As the old cliché states, you can’t get cheaper than free, and that’s certainly true on the App Store. There are 100,000s of free games to be downloaded that ask nothing more from you than your time. But this creates a dilemma for developers. Games that are bought up front, as opposed to being free to play with in-game extras bought with in-app purchases, tend to get lost under the sheer weight of free titles. Apple have changed this with Apple Arcade. Which lets developers finance their games in a new way, as well as giving the gamer an excellent range of apps for a monthly fee.
Apple Arcade is a subscription service covering both mobile and desktop devices. Subscribers can play as many available games through the service as they like; without restriction. Gamers can expect over a hundred exclusive titles within months of launch, with more planned after that.
The service is accessed through the App Store. Games can be downloaded and played offline, so you don’t need a permanent Internet connection to enjoy them; and they can be played across Macs, iOS devices and Apple TV. You can even start a game on one device and then continue on another, picking up where you left off.
Family Sharing is once again available at no extra cost, and once again, your privacy is guaranteed; no one can gather information about what you’re playing. This could be Netflix for gamers, which is surely a bullet proof seller? Apple have to be looking at a winner here right?
Well, they certainly aren’t shouting about it!
Apple Arcade is currently found via a tab at the bottom of the App Store app. Why it hasn’t been deemed worthy of its own stand-alone application seems a little bizarre and a possible indication that there is genuinely little marque value in the service as it currently stands. Why the latter is even being discussed is a cause for alarm but delve deeper and start downloading the games themselves and a few more red flags are raised.
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Reloading…Comic Book Heroes
Superheroes have been a staple of entertainment for decades, since Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman (the caped crusader hadn’t added ‘The’ to his monicker quite yet!) took the army of masked avengers from the printed page to the big screen. From lunchboxes to action figures and clothing to tie-in video games, superheroes are a genre to themselves. Mimicking the movies that inspired them, while many are treasured by fans the majority of tie-in games ride the wave of hype and are then forgotten. In the case of the games covered here, they’re deleted from the App Store as well as our memories, so we thought we would go back and look at these lost games to see if they can get our Spidey senses tingling.
Total War: ROME Remastered
I’m Spartacus, and so’s my wife!
JOBY GorillaPod Mobile Vlogging Kit
Fancy yourself as the new Steven Spielberg? Grab this bundle and get filming.
Nanoleaf Triangle Starter Kit
Can this smart system bring a little light into your life?
DJI Pocket 2 Creator Combo
Can this pocket-sized auto-stabilising 4K video camera take your movie-making to the next level?
Envoy Pro SX Thunderbolt Portable 480GB SSD
For when you need portable storage that can really take the knocks.
Max Payne Mobile
Most console-to-iOS games are a Payne in the butt!
Bike Baron 2
A sequel to a motocross-inspired game with added charm but now with less customisation. Vroom vroom, crash!
Fight, dodge and slam. Die, then do it all again.
Bigzzia Motorised Treadmill
Get fit with this great space-saving treadmill.