Apple Arcade is kicking off 2023 with four new original titles, with the most notable being a sequel to a cult game from Pokemon developer, Game Freak.
Pocket Card Jockey: Ride On! is the follow-up title to Pocket Card Jockey, a game released by Game Freak on the
Pocket Card Jockey also incorporated a light RPG narrative, which Ride On! will hopefully include as well. It seems like a perfect game for mobile devices, and it’s always nice to see Game Freak working on games that aren’t Pokemon (Tembo the Badass Elephant was great – go check it out!).
Also new to
Episode XOXO sees the service get an entry in the quietly popular genre of Western visual novels that revolve around dating.
And finally, there’s a new title from publisher Noodlecake, called Squiggle Drop. It’s a physics-based puzzle that requires you to draw your own shapes to try to solve a series of conundrums – which sounds like a great recipe.
Apple Arcade games and updates for January 2023
Here’s the full list of new games and updates coming to
Episode XOXO (Pocket Gems) — Developed by Pocket Gems’ Episode Interactive Studio, Episode XOXO is an interactive storytelling game featuring an ever-growing collection of stories where players choose their own destiny — living out their stories with love, romance, adventure, and drama. The game will launch with five original stories (Little Star, The Royal Bachelor, No Time For Love, The Secret He Keeps, and Road To Wonderland), with plans for more stories to be added in future updates.
Illustrated (Border Leap) — Illustrated immerses players in beautiful illustrations and the stories behind them. Featuring creative gameplay that blends jigsaw and word puzzles, each puzzle begins with an illustration represented as an early concept sketch, paired with the concealed words of the artist’s story behind their work of art. With every correctly-placed piece, the illustration comes alive with colour while the words of the story are slowly revealed. Upon completion, the full-colour masterpiece and story are revealed together in unity.
Pocket Card Jockey: Ride On! (GAME FREAK inc.) – Pocket Card Jockey originally released to great acclaim on the
Squiggle Drop (Noodlecake) – Squiggle Drop is a puzzle game that uses creativity and imagination to solve charming physics puzzles by drawing a single shape. Players can complete over 100 puzzles, each with multiple and often surprising solutions, and earn rewards to build their very own Squiggletown. Unlock buildings, cosmetics, and various upgrades as players expand their own personal city.
The following games will be receiving content updates in January 2023:
- Angry Birds Reloaded
- Jetpack Joyride 2
- Skate City
- LEGO Star Wars: Castaways
- Zookeeper World
- WHAT THE GOLF?
- Subway Surfers Tag
- Warped Kart Racers
Catch up on past
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