Sigmund Judge

Sigmund Judge

Sigmund is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Screen Times, where he writes about Apple TV, tvOS, Apple TV+ and the Apple TV app. Sigmund is also the co-host of the Screen Times podcast.

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Apple Music Launch ‘Best Seat In The House’ Concert Series

Apple Music Launch ‘Best Seat In The House’ Concert Series

Apple Music are celebrating Memorial Day weekend with a 72- hour concert experience called 'Best Seat In The House'.

A part of the ‘At Home With Apple Music’ initiative, Apple users are given a front row seat to 20 iconic performances from some of musics biggest names. The festivities have already begun and continue all weekend long via the Apple Music app or through the TV app's 'Watch Now' section.

Apple Music are also featuring unique ‘Best Seat in the House’ playlists showcasing the studio versions of the songs featured in each event.

The full "Best Seat In The House" concert schedule is as follows:

May 23: ‘Pop’s Biggest Hitters’:

Lady Gaga – The Monster Ball Tour Live at Madison Square Garden (New York City, 2011)
Coldplay – Live In São Paulo (São Paulo, Brazil, 2017)
Amy Winehouse – Live at Porchester Hall (London, 2007)
Lil Wayne – Live at House of Blues Los Angeles (Los Angeles, 2008)
Tyler, the Creator – Apple Music Presents: Tyler, the Creator (Los Angeles, 2019)
J Balvin – Bruuttal (Medellín, 2017)
Camila Cabello – New Music Daily Presents: Camila Cabello (Los Angeles, 2019)
One Republic – Live in South Africa (Johannesburg, 2015)

May 24: ‘Rock Heroes’:

Pearl Jam – Imagine in Cornice (multiple cities in Italy, 2006)
Metallica – Quebec Magnetic (Quebec City, 2009)
Rage Against the Machine – Live at Finsbury Park (London, 2010)
Nine Inch Nails – Beside You in Time (multiples U.S. cities, 2006)
U2 – 360 at the Rose Bowl (Pasadena, 2009)
Nirvana – Live at Reading (Reading, 1992)

May 25: ‘Legends’:

Eagles – Hell Freezes Over (Los Angeles, 1994)
Bob Marley – Uprising Live! (Dortmund, 1980)
Elton John – Live at Madison Square Garden (New York City, 2007)
The Rolling Stones – Hyde Park Live (London, 2013)
Queen – Live at Wembley ’86 (London, 1986)
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band – London Calling: Live at Hyde Park (London, 2009).

Apple Music costs $9.99 per month or $14.99 per month for a family subscription for up to six people (through Family Sharing) or just $4.99 per month for students.

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Up Next: This Week's Apple TV Releases

Each week Apple offers a mix of original Movies, TV Shows, Music and Arcade experiences available across all your screens - allowing you to pick-up where you left off. Here's our run down of what to add to your Up Next queau, music playlists and gaming backlogs this week.

Mythic Quest: Quarantine

Apple TV+ |S1, E10 | 25 min | TV-MA

In this special episode the Mythic Quest staff work from home. Poppy and Ian struggle with solitude, while Brad and David start a charitable competition as assistant Jo trys to explain video-conferencing to CW with mixed results.

Towers of Everland

Apple Arcade | Role Playing | 9 +

Cobra Mobile's colourful first person dungeon crawler "Towers of Everland" makes its debut on Apple Arcade this week. Bringing together exploration, combat and RPG, your epic journey will test your skills in battle against the hordes of fiendish monsters you will be sure to encounter as you conquer towers and amass weapons and armor from hundreds of unique pieces.

Defending Jacob

Apple TV+ | S1, E7 | 53 min | TV-MA

Both haunting and sobering, the hit shows penultimate episode "Job" sees the trial begin. Jacob’s fate hangs in the balance as the prosecution take one last throw of the dice.

Fraggle Rock: Rock On!

Apple TV+ | S1, E5 | 5 min | TV-G

In "Wembley and Gobo's Mrazmerizing Adventure!" special musical guest and silly creature Jason Mraz joins Gobo and Wembley for a jam session over the magical Doozertube.

