84 And Counting: Here’s Today’s Apple Arcade Releases

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The first time something out of the norm happens, I’d call it an anomaly, and prior to Apple Arcade, games releasing to the App Store on the weekend has certainly been out of the norm.

The second time? It’s a coincidence.

The third time however, it’s safe to call it a pattern.

For the third week in a row we have a handful of new Apple Arcade titles to sink our non-existent free time into, and from here on, we can safely predict this will be the pattern until we get to that golden number of 100-plus promised by Apple prior to launch. At the current rate of four or five a week, that gives us another month or more of weekly releases to look forward to.

There’s still 21 unreleased games on this list, as well as any other bolts from the blue that come completely unexpected.

As in previous weeks, today’s four releases range across a wide variety of genres, from sports, to iconic arcade, a co-op 2D platforming party game, and mind-altering puzzles.

Let’s dig in.

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Manifold Garden – Coming To Apple Arcade This Weekend

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The weekend before last saw four new games come to Apple Arcade – The Bradwell Conspiracy, Nightmare Farm, Pilgrims, and Redout: Space Assault.

On the weekend just passed, five more hit Apple’s subscription service – Decoherence, Inmost, Mind Symphony, ShockRods, and Stela – taking the current count up to 80.

It seems it would be pretty safe to bet on another handful releasing this weekend, as Apple Arcade climbs towards its promised goal of more than 100 games in the weeks following Arcade’s release. Will we see any of these as yet unreleased 24 games this weekend? Get your bingo cards ready.

At the very least, ATVG knows that following October 18, the total will be 81, with William Chyr announcing today that his seven year project – Manifold Garden – will finally be out.

At first glance, I was thinking this might be a nice quiet game to set aside for the iPad, but the more development videos and trailers I watch, the more I’m looking forward to tripping out in front of a 60-inch screen on Apple TV with Chyr’s mind-bending creation.

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Towaga: Among Shadows – Content Update Incoming

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Hot on the heels of Radian Games announcing a huge incoming update for its excellent Apple Arcade racer Speed Demons, which you can read all about right here, Sunnyside Games also announced today that there is more on the way for Towaga: Among Shadows.

With currently 80 games to choose from on Apple Arcade, and more on the way (you can check out another 24 upcoming games right here), it will take ATVG some time to experience them all.

Tonight I’ve jumped in and had a look at Towaga: Among Shadows for the first time, and was once again made aware of the high bar of quality that Apple Arcade games are setting on our Apple TVs (and of course iPads, iPhones, and now Macs).

If, unlike me, you’re deep into the weeds of Towaga’s content, and are hoping for more, today’s announcement will definitely put a smile on your dial.

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5 New Apple Arcade Games Released, Taking Current Total To 80

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Last week ATVG awoke on Sunday to find four new games had joined the Apple Arcade service, and today, Saturday, another five.

The only pattern that seems to be forming here for new Apple Arcade releases is roughly weekly, and around the weekends, although today is still Friday in many other time zones, but close enough. Let’s call it weekend eve.

Today’s release of five games takes the current total of Apple Arcade games to 80. Apple has said leading up to the release of its subscription service that in the weeks following launch, the total would climb to more than 100, so I would expect this current release trend of a handful of new games each week to continue for a while yet.

A little while back ATVG posted this list of 30 upcoming Apple Arcade games, and I’ve been updating it to cross off these new releases, but there’s still 24 on that list alone yet to come. There are some appearing each week that are complete surprises and not even on that list.

Is anyone else finding it refreshing to not know everything that’s coming in advance?

In this age we live in, we are bombarded by announcements for upcoming release dates of teasers for future trailers spoiling movies and games that we already hate prior to release, based on the nothing but the choice of title. Or something the director said 28 years ago.

Not sure about you, but ATVG is finding these surprise loot box drops of random selections of games – many previously unannounced such as last week’s Pilgrims from Amanita Design – a very welcome disruption.

Similar to last week, today’s releases are a mixed bag of genres. Of particular interest to many Apple TV gamers will be multiplayer arena shooter ShockRods, which ATVG looked at in more detail in this previous post. ShockRods fills a gap in Arcade’s lineup, as there was previously nothing in the way of multiplayer shooters, particularly FPSs, as ATVG discussed recently. While ShockRods is not an FPS, it will certainly fill that hole for many looking for some online battling.

All five games this week look promising for Apple TV actually, as all look like they might benefit from the big screen environment. It’s a good console-gaming week for Apple Arcade releases.

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Cute Mechanical Platform Puzzler Grobo Hits iOS/Android Today

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Don’t worry, this is still The Apple TV Gaming Blog.

I don’t normally post about games here on ATVG that are not destined for Apple TV, but I’ve been playing a pre-release copy of Grobo from Hot Chocolate Games for the last week or so, and it’s such a nice little title that it deserves a mention.

Today was the big day of release for Grobo (or g.r0b0 as he is technically called), a diminutive robot trying to find out why it’s suddenly all alone in the big bad world of Megatrolopis.

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Crossy Road Castle Hitting Apple Arcade In 2019

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Crossy Road put Australian independent studio Hipster Whale well and truly on the map.

An endless take on gaming classic Frogger, Crossy Road had a very special sauce that allowed it to break through the ever-increasing free-to-play market when released on mobile back in 2014.

When the fourth-generation Apple TV was announced back in 2016, Crossy Road was one of the first titles to come to the device, with an all new 2-player mode.

Fast forward to 2019, and Hipster Whale today announced a sequel is on the way – Crossy Road Castle.

My own Obi-Wan Kenobi of the games writing scene – Chris Stead – has gone hands-on with the upcoming Apple Arcade exclusive over at finder.com.au.

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