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'NUTS' and 'Spire Blast' Arrive on Apple Arcade

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"NUTS - A Surveillance Mystery" and "Spire Blast" are the latest games to join Apple Arcade's expanding library.



NUTS is a single-player surveillance mystery game set in a remote forest, where players are tasked with discovering what a group of squirrels are hiding. Through carefully laying out equipment, recording the squirrels' movements, analyzing their behavior, and reporting findings, players can uncover their hidden secrets.

With a bold visual style, full voice acting, careful pacing, and unusual gameplay mechanics, NUTS aims to offer something different.



Spire Blast is a colorful, family-friendly puzzle game that challenges players to topple towers using a system of matching and powerups.

Take a step into the colorful world of Spire Blast. With your ever hungry dragon companion collapse numerous mysterious towers of all shapes and sizes that have risen all over the kingdom.

Test your wits and skills, use all the tools at your disposal and you will emerge victorious!

NUTS - A Surveillance Mystery and Spire Blast are available now on Apple Arcade, for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV.

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bennyf

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Played Nuts for an hour or so. Very frustrating experience on a small phone. Text impossible to read in places.

Also I'm flummoxed by the task to take a photo of the trailer. Will try again on an iPad. Cool vibe to it though.
 
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k2director

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So many Apple Arcade games (like NUTS) look like they were made to please the game developers, not a big audience. They have an "indie", offbeat vibe to them, and let the game developers be "creative" but the games don't seem to appeal to the mass market.

Has Apple had a single hit game that drives people to the Arcade platform? I can't think of one. Maybe management should focus on that for a while...

Apple TV feels similar, btw....
 
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verniesgarden

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So many Apple Arcade games (like NUTS) look like they were made to please the game developers, not a big audience. They have an "indie", offbeat vibe to them, and let the game developers be "creative" but the games don't seem to appeal to the mass market.

Has Apple had a single hit game that drives people to the Arcade platform? I can't think of one. Maybe management should focus on that for a while...

Apple TV feels similar, btw....
only one standout game to me is mini motorways
 
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LFC2020

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Apple needs to buy Nintendo, activated my 3 month free Apple Arcade subscription recently, cancelled it 5 minutes later. 🤦‍♂️
 
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peglegjack

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So many Apple Arcade games (like NUTS) look like they were made to please the game developers, not a big audience. They have an "indie", offbeat vibe to them, and let the game developers be "creative" but the games don't seem to appeal to the mass market.

Has Apple had a single hit game that drives people to the Arcade platform? I can't think of one. Maybe management should focus on that for a while...

Apple TV feels similar, btw..
 
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PsykX

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Has Apple had a single hit game that drives people to the Arcade platform? I can't think of one. Maybe management should focus on that for a while...

Apple TV feels similar, btw....
- Oceanhorn 2 is like a little Zelda game.
- Beyond A Steel Sky but it could have been better IMO (just played the beginning so far).
- Maybe The Escapists?

But obviously nothing to be crazy about. I hope Apple Silicon Macs as well as the upcoming Apple TV with a better GPU will enable devs to make better games on Arcade. For now it's just to pass the time lol
 
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Philllllip

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Speed demons and house of cards are the only good games that I have really enjoyed. Speed demons get very samey very quickly though.
 
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Basic75

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Apple Arcade's dedication to mind-numbing mediocrity is admirable.
So I'm not the only one finding basically all games quite boring? There's a lot of talking and story and nice graphics, but the game mechanics target mostly 5 year olds, telling me exactly what to do and being just plain simple.
 
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alexhardaker

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I signed up for the extended free period & I haven’t touched it once. Can’t be bothered connecting a controller to my Apple TV to try any of the new games & gaming on my phone is a non-starter for me - it’s annoying to play on a touchscreen and not fun.

I hate how the App Store is filled with crappy micro transaction non-games. I don’t understand why customers made it popular to download a free game & spend a lot of money on crap, yet refuse to spend that same money on an actual game on the App Store to download to begin with - it’s mind boggling. It’s made the console online stores fill with crap too.

I do have a Nintendo Switch & PS5, so I’ll just play proper games on those. Thank god Nintendo has pulled out of making mobile games.
 
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Unregistered 4U

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So many Apple Arcade games (like NUTS) look like they were made to please the game developers, not a big audience. They have an "indie", offbeat vibe to them, and let the game developers be "creative" but the games don't seem to appeal to the mass market.
I’ve always thought that was the intent. There were games the developers wanted to make and Apple is providing a platform where they CAN make money on them. If they want, they can then release those games on other systems, like Grindstone and What The Golf where they make even more money.

I don’t expect to see any AAA games on Apple Arcade because those will likely have micro transactions and loot boxes to recoup the development costs. But, if this service helps developers fund future endeavors or find an audience of a few million people, then I feel it’s being successful.

I do have a Nintendo Switch & PS5, so I’ll just play proper games on those.
You’ll find several of these on Switch (haven’t checked if they’re on PS5... and I believe only 7 people are in a position to check on PS5 right now :) )
 
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peglegjack

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I signed up for the extended free period & I haven’t touched it once. Can’t be bothered connecting a controller to my Apple TV to try any of the new games & gaming on my phone is a non-starter for me - it’s annoying to play on a touchscreen and not fun.

I hate how the App Store is filled with crappy micro transaction non-games. I don’t understand why customers made it popular to download a free game & spend a lot of money on crap, yet refuse to spend that same money on an actual game on the App Store to download to begin with - it’s mind boggling. It’s made the console online stores fill with crap too.

I do have a Nintendo Switch & PS5, so I’ll just play proper games on those. Thank god Nintendo has pulled out of making mobile games.
Apple made a service for people like you who hate what mobile gaming has become. It’s not their fault that you won’t try it.
 
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alexhardaker

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Apple made a service for people like you who hate what mobile gaming has become. It’s not their fault that you won’t try it.

Huh... you know, I didn’t even pick that up (think I stopped reading after haven’t touched it :))
I tried the service when it first came out. Most of the games were not that good. It’s not worth £5 a month. I’d imagine the games can be removed at any time as well, which is awful. They should at least give people the option to purchase individual games to “keep”.

Subscriptions are awful. Imagine paying so much money a month to a service, to then eventually go to watch or play something & it not being available anymore. You’re just throwing money away, but it seems cheaper as it’s only a few £/$ a month. It all adds up.
 
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peglegjack

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I tried the service when it first came out. Most of the games were not that good. It’s not worth £5 a month. I’d imagine the games can be removed at any time as well, which is awful. They should at least give people the option to purchase individual games to “keep”.

Subscriptions are awful. Imagine paying so much money a month to a service, to then eventually go to watch or play something & it not being available anymore. You’re just throwing money away, but it seems cheaper as it’s only a few £/$ a month. It all adds up.
They have yet to remove one game in almost a year and a half. Sounds like you gave a couple random games a once over and gave up.

I’d be happy to make some recommendations though
 
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