Helpsters: Help You

Apple TV+ | S1, E5 | 2 min | TV-Y

In this weeks episode the Helpsters learn "How to Be Together" even when they are apart. They make a new plan so that they can still have fun with friends. Non subscribers can watch the episode in full on the Apple TV YouTube channel.

Other Apple TV Highlights:

Homecoming: Season 2

Prime Video | 7 episodes | TV-MA

Homecoming returns for a second season, trading conspiracy for psychological thrills. Janelle Monáe stars in seven short episodes of mystery and intrigue as she finds out her connection to the Geist Group and the Homecoming facility that gives this series its name.

Horizon Chase: World Tour

App Store | $2.99 | Sports | 4 +

"Horizon Chase - World Tour" by Aquiris Game Studio received an update this week bringing with it Porto Alegre, a new City in the Brazillian Cup with 2 extra tracks and a new car. This week also saw the introduction of new weekly challenges and new tracks with constantly evolving rules, making now the perfect time to take the wheel in this arcade racer.

The Lovebirds

Netflix | 1 hr 27 min | R

Originally set for a theatrical release, this murder mystery romance comedy stars Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani as a couple who in the last throws of a failing relationship must go on a wild goose chase to clear their names of murder.

Mighty Aphid

App Store | $1.99 | Adventure | 9 +

Relive the early days of 2D platform gaming with Cascadia Games mega man inspired "Mighty Aphid". Now with improved physics and game controller support, this often challenging game oozes nostalgia. Take down hordes of enemies and inventive final bosses as you run, shoot, swim and fly in your pursuit of the evil Lady Bug! Muhahahahahaha... ahem...

Night Tide

MUBI | 1 hr 26 min | NR

A sailor (Dennis Hopper's first starring role!) falls in love with a girl in a beatnik jazz club, and is drawn into a strange world in which she may be a mermaid. Curtis Harrington's 1961 indie horror flick "Night Tide" has been meticulously restored and is currently free to watch on MUBI.

The Trip to Greece

Apple TV App | Rent | $6.99 | 1 hr 43 min | NR

Now on their fourth excursion, funnymen Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon travel to restaurants, hotels and ancient landmarks - this time in Greece. Their semi-fictionalised food tour ends in the Med and includes yet more bickering and celebrity impression duels.

HBO Max Launch

May 27th | $14.99/month

HBO Max is set to launch this coming Wednesday and is set to include over 10,000 hours of content from the likes of Warner Bros, New Line Cinema, HBO, Crunchyroll, Studio Ghibli, DC, Looney Tunes, TNT, TBS, truTV, The CW, CNN, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Rooster Teeth along with a host of exclusive HBO Max originals. To say we're excited would be a massive understatement. Look out for our guide on launch day.


Apple Arcade Updates:

Hot Lava

Apple Arcade | Action | 4 +

As the weather gets hotter, so does the lava in "Hot Lava". The latest update adds a new community-created map called "Sunshine Shore"; a new chase course; and a revitalising energy drink. Want to listen to your own tunes? You can do that to... just dont touch the floor.

Outlanders

Apple Arcade | Strategy | 12 +

Developer Pomelo Games upgrades its charming town-builder simulator to version 3, adding sandbox mode for a more relaxed playthrough without objectives and level restrictions. Choose from four different terrain layouts, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. I've already lost many an hour to this game so be fair warned before jumping in.

Sneaky Sasquatch

Apple Arcade | Adventure | 4 +

Following on from its recent humongous update, "Sneaky Sasquatch" from RAC7 Games adds lots of activities including photography, a camera club, a daily newspaper you can work for, a hot springs area and a new cabin for you to build. Go get sneaking!

Sonic Racing

Apple Arcade | Racing | 4 +

The worlds fastest hedgehog racer is back with it's latest update, adding the Final Fortress Zone with 3 brand new tracks that lead into the heart of the Eggman's flagship. If that wasnt enough you can now play against 4 players, making lockdown head-to-head's against family members a possibility... if you dare.

