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Apr 12, 2001

Endless snowboarding game "Alto's Adventure" is set to expand to Apple Arcade this month, with Apple launching "Alto's Adventure: The Spirit of the Mountain." The Apple Arcade exclusive title is a remastered version of the original "Alto's Adventure," but with an all-new exclusive character that features unique attributes and special abilities, plus more than 15 new goals to complete.


The game will feature original music and handcrafted audio to provide an immersive experience, and it will be popular with those who were fans of the first "Alto's Adventure" game that came out seven years ago. Apple Arcade will get the title on Friday, March 25.

Apple Arcade is gaining new App Store Greats this month, and for those unfamiliar, App Store Greats are classic titles that have been reintroduced on the Apple Arcade platform. "Shadow Blade+" from Crescent Moon Games will come out on March 4, and it is an action-platformer where players take on the role of a ninja named Kuro, racing through different stages filled with traps and enemies.

Popular puzzle game "Monument Valley 2" is also coming to Apple Arcade in March, and players will once again be able to take on the role of Ro, teaching a child about the mysteries of the valley, exploring the environment, and manipulating architecture to progress. The Apple Arcade version of the game includes a new chapter called "The Lost Forest," designed to raise awareness for the conservation of trees.

Several existing Apple Arcade games are set to get notable content updates this March, including "Solitaire Stories," "Disney Melee Mania," and "Taiko no Tatsujin Pop Tap Beat."

Apple Arcade can be accessed from the App Store app, and the service is priced at $4.99 per month for the whole family.

Article Link: Apple Arcade Gaining 'Alto's Adventure: The Spirit of the Mountain' Game


macrumors 6502a
Mar 6, 2008
People tend to think Apple sees Arcade as a competitor to Xbox Pass etc. I don’t think that’s the case, it’s not going head to head with GeForce Now, Stadia, etc. These are more casual, family games with a specific quality standard and without micro transactions.

And to be honest, either free when getting an AppleTV, at 4.99 a month or less (its ~$3 dls in my country) or bundled with services you already pay for, it’s an amazing value.


macrumors 6502a
May 30, 2019
I guess this is nice for those who want the alto games on arcade, but for anyone (like me) who already has the originals, it’d take something more compelling than this to get me to subscribe to apple arcade.


macrumors 65816
Jul 9, 2002
Los Angeles
I thought Apple Arcade was dumb with dumb games. Then I got a 3 month trial for free and am really liking it. The games are not AAA games. They are casual games but with no micro-transactions. I am having fun, they have new games all the time, and for $4.99/month, its a good value. I get why gamerbros hate it, and make fun of it, and talk down about it... but it is not for them.


macrumors 65816
Nov 4, 2011
1 Infinite Loop
Great game.

Serious, not snarky question: does anyone use Apple's gaming subscription? I don't know a single person who does, and almost all of my friends are gamers. Really curious.

We have it, but don't use it much. It just came w/ our Apple One sub. My kids have recently discovered Alto though and I'm going back through them all. Great game.


macrumors 604
Feb 4, 2004
Florida Resident
I played every Apple Arcade game (including 2 that were removed from the store). 104 of the games I didn’t enjoy but did enjoy 130 games that are still available to download. I hope this one is not one of the sucky games.
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macrumors 603
Feb 10, 2019
Great game.

Serious, not snarky question: does anyone use Apple's gaming subscription? I don't know a single person who does, and almost all of my friends are gamers. Really curious.
I used to but people who sub to Apple Arcade aren't doing it because they're "gamers". That's a totally different market.

