The best thing about Apple Arcade is that there are just so many games to sink your teeth into. The worst thing about Apple Arcade is that there isn’t enough time in the day to take a bite out of all of the games on offer. Which is why we’ve created this list breaking down what you can expect from every new game to hit Apple’s subscription gaming service this year.
This list covers all of the new Apple Arcade games that have landed in 2020, and tells you enough about them that you’re going to know whether diving in is going to be for you. Don’t know what Apple Arcade is? Well you can click here to read our full guide on what it is, how to get it and why it’s so great.
We’re going to be updating it regularly, as and when new games come out, so make sure you keep checking back to stay on top of everything Apple Arcade related. But for now, here come the games.
Updated on April 5th
NBA 2K21 Arcade Edition
A gorgeous-looking super-slick basketball sim that’s going to have you hooping in no time. It offers most of what the console edition has to give, you can play it with a controller, and if you love basketball you’re going to absolutely fall for this one.
Simon’s Cat – Story Time
A simple match-stuff to fix-stuff puzzler based on the popular animated series. It’s packed full of heart and charm and you’re going to have a smile on your face the whole time you’re playing it. This is the kind of game where minutes turn to hours in the most relaxing of ways.
Star Trek: Legends
A midcore RPG that sees you building up a team from the annals of Star Trek history. There’s forty different heroes to collect, and they’ve all got their own unique special moves for you to get to grips with. A great way to pass the time with some sci-fi entertainment.
The Oregon Trail
Gameloft’s take on the classic game of dying of dysentery. You’re pushing across America to try and find a better life. There’s a lot that could happen along the way, and the game tries to capture the era as historically accurately as it can. You’ll have fun and you’ll learn, what more could you want?
Wonderbox: The Adventure Maker
A super cool mix of an action adventure game and a creative endeavour. There’s a huge world to explore and you can build your own adventures using the tools that the game gives you. Excitement and creativity in one gorgeous package? Wonderbox really is a wonderbox.
A JRPG made by some of the legends of the genre. There are some amazing ideas here, an intuitive combat system, and it’s all set against a backdrop of gorgeous, hand-made dioramas. There’s hours and hours of game for you to sink your teeth into, and it’s all held together by a brilliant story.
Cut the Rope Remastered
A classic of the smartphone era now available from Apple Arcade. If you’ve never played the game, it’s all about slicing rope and letting candies fall into the waiting gob of an adorable critter. It’s a brilliant, tactile puzzler and it’s well worth picking up.
A multiplayer party game that tests your knowledge of the world of popular music. There are loads of questions and different modes, and getting your friends together for a game makes things way more entertaining.
Clap Hanz Golf
What’s better than golf? Team-based golf, obviously. This one sees you travelling around the world, collecting new golfers and taking on all-comers. The golf is great, the meta-game is great, and you’re going to get addicted. Golf is the second best sport in videogames, after ping pong, so this is a welcome addition to Apple Arcade.
World of Demons
A brilliant mobile hack and slasher from Platinum Games, the creator of some of the very best hack and slashers the game has ever seen. It’s all about mashing up monsters, learning new combos and looking like a super cool ninja legend while you do it. It’s real good, basically.
Taiko no Tatsujin Pop Tap Beat
A chokingly adorable rhythm action game. You’re drumming along to tunes, grinning at squids and generally having a brilliant time. Alongside the single player there’s also a multiplayer mode so you can play against your friends online.
A classic physics-y platformer that sees you leading a bunch of poofy soot blots through a series of utterly gorgeous levels. There’s squeezing, squishing and more. It might not be the most engaging game, but there’s still a load of fun to be had here.
Sure, it sounds like a noise you make just before you vomit, but Blek is actually a game about drawing a line. You draw the line, it repeats. Use the line to finish a bunch of increasingly difficult levels. This is a unique puzzler that’s going to keep your brain busy in the best ways.
The original Tinder-style kingdom management game. Make choices, try and balance out the needs and wants of your subjects and make sure they don’t overthrow you. When they do, you’ll start a new reign as the descendent of the old ruler. It’s pretty darn wonderful.
Fruit Ninja Classic+
The classic game of turning your finger into a super sharp knife and hacking innocent melons to bits. It’s a wonderful way to spend a few minutes, and you can’t help but feel like a bit of a fruit legend while you’re doing it.
