Apple Arcade updates more games to play while in lockdown

This story is part of CNET’s coverage of Apple Arcade, including exclusive first looks we got at some of the service’s high-profile new games.

On Friday, Apple Arcade, Apple’s $4.99-a-month gaming service, launched updates for three titles. Apple Arcade has been updating games almost weekly along with releasing new exclusive titles for its growing catalog of over 100 games that you can play on the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Apple TV. 

With many people sheltering in place amid the coronavirus outbreak pandemic, playing a video game can be a welcome distraction and a way to pass the time. Here are more details on the updated games.

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Developer: weRplay


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In the arcade shoot-em-up game Explottens, you play as Captain K.I.T. and team up with a ragtag group of friends to save the world from the evil organization K.L.A.W. The game added a new survival mode that includes more difficult enemies and bosses. Here, players can earn coins, upgrade their gear, and compete with friends, family and other players in the leaderboard.

Redout: Space Assault

Developer: 34 Big Things


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In the 2395 Colonization of Mars, you play as Leon Barret, a talented fighter pilot in the Poseidon Security Forces. You’re tasked with keeping order — eliminating rebels and space pirates, and protecting and helping scientists continue their research. 

The space combat game improved its battle system by increasing the speed of player missile towards targets and the reducing cool down period between missile launches. In addition, the speed of the player’s ship has been increased, which allows for more flexibility in direction changes. Chapter nine is now playable, which adds an epilogue to the storyline. You’ll face a challenging decision with the core of the Poseidon fleet, the Trylobite Capital ship. 

Dead End Job

Developer: Headup Games


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In Dead End Job, you play as Hector Plasm, a cleaner at Ghoul-B-Gone. Blast ghosts with your plasma blaster and suck them up into your vacuum pack. It looks like a less bloody version of Viscera Cleanup Detail meets Ghostbusters. The game’s update adds 10 new items that’ll help players acquire collectible weapons and health items to help Hector.