Finally! Interesting news in a report from iOS site Toucharcade today – the online US Apple Store has made available a bundle which will net you the Steel Series Nimbus controller, together with a download code for Minecraft: Apple TV Edition. (It’s not appearing on the Australian site, so this bundle may be US only).
This is definitely a healthy step towards visibility for Apple TV as a viable gaming option, especially when coupled with such a household name as Minecraft.
I’ve written a full review of the Steel Series Nimbus a while back for Grab It Magazine, and it’s an excellent controller. Folks, in short, this bundle is a good deal.
For more on why this is a happy day for Apple TV gaming, hit the page 2 button below.
Okay this news is a bit old – it happened at the end of last week – but it’s definitely worth a post. As mentioned in our recent post detailing what developers want from WWDC 2017 for Apple TV, Mojang’s continued support of this fledgling platform is great to see. The latest Minecraft content keeps finding its way through to the device, with this newest update adding Mojang’s subscription service – Realms – and its Skyrim mash-up for your enjoyment.
You probably know what Skyrim is, but what’s Realms?
Good question. Hit page 2 to find out.
In September 2015, not long after the unveiling of the fourth-generation Apple TV, developer Legendo Entertainment confirmed three games for the soon to be launched platform: Armada of Undead, Pure Pinball, and Dracula Twins. With no sign of those games over a year later, I reached out to Legendo for comment and received the exciting news that the excellent Dracula Twins would be “hitting the tvOS App Store soon!”
“We were/are waiting for the platform to mature,” replied Einar Charles of Legendo Entertainment, “and now that Minecraft is available, I think it may be getting its legs.” With Minecraft seeming to be the catalyst for Legendo to head to Apple TV, I wouldn’t mind betting that other developers will be thinking along the same lines, meaning we might see quite a few exciting releases on the heels of Mojang’s juggernaut.
A very stylish 2D action platformer, Dracula Twins should be a nice addition to the Apple TV’s catalogue, and I look forward to seeing how it translates to the big screen. In the meantime, while waiting for its release, Apple TV gamers have some excellent options with which to scratch that 2D platforming itch. Check out the platforming section in ATVG’s Best Apple TV Games: Year One. Titles such as Dan The Man (full review), Rayman Adventures, and Tons of Bullets are easy recommendations. Also, I’ve recently discovered the brilliant Le Parker: Sous Chef Extraordinaire, which I’ll have a full review of in the near future. Spoiler alert, it’s c’est magnifique!
Mojang’s ultimate sandbox found its way to yet another platform today, sneaking in a mid-week release just in time for the holidays. When teased on stage by Apple a few short months ago, with a simple slide and a promise of releasing before the end of 2016, it wasn’t clear whether it would be the Pocket Edition or the full version. Turns out it’s neither. Welcome to the all new Minecraft: Apple TV Edition.
Here’s what you’ll get for your hard-earned, straight from the release notes at minecraft.net:
“Minecraft: Apple TV Edition currently includes the Holiday 2015, Town Folk, and City Folk skin packs, along with the Plastic, Natural, Cartoon, and Festive 2016 mash-ups.”
The release coincides with – and also includes – The Ender update (dragons!), finally bringing the game up to version 1.0.
Mojang has also promised to include support for Minecraft Realms and Xbox Live in the “near future.”
It’s extremely encouraging for the platform that Mojang have released such a feature-packed version, and with a promise of more support to come.
Keep in mind that Minecraft: Apple TV Edition requires a game controller, which is actually another sign of Mojang taking the release seriously.
Check out the trailer for The Ender update: