Along with a regular influx of Apple Arcade exclusives, games have started showing up on Apple Arcade on the same day as they do on consoles and PC. Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time, which I love, came out on consoles and Apple Arcade the same day. So did delightful platforming puzzler The Last Campfire from Hello Games. One of my favorite new puzzle games, Draknek’s utterly charming A Monster’s Expedition Through Puzzling Exhibitions, hit Steam and Apple Arcade simultaneously.

All of these new games regularly being added are nice, but the older games are updating regularly as well. Barely a week goes by when some developer doesn’t add new levels, modes, or features to their Apple Arcade stuff. This weekend Snowman added an entire new city to Skate City, one of the services’ launch games. Action-adventure game Hot Lava just updated with an augmented-reality mode that uses the iPad Pro’s LIDAR feature to map players’ homes, filling them with virtual lava.

My favorite thing about Apple Arcade is that all of these games are available instantly at no additional charge. It seems unfair that console players have to pay $40 for the new Samurai Jack game when I can almost play it free on my iPad or Apple TV. But hey, I pay a whole five bucks a month for the privilege, and it feels good. It’s not shopping at the App Store. It’s a trip to the library, where the books are all at least pretty good and none of them are checked out. It’s a good deal, that could be even better this fall, when Apple Arcade joins the lineup of Apple’s new bundled subscription service, Apple One. The lowest tier bundles Apple TV+, Apple Music, Apple Arcade, and 50GB of iCloud storage together for $15 a month.

If you’ve never touched Apple Arcade, Apple is still offering a one-month free trial. If you have touched it and let it lapse, consider hopping back in and seeing all the cool stuff that’s been added since last year. I still think it’s totally worth it.

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