Apple Arcade, the company's game subscription service for Apple TV and other devices, today got a big expansion with over 30 new and classic games – with more to come.
Apple Arcade expansion
Apple Arcade has brought subscribers a steady stream of quality games to enjoy on Apple TV including Sayonara Wild Hearts, The Last Campfire, Creaks, and The Pathless.
With today's big expansion, Arcade is adding new and classic games including Fantasian, NBA 2K21, Wonderbox, The Oregon Trail, Badland, and Monument Valley. The company said that more classic games will be added soon including Leo's Fortune.
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- "In its inaugural year, Apple Arcade won over media critics and fans for its creativity, diverse portfolio, and commitment to players’ privacy, providing a safe gaming service to enjoy with family and friends," said Matt Fischer, VP of the App Store. "Today we’re launching our biggest expansion since the service debuted, now offering more than 180 great games that include new Arcade Originals, Timeless Classics, and App Store Greats."
Fantasian is now available on Apple Arcade
Some previous Arcade games have launch on PC and consoles like Switch, PlayStation, and Xbox later but it is unclear if the new Arcade Originals will. These are not AAA games with stunning graphics but today's expansion shows that Apple is committed to Arcade long-term. Upgraded Apple TV hardware could enable more advanced games.
Game subscription services are growing in popularity. Last month, Microsoft added 20 Bethesda games to Xbox Game Pass, which surpasses 18 million subscribers in early 2021. Sony has PlayStation Now.
Apple said that Arcade Originals will be available across Apple TV, Mac, iPad, and iPhone – playable with or without a controller. However, Timeless Classics and App Store Greats will not always be available on Apple TV and Mac.
Apple Arcade's price remains unchanged at $5 per month after a one-month free trial.
Apple Arcade's big expansion
“Fantasian” (Mistwalker): From the creator of Final Fantasy, comes the next breathtaking adventure from industry legend Hironobu Sakaguchi. Fantasian is an exciting, new RPG set against a spectacular backdrop made from over 150 handmade dioramas that blends physical environments and 3D characters.
Some of the new Arcade Originals games include:“NBA 2K21 Arcade Edition” (2K Games): “NBA 2K21 Arcade Edition” on Apple Arcade delivers stunning gameplay and the hit basketball simulation experience to the service. From 5-on-5 basketball featuring the latest NBA roster to over-the-top games on Blacktop, “NBA 2K21 Arcade Edition” is filled with a variety of exciting game modes as players step into the shoes of their favorite NBA stars. The game features performance optimizations and higher graphic quality to deliver an authentic NBA experience in all its visual glory on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac.
“Simon’s Cat: Story Time” (Tactile Games Limited): The latest game based on the highly popular animated series gives Simon and his cat their biggest challenge yet. When the tranquility of suburban life is threatened by a huge building site, they mobilize the neighbors to help restore the mysterious “wasteland” before the diggers destroy it all. As the clock ticks down, players will solve challenging match-three puzzles to help the community rebuild the gardens under the critical eye of the curmudgeonly next-door neighbor, Mr. Potts, who has a secret ancestral connection to the wasteland, which he intends to keep buried forever.
“Star Trek: Legends” (Tilting Point LLC): The fate of the universe is in the player’s hands as they step into the role of their favorite “Star Trek” heroes and villains in the hit franchise’s official team-based RPG. Players will embark on missions, experience epic turn-based combat, and make choices that influence the entire story as they take command of the U.S.S. Artemis. They’ll warp into the Nexus, where they’ll discover new worlds and recruit over 40 of their favorite characters from the entire franchise. Each legend has its own unique set of skills, abilities, and weapons, from Spock’s Vulcan nerve pinch to Worf’s deadly bat’leth.
“The Oregon Trail” (Gameloft): A modern twist on the trials and tribulations of the road to Oregon, this official successor to the global phenomenon will immerse players in exhilarating journeys ranging from the historically accurate to the completely wild. Players will pick their traveling party, stock the wagon with supplies, and embark on an adventure filled with tough choices, new dangers, and unexpected situations. With procedurally selected random events where players’ choices affect their party and future game outcome, there’s always a new adventure on the horizon every time they play.
“Cut the Rope Remastered” (Paladin Studios): The adorable Om Nom is back in the glorious 3D remaster of the internationally acclaimed “Cut the Rope” puzzle game. Featuring the most popular levels across the series, as well as an abundance of brand new levels and content, players will cut ropes, avoid obstacles, and use boosters to deliver candy to Om Nom, the little green monster that loves sweets. Fun physics-based gameplay, an adorable main character, and exciting adventures await.
“SongPop Party” (Gameloft): Players will step up and prove their music knowledge with this fast-paced, competitive music-based trivia game. “SongPop Party” is the latest addition to the biggest music trivia franchise in the world, with a huge catalog ranging from cult classics to today’s top hits. Bringing music fans together around the globe, the game pits players’ song knowledge against opponents’ online in the Arena mode, matching them up based on their skill levels and music preferences. Or players can jump into the new local and online multiplayer Party mode to compete with friends and family.
Some of the new Timeless Classics games include:
“Really Bad Chess” (Zach Gage)
“Sudoku Simple” (MobilityWare)
“Tiny Crossword” (PlaySimple Games Pte Ltd)
“Solitaire by MobilityWare” (MobilityWare)
Some of the new App Store Greats games include:
“Monument Valley” (ustwo games)
“Mini Metro” (Dinosaur Polo Club)
“Threes!” (Sirvo LLC)
“Fruit Ninja Classic” (Halfbrick Studios)
“Chameleon Run” (Noodlecake)
Additional games launching today include Arcade Originals “FANTASIAN,” “Wonderbox: The Adventure Maker,” “World of Demons,” “Clap Hanz Golf,” and “Taiko no Tatsujin: Pop Tap Beat”; Timeless Classics “Checkers Royale,” “Chess - Play & Learn,” “Flipflop Solitaire,” “Good Sudoku by Zach Gage,” “SpellTower,” and “Mahjong Titan”; and App Store Greats “BADLAND,” “Blek,” “Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition,” “Reigns,” and “The Room Two.”
Titles coming soon to the service include “Legends of Kingdom Rush,” “Frenzic Overtime,” and “Leo’s Fortune.”
Game availability for the 180 titles across devices varies based on hardware and software compatibility. Some content may not be available in all areas.