Apple Arcade launched with close to 100 titles and the service is seeing new games added regularly with over 200 games now in the library. Follow along with our guide on the latest from Apple’s gaming service.
New for 1/28: Now available on Apple Arcade is the 2017 App Store Game of the Year, Hidden Folks.
You can learn more about and download all the new games by heading to the Arcade tab in the App Store, then swipe down to the very bottom and tap “See All Games.” The newest games are listed at the top.
If you haven’t signed up yet, Apple Arcade is available free for the first month, then $5/month for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and Apple TV. PS5 and Xbox wireless controllers are also compatible with Apple devices and select titles.
1/28/22: The popular Where’s Waldo-style Hidden Folks has arrived on Apple Arcade (2017 App Store Game of the Year). Hidden Folks is all hand-drawn with over 300+ obejects to find in the interactive landscapes.
Search for hidden folks in hand-drawn, interactive, miniature landscapes. Unfurl tent flaps, cut through bushes, slam doors, and poke some crocodiles! Rooooaaaarrrr!!!!!
A strip of targets shows you what to look for. Tap a target for a hint, and find enough to unlock the next area.
1/21/22: A quirky take on tennis is now on Apple Arcade with Nickelodeon Extreme Tennis.
Join your favorite iconic characters from Nickelodeon shows past and present as they compete in the most Extreme Tennis Matches EVER! All your favorite retro Nicktoons come together for the ultimate tennis showdown: SpongeBob, Angelica, Rocko, Garfield, and more!
1/14/22: Described as a “story-driven crafting ARPG,” Crashlands has become an iOS favorite over the last decade, even winning TouchArcade’s Game of the Year award in 2016.
Craft, battle, and quest your way through Crashlands, an outlandish, story-driven Crafting RPG overflowing with sass!
Become Flux Dabes, a galactic trucker whose latest shipment gets derailed by a chin-strapped alien menace named Hewgodooko, leaving you stranded on an alien planet. As you hustle to retrieve your packages you’ll become enmeshed in a nefarious plot of world domination, which will require all of your wits and both of your glutes to overcome. Learn recipes from the local sentient life, make new friends, uncover ancient secrets and deadly bosses, tame everything and build yourself a home-away-from-home as you learn to thrive on planet Woanope.
Spades: Card Game+
Spades has a fresh new look on the Apple Arcade, featuring brand new goals for you to reach! We’ve also included clear tutorials to help you learn the game of spades at your own pace! Relax and train your brain as you compete in the game of Spades!
Spades adds a new element of strategy & puzzles to the classic card game space. Plan and strategize each move as you compete with a partner to try and out-bid and out-play your opponents. Win the most books and be the first to 250 points to win! Be careful though, spades can’t be played until they are broken! Precision, strategy and quick thinking are needed to master the game!
Hearts: Card Game+
Hearts on Apple Arcade is a classic competitive card game, and MobilityWare’s artificial intelligence ensures YOUR play has the competitive edge, Hearts card master!
This free Hearts game will teach you how to play with our intuitive AI. Our artificial intelligence adapts to your Hearts card game play style. Play feels fair, even though your opponents are some smart bots. But while playing them can feel like a challenge, MobilityWare’s Hearts hints AI feature is at your disposal and the smartest of them all! AI bot opponents offer another major benefit – you can play them offline, so no wifi is required to play Hearts!
12/17/21: Get ready to battle in 5-minute, 3v3 matches as your favorite characters with Disney Melee Mania:
Cue the lights! Hear the fans roar! Disney Melee Mania calls all worthy competitors to step into the spotlight! In this dazzling Arcade battle arena, your holo-team of rumble-ready Disney and Pixar champions competes in fast-paced 3v3 multiplayer battles. From Wreck-It Ralph, Elsa and Mickey to Frozone, Moana, Buzz Lightyear (and beyond!), choose from multiple holographic Disney and Pixar champs and rack up points with their unique skills. Embrace the chaos of dodging obstacles while brawling in fun and frenzied close-combat competition.
– 5-Minute Melees – Quick-fire games for fighting on the fly. Battle smart to make each moment count!
– 12 Champions – Pick and progress your party of 3 from a holo-roster of Disney & Pixar champs!
– Multiple Game Modes – New challenges to test your skills and upgrades!
– Customize Your Clashes – Gear up in character costumes and equip eye-catching trails!
– Regular Events – Ace matches daily for one-off prizes!
Score the win, but don’t get cocky – there’s always a new challenger waiting to knock you from the spotlight. Play to unlock new champions and upgrade their powers to achieve a victory that is anything but virtual!
12/10/21: In 2017, Splitter Critters won both iPhone Game of Year and an Apple Design Award. The hit puzzle adventure is now available on Apple Arcade.
Split the world with a swipe of your finger and then rearrange it to guide critters back to their spaceship. Explore colorful planets full of danger, challenging puzzles, and innovative mechanics that will make you think in new ways. The immersive soundscapes of each world, best experienced with headphones, set the tone for your journey.
Oddmar struggles with life in his village and is not worthy of a place in Valhalla. He is shunned by his fellow Vikings and must redeem himself of his squandered potential. One day he is offered an opportunity to prove himself, but at a price…
IMMERSE yourself in an epic Viking story animated as a motion comic.
JOURNEY through 24 beautifully hand-crafted levels of physics-based puzzles and platforming challenges.
DISCOVER your true power with magically imbued weapons and shields.
ENCOUNTER new friends and foes on your journey through magical forests, snowy mountains, and treacherous mines.
11/19/21: The exciting LEGO Star Wars: Castaways release for Apple Arcade is officially here.
Explore a mysterious new planet and meet new friends along the way in LEGO® Star Wars™: Castaways. By customizing their character, fans can live out their Star Wars fantasies in the first social, action-adventure LEGO Star Wars game, available only on Apple Arcade.
Build your own in-game LEGO minifigure from hundreds of LEGO pieces in a new Star Wars game on Apple Arcade. Discover a secret world, now home to fellow Castaways, and build a life in this new home! Explore a new island, meet new characters, race Microfighters and even throw a dance party on the island! Team up or play solo and immerse yourself in simulations, recorded by the technology of an ancient civilization, spanning moments across the Star Wars universe. Battle foes, solve puzzles, build your skills in battle arenas and learn to pilot your way through flight simulations! Unearth mysteries and discover a growing threat to life on the planet.
