The original Pako – Car Chase Simulator [$ 1.99 / Free] began life on mobile back in the summer of 2014 as a super fun and stylish endless survival driving game, and it only grew and grew from there with a slew of updates in the years that followed. Eventually it found its way to desktop where it was also quite well-received. For the sequel, developer Tree Men Games went in the opposite direction, creating a game for desktop and console first and then porting it to mobile in January of this year. To get the game working well on mobile, the visuals were toned down and some of the content from the console and PC version was left out, but that didn’t stop Pako 2 [$ 1.99] from being one of the most fun releases of 2018 so far. Now Tree Men are beginning to flesh out the mobile version to bring it more on par with its older siblings, and today a new Pako 2 update has added a new level and three new vehicles into the game.
The new level is called Sunny Coast, and it unsurprisingly features plenty of sunshine and coastal decor including the beach and the ocean. The three new vehicles are the weird futuristic sports car the Leguan, military-style truck Wolf, and a modified police-style vehicle called the Fox. As great as this new update is for existing owners on iOS, it’s even better for Android players as alongside this new iOS update Pako 2 has also launched on the Google Play Store. I loved Pako 2 so much I picked it for the Game of the Week when it released in January, and it’s been in constant play rotation on my iPhone ever since. If you enjoy games with tons of action and frantic moments, as well as premium games with no IAP, I highly suggest checking out Pako 2, now on both iOS and Android and with tons of cool new content.
This week, popular console and desktop game Fortnitehit the iOS App Store in beta form, allowing players to access the “same 100-player” Battle Royale mode found on PS4 and Mac computers while on-the-go. Following Fortnite, it’s been announced that another large-scale console title is getting a full game on iOS and Android, called ARK: Survival Evolved and launching this spring (via TouchArcade).
ARK originally released in early access on Steam and Xbox One in 2015, and then the final game launched across most platforms in 2017, including PC, Mac, Xbox One, and PS4. ARK is an action survival game that takes place in a large open world inhabited by dinosaurs, tasking players with building bases and weapons, taming and taking care of dinosaurs, and joining up with other players in tribes.
A few other features coming to ARK on mobile include:
– 80+ Dinosaurs: Use cunning strategy and tactics to tame, train, ride and breed the many dinosaurs and other primeval creatures roaming the dynamic, persistent ecosystems across land, sea, air, and even underground. – Discover: Explore a massive living and breathing prehistoric landscape as you find the means to survive, thrive, and escape on the Ark. – Craft and Build: Using any means necessary to survive, craft weapons, clothes, and items, and build shelters, villages, or even large cities. – Survive Alone or With Others: Group up with, or prey on, hundreds of other players in a large-scale online world or choose to go it alone in single-player mode. – Join a Tribe: The ‘Tribe’ system encourages cooperation, by supporting dynamic parties to share resources, XP, and re-spawn points.
Beta invites for iOS are already open for the game, and mobile game developer War Drum Studios stated that the plan for the smartphone version “is to contain the full online experience as the PC version of ARK.” This includes the game’s 50-person multiplayer environment where players can join tribes to share resources, gain XP, and more, as well as engage in an offline single player experience.
There will also be a few tweaks in the transition to mobile, including faster paced gameplay, a unique user interface, and a “specialized control setup” that was developed specifically for ARK on mobile. The iOS and Android version of the game will offer optional upgrades that players can acquire with “Amber” to progress faster, obtain certain buffs for certain amounts of time, build unique crafting structures, and bring lost dinosaurs back from the dead. The developers said these updates “allow for the ultimate experience on mobile,” while maintaining the true ARK experience as closely as possible.
In a tweet on the new @PlayARKMoible Twitter account, War Drum Studios said that ARK will require 2GB of download space on iOS, and run at 30 FPS on iPhone 7 devices and newer. It “will feature the entire Island map with most of the creatures,” requiring 2GB of RAM on iOS and 3GB of RAM on Android. The developers also put out a trailer for the game, noting that all gameplay footage included was recorded live using an iPhone 8.
ARK will be free-to-play when it launches on iOS and Android widely this spring, but details about any potential microtransactions have not yet been revealed.
Yesterday, Studio Wildcard and War Drum Studios officially announced that they’re porting the popular large-scale console survival sandbox game Ark: Survival Evolved to iPhone and iPad…. Read the rest of this post here
Two more games heading to iPhone and iPad have opened up for registrations before they launch, with Ubisoft’s ‘Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians’ reviving the RPG franchise in May, while the developers of ‘Ark: Survival Evolved’ are accepting sign-ups for iOS beta testing. AppleInsider – Frontpage News
Open-world survival game ARK: Survival Evolved was one of the bigger early access games back in 2015, eventually launching a couple of years later on PS4, Xbox One and Steam and gathering 13 million players in the process. Now the title is coming to… Engadget RSS Feed
Studio Wildcard’s hit dinosaur-themed survival game ARK: Survival Evolved is coming to Android this spring, and you can pre-register for the release right now on playark.com. Interestingly this upcoming on-the-go version of ARK is being designed and developed by War Drum Studios as a free-to-play release. It’s supposed to closely mirror the online survival experience contained in the PC and console versions, though there will be some necessary changes with the shift in monetization, which leaves me apprehensive as to how the finished product will turn out.
Welcome to the age of big games coming to mobile in unabridged format: ARL: Survival Evolved is coming to iOS and Android, with an iOS beta opening today. The plan for the mobile version is to contain the full online experience as the PC version of ARK, with a full 50-person multiplayer environment with the ability to join tribes to share resources, XP, and spawn points; there is also an offline singleplayer mode available.
ARK: Survival Evolved drops players on a mysterious island that’s full of dinosaurs. Players will try to survive the ARK, an island with over 80 species of dinosaur, by crafting the tools they need to survive. It’s possible to build structures as well, including entire cities! You’ll find blueprints and notes that reveal the history of the ARK, and can explore its many different ecosystems. Also, you can ride a Pterodactyl.
ARK: Survival Evolved is tremendously popular on console and PC, and this mobile adaptation promises to introduce mobile players to the series as well. The only compromises from the first media releaed appear to be some visual fidelity, as the game needs to run on a variety of hardware that might be powerful, but is optimized for battery life rather than performance. Still, ARK: Survival Evolved is looking quite good, and like it could faithfully represent the dinosaur survival experience on the go.
And much like the Fortnite announcement for mobile, this is showing the capability of mobile platforms. Players are mature enough to handle complicated virtual touch controls now (though I’m hoping for controller support), and if the games can work on mobile hardware, and prove to be financially viable…why not? In the same way that dinosaurs and humans meet in ARK: Survival Evolved, so too are the barriers breaking between disparate platforms.
Kotaku UK has confirmed that Days Gone, the PS4-exclusive peripatetic post-apocalypse game from SIE Bend Studio, has been delayed until 2019. The title was announced in mid-2016 but we first got our hands on it at E3 2017, where a gameplay demo showc… Engadget RSS Feed
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, $ 0.99Pocket 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, FreeShooty 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!