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. Another week, another round of updates that includes some familiar faces and lesser-seen titles in almost equal measure. Perhaps a little more family friendly than the usual crop, when I look at the list of featured titles. 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 go for it!
FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS, Free This game has been running for ages now, and deservedly so. It’s one of the more interesting social RPG efforts with the brand, and the new characters always deliver. The latest update adds the new Neo Vision unit, Rain & Fina. They have a new type of ability, the Tag Team Attack. This allows Rain & Fina to create an attack chain with themselves, making for a very unique unit for those lucky enough to summon them. There is also a Neo Vision Awakenable version of the unit called Rain & Dark Fina. In addition to the new characters, there are plenty of extra events going on where you can get some free rewards. Fire up the game and check it out if you want more details.
Disney Heroes: Battle Mode, Free The Muppets are slowly making their way into many a Disney app, and Disney Heroes: Battle Mode is the latest recipient. Naturally Kermit is leading the charge, and while it isn’t easy being green, he’s going to show his foes why being black and blue is even worse. What a horrible thing I just wrote about Kermit. Don’t put Kermit in battle games, Disney. He’s a good boy. The other representative in this update is the ever-popular Swedish Chef. Yeah, that guy seems more plausible for a game about combat. He can’t even microwave soup without it turning into some kind of epic battle. This update also brings some new campaign content and a bevy of bug fixes with it.
Toon Blast, Free Let’s get the obligatory free-to-play matching puzzle game update out of the way early today. It’s Toon Blast. Sorry, but I’m a bit time-crunched today and these games are always updating. Always. And they’re always the same, offering up fifty new levels for people who are probably in way too deep to enjoy. There’s almost no context this time around, sadly. We only get the name of the episode, which is Subway Tunes. The restaurant? The means of conveyance? A riff on that other popular game? I will never know, friends. But maybe you will.
Fruit Ninja 2, Free Fruit Ninja 2. It’s a game, it exists, this is known. It seems to be less popular than the first game, but that’s a common story when it comes to mobile franchises. But hey, Halfbrick is sticking with it. The latest update makes it a bit more appealing to play, adjusting the XP curve and increasing the level cap to 120. You can watch ads to speed up the time it takes for a garden box to ripen, and leagues are now a slightly brisker 45-day schedule than the previous 90 days. All that, plus the usual bug fixes and performance improvements.
Star Traders: Frontiers, $6.99 It’s only been a few weeks since we last looked in at Star Traders: Frontiers, but a few updates have already accumulated in that time. Somehow we missed new faces including a new mustache and beard, and some sweet UI improvements. The latest version follows up on those UI updates with even more improvements, including some new filters, improved route plotting, and an improved Scientist Sample Analysis talent. There are also some bug fixes, because even an ever-updating game sometimes needs a little maintenance.
Angry Birds 2, Free Looking at the games these days, it’s almost hard to believe that there was a time when Angry Birds was basically synonymous with mobile gaming. Remember when we used to get new entries that actually built on the concept without any plan of shaking you down for more cash? Ah well. That’s the business. And look, Angry Birds 2 is still pretty enjoyable. The new content is quite amusing most of the time, and that’s certainly the case for the new adventure, Sweet Child o’ Swine. Join in and try to earn the Rock Band hat set to dress up your birds in style.
ANOTHER EDEN, Free Here’s another old reliable helpfully filling in today so that I can get home in time for dinner. But this update is anything but filler, with some new main story content available. The not-so-creatively-named Main Story 2 Part III: The Twist pushes the tale forward a little bit, and that’s always welcome this far into the life of the game. There’s also a new character, Heena, and a few new Encounters. I’m still really enjoying this game, and I hope it keeps going for a long time to come.
Mobile Legends: Adventure, Free In contrast to my experience with Another Eden, I have little knowledge of Mobile Legends: Adventure save that it’s rather popular in some circles. Well, let’s toss in the works and see how it goes. The latest version of the game makes the fourth stage of Akashic Ruins Prologue available to play. It’s a duel to the death with Alice in the Kalir volcano, so bring everything you’ve got. Throw in some UI adjustments, balance tweaks, and some bug fixes, and that’s about the lot.
SpongeBob: Patty Pursuit, Checking in on Apple Arcade games, I see that good ol’ SpongeBob SquarePants: Patty Pursuit got some cool new features. There are now missions and rewards for completing said missions, some new iconic hats from the series that you can collect and wear, and more new friends to unlock for their assistance. Nothing else is really jumping out at me this week, so I suppose I’ll give this game the coveted UMMSotW award for this week. It’s a fun game, and it’s nice to have extra reasons to fire it up.
Brawlhalla, Free The most popular updates for Brawlhalla are the ones that bring in new characters, and the very presence of this paragraph should be an indicator that that is just what the latest version adds. The new Legend is Magyar, the Spectral Guardian, who joins the battle with three new Skins. Some test features have been given a promotion, with the cloud effects on dodge, last jumps, and wall touches passing muster to become a regular part of the game going forward. Some added balancing has been done, and a couple of other test features have been updated. Look, the character is the most interesting part. The rest of this paragraph is just a bit of salt sprinkled on top of that.
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!