Welcome Back. So…Um…Check Out These “New” Games

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Hey there, it’s been a while; more than a month in fact since ATVG’s last post. 

Real Life always does its best to come between gamers and gaming, and this last month, RL prevailed. But I’m back, for now at least, occupying this small stage in an obscure corner of the Internet called The Apple TV Gaming Blog. 

And what better way to get back into it than with a bunch of games? While ATVG has been standing still, Apple TV’s App Store hasn’t. Over on page 2 you’ll find a handful of quick overviews of games that have snuck out over the last month that look like they might have the goods. They span a diverse range of genres, and you might find something there that’ll put your MFi controller to good use. 

Hit the page 2 button below for more. 

Spoiler Alert: Here Is An Entire Play-Through Of VAST – The Star On No Map


Okay so this is going to make me sound old, but I’m really not a fan of gameplay videos. Trailers? Sure. But entire play-throughs of levels and games are just not my bag. I’m of the antiquated opinion that games were meant to be played, not watched.

But Grandpappy, how are we supposed to know if a game is any good if we don’t watch someone play through the whole thing first? 

Well kid, back in the day, games writers used to write with passion, not these technical manuals they crank out now and call reviews, so we’d actually read their work.

Also, we weren’t quite so cynical back then; we’d happily buy into the right amount of hype, and weren’t afraid of taking the occasional chance. Getting burnt every now and then helped us appreciate the highs.

But Grandpappy…

Shut up and go wash the car kid! Can’t you see I’m trying to write a piece for ATVG here?!

F@&k you Grandpappy!

Hit the page 2 button below for more.

Bring You Home Looks Like Framed Minus The Noir


Australian studio Loveshack Entertainment brought a novel game mechanic to its noir-themed crime puzzler Framed – that of sliding panels to find the right order in which to be able to progress your character through a scene without dying. You can check out our review of Framed’s excellent sequel right here, which we also included in our Best Apple TV Games of 2017.

Judging from the trailer embedded over on page 2, Spanish developer – Alike Studio – seems to have employed a similar mechanic in its recently released Bring You Home, although replacing the noir crime theme of Framed with a cutesy cartoon vibe.

And it looks adorable.

Mash the page 2 button below for more.

We’ll Know A Lot More About Sky This Weekend. We’ll Have Played It.


A very welcome surprise landed in ATVG’s inbox this morning – an invitation to play a test build of thatgamecompany’s highly anticipated follow up to Journey – Sky.

Those of you who were quick to sign up to the email registration on the studio’s site a few weeks back, will have also received your invitations via email, with thatgamecompany promising another email with further instructions to come within 24 hours.

Exciting times.

Hit the page 2 button below for more.

Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade – On-Rails Shooter Out On Apple TV


Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade was used live on stage by Apple back in 2015 to show off the iPhone 6’s new 3D Touch feature, exemplifying how it could be implemented to enhance gaming.

Freeblade recently found its way onto the Apple TV platform, and despite a couple of flaws, it’s an excellent on-rails shooter that digs deep into Apple’s Metal technology to get some nice graphical meat onto its bones.

Hit the page 2 button below for more.

The Best Apple TV Games of 2017


Wow, that time of year again huh? It seems like only yesterday that I posted this message introducing ATVG to the world, and then, before I knew it, I was celebrating it’s first birthday. Had fun, time flew.

Gaming is the great escape that truly offers something for everyone. A flavour for all tastes. And for those of you who’ve acquired a taste for the somewhat obscure little parallel universe that is gaming on Apple TV, you’ve come to the right place.

A lot has happened in the world of Apple TV gaming between the bookends of that first post and this one. Missives from the Bunker have been issued, new salutations have been coined (safe planes and good whisky), we’ve Frankensteined, and even shot Zombirds. Someone had to, they weren’t going to shoot themselves.

More recently, Apple TV even landed itself a platform exclusive – an anime-inspired sci-fi FPS titled VAST. ATVG interviewed its maker Xander Davis, and the result was a deep, fascinating dive. We highly recommend you read Parts One and Two.

If you’ve just discovered the site and you’re wanting a quick introduction, or a regular in need of a recap, a great place to start is right here: ATVG’s Top Ten most-clicked articles of 2017. This time of year everyone tries to make sense of what the hell just happened, and that article coupled with the one you’re reading right now is ATVG’s efforts to put 2017 into some sort of focus.

A Best of list is always an opinion, and yours may vary. If it does, hit ATVG up on the social feeds found in the banner on top of your screen, and share yours. And speaking of social feeds, if you’re digging what ATVG is doing, feel welcome to spread the word. Like, Share, RT, post links on Reddit, hire skywriters, you know the deal. In short, tell your friends.

Right then, let’s do this. Here is a link to last years Best of list to get you primed.

When you’re good and ready, hit the page 2 button below to check out this year’s.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Interview: Xander Davis – From Triple A To Indie Gaming On Apple TV 4K (Part Two)


Welcome to Part Two of our interview with independent studio Astrogun’s head honcho – Xander Davis.

If you missed Part One, well you should definitely get on top of that by clicking right here. Once you’re all caught up, then mash the page 2 button below for the second instalment, in which Davis talks all things VAST, the power of the Apple TV 4K, hopes for its future, and the games that float his boat.

Interview: Xander Davis – From Triple A To Indie Gaming On Apple TV 4K (Part One)

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For those of you playing catch-up, last week was a big week for Apple TV gaming. Independent studio Astrogun released Apple TV’s first platform exclusive – an anime-inspired sci-fi FPS, titled VAST.

Astrogun’s fearless leader – Xander Davis – was kind enough to set aside time for an interview, with the result being a fascinating, deep dive into his journey from work on Triple A games, to independence with Astrogun, and the pros and cons of working with consumer tech giant Apple.

If, like me, you enjoy glimpses behind the curtain at the machinations of game development, and the stories of artists and auteurs exploring their craft, then I’m certain you’ll find this a satisfying read.

Hit the page 2 button below for Part One of our interview with Xander Davis, with Part Two to be posted in 24 hours time. Enjoy.

Sci-Fi FPS VAST Launches As Apple TV’s First Ever Platform Exclusive

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Well I was wondering when this would happen. And it finally has. Finally. A developer has rolled the dice and gone all in on the Apple TV platform, releasing its debut game as an exclusive this week. You won’t find VAST – Cosmic Treasure Hunters anywhere else right now, other than on Apple TV.

And this developer has some cred. As have many others, Xander Davis jumped from the Triple A ship of games development a few years back to form his own studio, Astrogun, having previously worked on some very well received titles such as Darksiders 2 (which coincidentally is in this month’s PlayStation Plus lineup), and Transformers: War for Cybertron.

But what is VAST?

Hit the page 2 button below for more. (and thanks to our friends at Siniscope Gaming for the tip-off!)