Best iPhone Game Updates: ‘Marvel Future Fight’, ‘Phantasy Star Classics’, ‘PUBG Mobile’, ‘Siralim 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. This week features a lot of games I used to play a lot getting some interesting new updates. We’ve got cool new additions to a variety of games, and a couple of slightly odd crossovers. Well, I’ll let you all have a look and decide what you think. 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 go for it!

Phantasy Star Classics, Free

What can I say? Some weeks I like to get my favorite update of the week out of the way quickly, and this is one of them. The Phantasy Star 2 app got a sweet update this week that added Phantasy Star 3 and Phantasy Star 4, available to play for free with ad support or in special upgraded ad-free versions if you buy IAPs. I think it was my first year at TouchArcade where I openly wished I could play Phantasy Star 4, one of the best RPGs of the 16-bit era, on my iPhone, and now here we are. Enjoy that coveted UMMSotW award, SEGA.

Siralim 2 (Monster Taming RPG), $4.99

Okay yes, Siralim 3 is out there and it’s getting regular updates, but don’t forget good ol’ Siralim 2. It got an update in the last week that has some nice stuff in it. There’s now support for MFi gamepads, improved touch controls, support for Turbo Mode in boss battles, support for iPhone X family screen sizes, and more. Yes, even bug fixes and optimizations! It’s a good excuse to fire up Siralim 2 again when you’re taking breaks from Siralim 3.

MARVEL Future Fight, Free

The latest Marvel movie is going to be out very soon, and that naturally means that Marvel’s various mobile games are getting ready. In the case of Future Fight, that means three brand-new characters. The new additions include Nick Fury, who somehow wasn’t in the game already, Minn-Erva, because Kree names are often cute like that, and Korath, because sometimes they’re not. Naturally, they’re all sporting costumes inspired by the movie alongside their comic book looks. Captain Marvel also has a new uniform available to make her look a little more Brie-esque. Finally, there’s a new legendary battle available based on the movie.

SEGA Heroes: Match-3 RPG Quest, Free

It’s time for the next SEGA franchise to join the SEGA Heroes, and it’s… The House of the Dead? Sure, why not? So far, we’ve just got Dr. Roy Curien, but I’m sure we’ll soon be able to make a certain someone suffer like G did. You can also find Dr. Curien as an opponent in Survival Mode. Also new in this update are Playgrounds being made a part of the regular rotation. You can pick up some gold and, perhaps more importantly, some valuable advice in each new Playground. Toss in some bug fixes and that’s the update.

Homescapes, Free

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Is This the Real Life? Is This Just Fantasy? – The TouchArcade Show #389

Heyyyyyyyyyyyy everybody, if you’re into the weird off topic tangents on the TouchArcade Show, this is going to be a podcast for you as we do a deep-dive into startup ideas surrounding just skipping ordering Doordash and instead just paying a similar gig economy service to come destroy your toilet. It might be the next billion dollar business, so don’t steal this idea. Anyway, this week’s podcast is filled with a recap of all the news of the week including some GDC speculation on what Google has been up to, some absurd drama in the Fortnite world, and much, much more. We also hit a bit on me leaving TouchArcade, which I announced on Twitter earlier today.

That might have something to do with the toilet destruction startup. Maybe. Anyway, it’s a good episode!

Don’t forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to podcast@toucharcade.com. We read ’em all, and love decoding messages written entirely in emoji. As always, you can listen to us with the links below… And if you like what you hear, please subscribe and/or drop us a review in iTunes. Much appreciated!

As a companion to this audio podcast, we also do a video version of the same show that is exclusive to Patreon which allows you to see us playing the games we’re talking about. Backers can view the most recent video episodes of the TouchArcade show by clicking here. Be sure you’re logged in to see the latest content. For everyone else who is curious, you can check out our public patreon posts to see older episodes of the video podcast. If you like what you see, consider becoming a TouchArcade Patreon backer.

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from TouchArcade https://toucharcade.com/2019/02/22/is-this-the-real-life-is-this-just-fantasy-the-toucharcade-show-389/…

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‘Arena of Valor’ News: Veres, Yena, And Tel’Annas Reforged

The last few weeks of Arena of Valor has felt like treading old ground with returning skins for older characters. This week is anything but.

Other than the reappearance of the coveted Idol Liliana skin, this week’s roundup is entirely new content. We have a cool new hero to play around with, another to speculate on, a Valor Series underdog to root for, and perhaps the greatest skin intro since Steel Heart Maloch.

As the YouTube personalities are saying more often these days; let’s just jump into it.

Veres Is Here – And She’s A Prickly One

Veres splash art

Weeks after we first expected her to release, Veres has finally arrived in Athanor. Seen as a force to be reckoned with in Taiwan, Reddit users joked about how complaints will likely fill up the website once the weekend is out. Judging by the spotlight video put out by Tencent on Twitter, however, the chance of that happening is probably pretty high.

