Has Apple recently brought many "dead" games back to life?

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  1. LordGek

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    Hey Gang,

    As many of you long time iOSers know, a few new iOS versions ago HUNDREDS of games gained forced obsolescence with the old, "This game must be updated to run in your iOS" (I think this happened when they decided to stop backward compatibility to 32-bit games in the newer iOSes).

    Well over the last few days a lot of these seemingly dead games are snapping back to life with what looks like an update made to them by Apple themselves, not the devs necessarily, to allow them to run once again!

    While this is great news, it's also depressing as many of the games coming back I'd long uninstalled as it was clear I'd never be able to play them again with the latest iOS.

    So here is my plea to you guys out there also seeing these mass automated updates to old games, please post links to some of your favorite games that you've seen just received this update so I can hopefully re-install the many games I'd deleted so long ago I forgot their names. I'd link up a few myself but I'm stepping off to work right now, maybe I can later today.
     
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    Holy crap! 32 updates today, but all of them were games that were already running on iOS 14. I have a CRAPLOAD of games to go through, but so far, no Cave games, no Stealth Inc. no Autumn Dynasty, no Monsters Ate My Condo, or really any of the 50 or so games I had on my ‘most want to be updated’ list. <shrug>
    I’m sure there’s some gems packed in there, but nothing that I immediately wanted to see updated. Still.... very nice surprise to see.
     
  3. Son of Anarchy

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    I read somewhere yesterday that Apple had a problem with Family Sharing, people using it recently had all their apps fail to launch and/or lock up. Apple’s solution to fix the problem was to ‘force update’ apps that haven’t been updated for awhile to ‘use the latest signing certificate’. There’s also developers out there who are a bit uncomfortable knowing that Apple can do whatever they like to their stuff without the devs knowledge.

    I first started thinking like syntheticvoid and started checking old games like Battle Academy and Autumn Dynasty but I’m pretty sure that no 32bit games are being resurrected.
     
  4. psj3809

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    Yeah I wouldn’t get excited. All my metal slug games were updated but they all still have issues with the buttons

    shame
     
  5. LordGek

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    Sorry, my bad, just old games but maybe no 32-bit or even ones that hadn't been working previously...:oops:
     
  6. stubbieoz

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    Got a question in line with this.

    My iPad is pretty full of games and with all these updates I’m getting the “not enough storage” message popping up.
    Rather than delete the game to get space and then reinstalling, I am offloading them (to keep the old save files) and reinstalling.
    But after reinstalling, the larger size games, a day later, keep telling me to update them.

    So does offloading and then reinstalling, rather than deleting and then reinstalling, not update some games?

    It is going to be a right pain if I have to use delete to gain space and lose my progress.
     
  7. agreen437

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    Bioshock included?
     
  8. metalcasket

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    These are all 64-bit games that still exist on the App Store.
     
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    Thanks for clearing this up
     
  10. metalcasket

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    Hey, no probs. It sucks though. :( That BioShock port was so ahead of its time, its crazy that 2K just let it die. In hindsight, I highly doubt it would've been maintained at all, so I feel like we'd be having his convo regardless.
     
  11. agreen437

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    lol I know right
     

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