Apple has announced an extension for its subscription gaming service Apple Arcade. In addition to exclusive game releases, the company is adding two new categories – Timeless Classics and App Store Greats.
In the ‘App Store Greats’ category, you can find some famous iPhone games that have been released over the past decade, such as Three’s +, Mini Metro +, Monument Valley +, Fruit Ninja Classic +, Cut Rope Remastered and Badland + .
This is an interesting move as Apple has focused on the exclusive titles so far. Presumably, some Apple arcade games are sequels to popular App Store games – I would put the Mini Motorway and the Rayman Mini in this category, for example.
But Apple is changing its stance and essentially buying the back catalog of App Store games. Some of them are still available on the App Store, while others have become incompatible with modern iOS versions due to framework and hardware updates. 64-bit processors have made many games incompatible for example.
As usual, Apple is not putting free games behind a paywall. These are brand new downloads on the App Store. You get the entire game without any advertisements or in-app purchases.
In addition to the old school App Store games, Apple is also adding ‘Timeless Classics’ games. This is a selection of board games and classic puzzle games that are included in your membership. Games include Backgammon +, Chess Play and Learn +, Good Sudoku +, Tiny Crossword + and more.
Those games should definitely help when it comes to reducing churn. Some people like to play chess again and again. They can start subscribing to play some chess and pay Apple Arcade subscriptions to use the same app.
In total, Apple is dropping 32 games today and Apple Arcade has over 180 games. Apple originally launched the service in September 2019. You can download the Apple Arcade game for $ 4.99 per month and there is no additional in-app purchase. The games are available on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and macOS. Six family members can play with the same Apple Arcade subscription and you can also access Apple Arcade with an Apple One subscription.
Apple is placing a lot of bets on subscription services, such as Apple Music, Apple TV +, Apple Fitness + and Apple News +. While some of those services have been very successful, such as Apple Music, the company is still adding more and more content to other services to prove that you should subscribe in the long run. And today’s Apple Arcade update should definitely help with its game subscription service.