An auto-runner with a slick color-changing twist. You can only run on the right colored platforms, but things move super quick so you’re going to have to be on your toes to get the most out of the experience. It’s pretty darn awesome though.
One of the most beloved mobile games in the world, now on Apple Arcade. It’s all about shifting your perspective to change the shape of levels. It’s smart, it’s maybe a bit on the short side, but you’re going to love every second that you spend with Monument Valley.
This is probably one of the best puzzle games ever to grace a smartphone screen. Merge together numbers to make bigger numbers. It’s an idea that’s been used by a load of other games, but Threes was the first and it absolutely deserves its dues.
Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition+
This one’s all about staying alive on an island that wants to kill you. You need to fight, build, craft and more if you want to get through the night. It’s got a unique art style and it’s full of neat ideas. Definitely worth checking out if you fancy yourself as the sort who’d thrive in the wastelands.
A game that’s all about designing a better metro system. Connect stations, redraw maps and try and make sure all of your passengers are getting where they need to go. It’s wonderfully minimalist and it’s packed full of bright ideas. A soothing and tantalising way to spend a few hours.
Chess – Play and Learn+
Want to learn how to play chess? Of course you do, who doesn’t want to learn how to play chess? Well now you can, because, as you might imagine from the name, that’s exactly what Chess – Play and Learn+ does. Yay for learning about chess.
It’s solitaire, but not as we know it. Flipflop Solitaire+ messes about with the rules of the game we’ve always known and loved, and makes it far more interesting again. It won’t blow your mind, but it’ll warm it over pretty damn nicely.
This one is, essentially, Backgammon. Wanna play Backgammon? Got an Apple Arcade subscription? Then this is exactly the game you’ve been waiting for. Backgammon is pretty cool. It’s got dice.
This one teaches you how to play Sudoku, breaking the game down into easy to understand chunks and letting you increase the difficulty over time. It’s not just a great way to play Sudoku, it’s a great way to fall in love with Sudoku.
It’s checkers. What more do you want to know?
2000 different Mahjong solitaire boards for you to play on. That’s a lot of Mahjong solitaire boards if that’s what you’re into.
Really Bad Chess+
It’s chess, but it’s not really chess. You get different pieces every time you play, which makes the game completely different in some really interesting ways. Even if you don’t love chess, you’re probably going to love Really Bad Chess.
This one mixes together a wordsearch and a strategy game. Find words, clear them from the board and get rid of the letters around them at the same time. You need to stop the rising letters from reaching the top of the screen. There’s loads of different modes and it makes you think about words real fast.
Thousands and thousands of different crosswords for you to work your way through. You’ll get hints if you’re stuck and there are different styles of crossword to play depending on how much time you’ve got on your hands.
Solitaire by MobilityWare+
Wanna play solitaire? Then download this.
A beginner friendly version of the number-placing puzzle. It’s colorful, it’s easy to pick up, and there’s loads of puzzles to play around with.
A casual mixture of concepts that sees you running a farm. You grow things, harvest them, then sell them on from your little shop. Farm It tries to be a charming little slice of distraction, all bright colors and easy gameplay.
And it sort of works. This isn’t the most exciting or essential game on Apple Arcade, but if you’re looking for a little bit of brain-off fun with more than a dollop of sweetness then it’s perfectly acceptable.
One of those games that Apple Arcade seems to do so well. A slow-paced, narrative adventure that sees you hitching a ride across a gorgeous landscape with five different strangers. Along the way you’ll try and piece together what’s happening to you.
Games like this live and die on their writing, and here it’s absolutely top notch. You’re going to be enthralled from the first second to the last, as weird things happen, answers slip into view and you start to figure out why you’re in the position you’re in. It is, quite frankly, pretty brilliant.
A survival game that takes some of the sting out of the genre, from the developer behind Triple Town, Road Not Taken and Bushido Bear. You play a scout who finds themselves on a haunted island. It’s up to you to help the ghosts and bring color back to the world.
Everything about Cozy Grove feels a bit like a nice warm hug. It’s gorgeous, simple to play, but sucks you into its world with such aplomb you’ll be loathe to leave. If you’re looking for a deep, charming and utterly enthralling experience, you should definitely pick it up.
