'Minecraft,' 'Candy Crush' and 'Infinity Blade 3' updated with new content (and other news)

by Mike Rougeau

December 20 2013

A lot goes down in the world of tablet games every week, especially right before the holidays.

But it's Friday afternoon, and with presents to wrap, chestnuts to roast, and halls to deck, you don't have time to read another dozen posts. So here are some of the biggest headlines from the week in condensed form. Don't forget to check out our list of the best new tablet games, as well.

  • The combined digital games market totaled $1,066 million in sales in November, up 25% compared to November last year. [Superdata]
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is now a universal app for both iPad and iPhone - and it's half-off for the holidays. [Apple]
  • Android got a multi-platform Sega Dreamcast emulator called Reicast. [DroidGamers]
  • Minecraft: Pocket Edition got its biggest update yet, adding mine carts and tracks, redstone, improved graphics, and way more. [Apple]
  • Hello Games announced Joe Danger Infinity, a sequel to Joe Danger, for iOS. [Polygon]
  • Infinity Blade 3 got its "Ausar Rising" update, its biggest update yet. [Infinity Blade]
  • Rovio released the final expansion for the original Angry Birds Star Wars, which it calls "an explosive conclusion." [Rovio]
  • Gameloft addressed YouTube's crackdown on unauthorized video game content, expressing support for its creative community members. [Gameloft]
  • Those who indulge in in-app purchases on mobile and tablet games spend 63.4% of their total lifetime spending in a given app on their first day using that app. [Playnomics]
  • The first-ever expansion for Candy Crush Saga, called "Dreamworld," was released this week. [Apple]

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