Join the ranks of Castaways and write your Star Wars destiny in a new, never-before-seen LEGO Star Wars adventure!
11/12/21: One of the most popular shooters of all time, Galaga Wars, is available on Apple Arcade.
Your All-time favorite shoot’em up arcade game is now available on iPhone and iPad. Take control of the most iconic spaceships and free the galaxy from the invaders!
The galaxy is at stake. Fire up the engines and destroy endless waves of aliens in a shower of laser blasts and smoking missiles!
Galaga Wars+ is Bandai Namco’s classic arcade shooter game brought to Apple Arcade. With stunning graphics and simple touchscreen controls, Galaga Wars+ is an exhilarating trip down memory lane for all Nostalgic gamers and an instant blast for everyone to enjoy.
11/5/21: A new PvP game has landed on Apple Arcade with Transformers Tactical Arena.
Assemble a team of all your favorite Transformers! Battle your way through the ranks of competitive Arenas in this real-time PvP strategy game! Unlock new cards, master their unique abilities, and evolve your strategy to gain a competitive advantage. With dozens of familiar characters, powerful structures, and an arsenal of tactical support units at your disposal, no two battles are alike.
10/29/21: Crayola Create and Play aimed at kiddos 4+ is available now on Apple Arcade.
Spark creativity with Crayola Create and Play+!
Crayola Create and Play+ is the official Crayola creativity app, with frequent new activities to help you imagine, experiment, and grow with every month! Explore dozens of creative, confidence-building games and enjoy endless hours of productive play. Crayola Create & Play+ encourages curiosity, artistic independence, and a safe place to develop self-expression. It’s so much more than drawing and coloring pages! Each of the activities helps develop imagination and a creative point of view…we’re all kids at heart, and everyone can be creative! Our regular content updates add new features, activities, and learning games. There’s always something new to explore and master!
10/19/21: NBA 2K22 Arcade Edition has launched on Apple Arcade and features MyCAREER, MyCOURT, Quick Match Modes, The Association Mode, Online Multiplayer Mode, and more.
NBA 2K22 Arcade Edition is the latest title in the world-renowned, best-selling NBA 2K series exclusively on Apple Arcade. Live your NBA dreams on the hardwood and run with today’s top stars like Luka Doncic, Damian Lillard, Kevin Durant, Jayson Tatum, Zion Williamson, Anthony Davis, Rui Hachimura, Karl-Anthony Towns and more – in an authentic NBA 2K experience.
10/15/21: Apple Arcade subscribers will be excited to hear that iPhone game of the year winner, Tiny Wings is the latest hit to make the jump to the gaming service.
You have always dreamed of flying – but your wings are tiny. Luckily the world is full of beautiful hills. Use the hills as jumps – slide down, flap your wings and fly! At least for a moment – until this annoying gravity brings you back down to earth. But the next hill is waiting for you already. Watch out for the night and fly as fast as you can. Otherwise flying will only be a dream once again.
Tiny Wings was chosen as the iPhone Game of the Year in App Store Rewind 2011 in Europe and many other countries. Thank you Apple and a big thank you to all Tiny Wings fans!
10/8/21: The hit Frogger-style reimagined for the iOS-era, Crossy Road is now available on Apple Arcade.
Hop back into the adventure with Crossy Road® re-imagined for Apple Arcade.
Join Crossy Chicken to collect all the characters & discover CROSSY ROAD park.
10/1/21: The high-intensity, award-winning rhythm game Thumper: Pocket Edition has landed on Apple Arcade.
Thumper is rhythm violence: classic action, blistering speed, and brutal physicality. You are a space beetle. Brave the void and confront a maniacal giant head.
With this special pocket edition, you can play all nine epic levels with one hand.
Hurtle forward, master new moves, and survive terrifying boss battles. Propelled by a pounding original soundtrack, you’ll feel every crushing impact. To reach synesthetic bliss, you must conquer rhythm hell.
9/24/21: LEGO Star Wars Battles has arrived on Apple Arcade this week.
Lead your favorite LEGO® Star Wars™ characters into real-time, multiplayer PvP battles in arenas inspired by iconic locations from throughout the galaxy!
What happens when an Ewok takes on a Tusken Raider? Can a flock of porgs tackle a stormtrooper in a standoff? Could Chewbacca go toe-to-toe with Boba Fett? Who would win in a showdown between Yoda and Darth Vader?
Collect and upgrade LEGO Star Wars characters, troops, and vehicles and craft formidable light and dark side armies. Build LEGO towers on the battlefield and develop a strategy to attack, defend, and capture territory as you push towards the enemy base to claim victory! Download this exciting LEGO game that brings together every era of Star Wars™ storytelling in a tower defense style.
An All-New Castlevania Game!
The beloved gothic fantasy series returns with an original game exclusive to Apple Arcade with “Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls”!
Play TEMPLE RUN as never before! Beat match 3 puzzles to uncover the mysteries of the ancient temple realm. Create powerful combos and use special pieces to become a Temple Champion!
Assist the great adventurer, archeologist and Temple Runner Scarlett Fox as you solve puzzles to overcome the mysterious obstacles along your path.
9/10/21: The latest to make the jump from iOS to Apple Arcade is the puzzle/sim mashup Zookeeper World.
Zookeeper, the definitive action-puzzle game played by more than 30 million people, is now available as a Apple Arcade exclusive!
Solve simple match-3 puzzles to create your own zoo. Make it the only one of its kind in the world!
Get through a variety of puzzles and collect Coins to fill your zoo with cute animals, plants and more! They’ll increase your zoo’s Charm and attract all sorts of visitors!
8/20/21: Tetris Beat has arrived on Apple Arcade.
Tetris® Beat – The world famous Tetris® puzzle game is blocking to a new beat, fusing its hit gameplay with exclusive music and innovative rhythm mechanics. The game features a diverse and eclectic lineup of incredible musicians including Alison Wonderland, GARZA, Hannah Diamond, Octo Octa, Dauwd, CINTHIE and many more, with new exclusive songs added every month from today’s hottest and up-and-coming talent.
8/13/21: The Pokémon-style RPG Monster Hunter Stories from Capcom has arrived on Apple Arcade.
The Apple Arcade version of this game contains the same content as the Monster Hunter Stories app available elsewhere. Please read the “Important Notes” section before playing.
