With iOS becoming more and more a platform full of games, we’ve started to see a worrying trend. As Apple improves iOS and releases big updates, some games have fallen by the wayside when big changes to how they work have been required.
If Apple updates the iPhone to include larger displays, or kills off 32-bit apps, developers need to do work to make everything function. That doesn’t always happen, and games disappear. That usually means they’re gone for good, but a new startup is hoping to improve matters.
GameClub is a new startup that hopes to bring some of the best, and obsolete games from the App Store back to a state where they can be played once more. It’s in good hands, too, with TouchArcade’s Eli Hodapp leaving the publication to help out.
In fact, Hodapp has mentioned the issue at hand over at TouchArcade, during the announcement that he will be joining the startup.
Throughout this process, I started to realize that, entirely by accident, TouchArcade had become this weird museum of the glory days of iOS gaming. Loads of games that passionate developers were excited to release to a hungry customer base now only exist in TouchArcade reviews, or TA Plays videos. We’ve grumped about this a bunch, in multiple editorials, too many episodes of the podcast to count, a near infinite number of Tweets, and basically every other place you can air a grievance online. These complaints were often framed around, “I wish someone would do something,” or “Why isn’t anyone doing anything,” as our digital history vanished like a photo of the McFlys.
And he’s right. If GameClub can bring some of the best games we loved from yesteryear back to life, then that’s great news. Anyone interested in this can sign up for the GameClub beta program, although there is no word yet on what any of this will cost when everything goes live. When that does happen, gamers can look forward to a library of older games that should be a real treat, and we can’t wait to see how it all pans out.
In fact to start off, GameClub has announced that it’s looking to bring back the classic, Hook Champ to newer iPhones and iPads.
Hook Champ by @rocketcatgames first hit the App Store in late 2009, and has been unplayable on modern devices for years. It’s one of the many classic mobile games that GameClub is bringing back to life. Play it now by joining our early access program at https://t.co/xa26bCYO0b pic.twitter.com/CtkPHPVnjH
— GameClub (@GameClub) March 5, 2019
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