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Every day, we pick out a curated list of the best mobile discounts on the App Store and post them here. This list won't be comprehensive, but it every game on it is recommended. Feel free to check out the coverage we did on them in the links below to further vet these discounted games before you decide to buy:
Games marked with an asterisk(*) denote that the entire developer/publisher’s catalog is discounted, despite the fact that all of their games may not be listed here.
In case you missed it, I am on a quest to rank every Apple Arcade game there is.
Over a year into the Apple Arcade experiment, I’m adjusting my approach to these rankings to make it a bit less cumbersome to update and read. For the most part, this means the number of updates on previously released games will decrease, and the text below each entry will be kept to a brief-yet-accurate justification for its positioning.
This has less to do with the pace of Apple Arcade releases and more to do with the fact that the general quality of games on the service simply isn’t what it should be. In the time that one release comes to the service, multiple high quality games hit the App Store that you don’t have to pay monthly upkeep for. Unless something drastic changes with the service, my opinion on it probably won’t change much. With the most recent update bringing older established titles to the service, Arcade is certainly the strongest it has ever been, but additional shakeups like this will need to keep happening to finally sell me on the service.
Anyway, on with the ranking updates:
Game ranking updates for 5/6:
This is part 7 of our Apple Arcade rankings. Quick navigation to other parts:
Hyperbrawl Tournament is an arena combat sports game. Two teams of two compete to put a ball in their opponent’s goal by any means necessary. This includes punching, kicking, and even using weaponry like hammers and swords to KO opponents, take control of the ball, and score.
I’d probably rate Hyperbrawl Tournament higher on this list if more people were playing it. The game’s biggest issue right now is it’s basically multiplayer-only and queuing for matches is quite long (perhaps infinite?). Once you’re matched with someone though, Hyperbrawl Tournament is a heck of a good time. There’s a surprising amount of depth here, and it allows for a lot of mind games and tricky high-level play.
Whitepot Studios has launched a new free update for StarGazing that adds new constellations to the dot-to-dot puzzle game as well as introducing other improvements. The update is available now for iOS and Android devices.
The new ‘Antiquities Pack’ for StarGazing adds a bunch of new puzzles to the game, totalling the number of constellations now available to 90. These are based on classic symbols and images, including Andromeda, Hercules, and even your very own Teapot to form in the sky.
Team17 has updated its survival co-operative game The Survivalists with lots of new content, including the introduction of new crops, improved combat and more changes. The new patch is available now on iOS via Apple Arcade.
The farming portion of this update allows you to now plant and harvest crops for resources, including many rare and dangerous plants which can be grown to be used as a safety measure against imposing threats.
Whether it’s dodging spiky death traps or spinning through gigantic loops in the air, Bike Baron 2 has enough action to keep both newbie and veteran players hanging onto the edge of their seats. The much-awaited sequel to Cornfox & Brothers’s biking bonanza is now available for pre-order on iOS to hype up the fans for its May 27 global release.
As if the global release of MU Archangel isn’t exciting enough, we’ve got even more reasons to get hyped for Webzen’s mobile spin-off to MU Online. If you just can’t wait to pour out blood, sweat, and tears in strategizing your character’s best build, or figuring out if you want to be a Descendant of Lorencia, a Descendant of Arca, or a Champion of Noria, we’ve got the lowdown on the core gameplay elements of the game to whet your appetite while you’re hanging onto the edge of your seat.
You can join a guild...
Joining a guild isn’t just for the social butterflies - you can score Archangel Equipment through Guild Siege or collect extra EXP and tons of other rewards via the Guild Quiz, Guild Estate, and Guild Training. The Guild Feast, in particular, is a sanctuary for when you need to take a breather every now and then (Who knows? You might even score some free barbecue).
Riot Games has announced that there will be a global esports tournament for their popular mobile MOBA, League of Legends: Wild Rift, later this year. This will see regional teams across the globe competing to earn a place in a tourney in late 2021.
