Best iPhone Game Updates: ‘Rules of Survival’, ‘Chrono Trigger’, ‘Pocket Build’, ‘Gardenscapes’, and More

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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 some interesting and controversial updates this week, and I’ve gathered up a nice bunch of them for you to look at while you’re getting your week on. 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!

Dan The Man, Free Valentine’s Day is over! The Lunar New Year is all wrapped up! And Easter isn’t for at least a few more weeks! What is a game that prides itself on event-based updates to do? Oh wait, that’s right. St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. That’ll do, pig. That’ll do. This update adds some St. Patrick’s Day arenas to the Survival mode, a leprechaun you can catch for Gacha Tokens, and a couple of changes to the Weekly Events. You might even be able to play as Barry Steakfries sometimes even if you haven’t bought him. Not a bad deal, eh?

CHRONO TRIGGER (Upgrade Ver.), $ 9.99 Hrm. Hmm. Hmmmmmm. Well, this new version of Chrono Trigger got a lot of talk last week, mostly from PC players who were justifiably ticked off at the changes made from the original game that seemed mostly done in service of mobile players. But what does this update mean for mobile players? Well, the issues with the new scattershot high-res sprites are less noticeable on a smaller screen, and the pre-Retina graphics of the earlier version really didn’t look very good on modern displays. The new UI works fine with touch controls, and added features like MFi support, iCloud support, and the ability to save anywhere are definite positives. I still think the new graphics look hideous in places, but this one is a net positive for mobile players compared to the 2011 version.

Pocket Build, $ 0.99 Pocket Build has quietly become a huge hit, and it’s easy to see why. For one low price you can build away to your heart’s content without having to worry about having to refresh your stamina, check in every two hours to collect Wigglybucks, or other stuff like that. That shouldn’t be a rare experience on mobile, but here we are. Anyway, this new version adds more than 150 new items including fences, modern buildings, farm animals, a new tile type, forts, new plants and trees, and a whole lot more. This update also adds IAPs to the game, but don’t worry! The IAPs are nothing more than a way to tip the developer to support further development. You get nothing from them except a sense of happiness at backing a good developer. You know what? This is a coveted UMMSotW award-worthy effort, I think. Congratulations, MoonBear!

Gardenscapes, Free Okay, but suppose you like collecting Wigglybucks? Well then, you’d probably like Gardenscapes, an enjoyable hybrid of match-3 and sim that seems to have caught the attention of the not-small F2P puzzle fan demographic on iOS in recent times. This new update jumps right on to Easter, tasking you and Austin the Butler with organizing a massive Easter feast for the entire town. There are new decorations and rewards to earn in this event, so get cracking. You can also look forward to a new garden, complete with new obstacles and gimmicks. I will not rest until Austin is confirmed for the next Smash Bros. game.

Subway Surfers, Free It’s always interesting to see how the developers of Subway Surfers choose to depict the various locations the kids visit on their never-ending world tour. This time, they hit Tokyo, which isn’t too far from where I live. Cosmically speaking, anyway. Cherry trees in bloom lining the tracks? Sure, that works. Collecting Hina dolls to earn rewards? Accurate and timely! An unlockable schoolgirl character with an unlockable catgirl outfit and a kitty (but not That Kitty) board? Well, that’s not too bad I suppose. That schoolgirl’s socks are too colorful, though. She’d definitely be sent home to change.

Rules of Survival, Free Oh, hello lady with impeccable make-up who is glistening with sweat and eating her bandage. We missed you last week! So what do you have for us this time? A battle jeep? That’s neat. You say it holds five people and has a gun turret passengers can use to shoot at fools? I like it. On top of that, players can now shoot and jump during glider fights? Well, if I am ever in a glider fight I’m sure I will appreciate that. What’s that? This rhetoric device is played out and each sentence deeper I go with it, the more it falls apart? Quite correct! Next!

