Long-awaited Crossy Road sequel coming to Apple Arcade

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Long-awaited Crossy Road sequel coming to Apple Arcade
Coming soon to an Apple gaming subscription service near you.
Screenshot: Hipster Whale

Hipster Whale’s 2015 game Crossy Road modified the Frogger concept for a modern audience. In doing so, it raked in massive amounts of money for an indie game: around $10 million in its first 90 days.

Now the company is back with a new game, Crossy Road Castle, that’s set to debut on Apple Arcade. Check out the trailer below.

Mario Kart Tour adds new characters, Tokyo Tour course

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Mario Kart Tour adds new characters, Tokyo Tour course
Nintendo has unleashed its next Mario Kart courses.
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Mario Kart Tour has received its first major update, adding a new Tokyo Tour course, set in a cartoon version of Japan’s capital city. Other tracks include the classic Rainbow Road, Kalimari Desert, and more.

In addition, there are new characters such as Baby Rosalina, Roy, Wendy, Iggy, Larry, and Tokyo versions of Mario and Peach. You can check out the trailer below.

King of Fighters Allstar will battle into the App Store this month

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Coming soon to an iPhone near you.
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Eight months after it launched in Japan, King of Fighters Allstar is arriving in the West.

As its name suggests, King of Fighters is best known as a fighting game franchise. However, King of Fighters Allstar adds to this with new action-RPG elements. It gives you the chance to play as more than 50 fighters from the series in a game that pits you against waves of enemies, bosses, and rival teams. Your mission is to build the best team of fighters possible.

Two big complaints about Doom and Doom II fixed on iOS

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Doom II for iOS looks just like it did back in 1994.
This was mind-blowing back in the day. And it's still pretty great today.
Photo: Bethesda Softworks

Bethesda Softworks gave Gen Xers a reason to get nostalgic when it released updated versions of Doom and Doom II into the App Store. The versions packed all the pixelated monsters and massive weapons you could hope for on an iPhone or iPad.

But while folks were justifiably excited to don their flannel shirts, put on some alt rock in the background, and head back to the glory days of the mid-1990s, the games didn’t totally deliver on their promises. A number of people pointed out that the audio and lighting weren’t correct in both ports. Those problems have now been fixed.

Mario Kart Tour Gold Pass shows what a bargain Apple Arcade is

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Mario Kart Tour costs a fair wack. Certainly next to Apple Arcade.
Gold Pass costs the same as a subscription to Apple's 100+ gaming service.
Photo: Nintendo

Mario Kart Tour went live this week — and despite being, technically, free to download its in-app purchases make it pretty pricey. Certainly compared to Apple Arcade.

Eagle-eyed gamers quickly noted that Mario Kart‘s so-called Gold Pass subscription will set you back $4.99 per month. That’s the same price that Apple is charging for its entire 100+ game subscription service!

Mario Kart Tour comes to mobile — and it’s kinda disappointing

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Mario Kart Tour adds new characters, Tokyo Tour course
There's stuff to like. But some banana peels too.
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It’s been a long time coming, but Mario Kart Tour has finally raced (well, maybe dawdled) into the App Store.

The free-to-play kart racing game is available to download now, although currently you can only play a New York City-based course. Other courses will roll out at a later date.

So what did we make of it? Read on for Cult of Mac’s first impressions.

Call of Duty: Mobile will blast its way onto iOS on October 1

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Call of Duty: Mobile will offer a CoD multiplayer experience for your iPhone.
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Activision’s Call of Duty: Mobile, an entry in the popular franchise, but built from the ground up for mobile, will be launching worldwide October 1.

The game soft-launched in Australia back in June. However, the rest of us have had to wait to try out the free-to-play title. To celebrate the impending launch, Activision has released a brand new trailer.

How to stop your kids from wasting their lives on Apple Arcade

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Say Sayonara to arguments with your kids.
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New subscription gaming service Apple Arcade is here1, and it looks like an incredible deal. For just $5 per month, everyone in your family gets unlimited access to dozens of exclusive games (with a free month-long trial to check it out). Even better for parents, there are no in-app purchases in Apple Arcade, so your kids won’t be begging you to buy more coins or whatever every five minutes.

However, they can still spend way too much time on games when they should be out playing with kilometer-zero, organic wooden toys, or pretending that old washing machine delivery box is a panic room. Thankfully, Apple’s own Screen Time feature already works with Apple Arcade, so you can restrict access to any and all games.

Apple Arcade launches September 19, priced $4.99 per month

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Just some of the 100 games Apple Arcade will launch with.
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Apple’s gaming subscription service Apple Arcade will cost $4.99 per month and launch September 19.

Apple showed off three launch games from its gaming service at today’s “By Innovation Only” event. It also gave a glimpse of the interface users can expect, alongside sharing other neat details. And, yes, it comes with a one-month free trial.