So this is my next game! Found in the most unlikely of places. Apple Arcade. So it’s only available on ios, ipados, apple tv os, and osx. The biggest still working apple device I have is an ipad mini 5. The game looks pretty, running at max settings, 60fps, and whatever res it runs at. It’s not mobile jank. It’s an actual game. You just play it. No microjank, nothing. It’s literally an actual game. Currently playing with an xbox controller (also supports touch). It’s really giving off ffvii vibes and is really fun so far. I get a free month of apple arcade, so I hope I can beat it in under a month. I really don’t see myself coming back to apple arcade. This game was just recommended by a bunch of peeps. I’ve heard of no other apple arcade games being acknowledge by actual gamers.
If you buy a mac, you can run ios apps lol. Even as an ios dev, I have to use a mac to make builds. I do my work on a pc. On any other platform I can just make a build from a pc. With ios it doesn’t build the app. It builds an xcode project (a mac ide). So I do the work on pc, commit, push. Then hop on a mac, pull, open xcode project, then build. If there was an emulator, I’d know about it lol .
I could get a cheap refurbished iPhone and give it away after I’m done with the game. I wish I could use my company’s phone but I kinda dont want to get raped by InfoSec because I’m playing games on the phone.
See if you can go for an ipad. I find the screen size annoying on my ipad mini (gen 5). I can only imagine on a phone sized screen…unless maybe they do different camera tricks depending on your display size. It’s an excellent game, but I recommend the largest screen you can pull off.
Can’t find it refurbished. I just talked with a friend of mine who owns the latest iPad mini. He’ll give it to me so I can beat the game and then I’ll return it and afterwards wash my hands with bleach because I touched an Apple device.