Super Mega Mini Party

Apple Arcade | Action | 4 +

"Super Mega Mini Party" continues to be updated by developer RED GAMES CO with even more unlockable mega mini-games! Wizards Quest - sees you compete in an epic quest for donuts by battling your way through a deadly dragon - and Ink Jets - has you paint the arena in your colour with an ink-powered jet pack in a game of most paint wins. Better yet players can now earn rewards even when they've been abandoned in battle.

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Apple Share Official Trailer for Inspirational Docuseries 'Dear...'

Apple Share Official Trailer for Inspirational Docuseries 'Dear...'

Apple have shared the official trailer for upcoming docuseries "Dear..." ahead of its Apple TV+ debut. All ten episodes will be available on day one and will feature popular public figures Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem, Spike Lee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Yara Shahidi, Stevie Wonder, Aly Raisman, Misty Copeland and Big Bird, among others.

"Dear..." takes its inspiration from Apple's "Dear Apple" marketing campaign which promotes Apple Watch via user letters sent into Apple sharing the impact the device has had on individuals lives.

Inspired by Apple's groundbreaking "Dear Apple" ad for the ‌Apple Watch‌, Dear... is an inventive approach to biographies of the influential people who are shaping culture and society today using letters that fans have written to them. Dear... focuses on key moments from subjects' lives and their work that has profoundly impacted not only the individuals who have written letters, but the world at large.

You can now add the R.J. Cutler produced docu-series to your Up Next queau in prepertion for the shows Apple TV+ debut on June 5th.

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Apple Releases tvOS 13.4.5 for Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K

Apple Releases tvOS 13.4.5 for Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K

Apple today released the latest version of tvOS. Software update 13.4.5 can now be installed by owners of Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K hardware.

Those who prefer to update their Apple TV's manually should go to Settings > System > Software Updates, whilst users with automatic updates enabled will see the update install on their Apple TV's over the next 24 hours.  

tvOS 13.4.5 showed no signs of additional features during its public and developer beta testing. The latest tvOS release is likely an update to insure compatibility with todays other software updates for iOS, iPadOS and HomePod OS. HomePod shares the same software release as Apple TV whereas iOS and iPadOS updated to version 13.5.

Todays tvOS 13 release is likely the last before tvOS 14 is unveiled at next month's WWDC.

Join us as we count down to WWDC with our annual tvOS: Apple TV wishes.

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Hulu Goes Back to Basics with Simple and Familiar Home Screen →

Hulu Goes Back to Basics with Simple and Familiar Home Screen →

After a number of failed attempts to reinvent the wheel of streaming app user-interfaces, Hulu's app reverts to a simpler, familiar tile system, starting today on Apple TV.

The latest Hulu re-design will feel familiar to those coming from Disney's other Disney Plus and ESPN Plus streaming apps. Hulu users can now navigate vertically through collections, scrolling horizontally within the given area of interest.

The new update harks back to the old Disney customer service mantra "consistency is key" - rolling out to more platforms by the end of July.

For those like me that predominantly use the TV app to browse content - please feel free to carry on as usual. For everyone else - Hulu's latest re-edesign promises to right many wrongs.

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Apple TV+ Announce Short-Form Sports Docuseries 'Greatness Code'

Apple TV+ Announce Short-Form Sports Docuseries 'Greatness Code'

Apple TV+ docuseries "Greatness Code" is the latest in a long list of unscripted content announcements unveiled this week. The short-form sports series will stream to 100 countries when it premieres on July 10.

According to Apple's press release, the sports series will “spotlight untold stories from the greatest athletes in the world.”

"Greatness Code" will feature the following athletes across the series seven episodes:

  • Four-time NBA MVP, three-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist LeBron James
  • Six-time Super Bowl champion and four-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady
  • Olympic gold medalist and co-captain of the US Women’s National Soccer Team Alex Morgan
  • Record-holding Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Shaun White
  • World’s fastest man and eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt
  • Five-time Olympic gold medalist and 15-time world champion swimmer Katie Ledecky
  • 11-time world champion surfer Kelly Slater

The series is directed by Gotham Chopra and produced by Religion of Sports - which Chopra co-founded with Tom Brady and NFL Hall of Fame legend Michael Strahan - and Uninterrupted, the athlete empowerment brand founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter.

