Prepare for an epic adventure in Baldo, coming soon to Apple Arcade

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Prepare for an epic adventure in ‘Baldo’ coming soon to Apple Arcade
Baldo: The Guardian Owls is an adventure game with a lot of influence from Studio Ghibli movies like Spirited Away.
Photo: NAPS team

Baldo: The Guardian Owls is a Zelda-like puzzle adventure that’ll soon be on Apple Arcade. Players explore an open world meeting quirky characters but also fighting ferocious foes.

And this is just one of nine games launching on Apple’s gaming service in the near future, like Super Leap Day.

Explore the world of Baldo: The Guardian Owls on Apple Arcade

In Baldo: The Guardian Owls, players travel across a magical land to decipher a cryptic prophecy warning that a creature sealed in the underworld is about to rise again.

While it promises thrilling adventure and dungeons to explore, the game is certainly not a blood-soaked hack and slash. There’s plenty of whimsy from interacting with quirky characters. There’s a lot of influence from Studio Ghibli movies like Spirited Away.

Plus, this is not an RPG so there’s no leveling up. But players do need to collect objects to get powerful new weapons.

Baldo: The Guardian Owls from NAPS team is scheduled to debut on Apple Arcade on August 27. It’ll be for iPhone, Mac, iPad and Apple TV. There’ll also be versions for PC, PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch.

Take the challenge of Super Leap Day

Coming Friday, August 6 to Apple Arcade is Super Leap Day, a one-button platformer. The twist is that Nitrome promises a new level to play every single day.

The goal is to reach the top of each level by boosting up walls and ceilings, avoiding obstacles and traps. And don’t get thrown if gravity suddenly goes all topsyturvey. To overcome obstacles, there are different characters to play with a range of abilities, like Puffer’s inflatable head, Spout’s powers of suction and the sticky grip of Goop.

Learn more about Super Leap Day on the Apple Arcade section of the App Store.

Also launching Friday are Monster Hunter Stories+ and Super Stickman Golf 3+, two classics making the jump to Apple’s gaming service.

More Apple Arcade additions coming soon

And that’s just the start of the games on their way to Apple Arcade. None of these have release dates yet — they’re all just listed as “coming soon.”Some of these are originals. Others are classics being added to the service.

Fans of the venerable computer game Tetris can look forward to Tetris Beat, a new creation that adds rhythm to the stacking challenge.

A very different kind of challenge is MasterChef: Let’s Cook. Go on a virtual cooking show and demonstrate your skills.

And yet another type of challenge can be found in Wurdweb. This is a new twist on crossword puzzles. The game supplies words and it’s up to players to fit as many as possible on a board.

Layton’s Mystery Journey+ sends players on quest to help Kat Layton solve a series of mysteries. The puzzle adventure is part of very popular series. The classic version is $15.99 with in-app purchases, so Apple Arcade subscribers can get quite a deal.

And there’s Asphault 8: Airborne+, a classic racing game zooming onto Apple’s service.

Access to all of these games comes with a single $4.99-per-month Apple Arcade subscription. And close to 200 more. Players can be assured that there are zero in-app purchases, ads or loot boxes. These are banned, and have been removed from the classic games available through the service.