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. Well, we’re still sort of waiting on the ol’ update machine to get rolling properly this year. I’ve had to do some digging and allow a few guests in the doors that I’d normally send home, but we got there in the end. 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!
Angry Birds Reloaded,
There’s a new batch of levels to play in Angry Birds Reloaded, with thirty new tests of your pig-popping prowess. They’ve named this episode Daft Piggies, and as the description refers to glow sticks and crowds I can only assume this is a Daft Punk reference. That’s a bit of a random thing to name an episode after, but maybe this is the development team’s way of coping with the band splitting up a couple years ago. Well, I suppose the pretense doesn’t really matter much in the end.
LEGOÂ® Star Warsâ„¢: Castaways,
The last update to this game brought in a Star Wars Holiday Special event, and now this one brings in an Attack of the Clones event. We’re really hitting the highlights of the series here. Maybe The Rise of Skywalker next month? There’s also a new Photo Booth feature that works more or less how think it would work, and some new Hippodrome Trials have been added for those who like to bang their head against those.
Solitaire Stories is probably the most frequently-updating Apple Arcade game, if one was inclined to chart such things. This latest version brings back an old event in remixed form with Party Time Remix. After that, there are a couple of brand-new events to look forward to. Kicking off tomorrow is Wuthering Heights, and it’s based on exactly what the title says. A couple weeks down the road, we’ve got an event commemorating the Year of the Rabbit as the Lunar New Year draws near. A fine enough excuse to play some solitaire.
PUBG MOBILE, Free
PUBG Mobile has a new mode to enjoy called Martial Showdown, which is apparently dedicated to “eastern martial arts”. Well, okay. I think you’ll find that despite what movies have taught you, punches and kicks rarely win against guns. Some new skills have been added, along with a new weapon and a new vehicle. There are other things in here, but I’ll let you dive in and check out the details on your own. As I often do. Classic Shaun.
WHAT THE GOLF?,
I think this update is from a few weeks back, but it’s New Year-themed and I need more of that stuff today. So here it is. It’s a New Year’s event, and some bug fixes. I know if I’m going to dig into older updates I should probably find some really good stuff, but sometimes I just want to drop a silly golf game in here that has a topical event going on. It’s my party, and I can do what I want. Except make people come to the party. Tragic, really.
AFK Arena, Free
Ah, old reliable AFK Arena. Always there with an update to talk about when we need one. As always, we’ve got a new character here. Dimensional Hero Mulan – The Iron Magnolia joins the game, and for a limited time you can pick her up for half the usual price. There’s also new skins for Wu Kong – The Monkey King and Haelus – The Crafter, plus some new events, features, and locations. There’s a ton more in this update, genuinely more than I could list here even if I was that-way inclined. So do that thing I recommended you do with the update up there. Classic Classic Shaun.
World of Tanks Blitz – 3D War, Free
There have been some really unusual cross-over events for World of Tanks Blitz, but I certainly didn’t see a Terminator 2 event coming. Actually, I don’t know if it’s strictly Terminator 2. It might be a general Terminator thing. So maybe you can get things from Terminator, Terminator 2, Terminator 3, Terminator 3-2, Terminator 3-3, or Terminator 3-4? I don’t know. I assume James Cameron is handling this one personally, as it’s not like he’s busy with anything else at the moment.
Stardew Valley, $4.99
It’s been a couple years since the last update to Stardew Valley, but the developer has been hard at work on the fancy-pants 1.5 update that we are looking at here. It’s getting the coveted UMMSotW award for this week, naturally. You get a new region to explore, a new mining area, some new end-game content, new characters, tons of new items, and a whole lot more. You even get nine new music tracks! I’m not sure anyone needed an excuse to fire up Stardew Valley again, but if you did need one, here you go.
Toy Blast, Free
Here’s our obligatory free-to-play matching puzzle game update for the week, and it’s Toy Blast. Classic Classic Classic Shaun. You get fifty new levels to play as usual, with some kind of nonsense about Granny Rhino falling asleep and her punk grandchild trying to wake her up because he’s a hooligan or something. Her grandchild’s name is Mister, by the way. Which is a pretty odd name to name your kid, but who am I to judge? My name is Shaun. Not even Classic Shaun. Just Shaun.
Sure, this will do. Archero has an update that hit on New Year’s Eve, and I’m seeing now from the notes that a lot of the things in it are brought over from a previous update. But I’m committed now, so here we go. There are new chapters to play, a new Relic system, some new expedition stages, and more. There have also been some balance adjustments, bug fixes, and all of that stuff. The usual things. The important things. Let’s hope next week is a little spicier.
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!