Apple Arcade's Latest Game Combines Turn-Based RPG With Strategy Board Game

The Label's "The_Otherside" is this week's addition to Apple Arcade on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. The game is described as both a turn-based RPG and a strategy board game:

Otherside is a turn based RPG and strategy board game where you will control four survivors who hope to push back the shadowy threat. Make your way through each level solving puzzles, fighting monsters, and destroying the spirit anchors that threaten our dimension.

Do you have what it takes to restore the town back to normal and save the day?

"The_Otherside" is available on the App Store with an Apple Arcade subscription. The service provides iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac users with access to over 100 games with no in-app purchases or ads for $4.99 per month.

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20 weeks ago
What apparatchik said. It's $5/month. I drop that on a soda in when I'm out in the world. There's not a huge amount of risk involved if you hate it, but the upside is huge. I've been put off of mobile gaming by the cancer that is in-app purchases. I know that developers need to eat, but too many games rely on you spending money to make progress and you have to pay to play or be force-fed ads every 10 seconds.

Arcade has none of that crap. You pick up and play and you can try a bunch of games for $60/year. I'll take that deal every day of the week.
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20 weeks ago
There are some artistic pieces like Mosaic, deep, Zelda like RPG's like Oceanhorn 2, fun but extensive casual games like What the Golf, mistery puzzle solving ones like Discolored, exciting racing titles like Super Impossible, all of which have outstanding quality, no in-app transactions or advertisements, and are well worth 4.99 by themselves. I would say, you can find about 10% of games in the catalog are worth 9.99 or more, 40% around 4.99, and about 50% worth 0.99.

Now there's a quality threshold in the sense that even if the genre or style of a specific game might not be your cup of tea, none of the games in Arcade are crap, they are well-made, even if at times simple, experiences. Yes, sans a couple exceptions, these are not full blown AAA $60 titles. Then again, this service costs 4.99 a month for dozens of very inmersive titles.

PRO TIP: If you dont own a compatible gamepad yet, do buy yourself a dualshock or an xbox controller, also, if you dont own an Apple TV, with an adaptor you can hook your iPhone or iPad to your TV and with the gamepad you got yourself a game console. There are games outside of Apple Arcade, like Real Racing 3 and Fortnite which can be play hooked up to a TV and with a gamepad as well.

For me Apple Arcade pushed me to buy a Dualshock 4 controller, and after a few years off Im back to gaming again.
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20 weeks ago


Yeah the ending seemed like they were 3/4 done with the game, and Apple pushed them to have it out in time for the Arcade launch.

that cat rpg is really good. Cant remember its name
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20 weeks ago


How much enjoyment can you expect for $4.99?

IMHO arcade is a must subscribe. There are a good chunk of RPGs and adventure games that are worth it, then cancel when you have gone through them. Doubles the value when you take advantage of playing on apple tv or mac for games that are better suited for those platforms all included (i.e. mouse or gamepad)
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19 weeks ago


that cat rpg is really good. Cant remember its name

Yeah Cat Quest I (pre-arcade) and Cat Quest II (Arcade) were both REALLY fun games, totally agree!
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20 weeks ago
Oceanhorn 2 is still the only one that has appealed to me and the ending was super disappointing... now I'm taking my money and subscribing to Nvidia Geforce and playing Witcher 3 on my Apple TV with an xbox controller and realizing how great full fledged games are lol
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