Apple’s Gaming Console Takes A Step In The Right Direction

Two significant things happened today in the world of Apple TV gaming.

The first was the news that Beach Buggy Racing 2: Island Adventure is headed to Apple TV in one week’s time. That was definitely a win/win with no downside, and came as a complete surprise.

The second was the announcement of an updated Apple TV 4K, packing in more horsepower under the hood, and another step in the endlessly fascinating evolution of Apple’s weird little gaming console that many would have you believe is not really a gaming console.

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World-First Reveal – Beach Buggy Racing 2: Island Adventure Hits Apple TV April 28

In a world-first reveal hand-delivered to The Apple TV Gaming Blog by a messenger pigeon dressed as a ninja (kidding, it was an email. Hand-delivered by a pigeon? Dressed as a ninja? If you believed that I want what you’re on) Vector Unit this morning unveiled that Beach Buggy Racing 2: Island Adventure is coming to Apple TV after all.

There were doubts.

But now there are none.

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My Favourite Thing About Wonderbox? Doorways

Yesterday saw more than 30 games added to Apple Arcade, and some intriguing (if slightly confusing) changes, which you can read about right here.

One of the many new games is Wonderbox, which has been waiting patiently in Apple Arcade’s Coming Soon section for several months now, and there is a lot to love about it.

Wonderbox is all about creativity, and I can’t wait to see what Aquiris has up its sleeve for this amazing game’s future. I also can’t wait to see the weird and wonderful things players create with its level maker.

But the thing that’s most captured my attention? Wonderbox’s shimmering doorways. You could write poetry about those damn doorways.

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Apple Arcade Splits Into Arcade Originals, Timeless Classics, App Store Greats

Yesterday started out as a fairly normal Friday as far as all things Apple Arcade go, with the release of two new Arcade titles marking the end of the week.

That in itself is not unusual.

The quality of those two new releases – Wonderbox and Fantasian – elevated that fairly normal Friday to an exceptional one. Both are outstanding games, and both are a particularly good fit for Apple TV, screaming to be played via Arcade’s console option.

I was one of the fortunate few who found themselves with a copy of Wonderbox weirdly downloaded to Apple TV a whole week ago following a strange release hiccup, and I’ve been playing it pretty solidly since. So with Fantasian being the shiny new thing, I logged four and a half hours into Mistwalker’s beautiful new JRPG yesterday, and plan to log many more (you can read about my first 11 minutes right here).

At about 11.45pm, I switched off the Nimbus, powered down the Apple TV 4K (which in turn automatically turned off my TV, handy), off with the surround sound system, and put the electric recliner back into seating position so my wife wouldn’t end up face planting into the lounge room rug in the middle of the night (again).

Off to bed, grabbed the iPad and checked my emails one last time before sleep.

A press release from Apple tells me more than 30 new games have just been added to Apple Arcade.

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Finally Fantasian Hits Apple Arcade

It’s been two years and two days since posting this story, which outlined everything ATVG knew about Apple Arcade following its big reveal onstage, including the unveiling of Mistwalker’s Fantasian.

Feels more like ten years and ten days ago.

But here we are, and I’ve just played Fantasian for eleven minutes.

It’s out. As I’m sure you know.

Oh my.

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Wow. Edge Magazine Tells Gamers Not To Buy Nuts Until Available On Bigger Screens

Don’t get me wrong – I like Edge Magazine.

Mostly solid writers, interesting editorial pieces, and that page layout – gorgeous. 10/10 for artistic flair.

But when you’re wrong you’re wrong. And when being wrong effects readers who are looking for advice on how to spend the dollars they’ve budgeted for gaming, and also the developers (in this case, studio Noodlecake) who have worked their arses off making the game being written about, then something needs to be said.

I’m not writing this as an Apple fanboy (although I am one), I’m writing it as a fan of quality reporting and facts.

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Space Marshals 3: Chapter 2 – Pixelbite Aiming for Q1 Release

After playing and finishing the first chapter of the third Space Marshals title, all that’s left to do is wait for the second. And play other games. And maybe replay chapter one. The Space Marshals series is great for replay value, as there are always many ways to skin its levels.

You can check out ATVG’s impressions on the first 10 missions right here.

Following recent mail from Pixelbite, we now at least have a window of time for the second chapter’s release, and even a screenshot.

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Little Orpheus Episode 9 – More Beautiful Layers Of The Onion

A Rush of Onion to the Head is the cryptic title of Little Orpheus’ episode 9 which released just yesterday. Last night ATVG dimmed the lights, fired up the flatscreen, the Apple TV 4K and the Nimbus, and once again ventured down the rabbit hole with cosmonaut Ivan Ivanovich.

Was it a good night in?

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