Apple Arcade just got a massive update of new games, including some mobile classics

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Apple’s gaming subscription service has just received a massive influx of new titles. The headlining is Fantasian – the latest release from the creator of Final Fantasy – which is accompanied by other titles such as new versions of NBA 2K and The Oregon Trail, and World of Demons from PlatinumGames. As part of the update, the service will get two new categories of games: Apple calls them “Timeless Classics” and “App Store Greats.”

For the big ones, Apple is adding some high profile mobile hits to the service, including Threes Monument Valley Mini Metro, and a remaster of Cut the ropeTimeless classics, meanwhile, refer to iconic games such as backgammon, solitaire and Zach Gage’s recent take on chess and sudoku. While most Arcade games are playable on Apple TV, Mac and iOS, these new categories only work on iPhone and iPad. The update adds more than 30 titles to the service, bringing the entire library to over 180.

Apple Arcade was first launched in 2019 as a new premium gaming option on a platform dominated by free-to-play experiences. The original pitch was a service full of new, largely exclusive games from developers such as Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi and a number of indie stalwarts.

Despite the quality games and the relatively low price (an Arcade subscription costs $ 4.99 a month), Apple is reportedly unhappy with the amount of engagement games being received, which may be one reason for this most recent change in direction.