At a regional level, Wild Rift already has an active esports scene. Most notably, in Southeast Asia, the SEA Icon Series: Preseason has recently concluded. It was a five-week-long event in Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore, with 54 professional teams participating.
Like all popular competitions, League of Legends: Wild Rift has developed a set of unwritten rules about how to play it well. These rules are known as the metagame or "meta," and understanding why they exist and how to take advantage of them is a key step in becoming a truly competitive player.
The most important aspect of the meta to pay attention to at the moment is team composition. If you've already sunk some time into Wild Rift, it's probably been made clear to you that there are certain hero combinations that are more effective than others. Teams with players who simply pick their favorite heroes tend to be unbalanced in one way or another, and you'll likely either see that reflected in team performance or through one or more teammates complaining about the composition in chat.
I'm relatively new to League of Legends, but have played a fair amount of MOBAs in the past. Wild Rift has really captured my attention, though, and I've found myself sinking a lot of time into practicing and reading up on how to improve my game.
For anyone in a similar boat (or just new to MOBAs in general), some of the guides out there can read like a foreign language. League of Legends has existed on PC for over a decade at this point and built up its own lexicon and community that isn't always the friendliest to new players trying to familiarize themselves with the game.
In that spirit, I present: A Scrub's Guide to League of Legends: Wild Rift. This is a guide series that will chronicle my own learnings and takeaways from my time spent with the game, translated into what is hopefully helpful tips and information for others looking to do the same.
Neowiz has launched Golf Impact, a new competitive sports game for iOS and Android devices.
Golf Impact takes you around the globe as you compete in intense 1v1 competitive golf matches. It has an easy to learn, hard to master approach to the gameplay experience, where you step into a thrilling world tour to compete against other players for big prizes as well as levelling up your clubs as you travel the world.
The release of Returnal has caused me to revisit this list of the best run-based games on mobile. For the most part, run-based games are really great for mobile, because they provide a lot of depth and satisfying gameplay in a relatively bite-sized package that’s purposely designed for you to play over and over and over again.
Although you might not be able to play Returnal on your phone or tablet (nor would you want to), there are still a bunch of great run-based games on iOS to play. Check out our picks for the best run-based games below:
Rogue Games has released Under: Depths of Fear, its immersive first-person survival horror game for iOS devices. The game had previously been released on PC via Steam late last year, and is now available as paid title on the iOS App Store.
In Under: Depths of Fear, you play as Alexander Dockter who is suffering from PTSD following the atrocities he witnessed during World War I. He’s now trapped aboard an eerie ocean liner that is slowly sinking. With rooms gradually filling with large volumes of water and a group of malicious entities stalking you, you must survive the night and find a way to escape before time runs out.
MOBAs are nothing new. They aren't even new to me. I've played just about every MOBA there is (mobile or otherwise) with varying amounts of time investment, with my previous favorites being Vainglory and Arena of Valor. But League of Legends: Wild Rift just isn't like those games.
Despite being in the same genre, the pace of play and strategy of this mobile MOBA is unique and deep unto itself. Even after reviewing Wild Rift, I've reached several ephiphanies while playing, and each one has transformed my understanding of the game and how to play it. These breakthroughs are exciting, but they take patience, persistence--and sometimes even research--to realize, especially if you aren't super well-versed in MOBAs in general.
AFK Arena's latest collaboration with Ubisoft introduces the Prince of Persia to the popular idle RPG
Lilith Games and Ubisoft have announced another collaboration today that will see the Prince of Persia added to the popular idle RPG, AFK Arena. He is available in the game from today, and players can add him to their collection until the end of June alongside trying the character for free before opting to buy him.
The Prince of Persia will come equipped with his scimitar alongside several other abilities for vanquishing his foes. This includes the ability The Sands of Time, which allows him to deal large amounts of damage to nearby enemies.