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July was a busy month for Apple Arcade, with eight new titles joining the library of almost 200 games on Apple's growing mobile gaming subscription service, including some familiar, fan-favorite games.

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Last month, "Legends of Kingdom Rush," "Game Dev Story+," "Frenzic: Overtime," "INKS.+," and "Leo's Fortune+" arrived on Apple Arcade. In July, eight new games joined the platform in the card, sports, puzzle, action, simulation, and racing genres.

July 2: Solitaire Stories

The first game to arrive on Apple Arcade this month was "Solitaire Stories," putting a new spin on the classic card game with a narrative focus, a range of deck designs, daily challenges, and global leaderboards.



Solitaire Stories features a progressive journey through increasingly difficult levels. Each story has a different theme with its own deck design, gameplay environment, level map, and soundtrack. There is also a quick play mode for a classic game of solitaire.

July 9: Ultimate Rivals: The Court

Next was "Ultimate Rivals: The Court," an action basketball game featuring more than 140 athletes from the NHL, NBA, WNBA, MLB, NFL Players Association, WWE, and U.S. women's soccer national team. Players can create a squad of their favorite athletes to compete with friends and family in three-on-three matches.



The game features unique player moves, short sessions, a "Gauntlet" arcade mode that allows players to play through bracketed tourneys to unlock new athletes, four battle environments, and more.

July 16: Alto's Odyssey: The Lost City, Angry Birds Reloaded, and Doodle God Universe

Mid-July saw three fan-favorite titles join Apple Arcade. "Alto's Odyssey: The Lost City" is an endless runner set in the desert, where the goal is to sail across dunes, canyons, and temples to unearth the secrets of the Lost City. The game offers simple tap controls that are easy to learn but tough to master, and players are tasked with building up combos and meeting goals.



"Angry Birds Reloaded" builds on the physics-based bird slingshotting action from the original Angry Birds game, introducing new characters from the Angry Birds movie universe, a new game mode, new power ups, and all new levels.



In "Doodle God Universe," players start out on an empty planet with four elements, and the goal is to combine these different elements to create hundreds of new elements to make the planet thrive and grow.



July 23: Jetpack Joyride+ and Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector+

"Jetpack Joyride+" is another classic App Store Game that originally launched in 2011. The popular game consists of a character embarking on a journey with a jetpack, with the player controlling them to avoid obstacles. It features a wide range of jetpacks, missions, outfits, obstacles, and power-ups.



"Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector+" is a simulation game that encourages players to attract cats to a yard with food and toys. The game features over 40 varieties of cat, and players can entice rare cats with particular items. Each visiting cat is logged in a book and players strive to collect as many cats as they can.

July 30: Detonation Racing

"Detonation Racing" is the final game to come to Apple Arcade this month. The racing game allows players to tactically collapse and disintegrate the track to open up new routes and hazardous shortcuts to gain a competitive advantage.



The game can be played in solo, online, and local modes, and features six tracks, nine cars, and a variety of unlockable vehicle paint jobs.

Coming Soon: Super Leap Day, Monster Hunter Stories+, Super Stickman Golf 3+, wurdweb, Tetris Beat, Baldo, and Asphalt 8: Airborne+

There are seven games slated to arrive on Apple Arcade soon, of which at least four are due to arrive in August, in the action, roleplaying, sports, word, puzzle, adventure, and racing genres. "Super Leap Day," "Monster Hunter Stories+," and "Super Stickman Golf 3+" are the first set to launch next on Friday, August 6. You can tap "Get" on any of these upcoming games on the App Store to be notified when they are available and set them to automatically install.

Solitaire Stories, Ultimate Rivals: The Court, Alto's Odyssey: The Lost City, Angry Birds Reloaded, Doodle God Universe, Jetpack Joyride+, Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector+, and Detonation Racing are available on the App Store now. Keep an eye out throughout August for more new games.

Apple Arcade is priced at $4.99 per month with a one-month free trial available to test it out. Apple also has a one-year subscription option available for $49.99 per year, a savings of $9.89 over the monthly price, and it is also available as part of all tiers of Apple One, starting at $14.95 per month.

Article Link: Eight New Games Came to Apple Arcade This Month, Including 'Solitaire Stories,' 'Ultimate Rivals: The Court,' and 'Detonation Racing'
 

Thomasasz

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Sadly, there are like 2 games on Arcade which are compatible with the new Apple TV Remote 😪
 
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BulkSlash

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Asphalt 8: Airborne+ sounds interesting if it's a version of the game tuned to work without expecting a constant stream of IAPs to keep playing and progressing.
 
