- Apple is launching a game-subscription service later this year called Apple Arcade.
- Subscribing to Apple Arcade lets you play any game in its library on Apple hardware (iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV) — with no microtransactions, and no ads.
- You won’t be able to play Apple Arcade games on any other mobile platform, or on any other subscription service.
- We’ve rounded up all of the Apple Arcade games we know about so far.
At its March event earlier this year, Apple announced it’s been working with game developers on a new service called Apple Arcade.
Apple Arcade is an Apple-built playground for developers that want to make games without microtransactions or having to rely on ads for revenue.
Apple says Arcade will eventually offer more than 100 new and exclusive games, titles “that will raise the bar for what’s possible for gaming.”
Apple Arcade games will have all features included by default; no additional purchases needed. And every single Apple Arcade game will also be playable offline, so you don’t need to have an internet connection to play.
Notably, you won’t find these games on any other mobile platform or subscription service, but versions of some of the games do already exist on non-mobile platforms. They are exclusive to Apple devices and Apple Arcade, even though several of these games can also be purchased and played separately on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
Apple Arcade games can be played on any iPhone, iPad, Mac computer, or Apple TV — and you can switch between devices, automatically picking up where you left off. (Thankfully, the Apple TV is gaining support for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One controllers later this year to make Apple Arcade games even more accessible.)
We still don’t know how much Apple Arcade will cost per month, but one subscription gives you access to every game in the Arcade library: You can play as many games as you’d like without paying for each individual title.
Apple previewed a handful of games at its March event, but has listed more information about its upcoming games online. Here are all of the games coming to Apple Arcade so far:
“Where Cards Fall,” by Snowman and The Game Band
Here’s Apple’s description of the game:
“A captivating narrative puzzle that’s also a compelling coming-of-age story. Our hero navigates the insecurities and emotions of high school and beyond, creating pathways and overcoming obstacles.”
“The Pathless,” by Annapurna Interactive and Giant Squid
Here’s Annapurna Interactive’s description of the game:
“The Pathless is a mythic adventure game about an archer and an eagle in a vast forest. Forge your own path through a beautiful open world packed with secrets to find. Traverse misty forests, lush meadows and snowy tundras. Discover the dark history of the island as you solve puzzles in ancient ruins and bound across the treetops.“
“Lego Brawls,” by LEGO and RED Games
Here’s LEGO’s description of the game:
“LEGO Brawls, developed in partnership with RED Games, is a fast-paced LEGO take on multiplayer platforming, full of building, rebuilding and uniquely LEGO brick humor. The key inspiration for the title is a game where players literally build their own Heroes. By design, winning is a team-collaboration, working together to build and control contraptions within the levels, while battling the other team.”
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