Maybe it was just the nostalgia-tinged promise of a sequel to cult classic Beneath A Steel Sky, or the handsome first glimpse of a game from Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, but Apple’s new gaming service Apple Arcade looks to be pressing all the right buttons. Or touchscreens, in this case. There is a perception among some in video games that mobile titles are not ‘proper’ games. That the rise of smartphone gaming, which now accounts for over half of the $140bn gaming industry, is defined by time-wasting apps, wonky clones and free-to-play titles that convince you to part with your money in ever increasingly nefarious ways. There is a truth to this, of course, with mobile platforms certainly a breeding ground for questionable practices that have since spread to consoles and PC. But they are also host to some of the most inventive games of the last decade; titles like Simogo’s Device 6, the mind-bending art of Gorogoa or narrative chutzpah of Inkle’s 80 Days. The list is substantial and Apple Arcade is setting out its stall as an idyllic celebration of these titles. Hosting and investing in talented developers to bring ‘proper’ games to the Apple Arcade service and… Read full this story
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