What you need to know
- Apple Arcade is launching with iOS 13 on Thursday, September 19th
- Ahead of its release, Apple is highlighting four games on the platform
- All four games will be available on day one of the service.
Apple Arcade is just days away from launching with iOS 13 on Thursday, September 19th, and the company is highlighting the stories behind four of the games that will release on day one of the service.
"It's time to play" features the stories of the developers behind some of the games, as Apple has explained below:
The Enchanted World
The first game featured is The Enchanted World, a puzzle game built by Ivan Ramadan and Amar Zubcevic who grew up n Sarajevo during the conflicts in the Balkans in the 1990s.
The Enchanted World features the music and folklore of the Balkans, as players take on the role of a fairy that solves puzzles and challenges in order to piece back together her collapsing world.
In Patterned, players not only work on a puzzle, but actually color the pieces of it before arranging it back together. Nate Dicke, the developer behind the game, built it as a method for finding calm. The puzzles themselves, fifteen in total, feature fourteen that were designed by women.
Overland is a post-apocalyptic roadtrip designed by couple Adam and Bekah Saltsman who based the game off of their favorite board games, books, and films. In the game, players travel across the United States and stumble across supplies, survivors, and cute dogs.
Card of Darkness
The last game featured in "it's time to play" is Card of Darkness, a card-based puzzle game built by developer Zach Gage an animator Pendleton Ward. Gage has been building and releasing games on iOS since 2008 when the App Store first launched.
All four of these games, and as of this article at least 49 others, are coming to Apple Arcade when it launches with iOS 13 this Thursday. For those running the iOS 13 beta, Apple has actually opened up early access today. The service plans to have more than 100 titles that you can play across iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV. You can read Apple's release about "it's time to play" on Apple's Newsroom (opens in new tab).
Are you excited about Apple Arcade? Let us know what game you are looking forward to the most in the comments!
Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
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