Apple Arcade is seeing a huge influx of new games, with more than 30 new titles – including one from the creator of Final Fantasy – coming to the subscription service. It takes the catalog to more than 180 games, says Apple, and also includes the addition of two new categories along with the original Apple Arcade.
There are now sections for timeless classics and big names from the App Store. As with existing titles, the big promise is no limits on gameplay, no in-game ads and no in-app purchases.
Apple Arcade launched in September 2019, in response to criticism from some that games on the App Store relied too heavily on paid content and advertising. While some of the biggest titles available for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV were free to download initially, they often blocked their continued gameplay after in-app purchases. At the same time, there were continuing concerns that background data tracking was also a growing problem.
The Apple Arcade, by contrast, ends it all. 71 games were available at launch, with Apple’s partnership with major studios and publishers such as Sega and Konami, and there are also educational games in addition to the usual adventure, puzzle and similar categories.
Today, Apple Arcade Originals is winning titles like NBA 2K21 Arcade Edition, Star Trek: Legends and The Oregon Trail. There is also Cut the Rope Remastered and SongPop Party.
Of particular interest is Fantasian. This is a new RPG by Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of Final Fantasy, and a kind of legend in gaming circles. He was responsible for creating incredible dioramas that are used for the game scenario, while the music is the creation of Nobuo Uematsu, also notable for his work in Final Fantasy /
Meanwhile, in the new Timeless Classics category, there will be titles like Good Sudoku by Zach Gage and Backgammon. The big ones on the App Store will have games like Threes! and Fruit Ninja Classic among others. A noteworthy limitation is that, although Arcade Originals can be played on the iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV, Timeless Classics and the App Store Greats will only be compatible with iPhone and iPad.
Apple Arcade costs $ 4.99 a month, but if you buy a new iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or Apple TV, you get three months of free service. Alternatively, they are bundles as part of the Apple One plans: they start at $ 14.95 a month for the Individual level or $ 19.95 a month for the Family level.