Apple’s subscription gaming service grew significantly Friday. Apple Arcade added 30 titles and two new categories: Timeless Classics and App Store Greats. This adds favorites like Monument Valley and Fruit Ninja Classic. And there are now versions of Suduku, chess and other perennial favorites.
“Today we’re launching our biggest expansion since the service debuted, now offering more than 180 great games that include new Arcade Originals, Timeless Classics, and App Store Greats,” said Matt Fischer, Apple’s vice president of the App Store.
Until now, everything in Apple Arcade was original. It’s now been expanded with previously released titles that have in-app purchases stripped out of them.
But Apple didn’t forget about new original games. It added five on Friday, including Fantasian, from Hironobu Sakaguchi, creator of Final Fantasy. These originals are playable across iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV. Titles in the just-added Timeless Classics and App Store Greats categories are available only on iPhone and iPad.
App Store Greats on Apple Arcade
Monument Valley has been pleasing players since its release in 2014, and it’s now part of Apple Arcade. Gameplay involves manipulating impossible architecture to guide a silent princess to a mysterious goal.
Another addition to Apple’s gaming service is Mini Metro from Dinosaur Polo Club. It’s a subway simulation game in which players design the subway map for a growing city.
And there’s Fruit Ninja Classic, Chameleon Run and Threes!
Remember these Timeless Classics?
Everyone isn’t always in the mood for cutting-edge games. Sometimes, what you’re in the mood for is something more classic.
That’s why Apple Arcade now offers Backgammon from Adikus. And Tiny Crossword from PlaySimple Games. And Solitaire by MobilityWare.
But there is a twist or two. Really Bad Chess from Zach Gage isn’t like regular chess — it offers totally random pieces like eight knights, four bishops and three pawns. It’s a fun new challenge for pros or beginners alike.
All these games, and 150 others, are available now on Apple Arcade. It costs $4.99 per month, but there are no ads or in-app purchases. And one subscription works for up to six family members. And if you subscribe to one of the money-saving Apple One bundles, you will gain access to all Apple Arcades games.