LEGO Builder’s Journey Launches on Apple Arcade

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

LEGO has released a new game exclusively for Apple Arcade called LEGO Builder’s Journey. It’s a puzzle game in a LEGO world with high-quality renderings of LEGO elements. I’m impressed with the screenshots and accompanying video. This is like HD LEGOs.

Throughout the narrative, there will be ups and downs, challenges and celebrations. Take the time to experiment, and most importantly, to play as figuring out who we are and what we become is the Builder’s Journey.

Apple Arcade is available for US$4.99/month or US$49.99/year.

LEGO Builder’s Journey Launches on Apple Arcade

An Apple Arcade Yearly Subscription is Here

· Andrew Orr · Product News

You can now sign up for an Apple Arcade yearly subscription. Previously it was only available as a US$4.99 monthly subscription.

Stardew Valley is on Sale for $4.99

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Popular farming game Stardew Valley is on sale for US$4.99 (Down from US$7.99). In the game, your grandpa passes on the deed to his farm in the valley. After an unhappy life working for Joja Corporation, your character settles down for a more simple life. You can farm crops, raise and breed animals, and start a family with 12 potential marriage candidates around town. There are festivals to party at, caves to find treasure and monsters, or just spend the day fishing. After months of hearing about it I finally downloaded the game. A couple things I don’t like: I’m not a fan of dragging my finger around the screen to move the character, so I’ll probably buy it on my Switch. And there doesn’t seem to be a way to save your games to the cloud, so you’ll have a separate game on your iPhone and iPad.

Stardew Valley is on Sale for $4.99

Steam Game Terraforming Mars Heads to iOS

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Terraforming Mars, a Steam game that was previously only available for PCs, has made its way to iOS. It’s a strategy game in which players try to terraform Mars to make it habitable. You play as a corporation, and each one has a different specialization, like metal, heavy industry, financier, biotech, or energy. You work together with other corporations in the terraforming process, and compete to get points based on your contributions. You can play solo with AI opponents or online with humans. It requires a minimum of iOS 10 to download. App Store: US$8.99

Steam Game Terraforming Mars Heads to iOS

Apple Announces Best Apps and Games of 2019

· Charlotte Henry · News

Apple Best Apps 2019

Apple unveiled the best Apps and Games of 2019, including an Ai-powered camera tool, a sketching app for the iPad, and a wide range of games.

Civilization VI: Gathering Storm Now Available on iOS

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: Gathering Storm is now available as an in-app purchase for the iOS app. Gathering Storm brings new features to the game, most notably climate change. It also adds seven World Wonders, eight new civilizations, nine new leaders, and new units, districts, buildings, and governments. The climate change will probably prove to be the most interesting. A new Power system can improve your late-game buildings. Resources like coal, uranium, and oil can be burned for fuel but they have a negative impact on global CO2 levels. But there are green alternatives like geothermal energy, wind farms, and solar farms.

Civilization VI: Gathering Storm Now Available on iOS

‘Settlers of Catan’ Could be Niantic’s Next AR Game

· Andrew Orr · Link

Niantic has had two popular AR games on its hands in the form of Pokémon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. What possibly be next? Maybe Settlers of Catan.

Late last month, the company behind Catan said during a board games conference in Germany that it was working on a “upcoming massively multiplayer location based game” (albeit with no mention of Niantic). Called Catan: World Explorers, they noted that it “transforms the entire Earth into one giant game of CATAN”.

Minecraft Earth Early Access Available for iOS

· Andrew Orr · News

Minecraft Earth early access is now available for iOS users in the United States. It’s a game that lets players design their creations in AR.

App Sale: ‘Severed’ Game Goes From $7 to $1

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Severed is normally US$6.99 but now it’s just US$0.99 for a limited time. Winner of the Apple Design Award in 2017 and voted iPad Game of the Year in 2016, Severed lets you take control of a one-armed warrior named Sasha, wielding a living sword on her journey through a nightmare world in search of her family. Dungeon Combat: Master offensive and defensive touch combat techniques to survive intense battles against a menagerie of enemies. Severing: Best enemies in combat for a chance at severing their body parts — then wear them to gain new powers or consume them to upgrade your equipment and abilities. Exploration: Follow branching routes through the unknown, using your wits to avoid hazards and solve puzzles. Award-Winning Soundtrack: Immerse yourself in the haunting original score from Juno- and Polaris-nominated band YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN, featuring Pantayo. App Store: Severed – US$0.99

App Sale: ‘Severed’ Game Goes From $7 to $1

Explore the Calamity in Action RPG Bastion-Now Free

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Bastion is a cool action RPG I’ve played before. It centers on a kid (The Kid) exploring his world to find out what happened to it after a catastrophic event known as the Calamity.

Explore more than 40 lush hand-painted environments as you discover the secrets of the Calamity, a surreal catastrophe that shattered the world to pieces. Wield a huge arsenal of upgradeable weapons and battle savage beasts adapted to their new habitat. Finish the main story to unlock New Game Plus mode and continue your journey.

The game was previously free to purchase. You could play the beginning and pay to unlock the rest of the story. The in-app purchase is currently free, although I don’t know for how long. It’s a fun game and it has the Orr Seal of Approval™.

Explore the Calamity in Action RPG Bastion-Now Free

5 New Apple Arcade Games Include Fallen Knight, Yaga, Lifelike, Hogwash, and Tales of Memo

· Andrew Orr · Link

Today Apple has added five new games to its Arcade gaming service, which you can find in the App Store.

Apple Arcade has added five more games to its new $4.99 monthly subscription service on Friday. Players can now check out Fallen Knight, Yaga, Lifelike, Hogwash and Tales of Memo as part of Apple Arcade’s growing catalog of games. The games are available on iPad, iPhone and Apple TV to start, with content slowly coming to Mac as well.

Apple Arcade Just Got Five New Games

· Andrew Orr · Product News

Five games were just added to Apple Arcade, tempting people to keep their subscription as the service’s one month free trial nears its end.

Apple Arcade: LEGO Brawls is Brick Busting Fun

· Charlotte Henry · Quick Look Review

LEGO Brawls featured

LEGO Brawls is good, silly, fun and an excellent start to Apple Arcade – join a team and work to capture or hold the flag for your side.

Apple Arcade: Mini Motorways Is an Addictive Strategy Game I Can't Stop Playing

· Bryan Chaffin · Quick Look Review

It’s easy to learn and hard to master; each game takes roughly 20 minutes; it has a beautiful and mesmerizing music machine for a soundtrack; it absolutely has that just-one-more quality. In short, it’s a great game and a terrific reason to subscribe to Apple Arcade.