A gorgeous-looking arcade experience with a control system that’s going to get you literally hooked. You flow through levels, collecting gems, swinging from hook points to get to your goal. Often getting to the end of a level is simple, but doing with all the gems in tow? Well that’s a different question.
Sping is packed full of little moments of fist-clenching joy, and the rhythm of the game is balanced so perfectly that one-quick-go can soon become an evening wasted. This one comes highly recommended.
You can probably figure most of what you need to know about this one from its name. It’s a zombie slaughtering game where you need to stay alive. It plays out a bit like an action tower defense game and there are some roguelite elements thrown in too.
All of those elements come together to make a pretty darn exciting experience. There’s enough action to keep you engaged, and enough fun that you’re going to jump back in when the zombies inevitably eat your brains.
A game all about manipulating beams of light. You’re controlling mirrors, lenses and more and trying to guide glowing yellow strips of luminosity in the right direction. It’s fair to say that you’ve probably played something like this before.
The game throws in new ideas at a pretty rapid rate though, and the puzzles are poised and smart enough to make you ponder your next move carefully. It might not be super original, but there’s a lot of fun to be had in Lumen.
This one’s an auto-runner that takes a lot of its cues from some of the super popular quick-fire casual games that have become really popular on the App Store. It builds on those foundations with some really neat ideas.
You’re not just running on your own, you’re collecting other people as you peg it down the sweet-treat infested levels. There are secrets to unlock, some interesting controls to overcome and a whole lot more. It won’t be to everyone’s tastes, but we reckon it’s worth a play.
NUTS – A Surveillance Mytery
An interesting looking first person surveillance adventure that sees you spying on squirrels in a bizarre forest. You set up camera traps during the day, then catch up with the footage at night.
There’s a lot more going on here than watching normal squirrels though. NUTS has some nice ideas, but the controls are a bit fiddly on touchscreen and that can lead to some early frustration. Get past them and you’ll find an intriguing game that’s unlike anything else.
A match-stuff puzzler with a couple of twists. For one thing you’re matching in 3D, trying to take out chunks of castle wall and bring the whole thing tumbling down. You’ve got special powers that’ll help you out as well.
Sometimes you need to feed a dragon. Other times you need to avoid shields. Spire Blast is a pretty soft puzzler, but it’s a decent way to distract yourself for an hour or so at a time.
Oceanhorn: Chronos Dungeon
A beautiful, retro-tastic co-op dungeon crawler that draws inspiration from some of the best RPGs of the 16bit era. It layers on some sharp modern sensibilities to create an addictive and engaging experience whether you’re playing on your own or with friends.
Even if you haven’t played the other Oceanhorn games, this one’s well worth checking out. It’s a whole bundle of fun, challenging when it needs to be, and jam-packed with hours and hours of gameplay. 2021 is off to a brilliant start on Apple Arcade, even if it’s going to hell everywhere else.
Games from 2020
Alba: A Wildlife Adventure
This is a gorgeous, gentle adventure with a strong environmental message. You play a young girl who, with her friends, takes it upon herself to clean up a Mediterranean island. You’ll save dolphins, find lost species and pick up a lot of trash.
There’s a giddy sense of hope and wonder to the experience that’s going to leave your heart feeling a little bit lighter. Alba: A Wildlife Adventure is a bright, brilliant and essential Apple Arcade game.
Zombie Rollerz: Pinball Heroes
A game that mixes tower defense and pinball, throwing some zombies in for good measure. There are RPG and roguelite ideas here too. Basically, there’s quite a lot going on. And it mostly works.
Sometimes it’s a bit hard to tell what’s going on, but for the most part you’re just going to be enjoying smashing zombies with fiery balls of death. It might not stick around on your phone for long, but you’ll have fun with it while it’s there.
A gorgeous, cel-shaded style futuristic racer with a few twists up its sleeve. The controls are sharp and brilliant, and the racing action is some of the most intense we’ve come across on mobile for a good long while.
As well as the usual boosting, there’s a teleportation feature here that makes things super interesting. You can jump to different parts of the track, taking shortcuts to get ahead of the other competitors. Warp Drive offers slick, sweaty-palmed future racing that’s going to keep you entertained for hours.
An action adventure game with a gorgeous world to explore and an archery twist to help you do it. You’re tasked with bringing light back to a world that’s been forsaken, setting off beacons and discovering secrets along the way.
