Crazy puzzle adventure All of You egg-splodes onto Apple Arcade

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‘All of You’ debuted on Apple Arcade on Friday, November 6.
All of You stars a chicken that can stop time.
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Some video games focus on muscle-bound warriors. Others lets players become beautiful princesses. In All of You, you’ll play as a clumsy chicken. Still, she’s a heroic hen out to save her lost chicks. Players need to solve plenty of puzzles to reunite the chicken with all her brood in a game that debuted Friday on Apple Arcade.

Apple Arcade’s South of the Circle is a playable novel of love and survival

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‘South of the Circle‘ debuted Friday on Apple Arcade
South of the Circle is as much an emotional journey as a real one.
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South of the Circle is a narrative adventure game that starts with a plane crash in Antarctica in 1964. Its animation style results from motion-captured performances from a cast of actors.

The story begins Friday on Apple Arcade, this company’s subscription gaming service.

Take a meditative walk through a hand-drawn world in The Collage Atlas on Apple Arcade

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‘The Collage Atlas’ debuted Friday on Apple Arcade.
The Collage Atlas takes players on a hand-drawn, first-person journey through a picture book.
Photo: John William Evelyn

The Collage Atlas could be a temporary escape from 2020. It’s “a journey through an entirely hand-drawn picture-book dream-world,” according to the creator of the game, John William Evelyn.

This title launched Friday on Apple Arcade, and is available for a range of devices.

Monkey pals build an island paradise in Apple Arcade’s The Survivalists

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‘The Survivalists’ debuted Friday on Apple Arcade
The Survivalists challenges 1 to 4 players to survive after being shipwrecked. But there are monkeys to help.
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The Survivalists, which debuted Friday on Apple Arcade, shows that being shipwrecked on a deserted island doesn’t have to be a disaster. Players can train monkeys to make life comfortable. And there’s plenty of adventure to be found in this game for 1 to 4 players.

Take a ridiculously long sword on a Slash Quest on Apple Arcade

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‘Slash Quest’ slashed onto Apple Arcade on Friday
Getting used to a talking sword that keeps growing and growing is part of the fun of Slash Quest.
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Slash Quest is a hero’s journey where the sword is the hero. Shep the simple shepard is just along for the ride as Swordie the talking sword sets off on a quest to save the Queendom.

Slash Quest from Noodlecake debuted Friday on Apple Arcade.

HoloVista takes VR iPhone gaming to a beautifully surreal new high

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‘HoloVista’ debuted Wednesday on the iPhone App Store.
Use virtual reality to explore an opulent but very strange mansion in HoloVista.
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The drawback to virtual reality gaming on an iPhone is it requires players to look at the world through their handset’s screen. Rather than try to escape that limitation, the new VR game HoloVista embraces it.

The player takes on the role of a character who’s also looking at the world through their iPhone. But what they’re seeing is a strange mansion they’ve been asked to photograph.

Amazon cloud gaming service heads to Mac and (surprise!) iPhone

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Amazon Luna brings console-quality games to iOS and iPadOS.
Amazon Luna is coming to a variety of devices including, amazingly, iPhone and iPad.
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Amazon on Thursday unveiled a cloud gaming service that can play console-quality games on mobile devices and a range of other computers. Unlike rival streaming services from Google and Microsoft, Amazon Luna will be available on iPhone and iPad. It’s also coming to Mac.

Marble Knights rolls onto Apple Arcade

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‘Marble Knights’ brings rolling fun to Apple Arcade
Marble Knights mixes game genres, and supports multiplayer action.
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The latest addition to Apple’s gaming service is a rare multi-player title. Marble Knights lets up to four people at once roll together through a sword-swinging adventure.

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Apple’s App Store will stay empty of streaming games services for now.
New rules don’t seem intended to bring the Google Stadia cloud gaming service to iPad any time soon.
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Go on A Monster’s Expedition through open-world puzzles on Apple Arcade

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‘A Monster’s Expedition’ launched Sept.10 on Apple Arcade
A Monster’s Expedition promises “an adorable and relaxing open world puzzle adventure.”
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A Monster’s Expedition isn‘t the usual puzzle game. It sets itself apart by being an open world. The goal is to make play more relaxing because if someone gets stuck on a particular puzzle, they can head off in another direction. And, of course, there’s a cute little monster involved.

The game debuted Thursday on Apple Arcade, the Mac-maker’s subscription gaming service.