Back in June we posted about a new update to Dumpling Design's beloved high-score chaser Dashy Crashy [Free] in which they began a new system for allowing people to unlock new vehicles in the game entirely for free and without the reliance on luck through the in-game gacha prize system. That update introduced a Dinosaur vehicle and for the two weeks following the update's release if you managed to collect enough meat items while playing with the Dinosaur you'd unlock it permanently. If you didn't earn the Dino during the event, it still remained possible to unlock it by ~secret means~ which are hinted at in game. Then in mid-July, a second event called the Ramper Event started and featured a playable ramp-equipped truck that you could spin around and drive backwards at any time, thus propelling any vehicles in front of you off the ramp and into the air. If you "ramped" enough vehicles you'd unlock the Ramper for free, otherwise much like the dino it would require you to unlock it through secret means. Well, these events have been very cool and have given me even more reason to play Dashy Crashy on a daily basis, besides the game just being stupidly fun anyway, and the descriptions for both updates hinted that Dumpling had something cool in mind to pay homage to their favorite arcade racers of the '80s and '90s that inspired them while making Dashy Crashy. That something cool has arrived and they're dubbing it the Arcade Season and it has officially kicked off with today's Dashy Crashy update and the addition of a very bodacious OutRun-inspired vehicle called the Outrunner '86. When using the Outrunner, crashing won't end your game but it will slow you down, and in true OutRun fashion you need to reach checkpoints before time runs out to extend your time and take you to a new type of scenery. Unlike the previous Ramper and Dinosaur events, you only have one week to reach 195 sceneries in order to unlock the Outrunner permanently. I typically get between 5 and 10 each time I play so it seems quite doable. The reason for just the one week to unlock the Outrunner? Well that's what's most exciting about this latest Dashy Crashy update, because the Outrunner is just the FIRST new vehicle of the Arcade Season and there are 12 more waiting to be one with new weekly events running throughout the rest of September and through October. Dumpling has left some shadowy hints in the game's forum thread as to what the other vehicles will be, and I can safely say I recognize at least one F-Zero vehicle in the bunch and maybe even the Arwing from Star Fox? It'll be fun to find out! If Dashy Crashy is new to you, be sure to read our original review and our Game of the Week nod, and then supplement that with our write up on the huge version 2.0 Turbo update, as it was a major game changer. Or just save yourself some time and download the sucker seeing as it's free and has one of the most unobtrusive pay models I've ever seen. If you love over-the-top arcade aesthetics and risk/reward high-scoring gameplay, Dashy Crashy is a total winner, and the new Arcade Season is just the latest of many reasons to give this gem a permanent home on your device.
If you enjoy racing games on mobile, keep an eye out for the upcoming ReCharge RC, a physics-based racing game all about making your own racing tracks, sharing them with others, and then taking on everyone else in asynchronous multiplayer racing. Most of the times, those elements are all you need to make a fun racing game, as long as the game actually controls well. As you can see from the trailer below, ReCharce RC lets you create tracks pretty quickly, and all the game's tracks-including those you create-will have online global leaderboards, which should make for more entertaining competitions. The game does have multiplayer, but it it's more of a racing against someone's ghost rather than real-time racing. On the one hand, that makes finding competition much easier, but, on the other hand, racing against a live opponent is always more fun.
The game also lets you customize your vehicles, which is always fun as long as the customization options go beyond just changing colors. ReCharge RC looks fun, and if the game actually controls well, it should be a fun one to play. If you want to find out more about the game, head over to our Upcoming Games forum thread.
New ramen shops have been getting more and more kodawariwith their shops. Every aspect, from the soup ingredients to the decor is pondered over in great detail. The greasy spoon image of the past isn't being erased in the ramen scene, but these new, fancy shops add to the landscape.
Sanyutei opened in January of 2017, and they take this trend to the max. The shop looks like a high-end sushi restaurant, with wood everywhere and subtle lighting. I didn't take any photos of the interior, so as not to disturb the harmony. But trust me, it's nice.
