Bouncy dungeon crawler Roundguard ricochets into Apple Arcade


Roundguard bounces onto Apple Arcade
Apple Arcade’s new Roundguard is a mashup of RPG and pinball.
Photo: Wonderbelly/Apple

Combine a role-playing game with a pinball machine and you have Roundguard, a new game added Friday to Apple Arcade. It’s a bit like Rogue, but with lots more bouncing. And a silly sense of humor, too.

Bounce your way through Roundguard

“Press your luck against hordes of dangerously cute monsters and challenging roguelike elements in this all-round bouncy adventure,” said the game’s developer, Wonderbelly.

Players can be a Warrior, Rogue or Wizard, each with unique skills and items. And that’s not just loot — there are more than 100 items to be used in combat.

As with all RPGs, a collection of non-player characters send players on quests. But in Roundguard, these seem a bit more eccentric than usual. “Learn why some rats want their king dead, what’s irritating the local teenage skeleton today, or what the warrior will do if you can’t get to a bathroom quickly enough,” said Wonderbelly.

The single-player game is suitable for ages 9 and up. Versions for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV are all playable now for subscribers to Apple’s gaming service. All of them work with several types of game controllers, including certain Xbox and PS4 models.

Play now on Apple Arcade

Roundguard debuted today on Apple Arcade. The subscription gaming service costs $4.99 a month, but parents can be assured that there’ll be no other costs. Apple Arcade bans ads, in-app purchases and loot boxes.

One of the best RPGs on Apple Arcade is Oceanhorn 2. There’s also No Way Home and Yaga The Roleplaying Folktale.