So who, or what, is Veres, anyway? A woman who’s about to make your life hell, that’s who. Veres made waves early this year when splash art of her alternate Grand Larceny skin spilled out. It depicted the character pinning infamous assassin Quillen to the ground, automatically painting her as the answer to the community’s screams to nerf Quillen’s cloak + burst toolset.

In practice, Veres commands a mysterious barbed chain whip that floats around her body. Her passive allows her to strike anyone in a donut AOE similar to Sephera’s stun after every 4th strike. Paired with some fairly long-range abilities, she’s a burst warrior with a surprisingly long reach that won’t let up so long as she keeps landing hits.

Time will tell how she’ll shake up the meta, but expect to see her in your matches this weekend; and perhaps even in this week’s Valor Series competition. As is the norm, Veres can be bought with Gold and Vouchers.

Yena Debuts In Taiwan

Just as the West inches closer to matching the Taiwanese Arena of Valor hero roster, Garena/Tencent thrusts another onto their fans across the pond. Yena, another Warrior hero, has begun to appear in more and more YouTube videos, and just like Veres, she’s bringing a unique weapon to the game – an oversized chakram that can be split into two curved blades, giving Yena the ability to modify her attacks similar to Liliana’s fox form.

When separated, Yena delivers strikes with her twin blades by sliding across small sections of the battlefield and can toss another blade out that stays in place similar to Fennik’s ultimate. Her own ultimate is what connected or disconnects her blades back into the completed chakram form. Whichever way you go, Yena delivers a whirlwind AOE strike in the process.

With the blades reattached, Yena’s first two abilities are altered, with her first becoming a charged frontal shockwave and her second becoming a short barrage of strong attacks as she pushes her target away.

We have no idea when Yena might make the trip to the Western version of the game, but don’t expect her until D’arcy, Cephany, Errol, and Hayate have come over first. Of course, Tencent could mix up the schedule a little. It’s happened before.

Idol Liliana

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As Expected ‘Phantasy Star 3’ and ‘Phantasy Star 4’ Have Been Added to SEGA Forever

As we figured would be the case after the teasing that SEGA did earlier this week, the existing Phantasty Star 2 app on the App Store has now been renamed Phantasy Star Classics (Free) and has been updated to include both Phantasy Star 3 and Phantasy Star 4 in addition to Phantasy Star 2. As someone who is constantly lost in a sea of app icons on my device, I really appreciate the recent trend SEGA Forever has been taking by combining multiple releases into a single app. That was how they released Shining Force Classics (Free) last fall, and they similarly updated the original Golden Axe app to become Golden Axe Classics (Free) that adds both Golden Axe 2 and 3 into a single app. Might Street of Rage be next!?

As with previous SEGA Forever releases, you can play these game in their entireity for free with the only burden being advertisements, which are present on title and pause screens and will pop-up between play sessions, and you’ll also need to watch a video ad in order to save your game. Those ads can be permanently removed for $1.99 for each game or as a bundle for all three Phantasy Star games for $4.99. As opposed to some of SEGA’s more action-oriented games which can be fiddly with virtual buttons, the Phantasy Star games actually play extremely well on the touchscreen, and being a SEGA Forever game you’ll also get some minor bonuses like screen filters and a rewind feature. It’s most certainly worth checking out these classics for free now that they’re part of the Phantasy Star Classics collection.

from TouchArcade https://toucharcade.com/2019/02/22/sega-forever-adds-phantasy-star-3-and-4/…

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‘Last Idea’ Is a Treasure Hunting RPG from Square Enix due in Spring This Year for iOS and Android in Japan

Over the last few years (probably more), people should more or less accept that when a Japanese developer starts teasing a new project, there’s a high chance it will be for mobile. I see this happen way too often and people set themselves up for some dream world where a magical AAA budget home console title is going to release whenever a developer in Japan posts something. The latest game to see some “hype” build up is Last Idea from Square Enix This was teased through a Twitter account and thanks to Gematsu, people should’ve just expected a mobile RPG. Watch the short teaser for it below:

Yes, the company that brought you Final Fantasy is now doing Last Idea. Details for it are sparse right now outside of a post from Dengeki Online in Japanese. This treasure hunting RPG with hack and slash combat is in development for a Spring 2019 release. The Hero is on the way to a castle before darkness envelopes everything and hordes of demons attack. There is a mysterious girl stuck in the castle who is about to be attacked by a monster. This is where the story begins.

