January 17, 2021
The Pathless, Fantasian and Wonderbox: All the Apple Arcade games we can't wait to play

The Pathless, Fantasian and Wonderbox: All the Apple Arcade games we can’t wait to play


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The Pathless is one of the biggest titles coming to Apple Arcade.


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Since its launch a year ago, Apple’s subscription mobile gaming service Apple Arcade has released over 135 games to play across the iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV. Some of the breakout games on the $5-a-month service include The Enchanted WorldWhere Cards Fall and Shinsekai: Into the Depths

Read more: Apple Arcade offers 3-month free trial with new Apple device purchase

Apple Arcade has been steadily releasing new games every week or so, as well as updating others. Even though the gaming service has amassed an impressive catalog of games, we’re still waiting on some of the biggest titles promised at launch. Here are the games we can’t wait to play once they’re available. 

All of You

Developer: Alike Studio

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All of You is a unique family-friendly puzzle game in which players must help a mother chicken find all her lost chicks. Play and pause time to create the right path to complete the level. 

The Artful Escape 

Developer: Annapurna Interactive

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Annapurna Interactive/Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET

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.

Enter the Construct

Developer: Directive Games

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Not many details were available about Enter the Construct last year, 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. CNET reached out to Directive Games and we’ll update when we hear back. 

Fantasian

Developer: Mistwalker

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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. Mistwalker has posted designs of New Town En, Magitech Factory in Machine City, Secret Base and the Water City of Vence from the game.

HitchHiker

Developers: Mad About Pandas

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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. 

The Pathless

Developers: Giant Squid

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Giant Squid/Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET

The Pathless, one of the service’s most anticipated games, is coming on Nov. 12. You’ll play as the Hunter, tasked with fighting a curse of darkness and corrupt spirits with your eagle companion. Explore beautiful, misty forests on a magical island, solve puzzles and fight battles. The Pathless is a follow-up to the studio’s previous game, Abzu

The Pathless is a big game, so there are some requirements. The game is compatible with these devices:

  • iPhone seventh generation and higher
  • iPhone SE second generation
  • iPad sixth generation and higher
  • iPad Air third generation and higher
  • iPad Pro second generation and higher
  • iPad mini fifth generation and higher
  • iPod touch seventh generation
  • Macs need 8GB of RAM, 4GB GPU and AMD Radeon R9 M395X

You’ll also be able to play The Pathless on the upcoming PS5. During PlayStation’s State of Play broadcast, Annapurna Interactive showed off a few minutes of gameplay narrated by creative developer Matt Nava. 

Read more: The Pathless launches on Apple Arcade, PS5 on Nov. 12. We got an early look at the game.

Proxi

Developers: Will Wright and Gallium Artists

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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. 

Reigns: Beyond

Developer: Devolver Digital

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Reigns: Beyond is an intergalactic music game. Travel with your space band around the universe, play gigs and recruit alien musicians throughout the galaxy. Just make sure to manage your resources and keep the peace on the tour bus.

Ultimate Rivals: The Court

Developer: Bit Fry

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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.

Warp Drive

Developer: Supergonk

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Warp Drive is an arcade-style racing game where players can “warp,” or teleport, to take shortcuts and hidden routes on the racetrack. Compete in high speed racing battle tournaments and upgrade your vehicle to stand a better chance of winning.  

Wonderbox

Developer: Aquiris

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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. 





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