My Saturday morning routine is now set.
Out of bed and over to the coffee machine to put on a brew. The pot takes about fifteen minutes to do its thing, filling the apartment with an aroma soon to be tasted. And drunk. Taken in, imbibed, absorbed. Nay, worshipped.
While the machine is doing its thing, grab the iPad and check for new Apple Arcade games. A pleasant little anticipatory buzz as the Arcade section of the App Store loads, to reveal . . . this morning . . . nothing.
That’s okay. The upside is it makes next Saturday a little more exciting, knowing the odds are even better. The other upside this weekend was discovering a bunch of content updates to existing Arcade titles, one of the most notable of which was the conclusion to Shantae’s adventure.
Actually, it felt like Part 2 of Shantae and the Seven Sirens was released in lieu of new Arcade titles this weekend, which seems like a fair compromise.
The last few weeks have seen a slew of notable content updates to Apple Arcade titles, and as stated in today’s previous post, your Apple Arcade subscription is like a season pass to all the games on the service, granting players instant access to future content at no extra cost. Love it.
Hit the continue button below for a look at a handful of Arcade titles that received some big, fat content updates in the last 24 hours or so.
Kings of the Castle (Frosty Pop)
Kings of the Castle is essentially a first-person speed run that also manages to turn an iconic, fairytale trope on its head for 21st century gamers.
This time, the Princess is sent to save the Prince. Hallelujah.
Played alone or in multiplayer, this latest update adds a bunch of stuff – three new Princesses, a whole new island, and three new speed runs, as well as a bunch of quality-of-life improvements and fixes.
Yet another Arcade release I keep meaning to spend some more quality time with.
Incidentally, another of Frosty Pop’s Apple Arcade titles received a big update in the last 24 hours – The Pinball Wizard. Frosty Pop has added an all-new endless dungeon that unlocks after level 16. Unfortunately I’m not there yet with The Pinball Wizard, so for me this addition will have to wait.
Shinsekai into the Depths (CAPCOM)
Shinsekai is next on my Apple Arcade things-to-do-list after completing Cat Quest II. As with Shantae and the Seven Sirens, I’m pretty stoked that when I get to it, there will be even more to enjoy.
Available as an Apple Arcade launch title, a shallow dive into Shinsekai was all that was needed to let me know this is yet another release that deserves some focused, quality time. This is a truly beautiful game that I can’t wait to fully immerse myself in.
For those who’ve completed Shinsekai, this latest update brings Another Dive – a one-shot attempt to dive as deep as possible before dying. No checkpoints, no saves. Ouch.
This update also adds Jukebox Mode – a music player that gives players the opportunity to tinker with Shinsekai’s soundtrack. Interesting.
General improvements such as hints and enemy balancing round out version 1.3.0 of CAPCOM’s deep sea exploration adventure.
While I’m in no rush to finish Cat Quest II, I’m pretty keen to get into this one.
Stellar Commanders (Blindflug Studios)
Stellar Commanders has been safely ensconced on my Apple TV’s hard drive for months, taking up space, waiting patiently for the day that I’d finally see its splash screens.
When catching wind of this 1.2.0 update, which brought a Player vs AI mode, I thought that sounds like my way in. Finally I could learn and enjoy what has always looked like an excellent strategy title within the safe confines of single player mode.
So those splash screens finally got a viewing today, and the AI mode did a great job of taking me through a tutorial that teased a deep 1v1 strategy game. My Saturday night looks sorted (stay home!), although I’m pretty sure there’ll be a lot more versus AI before multiplayer gets a look-in. ATVG is cautious like that.
1.2.0 also bring a new planet to wage war on – Svarog – and from the promo image below, I’m thinking don’t pack a sweater.
In addition to these updates, the last few weeks have been bountiful for Apple Arcade subscribers, with big content additions to Way of the Turtle, Stela, Agent Intercept, Charrua Soccer, Agent Intercept, Exit the Gungeon and more.
That season pass sure is paying dividends.
Stay safe Apple TV gamers.
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