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Apple Expands Arcade with Classic Games

Apple Arcade has struggled to catch on since its September 2019 debut, with Apple canceling upcoming titles and changing direction last year (“Apple Reportedly Canceling Some Apple Arcade Games and Changing Direction,” 1 July 2020). Now we’re seeing what that new direction is: an influx of classic titles into the gaming service, split into two collections:

Apple is still adding original titles to Apple Arcade, like Cut the Rope Remastered, Star Trek: Legends, and a new version of The Oregon Trail. (Maybe Apple Arcade needs a collection of all-time great games from the depths of time.) Will nostalgia be enough to give Apple Arcade a shot in the arm? Will these new titles cause you to give it a try?

Classic games in Apple Arcade

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Comments About Apple Expands Arcade with Classic Games

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  1. I’m personally amazed at the gems I found in Apple Arcade. The games I liked are different from the ones my daughters liked, and certainly, not all Apple Arcade games are great (some are even bad), but for the price, I’m more than satisfied. It’s a bargain and I’m surprised it has not attracted more attention.

    Even reading books is fun with Dear, Reader (a real-book reading game on Apple Arcade). Some games have been hits for my kids, and there’s lot in there for my own taste… plus a mix of family games we can play together. I’m never worried trying a game given I don’t pay extras for it. I also strongly enjoy the absence of In-app purchases (or ads). Thank you Apple. In my opinion, Apple Arcade deserves more praise.

  2. Is Brian Thomas’s ‘If Monks had Macs’ available?

  3. Not via Apple Arcade, as far as I’m aware, but the original site is still up and it is available via the Internet Archive.

    Some interesting links:

  4. Thanks Adam. Have you ever played it?

  5. No, I don’t play games. That’s not a policy statement; they simply don’t compete for my attention with nearly anything else. :slight_smile:

  6. Monument Valley 2+ was recently added to Apple Arcade.

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