Apple Arcade: Golden Delicious or Wormy to the Core?

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Sixty bucks a year is a good entry point for me; I have some concern this is a less than stealthy attempt to get me to upgrade my tech.
Who's into this?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 18:45 (two years ago) link

I wasn’t interested until I saw there’s a sequel to Beneath a Steel Sky in there and now it’s a definite yes for me. For the free first month at least!

JimD, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 22:35 (two years ago) link

have some concern this is a less than stealthy attempt to get me to upgrade my tech.

Apple has always been a dongle company. You want the software, you have to buy a new single. (In this case costing 1000 bucks and with an OLED screen)

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 23:26 (two years ago) link

a sequel to Beneath a Steel Sky

Oh, so it turns out this is going to be on steam too. I thought their whole thing was that all apple arcade games were going to be exclusive to apple arcade?

JimD, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 14:54 (two years ago) link

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 12 September 2019 17:17 (two years ago) link

looks shite.

thomasintrouble, Thursday, 12 September 2019 22:38 (two years ago) link

could be!
wondering if it's a better option than dropping five bucks in the app store on a monthly basis trying to hunt the wumpus tho.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 12 September 2019 22:42 (two years ago) link

One thing that does sell me on this is their requirement that the games be playable fully offline. I've got little to no signal for around 75% of my weekly commute and it's amazing how many games which have no online component at all still refuse to boot up if you're not connected.

JimD, Friday, 13 September 2019 14:51 (two years ago) link

i don't think any of the games that are related to existing games are exclusive or i would have heard more people complaining about it. maybe some are launch exclusive.

ciderpress, Friday, 13 September 2019 15:07 (two years ago) link

I think what's been said is that the games are *mobile* exclusives, but I don't think that counts Switch.

L'assie (Euler), Friday, 13 September 2019 15:09 (two years ago) link

mostly relishing the opportunity to not deal with paywall bullshit

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 13 September 2019 16:23 (two years ago) link

Managed to sign up today, couple of days early because I’m running the ios13 beta. It’s instantly overwhelming, I’ve ended up just semi-randomly plucking out half a dozen titles to try.

JimD, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 00:02 (two years ago) link

jim what hardware are you running it on and how fast does it play? do you have to download the games fully to use them?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 05:02 (two years ago) link

I’m still on an iPhone 6S! And everything I’ve tried so far runs perfectly, which I didn’t expect tbh. And yep, they download fully just like any other app.

The dual shock thing was the reason I installed the beta In the first place, it works really well and makes some previously unplayable games viable again (fortnite, gta, etc)

JimD, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 06:49 (two years ago) link

Oh wow didn’t expect this at all but Sayonara Wild Hearts is now my favourite game of 2019.

JimD, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 20:42 (two years ago) link

WHAT THE GOLF? starts out stupid, gets stupider, and then eventually encompasses the entire history of video game genres and mechanics.

orifex, Monday, 23 September 2019 18:33 (two years ago) link

live for ipad now with ios13.1; will be test driving a free month starting tonight methinks

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 24 September 2019 19:56 (two years ago) link

oh hai
Card of Darkness is a CCG game by Zach Gage and Pendleton Ward

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 24 September 2019 21:48 (two years ago) link

^this is great btw

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 25 September 2019 00:07 (two years ago) link

SOLD. But man I’ve scrolled through the arcade list many times already and don’t recall ever seeing this pop up at all, feels like curation is going to be an ongoing problem.

JimD, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 00:42 (two years ago) link

yeah, i am relying on external websites to navigate this thing. I think this thread (please?) and this forum are gonna be my go-tos for awhile

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 25 September 2019 01:34 (two years ago) link

apple’s ability to just show you the list of things you have available based on your paid plan is is horrible, if the apple tv channels functionality is any indicator

mh, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 03:28 (two years ago) link

What the Golf is a total treat; goofy physics engine fun with lots of terrible puns and surprising depth. I'm impressed.

Patterned is a super chill jigsaw puzzle game that you can play basically forever.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 26 September 2019 00:00 (two years ago) link

Dang, Grindstone is addictive! Totally the kind of thing that would be unplayable as F2P shit but so good with all the timers and options opened up!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 27 September 2019 18:20 (two years ago) link

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 27 September 2019 18:21 (two years ago) link

Grindstone is severely addictive; i hit a stopping point then worked out a different approach and am really enjoying now.
on first play, pinball wizard seems sort of perfect?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 10 October 2019 05:44 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

so far this is a pretty great value if you have an ipad. less interesting on phone.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 26 October 2019 18:23 (two years ago) link

Card of darkness plays fine on the phone for me, what else do you need

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Saturday, 26 October 2019 18:46 (two years ago) link

four months pass...

bumping this as a reminder that it has a pile of timewasters for five bucks a month if that's what you or your children need.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 20 March 2020 20:35 (two years ago) link

Hmmmmmmmm..... maybe.

Nhex, Saturday, 21 March 2020 01:21 (two years ago) link

I still have it. Roundguard is the best of the new ones I've played, but I think you can get it elsewhere too.

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Saturday, 21 March 2020 01:22 (two years ago) link

nine months pass...

Grindstone is pretty dang good. Looked it up and realized it's the same developer as hidden DS gem Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes, which makes a ton of sense.

Surprised this wasn't the game involving Pendleton Ward!

Nhex, Thursday, 31 December 2020 23:43 (one year ago) link

Only tried a handful of other games but so far it does seem like an excellent value for the $5/month. What the Golf? was amusing. Gonna try the Steven Universe and Samurai Jack games on my Mac later.

Nhex, Thursday, 31 December 2020 23:44 (one year ago) link

It's worth a few months at least. I should probably stop paying for it now though.

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 2 January 2021 21:26 (one year ago) link

seven months pass...

Sunk some time into EarthNight, a auto-run platformer with a hand-drawn illustrated look that came out in 2019. Enjoyable!

Not a fan of the recent trend of porting old games as + versions (i.e. Jetpack Joyride+, which has much less content than the regular ad version) but it does give the opportunity to play a bunch of games you may have missed without the ads. Also the Alto's Adventure repackage added an extra "world" and ported over progress from the original.

Nhex, Tuesday, 10 August 2021 17:44 (nine months ago) link

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