• Game Features
– Recruit countless Monsties!
Monsties, and the bonds you form with them, are the backbone of your adventure. Explore vast environments and dungeons to find monster dens, and bring back the eggs you find to hatch new Monsties!
– Fight with your Monsties in Network Battles!
Take your hero and the Monsties you’ve raised into battles with other Riders! Build a team of your favorites to challenge other players.
– New features for the smartphone version!
New improvements include beautiful high-resolution graphics, improved user interface, and a new auto-save feature!
The story begins in a forest near the village of Riders. Three young friends—the hero, Lilia, and Cheval—stumble upon a shining egg.
8/6/21: Another highly popular iOS title has arrived on Apple Arcade, Super Stickman Golf 3. All premium content is unlocked with this version and of course no ads or in-app purchases.
Super Stickman Golf 3 is a 2D golf game packed full of amazing courses, crazy power ups, fun collectable cards, wild game modes and of course, tons of multiplayer madness. Master dozens of courses and square off against friends in turn-based head to head matches or up to 8 players in real-time races to the cup!
7/2/21: Solitaire Stories is the latest popular iOS title to make the jump to Apple Arcade.
Behold! The world’s greatest card game, Solitaire… now with progressive difficulty storylines, gorgeous deck designs, daily challenges, global leaderboards, and a weird sense of humor. If you like classic Klondike Solitaire and have a wild imagination, you’re going to love Solitaire Stories.
Leo’s Fortune is a platform adventure game where you hunt down the cunning and mysterious thief that stole your gold. Beautifully hand-crafted levels bring the story of Leo to life in this epic adventure.
and here’s the description for INKS that takes a different approach to pinball:
INKS updates pinball for a new generation. It combines the joy of pinball with skilful tactical challenges, and allows you to create wondrous works of art as the ball smashes around the canvas.
Blocks of color burst like beautiful fireworks across the surface, building up in vivid layers and recording a visual history of your game as you perfect your score.
6/17/21: Two new titles have landed on Apple Arcade. Frenzic: Overtime is a remake of the original popular puzzler from the Iconfactory that first launched on Mac OS X in 2007. Meanwhile, the simulation title Game Dev Story has arrived on Apple Arcade too.
Frenzic: Overtime combines fast-paced engaging game play, stunning visuals and sound in an arcade style puzzle game that players can easily pick up and play. Life on the factory floor at Frenzic Industries can be a bit chaotic as players assemble Power Cores for the new ZAPBOTs. As players meet their shift goals in a timely manner, they’ll be promoted to more rewarding positions on the assembly line. Players will face over 45 levels, multiple gameplay modes and hundreds of mini-goals as they uncover the secrets of Frenzic Industries, and ultimately, save the world.
Easy to learn, challenging to master — it’s fun for the entire family! This blast from the past steps into the future!
And here’s the description for Game Dev Story:
Manage your own game company and try to create a million-selling game in this unique simulation.
Features the ability to develop your company’s own game console, plus a system for changing your staff members’ professions.
Hire talented people and train them to develop their skills.
As your staff gets more experience, you will unlock a wider array of game genres and content to develop. Try to find the most popular combinations and develop for the latest platform!
Your staff members can have a variety of game-related professions, from programmer to sound engineer.
Work hard and you may reach the top of the video game industry!
6/11/21: A new medieval fantasy RPG has landed on Apple Arcade with Legends of Kingdom Rush:
Embark on an epic journey through the medieval fantasy world of Kingdom Rush in this amazing RPG game with roguelike elements!
LEAD THE MOST POWERFUL KINGDOM RUSH CHARACTERS
An extraplanar menace of unprecedented proportions is attacking the realm!
Lead a party of heroes to stop this foe in a highly engaging combat system that is easy to learn but hard to master.
5 Legendary Heroes, like the mighty paladin Gerald Lightseeker or the cunning shadow assassin Asra Daggerfall, will be awaiting your command.
11 Companion Heroes, with different skills and powers, like the resourceful forest ranger, the volatile dwarven bombardier, or the menacing dark knight will follow your Legends to victory!
Unlock all of these fantastic heroes as you push through more and more dangerous lands.
STRATEGIC GRID-BASED COMBAT
Strategically move your heroes on a hex-based grid to best fit their skills to your combat tactics. Switch and match your heroes and companions until you find your ideal team for each battle!
EXPERIENCE THE KINGDOM RUSH NARRATIVE LIKE NEVER BEFORE
Learn more about the Kingdom Rush universe with over 100 narrative events while you fight your way through lush forests, rugged mountains, and devastated wastelands.
5/27/21: After almost two months since we’ve seen fresh Apple Arcade games, a new “crazy puzzle adventure” has launched – All of You.
From the creators of Love You to Bits and Bring You Home, Alike Studio presents All of You.
All of You is a cute, purely visual, accessible, family-friendly puzzle adventure with unique gameplay. Play and pause time in every part of the level to unveil the right path for the main character.
You will follow the journey of a clumsy chicken traversing all kinds of places in search of her lost chicks.
Explore strange places filled with fun characters, exciting surprises, and many treacherous dangers – all to find every one of your chicks.
4/23/21: Skate City from Snowman has received a nice update today on Apple Arcade with a new endless mode:
Get ready to make your mark in Pro Skate.
Set your highest score in an endless run through Los Angeles with all new generated skate features that make no two runs the same!
See how far you can travel through the city while linking combos and perfect tricks together to set new records. Watch out for security guards and new obstacles because as soon as you crash your run is over!
Compete for the top spot in our leaderboards, and complete all 60 new objectives included in this mode. Only available in L.A. for now.
4/2/21: Apple Arcade has gotten a huge update today with 30+ new games ranging from big titles to iOS and traditional hits.
To check out all the new games, you can head to the App Store > Arcade tab > swipe down to the bottom > tap “See All Games.”
Welcome to Farm It!
Take your time to play amazing mini games in order to get resources to build your farm world.
Embark on an adventurous journey: by playing fun mini games, obtain resources and decorate different areas of your farm and enjoy the company of fun and amazing in-game characters and cute animals. What are you waiting for? Indulge yourself in some farming and build the most amazing farm world.
Build your dream farm!
