Studio Says Mouse And Keyboard Best Way To Play ShockRods

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The age-old rivalry between between the PC master race and console gamers may never die. And don’t even mention mobile gaming.

The beautiful thing about Apple Arcade is it supports all three, allowing subscribers the freedom of choice to partake in their preferred gaming flavour.

If you haven’t yet seen the trailer for ShockRods in ATVG’s massive list of 61 Apple Arcade games, you’re in for a treat over the page.

ShockRods fills a gap in the multiplayer arena-shooter genre for Apple Arcade, and studio Stainless Games is not shy about its recommendation for the best way to play.

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For ATVG, The Real Apple Arcade Starts September 30

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Update: Since posting this story Apple has since brought the release of iPadOS forward one week from September 30 to the 24th. For The Apple TV Gaming Blog however, September 30 is still where the big cheese is at. Read on, folks.

Original Story: It’s all in the name: The Apple TV Gaming Blog.

At WWDC 2016, Apple unveiled the fourth generation Apple TV. I’d already been making good use of my third generation Apple TV for streaming media, but when these slightly taller, slightly fatter hockey pucks hit shelves, I bought one, along with a Steel Series Nimbus controller; I realised I’d seen the invention of a new gaming console, and I wanted in early. Hands-on.

Halfbrick’s Dan The Man was a revelation. It didn’t innovate, but it felt so fresh. A 2D action-platforming brawler with a main character that felt like a mascot.

In December 2016, the lights were turned on in this new little corner of the Internet I’d made my own, and Dan The Man holds pride of place as ATVG’s first ever review. Everything that I wrote in that review I stand by today. Dan The Man encapsulates the arcade-immediacy that both honours the past and embraces modernity – without cynicism. Homage and respect, not nostalgia.

Three years on, here we are, at Apple Arcade.

Well… almost.

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Oceanhorn 2: New Story Trailer For Apple Arcade Launch Title

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January 2017. That’s when ATVG first caught wind of the fact that Cornfox & Bros were developing Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm, reached out to the studio, and received an encouraging response from the team:

“Yes, Apple TV is on our target list.”

Following that original story, and many stories later, here we are today, just a few days away from release. Cornfox & Bros made the official announcement today that Oceanhorn 2 will be releasing as a launch title for Apple Arcade on September 19, and along with the announcement came an entirely new story trailer which you can check out over on the next page.

Apple Arcade will release first on iOS at the end of this week, with Apple TV and iPad following at the end of the month (and macOS in October), so Apple TV gamers will have a little longer to wait to experience this very console-like title on Apple’s very console-like console. You’ll even be able to pair your PS4 or Xbox controller to your Apple TV to complete the experience.

To catch up on all the Apple Arcade details, including a massive mega-list of 61 games coming to the service, click through right here. There’s a lot of trailers to get your head around.

If you’re wanting to start getting primed for Oceanhorn 2, then over the page you’ll find links to all the stories ATVG has posted thus far, including a look at the main characters, the voice actor behind the game’s villain, and even 15 minutes of continuous gameplay footage.

Enjoy.

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Here’s 5 More Games Coming To Apple Arcade

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Update: Since posting this story Apple has since brought the release of iPadOS forward one week from September 30 to the 24th. For The Apple TV Gaming Blog however, September 30 is still where the big cheese is at. Read on, folks.

Original Story: Have you seen Stewie’s videos over at MrMacRight? You should definitely check out his YouTube channel if you’re into Apple TV gaming (also iOS and macOS gaming), and if you’re over here reading The Apple TV Gaming Blog, and you’re not into Apple TV gaming, well…that’s just weird.

But don’t go, you’re still welcome to hang out. ATVG does not discriminate.

I thought I’d done a pretty good job putting together this MASSIVE list of 56 games coming to Apple Arcade – Apple’s upcoming subscription gaming service – but Stewie has scoured some dark corners of the Internet and found even more.

Over the page you’ll find brief blurbs for this new crop, and MrMacRight’s latest video embedded at the bottom, showcasing 30 upcoming Apple Arcade games, from which I’ve gleaned this handful of new additions to my list.

Apple Arcade is shaping up to look like a very appealing service, and it’s getting hard to keep up with all its games. Let’s hope it stays that way.

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100 Second Video Showcases Apple Arcade Gameplay

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Update: Since posting this story Apple has since brought the release of iPadOS forward one week from September 30 to the 24th. For The Apple TV Gaming Blog however, September 30 is still where the big cheese is at. Read on, folks.

Original Story: Putting together this massive list of games coming to the Apple Arcade service was a fascinating exercise, as I gained a detailed look at the sheer breadth of the experiences that will be on offer.

Some of the games were harder to research than others, and with many there isn’t much information available out in the wild yet, with developers still sitting on some surprises.

Overnight however, more and more information and trailers trickled out, and I’ll continue to update yesterday’s list as more information comes to hand. Already I’ve added four more games – EarthNight, Lifeslide, Mosaic, and What The Golf? – and a couple of trailers. A new video for The Bradwell Conspiracy appeared following a Twitch stream from the studio, and also one for Exit The Gungeon (thanks to Screen Times for the heads-up on that one).

Apple has also been busy overnight, releasing a new 100 second video which squeezes an absolute bucketload of short gameplay snippets from upcoming Apple Arcade titles. It’s definitely worth a look, as it gives some good insight into to a few games for which no gameplay footage had yet been shown, notably Hot Lava and Sonic Racing.

Punch the continue reading button below and check it out.

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Here’s 61 Games Coming To Apple Arcade

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Update: Since posting this story Apple has since brought the release of iPadOS forward one week from September 30 to the 24th. For The Apple TV Gaming Blog however, September 30 is still where the big cheese is at. Read on, folks.

Original Story: It was 2:55am when my alarm took me by surprise, urging me to start a new day at a time that can only be described as ungodly.

But in an effort to watch Apple’s September event at the same time as the people attending it – the much more civilised 10am – I had no other choice. The world is, unfortunately, a sphere, and not a vertical strip where we can all live comfortably in the same time zone.

On my way to the lounge room I poured a giant mug of coffee (God bless) from the machine that was probably complaining to the toaster about being forced to wake up at 2.45am to make its master a hot beverage.

TV on, recliner reclined, coffee at the ready, and Apple was trying to hypnotise me with a gorgeous Apple logo cycling through a beautiful colour-scheme of slowly changing neon. Did the tech-giant know how susceptible to hypnosis I might be at 3:00am? Probably.

Soon after, out came CEO Tim Cook, dispensing with the usual sales updates, and straight into Apple Arcade – time to pay attention. 13 minutes later, that was that. Not much screen time for the new gaming subscription service, but finally we had a release date and pricing. Now we just needed a big fat list of games.

So a day and a night and another day later, here’s a big fat list of 61 games for you to chew on.

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Review – Hovercraft: Getaway – Pure Escapism

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It happens every time.

About five minutes after I preorder a game, I’ll forget about it.

The result is waking up on release day, grabbing the iPad to check out what’s been going on in other time zones while mine’s been sleeping, and noticing an unfamiliar app icon staring out at me, occupying a space that yesterday, was just a space.

It’s a good feeling; similar to waking up on a Sunday and thinking it’s time to get ready for work, only to have that warm glow rush through you when you remember it’s Sunday.

And so it was Thursday morning, as I grabbed my coffee and headed out to fire up the Apple TV, to find out if Hovercraft: Getaway was destined to earn that space on my iPad and Apple TV, or if that space was to become once again, just a space.

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