Best iPhone Game Updates: ‘Fire Emblem Heroes’, ‘Marvel Contest of Champions’, ‘Downwell’, ‘Choice of Games’, 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. It’s an interesting mix today, with some big names and old favorites all getting a little extra love from their developers. I’ve gathered up a list for you to check out that will hopefully have at least one thing of interest to you on it. 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!
Respawnables – Special Forces, Free
The heat is picking up and that means one big thing for The Respawnables: Summer Camp is in session! It’s a special one this year to celebrate Digital Legends hitting the 100 million download mark. There are more rewards and special sales than usual, and that event is live right now. Go and get some season-appropriate T-shirts, some cool prizes, and check out the new offers. Kudos to whoever wrote the update notes for trying super-had to work in some wild puns. It is always appreciated.
SEGA Heroes: Puzzle RPG Quest, Free
Well, sometimes there’s a bad update, and this is one of those. The latest version of SEGA Heroes adds a new IAP to the game called Hero Passes. Hero Passes come in at three prices, with increasingly large benefits at each price point. They also stack. And expire, of course. They’re basically good for one month of extra gems, gold, faster stamina restore, and so on. Okay, fine. Lots of free-to-play games offer this sort of thing. But to go with these new passes, the previous stamina restore timer was lengthened. So basically if you want to play the game as you did before the Hero Pass was implemented, you have to buy the first level of Hero Pass. And like almost everything else in this game, those Hero Passes are ludicrously priced. Bummer.
Choice of Games, Free
Wow, another new adventure in the Choice of Games app already? Feels like the last one wasn’t that long ago, but that’s time for you. Anyway, the new game is called Heroes of Myth, and the set-up is that you play as one of the legendary heroes who saved the world three years ago from a Dark Lord. Or… did you? It turns out that you and your buddies are illusionists who faked the whole thing, complete with a prophecy, in order to earn fame and riches. And you did! Good for you. Except suddenly all the nonsense you made up all those years ago is happening again… for real. And everyone of course expects you to go out and save the world again. What will you do? Keep up the lie? Become a real hero? Save your own skin? Sell out your friends? It’s up to you. This is a really lengthy story with lots of neat choices, and it does not go unnoticed to me that this is basically FANTASY MYSTERIO. Pick it up in the Choice of Games hub app if it sounds interesting to you.
Downwell has been ported around quite a bit since its initial launch on mobile. I love playing the game just about anywhere, and I’m not going to sit here and say that buttons don’t make a difference in this game, because they do. But I still have a soft spot for the mobile version because that is the first place I played it, so it’s nice to see it get a little update that makes it work with more pieces of hardware and such. Basically, if you’re sporting one of those iPhone X dealies, or one of its progeny, you’ll now find that Downwell fits your screen properly. Yes, now you can see even further down the well. It’s practically cheating!
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Free
Tin roof. Rusted. Bang Bang has some new goodies available in its latest update, including a couple of new characters. The Little Witch Lylia is already available, while Firaga Armor X.Borg will come on August 9th. A new mode called Brawl & Mirror has been added in with this update, and the Summer Festival is on the way. There’s a new Live Streaming system in the game that is currently being tested, as well. Finally, Sacred Statues of Hero – Hanabi and Hero – Chou have been implemented. That certainly sounds like quite the update.
Why do we fall, Bruce? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up. Heh, quoting the Dark Knight trilogy, that’s so unique and clever of me. Anyway, Playdek spent the last few years kicking its own ass but is now slowly trying to get back up on its feet. Hopefully that means good things will be coming for us mobile gaming fans. At the very least, the company’s excellent digital conversion of Fluxx is back, and it’s all spiffed up to boot. You’ll need a Playdek account to play online now, but otherwise this is just the same old good stuff in a nicely updated package. Hopefully more of Playdek’s delisted conversions make a return, too.
Fire Emblem Heroes, Free
Fire Emblem: Three Houses is now out for the Nintendo Switch worldwide, and you know Fire Emblem Heroes isn’t going to miss a chance to cross-promote with it. The app has a new icon with a little Byleth in the corner, heralding the addition of Byleth and the three house leaders from the new game to the playable roster of Heroes. There are also some new castle designs you can choose that may or may not draw from the new game. Also remember that if you bought the game and registered it, plus have Heroes linked to your My Nintendo account, you should get Byleth added to your roster for free.
Matchington Mansion, Free
And here’s our puzzle game update for this week. It’s Matchington Mansion, and as usual it has a bunch of new levels. Over thirty to be more specific, along with a new room in the form of the Museum (where people come to see ’em), and a couple of new events called Glow’s Comics and Secret Beach. Hmm, that last one sounds a little spicy for what is ostensibly a family-rated game. Well, I’m sure it’s nothing serious. Anyway, you have to complete the Secret Beach if you want to keep it, so you’d best get on it as soon as it kicks off on August 2nd.
Merge Dragons!, Free
Those with a keen interest in dragging things over to similar things and watching them turn into a new thing that you hopefully can merge with another thing will likely be excited to see this update for Merge Dragons. This update sees the return of the Carnival Event, giving you another chance to earn some cool stuff to help you with all of your dragon egg-merging needs. There’s also a new event called Merge Combo that puts your merging skills to the test in exchange for some nice rewards. And that’s about it. Dragons. Merging events. They checked off all the necessary boxes with this one.
MARVEL Contest of Champions, Free
Fresh off of his starring role in the latest Marvel movie to hit the billion dollar club, Mysterio is now a playable character in Marvel Contest of Champions. His backstory in the game is a bit closer to his comic version than his movie version, but I’d imagine it all works out the same in the end. Magic! Smoke! Lasers! Dry ice! Ninjas! Who knows what might be around the next corner when Mysterio is lurking about? Conversely, this also means that you can punch the fishbowl with your hero of choice. Always be punching fishbowls, friends. Because I like Mysterio, I’m giving this update the coveted UMMSotW award.
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!