Apple Arcade gives its games the Valentine's Day treatment
Valentine's Day is almost here, and Apple Arcade is sharing the love with new holiday-themed game features.
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Ahead of Valentine's Day, Apple Arcade gave two of its games a heart-themed tweak. Grindstone from Capybara Games and Patterned from Borderleap added free V-Day-themed content for the holiday. The content will still be available after Valentine's Day, too.
Grindstone is a puzzle game in which you must defend Grindstone Mountain, which has been overrun with nefarious creatures called Creeps. As you solve 150 levels of puzzles, you can upgrade your weapon to battle bosses, find resources and forge gear. For Valentine's Day, Grindstone is getting two new features to help players defeat tough levels. The Cupid Cosplay outfit makes Creeps fall in love instead of attack. When they jump into each other's arms, they explode. The Heartseeking Arrow takes out a Creep and gives you a health item in its place. To use either holiday add-on, visit the inn in the game.
In Patterned -- a relaxing, more classic take on the puzzle game -- players must rely on visual clues to solve a puzzle that starts in a black and white sketch form. Once you solve it, the puzzle comes to life with unique Easter eggs. This game also getting Valentine's Day content, in the form of three new patterns from artist Helen Ahpornsiri.