Best iPhone Game Updates: ‘Vainglory’, ‘Marvel Avengers Academy’, ‘Portal Knights’, ‘Dashy Crashy’, and More

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. There were lots of big updates in the last week, with some substantial added content to some really cool games of all types. I’ve put together a selection for you to take a gander at as you prepare for the week. 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 dig in!

MARVEL Avengers Academy, Free Due to its recent major update, Avengers Academy was lagging behind the other mobile Marvel titles in starting its Black Panther event, but it finally kicked off last Friday. Panther was originally added to the game in the Civil War event, but if you missed him you’ve got another chance to get him now. New recruits include Okoye and Shuri, with the remaining slots rounded out by the returning Thor and Valkyrie for some reason. It’s kind of a weird event because the new mechanics make it a little hard to sort out what needs to be done, but it is what it is.

Death Road to Canada, $ 11.99 The notes call this a mini-update, but as it adds the ability to rip toilets out of the ground and huck them at zombies, I refuse to diminish it with such prefixes. It also added a Valentine’s Day event, but if you didn’t catch it already, you missed it. Sorry. The whole toilet-throwing thing required the game to support spraying pipes and bolted furniture, so it does those things now. The hard-working developers also added a bow weapon, which is silent but deadly, just like Carter. Throw in a bunch of bug fixes and tweaks, and you’ve got the winner of this week’s coveted UMMSotW award.

Vainglory 5V5, Free I guess Vainglory‘s name is now Vainglory 5V5. It is a mobile MOBA and also maybe a fruit juice. This update adds a new three-lane map with true line-of-sight fog of war. You can also capture two new dragons named Blackclaw and Ghostwing. Why are they never named Peter? Oh well. You can now collect crystals and weapon orbs from fallen heroes to beef up your own hero, and there are four new vision items. This is just a smattering of all the new stuff that awaits you with this update, so feel free to check out the update notes if you want more information.

Dashy Crashy, Free Dashy Crashy is celebrating the Lunar New Year with a sweet new ride. You see, this year is the year of the dog, so you get a dog car. You know, I could swear I’ve seen that design somewhere before. Hm. Well, I already feel dumb for not remembering, so before I feel any dumber, let’s move on. Drive the car for free, collect 168 bones before March 2nd, and you get to keep that lovely thing. That’s awfully nice, isn’t it?

Injustice: Gods Among Us, Free It is the year 2018 and the mobile version of the original Injustice is still getting new characters and content. Astounding. The new character in question is Batman Gaslight, who steps out of the pages of Gotham by Gaslight. What a cool new addition. By sheer coincidence, that comic has recently been adapted as an animated movie, so you can check it out there if you missed the original story. As for the game, there’s also some new gear on offer in the form of the Master’s Death Cart, which evolves from the Master’s Arms. That’s about it, but what more could you expect at this stage?

The Battle of Polytopia, Free Online multiplayer! Wow! Polytopia now supports online multiplayer for up to 12 players. It works cross-platform between iOS and Android, and it’s free for anyone who has purchased any of the paid tribes. Awesome. If you don’t have one of those tribes already, they’re only $ 0.99 each, so this new mode is a steal no matter how you carve that turkey. This update also updates the UI and improves compatibility with new hardware and iOS versions. Very impressive for such a small developer, if you ask me.

RGB Express, $ 1.99 RGB Express is a pretty popular game, and with good reason. It’s got a lot of style, and some of the puzzles are really tough. And now there’s more of it! How about that? A new Mirror Mode has been added that unlocks after you complete 100 levels. Sure, it just flips the stages, but new challenges are new challenges. Speaking of, the par values of some levels in Expert Mode have been made even tougher. Expert Mode is unlocked when you clear 200 levels, in case you haven’t found it before. This update also improves the tutorials and fixes some bugs.

