Apple Arcade was launched in 2019 to provide full access to games through a monthly subscription. However, the platform isn’t exactly seen as a huge success. With the recent announcement of Classic iOS Games for Apple Arcade, we’d like to know if your opinion of Apple Arcade has improved with the introduction of Classic iOS Games.
When Apple announced Apple Arcade, the company promised to offer new games developed exclusively for the platform, which is available for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac. All the games included there have no ads or in-app purchases as the user is already paying $ 4.99 per month to access Apple Arcade.
When Apple Arcade launched it had around 100 games, but most of them were mobile games from unknown franchises and indie developers. Titles like Mini Motorways, Hexaflip, Hot Lava, Super Impossible Road, and Oceanhorn 2 are certainly fun, but they don’t seem enough to keep subscribers.
Apple has never officially discussed Apple Arcade Numbers, however an analyst predicted that the service would have around 12 million paid subscribers by the end of 2020. We don’t know if the actual number is higher or lower. What I do know is that many personal friends who tested Apple Arcade stopped subscribing right after the trial period ended.
Since 2019, Apple has added a new original game to the Apple Arcade every week. However, the company’s strategy appears to have changed after last week’s announcement that classic iOS games like Fruit Ninja and Cut the Rope are back in the App Store for Apple Arcade subscribers. Apple added more than 30 games to Arcade on Friday, including originals, classics and remasters.
It wasn’t long before several people partied on social networks to get the chance again to play those classic games that were once great hits with iPhone and iPad users. Personally, I spent the weekend playing Apple Arcade games, which I haven’t done in months – despite having a subscription to the Apple One bundle.
As I said of mine 9to5Mac Colleague José Adorno, “Apple Arcade has just gone from a potential flop to a likely success.” Instead of going all out on original, exclusive games, Apple seems ready to expand the Apple Arcade to other categories as well – and this could be the key to making the arcade a successful product.
What about you? Has your opinion of Apple Arcade improved with the introduction of classic iOS games? Let us know in the poll and also in the comments section:
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