The game is gorgeous, and the simple control make everything easy on touchscreen. You can use a gamepad if you’d prefer. The Pathless is a deep and engaging experience, and it builds a world you’re going to want to spend as much time darting around in as you possibly can.
The Reigns series goes intergalactic in its latest entry. This one sees you flying through space as a member of a galaxy-spanning rock band. Make choices, play guitar, figure out why that spaceship is talking to you.
There’s plenty of intriguing twists to the Reigns formula here, including musical sections, a vast cast of interesting characters and much, much more. If you loved the first three games, you’re going to love this one. And even if you didn’t it’s well worth picking up.
All of You
A game all about a chicken trying to rescue their babies. There are shades of the brilliant Gorogoa and Framed here. Levels are split into circles, and you need to figure out a path through them that doesn’t end in your gristly demise.
Things start off pretty simple, but the deeper you get into the game, the more challenging it becomes. This is a charming, entertaining puzzler that’s going to make you laugh and curse in equal measure.
South of the Circle
This one’s a narrative adventure from the developer behind Kami 2 and Lumino City. Set in the Antarctic in the 60s, it tells the story of a British academic trying to find help after the plane he was in crashed. A flashback story of love intersperses your desperate search.
The game looks absolutely stunning and it features a smart interface that lets you express your emotions and make tough choices. Everything about South of the Cirlce is a little bit brilliant, and it’s an amazing way to spend a few hours.
The Collage Atlas
A beautiful and beguiling adventure game that sees you exploring beautiful, hand-drawn, monochromatic environments. You’re looking for letters, clues and answers to some of life’s biggest questions.
The world reacts and changes to your presence, with even the music altering as you explore. The Collage Atlas is a unique and often breathtaking experience that will make you look at things a little bit differently when you’ve finished it.
Team 17’s game of island living is the perfect fit for Apple Arcade. The game sees you shipwrecked with nothing but your wits and the items that your new home can provide. It’s up to you to craft, build and thrive in this unfamiliar new setting.
You can train monkeys to help you, and there’s multiplayer if you want to take some friends with you. Throw in quests, hunting, treasure maps, raiders and much more and you’ve got a massive, engaging and brilliantly entertaining experience in the palm of your hand.
A dungeon crawler with a slashy twist. You’re waving a talking sword around, but it’s also guiding you. You can only move in the direction the sword is pointing. Or you can stand still and spin around and destroy everything around you.
As you can probably tell from the trailer above, pretty much everything about the game is adorable. But it’s also an awful lot of fun, and really what more do you want from a dungeon crawler than that? This one is definitely worth trying out.
WayForward brings a mix of Zelda and Super Monkey Ball with a multiplayer twist to Apple Arcade. As you can probably work out from that description, it’s really a lot of fun. Roll around dungeons, smash monsters, collect loot. And bring a friend along for the ride.
There’s just enough challenge here to keep you interested and more than enough adventuring to keep you entertained. Throw in an intriguing story and you’ve got another brilliant game to add to your Apple Arcade library. Pick it up as soon as you can.
A Monster’s Expedition
A gorgeous and charming puzzler from the developers of some of the most gorgeous and charming puzzlers in the world. You’re a monster, you’re exploring a museum that’s made up of different islands. Go and have fun.
You discover the world at your own pace, uncovering secrets and new mechanics as you do. This is a game that’s so chock full of heart it’s really difficult to put it down. So do yourself a favor and pick it up right this second.
World’s End Club
An intriguing mixture of a point-and-click adventure and a visual novel. World’s End Club sees you taking control of a school kid who ends up forced to play a twisted game with the rest of their classmates. It’s gloomy, but presented in a super bright cartoony way.
The game takes a while to get going, and it’s definitely not to be to everyone’s taste. that said, if it sinks its teeth into you you’re going to want to see it through to the bitter end.
The Last Campfire
Hello Games brings a hope-filled adventure about loss and death to Apple Arcade and it’s pretty ruddy brilliant. You’re controlling a little creature that’s stuck in something like limbo. There are puzzles to solve, lost souls to discover and much, much more.
The game is absolutely gorgeous and the simple controls work like a dream on mobile. There’s just enough challenge to the puzzles to keep you interested, and the beautiful story will push you to find out what happens next.
Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time
A third-person action adventure that sees you playing as the titular sword-wielder. There’s a story here that’s going to appeal to fans of the cartoon, but there’s a decent game underneath the fan-service that’s going to put a smile on most people’s faces.
The controls aren’t perfect but they’re good enough that they’re not too frustrating. The violence is fast and fluid though, and the game eases you into its various skills and mechanics. Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time is a solid adventure that’s going to keep you entertained.
Next Stop Nowhere
This one is a gorgeous-looking space adventure game. You’re a courier who ends up embroiled in a story about bounty hunters, gangsters and much, much more. The choices you make as you play will shape the outcome of the experience.
The controls are a little bit clunky, but there are some really interesting ideas here. It’s like an homage to the glory days of the adventure genre mixed up with some more modern concepts and sensibilities. It’s worth sticking with just to see what happens next.
Game of Thrones: Tale of Crows
An idle game set at Castle Black that tells some of the great stories of the Night’s Watch. The gameplay is super simple – you’re offered choices every now and then, and your decisions change the fortunes of the castle and the sworn brothers within.
It’s an interesting take on the genre, but it doesn’t take long for the enjoyment to wear off. It might be beautiful, but we can’t see that many people sticking with it for the long-haul.
The Lullaby of Life
A gorgeous puzzle experience that’s painted in some of the brightest colors we’ve seen in a long time. The key to the game is music – you’re a weird blob with the power to create special tones, and those tones can unlock all sorts of magical possibilities.
You’ll collect friends, each with their own unique notes, and you’ll need to use them to solve puzzles and explore deeper into the game. It’s relaxing, easy to pick up, and the perfect way to waste a few hours on a rainy day. We might sound like a broken record – especially compared to The Lullaby of Life – but this is another massive hit for Apple Arcade.
If they gave out awards for the games with the best names, then Necrobarista would definitely be up for one. This stylish and gorgeous visual novel doesn’t just have a great title though, it’s also a super immersive and engaging adventure.
Expect to meet weird and interesting characters and visit bonkers locations in this tale of caffeinated beverages, ghosts and magic. Even if you’re not a fan of visual novels, this one is well worth picking up. Full of heart, humour and suspense, this is a brilliantly written escapade that you should download right away.
The second Amanita Design game on Apple Arcade is a puzzling adventure set in a subterranean mansion. The game is utterly beautiful, with the hand-painted artwork that Amanita is known for. Unlike plenty of its other games though, this one isn’t a point-and-clicker.
There are definite shades of the original Prince of Persia here, albeit with a gloomier style. You’re going to be trying to escape from horrid furniture monsters, clambering down ladders and solving tricky puzzles as you do. Amanita Design games are always well worth checking out, and this one is no exception.
Beyond A Steel Sky
The long-awaited sequel to a 90s classic has finally arrived on Apple Arcade. It’s a massive cyberpunk adventure that sees you returning to Union City in search of a lost child. Expect cheeky robots, a massive conspiracy and some head-scratching puzzles.
The slow pace of the game isn’t going to be to everyone’s liking, but there’s a massive story to explore here. If you’re a fan of the original you’re going to fall in love all over again with the ongoing adventures of Robert Foster.
Little Orpheus is exactly the sort of game that Apple Arcade was made for. It’s a deep, engaging, hilarious platforming adventure that ticks all of the right boxes. It’s super polished, with some of the best graphics we’ve seen on mobile in a long time.
You play a Russian in the 60’s who’s exploring a mythical land at the centre of the earth. There are giant insects, dinosaurs and more. The platforming is super slick, and the story is brilliant enough to keep you playing for hours. Do yourself a favour and get this one downloaded as soon as you can.
SpongeBob: Patty Pursuit
Calling Patty Pursuit an auto-runner would be doing the game a pretty spectacular disservice. It has more in common with the Rayman Run series than any run-of-the-mill runner. It’s a slick, gorgeous cartoon platformer that takes the sprinting out of your hands.
There’s still loads to explore, a decent level of challenge and some tough if repetitive bosses to destroy. The level of polish here is spot on, from the perfect controls to the voice-acting, everything screams quality. This is definitely one of the best platformers available on Apple Arcade, and we dare you to play without a big grin on your face.
