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

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Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm involves battling robots with swords.
Oceanhorn 2 looks and plays better with a significant update released Friday.
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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

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Towers of Everland hit Apple Arcade on Friday. Hit back.
Towers of Everland fulfills your sword-and-sorcery game needs.
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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

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Winding Worlds is a more grownup Apple Arcade game.
Solve puzzles and help a mysterious cast of characters in Winding Worlds.
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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.”

Unreal Engine 5 promises mind-blowing graphics for Mac and iPhone games

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Unreal Engine 5 is a quantum leap in game graphics.
Games built with Unreal Engine 5 can render movie-quality effects in real time.
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Epic Games on Wednesday gave a first look at Unreal Engine 5, the next generation of its tool for creating 3D games. The goal is “photorealism on par with movie CG and real life,” according to the company. And a video demo shows what’ll be possible in future titles for macOS, iOS and other platforms.

These are the best Apple Arcade games you can play right now

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This spunky little guy is the star of Spyder, one of the best Apple Arcade games.
This spunky little guy is the star of Spyder, one of the best games on Apple Arcade.
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There’s never been a better time to try Apple Arcade, the subscription gaming service that serves up unlimited access to more than 100 iPhone, iPad and Apple TV titles for only $4.99 a month.

With exclusive games — and a total lack of the annoying ads and in-app purchases that mar many “free” iOS games — it offers some real advantages. But it wouldn’t  be a bargain if there were no fun games. Fortunately, there are plenty. Here are some of the best you’ll find on Apple Arcade.

Free-to-play Forza Street finally races onto iPhone and iPad

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Play today to earn a bonus Ford GT.
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Microsoft’s insanely popular Forza racing series has finally landed on iPhone and iPad. The free-to-play Forza Street, which first debuted on Windows two years ago, is available to download now from the App Store.

The game promises gorgeous visuals, fast-paced racing action, and iconic cars any racing fan will be familiar with. There are also some sweet bonuses for those who play within the first 30 days of the game’s release.