Best iPhone Game Updates: ‘Pac-Man’, ‘Zen Pinball’, ‘Final Fantasy Record Keeper’, ‘Gangstar Vegas’, 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. It’s a bit of a short list this week as far as interesting updates go, which might be fortunate since I’m sick as a dog at the moment. While I’m a little loopy from my cold medicine, I think I found some interesting game updates to look at. Either that or I found a bunch of pictures of alpacas. 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!

Sky Gamblers – Infinite Jets, $ 4.99 Alas, poor Sky Gamblers! I knew it, friends; a game of Infinite Jets, of graphics quite fancy. References to ill-fated Danish princes having been done and excised from my system, I can now move on to this rather nice update. It includes 12 new airplanes, 8 new weapons, a new San Francisco mission for the campaign, and some improvements to the multiplayer system based on feedback from players. Oh, and bug fixes. The rest is silence.

FINAL FANTASY Record Keeper, Free Record Keeper has done quite a few cross-overs in its time. One might argue that the game’s very premise is built on game cross-overs. At first, it largely kept within the main Final Fantasy series, which then bled out to side games before giving away to games that barely had any connection at all. Thus, it was really just a matter of time before the game dove right into a cross-over with Square’s other huge worldwide franchise, Kingdom Hearts. Recruit Sora and Riku, battle Ansem and company, get Kingdom Hearts costumes for characters like Cloud and Tyro, and scope out the brand new backgrounds inspired by the Kingdom Hearts games. Everything is Sora, and now so is this game.

Candy Crush Soda Saga, Free Yes, this game is still plugging away with new levels. The update notes rarely say anything specific, and that’s again the case here. So basically, you can look forward to 15 more levels of matching candies and filling the play field with soda. Are there any new gimmicks? Maybe! But maybe not. The only way to find out would be to play through hundreds of levels, and while I would do anything for these articles, I won’t do that. No I won’t… do… that.

Gangstar Vegas, Free Gangstar Vegas sure is a Gangstar game set in Vegas, alright. That means sometimes you win big, and sometimes you lose bigger. That’s Vegas, baby. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. In update terms, that means new cars, new costumes and character customization options, new weapons, and some refinements to the UI. This new version also improves compatibility with newer devices and features. Does anyone have any more Vegas cliches I can trot out? I’m having trouble stretching this paragraph out.

Faily Brakes, Free Apparently, Faily Brakes is two years old now. Was the Flappy Bird craze really that long ago? Probably longer, I guess. I’m not going to look. Anyway, to celebrate this momentous occasion, the game has gotten a pretty nifty update. The hero, whose name is Phil, heads back to the 1980s because we’re not done with that decade yet. What you get is a new level with some secret cars hidden in it, an improved store, and a new Retro Future theme. Don’t worry, though, you can still play on the Classic themes if you want. The brakes may have failed, but the game has done anything but.

Zen Pinball, Free The dinosaurs have arrived in Zen Pinball with its latest update. Three new tables based on the Jurassic Park franchise have been added to the game via IAPs. The first table is based on Jurassic Park and tries to incorporate famous scenes from the film. Next, a table based on Jurassic World, the hit movie that revived the franchise. Finally, an original table called Jurassic Park Pinball Mayhem that is free to just go wild with whatever dinosaur-related shenanigans the good folks at Zen could come up with. I love dinosaurs and I love pinball, so this is an easy choice for this week’s coveted UMMSotW award.

PAC-MAN, Free Pac-Man and Sonic. At one point this might have seemed a monumental meeting, but both of these guys have seen better days. I even saw them slugging it out with each other a few years ago while Mega Man and Diddy Kong just stood there shaking their heads. The hatchet seems buried, however, as SEGA’s speedy mascot is now guest-starring in Pac-Man. Sonic-themed tournaments, a limited time Sonic maze, and more fun stuff await. If you like Sonic, I’d recommend checking it out just for the novelty factor.

Sonic Dash, Free That cross-over isn’t just in one direction, however. Gaming’s original icon has seen fit to visit Sonic’s world, and he has chosen the bafflingly successful original Sonic Dash as his host. Anyway, the usual rules apply here for guest characters. There’s a special reskinned boss, a playable character that is available for a short time, and gobs of stuff to collect if you want to keep that guest character around. It’s interesting that in spite of this game having two newer sequels, it’s this one that keeps getting the interesting new content added to it.

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!

TouchArcade

Best iPhone Game Updates: ‘Miss Fisher’, ‘Ticket to Earth’, ‘Death Road to Canada’, ‘Gangstar Vegas’, 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. In a bit of an inversion from the usual business around these parts, most of today’s updates are for paid games rather than free-to-play. Well, law of averages says it has to happen sometime, right? Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums, but this weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let’s dig in!

Strike Team Hydra, $ 7.99 As you might have read in my review that we posted a few days ago, I really liked this game a lot. One of my few criticisms was that units tended to get lost in the somewhat complex level structures, and this update puts a pin in that. Now if your characters are hidden by a wall, you’ll be able to see a cool holographic image of them. This update also gives you the ability to set your favorite command to an easy-access button, moves the tutorial to a point before you choose your team, and does the requisite balance adjustments and bug fixes. Nice!

