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Apr 12, 2001

Apple Arcade-like subscription-based gaming service GameClub today announced it has launched on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.


With a GameClub subscription, priced at $4.99 per month, iPhone and iPad users can gain access to a library that will eventually top over 100 games, including many classics that have been updated and optimized for the latest devices. GameClub subscribers also get in-depth overviews, tips, strategies, and more for each game.

Curated by Eli Hodapp, former editor-in-chief of MacRumors sister website TouchArcade, GameClub says its catalog includes many of the highest-rated mobile games on Metacritic, with multiple titles that topped Apple's own game-of-the-year lists. Each game is playable without an internet connection.

In the main GameClub app, users can browse games in the catalog and then download them individually from the App Store for free. With a GameClub subscription, the games are automatically playable, with no ads or in-app purchases.

GameClub is very similar to Apple Arcade, which also costs $4.99 per month, but with a focus on reviving classic iPhone and iPad games released over the past decade. The full catalog can be viewed on GameClub's website, with titles including Legendary Wars, Space Miner, Hook Camp, and MiniSquadron.

A one-month free trial is available.

Article Link: GameClub Launches With Access to Dozens of Classic Games on iPhone and iPad for $4.99 Per Month
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Joe Rossignol

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May 12, 2012
I thought this was against Apple Store rules... Maybe not anymore?
Then why is it that we can't have a game emulation app for iOS and iPadOS?
It's just like Apple Arcade. The games are individual downloads from the App Store. Subscription unlocks playback.


macrumors 65816
Jun 18, 2009
I thought this was against Apple Store rules... Maybe not anymore?
Then why is it that we can't have a game emulation app for iOS and iPadOS?
They are being distributed via App Store and with in app purchase Apple will get a cut of revenue. If they tried to circumvent the App Store would be an issue probably.


macrumors 6502a
Dec 17, 2003
I've been on the beta of this for a while, and it's basically for if you like then-popular, older games. These are quality games that are fun to play. I don't like subscriptions, but frankly, I am so sick of free-to-play, buy gems games, that this is a welcome relief. Ideally, I'd just be able to buy the games I want, but that doesn't seem to be economically viable for the game devs.

Edit: I'd also like Apple to make it easier to turn on and off subscriptions. There should be reminders such as "Hey, you haven't opened this app in a month, would you like to cancel your subscription?" and subscription information should be much easier to find in the app store. Finally, I'd like the Settings app to contain a toggle to cancel a subscription along with the other permissions.


macrumors 68000
Dec 21, 2001
Why didn't Publishers Clearing House get into this business? If I would get a new copy of Martha Stewart Living every month, maybe. But for now, no.
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Mar 21, 2016
The first group that can give me old ps2 titles on IOS wins my $4.99. I'd love to see NBA street volume 2, the Tony hawk series & God of War on iOS.


macrumors 65816
Jan 12, 2010
I'd love to see something like MAME for iOS, but I imagine that'd make no sense at all, given that most of those games wouldn't lend themselves to a touch interface. I'm old enough that I'd pay 5 bucks just to play Dungeons of Daggorath again, except on iOS. That'd be such a fun distraction.

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