More information including gameplay will be revealed on the official website and Twitter account for the game. Check out the website here. As with most Japanese mobile game announcements, there is no news on a localisation yet but I will post if there is news for a worldwide release.

from TouchArcade https://toucharcade.com/2019/02/22/square-enix-mobile-exclusive-rpg-japan-last-idea/…

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EA’s FireMonkeys Studio That Was Working on ‘Real Racing 4’ Has Been Hit with Massive Layoffs

Over 6 years ago, Firemint and IronMonkey, both EA studios, merged to form Firemonkeys in Australia. Firemint at the time was responsible for the fantastic Real Racing and IronMonkey were known for Mass Effect Infiltrator ($4.99) and Dead Space ($4.99). There’s bad news for the studio today as reported by Kotaku with big layoffs. Firemonkeys focussed exclusively on mobile game development and is one of the largest developers in Australia.

Firemonkeys are probably most well known today for Real Racing 3 and Need for Speed: No Limitss. The layoffs that occured are reported to see 40 to 50 people impacted of the 200 strong company. Kotaku also reports after talking to an employee who remained anonymous that the current atmosphere in the studio is not looking good with remaining staff working under the assumption that the full studio will be shut down. An EA representative told Kotaku the studio would continiue to operate and continue to work on some of EA’s most popular mobile games. Firemonkeys were developing Real Racing 4 and that was reportedly cancelled earlier this week the Kotaku report goes on to say. This news really sucks. Hopefully those impacted by these layoffs can find something soon. Best of luck to everyone at the studio.

[Source: Kotaku]

from TouchArcade https://toucharcade.com/2019/02/22/firemonkeys-ea-layoffs-real-racing-4-australia/…

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SEGA’s Toshihiro Nagoshi Would Like to See ‘Yakuza Online’ Released in the West

SEGA announced plans to bring Yakuza to mobile a while ago in the form of Yakuza Online. After a pre-registration campaign, it finally released across PC and mobile platforms in Japan as a free to play release. Unlike the Yakuza games that most fans of the franchise will have played on PlayStation consoles, Yakuza Online features Kasuga Ichiban who is the new face of the series.

As with most Japanese mobile games, the question of localisation for the West is always something that remains a mystery until a random announcement. So far, SEGA has localised Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei Liberation that even had a Bayonetta collaboration event. There have been no indications of anything for a localisation of Yakuza Online yet but a new interview gives us a glimmer of hope. Otaquest and Exile Sekai interviewed SEGA’s Toshihiro Nagoshi about all things Yakuza and asked him about a Western release of Yakuza Online. He said he would like to see it released in the West but could not make any promises. This may not seem like much to many people but this is the first indication that SEGA would like to see it released in the West.

Given the recent popularity surge of Yakuza games that began with the PS4 Yakuza 0 (that was my game of the year for 2017), SEGA might actually localise Yakuza Online since they even brought the franchise to PC last year. Have you played Yakuza Online yet using a Japanese iTunes account or sideloading on Android or are you waiting for a possible English release?

[Source: Otaquest]

from TouchArcade https://toucharcade.com/2019/02/22/yakuza-online-sega-release-plans-west-localisation-nagoshi-comments/…

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‘Ramageddon’ Arrives on iOS on March 19th Following its Android Launch Last Month

Ramageddon is a game we’ve had our eye on since we first learned about it about a month ago, and now we finally know when we can get our hands on the iOS version of the game. Backing things up, Ramageddon is a competitive multiplayer game for up to 4 people where your goal is to literally ram the other players off the sides of an arena. The longer you can run in a straight line, the more power you can build up into your ramming, and thus the farther your opponent will fly. This mechanic gives the game a neat strategy as obviously other players are gunning for you as well but the levels themselves are also full of obstacles, so simply running unabated isn’t as easy as it sounds. Here’s the most recent trailer for Ramageddon so you can get a sense of what the game is like.

So anyway, when we first posted about Ramageddon last month it was currently in open beta on Android, and about a week later the game officially launched in full on the Google Play Store. An iOS version had always been planned for some point after the Android launch, and according to the website of the game’s developer Nydium Games that iOS version will be coming on March 19th, just about a month from now. Ramageddon seems to have been pretty well-received on Android, so I’m definitely looking forward to checking out the iOS version when it arrives next month.

from TouchArcade https://toucharcade.com/2019/02/21/ramageddon-ios-release-date/…

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SwitchArcade Round-Up: ‘Assault Android Cactus+’ Coming to Switch, ‘Aragami’, ‘Devil Engine’, and Today’s Other New Releases, New Sales, and More

Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for February 21st, 2019. As usual for a Thursday, today’s article is mostly covering the new releases that hit the shop today. I’ve got a bit of news and whatever sales have come around at the time of writing, but it’s all about checking out the tons of new games to see if any treasure can be found. Let’s hunt!


We’ll Know the ‘Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy’ Western Release Date Next Week

The Switch version of the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy came out in Japan this week, and as usual for that series, the Japanese release has full English support if you’re impatient. That said, you probably won’t need to jump the gun this time around, as Capcom is apparently going to give details about the Western release date next week. Something tells me that release date isn’t going to be too far in the future, but I suppose we’ll see.

