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. The month marches on, and so do the updates. By now I think everyone’s awake and updating again, which makes my job a little bit easier. 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!
MARVEL Future Fight, Free
Going strong into 2024, Marvel Future Fight‘s latest update has the most new characters we’ve seen added to the game in a while. The Goblin Queen update adds a whopping four new playable characters to the roster. Madelyne Pryor, Havok, Exodus, and Hope Summers are now available. Lots of Cyclops-adjacent people there. On top of that, Rachel Summers gets a new uniform. Cyclops gets his Tier-4, and Havok and Madelyne Pryor waste no time getting right to Tier-3. Odin’s Blessing now has five new items, and of course all of this is in service to the new Epic Quest titled Goblin Queen. I’ll give this the coveted UMMSotW award this week just for fun.
Peglin got another update this week, and it once again adds a few things and adjusts some existing stuff. Taking center stage are nine fresh new relics to mess around with. There’s also a new scenario to play, and that’s the kind of thing that’s always nice to see in an update. The existing scenarios have some modified options, some buffs have been applied to Refreshircle and Critsoballos, and a few other balance tweaks have been made. Finally, bug fixes. We love them. They are here. Rejoice.
Toon Blast, Free
And here is the obligatory free-to-play matching puzzle game update for the week. Toon Blast, again. Reliable stuff, isn’t it? Fifty new levels. The title of the new episode is Cake My Day, and I actually kind of like that. Well done, Toon Blast developers. There’s a sentence I am unlikely to ever type again. Anyway, enjoy matching the blocks to get some virtual cake of some kind. I’m hardly the king of spending my free time wisely, so I can’t criticize.
Honkai Impact 3rd, Free
It has been noticed that I don’t always extensively play all of the games which I include in these update round-ups. It is true. I have not played a great deal of this one, for example. I’m really just here to tell you there is a new S-rank Bio-type Battlesuit, a new main story chapter to play, a new event called Wild Phoenix Chase, and some new equipment. Will I ever see any of it with my own eyes? It’s unlikely, but possible. Stranger things have certainly happened.
Angry Birds Reloaded,
This is another game that updates rather regularly, making it a useful game to call on when needed. This update kicks off the Frost Festival, a six-week event full of rewards and weekly quests. There are thirty brand new levels to play, and some new Bird skins including brand-new Space versions of Matilda, Hal, and Stella. Feels like Stella should have had one before; it’s right in the name and everything. Well, past mistakes have now been corrected. Can you three-star all of the challenge levels to get the best stuff? Maybe! Maybe you can!
Gibbon: Beyond the Trees,
This game felt pretty complete already, so what’s up with this update? A lot of little things that make the game feel even more polished. Humans will now react to passing gibbons, there are some little scenes you can unlock by rescuing the same type of animal ten times in Liberation mode, some animations have been improved, and some new effects have been added. Sure, in terms of gameplay differences there aren’t a lot of things to see here, but I appreciate all the tweaks to the game’s presentation. A cool game, and I’ll always look for reasons to fire it up again.
Cut the Rope 3,
Well, we’ve looked in on the Angry Birds, we might as well see what Om Nom is up to while we’re in the App Store Old Folks’ Home. How does the idea of twenty-one new levels grab you? How about seven new Nommies? Diving gear for Om Nom and Nibble Nom? How about some boulders that are going to get in the way of your puzzle-solving? Hey, whatever blows your hair back. Beyond the new content, some improvements to the UI have been made so that you can get into the gameplay a bit quicker. Always appreciated!
Okay, everyone wants to know about new cars first when it comes to racing game updates. There is one here, and you can find it in the Super Carta Stradale this month. Tekamura Performance has officially joined the game, with the 911 GT2 RS Tekamura Performance ready to speed out with its all-new signature livery. Pretty slick ride, but can you handle its power? Fire up the game, get your hands on the new car, and see what you can do with it.
Real Racing 3, Free
Perhaps you want a racing game update but don’t have Apple Arcade. I’m here to help! Real Racing 3! It has an update, you see. Lots of new events, and plenty of cars to win in them. The McLaren Artura, the Brabham BT62, the Apollo Intensa Emozione, the 1987 Porsche 962C, and more are available via a variety of racing events. The real highlight is the newly added Pagani Utopia, and you’ll have to see if you can earn it for your virtual garage. Fairly typical as Real Racing 3 updates go, but that isn’t a bad thing.
And we’ll wrap it up by checking in on the latest update for Hearthstone. Far from the world-beater it used to be, but it still seems to be going strong. This version offers up the new Showdown in the Badlands Mini-Set, with plenty of new cards, characters, and more. There’s also a special Lunar New Year event, complete with some season-appropriate cosmetics. Sure, that’ll do. I’m off to get my dinner now before it gets cold!
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!