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Apple Arcade: Featured Games

Apple Arcade is going live in a few days. The Cupertino company recently issued a press release highlighting featured games.

Apple Arcade is coming soon. Serious and casual gamers can enjoy hours of electronic entertainment for the low price of $4.99 per month, after the one month free trial elapses.

The new game subscription service is designed to enhance privacy and protect customers from common scams. Apple Arcade games are not permitted to offer in-app purchases. Subscribers can also share the service with up to five family members. If that’s not enough, all games are playable without an Internet connection. This prevents users from burning through valuable cellular data.

Apple Arcade will feature over 100 games on its September 19th launch. Apple’s recent press release highlights four games that will be available — The Enchanted World, Patterned, Overland and Card of Darkness.

The Enchanted World is a puzzle adventure game where users try to piece together a collapsing world. The game is loosely based on the developers’ experience in war-torn former Yugoslavia.

Another puzzler, Patterned, gives players the experience of coloring and placing fragments that compose a larger work of art. The puzzle patterns were created by 15 artists from around the world.

Overland is an exciting adventure game that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world. Players rescue people, dogs and scavenge supplies, in a game that’s like The Walking Dead without all of the zombies.

Yet another puzzler, Card of Darkness features card-based riddles. The game is as much about art as puzzles, with gorgeous animation created by Pendleton Ward.

At first glance, it may seem as though Apple Arcade is full of more passive, puzzle-oriented games. These apps are popular, however, Apple’s new service offers action, strategy and unclassifiable games.

Apple Arcade launches at a time when iPhone sales are dwindling. The iPhone used to account for two-thirds of Apple’s earnings. Today, it only makes up about half. The new gaming service is part of a suite of services, including Apple TV+, Apple News+, iCloud (storage) and Apple Music.

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