Apple Arcade has a gorgeous new game — grab The Gardens Between now

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Apple Arcade subscribers have a brand new game to download on their iPhone and iPad, with The Gardens Between+ now available.

The title, a reworked version of an App Store Great, is a free download with no ads or in-app purchases waiting to spoil the fun.

Created by The Voxel Agents, The Gardens Between+ sees "best friends Arina and Frendt fall into a series of vibrant, dreamlike island gardens peppered with everyday objects from their childhood." There, "they embark on an emotional journey that examines the significance of their friendship." That involves the memories they built, what must be let go, and what can't — all in a gorgeous storybook-inspired world.

Gamers can look forward to a stunning single-player experience that will have them working their way through "bespoke ingenious puzzles that require the manipulation of time to solve," and much more. There is also the option to play in portrait or landscape, which isn't something a lot of iPhone or iPad games offer.

If The Gardens Between sounds familiar, that might be because it was already popular on iPhone and iPad and can also be played on other platforms including PC and the Nintendo Switch.

If you're already an Apple Arcade subscriber you can take The Gardens Between+ for a spin right now — you can download it from the App Store for free. If not, Apple Arcade costs $4.99 per month but is also available as part of the Apple One subscription bundle, too.

Apple One includes other Apple services including Apple Music and Apple TV Plus, among others.

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Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.