Necrobarista serves up ‘death, coffee and feelings’ on Apple Arcade


‘Necrobarista’ debuted Friday on the Apple Arcade gaming service.
Necrobarista is a “spellbinding story of necromancy, friendship, and letting go.“
Photo: Route 59

The Terminal is a back-alley cafe where the dead mingle with the living. Necrobarista, which debuted Friday on Apple Arcade, is the story of Maddy Xiao, the new owner and an amateur necromancer.

Route 59 calls its creation “a unique take on the visual novel medium.” It offers a free-roaming first-person perspective on a 3D world with anime aesthetics.

Puzzle past furniture monsters in the hand-painted world of Creaks on Apple Arcade


Creaks debuted Friday only on Apple Arcade.
Creaks invites comparison to other atmospheric puzzlers, like the classic Monument Valley.
Photo: Amanita Design

Creaks starts with strange noises behind the walls. Soon, you’re confronting avian folk and deadly furniture monsters. This game, which debuted Friday on Apple Arcade, is a puzzle adventure with hand-painted visuals and eerie original music.

Oceanhorn 2 Golden Edition makes Apple Arcade’s best RPG even better [Review]


Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm involves battling robots with swords.
Oceanhorn 2 looks and plays better with a significant update released Friday.
Screenshot: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Every fan of role-playing games should try Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm. Especially now that Cornfox & Brothers released a big update with new levels, better graphics and other enhancements.

I devoted many hours to the original version, and got early access to The Golden Edition, which launched for everyone on Apple’s gaming subscription service on Friday. The update improves on what was already an outstanding title.

Battle through the Towers of Everland in Apple Arcade’s new RPG


Towers of Everland hit Apple Arcade on Friday. Hit back.
Towers of Everland fulfills your sword-and-sorcery game needs.
Photo: Cobra Mobile/Apple

Towers of Everland offers all the traditional RPG elements: battling, fighting and combat. And Friday’s addition to Apple Arcade includes magic spells, quests to complete, levels to explore, monsters to slay… everything one could want in a role-playing game.

Wiggle through Winding Worlds on Apple Arcade


Winding Worlds is a more grownup Apple Arcade game.
Solve puzzles and help a mysterious cast of characters in Winding Worlds.
Photo: KO_OP/Apple

Winding Worlds promises to be a “world-wiggling puzzle journey.”

The latest addition to Apple Arcade is in the same genre as the classic Monument Valley, where players solve puzzles to work their way through a story. KO_OP  describes its creation as “a heartwarming tale of grief, love, truth, and acceptance.”