An Evening With Sayonara Wild Hearts – 2019 Apple Arcade Game Of The Year

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Of the 102 games currently available through Apple’s gaming subscription service – Apple Arcade – The Apple TV Gaming Blog has not yet dipped its toes into Simogo’s latest release, Sayonara Wild Hearts.

As I said in my recent article detailing an evening spent with Stela, I am but one man with two hands. One game at a time it must be.

But ’tis the Season of Lists in the games industry, and Apple kicked things off recently by handing out some awards and announcing its various picks of the year. With all the hype and fanfare surrounding Sayonara Wild Hearts – which featured as a launch title for Apple Arcade – I thought what better time to spend an evening with Simogo’s newest creation?

So I fired up the telly and the Apple TV 4K, powered up the Nimbus, cranked the stereo and dimmed the lights. If you’re going to do something, you may as well do it properly.

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Stela – Apple Arcade’s Heart Of Darkness

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At the time of writing, Apple Arcade – the tech-giant’s subscription gaming service – has a catalogue of 102 games. The diversity among those 102 releases is expansive, covering nearly every gaming genre imaginable (except you FPS, I’ve got my eye on you). 

There are RPGs of many flavours (ARPG, JRPG, tactical, turn-based), twin-stick shooters, puzzlers that prod both sides and every corner of the human brain, 2D platform games, various multiplayer joints, and much more. 

This level of diversity would be worthless if the quality was not there to match it, but fortunately, it proves equal. Apple Arcade is a labyrinth of gaming goodness that players of all ages will be happy to get lost in.

Whenever I’m exploring one of Apple Arcade’s titles, I feel sorry for the other 101 games I’m not playing, wishing I could clone myself 101 times in order to share the love. But I am just one man, with two hands, so one game at a time it must be. 

A few weeks back, I attempted to start a regular feature for this site called Pick of the Week, but didn’t follow up with any more of them. I don’t think any sort of regular, predictable feature really suits this site. ATVG is more of a wake up and see what’s what sort of site, and regular features dilute the energy of that. Until I change my mind and try a regular feature again. 

So with that said, it’s back to our regular programming, which is writing about whatever Apple TV gaming related thing that’s currently occupying my gaming time.  

Onwards. Excellent. 

Recently I spent some quality time with Apple Arcade title Stela, from Skybox Labs – a dark, brooding, haunted journey through a nightmare wasteland, in which the shadows have eyes, and claws… and teeth. 

Sounds like fun, right? 

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Black Friday: Save 20% On A 12 Month Apple Arcade Subscription

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Happy Black Friday Apple TV gamers.

Really quick post here with a couple of deals that are worth jumping on. I’m sure there’s a tonne more but these caught ATVG’s eye. Hit us up on the social feeds in the banner if you spy any others.

Two games are currently discounted that are console-quality titles you should consider for your Apple TV library, and a third game that’s completely free right now. Not sure if it’s free for the current Black Friday madness or some other reason, but who cares? Zero means nothing. Who needs a reason?

Jump over the page for the details.

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Formula 1 And Real Racing 3 – Together At Last

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February 2013: Obama is President, the PS4 has not yet been released, the iPhone 5 and 4th generation iPad were cutting edge, and it will be another three and a half years until an Apple TV with gaming capability hits shelves, sparking the idea for this website.

Six and a half years feels like an eternity in the tech-based industry of gaming, but that’s how long I’ve been playing and writing about Real Racing 3. In that length of time, many franchises would’ve released half a dozen sequels, but the fact that Real Racing has been sitting on number 3 since 2013 is an indication that Firemonkeys is doing alright with its racer.

Earlier this week, Firemonkeys unleashed the latest in RR3’s long, long line of free content updates – version 8.0.0. What’s so significant about this update that warrants it being a freshly numbered version?

Two words. Well, one word, and one number.

Forumla 1.

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Table Top Racing: World Tour – Nitro Edition Hits Apple TV Today

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That sure is a mouthful. Mind if I call it TTRWTNE for short?

When we look at Apple TV as a platform for gaming, we see that some genres are well represented, and others, not so much.

Fans of 2D action-platformers for example are well catered for, both inside and outside of Apple Arcade. Le Parker: Sous Chef Extraordinaire (review), Leo’s Fortune (review), Dead Cells (appreciation!), Spidersaurs, Shantae and the Seven Sirens, Stela – these are just a few fantastic titles right off the top of my head.

First-person-shooters on the other hand? Yeah, good luck with that. Even Shadowgun Legends is unplayable at the moment until it gets its 1.0.0 update.

How about kart racing then?

While it’s hard to argue the genre is over-represented on Apple TV, the few titles that are available are excellent.

Beach Buggy Racing is a must-have, and even has four-player split-screen. It is free-to-play, so you do have to contend with that aspect of it, although Vector Unit promises Beach Buggy Racing 2 on Apple TV in 2020 will be a premium release, so that’ll be one to look out for.

SEGA’s Sonic Racing is also a lot of fun, but only available to those with an Apple Arcade subscription.

There are no stand-out kart racers of exemplary quality available as a once-off, premium purchase. Until today.

The Apple TV gaming platform welcomes Table Top Racing: World Tour – Nitro Edition to its catalogue.

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Cornfox Reveals 2020 Roadmap For Oceanhorn 2 – Big Content Update

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Just prior to the launch of Oceanhorn 2 in September, ATVG posted this story revealing the final trailer before the studio hit the big go button. That story is the best way to catch up on this site’s coverage of the sequel, from its initial announcement right through to launch, as I’ve packed all the necessary links into it.

Now that launch has come and gone, and some of you may have even finished it by now (with 101 Apple Arcade games to play, I’ve yet to take much of a bite out of it), it’s time to look to the future.

Today Cornfox did just that, revealing plans for some big updates in 2020.

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Apple Reportedly Holding Surprise December 2 Apps & Games Event

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Apple-centric site iMore reported yesterday that invitations have been sent out for a surprise Apple event to be held in New York on December 2.

Well this is new.

March, June, September, October – those are the usual months we expect our Apple events to sit within our calendars, but December? Is Apple disrupting again?

Purported to be an event in honour of the games and apps of 2019, what exactly will we see on stage on that cold Monday afternoon in New York (or hot Tuesday morning around the ungodly hour of 3am in Australia)?

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