GameClub bringing classic iOS games back to the App Store this fall

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in General Discussion edited September 2019
GameClub will launch its all-you-can-play subscription service to the App Store this fall, giving players a chance to revisit classic mobile games without the hassle of annoying advertising or IAP.




GameClub will work as a subscription service, not dissimilar to Apple Music or Netflix. For a small monthly fee, which is currently unknown, players will be able to play over 50 different titles at launch.

The titles, which include classics such as Super Crate Box, Legendary Wars, Minigore, Space Miner, and Mage Gauntlet, are fully updated and optimized for modern iOS and Android devices. More games will be added to the library on a weekly basis. Additionally, GameClub will release new and original games to the service as well.

All games brought to the service will be fully downloadable and available to play offline. This is an increasingly rare sight to see, as many mobile games require constant access to either data or wifi. Users without unlimited data often unable to play games away from home-- which is a large draw of mobile gaming. GameClub's new model circumvents this problem entirely, and that's part of their bigger plan.

The service takes aim at solving the problem of the free-to-play app ecosystem. Gameclub posits that many people have left the mobile gaming market because free-to-play apps have driven them away.

"Smartphones sparked an explosion of creativity in games, however much of that innovation has been snuffed out by titles that are free to download but often rely on manipulative practices and annoying monetization schemes," said Dan Sherman, CEO and co-founder of GameClub. "Too many talented game creators have been driven away from mobile and GameClub believes players deserve better."

The content will be curated by former Touch Arcade Editor-In-Chi Eli Hodapp, with input from the community. In aggregate, the games in the GameClub library have been downloaded over one hundred million players over the last ten years. GameClub will act as a form of preservation, giving the titles a chance to live on and be enjoyed by both old and new fans alike.

Anyone interested in the service can sign up for the GameClub Early Access program at GameClub's website. Doing so will give them a chance to receive pre-launch betas through TestFlight, as well as additional news about GameClub's global launch.

Pricing is not yet available.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    Saving us from the hassle of annoying advertising or IAP with another monthly subscription? No thanks! How about simply re-releasing the games (with short demos) at reasonable prices and letting people decide if they want to purchase them or not. Wow, what a concept! Start with Bioshock. Thanks!
    jahbladecornchipbfranks
  • Reply 2 of 8
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 6,316administrator
    Zirlin said:
    Saving us from the hassle of annoying advertising or IAP with another monthly subscription? No thanks! How about simply re-releasing the games (with short demos) at reasonable prices and letting people decide if they want to purchase them or not. Wow, what a concept! Start with Bioshock. Thanks!
    Irrational Games is completely dead. This seems unlikely.
    cornchip
  • Reply 3 of 8
    How does Bioshock need preservation? It still exists for tons of platforms. some games I'd love to see these guys update… - Ziggurat from Action Button - English Country Tune (would be a great fit for Apple TV) - Dark Echo
  • Reply 4 of 8
    crowleycrowley Posts: 9,080member
    Zirlin said:
    Saving us from the hassle of annoying advertising or IAP with another monthly subscription? No thanks! How about simply re-releasing the games (with short demos) at reasonable prices and letting people decide if they want to purchase them or not. Wow, what a concept! Start with Bioshock. Thanks!
    Irrational Games is completely dead. This seems unlikely.
    Completely dead isn't right, they downsized and changed their name.  A number of the key people are still there and there are no licensing issues.  Plus, they didn't do the port themselves anyway.

    Not that mobile was ever a great format for Bioshock, in my opinion.
    cornchip
  • Reply 5 of 8
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 6,316administrator
    crowley said:
    Zirlin said:
    Saving us from the hassle of annoying advertising or IAP with another monthly subscription? No thanks! How about simply re-releasing the games (with short demos) at reasonable prices and letting people decide if they want to purchase them or not. Wow, what a concept! Start with Bioshock. Thanks!
    Irrational Games is completely dead. This seems unlikely.
    Completely dead isn't right, they downsized and changed their name.  A number of the key people are still there and there are no licensing issues.  Plus, they didn't do the port themselves anyway.

    Not that mobile was ever a great format for Bioshock, in my opinion.
    Ghost Story is the new entity -- and I think that licensing is an issue, but regardless, it isn't coming back to iOS.

    Regardless, the iOS port of Bioshock didn't last that long, and wasn't updated very well. I'm not expecting it to return.
    cornchip
  • Reply 6 of 8
    Maybe if they bring back Dark Castle... :P
  • Reply 7 of 8
    19831983 Posts: 1,225member
    The GameClub guy’s are exactly right! I for one have all but pretty much given up on mobile gaming too, due to all that in-app monetization BS. I hate it! I’m old school...find a game you like, pay the full one time purchase fee, and that’s that! I tried the in-app model for a while with one game I particularly liked. But it became a bit of a financial drain, and I felt like I was being manipulated and screwed over all the time, so I stopped! GameClub and Apple’s Arcade seem like decent modern solutions to this bad situation, even though I’d still prefer to just pay and download one time per game. But that’s going away with the rise of subscription services, what can you do...
  • Reply 8 of 8
    AppleExposedAppleExposed Posts: 1,805unconfirmed, member
    Funny how iPhone games now have "classics".
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