And Hitchhiker is a road-trip mystery:
Hitchhiker is a mystery game set along lost highways, where your goal is to solve the puzzle of your own backstory. As a hitchhiker with no memory or destination, you catch a series of rides across a strange and beautiful landscape, tracking the mysterious disappearance of a person close to you. Your drivers range from stoic farmers to off-duty waitresses, and each one has a story to tell. Clues appear, alliances emerge, and nothing is quite what it seems.
As your journey continues, you must decode the events of your past while confronting the dangers that lie ahead. Hitchhiker is a road-trip odyssey about exploring the unknown in order to find yourself.
3/19/21: Apple Arcade has gained the new sim game Cozy Grove. It’s a spookified look at the genre that takes place on a “haunted, ever-changing island.”
Welcome to Cozy Grove, a life-sim game about camping on a haunted, ever-changing island. As a Spirit Scout, you’ll wander the island’s forest each day, finding new hidden secrets and helping soothe the local ghosts. With a little time and a lot of crafting, you’ll bring color and joy back to Cozy Grove!
3/5/21: SP!NGis the newest Apple Arcade title. It’s a physics action-puzzler and feels like a mashup between Cut the Rope and Sonic the Hedgehog.
SP!NG is like a stress ball for your brain
Experience the zen and skillful world that is SP!NG.
With only one touch, flow through hundreds of hand-crafted levels.
Unlock new themes that change the look and feel of your experience.
Earn new characters and perfect levels to unlock new challenging modes.
2/19/21: The latest to land on Apple Arcade is the zombie action title Survival Z.
After the event, humanity lies on the brink while zombies dominate the landscape! You are a survivor. Armed with your wits and bravado, you are determined to save all who remain.
Your goal is clear: find survivors and seek out a way to exterminate the undead menace. Choose your way along randomly generated routes to build and battle your way through environments crawling with zombies.
- Blast your way through a wide range of zombie types.
- Place traps and obstacles to increase your chances of survival.
- Collect and upgrade equipment to power up your character.
- Ever-changing routes create endless replayability. No two runs are the same!
- Bring other survivors into the fold and fight alongside them.
- Unique story events that with extra rewards…for those who can survive them.
- Over 15 playable characters, 50 unique levels, and infinite possibilities for fun!
2/5/21: New toady for Apple Arcade is lumen. – a puzzler with light, mirrors, and lenses.
lumen. is a puzzle game with unique mechanics, where you have to solve levels using lights, lenses and mirrors.
You will find yourself in the old attic and discover the mysterious antique box of Ms. Olivia McLumen, who lived in Scotland over a hundred years ago and was a great inventor of her time, she saved her inventions in cinematic frames for you to restore.
1/29/21: Populous Run for Apple Arcade is a fun and quirky “unconventional running game where you control a crown of people.
- Dodge giant fast food
- Slide down pipes like at a waterpark
- Battle rapper bosses, including Macaron, Donut, and Burger
- Test yourself in Hardcore mode
- Collect all the secret characters who are hidden in the levels
- Show your respect for the upbeat original soundtrack with its choral singing
Take a step into the colorful world of Spire Blast. With your ever hungry dragon companion collapse numerous mysterious towers of all shapes and sizes that have risen all over the kingdom. Test your wits and skills, use all the tools at your disposal and you will emerge victorious!
Gear up your caravan, boot up your GPS, spread out your map and head for the depths of Melmoth Forest. As a rookie field researcher, you’ll place cameras during the day, and watch the footage at night, tracking the movements of a scurry of squirrels.
Where do they hide their nuts? What puzzling routes do they take? And why do they behave so strangely?
1/8/21: The first launch on Apple Arcade for 2021 is Oceanhorn: Chronos Dungeon. Check out the launch trailer here and read more below:
A long time has passed since the White City was washed from the face of Gaia – and the once magnificent Kingdom of Arcadia was shattered into hundreds of islands of the Uncharted Sea.
Four adventurers have set on a journey to restore the world to its former glory. Following rumors and prophecies, they have found a way into a mythical underground complex, Chronos Dungeon.
Deep down, hidden somewhere, lies the Paradigm Hourglass, an object powerful enough to alter history. Will you find the route to the bottom floor, and what challenges await you inside Chronos Dungeon?
A DUNGEON CRAWLER FOR ALL AGES
Oceanhorn: Chronos Dungeon is a dungeon crawler featuring four players couch co-op, inspired by 16-bit arcade classics. Fight side by side with your friends, or control all four heroes by yourself – will you make it to the bottom of Chronos Dungeon?
If this is your first game in the genre, don’t worry – Oceanhorn: Chronos Dungeon is easy to pick up even for newcomers and will keep you and your companions entertained for hours!
A NEW DUNGEON EVERY TIME
Randomized modifiers make each level unique, and each run unexpected. Heroes start every game with different stats, depending on the zodiac sign they’re bound to, and each of the four adventurers, Knight, Huntress, Grandmaster, and Mage, feels and plays differently. If less than four local players are available, the idle adventurers can be selected on the fly by any player.
A NEW CHAPTER IN THE OCEANHORN UNIVERSE
Oceanhorn: Chronos Dungeon is a new chapter in the Oceanhorn universe, set 200 years after Oceanhorn 2. Find out if our heroes can defeat Chronos, and change the course of history!
Join Alba as she visits her grandparents on a Mediterranean island. She is ready for a peaceful summer of wildlife exploration with her friend Ines, but when she sees an animal in danger, she realises she needs to do something about it!
This is truly a Mediterranean paradise if you ignore all the litter! From the idyllic beaches to the ancient castle overlooking the town a whole island is ready to be explored. With Ines and your grandfather – who is a total bird nerd – by your side, you can start the movement to save the island. Maybe even the world after that.
- Handcrafted visuals. Every little corner of the island has been looked after with great detail. Trust me, it took us a while to make it
- Join Alba and Ines to found the AIWRL (really rolls off the tongue doesn’t it?), an organisation that can save the island
- You will need to gather a bunch of volunteers and the town is full of good people. Help them out and convince them to join you
- There are animals everywhere, can you find all the species?
12/4/20: Zombie Rollerz: Pinball Heroes is now on Apple Arcade bringing an interesting mashup of pinball and tower defense.
Zombie Rollerz: Pinball Heroes fuses Classic Pinball and Tower Defense in an exciting sequel to the award winning Zombie Rollerz franchise crafted especially for Apple Arcade!