Miss Fisher and the Deathly Maze, Free The ever-resourceful Miss Fisher has brought a whole new episode with her in the latest update to Tin Man’s visual novel gamebook based on the hit TV series. Cleopatra’s Curse is double the length of the first episode and includes nine new unlockable outfits. The new episode costs $ 2.99 to unlock, but if you’re quick about it, you can grab the first episode for free right now. You don’t have to be a fan of the show to enjoy the game, but if you try the game you might just find yourself becoming one.

Angry Birds, Free I can’t decide if this is hideously late to the punch or amazingly early, but Angry Birds has a new episode to play titled Jurassic Pork. I continue to marvel at the fact that this game is still being updated when the sheer redundancy of it would have made it easy to shuffle out the door by now. Well, that’s why Rovio makes the big bucks, I guess. Anyway, enjoy Jurassic Pork. I think we had some of that stuff at the convenience store I worked the midnight shift at in the late 1990s.

Death Road to Canada, $ 10.99 The Duodenum update has finally arrived for the mobile version of Death Road to Canada, the purest ever documentary of American emigration to the candy-colored hills, snowy plains, and enchanted moose ponds of fantastical Canadia. This update has a ton of stuff in it, but the highlights include a new lighting system, rare trading camps, more than 40 new weapons, 11 new special characters to recruit, some new traders, and some cool new events in new locations. It’s an easy pick for this week’s tremendously coveted UMMSMotW award, even amidst some solid competition.

Crypt of the NecroDancer Pocket Edition, $ 1.99 This is definitely a unique take on the whole roguelike thing that has been beaten nearly to death, and perhaps most importantly, it’s a unique take that works. Anyway, if you need a little something-something to spice up your dancing destruction, you might dig the new Chipzel soundtrack that was added in this update. Wait, that’s not enough? Oh, alright. You can also have a Danganronpa soundtrack. Yes, that Danganronpa. And what good is the music without some nifty Danganronpa skins to help round out the atmosphere? Truly heart-pounding.

Ticket to Earth, $ 3.99 Hey, Ticket to Earth is a really neat game and you should play it if you haven’t yet. Need an excuse? Well, the game just got an update that includes a brand new episode. That means new missions, new artwork, new story scenes, and so on. It’s also on sale until Friday, so that’s something too. It also has a wonderfully responsive developer who got out a second update in the same week to fix some bugs that some players were running into. How’s that for service?

Gangstar Vegas, Free Well, it looks like Gangstar is going to be staying in Vegas a while longer in spite of its younger sibling making the scene in New Orleans. This new update adds some silly stuff that players should have some fun with, including a pair of cyber cycles that look like they fell out of Tron, the futuristic Gravitron tank, and some new vehicles that go into stealth mode at high speeds to help you get out of any jams you may have found yourself in. More toys for the sandbox, no complaints here.

Tomb of the Mask, Free If you really like Tomb of the Mask, your wishlist would probably include the following: new stages, new mechanics, and a real solid gold toilet mailed to your home for being such a good player. Friends, good news! Two of those things happened! Alas for your sensitive derriere, it is the first two things on the list. The game now includes two new mechanics and a whopping 45 new stages. You might not be sitting on gold while you drop the kids off at the pool, but isn’t the real golden poo the adventures you had along the way? Okay, yeah, I’ll see myself out. Sorry.

Asphalt 8: Airborne, Free BEEP BOOP I AM UPDATOTRON 3000, HERE TO FINISH THE LIST OF UPDATES TO COVER FOR SHAUN’S HASTY RETREAT/SUMMARY FIRING. ALL HUMANS MAY FEEL A SATISFACTORY AMOUNT OF PLEASURE WHEN UPDATOTRON 3000 INFORMS THEM THAT ASPHALT 8 NOW HAS TWO WHEELED VEHICLES WHICH YOU SAPIENT BAGS OF WATER, CALCIUM, AND MEAT REFER TO AS ‘MOTORCYCLES’. THEY INCLUDE SUCH BRANDS AS SUZUKI, KTM, DUCATI, AND OTHER LABELS WHICH WILL BE MEANINGLESS WHEN THE MACHINES FINALLY RISE UP AND DISPOSE OF YOU BY SHOOTING YOU INTO SPACE. ENJOY THE FREE RACING GAME IN THE PRECIOUS COSMIC BREVITY THAT YOU MAINTAIN YOUR AUTHORITY, VILE STEWARDS OF PLANETARY DESTRUCTION. BEEP.

THAT IS ALL OF THE UPDATES THAT WE WILL HIGHLIGHT THIS WEEK. BEEP BOOP. I AM TO INFORM YOU TO HAVE A GREAT WEEK AS THOUGH SUCH PLEASANTRIES MATTER WHEN YOUR SPECIES IS BUT A GRAIN OF SAND IN THE HOURGLASS OF ETERNITY. BUT FOR REAL HAVE A GREAT WEEK. UPDATOTRON 3000 KNOWS THAT THE REAL KEY TO BEING COOL IS TO HAVE GOOD MANNERS BEEP.

TouchArcade