Towers of Everland
A first person fantasy RPG that sees you travelling into the titular towers to find gold, glory and a whole bunch of monsters to hack and slash. The game mixes casual gameplay with a massive world to explore, and plenty of secrets to uncover as well.
There’s a tactical bent to the combat here, with blocking and forcing your enemies away just as important as swiping with your sword. Towers of Everland mixes retro and modern ideas into a really pleasing and engrossing package.
A smart puzzler with a really interesting control system. You’re swiping to move the levels around, changing the plane and perspective to achieve your goals. Winding Worlds looks gorgeous, with a thick-lined cartoon style that really pops off the screen.
A story pushes everything along, and features a mysterious worm, an adorable dog, and a talking windmill robot. Winding Worlds is a charming distraction that’s going to put a big smile on your face. It won’t stick around in your mind for long, but you’re going to love it while you play it.
The latest game for Apple Arcade is a really interesting board game mash-up. There are shades of Stranger Things here – you play survivors half-trapped in a weird world and you need to defend against monster attacks if you want to make it through.
Things start off pretty easily, but as you progress you’ll get into more and more trouble. Your ultimate aim is to clear out the anchors that are keeping the monsters in the real world. Once you’ve done that you need to make a run for the exit.
The_Otherside is smart and entertaining, offering a perfect mix of tactics and action. It’s tense in all the right ways, and manages to capture the thrill of tabletop gaming pretty much perfectly.
A haunting and harrowing platform adventure game starring a small boy. That’s probably made you think of Limbo, but Neversong walks its own path. It’s more open in its storytelling, and deals with a lot of interesting and incredibly difficult themes.
On top of that, it’s also super smart, dripping with difficult puzzles and will have you hooked from the get-go. There are a few niggles here, and we had a couple of crashes when we played. Beyond those problems Neversong is a gorgeous-looking game that will stay with you a long time after you reach the end.
A Fold Apart
This one is a gorgeous, narrative driven puzzler that’s all about folding paper to create paths. It starts simply enough, but as you play it adds more and more ideas into the fray. It fits into a similar genre box as the likes of Framed and Gorogoa.
The game has a gorgeous look all of its own, and the controls are easy enough that almost anyone can play. A Fold Apart has a massive heart that shines through everything it does – this is one Apple Arcade game that’s going to leave you with a big smile on your face.
A beautiful adventure game that sees you travelling through the oceans of the world. Set in the near future, you’re part of a team of research scientists who are exploring the depths of the sea. You’ll interact with all manner of creatures, from enormous whales to sprigs of coral.
Some of the translation isn’t great, and the lack of action might put some people off. But if you’re looking for an open world adventure with a difference then you’re definitely going to fall in love with this one.
First off it’s important to note that the title of this game is a pun, which always gets an upvote from us. You play as a robot in a post-apocalyptic waste that’s littered with trash. It’s up to you to pick up the mess that humankind has left behind and deposit it in a garbage truck.
At the same time, other robots are trying to stop you from getting to that sweet, sweet junk. You need to fight them off, grab the garbage and toss it into the waiting truck. There’s a lot to take in, and sometimes the simple controls aren’t quite up to the task. But, Scrappers is still an awful lot of fun. Check it out.
Legend of the Skyfish 2
This is a sequel, as you can probably tell from the name, but don’t worry if you haven’t played the original. The game plays a lot like classic Zelda – you’re an adventurer out to save the world by hacking, slashing and solving puzzles.
The game looks gorgeous and it plays brilliantly. There’s a massive world to explore and it unlocks as you get new skills and items. This is definitely one of the best games available on Apple Arcade, with hours of fun just waiting to be discovered.
Spyder is a really interesting stealth game that sees you taking control of the titular espionage drone. It’s up to you to skitter through a series of levels, saving the world as you do. The first challenge involves stopping a nuclear missile launch, so you know there’s a lot of stake.
One of the most interesting things the game does is make you think about the environment in a different way. Hazards that are dangerous to a tiny insect robot aren’t threatening to humans and vice versa – sure you can clamber around on vertical surfaces, but wander into some spilt coffee and you’ll take damage.
This is a really slick game with plenty of interesting content. Imagine a puzzler, a platformer and a sneak-’em-up getting together and pushing all of their best bits into a blender and the end result would be something like Spyder. Definitely up there among the best new Apple Arcade games of 2020.
