Apple Arcade's new games Nuts and Spire Blast out now
Try the new games this weekend.
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In this surveillance mystery game, the squirrel population in Melmoth Forest is acting suspiciously and it's up to you, as a field researcher, to get to the bottom of it. Pack up your map, cameras, motion sensors, thermal imaging tech and GPS for the weirdest surveillance mission ever. Along the way, you'll be tasked with missions: placing cameras, observing footage, tracking the squirrels' movements and more. The whole time, you're in communication with Professor Nina Scholz. With all that gear, plus your logic and wit, will you be able to uncover a bigger conspiracy?
You must get your caravan in working order before setting off into the wild to track these strange forest critters. The game is presented in a unique color aesthetic. Noodlecake balances the tension of the nights ticking by alongside the hilarity of potentially sinister squirrels.
Spire Blast is a Candy Crush-meets-Jenga puzzle game in which players must match colored bricks to blast and knock down towers. Your hungry dragon companions can help, but you have to take good care of them. The game is physics-based, so be mindful of how you match and shoot the bricks -- it will influence how the tower topples.
The game only gets more addictive and challenging the longer you play. You'll get items to help you knock the towers down -- like Boosters -- but the tower structure will become more solid and taller. You'll have a certain number of colors to eliminate per level to advance as well.
In addition, with the release of Apple's new iPhone 12 devices, you can get a three-month free trial of Apple's gaming service with the purchase of a new device. Even if you don't purchase a new phone, if you're signing up for Apple Arcade for the first time, you get a one-month free trial. The Apple One subscription bundle also launched last year, which makes it easier and more affordable to get up to six Apple subscription services -- Apple Arcade included -- for one price.