Earlier today Apple TV+ updated its press site with a release date for "Little Voices." The highly anticipated show will premiere alongside "Greatness Code" globally on July 10th.

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J.J. Abrams & Sara Bareilles's 'Little Voice' to Debut on TV+ July 10th

J.J. Abrams & Sara Bareilles's 'Little Voice' to Debut on TV+ July 10th

Update May 22nd:

Apple have now shared an official press release for the upcoming series.

Original May 20th article:

According to the Apple TV Press site, romantic-drama-comedy series "Little Voice" has an official release date of July 10th, 2020. While it's likely that this information was published earlier than planned, this release confirmation marks the completion of Apple's original slate of content announced onstage at last years media event.

Apple's description of "Little Voice" is as follows:

A love letter to the diverse musicality of New York, “Little Voice" explores the universal journey of finding your authentic voice in your early 20s. Sara Bareilles (“Waitress”) will provide original music for this fresh, intensely romantic tale of the search to find your true voice … and then the courage to use it.

"Little Voice" is a J.J. Abrams Bad Robot Production in association with Warner Bros. Television, executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Sara Bareilles, Jessie Nelson and Ben Stephensen.

The show - which will consist of ten half-hour episodes -  shares its name with Sara Bareilles's debut 2007 album - the inspiration for the project - and will revolve around new original music written by the Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter.

More information is expected shortly, along with key-art and an official trailer.

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Tom Hanks WWII Film 'Greyhound' to Premiere on Apple TV+

Tom Hanks WWII Film 'Greyhound' to Premiere on Apple TV+

In a surprise to many, battleship drama "Greyhound" will now premiere on Apple TV+ after the previously scheduled Sony Pictures theatrical release became the latest to be scrapped amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Written by and starring Tom Hanks, "Greyhound" will be the first project by the multi-award winner to premiere via a streaming service.

The rights to "Greyhound" are part of a reported deal with Sony Pictures in the region of $70 million for 15 years of streaming rights, marking the single biggest commitment to a feature film by the company and a statement of intent seen across the movie industry.

Tom Hank's association with Apple TV+ may publicly begin with "Greyhound" but his relationship with the company began last year. The upcoming Hanks/Spielberg project "Masters of the Air" - a follow up to HBO's "Band of Brothers" and "The Pacific" -  began pre-production in 2019 and will be the very first fully in-house production by Apple.

Apple have yet to announce a premiere date for "Greyhound", however speculation is rife that it will soon come to the streaming service given the gap in the release schedule left by the shut-down of countless TV+ productions.

You can watch the trailer  for the PG-13 rated action/drama below.

"Greyhound" is based on the novel "The Good Shepherd" by C.S. Forester and will be the third WWII film of Tom Hanks career, following "A League of Their Own" and "Saving Private Ryan".

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Apple TV+ Beat Out Competitors in Race for 4-Part Docuseries from ‘McMillion$’ Duo

Apple TV+ Beat Out Competitors in Race for 4-Part Docuseries from ‘McMillion$’ Duo

Apple have given a straight-to-series order for a 4-part docuseries from the directors of HBO hit McMillion$. Deadline report today that the capture of the Brian Lazarte and James Lee Hernández project followed a competitive tug-of-war ending in Apple paying "seven figures" to secure the prestigious rights.

The new untitled series is said to tell "the unbelievable true story of one of the largest scams in government history." Besides that tid-bit, little else is known about the project at this time.

The as-yet untitled project is the latest aquisition in an ever-growing catalogue of un-scripted content for Apple TV+ including; "Beastie Boys Story", "Visible: Out on Television", "Home", "Oprah Talks", "Dear..." (June 5th), "Dads" (June 19th), "Boys State" (July), "WeCrashed: The Rise and Fall of WeWork", "Prehistoric Planet" and the R.J. Cutler directed Billie Eilish documentary expected by the years end.  

If you havent watched McMillion$ yet, now would be the perfect time to get your teeth into Brian Lazarte and James Lee Hernández's breakout hit. Available to stream exclusively on HBO.

