The Factor Apple Arcade Guide Part 31 – Apple, Yu Suzuki, Apple Arcade – Article

New iteration of your AA Guide, and once is not custom, harbinger of bad news (even if it had to happen one day): a first salvo of games left the subscription. More details in the article. Otherwise this month, 4 games exclusive to Apple Arcade were tried: the two Frogger licensed games, the Guildlings adventure and Yu Suzuki’s latest creation, Air Twister. Otherwise the subscription is doing well with 246 games available, and we’ve covered 117 of them in this Factor guide. Enjoy!

15 games left the subscription

Announced without fanfare on July 18 via the appearance of a menu “They are leaving Arcade soon”, the games listed below therefore left the subscription on August 2. The reason is quite simple: the three-year contract signed with the publishers of these titles has expired, and it has not been renewed by Apple, which certainly wants to save money on titles that are not “profitable” in its eyes. Indeed it was provided in these contracts, in addition to the fixed payment at the beginning of development, a continuous royalty. On the user side, you can no longer download these games, and if they are still on your device, you will get a message preventing you from launching them.

What about their future?

This will have to be done on a case-by-case basis, the developers (who fortunately retain the rights to their games) have the choice of releasing them on the Appstore, of making them chargeable, of adding in-app purchases to them (which are prohibited on AA) and to authorize (or not) the import of its backup of the Arcade version. Everything is in the hands of the developers, therefore, with a significant risk of no longer being able to access them on the Apple ecosystem, even by buying them (additional proof that the big platforms really do not care about the conservation of works). Let’s hope they will at least all be released elsewhere (some of them already have).

And then?

Note that the section cited above has also disappeared. There are therefore no plans for new releases of the subscription “for the moment”, but it is difficult to see why Apple would not continue on this path.

Here is the list of games that are no longer accessibleand there are of the very goodalready tested in this guide:
Atone: Heart of the Elder Tree
BattleSky Brigade: Harpooner
Cardpocalypse
Dead End Job
Don’t Bug Me!
Dread Nautical
EarthNight
Explottens
Lifeslide
Over the Alps
Screening: First Light
Spelldrifter
Spidersaurs
Towaga: Among Shadows
Various Daylife

Without transition, place to the usual tests of the guide:

Frogger in Toy Town

What is that?

An arcade game
It’s developed by Q-Games (developing the StarFox DS and 3DS as well as the Pixel Junk series) and published by Konami
Category: Arcade Originals
Apple Arcade exclusive

How do we play it?

The controls are designed for touch, also playable on the pad without it being better
Choice of portrait or landscape orientation
Prefer the iPad
(Version 1.6.1, launched on iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPad Pro 11″ M1 (3rd Gen), and Mac OS Monterey (MacMini 2018), with and without Xbox Series Pad)

And what gives?

It’s boring

Here’s another return from the frog, which usually doesn’t bode well, but let’s give it a chance.

Frogger and the Rumbling Ruins

What is that?

A puzzle-adventure game
It’s developed by Q-Games (developing the StarFox DS and 3DS as well as the Pixel Junk series) and published by Konami
Category: Arcade Originals
Apple Arcade exclusive

How do we play it?

The controls are designed for touch, the pad is much less natural
Landscape orientation imposed
Prefer the iPad
(Version 1.0.3, launched on iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPad Pro 11″ M1 (3rd Gen), and Mac OS Monterey (MacMini 2018), with and without Xbox Series Pad)

And what gives?

It’s good

Guildlings

What is that?

A text-heavy adventure game with multiple choices
It’s developed by Sirvo Studios and it’s their first game
Category: Arcade Originals
Apple Arcade exclusive

How do we play it?

The controls are designed for touch but also work very well with a pad or mouse (on Mac)
Landscape orientation imposed
Any device is suitable
(Version 1.2.1, launched on iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPad Pro 11″ M1 (3rd Gen), and Mac OS Monterey (MacMini 2018), with and without Xbox Series Pad)

And what gives?

It’s awesome

Guildlings is a charming game in more ways than one. Plus he’s pretty funny.

Air Twister

What is that?

A Space Harrier-like
It is developed by YsNet, the new box of Grandpa Yu Suzuki who committed Shenmue 3
Category: Arcade Originals
Apple Arcade exclusive

How do we play it?

The controls are designed for touch, but the pads are pairable
Landscape orientation imposed
Prefer large screens
(Version 1.0.3, released on iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPad Pro 11″ M1 (3rd Gen), and Mac OS Monterey (MacMini 2018), with and without Xbox Series Pad)

And what gives?

It’s good

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