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. In addition to some of the usual suspects, this week’s batch includes a handful of games that Shaun likes to play very much. A curious blend, to say the least. 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!
Bloodstained:RotN, $9.99 Netease’s excellent port of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night only really loses out to its peers on other platforms by virtue of being a bit behind on updates. As such, I’m always happy when another piece of the puzzle arrives. This last week saw a big one come in with free DLC that allows you to play as Zangetsu. You have to beat the game first, of course. There’s also a new setting for the virtual directional pad, some bug fixes, and further performance optimizations. So if you’ve beaten the game and are looking for something new to do, there you go. Zangetsu is waiting for you.
The Quest, $7.99 A new update for The Quest typically means there’s a new expansion out, and yes, that is indeed the case here. Mythril Horde II will probably be familiar to those who played every last expansion for the original iOS version of The Quest, and it’s now available as an add-on for the rebuilt version. As always, you have to buy the expansion separately but once you do you can activate it in the main app and access it from there. This update also makes a couple of bug fixes and adjusts a few quests.
PicoPico - 8bit Retro Games, Free PicoPico has five more games to add to its selection in this latest version, all MSX games. That brings the total in the North American version of the game up to 51 games. Now, about those new games. From the Nihon Telenet catalog, there’s American Truck and Final Zone Wolf. The former is a top-down driving game where you control a trailer truck traveling down the highway, while the latter is an Ikari Warriors-style top-down shooter. The other three games come from Falcom. Xanadu (Dragon Slayer 2), Romancia (Dragon Slayer 3), and Dragon Slayer 4 (known mostly in the West for its NES port Legacy of the Wizard) are available for subscribers to play. Very cool stuff.
Marvel Contest of Champions, Free Howard the Duck steps back into the spotlight for this update. Howard and the Summoner get transported to a mysterious part of Battlerealm and need to fight to survive and find out who pulled them there and why. There’s another event involving Platinumpool (if you have to ask, you don’t want to know), and a Back Issues event that brings back Arachnid Action. This new version of the game also makes improvements to the Auto-Fight feature and makes some adjustments to a few Champions.
TEPPEN, Free Teppen has a number of new things in its latest update for players to dig into. First up, the new Soul Shop feature has been added. That sounds ominous on a number of levels. Well, probably none of my business. There a special design for Wall Jump (COR 072) available as a present, apparently. A new ranked match “V" has been added, and a number of balance changes and bug fixes have been implemented. Nothing too thrilling, but I suppose that’s how it goes some weeks.
AFK Arena, Free 100 SUMMONS AVAILABLE! OKAY, I GOT IT. There’s a new hero in AFK Arena‘s newest update. It’s a Wilder hero, Raku the Rascal. Haha, I wonder if it’s a raccoon or something. Let me look. Yes, it’s a raccoon. I could explain how I knew, but let’s just say it’s connected to anime and the accidental introduction of an invasive species in Japan. Anyway, Raku has a Bountiful Trials event where you can try him out. The same goes for the other new addition, Lightbearer hero Peggy the Precious Pearl. Lots of other little changes and added features as usual, including new adventures and artifacts. Check it out if you’re so inclined.
ANOTHER EDEN, Free It’s pretty often the case that when AFK Arena updates, so does Another Eden. It probably happens because of how often both games add stuff. Another Eden recently released on computer, so I guess we’ll see if that affects the mobile version going forward. This update adds Song of Sword and Wings of Lost Paradise Chapter 7, new character Milsha, and some new encounters. There’s also a bonus Luring Shadow Drop up for grabs through a special campaign. Add in some of the usual performance improvements, text tweaks, and bug fixes and that’s more or less it. But that’s plenty when a game updates as often as this.
Matchington Mansion, Free Here’s our obligatory free-to-play matching puzzle update for the week. There’s a new room event called Outdoor Cinema. That sounds like a fun thing to decorate, actually. The update also features Ice Lounge Part 3, with 51 new levels to play that will allow you to unlock more winter decorations. Seems like an odd couple as far as events go. Surely if we’re still doing winter, we wouldn’t be doing an outdoor cinema? But such is the weather this year, I suppose. A fine enough update, I suppose. Certainly more interesting than those Blast games.
Merge Dragons!, Free Okay, I double-checked on this one just to be sure, but it is indeed a fresh update from the last week and not just repeating its update notes. I checked because the main thrust of this one is an Easter event. Whoops, that’s a bit late. Ah well, any excuse to pull out that cute Bunny Dragon again, I guess. The Let’s Partoy event is making a return as well, bringing back the Doll and Onesie Dragons. I don’t remember seeing those dragons in my Monstrous Compendium!
The Last Campfire, Peeking in on Apple Arcade real quick, here’s a noteworthy update to The Last Campfire. It has just about everything you would want, really. There are new puzzles! 20% more, in fact. They’re stand-alone, so you don’t have to worry about any story stuff. You can now replay puzzles from the main menu if you feel like running through any of the ones you’ve already completed again. This new version also adds the Wanderer’s Diary, which allows you to read through all of the diary entries you’ve collected. It might help you understand the Wanderer’s story better to have it all in one place. The competition was tight this week, but I’ve decided to give The Last Campfire this week’s coveted UMMSotW award. Wow!
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!