With over 200 games to choose from, it can get a little overwhelming browsing Apple Arcade’s extensive selection. To save you the trouble of sifting through all of those games, we’ve put together a list of the best 15 games available on Apple’s subscription service.
This selection contains the most popular games. However, an unfamiliar genre can be fun to play too. Where possible, we’ve tried to represent as many genres as possible. Considering that a little something for everyone probably beats 5 puzzle adventure games, some diversity was a good choice.
Pac-Man Party Royale
Pac-Man Party Royale combines the classic Pac-Man formula with a fresh multiplayer experience. This is Pac-Man like you’ve never seen it before; Party Royale introduces a 4-player Battle Mode, where players compete against each other to find out who is the undisputed Pac-Man champion.
If you’re getting tired of all the cut-and-paste Dark Souls clones out there, Bleak Sword’s fresh and unique art style might be just what you need. The high-contrast visuals emphasise fluid animations, and Bleak Sword boasts smooth controls to boot. The game is a joy to play, but its challenging gameplay might be a bit much for those seeking a casual game.
Alba: A Wildlife Adventure
Similar to the laidback farming sims that currently dominate the immersive sim genre, Alba puts a different spin on the crop-growing of Stardew Valley and My Time at Portia. In Alba you play as a conservationist, doing your part to care for the animals and environment in a heartwarming game about the power of love and kindness.
The Last Campfire
From the creators of popular space epic No Man’s Sky, The Last Campfire is a little different to what you’d expect with a Hello Games logo attached. The studio has explored the puzzle genre this time, and The Last Campfire’s well-written adventures will surprise you with depth and charm galore.
Wonderbox: The Adventure Maker
Creation and exploration are at the heart of Wonderbox: The Adventure Maker. From character assets to map templates, absolutely everything has a mix-and-match design. Create to your heart’s content using a large variety of themes, with new collections added regularly to keep you coming back.
A sidescroller inspired by classic adventure movies, Little Orpheus is an Odyssey-level epic that takes players on an incredible journey. Discover giant creatures and lands filled with wonder, as you embark on an epic quest to the centre of the Earth, and beyond.
Most RPG’s travel back in time in some way, avoiding difficult conceptual issues when magical beings clash with modern-day technologies. Guildlings makes the bold decision to mix spells and suburbia, and introduces a fantasy version of our modern world; one with an exciting story-driven adventure at its core.
Skate City has plenty of challenges to complete and even sports an Endless Skate mode. Master hundreds of trick combinations as you flip, ollie and 360 your way through the streets of Los Angeles, Oslo, Barcelona, and Miami. Backed by an original lo-fi soundtrack, this game can hypnotise for hours with its easy-going atmosphere.
What the Golf?
What the Golf? is a far cry from the usual when it comes to golf-based video games. There’s no Tiger Woods here, but you may find a real king of the jungle. Expect the unexpected in Triband’s comical take on the golfing genre. You’ve got to experience this game for yourself, the less we say about it the better.
Overland’s turn-based post-apocalypse is a nice change from the average survival game formula. There’s a lot to be said for how this game’s change of pace brings a breath of fresh air to a saturated genre. As you look after a family, trying to survive against zombies and starvation; the slower style of Overland suits the dramatic decision-making you’ll have to do.
Fantasion is the first RPG to be designed exclusively for Apple Arcade. Developed by Mistwalker Studios, this iOS-exclusive was created by veterans of the Final Fantasy series. Travel to an alternate universe directly inspired by JRPG’s new and old, and explore the rich fantasy of this original IP.
Created by Capybara Games, Grindstone makes use of the addictive loop of games like Candy Crush and takes the concept a lot further. Monsters and gems cower before your sword as you match colours and beat dungeons. Grindstone guarantees tons of fun in a comfortably familiar format.
NBA 2K21 Arcade Edition
With a new graphics engine that tests the limits of Apple devices, NBA 2K21 is a step ahead of its competition. Featuring over 30 arenas, an updated roster, and a full MyCareer mode, this is without a doubt the most advanced and feature-filled basketball game on any platform.
Tetris Beat is the game you know and love, with some bass-thumping beats and psychedelic colours thrown in. Keep to the rhythm and you’ll be rewarded with flashy combos and bonus points. Watch hours slip by as you play this addictive retro with some modern enhancements. Rhythm mechanics and Tetris blocks make for terrific bedfellows.
Monster Hunter Stories
Monster Hunter Stories takes you on a monster-collecting adventure, filled with strategic battles, tough enemies, and stunning environments. Stories might be a spin-off of the immensely popular Monster Hunter franchise, but it stands well enough on its own. If critic reviews are anything to go by, this is one of the best Monster Hunter games in the entire series.Tagged With fames to play on apple arcade