
Knights Chronicle, Free To be completely honest with everyone, I’ve never played Knights Chronicle. It seems to be rather well-liked by its players, going by reviews, and it has a pretty nice update that hit in the last week, so let’s give it a try and put it here. This new version opens up a new region called Ravine of Memories, along with some new heroes and costumes. A new Badge Combination system has been added to the game, and the battle AI has gotten some improvements. There are also some upgrades to the Guild Battles, and a bunch of tweaks to the game’s UI to make things easier to do. Probably some bug fixes and performance improvements in here as well, but I’m not going to go digging around looking for them, so this is what you get!
Game of Thrones: Conquestâ„¢, Free By contrast, here is a game that is making money hand over fist but seems to be getting dunked on by everyone. Something to do with the gap between free-to-play and paying players, I suspect. Well, whatever, it’s none of my business. What is my business is this new update that mentions something about a Red Comet over Westeros. What is up with that? Is someone about to teach one of those “The More You Know" lessons or something? The rest of the update notes are equally mysterious. Something is going on with the caves, and maybe some big shadows have appeared? The only thing I can really make sense out of is that Valyrian Artifacts are appearing this week, and you can use those to craft things in the future. Ehn.
Subway Surfers, Free It has been way too long since I’ve featured Subway Surfers in these articles. Let’s do something about that, shall we? As expected, the game is doing a Halloween event. Somewhat unexpectedly, at least for me, is that New Orleans is the setting. You’ll make your way through misty forests, abandoned castles, and haunted graveyards, and I’m really sure that New Orleans only has two of those three things. There’s a new character, the vampire girl Scarlett, and a special Vampire outfit for Eddy. Collect shiny bats to win all sorts of prizes. But be nice to them, okay? Bats get a lot of hassle from humans, and it’s really not that fair, is it?
Rules of Survival, Free The rules state that we have to feature at least one Battle Royale game in each weekly update, and this one seems to be the most interesting of the bunch. Admittedly, it was not a tough competition. I guess everyone is taking a little time off right now. What you get with this one is improved sighted fire in Death Race Mode along with increased vehicle HP, a modified Gold Mode+ with lots of snipers, ghillie suits, and smoke grenades, and the permanent addition of the Weekend Rush portal to every weekend. Some bug fixes, as well. Yes, this all seems fine enough, I suppose.
Pocket Build, $1.99 Let’s finish things out this week with an update for the rather lovely Pocket Build. The latest update adds giants to the game, because why not? Giants are pretty cool, even if they’ll never come out on top against ninjas, pirates, or robots. They’re big. They eat big. They poop big. What’s not to like here? This update also fixes some outstanding issues and makes improvements to the UI. See, now you’re thinking about giant poop. There’s no giant poop in Pocket Build, I promise. At least… not yet.
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!