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. It’s one of those days where time is very short. I built the list ahead of time, but I’ve left myself with precious few minutes to fill in the paragraphs. That means this could be great or horrible. Let’s see which! 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!
Vampire Survivors, Free See, the funny thing is that I included this game in the article last week for some very tenuous stuff, and then pow, the DLC got added in this update. That’s the magic of Shaun, people. Or sheer coincidence. Probably the latter. Anyway, the Legacy of the Moonspell DLC is now available for the game, so go give Poncle his buck and enjoy the spoils. What will I will into existence next? Maybe ice cream.
The Quest, $7.99 Always nice to see updates for The Quest pop up in my list, because it usually means there is a new expansion to play. This time it’s the Cursed Chess Set expansion. As usual, you buy it as a standalone app and can either play it that way or enable it here in the main game. If the name seems familiar, I believe this expansion already existed for the original version of The Quest. I remember it being a decent one though, so give it a go if you haven’t already. Just to save time, I’ll give this the coveted UMMSotW for this week. Next!
Temple Run: Puzzle Adventure, There’s a new minigame to play in Temple Run Puzzle Adventure, and it’s called River Raft Rescue. You need to rescue the runners who fell off the path and grab some sweet loot along the way. There are also sixty new puzzles to play, plus some new tournaments to join. Oh, and some new Treasure Trove items to add to the ol’ shelves. Wouldn’t be an update for this game without some of those.
Castle Crumble, Smashing castles is something few people tire of, so it’s no surprise this one is finding a footing with the Apple Arcade set. This update delivers more of what people are after, and that means new challenge zones to tackle with some nice rewards attached to them. You can now swap your boosters, and there’s a new Training Grounds for rookie players. The gesture controls have been tweaked, and so has the game balance overall. The difficulty curve should be a little smoother now.
Taiko no Tatsujin Pop Tap Beat, There’s nothing anyone wants from a Taiko no Tatsujin update apart from new songs, so you’ll be happy to hear this one is just that. The big highlight this time around is the opening theme to Trigun, H.T, but you also get phony, Mixed Nuts, The Parade of the Tin Soldiers, and Don’t Stop the Game to tap your fingers along to. The list of songs in this version is getting to be fairly impressive for what this is, and the gameplay is about as good as you’re going to get from a mobile take on Taiko. Hopefully they keep on adding those songs, though. You can never really have enough.
Simon's Cat - Story Time, So it occurs to me that I do not have a candidate for the obligatory free-to-play matching puzzle game update this week. I do have a couple of Apple Arcade games of the sort, and one could argue they qualify. One could. And time is of the essence so I will. This update has twenty-five new levels to play, plus a new Search Party feature that sees you looking for Mr. Potts’ lost items in the garden for some extra rewards. Also: bug fixes and performance improvements!
Shovel Knight Dig, Ah, Shovel Knight Dig. I enjoyed this one a fair bit, though I know some people were a bit cool on it. This new update adds in Knightmare Mode, an extra challenge for those who have completed the main game. This new realm will put your skills to the test in a very nasty way, so make sure you’re ready to get smacked around a bit. Also new are Mementos, which allow you to track your progress in the game. Check them out in the Overworld. There are a number of other additions and balance tweaks based on player feedback, so if you found it interesting but a little frustrating before you may want to give it a second look now.
Gear.Club Stradale, Alright, we’re moving at a good pace here. Let’s see what’s up with Gear.Club Stradale. Looks like a new Challenge of the Day feature, which sees you taking a loaner car out to a different race every day to collect some nifty rewards. Some of those are even exclusive to this mode, so be sure to give it a shot. This version also includes a new profile customization option and a new car in the Super Carta Stradale event. I suppose that will do, though I’d imagine some would like to see even more new rides added.
Disney Magic Kingdoms, Free This is a tough update. The latest additions to the Magic Kingdoms are the characters of Encanto. Luisa, Isabela, Mirabel, Antonio, and some guy that we don’t talk about are here and they’re looking for a long-lost treasure. Add the Casita and Isabela’s enchanting room to your park and score some Encanto ears for the visitors. I really liked this movie. It had more to say than I initially expected, and it’s always nice to be pleasantly surprised that way. Maybe I’ll watch it again soon.
Marvel Contest of Champions, Free Well, look at that. I’m only a little late for dinner and we’re at the end of the article. That worked out nicely. Anyway, Contest of Champions. There’s a new Event Quest called Shot in the Dark that sees the Young Avengers team up with the Champions to investigate some thefts in the Battlerealm. I feel like that is the least of anyone’s problems in this setting, but okay. Got to keep the kids busy with something, I suppose. Kate Bishop and Viv Vision join forces to flush out the thief and it may turn out to be something far more sinister than it initially seemed. There’s also some nonsense about the Danger Room here, but I don’t feel like translating it from F2Pese to normal human language right now. Sorry!
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!