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.

The newest game to join Apple Arcade’s grow­ing cat­a­log is But­ter Royale from Mighty Bear Games. Play­ers sub­scribed to Apple’s $4.99 month­ly gam­ing ser­vice can check out this new game on Fri­day. It’ll be avail­able on the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac and Apple TV along­side more than 100 oth­er exclu­sive games. 

The game is set in the near future, where weapons have been banned glob­al­ly. In a cafe, a food fight erupt­ed after two patrons began argu­ing over the last choco­late dough­nut. Sens­ing an oppor­tu­ni­ty to cap­i­tal­ize on peo­ple’s ten­sion, mys­te­ri­ous com­pa­ny But­ter Co. cre­at­ed a game show called But­ter Royale. Con­tes­tants are air-dropped onto an island to duke it out with food.  

After upgrad­ing from stale baguettes to Nutri­tion­al­ly Oper­at­ed Machines, or NOMs, play­ers engage in “culi­nary com­bat,” and try to out­run floods of but­ter and get to safe zones in five-minute match­es. But­ter Royale has offline modes where you can play against bots, or online mul­ti­play­er modes. Whether you’re play­ing with up to 32 oth­ers solo or in squads, like in Fort­nite, the goal is to be the last one stand­ing. 


Play­ers can choose from 52 diverse char­ac­ters like Gor­don Ham­sey, Kate Cher­ry and Sausage Sam — each with their own back sto­ry. 

“We designed But­ter Royale to push the enve­lope on fun and inclu­siv­i­ty. We want every­one in the fam­i­ly to love it and see them­selves rep­re­sent­ed in the game, from young chil­dren to grand­par­ents,” Simon Davis, CEO of Mighty Bear Games, said in a release.

Read more: Apple Arcade review: Mobile gam­ing gets a mas­sive upgrade for $5 a month

Davis also remarked on the game’s food fight theme. Instead of tra­di­tion­al weapons, play­ers com­pete with NOMs, which include the May­ona­tor, the Gum­baller and the Bread­zooka. 

“It is also impor­tant to us that But­ter Royale is a non­vi­o­lent shoot­er, so younger play­ers can safe­ly join in. The food-fight theme was per­fect for that,” Davis said. 

But­ter Royale is aimed at play­ers age 9 and up. The game has no in-game chats, adver­tise­ments, loot box­es or in-app pur­chas­es. 

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