June 12, 2024


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9 games coming soon to Apple Arcade


Apple Arcade has a game for almost everyone. 

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Almost every week, Apple’s impressive $5-a-month mobile gaming service, Apple Arcade, releases and announces new games and updates older titles. Gamers can play almost 150 games across the iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV. 

Even though there’s always something new to check out on the service, we’re still waiting on a handful of games teased at launch, including Fantasian, a game from Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, or Proxi, from Sims creator Will Wright.  

Here’s every game we’re still waiting to arrive on Apple Arcade.

The Artful Escape 

Developer: Annapurna Interactive


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The Artful Escape tells the story of teenage guitar prodigy Francis Vendetti. On the night of his first performance, Francis finds himself on a psychedelic quest of self-discovery. Along the way, he battles dead folk legends and, at times, his own imagination. 

The Artful Escape was first announced at E3 2017 and was listed in the Apple Arcade lineup last year. The X019 trailer promises a colorful, neon, musical side-scroller.

Cozy Grove

Developer: Spry Fox



Cozy Grove is an Animal Crossing-style life simulation game where you take on the role of a Spirit Scout on a haunted island. Explore the island’s forest and try to help sad forest ghosts. The more you help, the more the island heals — the environment becomes colorized, flowers grow and more. Along the way, you’ll meet more spirits with their own unique stories. To restore Cozy Grove you’ll need to collect items, craft and fish. 

Enter the Construct

Developer: Directive Games



Details have been thin on the ground about Enter the Construct, except that it was expected to be available at Apple Arcade’s launch. At that time, the images and videos showed the game as a first-person sci-fi shooter. Since then, there has been little to no information about Enter the Construct, so it’s possible it’s taken on a new name or has been canceled. Directive Games didn’t respond to a request for comment, but we’ll update if we hear anything. 


Developer: Mistwalker



Fantasian’s creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, a mastermind behind multiple RPGs including Final Fantasy, posts updates about the upcoming JRPG game fairly regularly on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. If you’re excited about Fantasian, you can scroll through Sakaguchi’s social media and get a look at the game’s concept art and its handcrafted dioramas as they’re being built. Developer Mistwalker has posted designs of New Town En, Magitech Factory in Machine City, Secret Base and the Water City of Vence from the game.

Sakaguchi recently tweeted new screenshots saying that the game will be out soon. Game site Kotaku speculates that this means we could see the game this year. 


Developers: Mad About Pandas


HitchHiker/Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET

HitchHiker is a mystery puzzle game where you play as the hitchhiker who doesn’t remember anything about their identity, their past or their destination. You’ll travel with five different drivers and make choices in the conversations that can help you remember your dark secrets. Solve environmental puzzles, keep an eye out for clues everywhere and make alliances — but remember that nothing is what it seems. 


Developers: Will Wright and Gallium Artists


Team Proxi/Twitter

Proxi is an AI simulation game from The Sims creator Will Wright. The game is built out of the player’s memories, using them as building blocks in the 3D world. Instead of creating a city or a house, as the player would do in The Sims, Proxi models the brain. You can store memories and millions of interconnected concepts, according to the website. 


Developer: SMG Studio 



From the studio that brought you No Way Home, another Apple Arcade favorite, Sp!ng is a physics-based game where you must guide a cosmic ball to collect gems — just avoid hitting the walls. Using one-touch controls, maneuver the ball across more than 150 levels with daily challenges and over 50 characters to unlock. 

Ultimate Rivals: The Court

Developer: Bit Fry


Bit Fry/Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET

This is a basketball-based follow-up to last year’s Ultimate Rivals: The Rink, which was a hyped-up three-on-three ice hockey game where you played as real stars from all kinds of sports — with added superpowers. Future iterations of the game could bring football, baseball or soccer to Apple Arcade.


Developer: Aquiris


Apple/Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET

When Wonderbox, formerly Box Project, was announced for Apple Arcade, there weren’t many details available aside from a photo of a cardboard box. Now, the action-adventure game is due out soon, has an official name, and looks like fun for the whole family.