-Roguelike gameplay ensures hours upon hours of exciting, replayable content
-Fight adorkable zombies in a cartoon world
-A next-gen pinball experience combined with tower defense
-Discover and unlock hundreds of combinations of heroes and powers
-Unique Zombie Bosses change up the challenge
11/27/20: Apple Arcade’s new game for Black Friday is Warp Drive – Teleport Racing! and as the name suggests, it comes with a fun twist.
WARP DRIVE is a fast-paced, arcade style racing game with a brand new way to drive: instantly TELEPORT around the track to find shortcuts and hidden routes! Take control of your QUAD ROTOR RACER, equip a Warp Module, and enter a series of high-speed tournaments to test your skills and creative driving abilities. Drive on the ceiling, jump huge canyons and race up waterfalls in an epic inverted racing battle!
Compete in a series of dynamically generated tournaments, with random options providing a different experience every time you play! UPGRADE your car between races, gradually adding more capabilities to DRIFT, BOOST, or WARP your way to victory. Follow the advice of your outspoken manager, Lenny, or just ignore whatever he says… what do aliens know about racing, anyway?!
11/12/20: The Pathless comes to Apple Arcade as the latest adventure title:
From the creators of ABZÛ, The Pathless is the mythic adventure of an archer and an eagle in a vast forest.
10/30/20: The latest to arrive on Apple Arcade is South of the Circle a narrative adventure game about love, memory, and survival.
A crashed aircraft, tail to the sky.
Cambridge academic Peter stumbles from the wreckage in search of help, fighting the cold. As his attempts to escape the ice grow more desperate, the lines between his past and present begin to blur.
A love story between colleagues Peter and Clara, set against the backdrop of the Cold War, South of the Circle is a narrative adventure game about memory, survival, and the consequences of not dealing with the past.
Coming Soon to Apple Arcade: Reigns: Beyond
Take on intergalactic stardom while recruiting alien band members and navigating your way through a space tour!
— Apple Arcade (@AppleArcade) October 14, 2020
10/9/20: New to Apple Arcade today is The Survivalists, a multiplayer island adventure from the developers behind Worms and The Escapists.
A World of Adventure and Possibilities Awaits! The island is alive! Your newfound home will change with day/night cycles as you explore and uncover its secrets.
Hunt (or be hunted by!) animals for food and an array of mythical enemies, who aren’t necessarily pleased to see you. Get quests from a Mysterious Stranger or find them washed up on the shore. Prepare to trek into a procedurally generated wilderness, with a variety of biomes, for an adventure that’s unique to every player.
10/2/20: Slash Quest! has arrived on Apple Arcade. It’s a unique adventure game based on wielding a growing sword.
The Queen’s evergrowing talking sword is lost in a faraway land. Luckily you showed up to wield it back to the castle. You do know how to swing a sword, right? Right?!
Forget your power fantasy. Slash Quest’s simple yet unfamiliar controls will put you in the shoes of an unlikely knight with a big heart, an even bigger weapon, and absolutely zero skills. But worry not! Just like Shep and Swordie’s friendship, before you know it everything will feel right and everyone will be counting on you to save the Queendom.
9/18/20: New on Apple Arcade today includes: Samurai Jack and Marble Knights. The first is an action RPG title, while the latter takes you into battle with a marble-mania adventure. It looks like both were previously released and these are the latest updates.
9/10/20: The latest title added to Apple Arcade is a puzzle game called A Monster’s Expedition.
From some of the best puzzle designers in the world comes A Monster’s Expedition, an adorable and relaxing open world puzzle adventure for monsters who love to learn about humans.
By pushing trees over to create pathways, you’ll explore hundreds of islands near and far to learn about the history of “humanity”.
Immerse yourself in human culture with all-new exhibits from the “Human Englandland” dig site, each accompanied with expert insights*!
*Insights is not a legally binding term and may or may not include idle speculation, rumour and hearsay.
– Adorable open world puzzle game from the creators of A Good Snowman is Hard to Build and Cosmic Express
– Simple but deep mechanics packed with possibilities to discover
– Hundreds of islands to visit – some right in front of you, others well off the beaten track for true puzzle lovers
– Learn about the mythical humans from the perspective of curious monsters
9/4/20: World’s End Club has landed on Apple Arcade. Here’s what to expect with the new action-adventure game:
Twelve 12-year old kids go on a 1,200 km journey.
A new type of action-adventure game that fuses a thrilling story with 2D side-scrolling action.
A “dream team” adventure game with scenario written by Zero Escape series creator, Kotaro Uchikoshi, and Danganronpa’s Kazutaka Kodaka as creative director.
– Simple controls
– A fusion of 2D scrolling puzzle-action game and story-adventure game
– Key player choices alter the course of the adventure throughout the branching story
– 12 unique and interesting characters!
– Famous locations all over Japan
– The story unfolds in… unexpected ways
8/27/20: The Last Campfire joins Apple Arcade as the newest adventure game on the service.
DISCOVER A PURPOSE
The Last Campfire is an adventure, a story of a lost ember trapped in a puzzling place, searching for meaning and a way home.
ON A JOURNEY
Travel deeper into the lands beyond the dark forest and overcome the adversities before you.
UNCOVER A WORLD
Discover beautiful wilderness filled with lost folk, strange creatures and mysterious ruins.
LIGHT THE LAST CAMPFIRE
Find hope and carry it with you on your Journey to light The Last Campfire.
FROM A SMALL STUDIO
A unique tale from Hello Games and the creative minds behind LostWinds.
8/21/20: Adult Swim’s Samurai Jack is the newest game to hit Apple Arcade:
He’s back! Become Samurai Jack, the greatest warrior to ever brandish a katana!
Journey through time and finally stop Aku’s evil reign in this new adventure from the creators of Samurai Jack.
Voiced by the original voice-actors, Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time is an action RPG game that spans across time and space, where your actions will determine a new legend!
Encounter your favorite characters from the show including The Scotsman, Scaramouche, Sir Rothchild and more!
BECOME THE SAMURAI AND DEFEAT AKU FOREVER!
Immerse yourself in an untold adventure that ties into the epic series finale. Team up with trusted allies from the show to face off against familiar enemies. Defeat ninja foes!
EXPLORE WORLDS FROM THE AWARD-WINNING SERIES
Visit classic worlds and moments from your favorite episodes. Travel to a dark future to free mankind. Dive into the past to face off against diabolical monsters. Seek your fate as you travel across space and time.
