As the holiday season approaches, Apple Arcade is unwrapping a gift for gamers worldwide: a treasure trove of new games and exciting updates. Apple Arcade, Apple’s subscription-based gaming service, has been steadily expanding its catalog throughout the year, and the upcoming months are no exception. With a lineup that includes everything from enchanting family adventures to immersive sports simulations and classic arcade action, there’s something for everyone. In this article, we’ll delve into the exciting offerings set to launch during this festive season.
Apple Arcade New Games for November and December
1. Knotwords+ (November 3rd)
- Indie game developer Zach Gage, known for titles like “Card of Darkness,” “Good Sudoku+,” and “Flipflop Solitaire+,” presents “Knotwords+.” This elegant logic puzzle game challenges players to arrange letters to form complete words, both horizontally and vertically. The rules are simple, yet the puzzles become increasingly engaging as players progress, guiding them naturally toward solutions. It’s a perfect fit for word game enthusiasts and puzzle aficionados.
2. Football Manager 2024 Touch (November 6th)
- For soccer fans, “Football Manager 2024 Touch” is a dream come true. This immersive sports management simulation game offers a chance to create and lead your dream football team to glory. The new season brings enhanced training, a revamped Set Piece Creator, and exciting features. With the arrival of the Save Game Compatibility feature, players can continue their “Football Manager 2023 Touch” careers in this new installment.
3. Downwell+ (November 17th)
- “Downwell+” is a unique and captivating mobile game that takes players on a treasure-hunting adventure down a well. Armed only with gunboots, players venture into the dark depths, encountering creepy creatures and uncovering mysterious secrets. With intuitive and elegant controls, this action-packed game is a thrilling experience where no two trips down the well are the same, thanks to procedurally generated levels.
4. Delicious – Miracle of Life+ (November 24th)
- In this delightful time management cooking game, players join the journey of expectant mother Emily and her growing family. While managing a bustling kitchen for her cooking video blog, players must prepare for the arrival of a new baby. With 60 engaging levels and 30 bonus challenges, “Delicious – Miracle of Life+” immerses players in Emily’s world. They will explore various locations, meet a charming cast of characters, and experience the miracle of life while designing the perfect nursery and sharing in Emily’s ups and downs.
5. Disney Dreamlight Valley Arcade Edition (December 5th)
- Step into a world filled with Disney magic with “Disney Dreamlight Valley Arcade Edition.” This captivating blend of life simulation and adventure game features fan-favorite Disney and Pixar characters. Players will uncover enchanting stories while working to restore Dreamlight Valley from the mysterious force known as the Forgetting. Traverse diverse realms, each with its own challenges and puzzles, and forge friendships with iconic characters like WALL•E, Belle, Goofy, and more. With customizable landscapes and thousands of decorative options, players can create their dream neighborhood in this constantly evolving world of wonder and creativity.
6. Sonic Dream Team (December 5th)
- The Sonic franchise, with over 1.6 billion games sold and downloaded worldwide, is releasing a new adventure exclusively on Apple Arcade. “Sonic Dream Team” is a thrilling 3D action platformer that follows the evil Doctor Eggman’s quest to manifest dreams in the real world. Join Sonic and friends as they navigate twisted dreamscapes, rescue their friends, and thwart Doctor Eggman’s quest for world domination. Players can take command of six dynamic playable characters: Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy Rose, Cream, and Rouge, each with unique abilities that match their flair and personality.
7. Puzzle & Dragons Story (December 5th)
- “Puzzle & Dragons Story” is the newest installment in the immensely popular and definitive puzzle RPG series, exclusively available on Apple Arcade. This game combines match-three puzzles with creature-collecting RPG gameplay, allowing players to recruit allies, improve their teams, and conquer dungeons. With intuitive puzzle play, players match orbs of the same color vertically or horizontally, chaining exhilarating combos for higher rewards. As players match and erase orbs, their allies attack enemy creatures, leading to powerful attacks. Players will also gather materials by defeating creatures in dungeons, allowing them to create and improve new allied team members, forming unique teams. Expect frequent additions of new dungeons and creatures as you explore a vast and mysterious land.
8. Turmoil+ (December 5th)
- “Turmoil+” offers a visually charming, tongue-in-cheek take on the simulation game genre, inspired by the 19th-century oil rush in North America. As aspiring oil entrepreneurs, players must navigate cutthroat competition, strategically lease land, drill for oil, and maximize profits through shrewd business deals. With a rich campaign mode, a town full of colorful characters, dozens of upgrades, and procedurally generated levels, “Turmoil+” is a wild ride through the oil boom era.
In addition to the exciting new games, Apple Arcade is enhancing existing titles with fun and engaging updates. Some of the notable updates include:
- Hello Kitty Island Adventure (November 17th): The Island gets a major update with the Give & Gather Celebration, new avatars, and more.
- NBA 2K24 Arcade Edition (November 23rd): Get ready for the new season with City Edition uniforms and eight additional Greatest Players athletes.
- Sneaky Sasquatch, Cut the Rope 3, Samba de Amigo: Party-To-Go, Japanese Rural Life Adventure, and The Oregon Trail: These games are also receiving fun updates in November and December.
Apple Arcade continues to provide a diverse and engaging gaming experience, and with nearly 60 new games added this year, subscribers can look forward to endless entertainment. As Alex Rofman, Apple’s senior director of Apple Arcade, notes, this holiday season brings some of the best games yet, making it an ideal time to explore the service.
So, whether you’re diving into word puzzles, managing your dream football team, or exploring magical worlds with Disney characters, Apple Arcade has something for everyone this holiday season. As you gather with loved ones during this festive time, don’t forget to set aside some gaming time to enjoy these new adventures. Keep your devices ready for the gaming festivities that are just around the corner!