iOS 14: 'Phoenix 2' Space Shooter Delivers Playable Demo via App Clips

One of the new features that arrived in iOS 14 is called App Clips. App Clips is described by Apple to be a "small part of your app" that can be available to users at just the right moment.

App Clips focus on finishing one task quickly. An ideal App Clip experience allows users to open and complete a task in seconds.

Instead of requiring an App Store download, they can be loaded and run via Safari, and once done with the experience, the full app download is offered to the user. Early examples given by Apple included take-out order apps, scooter rental apps, or apps to set up an appliance for the first time.

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Game developer Firi Games has implemented an App Clip for their space shooter game Phoenix 2. The App Clip can be played by visiting their Phoenix 2 website on an ‌iOS 14‌ device and tapping "Play" on the banner that appears on the top of the screen.

The introduction of Phoenix 2 is also available as an App Clip. App Clips are a new iOS 14 feature that allows you to run a part of an app without any download from the App Store. Try it yourself by tapping the 'play' button in the banner at the top of this website (requires Safari on iOS 14; the banner does not show if you have Phoenix 2 already installed).

After a few moments of downloading the assets, the introduction level to Phoenix 2 appears playable as a native App Clip on your device.

The demo plays just like a native app but without any app installation. Once done with the demo, a link to the ‌App Store‌ is available to the full game [Free]. TouchArcade wrote about the experience and thought the "frictionless experience" for game demos held a lot of potential for ‌App Store‌ game discovery.

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Top Rated Comments

Amacfa Avatar
11 months ago
Wow, I tried it and it’s as if I downloaded the full game. Amazing quality for a feature I thought I’d never use
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving Avatar
11 months ago
This is definitely a welcome feature.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
adamjackson Avatar
11 months ago
I honestly haven't played a game on an iPhone since Tap Tap Revenge back in 2008 and this was neat in that it was cool to try a game and see how mobile gaming has changed but then realize honestly it hasn't changed much. This was just a copy of an arcade game from the 80s on a very tiny screen. the drama around Fortnite legitimately confuses me. People actually play games on these small screens? bewildering.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DeeeLAN Avatar
11 months ago
I wonder how long until advertisers lock focus on this and ruin the experience.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
stefanovago Avatar
11 months ago
Wow! This is unbelievably smooth!
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
applicious84 Avatar
11 months ago
Also, I ended up downloading the whole game and didn't really pay attention to whether I was paying anything for it, so there's that. I just wanted to keep playing, and I'm sure lots of people will be smarter than I was, but I wonder how this might play out in the future
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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