Take a dark trip through Neversong on Apple Arcade

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“Neversong” from Serenity Forge debuted Friday on Apple Arcade.
Anyone searching Apple Arcade for something a bit grim can turn to Neversong.
Photo: Serenity Forge/Apple

Apple’s gaming service focuses more on lighter fare, but Friday brought the release of Neversong. Players take on the role of Peet, a boy just awoken from a coma as he searches for his missing girlfriend through an asylum while battling monsters and zombies.

Neversong used to be called Once apon a Coma

“Investigate the screams coming from the heart of Neverwood, the increasingly bizarre behavior of the zombie grownups, and the strange truth about Peet’s past in this hauntingly dream like fable,“ says Serenity Forge, the developer. With the help of a trusty baseball bat and a few friends, it’s up to Peet to explore Blackfork Asylum and other levels to discover what’s really going on.

The developers include the warning “Neversong is a moving story of loss and hope. It contains themes, including traumatic death, that some may find emotionally upsetting.“

It’s a single-player adventure for people as young as 9. There are versions for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. It supports certain Xbox and PS4 controllers, as well as MFi controllers.

Now on Apple Arcade

Neversong is just the latest addition to a collection of over 100 more games that are part of Apple Arcade. Playing any or all of them costs $4.99 a month, and no more — in-app purchases and ads are banned from Apple’s gaming service.