Grid Autosport multiplayer beta races onto iOS, but it’s only temporary

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Take on other racers today.
Photo: Feral Interactive

A brand-new multiplayer mode just entered beta testing for hit racing simulator Grid Autosport on iOS. You can try it out if you own a recent iPhone or iPad running iOS 12.1 or later.

Don’t get too excited about multiplayer, however. Publisher Feral Interactive notes that this test is to “explore the feasibility of online multiplayer for racing games.” It won’t be a permanent fixture.

Missile Command: Recharged is a blast from the past [Review]

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Missile Command: Recharged reminds up we used to think this was going to happen any day.
Missile Command: Recharged updates a fast-paced 1980s classic.
Photo: Atari

Emerging from the dark and noisy arcades of the 1980s is a updated version of a classic. Atari’s Missile Command: Recharged for iPhone and iPad is nearly identical to the original with only a few tweaks for a new generation.

And to double down on the nostalgia, an augmented reality mode projects your gameplay onto a virtual arcade cabinet.

Crawl through a spy-on-the-wall adventure in Spyder on Apple Arcade

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Spyder on Apple Arcade is a high-tech adventure.
Agent 8 doesn’t look much like James Bond.
Photo: Sumo Digital

Spyder brings a new perspective on the spy thriller. Today’s addition to the Apple Arcade subscription service features a tiny robot spider on a mission to save the great big world.

This itsy-bitsy superspy must use his gadgets to sabotage the nefarious plans of villians, requiring players see everything from a new perspective.

Coronavirus prompts Alto’s Adventure’s offer of free gaming for a week

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“Alto's Adventure” and “Alto's Odyssey“ are here to help while you’re self isolating.
Alto's Odyssey imagines snowboarding in the desert. And it’s currently free.
Photo: Snowman

Both Alto’s Adventure and Alto’s Odyssey are free for a week to benefit anyone quarantined by the COVID-19 epidemic. The developer, Snowman, made the move to “bring a little calm into your homes during these difficult times.”

These endless runner snowboarding games are beautifully designed. Alto’s Odyssey even won an Apple Design Award.

Apple bans COVID-19 themed games

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iPhone showing virus that causes COVID-19
Software submitted to the App Store must take COVID-19 seriously.
Photo: Cult of Mac/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

There’s won’t be a COVID-19 version of Pac-Man, or any other equally tacky game. Apple today banned all entertainment applications that use this pandemic as a theme.

In addition, Apple reiterated an earlier rule requiring software that provides information about this global health crisis be from official sources.

Call of Duty: Mobile loses its Zombies mode because it’s not good enough

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Call of Duty: Mobile racks up amazing 100m downloads in first week
It may be back, but probably not.
Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

Call of Duty: Mobile is losing its popular Zombies mode this month because it doesn’t meet the “level of quality” Activision expects.

It’s unclear whether Zombies, which was added last November, will return at a later date. The game’s developers are currently focused on more important aspects of Call of Duty: Mobile, like Multiplayer, Battle Royale, and Ranked Mode.

Missile Command: Recharged brings nuclear-armed nostalgia to your iPhone

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Missile Command: Recharged reminds up we used to think this was going to happen any day.
Missile Command: Recharged updates a fast-paced 1980s classic.
Photo: Atari

An updated version of the arcade classic Missile Command is headed for phones and tablets.. Kids of the 1980s grew up defending cities from incoming nuclear missiles, and soon they’ll be able to relive the action in a new release from Atari.

For real nostalgia, an augmented reality mode will project your gameplay to a virtual arcade cabinet.