The only negative with these amazing bowls is the increase in price. The special here tops out at 1400 yen, about double what a bowl would cost you at many other shops in Japan. Personally, I'm fine forking out extra cash when it is worth it.
Sanyutei is worth it. If you disagree, the regular bowl is just 1000 yen. You just won't get all the extra toppings.
The basis of their soup is Satsumajidori, a specialty breed of chicken from Kagoshima Prefecture. Very high quality. One benefit of quality chickens in quality chicken oil. You can tell be the golden layer on top. Heaven.
Yeah, that is a lot of toppings. They pride themselves on all of these, prepping each one in different ways best suited for the individual ingredient.
Each piece is supreme. I especially liked the bamboo shoot here. It is highly seasoned, and much softer than other "standard" menma.
The shio ramen is amazing as well, but go for the shoyu on your first time.
While we're primarily supported by a mixture of Patreon, Twitch subscriptions and Amazon referrals these days, site sponsors go a long way in making up for the funding shortfalls of our Patreon never reaching its goal. To show our appreciation, we are now publishing these posts thanking our sponsors each week- Both to give them a little extra visibility and hopefully to get readers who love TouchArcade to give their games a look to similarly support their efforts in allowing us to continue to provide everyone with awesome third party mobile games editorial which the App Store ecosystem badly needs.
Running a full site skin this week is Telltale Games for Batman - The Telltale Series [Free]. If you didn't buy it when it first came out, the game recently went free allowing you to play through the first episode without paying anything. This might be my favorite Batman game so far because it seems like you spend close to equal amounts of time playing both Bruce Wayne and Batman. Typically in games Bruce Wayne might only be seen in the first cut scene, but playing as Bruce really introduces some clever elements to the game. Definitely give it a look.
For Tanks Mobile , PopAce was running ads (as of yesterday) below the second story on the front page. Tanks Mobile might seem like another free to play MMO on the surface, but underneath is a shocking amount of customization to your tanks. Tweaking our things like the treads of your tanks is way cooler than you might think.
Next up is a huge shout out to the guys at GameSpire who are running some ads in our forum for Armored Kitten [Free] which is a dual stick shooter that features all sorts of cats. (I love the icon, which is a tabby cat in a space helmet.) Armored Kitten is free to play, but also features a $1.99 IAP that gives you a coin doubler and removes ads. Like most games with coin doublers, this removes a lot of the grind and shifts the balance closer to what you might expect if the game was just two bucks out of the gate. Check out the thread in our forums.
For developers out there, give Appodeal a look. They've been running ads in our sidebar for a really long time now, and what they provide is a platform for intelligently serving ads using one SDK which connects to over 35 different ad networks. While I've never used it myself, I've heard horror stories from developers on what a nightmare it can be juggling all the different ad networks to display ads in game. Appodeal simplifies all that, giving you more time to work on your game instead of figuring out how to implement one more ad network. Additionally, their service is totally free to use. [center] Ketchapp is practically a household name now, but even if you haven't heard of Ketchapp specifically, chances are you have a few of their games on your phone. Their most recent title is Hop [Free], but Ballz [Free] and Fidget Spinner [Free] have both been glued to the top of the charts for what feels like forever. Ketchapp has been running ads in our sidebar for a super long time now, and we appreciate their continued support.
Next up is Codeulike who is now running banners for Numplussed [Free]. It's a maze game with an interesting twist in that it has a math component to the different pathways of the maze. The above trailer shows how this works in practice, and there's a thread on the forums where the developer has been posting progress of the game, updates, and linking to promo code giveaways. Thanks a ton to our sponsors this week, as well as all of our community members who continue to support us. Combined, you all allow us to keep doing what we're doing. If there's any developers, publishers, or folks from third party services that might appeal to iOS developers who are curious about sponsorship opportunities here at TouchArcade, reach out to our ad sales manager, Marianne, at email@example.com. We have a lot of different options which can fit any budget.