This week in mobile games, a new retro classic has been released on Apple Arcade that you definitely want to check out. There is also a great new battle royale game on Netflix that will help you fulfill all your piracy desires. We also learned that Monument Valley 3 is on the way – eventually.
With so many fun games to discuss, let’s not linger. Off to the main event!
can you dig it (Yes you can)
Apple Arcade has been getting into a good retro groove lately – after the addition of Amazing Bomberman and the OutRun-inspired fun of Horizon Chase, we now have pixel art perfection in the form of Shovel Knight Dig.
It’s a collaboration between the creators of the Shovel Knight series, Yacht Club Games, and master mobile game makers, Nitrome, and it’s wonderful.
The platforming adventure of the other games in the series is all here, but it’s more focused on digging down to uncover treasure and trinkets while taking branching paths to the end of the game.
Each run through the game feels different thanks to the way the game is reshuffled a bit each time you play, in true roguelike/roguelite style.
A cracker then – a nice retro aesthetic wrapped in a very smart, modern game design.
All aboard the good ship Netflix
Netflix subscribers have a growing catalog of high-quality games to try out through the iPhone and iPad app – and the latest is a battle royale game set on the high seas full of pirates.
It was created by regular Netflix employees Rogue Games and Amuzo, who are veteran game makers at this point.
While they clearly took inspiration from the great Brawl Stars on how to level up and level up your characters, in actual battles it’s always a good time to honk around the salty sea, firing cannons and dropping explosive mines to take out other pirates. Recommended and completely free of in-app purchases and ads, just like Apple Arcade games.
Monument Valley 3 is coming, but not anytime soon
Ustwo Games has teased out a little more about the much-anticipated monument valley 3 this week in an interview for the next game, Desta: The Memories Between, coming to Netflix next week.
Apparently, the team working on the game is growing and starting to narrow down the concept behind the game, although Ustwo Games’ Chief Creative Officer Danny Gray warns that the game is still “a long way off”.
We also got some early details about the game back in March – when it arose that the game could have a “green” theme and was directed by eco-warrior and former Subway Surfers designer Jennifer Estaris.
It’s not yet clear which platform it will be released on – but we’d bet it’s a straight battle between Apple Arcade and Netflix to get it exclusive. It will be fascinating to see which tech giant Ustwo Games sides with.
What else is there to play this week?
That’s it folks!
That’s all the iOS gaming news for this week. There are several exciting iPhone and iPad games on the horizon that we can’t wait to get our hands on. For now, the great releases of the past few days are more than enough to keep us entertained across a variety of genres.
If nothing else, make sure you play Shovel Knight Dig as it’s a great new addition to the series. Of course, if you like things a little more chilled, Lettermon is a fun way to unwind and while away the time with adorable word puzzles and letters.
Until next week!
– Neil Alexander Lange