Dodge giant doughnuts in Populus Run on Apple Arcade


‘Populus Run’ zoomed onto Apple Arcade on Friday.
Populus Run is a curious take on diet and exercise.
Photo: FiftyTwo

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


‘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


‘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


'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.
Image: Cornfox & Brothers

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


First-person shooter Marathon gave Mac gamers something to be proud of.
First-person shooter Marathon gave Mac gamers something to be proud of.
Photo: Bungie

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


‘ 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


‘ Zombie Rollerz: Pinball Heroes’ rolls onto Apple Arcade on Friday
Zombie Rollerz: Pinball Heroes is a mashup of two popular game genres.
Photo: FireFly Games

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!

Jump to Warp Drive – Teleport Racing on Apple Arcade


‘ Warp Drive - Teleport Racing’ debuted November 27 on Apple Arcade.
Warp Drive - Teleport Racing is the latest racing game to speed onto Apple Arcade.
Photo: Supergonk

It’s not enough that Apple Arcade’s latest racing game includes quad-rotor racers zooming around a track, players can also teleport to find shortcuts. Warp Drive – Teleport Racing launched Friday for iPhone, Mac and more.

The Pathless offers an open-world mythic adventure on Apple Arcade


‘The Pathless’ launched November 12 from Apple Arcade.
With just a bow and an eagle, take on an epic quest in The Pathless on Apple Arcade.
Photo: Giant Squid/Annapurna Interactive

An archer and her eagle are the centers of The Pathless, an open-world adventure that debuted Thursday for iPad, Mac, iPhone and other platforms. Players take on the role of the Hunter, who travels a mystical island with her feathered companion and dispel a curse of darkness. There are monsters to slay and puzzles to solve.

Apple Arcade subscribers can play this new title at a considerable savings over other platforms.