Since the service’s release, it has amassed a Apple‘s service lets you download and play ad-free games across the iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod Touch and Apple TV., and with the release of , you can see a teaser of . For $4.99 (£4.99, AU$7.99) a month,
So, how does Apple Arcade stack up after its first year?
It’s still providing subscribers with a brand-new game just about every week, along with updates to games that are already available, adding new levels and challenges. It is frustrating, however, that we’re still waiting on some of the big titles that were announced last year at launch, including The Pathless, Fantasian and Proxi.
While it’s definitely a novelty to get a new game each week, some of them also come out on different platforms simultaneously or shortly after releasing on Apple Arcade — so it’s not exactly an exclusive experience. But at least for me, getting four new games a month for $4.99 a month on top of all the others is still well worth it. And with the release ofthis fall, you’ll be able to access Arcade alongside Apple’s growing group of services for a discounted price.
While Google Play Store users frequently complain about itsApple Arcade’s tab in the App Store is neatly laid out. It’s always easy to find something to play, whether it’s by name, by category, by required hardware or by recently updated. It’s also worth noting that unlike other platforms, Apple Arcade is family-friendly: To date, I’d rate the vast majority of the games G or PG.
The service has been Apple TV with controllers, the closest you can get with Arcade to the experience of an Xbox or PlayStation. This is a fair assessment, but I don’t think that Apple Arcade was designed to be, or to evolve into, a console competitor. The games typically lend themselves to being played on iPhones, iPads or Macs. This is because Arcade was designed with casual, mobile gamers in mind, not console gamers. And that’s fine: You’ve got Google Stadia, EA Access, Xbox Game Pass or a bunch of other to explore if that’s what you’re looking for.when you play on
I don’t use a console that often, but I’m generally in close proximity to my laptop, phone or iPad, making it way easier for me to pick up these games.
Apple Arcade games are easy to come home to after a long day at work, play for a few minutes on your lunch break or a few hours on a weekend. Many offer the Tint, are more tactile in design, so I prefer using the iPad.of mixed with innovative art and design, and lots more and mysteries. It’s easy to spend an afternoon unraveling a mystery game like or knock out a level in during a TV commercial break. Some games, such as the , lend themselves to the Mac, where keystrokes can help you move faster. Others, like , and
Perhaps one of my favorite parts of Apple Arcade is the passion that many of the developers have for honest storytelling, and creating and championing diversity. The story in, for example, plays out over 10 years through an unnamed, androgynous main character. No matter where you’re from, the game has no language barrier, opting instead to create a new language similar to what you hear in .
Alongside Where Cards Fall, two of Apple Arcade’s debut titles included a character in a wheelchair (Cardpocalypse) and a character who was a practicing Muslim (The Get Out Kids). Through creating , developer Zhenghua Yang was able to process a near-death experience and express a message of love, redemption and hope.
So far, some of my favorites titles on the platform include games like, Possessions, Patterned, Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm, The Mosaic, Mini Motorways, Inmost and Assemble with Care.
Apple Arcade has room to improve — especially in delivering long-promised marquee titles — but its first year has shown plenty of promise. Any platform that gives a voice to indie developers and beautiful games that let you explore stories, solve puzzles and just relax is a worthy addition to any casual gamer’s repertoire.