Shooty Skies, Free Shooty Skies is a nifty little game, and its updates always have a lot of great new things in them. I love the sense of humor behind the character designs, and this one is a real corker in that regard. The 7bit Future update includes a new tune from 7bit Hero, 12 new pilots including 2 free ones, an overhaul to Daily Missions, and a bunch of tweaks and improvements to the game’s UI. If you’re not convinced to give this a try yet, one of the new characters is a pig in a flying bathtub named Hog Tub Time Machine. See?

Bubble Witch 2 Saga, Free Okay, on the one hand, this is just the usual King update of 20 new levels that keeps the game and its players going on forever and ever. On the other hand, the update notes include the return of the absolutely bananas rhyme/song that has been a regular part of this game’s updates for the last while. I was worried for a while there that it was gone! But no, it is safe. And also there are 20 new levels. King can’t be bothered to say anything new about them, so I’m sure not going to either.

MORTAL KOMBAT X, Free It’s odd how these simple fighting games keep chugging along, making good cash for WB while helping to subsidize the next iteration of the mainline games. This update brings three new Gold Tier characters to the game, all available through current or upcoming challenges. Dragon Breath Bo Rai Cho, Shokan Warrior Kintaro, and Scorpion Hanzo Hasashi have all been added to the game, complete with their own sets of moves and abilities. This update also adds a few new types of Kard Packs for you to buy. Ha, I remember Kintaro. The Kintaro Morph fatality in Mortal Kombat 2 was probably the best secret-that-seems-fake-but-is-really-real of that era.

MARVEL Contest of Champions, Free Ah, Marvel fans were starved of good X-Men content for so long that I don’t even mind how hard the company is leaning on them lately. This update includes new quests in a story called X-Men: Savage Future, a new challenge in the form of M.O.D.O.K.’s Lab, and a whole bevy of bug fixes and tweaks. Mutant menaces for 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!


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Best iPhone Game Updates: ‘Mortal Kombat X’, ‘The Simpsons: Tapped Out’, ‘Gardenscapes’, ‘CSR Racing 2’, 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. We saw some great 64-bit updates in the last week, including Hoplite, Rogue Ninja, and more. The content updates are mostly focused on Hallowe’en stuff, along with a grab-bag of goodies to celebrate Mortal Kombat‘s 25th anniversary. 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!

Dashy Crashy, Free Easy left! Easy right! Very long easy left baby! Dashy Crashy continues its tribute to the arcade greats with the arrival of the Rally GT and the Rally Delta. Get behind the wheel of these odes to SEGA Rally Championship and try to clear 400 stages before Thursday to keep them forever. Can I just say that I love that four of the five weeks dedicated to these homages so far have involved SEGA games? It does this old SEGA fan’s heart good. Game Over Yeah!

Temple Run 2, Free We’re well into October now, so you should expect to see a fair number of Hallowe’en updates coming down the pike. Here is Temple Run 2 doing its usual thing, bringing back the Spooky Summit and the Ghostly Demon Monkey for another ghoulish event. You can unlock Hallowe’en-themed characters, hats, costumes, and more or just enjoy competing in some Hallowe’en-flavored Global Challenges. Look, I’m going to be real here for a minute. That freaking monkey that chases you is already pretty scary normally. Hallowe’en every day in this game.

MORTAL KOMBAT X, Free Hard to believe it, but Mortal Kombat is 25 years old now. I mean, I guess it makes sense. The 1990s were 20+ years ago, and when I think of the heyday of Mortal Kombat, it’s definitely 90s as all get-out. Anyway, the series is celebrating across a number of Warner’s apps, and the biggest celebration is obviously here. A new mode called Relic Hunt has been added where you battle through Shao Kahn’s temple to collect Spirit Fragments and unlock Konqueror Shao Kahn. Other new characters joining the fray include two flavors of Goro, Klassic and Tigrar Fury. Remember in the movie when Johnny Cage was mad about his sunglasses and punched Goro in the ding-dong? Ha, best video game movie ever! For happy memories, I suppose I’ll give this game the coveted UMMSotW award this time around.

