Following its recent announcement, simulation game Japanese Rural Life Adventure () from Game Start is out now on Apple Arcade. It seems like a portrait only game on iOS and iPadOS, but supports landscape on tvOS and macOS. The pixel aesthetic looks great, and it features fixing up an old house, growing your crops, festivals, fishing, and more. I’ll be playing it more later today. Check it out here on Apple Arcade. Alongside this new release, many notable games on Apple Arcade have gotten big updates including one that hasn’t seen an update in over a year.
Asphalt 8+ takes you back to Venice with new cards, brand new decals for old cars, and a gift for playing the game in the form of the McLaren M14A. Cooking Mama: Cuisine! adds new ingredient combos and dishes today. Disney SpellStruck brings in the new endless mode Blank’s Blitz to earn new rewards. Episode XOXO adds in its first new story in about a month with Summer Crush available now. Gear Club Stradale brings in four new races in overtaking mode and four new races in Grand Prix, new features including a converter for upgrade resources, and a tutorial hub. JellyCar Worlds brings in challenges for the JellyCar 1 levels, out of bounds objects in the level editor, pins to connect objects in the editor, and more possibilities for custom levels. Populus Run gets its first update in about two years with major gameplay improvements for the core experience, controller fixes, support for Nintendo Switch controllers, improvements to performance on new devices, and support for the Siri Remote (3rd generation) on tvOS.
Taiko no Tatsujin: Pop Tap Beat 1.15 has added in seven new songs including Edison making its Taiko no Tatsujin debut, Night of Knights / Knight of Nights joining in as a Touhou Project arrangement song. The final notable update of the week is Zookeeper World bringing in 12 new puzzles with the next stage coming September 24th. With the updates done, check out our forum threads for Japanese Rural Life Adventure here, Asphalt 8+ here, Cooking Mama: Cuisine! here, Disney SpellStruck here, Episode XOXO here, Gear Club Stradale here, JellyCar Worlds here, Populus Run here, Taiko no Tatsujin: Pop Tap Beat here, and Zookeeper World here. Head over to our our dedicated Apple Arcade forum for all things around the service including new games, upcoming games, and more as well. What do you think of this month’s updates and releases so far?