Apple has announced an expansion of the subscription game 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 well-known iPhone games that have been released in the last decade, such as Threes +, Mini Metro +, Monument Valley +, Fruit Ninja Classic +, Cut the Rope Remastered and Badland +.
This is an interesting move, as Apple has so far focused on exclusive titles. Without a doubt, some Apple Arcade games are sequels to popular App Store games ̵
But Apple is changing its mind and is essentially buying a back catalog of App Store games. Some of them are still available in the App Store, while others have become incompatible with modern iOS versions due to frameworks and hardware updates. For example, 64-bit processors have made many games incompatible.
As always, Apple does not just put free games behind a payment wall. These are brand new downloads from the App Store. You get the whole game without ads or in-app purchases.
In addition to old school App Store games, Apple also adds “Timeless Classics” games. There is a selection of board games and classic puzzles included in your subscription. Games include Backgammon +, Chess Play & Learn +, Good Sudoku +, Tiny Crossword +, etc.
These games should definitely help when it comes to reducing churn. Some people like to play chess over and over again. They can start subscribing to play chess and pay an Apple Arcade subscription just to continue using the same app.
In total, Apple releases 32 games today, and Apple Arcade has more than 180 games in the catalog. Apple originally launched the service in September 2019. You can download Apple Arcade games for $ 4.99 per month, and there are no additional in-app purchases. Games are available on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and macOS. Up to six family members can play with a single Apple Arcade subscription, and you can also access Apple Arcade with an Apple One subscription.
Apple has invested heavily in subscription services, such as Apple Music, Apple TV +, Apple Fitness + and Apple News +. While some of these services have been very successful, such as Apple Music, the company continues to add 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 the game subscription service.