OK Golf, $ 2.99 The more I think about it, the more brilliant I think the name OK Golf is. Like, if the game had failed, they could have just pointed to the name and say that it was only meant to be okay. In the case of success, they can now follow it up with a sequel that is called Better Golf or OK Is Just Fine We Don’t Need To Overuse Strong Adjectives And/Or Superlatives Golf. Anyway, it’s the anniversary of the game’s release, so you get a new anniversary course. There’s also a Lunar New Year event that has you hunting down flying lanterns to unlock a special hole. Okay.

Portal Knights, $ 4.99 Phew, here’s another really big update. It’s called the Adventurer’s Update, apparently. If you are not an adventurer, please skip to the next paragraph. First, the game now supports dual-stick controllers. There are new quests with new characters and a brand new guild to check out. Some furniture is now interactive, and there are more than 50 new deco props to play with. Let’s see… 20 new exotic weapons? Does that tickle your fancy? There is a bunch of other stuff too, so check out the update notes if you’re curious.

Assoluto Racing, Free Hey, nice get, Assoluto Racing. Ford joins the party with the Ford Focus RS, the Ford Mustang 2018, the Ford Mustang Boss 429 1969, and the Ford GT40. I’m sure there will be more to come from this new partnership, but that’s a pretty nice selection to start with. While the new cars are the focus of this update, the developers also made a number of improvements and balance adjustments while they had the proverbial hood open.

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!


‘Dashy Crashy’ Kicks Off Its “Arcade Season” with New Vehicles Weekly, Starting with the ‘OutRun’-Inspired Outrunner ’86 Vehicle

Back in June we posted about a new update to Dumpling Design’s beloved high-score chaser Dashy Crashy [Free] in which they began a new system for allowing people to unlock new vehicles in the game entirely for free and without the reliance on luck through the in-game gacha prize system. That update introduced a Dinosaur vehicle and for the two weeks following the update’s release if you managed to collect enough meat items while playing with the Dinosaur you’d unlock it permanently. If you didn’t earn the Dino during the event, it still remained possible to unlock it by ~secret means~ which are hinted at in game. Then in mid-July, a second event called the Ramper Event started and featured a playable ramp-equipped truck that you could spin around and drive backwards at any time, thus propelling any vehicles in front of you off the ramp and into the air. If you “ramped” enough vehicles you’d unlock the Ramper for free, otherwise much like the dino it would require you to unlock it through secret means.

Well, these events have been very cool and have given me even more reason to play Dashy Crashy on a daily basis, besides the game just being stupidly fun anyway, and the descriptions for both updates hinted that Dumpling had something cool in mind to pay homage to their favorite arcade racers of the ’80s and ’90s that inspired them while making Dashy Crashy. That something cool has arrived and they’re dubbing it the Arcade Season and it has officially kicked off with today’s Dashy Crashy update and the addition of a very bodacious OutRun-inspired vehicle called the Outrunner ’86. When using the Outrunner, crashing won’t end your game but it will slow you down, and in true OutRun fashion you need to reach checkpoints before time runs out to extend your time and take you to a new type of scenery. Unlike the previous Ramper and Dinosaur events, you only have one week to reach 195 sceneries in order to unlock the Outrunner permanently. I typically get between 5 and 10 each time I play so it seems quite doable.

The reason for just the one week to unlock the Outrunner? Well that’s what’s most exciting about this latest Dashy Crashy update, because the Outrunner is just the FIRST new vehicle of the Arcade Season and there are 12 more waiting to be one with new weekly events running throughout the rest of September and through October. Dumpling has left some shadowy hints in the game’s forum thread as to what the other vehicles will be, and I can safely say I recognize at least one F-Zero vehicle in the bunch and… maybe even the Arwing from Star Fox? It’ll be fun to find out! If Dashy Crashy is new to you, be sure to read our original review and our Game of the Week nod, and then supplement that with our write up on the huge version 2.0 Turbo update, as it was a major game changer. Or just save yourself some time and download the sucker seeing as it’s free and has one of the most unobtrusive pay models I’ve ever seen. If you love over-the-top arcade aesthetics and risk/reward high-scoring gameplay, Dashy Crashy is a total winner, and the new Arcade Season is just the latest of many reasons to give this gem a permanent home on your device.