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. Some very, very cool updates this time. A few related to Thanksgiving, a couple related to large adolescent amphibians, and a few other bits and bobs to fill things out. 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!
Subway Surfers, Free Now this one feels a bit quicker than the usual pace, but perhaps my sense of time is a little messed up at the moment. The kids have landed in their newest destination, and it’s lovely London. The final chapter of the Rival story plays out here, as Lawrence takes on Tricky to see who is the ultimate artist. Vivienne is the newest character to join the crew, and all you need to do is escape the Plant Invasion to add her to your roster. Want a Sneaky Blinders outfit for Alia? That’s a thing you can make happen in the Season Hunt at the moment.
Jetpack Joyride, Free Now this is the pace I’ve gotten used to with Jetpack Joyride. Halloween’s done and out the door, and that means it’s time for American Thanksgiving. Of course it has an event ready! I’d imagine it’s largely a repeat of the event from previous years, but perhaps we’ll be surprised. Probably not, but hope springs eternal. If not? Well, it’s a chance to get some goodies from past years that you may have missed.
TMNT Splintered Fate, We’ve got dueling TMNT updates this week, one from Apple Arcade and one from Netflix. Let’s go with the Apple Arcade one first. The Punk Frogs have invaded the sewers, and you’ll have to send them packing if you want to get your home back. Genghis Frog and Napoleon Bonafrog are hopping mad, and it’s up to you to make them croak. Also in this update: two new Turtle Powers, two new Dreamer upgrades, a new Shimmering Portal, and four new Achievements to shoot for. That sounds like a solid new set of challenges to hold you over for a while.
Honkai: Star Rail, Free With three fairly active games at the moment, there’s typically something going on in the HoYoverse in any given week. This time it’s Honkai Star Rail, which has its new Crepuscule Zone update active. There are a few new characters, a re-run of the limited character Silver Wolf, some new Light Cones, a re-run of the Incessant Rain Light Cone, a new map named Fyxestroll Garden, and a bunch of new stories and events involving all of that stuff. I’ll be honest: I don’t play this game, so I don’t know what all that means. But I know it means something to a lot of you, so do enjoy.
Merge Mansion, Free Alright, I’ve turned my eye away from Grandma for a little too long. Who knows what she’s been up to? Let’s use our obligatory free-to-play matching puzzle game update to see. We’ve got a new Mystery Pass with the very concerning name Grannies of Anarchy, a new area in the form of the bathroom (they didn’t have one up until now?), a new character you’ll meet in the bathroom (!) named Ash, a new feature given by Ash called Character Tasks, a new special event called Veil of Fate. Which, you know, is also a bit troubling. Grannies of Anarchy, Veil of Fate, and a bathroom dweller named Ash. Hm. Now I wish I hadn’t looked.
Toon Blast, Free Toon Blast lost its lunch this week to Merge Mansion. Imagine being the runner-up for the obligatory free-to-play matching puzzle game update of the week? Wouldn’t be me. But it is Toon Blast, which offers up fifty new levels to play. They’re tied together by some nonsense involving icy things which might also be tasty, and I sure hope it isn’t snow. It might look clean, but you still shouldn’t eat it. Even if you’re a toon. Especially if you’re a toon!
World of Tanks Blitz - Mobile, Free Okay, let’s check on something less dangerous than the Grandma from Merge Mansion. Tanks, as one example. In this update, Season 2: Constellation continues with more vehicles and, naturally, more rewards. There’s a Harvest Parade event and some Black Friday stuff, some set-up for the December holiday season, some new camouflage for the Tiger II, and more. It’s interesting how this game manages to pull off all these seasonal tie-ins. You wouldn’t think tanks could be so versatile.
Hello Kitty Island Adventure, Kitty-chan doesn’t mess around when it comes to holidays, and she’s getting a slightly early start this year in this latest version of the game. The Give & Gather Celebration sees you helping out Cinnamoroll deliver presents to all the Sanrio characters, and you know you’ll get some goodies in return. This update also adds Multiplayer Friendship Levels, giving you an incentive to make friends in multiplayer mode by sweetening the pot with some benefits. Some new visitors are lined up with My Melody’s family coming to visit, additional story content has been added, and new Weekly Quests have been implemented. That isn’t even all of it, so I’ll go ahead and recommend you fire up the game if you’re interested in seeing all of it. I’ll give this the coveted UMMSotW award for its courageous efforts this week.
Taiko no Tatsujin Pop Tap Beat, LINDA LINDA! LINDA LINDA LINDAAA! Taiko no Tatsujin Pop Tap Beat has six new songs in this latest version, and it’s a really amazing selection this time. The new songs include LINDA LINDA, The Galaxy Express 999, Odoru Ponpokorin, Bad Apple!! feat.nomico, Blue Topaz, and Rhythm Connect. Man. MAN. Those are some great, great tunes. Time to re-download the game and have at it.
TMNT: Shredder's Revenge, Free Netflix’s policy of not putting any details in the update notes for its selection of games is extremely annoying. It is so easy to miss some decent updates, and that’s why the games are rarely featured here. Like, the mobile version of TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge just got the Dimension Shellshock DLC added to it at no additional cost, and you sure wouldn’t know it until you go to download it and see how massive it is. This is great news, by the way. This is an excellent expansion to the already great original, giving you more characters and modes to enjoy.
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!