CSR Racing 2, Free And now for a game that respects the letter ‘C’. In the latest update to the gorgeous CSR Racing 2, you can win three new cars through the new Crew Championships. In Kyoto, you can win the Rocket Bunny Mazda RX-7. Head on over to St. Louis to get Tiffany, a twin-turbo C10 shop truck. Skip to England for your shot at an Aston Martin One-77 hypercar. There are also three new prestige cars, if you’ve got the dough: the BMW M4 GTS, the Rocket Bunny Nissan Silvia (S15), and the 2016 Audi R8 V10 plus Coupe. That’s a lot of cars, and I’m guess you’ll need deep pockets to get them all. Good luck!

Trials Frontier, Free BMW isn’t content just sticking to cars this week, however. In the latest update to Trials Frontier, you can join in on the BMW Rally Challenge. Race through four weekly legs of 10 tracks and you might have the chance to get well-acquainted with the new BMW F 800 GS. Collect blueprints for the new bike along with five new tracks by participating in the challenge. Honestly, I didn’t even know BMW made motorcycles. Shows what I know! Which is not much at all when we’re talking about motorbikes. Or BMW. Or this game in particular, I suppose. Look, they’re update summaries, there’s only so much I can do. Next!

Angry Birds, Free Someone actually genuinely asked me the other day if Angry Birds was a big thing anymore, and instead of just answering that they obviously were, I decided to check the charts to see how they were doing. They’re not doing great! The movie and the merch seem to have done okay, but it feels like the games have finally passed out of their evergreen status after a half-decade or more. Rovio’s keeping at them, though. Witness this update, which brings 15 new levels to the Jurassic Pork episode in the very first mobile release of the series. That’s impressive longevity, but I wonder if it still makes money?

Gardenscapes, Free He may not be all that well-known around these parts, but Austin the Butler is quickly becoming a household name among the greater mobile gaming audience. This series is a cute mix of matching puzzle game and a very basic sim, and it’s a combination that is playing well with fans of King’s stuff that might be looking for a change after a billion levels or so. This latest update brings Hallowe’en to the game in the form of a special event where you can get limited holiday-themed decorations. If you can collect them all, you’ll get a special bonus. Of course, the update also brings some new wrinkles to the puzzle gameplay. Honey is a tough obstacle, but it’s even trickier now that it comes with a sugar crust you have to break. Good luck with that, Austin.

The Simpsons™: Tapped Out, Free Another game that never, ever misses a holiday beat is The Simpsons: Tapped Out. The Hallowe’en Treehouse of Horror event has kicked off, asking you to band together with the residents of Springfield to expel an evil sorcerer and his nefarious beasts. You’ll have to build up a Magic Academy and teach everyone defense against the dark arts. Angelica Button, Wiggops, and other magic-related characters await you in this unusual trip to the wizarding world of Bart Simpson and company.

WWE Immortals, Free There are a few big things going on in this update to WWE Immortals. First up, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Mortal Kombat, Xavier Woods dons a Raiden costume and does his best impression of the Thunder God. Well, he’s probably better than that guy from Mortal Kombat Annihilation. You can earn him in a special challenge. But it’s also October, and that means some other spooky characters are making the scene. Zombie versions of Stone Cold, Seth Rollins, Brock Lesnar, and AJ Styles are up for grabs if you can collect enough Gravestone Letters. Finally, a new Platinum character has arrived in the form of Viper Dojo Randy Orton. He’s only available through the Platinum Packs, so keep on earning those Platinum Bars by doing Ladder Matches.

Injustice: Gods Among Us, Free Believe it or not, this one is still going. While Injustice 2 sees Raiden and Sub-Zero added to the roster, the original Injustice is also getting a piece of the Mortal Kombat anniversary action. Complete the special challenge to unlock Klassic Scorpion for your team. If you’d rather stick to the capes, the challenge mode will also net you New 52 Superman, Earth 2 Flash, and Earth 2 Hawkgirl. The multiplayer season rewards have been refreshed, with an Arkham Origins Deadshot waiting for those who can climb to the top of the rankings.

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!