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Apple Highlights 'Barrier Breaking Characters' in New TV App Collection

Apple Highlights 'Barrier Breaking Characters' in New TV App Collection

Apple has begun highlighting a number of incredible artists reimagining roles for those with disabilities. The new TV App collection called 'Barrier Breaking Characters' explores the work of Zack Gottsagen, Lauren "Lolo" Spencer and Steve Way along with their roles in "The Peanut Butter Falcon", "Give Me Liberty" and "Ramy".

The three stars also highlight a mix of inspiration, all-time favourites and spotlighted performances; offering a mix of everything from "Attack The Block" and "Twin Peaks" to "Insecure" and "The Devil Wears Prada" to Disney's "High School Musical" and "The Greatest Showman".

The collection also celebrates representation in film, breakthrough moments for characters with disabilities and movies with audio descriptions. 'Barrier Breaking Characters' can be found by navigating to the Browse by Collection area in Watch Now within the TV App.

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'Mythic Quest: Ravens Banquet - Quarantine' Coming to Apple TV+ on May 22nd

'Mythic Quest: Ravens Banquet - Quarantine' Coming to Apple TV+ on May 22nd

Apple TV+ comedy "Mythic Quest: Ravens Banquet" is set to be the latest show to launch a special pandemic episode, arriving on Apple TV+ on May 22nd.

Hot on the heels of its successful debut season - and recent Twitch streams - the workplace comedy series is set to follow in the footseps of "Parks and Recreation", "Community" and popular talk shows from the likes of Conan O'Brien and James Corden in offering a virtual episode, recorded remotley using iPhones.

The new episode - which follows in the footsteps of successful shot-on-iphone TV+ productions "Helpsters: Help You" and "Fraggle Rock: Rock On!" - finds the team behind the biggest multiplayer video game of all-time tasked with working from home. Poppy and Ian struggle with solitude, while Brad and David start a charitable competition as assistant Jo trys to explain video-conferencing to CW with mixed results.

Co-creator and star Rob McElhenney shared more with Variety:

“Lots of workplaces are figuring out this whole working-from-home thing, and the gaming industry is no different. Virtual meetings are a new and special kind of hell, so I think people will relate,” said McElhenney. “Yes we’ve all had low points, but there have also been incredible moments of triumph and we wanted to celebrate that. We needed to shoot this episode fast without sacrificing quality. Thankfully, we’re living in a time when everyone’s got a camera in their pocket. Having an iPhone coupled with the ingenuity of our crew, allowed us to make this unique piece of television in just days. We hope people enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it.”

You can watch the teaser trailer for the upcoming "Mythic Quest" Quarantine episode below.

Season one of "Mythic Quest: Ravens Banquet" is available to watch in full on Apple TV+.

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Up Next: This Week's Apple TV Releases

Each week Apple offers a mix of original Movies, TV Shows, Music and Arcade experiences available across all your screens - allowing you to pick-up where you left off. Here's our run down of what to add to your Up Next queau, music playlists and gaming backlogs.

Winding Worlds

Apple Arcade | Adventure | 9+

From the artist run studio KO_OP, comes “Winding Worlds”, a colourful and dreamy puzzle-adventure about exploration, friendship and acceptance. The visually striking finger-wiggling puzzle-adventure is now available to Apple Arcade subscribers with its two hour play-time perfect for a weekend play through.

Defending Jacob

Apple TV+ | S1, E6 | 46 mins | TV-MA

With time running out (just three episodes to go), latest episode "Wishful Thinking" sees Andy and Klein explore two last-ditch efforts to prove Jacob's innocence in this record setting Apple TV+ limited series.  

Fraggle Rock: Rock On!

Apple TV+ | S1, E4 | 5 mins | TV-G

In "A Common Connection" Uncle Travelling Matt's adventures into Outer Space lead Gobo, Red, and the Fraggles into making music with special guest Common.

Helpsters: Help You

Apple TV+ | S1, E4 | 1 min | TV-Y

In this weeks episode "Bright Smiles & Hand Waves" Cody learns to adapt to modern times by staying socially distant. Non subscribers can watch the episode in full on the Apple TV YouTube channel.

