The latest surprise from Apple Arcade is Guildlings, a cute fantasy game from the maker of Threes and The Misadventures by PB Winterbottom.

We are almost two months after the launch of Apple Arcade and things have not been delayed much: excellent new games from well-known makers are still regularly in the subscription service. The newest is Guildlings, a quirky fantasy adventure game developed by some behind threes and The Misadventures of PB Winterbottom. The RPG is set in a world that combines high imagination with modern YA tropics; the makers describe it as "a world of wizards and wifi."


This is how the makers describe what you are actually going to do in the game:

Use the skills of your Guild members in playful turn-based battles, using unique powers that are linked to the personality and mood of each party member. If you keep your team happy, your journey becomes easier, but sometimes a little drama brings the story to interesting (and hilarious) places!

Guildlings also offers controller support and the developers say it is playable in both portrait and wide screen mode. What is available now is described as "chapter one", so if you like what there is, there seems to be more going on.

It is also the latest release in what is becoming a trend of surprising launches on Apple Arcade. In October, for example, Apple quietly released excellent new games from the makers of Neko Atsume and Machinarium. Apple Arcade was already a good deal at the launch and it just seems to get better.

Guildlings is launched at a busy time РDeath Stranding is also coming out today, and there is a brand new one Pokémon adventure next week Рbut the developers say it only takes about five or six hours, making it an ideal weekend diversion.