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. Spring is starting to spring up in the Northern Hemisphere, and I think we’re seeing that filtering out into app updates. Some games are just doing whatever, though. We’re kind of between holidays at the moment. I found some that I think are pretty decent anyway, because that’s what we do. 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!
Jetpack Joyride, Free Bling event return? Bling event return. It’s the same as usual, really. You collect gold bars and can get a variety of items, with the main points of interest being the Golden Tophat and the Golden SAM robot. As it says, get to it quickly because it’s only here for a limited time until the next time it comes back. Probably in a month or so.
Homescapes, Free We’ll check off the mandatory free-to-play matching puzzle update early this time so that I don’t forget. I am awfully prone to that, you see. Anyway, this update introduces a new game location in the form of the tropical island, where Austin has to restore a hotel lobby. New characters, new adventures, and a new puzzle element. Make matches next to paper to fold it into origami foxes. A lot of these just amount to making matches next to things to clear them. Such is the game, I guess.
June’s Journey: Hidden Objects, Free Hmm, this one might be more than seven days old. Oh well, I’m committed at this point. Let’s just see it through. For all the hardcore June’s Journey players among our readership, you understand. There’s a new Party Time decoration you can get for a limited time to help you celebrate Carnival on Orchid Island. There’s also some kind of event going on for International Women’s Day, but details are a little scarce right now from my quick glance. Well, I’m sure that will all be revealed if you play the game.
MARVEL Puzzle Quest: Hero RPGFree And hey, it’s also Women’s History Month. Marvel Puzzle Quest is celebrating it in some manner, but the notes don’t go into the details and I’m not going to go looking around for every game that is vague about stuff. This update also adds new Supports, and of course Kang is stomping about, angry that his big movie debut was a box office snoozer. Bring your alliance together and take him down like the international ticket sales brought down the chances of Quantumania making as much money as the previous Ant Man movie.
Gibbon: Beyond the TreesSome new stuff in Gibbon: Beyond the Trees with this update. There’s a new hawk-eagle hunting Lilac in Liberation mode, and you’re going to have to be very quick and very careful to avoid getting clipped. You can take a little break whenever you rescue ten animals, which should make longer runs in Liberation mode a little more digestible. There are also some new industrial areas in the plantation, including a burning landfill that is somehow not a metaphor for social media in the current year.
Solitaire StoriesYou’re not going to believe this, but the latest update to Solitaire Stories adds more stories and more solitaire. Once you’ve finished picking your jaw up off the floor, we’ll proceed. The new story is called The Four Musicians, and you’re not going to believe this, but it’s about four musicians. But it’s based on The Town Musicians of Bremen, so they are animals. See? You didn’t expect that. That was a set-up. You got got. There are also a few events going on that will tag in and out over the next little while. That all sounds nice. Just what you’d want from an update for this game, really.
Genshin ImpactFree Heck, we’ve got a new update for Genshin Impact too. The Mobile Game of the Year nominee at The Game Awards for the last three years, and one-time champ. I’m sure it’ll win again this year. This new version tosses a couple of new characters into the mix: Dehya and Mika. I say the names like they mean anything without context. The new event is called Windblume’s Breath, and you get some new stories, weapons, and monsters to mess about with. There are also some new Character Cards for the Genius Invocation TCG.
Zookeeper World, Lots of puzzle game updates this week. I guess that’s just how it goes sometimes. At any rate, Zookeeper World. It has an update. Twelve new levels popping on the twelfth, because sometimes things work out nicely like that. The Multi Puzzle Event has some new rules, but you’re still battling others to earn some points and ultimately rewards. Hmm. I really should have staggered those two bits more because that’s really all there is here and I need a little more space so that the formatting doesn’t go weird. I suppose my usual distraction techniques will have to suffice.
Football Manager 2023 Touch, Oh, this looks detailed. OK, no problem. I don’t know anything about football but I just have to fake it ’til I make it through this paragraph. Um. Squads! They have been updated based on changes in and around… the January transfer window! You can also now change your focus type between Ongoing and One-Off, a useful tweak to be sure. A Scope tab has been added to the UI that specifies which competitions and regions to search in, and the focus panel has received a number of improvements. I think they bought it. Next step: mastering keeping my internal voice internal. I’ll do that later.
Dead Cells$4.99 Well, I haven’t given it out yet so you know this one gets the coveted UMMSotW award for the week. It’s well-deserved, though. This update adds the Boss Rush mode to the game, which is super fun. You’ll get some great rewards if you manage to stick it out long enough. This update also brings in the second volume of Everyone is Here, which adds goodies from Terraria, Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami, Katana Zero, Slay the Spireand Risk of Rain. Neat. Very, very neat. This update also hit the version on Apple Arcade, so feel free to enjoy it there gratis if you have a subscription.
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!