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. A blend of big names and smaller titles are on tap in today’s article. We’ve got a pleasing bunch of tasty updates for you to chew on as you get about the business of kicking off your week. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself 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!
MARVEL Future Fight, Free There’s a new Marvel movie in the theaters. This is where the kids might say “nature is healing". I don’t know about all of that, but for those making mobile Marvel games I’m sure it’s some relief. The latest update for Future Fight is Shang-Chi themed, adding two new heroes: Wenwu and Katy. There are new uniforms for Shang-Chi, Aero, Wave, and Sword Master. Shang-Chi gets his Tier-3 form, and Aero, Wave, and Sword Master now have their Potential Transcended forms. That all sounds fantastic to me!
Fighting Fantasy Classics, Free It’s been great seeing this app come back to life after a few quiet years. A few months ago, Temple of Terror was added to Fighting Fantasy Classics. Today, another new gamebook has been added: Creature of Havoc. Originally written by Steve Jackson and illustrated by Alan Langford, this inventive adventure puts you in the role of the titular creature. As with previous releases, you can add this one to your library by plunking down a mere $3.99. Let’s hope the library continues to grow.
Disney Heroes: Battle Mode, Free Only one new hero added to the line-up in this update, and I wouldn’t exactly call him a headliner or a particularly deep cut. It’s Bolt, from… from Disney’s Bolt. Well, I suppose he’s a good enough boy. There are also some improvements to the Prize Wall, and some handy little bug fixes and performance enhancements. Not a huge update, but it is an update. And that’s really all we need to keep the train moving today, isn’t it?
TEPPEN, Free Teppen: a game that always reminds me of teppanyaki for whatever reason. Seriously, I thought this was a Capcom cross-over cooking game for the longest time. Well, that’s my stalling tacti- er, story. This new update adds in the Island of Fear Card Set, and in case that isn’t enough to hint at its contents, this update also adds a new Point Match called Overseer Alex Wesker. There are some new quests, new items in the Soul Shop, a new Jukebox mode where you can listen to the game’s tunes, a new ranked match, and some bug fixes as the cherry on the proverbial sundae. See? Back around to the food again. Can’t help it. Or maybe… won’t?
Temple Run 2, Free Temple Run 2 does a pretty good job of keeping the updates and events flowing, and here’s another one. It’s Autumn-themed, which means lots of colorful leaves in the jungle. Wait, is that how jungles work? Ah, don’t think about it too much. This update includes some new outfits for Rahi and Nidhi, with the former decking out as the Disco King and the latter taking her position as the Disco Queen. Pets can now be equipped on any character, which is nice. Outside of the gameplay stuff, the game has received a major overhaul to its UI. It looks and flows a whole lot better now. There are also some new Daily Challenges you can complete to earn some useful rewards.
Sonic Forces - Racing Battle, Free In case you haven’t had your finger on the pulse of the whole Sonic the Hedgehog thing lately, the character is celebrating his 30th anniversary. Somehow. The main part of that celebration so far has been the rerelease of the 2010 Wii title Sonic Colors onto modern platforms via a somewhat troubled remake. Sonic Forces opts to get in on that action by adding a whole new zone to the game based on Sonic Colors: Planet Wisp. Beyond the new zone, this update addresses a couple of bugs related to the UI and Game Center.
Solitaire Stories, This is neither free-to-play nor a matching puzzle game, but I’ve arbitrarily decided it will satisfy my obligations for this week. That’s the kind of thing you can do when you are the boss. I’m not actually the boss around here, but I am the boss of this article and its various rules. Anyway, this game. It is on Apple Arcade. It seems nice if you enjoy a bit of the old solitaire now and then, and really, who doesn’t? This update adds two new stories titled The Way Home and Ace in the Hole, along with ten new deck designs, some improved hints, and various performance improvements. In other words: more solitaire, more stories. As advertised!
Simon's Cat - Story Time, Oh wait, I take that back. This is the obligation-meeting matching puzzle game update for the week. It’s actually a matching puzzle game, even. In this latest update, it’s Level Rush time. What does that mean? Um, apparently it has something to do with growing sunflowers. Beat those levels and you’ll earn some fancy rewards. If there’s anything I’ve learned about mobile games over the several years I’ve been at TouchArcade, it’s that we all like to earn rewards. Reward me, senpai. This new version also fixes some bugs, makes a few visual improvements, and polishes up the performance a bit.
SimCity BuildIt, Free It’s been a while since I checked in on SimCity BuildIt, so let’s go ahead and do that little thing now. It seems like this game is also celebrating the autumn season. Naturally, you’ll want to make your city reflect those colors as much as possible, and that calls for some trees. There are some new types of forests including Autumn Oak, Japanese Maple, and Weeping Birch that will help you with that job. There are also some new buildings, including the Victoria Harbour, the Tuscany Villa, and the Japanese Gardens. Spiffy.
Asphalt 8: Airborne, Free It feels weird that Asphalt 8 Airborne is remaining an active and distinct product alongside the Apple Arcade Asphalt 8 Airborne+, but here we are. The original Asphalt 8 is now… eight years old! It’s like poetry, it rhymes. To celebrate that banner anniversary, a series of events and a special festival are being held, with the prize being a limited-edition Bugatti Bolide. That’s not all, though. Customizable racer avatars have been added to the game, allowing you to give it that much more of a personal touch. Birthdays are a good time to make changes, and for this one Gameloft has opted to rip up the carpet on the UI and give it a fancy new look and feel. Sure, I’ll go ahead and give this one the coveted UMMSotW award for the week. Not like I’ll be around to give it one for its 88th anniversary, after all.
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!