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Apple Employees Testing Apple Arcade Ahead of Launch

Apple Arcade, Apple's upcoming subscription-based gaming service, was first introduced in March and is set to launch this fall.

Ahead of the upcoming launch, Apple has debuted an early access program for its employees, with screenshots and details shared by 9to5Mac this morning. Apple employees are able to access ‌Apple Arcade‌ for $0.49 per month, with a one month free trial available.


‌Apple Arcade‌ games will be available on the Mac, iOS App Store, and Apple TV, with the screenshots shared today sourced from the Mac App Store. The ‌Apple Arcade‌ tab in Apple's App Stores will feature a selection of highlighted games and different game categories.

Many of the games in development for ‌Apple Arcade‌ have been previously announced, but here are a few Apple is highlighting, along with their descriptions:
Way of the Turtle: "Play as two curious turtles lost on a cursed island in the middle of nowhere. Obtain shells containing special powers such as dash and attack to defeat enemies and overcome different challenges."

Down in Bermuda: "Adventurous aviator Milton left his loving wife and daughter to voyage across the Atlantic on the journey of a lifetime."

Hot Lava: "Hot Lava transports you back to your childhood imagination. Relive those moments of excitement, joy and chaos. Run, jump, climb and surf in first person across nostalgia-packed environments flooded with hot molten lava."
According to 9to5Mac, most of the games right now are still in-development builds, and other titles available to employees include "Sneaky Sasquatch", "Kings of the Castle", "Frogger in Toy Town" and "Lame Game 2."


Apple hasn't shared details on what ‌Apple Arcade‌ will be priced at when it debuts, but it looks like there may be a one-month free trial available for those who would like to try it out.

Apple has said there will be somewhere around 100 games at launch, with no ads and no additional in-app purchases. A single subscription will also allow for up to six family members to access games.

There's no word on when ‌Apple Arcade‌ will launch, but the internal employee test is set to end when iOS 13 launches, so that could potentially be when ‌Apple Arcade‌ will be made available.

For more on ‌Apple Arcade‌, make sure to check out our Apple Arcade guide.

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13 weeks ago
how about some real games?
Rating: 29 Votes
13 weeks ago

Apple is so greedy charging beta testers.

Lol how is .49 greedy??!! They are probably doing that to test out the billing portion?
Rating: 23 Votes
13 weeks ago
Apple is so greedy charging beta testers.
Rating: 22 Votes
13 weeks ago
I’ve been a gamer all my life but lately have no energy or will to play any of the high-profile games and my PS4 pro is laying dormant. I think the quirkiness of a whole bunch of indie games available in all Apple devices could be a cure. Can’t wait to try this.
Rating: 17 Votes
13 weeks ago

how about some real games?

Define "real games".
Rating: 12 Votes
13 weeks ago

They are real games


Look at the PS4, Xbox One or Switch's catalog, those are real games (and even some good quality indies, not only AAA releases).

Why would anyone who has access to those kind of games would be interested in this?
Rating: 11 Votes
13 weeks ago

Define "real games".


Apple is making casual games available- “casual” being games with little to no story line, easy to pick up and play, simple mechanics, no complicated settings or button layouts, short gameplays, requiring no special skills to play, no cutscenes, minimal hardware demands etc.
Opposite being “real games” - longer game play, usually with big storylines, more complicated settings, cutscenes, takes some tome to get into how game works, demands deeper dive into virtual world in general, not just tapping screen in one place for Mario to jump.
Hope my definition clears this clears this up lol.
Rating: 11 Votes
13 weeks ago

Lol how is .49 greedy??!! They are probably doing that to test out the billing portion?


If testing was free, it would be like- “Oh, people are not paying/ Apple is not charging, because they know, Arcade is SO bad, hahaha” or “ Apple is not charging because, they are actually selling your data to Putin!!”
Plus, you don’t know his situation, maybe 49 cents a month is a big deal for him to spend on entertainment.
Rating: 10 Votes
13 weeks ago

how about some real games?


Exactly what I was thinking......don't see me dropping my Switch or Xbox One X anytime soon to play anything here.
Rating: 10 Votes
13 weeks ago
Apple continues to have no clue about gaming.
Rating: 9 Votes

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