What most people consider as gamers are people playing on a newer Windows PC with a dedicated graphics card. This seems like for the less serious want to have fun crowd but is a bit tired of microtransactions "Hey get the new whatever for only 99 cents ?‍♂️"


macrumors 603
Feb 10, 2019
Dear Apple, your latest devices have incredible GPUs. Please act accordingly.
It's not Apple that makes the games... I'm not sure but I have a feeling even though the GPU can do something that doesn't mean most users would want it to do it. If a game was maxing out GPU I suspect the battery would die quickly. Maybe some "gamer" types would play it but most people who play phone games are doing it to pass the time and they're not crazy about if it has 200 FPS and checking their 1% lows. The normal people would hate any game that killed their battery really fast.
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macrumors 6502a
Jul 26, 2005
If Apple wants to recycle old ios games and feature them as arcade games, recycle real classic games from neo-geo or something by acquiring them. It wouldn’t cost that much.
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macrumors 6502a
Jun 16, 2012
Great game.

Serious, not snarky question: does anyone use Apple's gaming subscription? I don't know a single person who does, and almost all of my friends are gamers. Really curious.
I've tried it three times. Dec 2020 for three weeks. July 2021 for six weeks. December 2021 for less than a week*. I keep hoping for something compelling, but it just never pays off.

This is the second or third game I've seen that was on sale in the AppStore. But now that sales have dropped off, it gets moved to AppleArcade. AA is becoming the closeout bin. The discount aisle. The place where developers hope they can eke out a few more bucks on a game that is past its peak.

*yes after I cancelled it AA would run until the end of the current month before it would expire. But I stopped looking at it. For the record I'm a casual gamer, not into thousand dollar graphics cards to play hyper relaistic games. I just want to relax. I usually play on my iPad.


macrumors regular
Jun 20, 2007
Palm Springs, CA
Great game.

Serious, not snarky question: does anyone use Apple's gaming subscription? I don't know a single person who does, and almost all of my friends are gamers. Really curious.

I have since the beginning. It's good, not great, but worth the $5/month for me to play casual games without the IAP. Alto is a game I purchased and I'm going to play it again not that it has more content on Arcade.
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macrumors 6502a
Feb 14, 2009
I use it quite often. Personally enjoy quite a few of the games and i have it bundled with Apple one so I think it’s good value

There’s a new game about once a week


macrumors 68020
Sep 8, 2016
There are plenty of relaxing iPhone games that don’t require a subscription, so no, I don’t pay for Apple Arcade. Bejeweled is about right when my I’m stressed. There are so many other similar games like those (simple/free or 1 small payment) that my family and friends use…


macrumors member
Jul 2, 2021
If the iPhone 14 Pro has the same power as a PS4 Pro, why do games on the app store still look out of the older days? I really want some PS4 Pro like games on the App store.
because the battery would die in an hour.. such graphical power is nonsense in a device with such a small battery
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macrumors regular
May 23, 2021
I think the Mac and Apple TV would be well served with more games featuring realistic graphics, but the reason these sorts of titles don't exist in greater quantity on the iPhone is largely because people don't want to play them on their phones. People get a better experience on TVs, or monitors, or even laptops.
”People don’t want to play them on their phones”

You just making this up?

Let’s not fool our selves.

I guess that‘s why emulation of Gamecube, PS2, Dreamcast and now Switch with many hoping for PS3 is massive on Android phones with 1-10 million downloads on those apps.

Hopefully the Steam Deck will make Linux gaming successful and Google uses virtual Linux to run AAA PC games on Android.

Apple can’t do AAA gaming.


macrumors 6502
Mar 14, 2015
Remember when quality games like this which were more interested in providing you with good gameplay rather than being shallow cash generating machines nickel-and-diming people used to be common on the regular app store... I miss those days <nostalgic sigh>
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macrumors 603
Sep 23, 2008
Apple Arcade not just has typical mobile games, but also indie games that work well on macOS. I especially liked Pathless, Last Campfire, Oceanhorn 2 and Alba. These games are sold on other platforms for quite a bit of money, e.g. Playstation or Switch: Pathless 34,99 euros, Last Campfire 14,99 euros, Oceanhorn 2 29,99 euros and Alba 19,99 euros, so Apple Arcade does provide value there. There are lots of other games worth playing and they are even available for macOS.

I would like Apple to include bigger games like these which lend themselves well for playing on a Mac.
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