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Great news, Apple Arcade subscribers - you'll be receiving access to a bevy of new games on your iOS devices starting this Friday. You'll get some Arcade Originals, App Store Greats and Timeless Classics to choose from if you've been looking for new titles to sink your teeth into. Here's this month's lineup:

Gear.Club Stradale - a supercar racing game where you'll get to drive Bugattis, Porsches and McLarens. In addition to racing, there are social elements such as creating and joining clubs to participate in races and events, tweaks for your vehicles, and a way to upgrade your villa to flex in your region.

Moonshot - A Journey Home - a physics-based puzzle game where you help Moon Pi, a young moon separated from Mother Earth, find its way back home. They’ll trek across the mysterious universe in a unique and heartwarming, story-driven game that combines fun slingshot gameplay mechanics and challenging navigational puzzles. Players will launch themselves past other planets’ gravity fields, all while avoiding dangerous traps like black holes, aliens and other strange space phenomena in their quest back to Mother Earth.

Sonic Dash+ - an endless runner set in the world of the most advanced edition of Sonic the Hedgehog’s first endless runner, “Sonic Dash” which was released in 2013. This updated version will have leaderboards, a long-requested feature of the game!

Pro Snooker & Pool 2022+ - a snooker/pool game aimed at both casual and serious gamers. With an easy to use UI and options for advances and trick shots, it looks like tons of fun if you've been itching to play pool on the go!

Construction Simulator 2+ - for those who wonder what it's like to run a construction company, this game might give you a taste. With over 40 licensed construction vehicles from Caterpillar, Liebherr, Palfinger, Bell, STILL, ATLAS, Meiller Kipper, Kenworth and Mack Trucks, you'll be able to operate massive cranes, load construction vehicles, pour concrete and cover the streets in Westside Plains city with asphalt.

Prune+ - a game about the beauty and joy of pruning. With a swipe of a finger, players will grow and shape each tree into a unique piece of art while avoiding the obstacles that confront them. Featuring beautiful, minimalist art, meditative music and a simplistic interface, the game provides a relaxing experience for players to focus in on their unique digital bonsai tree.

For those of you subscribed to Apple Arcade, we've got some good news! Apple announced a slew of new titles that will be hitting the platform throughout the month of March, starting with Shadow Blade+ this Friday (4th March). From Crescent Moon Games, Shadow Blade is an action-platformer set in a visually striking world where the ancient teachings of ninjas and samurai clash upon a modern landscape. Players will sprint through stages littered with traps, slaying enemies along their path without hesitation as the ninja, Kuro. Darkness and chaos are once again creeping into the world. The covenant made in a time almost forgotten has failed, and the three clans are now in a violent struggle for dominance. The medallion is almost made whole again and it falls upon Kuro's shoulders to restore balance. All his training has led up to this one moment, where the fate of the world will rest in his hands.

Next up is Monument Valley 2+ on 11th March, the sequel to the highly-acclaimed Monument Valley. The celebrated adventure Monument Valley 2 is coming to Apple Arcade. The Game Awards best mobile game of 2017, Monument Valley 2 presents an intimate adventure set in a beautiful and impossible world. Players will help guide a mother and her child as they embark on a journey through magical architecture, discovering illusionary pathways and delightful puzzles as they learn the secrets of the Sacred Geometry. Help Ro as she teaches her child about the mysteries of the valley, exploring stunning environments and manipulating architecture to guide them on their way. The Arcade version now includes a brand new chapter ‘The Lost Forest’, created as part of Playing for the Planet’s Green Game Jam to help raise awareness for the conservation of trees.

On the 25th, we'll see Alto’s Adventure: The Spirit of the Mountain hitting the Arcade. An Arcade Original, players will join Alto and his friends as they embark on an endless snowboarding odyssey. Journey across the beautiful alpine hills of their native wilderness, through sleepy neighbouring villages, ancient woodlands, and long-abandoned ruins in a quest to uncover the Spirit of the Mountain. Along the way, players will rescue runaway llamas, grind rooftops, leap over terrifying chasms and outwit the village elders – all while braving the ever-changing elements and seeking out secrets long hidden deep within the mountains.

There will also be new content added to Solitaire Stories (a special tour through the Museum of Really Fine Art), Disney Melee Mania (new champions Maleficient, the Beast, Meilin Lee; a new Orb Blast game mode, and new additions to the arenas called Contraptions, which allow players to move around quickly but slow them down if they go the wrong way) and Taiko no Tatsujin Pop Tap Beat (the song Baby Shark sang by Nonoka Murakata). Other titles receiving updates include Skate City, Spire Blast, LEGO Star Wars Battles, Transformers: Tactical Arena, Simon’s Cat - Story Time, Cut the Rope Remastered, Tetris Beat, PAC-MAN Party Royale and more.

As usual, you'll need an Apple One or Apple Arcade subscription to enjoy these games. Stay tuned to eGG Network for more news and updates!

Disclaimer: We received a near-final build of the game in exchange for an honest preview. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are the author’s own and not influenced by Future Friends Games, and/or its affiliates, in any way.

It's been a while since I've played an endless runner - the last one I remember being Subway Surfer or some other Canabalt clone. So when the opportunity to check out Gibbon: Beyond the Trees arrived, I expressed my interest and boy, I was glad I did. Gibbon is the latest game from Broken Rules, an indie development studio known for the award-winning Old Man's Journey back in 2017, and I gotta say it lived up to my expectations. I received access to a near-final build of the game to give my impressions and here are my thoughts.

Right off the bat, we are treated with gorgeously stylish graphics that the devs are known for. The game has some of the most luscious greenery I've ever seen (until the destruction set in and even then it also looked stunning). Playing the game felt like watching the pages of a masterfully illustrated picture book come to life, Gibbon is a treat for the eyes. The animation for the colourful apes was also well-executed - swinging from tree to tree looked and felt great.

In terms of gameplay, Gibbon is pretty straightforward. There are no points to score in this game - you move from left to right of the screen, jumping, sliding and somersaulting along the way to avoid obstacles in your way. By paying attention to the changes in the background, you can deduce the story of what's going on around you. You play a lost (pink) gibbon who embarks on a dangerous journey into unknown lands and uncover the plight of creatures around the world. Yes, it isn't all fun and games - the story contains some very real issues faced by the animal kingdom. Following the story isn't mandatory but it adds to the experience of the game.

The controls took a while to get used to (coming from other endless runners) and eventually felt adequate and "right" to use. Tap and hold one finger to swing from branch to branch, release your finger to let go of your branch and fling yourself forward, tap and hold with two fingers to slide down branches/trunks, or run on the ground, and swipe any direction to perform a somersault while in the air (gaining speed once it completes).

Gibbon reminded me a lot of Skate City (another Apple Arcade game) despite having completely different subject matter, they both have breathtaking visuals and are easy to pick up but hard to master. Yes, don't let its charming appearance fool you. Gibbon gets challenging at times, and it is possible to fail. There are sections in the game where you are required to jump across an obstacle - be it a huge ravine or a stretch of wildfire - and failing to do so leads to your death.

This brings me to my main gripe with the game: checkpoints. Since they aren't very frequent, it can make the game feel a bit repetitive as you'll have to swing for a bit before reaching the obstacle you have to retry. It would have helped if your character moved a tad faster but I guess it was done this way so you could enjoy the scenery at the same time.

Once you're finished with the story, there's an endless mode for you to play around with if you can't get enough brachiation action on your phone. All in all, Gibbon is a fun and entertaining endless runner that's worth checking out for the brilliant visuals alone. If you're expecting something more complex, this game isn't for you. However, if you want something that's light and easy to pass some time, I'd recommend it. Gibbon: Beyond the Trees is available now on Apple Arcade.

The end of the year is the season for giving out awards and Apple is back this year with its best games and apps award for 2021. Citing exceptional quality, innovative technology, creative design and positive cultural impact as the criteria for the accolades, here are the winners for the 2021 App Store Awards.

Games

iPhone Game of the Year: League of Legends: Wild Rift from Riot Games.

iPad Game of the Year: MARVEL Future Revolution from Netmarble Corporation.

Mac Game of the Year: Myst from Cyan.

Apple TV Game of the Year: Space Marshals 3 from Pixelbite.

Apple Arcade Game of the Year: Fantasian from Mistwalker.

Apps

iPhone App of the Year: Toca Life World from Toca Boca.

iPad App of the Year: LumaFusion from LumaTouch.

Mac App of the Year: Craft from Luki Labs Limited.

Apple TV App of the Year: DAZN from DAZN Group.

Apple Watch App of the Year: Carrot Weather from Grailr.

Trend of the Year: Connection

Among Us from InnerSloth

Bumble from Bumble Inc

Canva from Canva

EatOkra from Anthony Edwards Jr. and Janique Edwards

Peanut from Peanut App Limited


And that wraps up the 2021 App Store Awards! Which games were your favourite of the lot? Personally, I had a lot of fun with Wild Rift and wasn't surprised that the game managed to claim the title this year. The MOBA has been translated very well into a game for mobile devices and I can't wait to see where Riot takes it in the future. Stay tuned to eGG Network for more gaming news and updates.

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Apple announced today that Apple Arcade, its premium service for games on its Macs and iOS devices, has received its biggest expansion yet since its launch in September 2019. Featuring over 30 new releases, it brings the video game library up to over 180 titles - great for those of you who have exhausted all the current options available. For those of you unfamiliar with Apple Arcade, it basically means a lot of new, high-quality, no ads, in-app purchases, and support for Apple's high user privacy standards games will be available to subscribers.

Cut the Rope Remastered

Two new categories have also been added to the service - Timeless Classics and App Store Greats. Timeless Classics features games like Good Sudoku by Zach Gage, Chess - Play & Learn, and Backgammon, while App Store Greats will have Threes!, Mini Metro, and Fruit Ninja Classic.

Here's the full list of some of the new titles on Apple Arcade:

*coming soon

Don't Starve: Pocket Edition

If you're interested in any of these titles, head over to the Apple Arcade website for more details or to sign up.

Apple Arcade subscribers will be pleased to know that they'll have access to two brand new games this week - Nuts, a squirrel surveillance mystery game; and Spire Blast, a physics-based puzzle game. If you're wondering what a squirrel surveillance mystery game is like, check out the trailer for Nuts below:

Yes that's right, it's a trippy-looking first person game where you set up cameras to figure out what's going on in Melmoth Forest. We have no idea what's to come, but it definitely looks like a game right up our alley. Featuring gorgeous visuals and an intriguing storyline, we can't wait to discover the plot in the woods.

Secondly, Spire Blast is a colorful, block matching game that features a different premise - destroy these strange towers popping up all over the kingdom. With hundreds of levels it looks like the kind of game that can keep you entertained for hours. Check out the trailer below.

If you're keen on playing Nuts or Spire Blast, visit the Apple website to sign up for Apple Arcade.

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