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  • 2 weeks later...

Forget all this E3 nonsense, Apple just quietly slipped into the coming soon section a brand new classic style Angry Birds game and a new Alto title.

 

Quite like the idea of an Angry Birds without IAP/timers and all that free to play shite they've layered over it in the years since the app store was a simpler place and 79p bought you a game with free updates for life. The core mechanic still remains perfect for a touch screen phone game and is always quite satisfying. 

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They seem to be upping the releases again on this.

 

Last week was the promising but not for touchscreen Split Second copy Detonation Racing

 

Today saw the return of Nitromes nails hard daily platform runner Leap Day - which I recall playing every days for months many moons ago

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I bought an Apple TV last week which is not only super handy for work – I can dump my exported PNGs and MP4s in a folder to check UI on-screen without mucking about with a USB stick – but it means I'm playing more varied games than just rinsing Mini Metro on my iPad.

I very briefly tried screen mirroring Xbox Cloud Gaming and it worked, though I need to spend some proper time seeing if it works/adds any extra lag.

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I’m interested in this:

 

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From Eurogamer:

 

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Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls, the canned mobile-exclusive instalment of Konami's legendary platform series, is being resurrected for Apple Arcade.

 

Grimoire of Souls was initially announced back in 2018, promising a portable slice of gothic action-platforming focussed on the adventures of Genya Arikado - a "persona of Alucard - as he attempted to stop the impending resurrection of Dracula.

 

That quest took him to worlds inside magical grimoires for familiar bouts of side-scrolling action, playable both solo and co-operatively, and across a variety of different modes - with the game featuring a number of other playable characters, including Simon Belmont, Maria Renard, Charlotte Aulin, and, Glyph Master Shanoa.

 

Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls eventually released as a free-to-play title for iOS and Android in 2019 but never made it outside Canada - a year after launch, Konami announced it was pulling the plug on the title due to insufficient player interest.

 

Much like Dracula though, Grimoire of Souls doesn't appear to want to stay dead, and it's now resurfaced as an upcoming Apple Arcade release that's set to launch "soon". The game's recently launched App Store listing promises "60 levels, a wide variety of equipment, daily and weekly missions, and more" with new playable hero also apparently on the way.

 

It'll be compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV, and offers a choice between touch input and controller support. And, of course, being an Apple Arcade release, all the original's pesky micro-transactions will have been stripped out come its arrival "soon".


 

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3 hours ago, Major Britten said:

Really disappointed that Monster Hunter Stories has no controller or Apple TV support, seems really lazy on capcoms part and that game in particular would be perfect for the Apple TV. 


Weird. The Apple Arcade “rules” state the game has to support controllers and all current Apple devices.

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17 hours ago, Cyhwuhx said:

 

That's because it's an iOS game, not an Apple Arcade game.

Monster Hunter Stories+ is an Apple Arcade game, Capcom just gave apple the iOS version, slapped a plus on the name and called it a day. Really lazy on Capcom’s part as there’s absolutely nothing extra or different in this version to the original iOS release.

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28 minutes ago, Major Britten said:

Monster Hunter Stories+ is an Apple Arcade game, Capcom just gave apple the iOS version, slapped a plus on the name and called it a day. Really lazy on Capcom’s part as there’s absolutely nothing extra or different in this version to the original iOS release.


Ah, there’s a separate version? That’s really scummy then. 😑

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2 hours ago, Major Britten said:

Monster Hunter Stories+ is an Apple Arcade game, Capcom just gave apple the iOS version, slapped a plus on the name and called it a day. Really lazy on Capcom’s part as there’s absolutely nothing extra or different in this version to the original iOS release.


Apart from you don’t have to pay for it if you have Apple Arcade. This is like complaining that PS+ games are the same as the PSN versions.

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51 minutes ago, deKay said:


Apart from you don’t have to pay for it if you have Apple Arcade. This is like complaining that PS+ games are the same as the PSN versions.

Well it would be if they didn’t work on an actual PlayStation, one of the big draws of Arcade, for me at least, is that you can play them all on your telly with an Apple TV. 

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16 minutes ago, Stanley said:

Well it would be if they didn’t work on an actual PlayStation, one of the big draws of Arcade, for me at least, is that you can play them all on your telly with an Apple TV. 


So the non-Apple Arcade version does work on an Apple TV but the Apple Arcade one doesn’t? That’s bizarre.

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37 minutes ago, deKay said:


So the non-Apple Arcade version does work on an Apple TV but the Apple Arcade one doesn’t? That’s bizarre.

So it’s basically nothing like comparing it with PlayStation Plus, is that what you’re saying? 

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It seems both versions don't work on an Apple TV, so not really sure what your point is. If the App Store version is actually exactly the same as the Apple Arcade version, then that is exactly like PS+. You can buy the game from the App Store/PSN, to play on compatible devices, OR you can rent the game via your Apple Arcade/PS+ subscription to play on compatible devices.

 

And the "I can't play it on my Apple TV" point is irrelevant because neither the bought nor rented version will work anyway, and that's only the same as PSN/PS+ with regards to PSP/Vita/PS3/PS4/PS5 games.

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I understand what you are saying but

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Apple Arcade is a game subscription service that offers unlimited access to a growing collection of over 180 premium games — featuring new releases, award winners, and beloved favorites from the App Store, all without ads or in-app purchases. You can play Apple Arcade games on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and Apple TV.

 

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What do I need to join Apple Arcade?

 

You can sign up for a free 1-month trial and play Apple Arcade games using your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or Apple TV with the latest operating system.


https://www.apple.com/apple-arcade/

 

So not making it compatible on the latest brand new Apple TV running the newest operating system seems a tad egregious and goes against the whole ethos of the service. it’s just one game but it would be great to be able to play it natively via the ATV. 

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12 minutes ago, Stanley said:

Both really, Capcom for not bothering and Apple because it’s their platform and their rules. 

 

If Apple had said "We won't use it if you don't make it compatible", Capcom would have said "fuuuuuuucccckkkkkk yooooooooooouuuu"

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