CREATE YOUR OWN LEGEND!
Equip and master over a dozen different weapons in combat. Increase your power even more by training and unlocking new skills to support your playstyle.
Your time has come. Become Samurai Jack, the greatest warrior of the past, present and future. Enjoy one of the most unique and iconic gaming experiences available on Apple Arcade today!
8/14/20: Next Stop Nowhere lets players take an outer space road trip with some neat game elements.
- An intelligent conversation system with branching dialogue that changes your relationships and the story based on every decision
- A spaceship that comes fully equipped with his own personality
- A completely unique version of space (the outer reaches of a dilapidated galaxy) filled with colorful skies, treacherous asteroids and a several orbits to explore
- A thrilling and thoughtful narrative brought to life by a vibrant cast of voice actors
- Cross-device play through Apple Arcade
8/7/20: Apple Arcade gains Game of Thrones: Tale of Crows as the newest title taking players back 8,000 before Jon Snow.
In the shadow of the Wall, your watch begins. Eight thousand years before Jon Snow took the Black, the Night’s Watch was formed to secure the Wall and defend the border of Westeros against the perils of the North, and all that lies beyond. Into these untamed wilds, sworn brothers and their allies set out on rangings to face the dangers that would threaten the realm. But the Wall is a blade that cuts both ways.
Guide the decisions of Lord Commanders through the seasons and mount expeditions beyond the Wall. As ravens travel to and from your expeditions in real time, their messages are delivered to you throughout your day. Respond with your command right away, or whenever you see fit.
Long is the history of the Night’s Watch, and many are its stories forgotten. It’s time the realm remembers them.
7/24/20: Landing on Apple Arcade today is The Lullaby of Life, an adventure game with a focus on music, relaxation, and agility.
In The Lullaby of Life you are the catalyst for change in a universe currently inert but filled with potential.
Explore this amazing world that combines relaxation, dexterity and agility, and help it reach its maximum splendor using the power of music to make life bloom.
This adventure has no textual elements, and wearing headphones is highly recommended. Let’s write together a new story about the origin of life!
7/17/20: Necrobarista is the newest addition to Apple Arcade. Here’s the description of the new dark adventure title:
In a back-alley Melbourne cafe, the dead are granted one last night to mingle with the living.
For Maddy Xiao—barista, amateur necromancer, and new owner of the Terminal—things couldn’t be better, as long as you’re not reminding her of the fact that she’s got an enforcer from the notoriously uncompromising Council of Death breathing down her neck.
7/10/20: New to Apple Arcade today is a dark and eerie adventure puzzler called Creaks.
The ground starts shaking, light bulbs are breaking – and something rather unusual is happening right behind the walls of your very room. Equipped with nothing but wit and courage, you slowly descend into a world inhabited by avian folk and seemingly deadly furniture monsters.
From the creators of indie classics Machinarium and Samorost comes Creaks, a new puzzle adventure game that delights the senses with its hand-painted visuals, precise animation, eerie sounds, and an eclectic original score from Hidden Orchestra. Proceed at your own pace at figuring out the solutions to dozens of carefully designed puzzles, explore the mansion for hidden paintings, and uncover the great secret.
6/25/20: A big release today on Apple Arcade is the futuristic adventure thriller and sequel to the popular Beneath a Steel Sky, Beyond a Steel Sky.
From Charles Cecil, creator of the Broken Sword series, with art direction by Dave Gibbons, legendary comic book artist behind ‘Watchmen’, comes ‘Beyond a Steel Sky’, the long awaited sequel to the cult classic ‘Beneath a Steel Sky’.
You are Robert Foster. A child has been abducted in a brutal attack. You have vowed to bring him home. But the trail has led you from your community of desert wasteland dwellers, to Union City, one of the last remaining mega-cities in a world ravaged by shattering wars, and political meltdown.
Fortified and impenetrable, it is a utopia in which people live happily under the surveillance and control of a benign AI. But all is far from what it seems…
‘Beyond a Steel Sky’ is a dramatic, humorous, cyberpunk thriller in which engaging puzzles drive a fast-paced narrative set in a dynamic gameworld that responds to – and is subverted by – the player’s actions.
• An adventure set within a dynamic world, populated by willful characters driven by motivations that the player can subvert. In combination with a unique hacking tool, multiple solutions to puzzles emerge from player choices.
• Unravel dark conspiracies, defeat a terrifying antagonist in this dramatic, humorous, cyberpunk thriller, which explores contemporary themes: social control, AI, and total surveillance.
• Intelligent puzzles are interwoven with an intriguing dramatic narrative to deliver a compelling gameplay experience.
• A beautifully detailed, comic-book styled world, from the mind of legendary comic artist Dave Gibbons.
6/12/20: A new side-scrolling adventure game has arrived today on Apple Arcade called Little Orpheus.
The year is 1962 and NASA are trying to put a man on the moon. In a remote corner of Siberia, a Soviet cosmonaut is heading in the other direction. Comrade Ivan Ivanovich is dropped into an extinct volcano in his exploration capsule, Little Orpheus, to explore the center of the earth. He promptly vanishes.
Three years later he emerges claiming to have saved the world. He has also lost the atomic bomb powering the Little Orpheus. He is taken to a top secret bunker deep below the Ural mountains to be debriefed by the fearsome General Yurkovoi, a man so frightening even Stalin won’t buy him a drink. The General rolls up his sleeves, fixes Ivan with a steely glare and say “So… where have you been comrade? And where is my bomb?”
And Ivan looks him right back in the eye and says “Well General, you might not believe what happened to me, but I’ll do my best. Because it happened like this…”
Join our bold yet hapless hero as he explores lost civilizations, undersea kingdoms, prehistoric jungles and lands beyond imagination. Gasp as he battles the subhuman tribe of the Menkv and escapes the clutches of dreadful monsters! Cheer as he triumphs over impossible odds and brings socialism to the subterranean worlds!
Little Orpheus is a technicolor side-scrolling adventure game inspired by classic movies like Flash Gordon, Sinbad and The Land that Time Forgot. Delivered in eight bite-size, commute-friendly episodes, Little Orpheus is simple enough for casual players but rich enough for seasoned adventure fans.
