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The new gamed added on Apple Arcades on Jan. 22nd are “Nuts”, by developer Noodlecake, and “Spire Blast” from Orbital Knight.
Melmoth Forest is the abode of a very peculiar squirrel population, the protagonists of “Nuts”, a surveillance mystery game. The squirrels are up to something and the player, in the role of a field researcher, must find out what is happening. Equipped with a map, cameras, motion sensors, thermal imaging tech, and GPS, you can enter Melmoth Forest and start your investigation. There are several tasks you will be required to accomplish: placing cameras, observing footage, tracking the squirrels’ movements, and more. A professor by the name Nina Scholz will contact you during the whole mission while you record the actions of the squirrels.
There is a series of questions you need to answer: Where do the squirrels go? What do they do? And why is it that they behave so strangely? Explore the forest. Record the squirrels. Report your findings… and uncover the secret at the very heart of the forest. “NUTS is made by a small, remote team of experienced indies,” explains Noodlecake on their website. “The code is made in Reykjavik, the trees are planted in Montreal, the books are written in Copenhagen, and the foley is recorded in Berlin.”
“Spire Blast,” the other Apple Arcade release, is a puzzle game. According to Orbital Knight, it is a Candy Crush-meets-Jenga sort of adventure. Players must blast and knock down towers by matching colored bricks. Dragons can help with the task, but they are frequently hungry and must be fed regularly. The game was designed with a good understanding of physics in its code, so how bricks are matched and shot determines how the tower topples.
One word of caution: the game is quite addictive! The challenges step up the longer you play. There are special items, like Boosters, that can help knock the towers down. But at the same time, the towers become stronger and taller as the game proceeds. Moving up through the levels also requires eliminating a certain number of colours.
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