Apple Arcade’s The Survivalists – Huge Farming Update (And So Much More)

If you’re looking for games within the survival genre to play on your Apple TV, then an Apple Arcade subscription will unlock more biomes, crafting benches, farming options, resource management, recipes to cook, labyrinths to explore and enemies to vanquish then you could ever possibly have time for.

Check out Stranded Sails, Outlanders, Cozy Grove, Nightmare Farm, The Oregon Trail, Sneaky Sasquatch (maybe not strictly a survival game but it sure ticks a lot of the boxes), and of course the star of today’s story – The Survivalists (it’s right there in the game’s title!).

The genre really seems to have taken off on Apple’s subscription service.

It’s highly unlikely you’ll have enough hours in the day to do them all justice, but with all these survival game options available on Apple TV, you’ll no doubt find at least one that floats your boat (or completely wrecks it right at the start of the game). From there it’s a case of learning the mechanics, peeling off layers of depth and complexity, and making that game’s world your own.

Today’s titular subject, and the reason ATVG has teed off on a survivalist tangent, is the fact that The Survivalists from Team 17 today received a massive update, promising to carve even more hours out of the day or night. Or both.

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Beach Buggy Racing 2: Island Adventure On Apple TV – King Of The Kart

Following last week’s very welcome announcement of BBR2: IA’s imminent arrival on Apple TV (April 28), ATVG has been putting some solid laps into Vector Unit’s kart racing sequel.

Keep in mind this is not the free-to-play mobile version of BBR2, this is the full, premium, paid console version that’s currently available on Switch, Xbox One, PS4 and PC via Steam, complete with the Island Adventure subtitle. Once you’ve got the game, you’ve got the whole game. No currency-driven business models, no ads, no in-app-purchases. Just pure kart racing, a genre when at its purest, targets fun.

And BBR2: IA hits the bulls-eye.

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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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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.

(Don’t hit the Continue button below if you’d rather discover Fantasian’s first eleven minutes for yourself)

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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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Time To Download Little Orpheus Again – Ep 9 Incoming (Very Soon)

Weighing in at 3.9GB on Apple TV’s App Store, Little Orpheus can easily be considered one of the big boned titles among Apple Arcade’s lineup (after all, there is that T-rex to cater for).

With only 64GB in total available on my Apple TV 4K’s hard drive, some housekeeping needs to occasionally be done, meaning that finite games with definitive endings are always the first to go once the credits roll (don’t worry Butter Royale, you are safe).

You can catch some bite-size reviews of a handful of games in which ATVG has seen the end credits (including Little Orpheus) right here, and here.

What I’m trying to say in a long winded way, is that I’m going to need to download The Chinese Room’s Little Orpheus again, because a new episode is on the way, and may even be out by the time I finish posting this piece.

The episode – number 9 – is titled A Rush of Onion to the Head, and The Chinese Room earlier today teased social media with some screens from the upcoming ep, complete with intriguing captions.

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