If you’re a fan of old school family blockbusters, want a rollercoaster story that’ll take you to the Earth’s core and beyond, or are just in some need of ideologically correct entertainment, join the most unlikely hero to hit Apple Arcade on an adventure beyond belief. With stunning visuals, brilliant acting and a world-class score, Little Orpheus is a pocket-epic you’ll never forget.
Comrades, to the center!
6/4/20: It doesn’t look like we’re getting a new Apple Arcade title this week but there is a major update for the popular RPG Oceanhorn 2 with the Golden Edition today (via CNET). The expansion marks a great time to replay the game or jump in for the first time.
Introducing the Golden Edition!
- The Shield of Chronos expansion, which adds a new main item and a brand new dungeon to explore
- The Criminal Hunt expansion, a unique series of side quests that will take you all around Gaia chasing down bandits such as Sir Stingalot and Baron Slimethorn
- An expanded ending, with never-before-seen scenes that will shed light on our heroes’ destiny
- A new, optional, 60fps mode supported by all high-end devices
- Most powerful Power Shards can now be discovered
- Added realism with a stunning new Physically Based Water Simulation
- Polished user experience, including overhauled menus and improved gameplay communication
- A lot of new spoken dialogue and new songs
- New dangers to overcome for the courageous among you!
There’s never been a better time to start your RPG adventure – or to jump back in! The Golden Edition update is packed with new, exciting content, and it’s the best version of the game to date!
5/28/20: Apple Arcade has added a new game from Nickelodeon called SpongeBob: Patty Pursuit. Here’s how it’s described:
Trouble has come to Bikini Bottom! The evil “mastermind” Sheldon J. Plankton has once again hatched a plan to steal the secret Krabby Patty formula. This time he has enlisted his army of cousins to capture all of SpongeBob’s friends! Play as SpongeBob on his epic, most side-scrolly quest through Bikini Bottom ever! Explore, collect coins and spatulas, and crush obstacles as SpongeBob races to rescue his friends, defeat Plankton’s minions and take back the formula. Keep an eye out for your favorite Bikini Bottom residents…you never know who you might run into!
5/22/20: Apple Arcade sees the arrival of a new dungeon crawler RPG, Towers of Everland.
Let’s go on a dungeon crawl as Towers of Everland seamlessly brings together exploration, combat and RPG elements to take the player on an amazing adventure within the world of Everland. On your epic journey, test your skills in battle against the hordes of fiendish monsters you encounter, conquer all the towers you can and amass weapons and armor from hundreds of unique pieces.
5/14/20: Launched today on Apple Arcade is a fun new puzzle journey called Winding Worlds.
You’re far from home. You’re not sure how you got here. But you do know one thing: it’s your calling to help your new friends, however you can. But not all of them are being cooperative…
From the award-winning studio that brought you GNOG comes Winding Worlds, a finger-wiggling puzzle-adventure about a girl, a Wurm, and how to say goodbye.
Willow just wants to mind her own business. But after she finds a broken magical necklace, she is transported on a spellbinding journey to a network of strange planets, each with a different inhabitant. Hired and guided by a mysterious cosmic Wurm, Willow’s task is to find out how to help her new friends heal and move on. In Winding Worlds, join a cast of characters, big and small, in a heartwarming tale of grief, love, truth, and acceptance.
5/8/20: Apple Arcade has gained The_Otherside, a new turn-based RPG.
Otherside is a turn based RPG and strategy board game where you will control four survivors who hope to push back the shadowy threat. Make your way through each level solving puzzles, fighting monsters, and destroying the spirit anchors that threaten our dimension.
Do you have what it takes to restore the town back to normal and save the day?
5/1/20: The latest addition to Apple Arcade is the adventure title Neversong.
Upon waking from a coma, Peet’s girlfriend is nowhere to be found. Investigate the screams coming from the heart of Neverwood, the increasingly bizarre behavior of the zombie grownups, and the strange truth about Peet’s past in this hauntingly dreamlike fable.
—From Red Wind Field to the haunting halls of Blackfork Asylum, explore six moody, illustrative levels.
—Take on bosses, monsters, and zombie grownups with your trusty baseball bat.
—Immerse yourself in a breathtaking piano-centric soundtrack.
—Join your quirky childhood pals and trusty pet bird on an adventure to discover the truth about your recent coma.
4/17/20: Apple Arcade has gained two new titles today with and . The former is a deep-sea diving adventure game and the latter is a “love story in a paper world” puzzler.
Beyond Blue takes you into the near future, where you’ll have the opportunity to explore the mysteries of our ocean through the eyes of Mirai, a deep sea explorer and scientist. You and your newly-formed research team will use groundbreaking technologies to see, hear, and interact with the ocean in a more meaningful way than has ever been attempted. The game features an evocative narrative, exploration of an untouched world, and adventure that challenges the player to make high-stakes decisions during the crew’s expedition.
And here’s the description of A Fold Apart.
After career choices force them along separate paths, a Teacher and Architect vow to make their long-distance relationship work at any cost. Experience both sides of their story as the couple navigates the complexities of (mis)communication and the emotional ups and downs that separation brings. By flipping, folding, and unfolding the paper puzzles in their handcrafted worlds, you can help the couple overcome the emotional barriers of their relationship — but will love endure…?
4/10/20: The new side-scroller Scrappers is now available on Apple Arcade.
In Scrappers, up to 4 players can team up to clean up the streets of a futuristic city teeming with garbage — and trash anyone who gets in their way!
You take on the role of the Scrappers, a squad of robot garbage collectors working to clean up a grimy city of the not-so-distant future. Time is money in Junktown, and team tactics like stacking trash and passing it to teammates — much like in basketball — can boost your efficiency for bigger rewards!
But garbage collection is only part of the job. Rival teams will attack and interfere, and it’s up to you to dispose of them while staying on schedule!
Teamwork is key to maximizing efficiency and achieving high scores, which in turn unlocks new characters and customization options!
4/3/20: Legend of the Sky Fish 2, a new RPG has landed on Apple Arcade.
A hundred years have passed since the hero known as Little Red Hook ended the reign of terror of Skyfish, the Lord of the Deep Seas… and now the peace that civilization struggled so much to build is in danger again.
As the last Red Hook guardians, you and your master must use the atypical tool of your clan – the Combat Fishing Pole – as both a weapon and a grappling hook to face the rising threat.
