Final Fantasy creator handcrafts epic Fantasian for Apple Arcade

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‘Fantasian’ is coming soon to Apple Arcade
Fantasian for Apple Arcade
Screencap: Mistwalker/Apple

Fantasian is the next creation by Hironobu Sakaguchi, who also made the classic Final Fantasy series. His latest mixes computer-generated characters with handmade sets for a truly unique look.

The role playing game by Mistwalker is set to debut on Apple Arcade for a variety of platforms.

Blast through zombie hordes in Survival Z on Apple Arcade

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Blast through zombie hordes in ‘Survival Z’ on Apple Arcade
Battle zombies in Survival Z, a new game a bit darker than the usual on Apple Arcade.
Photo: Ember Entertainment

Blast through waves of zombies in Survival Z, an action game that launched Friday on Apple Arcade. You’ll be facing different types of shambling undead and must destroy them with an array of weapons and traps.

Dodge giant doughnuts in Populus Run on Apple Arcade

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‘Populus Run’ zoomed onto Apple Arcade on Friday.
Populus Run is a curious take on diet and exercise.
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Populus Run isn’t a typical running game. Players control a group of people, not a single runner. And, oh yeah, you have to evade gigantic fast food and engage in rap battles. Because games.

The title zoomed onto the Apple Arcade subscription service on Friday.

Conquer challenging 3D puzzles in Spire Blast on Apple Arcade

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‘Spire Blast’ launched on Apple Arcade on Friday.
Spire Blast on Apple Arcade asks you to knock down towers with a dragon’s help.
Screenshot: Orbital Knight

Spire Blast, a physics-based match puzzler that debuted Friday on Apple Arcade, is one of those simple games that so many people find addictive.

Strategically use colored balls to knock down towers. It’s a casual game that’s easy to learn but with multiple levels to keep it challenging.

Go Nuts spying on squirrels in new Apple Arcade game

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‘Nuts — A Surveillance Mystery’ debuted on Apple Arcade on Friday.
Get a taste of what it’s like to be a field researchers in Nuts — A Surveillance Mystery.
Image: Noodlecake Strudios

The squirrels are out there. And no one knows that they’re doing. It’s your job to find out in Nuts — A Surveillance Mystery, which debuted Friday on Apple Arcade as well as other platforms.

It’s a game for everyone who thinks they’d be a good spy. Just not a creepy one.

Oceanhorn: Chronos Dungeon hacks its way onto Apple Arcade

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'Oceanhorn: Chronos Dungeon' is a 16-bit rogue-ke dungeon crawler.
You and three friends can plumb the depths of the Chronos Dungeon on your way to save the world.
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Oceanhorn: Chronos Dungeon, a four-player dungeon crawler with a 16-bit feel, is the latest game to hack its way onto Apple Arcade. It offers rogue-like action for up to four friends sharing a couch.

It’s a follow-up to Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm, an RPG also available through Apple’s gaming service.

Today in Apple history: Marathon is Mac’s answer to Doom

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First-person shooter Marathon gave Mac gamers something to be proud of.
First-person shooter Marathon gave Mac gamers something to be proud of.
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December 21: Today in Apple history: Marathon game is Mac's answer to Doom December 21, 1994: Mac gamers get their hands on Marathon, a sci-fi first-person shooter designed as an answer to the massive success of PC title Doom.

Created by Bungie, the team that would later make the Halo games, Marathon introduces important features to the FPS genre. Just as importantly, it isn’t available on PC. Marathon quickly becomes a favorite among Mac gamers.

Help a little girl save animals in Alba: A Wildlife Adventure on Apple Arcade

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‘ Alba: A Wildlife Adventure’
Saving a dolphin is part of Alba: A Wildlife Adventure.
Photo: Ustwo Games

Head off with a little girl as she wanders a Mediterranean island rescuing animals in Alba: A Wildlife Adventure. She’s supposed to be on vacation, but she’s ready to start an environmental movement instead!

The game, which hit Apple Arcade on Friday, is from Ustwo Games, the creator of the classic Monument Valley.

You’ll flipper out over new Zombie Rollerz: Pinball Heroes on Apple Arcade

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‘ Zombie Rollerz: Pinball Heroes’ rolls onto Apple Arcade on Friday
Zombie Rollerz: Pinball Heroes is a mashup of two popular game genres.
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Dark forces are on the rise and your quest is the defeat them with the power of… pinball. OK, high fantasy this is not. Instead, Zombie Rollerz: Pinball Heroes fuses pinball and tower defense into a deliberately wacky game that launched Friday on Apple Arcade.

And the in-app purchases that plagued the original version are gone!