Gone Fishing: The Apple TV Gaming Blog Will Return In 2019


Okay folks, you’re on your own. The lists have been listed. ATVG has done what it can for 2018.

Anything interesting that gets missed between now and when ATVG returns in 2019 will be covered in a news roundup. If anything extremely miraculous or weird should happen, then I’ll rouse myself from hibernation and post something about it. Promise.

Otherwise, you’ll have to look after yourselves for a bit.

The last week has seen some notable holiday-themed updates to some excellent games, with PAKO Forever getting five new cars and a winter theme, Asphalt 8 getting an entirely new Transylvania track, and Rayman Adventures seeing some new… adventures.

ATVG received an email from studio MythicOwl last night with the news that beautiful looking puzzler Hexologic is out now on Apple TV. If you’re into sudoku and picross-style puzzles, Hexologic might be a nice game to add to your big screen, with these sorts of titles tending to work well with the touch interface of the Siri Remote. Unfortunately,  ATVG received the news just as I was wrapping up the site for a few weeks, but I’ll dive in over the break and lodge a full report on returning in 2019. It looks nice.

In other, more Christmas-related news, Alberto Betalla reached out a little while back with a very small little title developed at a game jam, called Droppin’ Santa. His email was hilarious as it was addressed directly from Santa, which made me laugh, and while there really isn’t much to get into – it’s really a small demo rather than a fully fledged title – I wanted to let you all know about it, being Christmas and all. Hopefully Betalla stays in touch as he makes more games. I’d love some more emails from Santa.

For those of you unwrapping a shiny new Apple TV as you’re reading this, be sure to check out ATVG’s Best Apple TV Games of 2018, and of course the Game of the Year. Once you’re  done, head into the future for a look at some exciting titles due to land in 2019.

There’s a lot to look forward to.

While not without its challenges, it’s been a fun year, and I wish you all a Merry this and a Happy that, regardless of the God, Gods, or Demonic Overlord that you pledge your allegiance to.

Thank you all so much for reading the words I commit to your screens, and the kind messages you send. It’s humbling, and makes the site all the more worthwhile continuing.

Cheers, and of course Happy Gaming.

(and almost forgot, safe planes and good whisky)

ATVG’s Most Anticipated Apple TV Games Of 2019

ATVG’s Best Apple TV Games of 2018, and Game of the Year posts tell the story of the last 12 months, and after looking in the rearview mirror and putting a nice neat ribbon around the past, it’s time to start looking forward once again.

2019 has some very intriguing upcoming titles to be excited about, and I thought a nice way to round out the year would be with a list that looks to the future; gathering together in one convenient place the games that we’re waiting patiently to get our hands on. Continue reading “ATVG’s Most Anticipated Apple TV Games Of 2019”

ATVG’s 2018 Game Of The Year – Shadowgun Legends


Releasing back in March, it’s not hard to argue that Shadowgun Legends from Madfinger Games is Apple TV’s biggest and most ambitious title.

This sci-fi FPS takes full advantage of the fact that Apple TV is capable of portraying itself as a gaming console, and able to carry the weight of games that are more than just mobile ports of auto-runners and puzzle games.

Releasing Shadowgun Legends was just the beginning, as the remainder of 2018 saw a steady stream of improvements and free content updates.

Hit the continue button below to read more about why it’s ATVG’s 2018 GOTY (also check out the full Best Apple TV Games of 2018 list).
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The Best Apple TV Games Of 2018

If you own an Apple TV and a compatible controller, you’ll want to check out the 22 games listed over on the next page.

No one buys an Apple TV for the sole purpose of playing video games, but if you’ve bought one for media streaming, then why not make full use of its functionality? Add a controller and it’s now a very capable games console with a solid library of quality games.

Combine 2018’s harvest with the Best Games of Year One (2015-16), and the Best Games of 2017, and you’ll start to see the potential of this quiet, undiscovered country of gaming. You may even start to ask why it hasn’t caught on.

But that’s a discussion for another time.

Apart from the recognisable genres of 2D platform, aerial/space combat, RPG, and FPS, this year I’ve combined a whole bunch of games into an arcade/puzzle/adventure category. It covers a lot of games that blur the lines between genres; games for which an argument could be made for falling into multiple categories. So I’ve solved the problem by creating this overall arcade/puzzle/adventure bucket. Please forgive me.

Aside from the winners of each category, as with previous years I’ve included a selection of other games released in 2018 that players should definitely check out from the genre. Some of the “Also Get” games could easily have taken out the genre themselves; in fact it was hard not to pick ties with some of the categories.

Following this post, not long after will come ATVG’s pick for 2018 Game of the Year. For those who’d like a clue, it won’t be an auto-runner, or a small puzzle game. It’ll be something worthy of a console. Something you’ll require a controller for.

But that’s enough about that.

Hit the continue button below to find out which games released in 2018 The Apple TV Gaming Blog thinks are worthy of your gaming time.

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Happy Birthday To The Apple TV Gaming Blog

Happy Birthday to me,
Happy Birthday to me,
Happy Birthday ATVG,
Happy Birthday to me

Here we are again. Birthday number two.

Thanks so much to everyone who has stopped by over the last 12 months and read a story or two. Much appreciated.

Also thanks to the readers who send emails and reach out via social media with kind words of appreciation for the site. It makes it all worthwhile.

I’m currently putting together the Best of 2018 and Game of the Year posts, along with whatever else crops up, so watch out for those in the next couple weeks.

Happy gaming.

Christmas Is Coming Early To Shadowgun Legends


Update: The 0.7.5 Christmas update is out now. Enjoy.

Original Story: Is there a better way to get into the Christmas spirit than to gather in cyberspace with complete strangers and shoot each other? Probably.

Maybe we’ll take the edge off it and call it projectile tag. Or snowball fights with bullets instead of snowballs.

Peace and love notwithstanding, sci-fi shooter Shadowgun Legends is getting in early with a huge Christmas update.

How early?

This Monday.
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From The ATVG Bunker: The Decemberist


While December is 31 days long, it always feels like the shortest month of the year. There’s a lot going on.

Not just the obvious hurdle of Christmas, and of course those obligatory Christmas parties taking up valuable game-time, but also the urge to wrap up the year of gaming that was, and put a neat bow around it with a Best Apple TV Games Of 2018 post. It’s always slightly daunting, but rewarding once done. Wish me luck.

So before the fat man cometh, after which ATVG can kick back for a couple of weeks, play games and drink whiskitoes, there’s work to be done.

December also happens to be ATVG’s birthday month, with December 8th being its second. More good times.

But wait, what’s a whiskito?

I’m glad you asked.
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