Monument Valley, Threes, and more
Apple’s game subscription service has just received a massive influx of new titles. The headliner is Fantasian – the latest release from the creator of Final Fantasy – which is accompanied by other titles such as new versions of NBA 2K and The Oregon Trail, and World of Demons from PlatinumGames. As part of the update, the service is receiving two new categories of games: Apple calls them “Timeless Classics” and “Great on the App Store”.
For the greats, Apple is adding a series of high-profile mobile hits to the service, including Threes, Monument Valley, Mini Metro and a remastering of Cut the Rope. Timeless classics, in turn, refer to iconic games like backgammon, patience and Zach Gage’s recent approaches to chess and sudoku. While most Arcade games can be played on Apple TV, Mac and iOS, these new categories will only work on the iPhone and iPad. The update adds more than 30 titles to the service, bringing the entire library to more than 180.
Apple Arcade was launched in 2019 as a new option for premium games on a platform dominated by free experiences. The original proposal was a service full of new and largely exclusive games from developers such as the creator of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, and several independent defenders.
However, despite the quality games and the relatively low price (an Arcade subscription costs $ 4.99 per month), Apple is not happy with the amount of engagement games it is getting, which may be the reason why behind this most recent change of direction.