Apple Arcade on Friday added The Collage Atlas, a new entirely hand-illustrated adventure game from John Evelyn and Robot House Games, to its . The Collage Atlas is a first-person narrative that works like a picture book.
While labeled in Apple Arcade as an adventure game, The Collage Atlas is almost a meditation game in disguise. But it's not like what normally comes to mind when you think of meditation apps and their approach to relaxing. After a brief exposition, you can start exploring the world. Birds chirp, a gentle soundtrack plays, and pinwheels spin and make beautiful sounds when you walk through them.
It's not just wandering around in a digital nowhere-land, though. The world responds to your presence; as you progress, gates will open, airships will fly and buildings will rise. The game is laid out to allow certain markers or floating quotes to draw you closer and to further the story even as you wander, and some of the game's biggest secrets are waiting off the beaten path. So take your time. The game is a journey about humanity, memory and hope. There are also somber moments to go along with the peaceful ones, reminding you that, as in life, one can't be had without the other.
Thehas been a time of adjustment and stress for everyone -- missing our family members, dealing with job loss, getting sick or fearing sickness, and enduring the general anxiety of living during such uncertainty. While video games can provide an escape from these feelings, games like The Collage Atlas can be particularly helpful with quiet ambience and encouraging words.
If you liked Apple Arcade games like Tint, Patterned or Lifelike, this is definitely worth sampling.
Check out Evelyn's creative process here:
Apple entered the with the release of . The subscription gaming service costs $5 a month and lets you play new and exclusive games across the iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod Touch and Apple TV. After the announcement of on Oct. 13, Apple will include a with the purchase of a new device.
You can also check out the latest updates to these two games on Apple Arcade now:
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