‘VOEZ’ Gets Updated to Version 1.6, Adding 16 New Songs

Just like with the mobile versions of its games, Rayark keeps on offering up tons of post-release content for its Switch games. VOEZ is the latest beneficiary, with its latest update adding a whopping 16 new songs at no extra cost. That brings the grand total to 201 songs, all of which are available to anyone who buys the game. An amazing deal for a very good game, and I somehow doubt that Rayark is finished with it.

‘Assault Android Cactus+’ Will Release on Switch on March 8th

I am a sassy-pants. It is known. And one of the things I get sassy about is the number of twin-stick shooters on the Switch. There are a lot, friends. But it looks like we’re going to have to make room for at least one more, because the awesome Assault Android Cactus is coming to the Switch in the form of Assault Android Cactus+. The game will release on March 8th, but you can already pre-purchase it on the eShop with a nice discount. The normal price will be $19.99 but the current discount has it down to $14.99.

New Releases

Yume Nikki -Dream Diary- ($19.99)

The original Yume Nikki, developed in RPG Maker 2003 and released in 2004, was an important release in the Japanese indie game scene. A surreal adventure game that builds tension and horror in a free form environment, Yume Nikki was a one-of-a-kind experience whose influence can be seen in many games released since. It’s hard to leave anything beautiful alone in a medium driven by dollars and cents, however, and so we got this 3D remake/reboot a few years back. It’s one of those rare efforts that seems to have resonated with virtually no one. Fans were put off by how different it was from the original, and if you weren’t a fan of the original, you probably wouldn’t be looking at this thing in the first place. Sad as it is for me to say, I don’t think you should bother with this.

X-Morph: Defense ($19.99)

So many games out there have you playing as humans defending the world from aliens, but wouldn’t it be nice to walk in the …

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Out Now: ‘Immortal Rogue’, ‘Pipe Rush Paradise’, ‘Typoman Mobile’, ‘The Shapeshifting Detective’, ‘STAY: Are You There?’, ‘Darklord – Demon Blade’, ‘Distrust’, ‘Hyperspeed’ and More

Each and every day new mobile games are hitting the App Store, and so each week we put together a big old list of all the best new releases of the past seven days. Back in the day the App Store would showcase the same games for a week, and then refresh those features each Thursday. Because of that developers got into the habit of releasing their games throughout Wednesday or very early Thursday in order to hopefully get one of those coveted features spots. Nowadays the App Store refreshes constantly, so the need for everyone to release all on the same day has diminished. Still, we’ve kept our weekly Wednesday night format as for years that’s the time people knew to check TouchArcade for the list of new games. And so without further ado please check out the full list of this week’s new games below, and let us know in the comments section which games you’ll be picking up!


A Knight’s Life

iTunes Description

A Knight’s Life is the thrilling journey of a young knight in medieval times! Build your new town and explore the lands! Slay monsters, loot bandits, ransack dungeons, and complete the King’s quests! Upgrading your weapons and armor makes combat invigorating!
You can also visit the local Wizard to learn magical spells! Vanquish the evil ruler of the undead, and save the Kingdom! Become everyone’s hero in the cutest fantasy RPG!

Forum Thread: A Knight’s Life (by Joseph Storer)

AxE: Alliance vs Empire

iTunes Description

Unite to fight! Team up and experience the most immersive and large-scale MMORPG battles ever seen on mobile.

Introducing AxE: Alliance vs Empire, a massive and highly innovative MMORPG set in a mysterious, fantasy open-world. Take your place in the epic conflict between two powerful factions for control of the universe. Play with your friends and with millions globally, with single player, co-op and competitive modes inspired by the best MMOs and open-world games on PC and console. With a rich story, a comprehensive set of features, and a living open-world, AxE offers one of the most fully realized game worlds on mobile.

Forum Thread: AxE: Alliance vs Empire (by NEXON Company)

Block Busters – Gem of Arena

iTunes Description

It is a real-time multiplayer block breaking versus game you can enjoy with players from all over the world. You can make friends and play PVP multiplayer, or even engage in team matches! Collect various skill cards to use in the game. You can upgrade your skill cards to make them much stronger.

Forum Thread: Block Busters – Gem of Arena (by RedpotionGames)

Dark Zone Defense

iTunes Description

This is a rougelike arcade sytle shooting game,
you are going to build a defensive system with various weapons and skills to defeat countless monsters in the darkness alone

No way to escape, surrounded by the darkness
No time to worry, as they are getting closer and closer
No allies can stand with, you are the only one

Forum Thread: Dark Zone Defense (by Supernature)

Darklord – Demon Blade

iTunes Description

If you go online now, it’s full of legendary heroes and various rewards!
Just for a week, I got three legendary heroes!
Once you log on for a month,

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