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 right in the meat of the end-of-year holiday sandwich. There aren’t usually a ton of updates around this time, but I’ve found some for you to look over anyway 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!
A flood of mysterious origins has left five clans of mountain folk trying to recover. This latest update brings in Outlanders Chronicles Volume II, titled Flood and Fire. That translates to six new levels that tell the story of the clans learning to band together and discovering the source behind the flood. You can also enjoy these new leaders and building styles in Sandbox mode, if you like.
The Endless Seasons and Romance update comes to Wylde Flowers and seeks to rejuvenate the game for those who have perhaps wandered off. The town is preparing for a Spring Fling festival, and there’s a lot happening as a result. You can now improve your standing in the coven and become Keeper of the Wheel, which allows you to change the seasons as you see fit. There’s also some new spouse dialogue and dates to enjoy, and a few other bits and bobs to discover.
Diablo Immortal, Free
Well, this is almost two weeks old now, but I just saw it. Needs must, so here it is. The Terror’s Tide update adds a new zone and story to the game, some new leveling mechanics, a couple of events, five new Legendary Gems for rich people to blow their money on, and a few other winter-related things that may or may not still be going on as you read this. Oh, and some bug fixes and other little improvements. The kids love those.
This update to the Apple Arcade version of Dead Cells brings in the same stuff that hit the regular version of the game a few weeks back. Enter a new gold-plated biome by diving into a flashy chest and battle some new enemies that are looking to lighten your pockets by any means possible. The theme continues with new gold-based weapons and mutations, too. There are some new accessibility features, the Panchaku balancing update, and performance improvements for AppleTV to enable 60 frames per second gameplay. Not bad.
Royal Match, Free
It has been brought to my attention that I’ve made an absolute mockery of the Obligatory Free-to-Play Matching Puzzle updates by not including them in the last couple of articles, so I have an extra or two in the pipe today. Here’s the first, and it’s Royal Match. You get one hundred new levels to play, with a new Winter Camp area that will help you feel the chill of the season virtually in case reality isn’t enough for you. There’s that box ticked.
Crash of Cars, Free
Here’s a partly holiday-tinged update to Crash of Cars, complete with six new cars to play with. Frozen Vale is back for a limited time along with the Santa Sleigh, but I imagine they won’t be around too much longer. There are also some new quests to complete, and a new VFX skin. Not really a game that needs new stuff really, but it’s always nice to see that kind of thing.
ANOTHER EDEN, Free
Another Eden has a collaboration event going on with the Tales series right now, so that’s fun. This update adds Crown of the Pale Dawn to that end, along with new encounters with Moonlight Flower Hismena and new weapons for the Nagi Octofighter character class. There’s also a new Fateful Encounter that touts the best of 2022 for those willing to pay for it. I haven’t checked in on this game in a while, but maybe I should just to see what there is to catch up on.
AFK Arena, Free
Whenever I remember Another Eden, I also tend to remember AFK Arena. These two games are joined at the neural hip in my brain, and I have no idea why. Anyway, this is a fairly usual update for AFK Arena. A new character in the form of Celestial hero Veithael – The Shining Sword, matching Bountiful Trials for test play purposes, and some new content to challenge. There’s a lot more besides that, so give it a look if you’re particularly curious.
Toon Blast, Free
I did promise more than one Obligatory Free-to-Play Matching Puzzle update, so here is the other one. It’s Toon Blast, and it has the usual fifty new levels to play. Some sort of business about slippery slopes, and I’m not going to put in the work to find out if that’s intended to be taken literally or metaphorically. Anyway, that settles it. I’m sure I didn’t forget anything this week, so let’s bring things to a close.
Asphalt 9: Legends, Free
Two new season-appropriate racing seasons to dive into, with the chilly Winterfest and rolling into Lunar New Year festivities. Beyond that, it’s up to you to rebuild the Syndicate, unlocking new decals and cars as you go. There are eight new cars to enjoy, including the Bugatti Bolide, Ares S1, the McLaren 650S GT3, and more. Asphalt 9: Legends also defies reality by adding animated decals. I mean, why not? We have the technology. It’s not like you’ll violate traffic laws by playing a video game.
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, and see you next year!