Apple Arcade expands catalogue, which includes Final Fantasy creator's FANTASIAN

Apple's gaming service aims to offer value without annoying ads and in-app purchases.

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Timeless great paid games like BADLAND are now available on Apple Arcade. Image: Apple

Apple Arcade has been somewhat of an anomaly in the mobile games world, given its monthly subscription for the ability to play quality games without having to deal with in-app purchases nor ads.

It stands to reason that this only makes sense if you spend a lot of time playing mobile games but Apple has recently bumped up its library of titles, so that sweetens the deal in the sense you are more likely to find a game that you enjoy playing. Furthermore, the subscription is available to up to five other family members, so there truly is value there.

Apple has added more than 30 titles to Apple Arcade, which brings the catalogue to 180 titles, including two new game categories in Timeless Classics and App Store Greats. Both are available on iPhone and iPad, while Arcade Originals can be accessed with iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV.

NBA 2K21 brings classic basketball action without the annoying bits. Image: Apple
NBA 2K21 brings classic basketball action without the annoying bits. Image: Apple

Some of the latest Arcade Originals include NBA 2K21 Arcade Edition, Simon’s Cat: Story Time, Star Trek: Legends, The Oregon Trail, Songpop, as well as Cut the Rope Remastered.

Games don’t always have to be complicated. Really Bad Chess is complicated enough. Image: Apple
Games don't always have to be complicated. Really Bad Chess is complicated enough. Image: Apple

Timeless Classics encompass the timeless games that we know and love, and sometimes with twists to keep things fresh. Games include Really Bad Chess, Sudoku Simple and Backgammon.

Don’t Starve is also another popular game that is now available on Arcade. Image: Apple
Don't Starve is also another popular game that is now available on Arcade. Image: Apple

App Store Greats are a category of games previously only available on the App Store as paid apps, such as the award-winning Monument Valley, BADLAND, Threes!, Don’t Starve and Fruit Ninja Classic.

FANTASIAN’s unique diorama aesthetic is absolutely charming. Image: Apple
FANTASIAN's unique diorama aesthetic is absolutely charming. Image: Apple

Final Fantasy Fans, in particular, may also be intrigued by FANTASIAN, a brainchild of the Final Fantasy series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi. The RPG was designed with actual physical models which make for a stunning visual style. It might not be what most JRPG gamers expect, but in terms of gameplay, it’s old school stuff.

The scrapyard diorama in all its glory. Image: Apple
The scrapyard diorama in all its glory. Image: Apple