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.
Chinese New Year is just around the corner, and we know how dreadful things can get. There are only so many times one can answer questions about getting hitched or being in a relationship before feeling like pulling out your hair in frustration. Just like last year, my answer hasn't changed, aunty!
Well, fortunately for us, these days we've got the perfect distraction from those pointless conversations with relatives - our smartphones! With the ability to access more content than you can ever consume in a lifetime, they are gateways into worlds where nosy relatives don't bother approaching us because we look busy.
To celebrate Chinese New Year, Apple has curated a range of new games inspired by each of the Chinese zodiac signs. While you don't have to be the animal to enjoy the games, it makes it more fun if you do. Everyone likes to identify with their spirit animal right? Here are some of the games you should check out on your iOS devices this holiday:
Wildscapes - since it's the year of the tiger, it's only fitting we start with this one. Build the zoo of your dreams by beating match 3 puzzles and decorating it with special objects from around the world. Unlock new areas to accommodate different animals and solve the needs of your visitors.
Tsuki's Odyssey - a game about a rabbit that's moved to the countryside to enjoy a relaxing lifestyle of fishing, decorating and meeting its neighbours.
Bloons TD Battles - a tower defence game featuring monkeys in helmets fighting off hordes of pesky balloons.
Ready Set Goat! - a simple, easy-to-master game where you play a goat who jumps on intruders trying to invade its home.
Zen Koi 2 - take care of your koi by feeding them, breeding them, and eventually evolving them into majestic dragons!
Snake Rivals - a Multiplayer Arena Battles Snake Game. 'nuff said.
Unicorns on Unicycles - a fighting game featuring horses with horns (unicorns). It even supports external gamepads!
Egg, Inc. - become a rooster tycoon by building the biggest egg empire.
Food Truck Pup: Cooking Chef - a game about a dog-run food truck. One look at the gorgeous pixel art is all you need to know this game is worth your time.
Bacon Escape 2 - help a pig escape a planet that it crash-landed on by traversing through treacherous environments while collecting resources to repair its spaceship.
Mousebusters - mice who get rid of ghosts in haunted apartments.
Rodeo Stampede: Sky Zoo Safari - ever wanted to lasso beasts of every kind including animals mistaken for oxen? This might be the game for you.
Be sure to load up your phone with some of these games before you go visiting - you never know when you might have a bad connection. Happy Chinese New Year, everybody! Make sure you stay safe during the festivities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.