Best iPhone Game Updates: ‘Royal Match’, ‘AFK Journey’, ‘Adventure to Fate: Lost Island’, 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. An odd group of games this week, to be sure. But I did what I could to find some interesting things for you to look over as you get your week started. 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!

Royal Match, Free I’m opting to get the obligatory free-to-play matching puzzle update out of the way first this week. I choose Royal Match, which gives us the usual one hundred new stages. Let’s check the notes and see how King Robert is going to horribly die this time. A stable? Oh yeah, that is actually a dangerous place if you’re careless, and no one is more careless than this stupid king. There’s a new puzzle mechanic involving something called Royal Pins that allow you to break through marble. Sure, that’s fine. Moving right along.

AFK Journey, Free Away From Keyboard… Journey?! Wait, is Arena still the best RPG for busy me, or is this the new hotness? Well, I’ll sort that out later. This first update activates the Trial of Abyss, adds a Cross-Server Friends feature, and makes some adjustments to various elements of the game for balance purposes. Pretty typical for these early days, and I imagine we’ll see more stuff roll in once the game gets properly settled in. You know, if you think about it, every AFK is a journey of sorts. Usually to the toilet, but that can still be a journey, especially at my age.

ANOTHER EDEN, Free I have always liked chasing AFK updates with Another Eden updates, so let’s keep that tradition going as long as we can. This latest version offers up a new episode titled A Paradise of Imperfections, which is how I described myself when I proposed to my wife, and a new encounter with Xianhua. There’s also an encounter offering Anabel’s Extra Style, which was the style at the time. Nothing too exciting, but hey, the game’s seven years old now. We’re past the thrilling highs and are more or less crusing until the ride’s over.

June’s Journey: Hidden Objects, Free To tell the truth, this is a little older than a week. But don’t tell anyone, okay? I put it in my list without checking carefully and I’m too late for dinner to go back on it now. Anyway, there’s a new spring season celebration going on in the game. Earn enough points and you can get the Daring Courtship along with the other pieces of the Alpine Spring collection. I’m not fancy enough to own such things, but perhaps you are?

Outlanders, Let’s catch up on some Apple Arcade stuff now. Starting with Outlanders, because I was talking about O-Town earlier with someone. And Outlanders, you know, it starts with ‘O’. Anyway, this update brings in Volume V of Outlanders Chronicles, which offers up two new characters and six new levels. They’re also available in Sandbox Mode. Speaking of that mode, this update unlocks Brother Filippo, Brother Hugo, and Sister Siobhan in Sandbox. Not bad.

Jetpack Joyride 2, And now over to Jetpack Joyride 2. There are some new challenges available in Challenge Mode, a couple of new events tying in with Jetpack Joyride+ and Fruit Ninja Classic+, a new Knight skin, a new Jet Turbine jetpack, a Bubble Weapon power-up, and a Galaxy Ship avatar. Throw in some bug fixes and performance improvements and that’s about it for the update, but that’s plenty for the time being, I think. I’m almost tempted to give it the coveted award for its reference to the Spider-Man Pointing meme in the Jetpack Joyride+ event, but there’s a better pick this week.

Hello Kitty Island Adventure, Okay, this one might also be a little more than a week old, but there was an additional update within the last week so I am counting it. Cabin upgrades! Now you can have up to six visitors, which is nice. There are some new quests and stories, expanding on the Merry Meadow, sending you on a Mystic Stone hunt, and having you meet the parents as Hello Kitty’s Mama and Papa visit the island. All this and more await if you hit that little update button. Do it! Unless you have automatic updates set, in which case you don’t need to worry about any of that. Just fire up the game and enjoy.

Bloons TD 6, $3.99 We’ll ease our way out of the Apple Arcade section with this update, which is available in both the paid and Apple Arcade + version of Bloons TD 6. Netflix too? Who knows, those folks don’t believe in informative update notes. At any rate, this is a nice little update. A new Gentlemonkey Gadgeteer Geraldo skin, a Castle Revenge map in Advanced Maps, a new Accolades system for showing your appreciation for player-created content, and more. Looks pretty solid all around.

Disney Magic Kingdoms, Free Alright, on to the Magic Kingdoms to see who’s visiting this time. Oh, more stuff from The Sword in the Stone. Actually, there’s quite an assortment here, I suppose due to Season 8 rolling in. Madam Mim is here as part of a new storyline from The Sword in the Stone, KnowsMore sliding in from Ralph Breaks the Internet, King Candy from Wreck-It Ralph sporting a slick racing costume, a new Lion King attraction named Scar’s Den and a Parade Float based on The Sword in the Stone. That’s all so… random. Okay. I’m not going to think too hard about it.

Adventure To Fate Lost Island, $4.99 This is the one I was saving the coveted UMMSotW award for this week. The latest update to this fine RPG. There’s a new class in the form of the Ancient Archer, complete with new skill types and abilities, and more bow drops for them to use. You also get a new race with the Dwarf, who might not be the best Ancient Archer. You can unlock the Dwarf race by forging twenty items, and if you’ve already done that then, like, forge one more. There are five new pets, some new ultra rare items, and a feature that allows you to reset your skill tree up to two times, starting from level ten. There are a bevy of other additions and tweaks here, so have at it!

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!

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