Employees put Apple Arcade subscription gaming service through its paces

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Apple Arcade is something of a loot box for Apple.
Coming this fall.
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Apple has kicked off internal testing of Apple Arcade, putting the upcoming subscription gaming service through its paces before it launches to the public.

For the preview, Apple employees can pay 49 cents for a one-month trial. That includes access to early builds of games including Way of the Turtle, Down in Bermuda and Hot Lava.

Major expansion for Civilization VI coming to iOS

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Civilization VI
Gathering Storm will make a sprawling epic game even bigger.
Image: Aspyr Media

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is a triumph on iOS. But it’s about to get even better — courtesy of an upcoming new expansion pack in the form of Gathering Storm.

Arriving on Windows, Mac and Linux computers earlier in 2019, the expansion is set to come to iPhone and iPad later this year.

Mac classic Flashback blasts its way onto iOS

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Flashback
This was a game on seemingly every computer back in the day.
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If you were a gamer in 1992, you may well have fond memories of Flashback — or, as it was known in the U.S., Flashback: The Quest for Identity.

Created by Paul Cuisset, the platform game was reminiscent of Prince of Persia, but set in the far future. Well, almost 30 years later, it’s coming to iOS in a new, updated version.

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Candy Crush
That's a whole lot more levels than just about every other game in the App Store... combined.
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Minit is an adventure game with a 60-second time limit

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Minit
Minit has a decidedly vintage feel.
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In an age of open-world sandbox titles, many games try to get you playing for hours on end. That’s not the case with Minit, an adventure game which just arrived in the App Store.

As its name implies, Minit is a title in which each game lasts, well, one minute. That means that you’ve got just 60 seconds to try and complete each stage. Check out the trailer below.

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Hyper Light Drifter
This game was a big hit on Mac, PC and consoles when it launched in 2016.
Photo: Abylight Studios

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Diabolical Box
This title originally appeared on the Nintendo DS.
Image: Level-5

Apple becomes world’s fourth-largest gaming company

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Fortnite iPhone X
That’s not much of a fix.
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Apple is now the world’s fourth-largest gaming company, according to a new report.

It is ranked higher than gaming giants like Nintendo, EA, and Activision — thanks mostly to the popularity of mobile gaming on iPhone. Apple is estimated to have earned $9.453 billion from games during 2018 alone.

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Unbroken Soul1
Coming to iOS at the end of June. By way of 1991.
Photo: Chorrus Games

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Sky game
Could this be the year's most beautiful iOS game?
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