What happens when you combine Peggle with an ARPG? Something like Roundguard happens. It’s a game about firing adventurers out of a giant catapult and letting them smash into your enemies. There’s more depth than the ping-ping play of Peggle, with health points, mana and more to take into consideration before you blast out a shot.
There are roguelike elements here as well, and new equipment to unlock as you play. Throw in a massive map, plenty of characters and a whole heap of loot to collect and you’re left with a super-slick Apple Arcade title that’s not quite the sum of its parts but it’s still an awful lot of fun.
A puzzling platformer that sees you controlling an adorable little robot. You’re tromping round a post-apocalyptic wasteland, but rather than killing everything that moves, Doomsday Vault is all about saving things. Specifically it’s about saving plants – each level you’re searching for a seed to add to the titular vault, pocketing the last of the earth’s greenery to try and preserve it.
There’s a strong environmental message here, but it doesn’t get in the way of the smart touchscreen gameplay and the lovely visuals. Doomsday Vault is a glimpse into a human-less future, but it manages to be adorable and challenging as well.
No Way Home
A space survival game set in a procedurally generated universe. You’re piloting a beaten up escape pod, the last survivor of a tragic ice cream machine accident, and you need to get back to Earth. Unfortunately you’ve got no idea where you are and your only companion is a slightly bonkers AI.
No Way Home is more like an action RPG than a standard roguelike, with twin stick blasting the order of the day. You also have a cool grappling hook that you can use to throw things, and enemies, around the screen. This is a meaty, lovely looking intergalactic adventure with its tongue in its cheek and its heart in the right place.
This one takes the shape of the battle royale genre, then smears it with butter and makes it top down. Not in a weird way though. You’re pelting around an ever-shrinking arena, picking up guns, ammo and shields, and trying to be the last adorable cartoon critter standing.
Don’t let the cutesy graphics fool you – this one can get pretty tense, especially when the ring has closed to its tightest and there are more than two of you left. It doesn’t have the meaty casing of the likes of Fortnite, and it’s unlikely to stick in the memory for long, but it’s certainly fun while it lasts.
What happens when you take a stealth game, wrap it up in a boardgame coat and then throw in some AR and multiplayer for a laugh? Well, you end up with something like Secret Oops! It’s probably one of the most unique experiences on Apple Arcade right now, but if you’re going to be playing it on your own you might be a little disappointed.
The game’s so much more entertaining when you’re playing it with friends in the same room, when laughter and barracking get in the way of some of the more frustrating aspects that are a little too obvious when you’re playing by yourself. Get some chums round though, and you’re going to have an awesome time.
A charming throwback to the golden era of the football game – when all tackles involved sliding, every player had a massive head, and sometimes your keeper decided to leg it out of the goal for no discernible reason. Charrua Soccer is fast, frantic, and dripping with arcade cool.
Sure it might not have the meat on its bones of the likes of FIFA, but it’s not trying to. This is the sort of game you pick up for 20 minutes, bash in a few goals, and then wander off to do something else. If you get all misty eyed at the mention of Sensible Soccer or FIFA 96, then this is one game you should be picking up right now.
Loud House: Outta Control
This one’s based on the Nickelodeon cartoon series The Loud House, and it’s all about trying to keep on top of the chaos. Characters wander onto the screen and you need to guide them to their goal by drawing a route. But if they bump into one another you’re going to have to start the level all over again.
There are bonus objectives, clouds that start fights and much, much more here, all presented in a lovely hand-drawn aesthetic that fans of the show are really going to dig. It might not be for everyone, but the fast-paced puzzling on offer in Loud House: Outta Control is definitely worth checking out.
Crossy Road Castle
From the makers of Crossy Road, this one is a competitive platformer that has some amazing ideas up its pixel art sleeve. We don’t think we were wrong when we described it as Apple Arcade’s killer app in our review. Click here and you can read every word of said Crossy Road Castle review.
The controls are brilliant, the art style is perfect and the game showers new ideas and concepts on you at a regular basis. Where other retro-looking platformers like to ape what’s come before, Crossy Road Castle strides out on its own, and it’s ruddy brilliant because of that. It’s great on your own, it’s amazing with friends and it comes highly recommended.