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. Holiday updates are in full swing now, as there aren’t that many more shopping days before the big day. That said, there are a few non-Christmas updates in the queue. I tried to get a nice mix. 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!
Bloons TD 6, $6.99
Bloons TD 6 has its mega holiday update for you to dig into and enjoy. Battle the powerful Armored Behemoth, Dreadbloon. Check out One Two Three, the newest Beginner map. Nab the new Sleigh Churchill skin for Captain Churchill to set the festive mood. Revel in the majestic glory of new trophy store items, various balance adjustments, a few little QoL improvements, and the tasty Who-Hash that is bug fixes.
Mini Metro, $3.99
A new update for Mini Metro usually means there is a new map to play, and yes, that is the case here. This time it’s Boston’s turn, with a spiffy new map in honor of America’s oldest subway system celebrating its 125th anniversary. Can you recreate the T? Add in some bug fixes and performance adjustments and you have a nice way to cap off the year from the folks at Dinosaur Polo Club.
Fruit NinjaÂ®, Free
Nothing speaks to the ideal of the season quite like a Christmas tree, and nothing speaks to the reality of the season quite like a Christmas Tree Blade. See if you can earn this new blade in the Christmas Tree event and try to level it up by grabbing duplicates. ‘Tis the season to spill some juice with a well-placed slice. Deck those halls with fruit gibs, just like Santa would do it.
Temple Run 2, Free
Temple Run 2 knows what it’s doing with winter stuff, and this update certainly reflects that. You’ve got a new Winter Toyland zone where you can go sledding in the snow and enjoy the festive decorations. New character Conductor Watty calls back to that horrifying CG movie with Tom Hanks. There’s also a new Powered Pet in the form of the Aperion Express. That all seems fine for a holiday update. Yes, well done, Imangi. I’m sure you were waiting for my approval and you now have it.
Horizon Chase 2,
I love Horizon Chase 2. Just a great racer, even if it does play it pretty safe in a lot of ways. This update is the first big one, and it’s going hard. There’s a new country in the World Tour, taking you to Japan. Hey, that’s where I am! Complete Japan and you’ll get a new car called Dream. There are two new Master Tournaments to challenge, some new control options, new paint, improved car customization, improvements to multiplayer, and a bunch of bug fixes. I’ll give this the UMMSotW award for this week due to its shameless pandering to me. C’mon guys, you’re embarrassing me.
That Sneaky Sasquatch tried to put one over on us again, but I’ve managed to find out the latest update info anyway. This new version brings in a new chapter for the storyline which sees you trying to achieve your political ambitions by becoming mayor of the town. Make friends with the townspeople, customize the town as you like, dress up your new pals in custom outfits and give them new names, learn some duck moves, operate a cargo elevator, and enjoy some new UI improvements. It’s never a bad time when you dig into a new Sneaky Sasquatch update, and this is not going to break that pattern.
MARVEL Future Fight, Free
Uh oh, Jean’s eyes are red again. That never bodes well. The Dark Phoenix is here in this update themed around the Destiny of X comics event. There’s a new playable character in the form of Polaris, Magneto’s daughter. You also get new uniforms for Jean Grey, Cyclops, Beast, and Angel. A new World Boss is here, and yes, it is Dark Phoenix. Jean Grey gets her Tier-4, and Polaris comes in hot with a Tier-3. Someone check and see if Scott is okay. He sometimes goes a bit… bonky when Jean is involved.
Mortal Kombat, Free
Well, let’s see what the latest update for Mortal Kombat has to offer us. Oh hey, new character. It’s Diamond MK11 Liu Kang. He brings in some new MK11 team synergies and decided to bring some nunchaku to the fight. A little rude, but I guess you have literal hell demons involved. In the spirit of the holidays, we’ve got Bo’ Rai Cho’s Divine Advent Calendar. Starting on the 14th, check in every day for some free goodies in the run-up to Christmas. Kombat Pass Season 2 is now available, offering a Gold Kombat Cup Sonya Blade among other rewards. There’s a new limited White Lotus Tower to challenge, plus a new capital-C Challenge involving Klassic Smoke. Wow, that’s a lot.
Disney Heroes: Battle Mode, Free
You know, there are probably some characters that could be pulled in to try to make a Christmas-themed update this year, but that’s not the way it’s going down this time. No, this time we’re getting one of those fancy characters from early on in Disney’s history. Cinderella joins the playable roster, and I am certainly willing to see her kick some butt. She’ll lose her shoe alright, when she breaks her foot off on the enemy’s rear-end. Bibbidi-bobbidi-BOOM. Oh, plus bug fixes.
Subway Surfers, Free
Another game that doesn’t usually miss a beat when it comes to holiday-themed updates, Subway Surfers comes out surfing as usual with its Christmas event. This time the kids are rolling into their home turf of Subway City, where they’ll enjoy the beautiful lights and winter scenery while nabbing all the goodies they can. Elf Jake and the new Snow Cloud Board await. You can also dive into a North Pole-themed Tag Time Attack, with Elf Yutani waiting at the end. Not enough elves? Elf Fresh is also available if you can nab enough Event Coins. There’s also a Holiday Calendar with even more treats for you. Not bad at all.
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!