Other Apple TV Highlights:

SCOOB!

Apple TV App | 1 hr 33 mins | PG

Skipping its planned theatrical run and joining the Apple TV App for its world premiere is Warner animation "SCOOB!". In Scooby-Doo's greatest adventure yet, we learn the never-before told story of how lifelong friends Scooby and Shaggy first met. Voiced by an all-star cast, SCOOB! is now available to rent or own.

Seberg

Prime Video | 1 hr 42 mins | R

This noir thriller from Benedict Andrews based on true events, follows French New Wave star Jean Seberg, who in the late 1960's was a target of the FBI due to her support of the civil rights movement. The "Breathless" star's life and career would go on to be destroyed by overreaching surveillance in an effort to suppress and discredit her activism. Starring Kristen Stewart, Jack O'Connell, Anthony Mackie, Zazie Beetz and Vince Vaughn.

Celebrity Watch Party

FOX NOW | S1, E1 | 43 mins | TV-14

Based on popular British show "Gogglebox" comes US version "Celebrity Watch Party". Celebrities and their families watch and react to the week's most interesting television shows in the comfort of their own homes. Featuring Steve Wozniak, Tyra Banks, Master P, The Osbournes and others.

German Bundesliga

FOX NOW | Sport | Match Day 26

After months out of action, top-flight European soccer restarts this weekend with the German Bundesliga on FS1 and FS2. Saturday sees RB Leipzig vs. Freiburg, Dortmund vs. Schalke 04, Frankfurt vs. M'Gladbach with Sunday and Monday's games including Köln vs. Mainz, Union Berlin vs. FC Bayern and Bremen vs. Leverkusen.


Apple Arcade Updates:

Butter Royale

Apple Arcade | Action | 9 +

Mighty Bear Games hit "Butter Royale" returns with one of the most significant Apple Arcade updates yet. Introducing a new season, daily and weekly quests and squad invite links amongst other improvements. The stand out feature in this update has got to be the introduction of Replay Kit on tvOS, allowing players to record their gameplay and then share it to iOS, iPadOS or macOS via AirDrop. The Broadcast option on Apple TV theoretically allows you to stream directly through tvOS -however neither YouTube, Twitch, Mixer or Facebook offer native options on Apple TV just yet...  Fingers crossed for WWDC!

Ballistic Baseball

Apple Arcade | Sports | 4 +

Gameloft's real-time PvP sports game adds matchmaking improvements and a new reconnection feature for head-to-head games, as-well-as bunting, base stealing and AI difficulty options in Arcade mode. An new help section has also been added for those new to the game, making the latest update a certified home run!

Cardpocalypse

Apple Arcade | Role Playing | 4 +

This fun card based role-playing game from developer Versus Evil adds a new Gauntlet Mode. The rogue-like mode adds a heap of replayability to this 1990's nostalgia trip with every run now unique.

No Way Home

Apple Arcade | Action | 9 +

The exploration shooter from SMG Studio is one of my personal Apple Arcade favorites. Updated this week, "No Way Home" adds 30+ missions, new defend missions, map markers, new characters and the obligatory bug fixes. Don't let this one drift into space!

Patterned

Apple Arcade | Puzzle | 4 +

The beautiful puzzler adds new multiplayer support, new puzzles, new hidden patterns and many more improvements. This unique puzzle game from Borderleap has been my go-to recently because of its soothing music and calming overall gameplay style and comes with my highest reccomendations.

Steven Universe: Unleash the Light

Apple Arcade | Role Playing | 9 +

The RPG based on the hit Cartoon Network series received a massive update this week including 7 all-new side quests, new ability upgrades and new playable characters, along with improved skillpoints and progression mechanics.

Yaga The Roleplaying Folktale

Apple Arcade | Role Playing | 9 +

Guiding Ivan through an incredible journey of bad luck and Slavic mythology has now been made easier through a dedicated Story Mode for more of a story-tale experience as-well-as a Hardcore Mode for the masochists among you. The huge update released this week also brings numerous tweaks and adds Romanian to the many different language options on offer.