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. Lots of Apple Arcade stuff this week, but that’s just how it goes some weeks. There are a few other things in the mix, just in case you’re not enrolled in Apple’s program but still want to enjoy some tasty update tidbits. 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!
Crossy Road Castle, Hey, it’s good ol’ Crossy Road. Castle. Crossy Road Castle. Sure, it doesn’t quite have the cultural cachet of its predecessor, but it’s a fun game in its own right. There are a handful of new characters in this update, with a Capybara, Crab, Pelican, Sea Lion, and one more mystery guest for you to play as while you’re splashing around in the Sandcastle Shores. An early summer sounds nice to me.
Fruit Ninja Classic+, Sure, there aren’t a whole ton of Easter updates this week and that is a little odd given the holiday is very much upon us. But we can always count on Fruit Ninja to save us, and so it has. Earn yourself the Fruit Decorator Blade and the Decorated Dojo in a special Easter event running from now until April 16th, and enjoy some new Blade powers by upgrading your weapon in Sensei’s Swag. Sensei in bunny ears? Yeah, that’s pretty cute.
Pocket Card Jockey: Ride On!, You know, I’m pretty glad this game got rereleased somewhere before the Nintendo 3DS eShop went bye-bye. It’s one I like to recommend to folks, after all. As for this update, it has a few things going on. First of all, there’s a new horse you’ll meet by playing the Titania Cup. You’ll find Blossom Breeze waiting for you in the Loaners tab once you do. The game’s balance has also been adjusted so that races award more prize money and some skills are more effective. Other than that, there are a few bug fixes to keep things running smoothly.
LEGOÂ® Star Warsâ„¢: Castaways, See, now I kind of expected this one to do some kind of Easter update, but I guess not. Instead, we’ve got an event connected to Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. You can get some items and other goodies from the movie during this event, just like in all the other events based on the various shows or films. I’m not sure exactly what that would entail in this case, but I suppose you could get a burned-up Anakin or a Padme about to die of a broken heart. An Obi-Wan who has the high ground, perhaps? I joke, I joke. This is the one prequel trilogy movie I actually liked, so I tease with kindness in my heart.
LEGOÂ® Brawls, Yes, two LEGO games, but come on, Star Wars Castaways doesn’t count. LEGO Brawls has a new game mode called Base Race where you’re basically racing against the other team to see who can build their tower first. Building, in LEGO Brawls? It can get weirder. There are some new Castle minifigures to collect, some new emotes, some fresh mystery bags, and a few other bits and bobs here. Honestly, I got bored of this game fairly quickly but the Base Race mode sounds worth peeking back in on it for. I guess that makes this a successful update?
JellyCar Worlds, Jellycar Worlds got a big update in the last week, so let’s have a little look at it. The main thing here is the addition of World 8, which is the final adventure world. It features the new turbo ability, so do enjoy that. There are a couple of new modes, too. Level Rush allows you to make your own multi-level race challenges, while Skull Rush kicks up the difficulty a notch to give expert players something to chew on. Finally, there’s a new custom music playlist feature. That’s nice. Oh, and some bug fixes. I don’t always mention the bug fixes, but they are usually there.
MARVEL Strike Force: Squad RPG, Free Strike Force likes to do these huge updates that slowly sprinkle the content out over a longer period of time, so keep in mind you won’t see all of this stuff there right away. But there is certainly a lot here, enough that I’m going to give it the coveted UMMSotW award for this week. There are six new playable characters, including Firestar, Quicksilver, Bucky, Union Jack, and the World War II versions of Captain America and Iron Fist. There are some new costumes, challenges, and a bevy of balance adjustments and tweaks to make for a smoother, more enjoyable experience. I’m just kind of surprised Bucky wasn’t in there already, but hey, he’s there now. Or soon. You know what I mean.
Juneâ€™s Journey: Hidden Objects, Free June’s Journey has a lot of side characters, and I’m sure someone out there has been asking what hidden secrets they are concealing. Well, someone, you got your wish. The new Secrets mode gives you a peek at some of the stories about those characters that aren’t told in the main tale. Sure, why not? Tackle some hidden object hunting with new modes like Silhouette Mode and Mastery Challenge as you dig into these new details. I’m being flippant, but I do think updates like these are just what fans of this game are looking for. Maybe I’m wrong, though.
Devolver Tumble Time, Free Devolver Digital’s parody of a certain type of mobile game continues to teeter on the precipice of being the thing it’s meant to mock, but it’s still fairly amusing so I think it’s okay. In this update, four new Devolver Digital characters join the game. Pedro’s friend from My Friend Pedro, Rambro from Broforce, and a pair of heroes from Swords of Ditto are here and ready to be unlocked and tumbled. Throw in some bug fixes and general improvements and that’s about it for this one.
Toy Blast, Free And we’ll finish with this week’s obligatory free-to-play matching puzzle update. I’m feeling lazy, so it’s Toy Blast. Fifty new levels, as usual. The story context this time is something about Rhino giving a letter to Miss Princess and needing to make his escape from the angry guards. Nothing stops the Rhino! And nothing stops me finishing this article up and heading home for dinner!
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!