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4jasontv

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Still not found one game that is actually worth it for me, it’s very poor
I guess you’d have to be a gamer to appreciate it. Different folks I guess. I don’t see the value in an Xbox but I also don’t have much use for vinyl records either. Personally I’d rather play a casual game on Arcade when I’ve got a few minutes to kill and something more intense on PC when graphics and story are important.
 
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macsplusmacs

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I understand. Macs and phones are OK for super light casual gaming, but if you want current AAA games at their best performance, Apple isn’t exactly the manufacturer of choice.

I ordered a steam deck. Who knows when it will get here but I like that it has the portability of the switch with all the great PC and PC-only games.

Was going to build my own PC this year for games, but you know how that went.
 
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Ahmamies

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I guess you’d have to be a gamer to appreciate it. Different folks I guess. I don’t see the value in an Xbox but I also don’t have much use for vinyl records either. Personally I’d rather play a casual game on Arcade when I’ve got a few minutes to kill and something more intense on PC when graphics and story are important.
Of course I can only speak for myself, but I have been gaming for almost 40 years. Currently I game on PS, XBox, Switch, PC/Mac. I have tried Apple Arcade twice, but it’s not interesting at all.
 
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4jasontv

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Of course I can only speak for myself, but I have been gaming for almost 40 years. Currently I game on PS, XBox, Switch, PC/Mac. I have tried Apple Arcade twice, but it’s not interesting at all.
What console games do you like to play for 2 minutes every few hours?
 
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Ahmamies

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What console games do you like to play for 2 minutes every few hours?
None of course. You said that "you'd have to be a gamer to appreciate it.". I just used myself as an example of a gamer that does not appreciate Arcade. Two minutes every few hours to me is definition of a "casual gamer" not a "gamer". I fully understand that for casual gaming Apple Arcade might be very good. And yes of course one can be both "gamer" and "casual gamer" at the same time :)
 
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Kar98

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Two minutes every few hours? That’s not even “playing Bejeweled while taking a ****” times. Is there a “sub casual” category of gaming?
 
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star-affinity

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I think there are a bunch of enjoyable games on Apple Arcade, but there are also some pretty lackluster ones.

Just tried the newly released Detonation Racing mentioned in this article on my Mac and not only was the performance quite bad with no settings for graphics to be found, but game play and the controls felt uninspired aswell.

In many games when running on the Mac one has to manually tuck aside the mouse/trackpad arrow cursor since it doesn't auto hide when playing the game. A small thing that lowers the impression of the service in my opinion. Step up the quality control a bit perhaps?
 
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I guess you’d have to be a gamer to appreciate it. Different folks I guess. I don’t see the value in an Xbox but I also don’t have much use for vinyl records either. Personally I’d rather play a casual game on Arcade when I’ve got a few minutes to kill and something more intense on PC when graphics and story are important.
Have to be a gamer to appreciate it- lol it must be the funniest thing ever said in 2021 and it’s barely August. Really. You have to be a gamer to appreciate selection of mobile games? Arcades whole audience is absolutely different of “gamer”- little kids, middle age moms, anybody who haven’t played games in their life beforehand . I’m not a “gamer” , though I enjoy some AAA games few times a year, even I’m not touching Arcade with a 10 feet stick.
 
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4jasontv

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None of course. You said that "you'd have to be a gamer to appreciate it.". I just used myself as an example of a gamer that does not appreciate Arcade. Two minutes every few hours to me is definition of a "casual gamer" not a "gamer". I fully understand that for casual gaming Apple Arcade might be very good. And yes of course one can be both "gamer" and "casual gamer" at the same time :)
A casual gamer to me is someone who plays a game once a month or less. Playing a game multiple times per day, every day, isn't casual. But being a gamer isn't about what hardware you own or games you play. Heck, it isn't even really about how often you play. It's a mindset about what games are.

You say you don't play Apple Arcade games the way they are designed to be played, and yet you pass judgment on them anyway.

I think what you might have meant to say was that currently, you are not into these sorts of games. Not that the games themselves are poor. I think you tried to do that only to undermine yourself in the last sentence.

Have to be a gamer to appreciate it- lol it must be the funniest thing ever said in 2021 and it’s barely August. Really. You have to be a gamer to appreciate selection of mobile games? Arcades whole audience is absolutely different of “gamer”- little kids, middle age moms, anybody who haven’t played games in their life beforehand . I’m not a “gamer” , though I enjoy some AAA games few times a year, even I’m not touching Arcade with a 10 feet stick.
You basically said 'I am not a gamer and I don't like it.'
 
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I really enjoyed the Solitaire game. Beat it within a week of downloading it! It was fun the best story was probably the first one in the office environment. The last one was SUPER weird.
 
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