Unveil an exciting story as you journey in a world full of intriguing characters and devious traps. Explore gorgeous landscapes and mysterious dungeons while defeating mutant abyssal creatures.
3/20/20: Spyder is out as the latest Apple Arcade title:
Save the world with Agent 8 in this Spy-on-The-Wall adventure.
Set in a retro universe, British Spy Agency ‘EP-8’ has created Agent 8, the most sophisticated miniature robot spider on earth! Built using experimental technology, this itsy-bitsy superspy is equipped with all the gadgets and gizmos you’ll need; cut through panels, overload terminals, flip switches, and open valves as you scurry about sabotaging the heinous plans of evil doers.
3/13/20: New today is the “bouncy dungeon crawler” Roundguard.
Roundguard is a bouncy dungeon crawler with pinball physics, lots of loot, and a randomized castle full of oddballs. Press your luck against hordes of dangerously cute monsters and challenging roguelike elements in this all-round bouncy adventure!
If you love roguelikes & Peggle, then Roundguard is for you.
2/27/20: The makers of the highly popular Crossy Road are back with Crossy Road Castle as an Apple Arcade exclusive.
Bring your friends and see how far you can get in this endless spinning tower of arcade fun!
Keep climbing as high as you can. Every run is different.
- Play Together: Designed for cooperative arcade platforming chaos. You can also play solo, but everything’s more fun with friends, right?
- Connect Easily: Connect all players on a single device with game controllers, or connect together across multiple devices (or any mix that suits you).
- Collect Everything: Unlock Crossy Chicken and friends. Dress up in silly hats.
- Find New Stuff: With procedurally generated levels and variations, your tower run will be different every time!
- Defeat an Oversized Angry Eagle: Why is it so angry?!
- Play Offline: No internet? No worries. Fully enjoyable offline.
2/14/20: Apple Arcade gets a new strategy game this week, Loud House: Outta Control from Nickelodeon.
2/7/20: This week’s new title is Charrua Soccer. It features retro 3D gameplay and features three modes: Friendly Match, Competitions, and Penalty Match.
You can choose player vs computer or player vs player. Charrua Soccer features simple controls with fun and challenging gameplay.
1/31/20: Secret Oops! has arrived, a multiplayer AR party game.
Secret Oops! is an innovative cooperative local multiplayer Augmented Reality game where players try to make sure that the world’s dumbest spy isn’t detected.
1/24/20: The newest title for Apple Arcade is Butter Royale, a “Buttery food fight, battle royale style!”
Have the food fight of your life in Butter Royale, a multiplayer battle royale game, and be the last one standing on Butter Island. Play against 31 other players in fast–paced food battles (under 5 minutes) with the help of sauce-shooting, baguette-blasting kichen tools!
1/17: Kings of the Castle has launched today on Apple Arcade.
Speed to the rescue in this fun, multiplayer fairy tale. Save the prince before anyone else using your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV. But watch out for their spells.
Playing as the princess, you must use your speed, courage, and savvy sense of direction to save the prince. Avoid traps, battle enemies, jump over obstacles, and collect gems along your journey to pay a ransom for the prince’s safe return. But do it fast. The dragon is hungry!
Kings of the Castle can be played solo or with others in multiplayer mode.
1/10/20: Apple Arcade’s latest title is No Way Home.
Stranded in a strange galaxy, you must fight for survival using only your wits, your ship, and your party planning robot companion. Explore the universe, befriend bizarre aliens, and blast through hordes of monsters as you endaevor to find a way home.
No Way Home features hand-drawn artwork, 50+ weapons, 60 unique enemies, an immersive mission system, daily challenges, and more.
1/3/20: New today is Doomsday Vault:
Earth’s climate has collapsed and your mission is to collect the precious remaining plant life and return it to the safety of the Doomsday Vault.
12/20/19: LEGO Builder’s Journey has arrived on Apple Arcade. Here’s a description of the new LEGO title:
LEGO Builder’s Journey is an artistic, nonverbal puzzle adventure with meditative music where players build to solve challenges, while moving through stunning brick built universes, which showcase the endless possibilities of the creative play material and deliver a poetic narrative highlighting the importance of play in our lives.
12/12/19: Apple Arcade has gained the crossover action hockey game Ultimate Rivals: The Rink.
“We are ripping up the sports video game rule book and re-writing it for a new generation. We’re starting with the gamer first and empowering their imagination to create the ultimate team of athletes across sports, in a way only they can envision,” said Ben Freidlin, CEO and founder of Bit Fry Game Studios, Inc. and the creator of “Ultimate Rivals.”
12/3/19: Apple has featured Towaga: Among Shadows on its YouTube channel. The title previously launched on in October.
Here’s the game’s description:
In Towaga: Among Shadows you will learn to master the light in order to exorcise hordes of enraged creatures firmly set upon tearing you to shreds. Your skill and perseverence will be sorely tested while fighting on foot in the jungle or soaring through the skies above the peaks of the highest temples.
11/27/19: The newest title is an RPG from Cartoon Network based on the series Steven Universe.
- Unleash the Light — “Join the Crystal Gems for the ultimate mobile RPG. It’s time to Unleash the Light!”
11/26/19: Apple shared a new video on its YouTube channel highlighting recent releases…
11/15/19: Fresh titles include:
- — “A unique and atmospheric puzzle adventure for families & friends. Play onscreen or discover Augmented Reality and experience how virtual objects come alive.”
- More coming today?
11/8/19: New games this week bring Apple Arcade to the 100 title milestone:
- (reboot of the ’90s hit)
11/1/19: This week’s releases are:
10/25/19: Five new titles today include:
10/18/19: Four new games have launched on Apple Arcade:
10/11/19: Apple announced new games for its subscription service today:
Here’s a short summary of each title:
Build robots from a wide variety of components. Plan a strategy to carry you to victory. Fight as a pilot alonsdie your bots in exciting PvP matches or test your mettle in the single player Entropy Tribunals experience!
An atmospheric, story-driven puzzle platformer, following three playable characters within one dark, interconnecting story. In an old abandoned castle, you’ll need to explore every nook and cranny, avoid detection, slice your way through enemies and spring deadly traps in order to escape the evil that lurks within…
Experience Music and Gameplay that emotionally and mentally impacts you. Mind Symphony sets unique gameplay to mes with musical tracks to creat an experience that makes you feel better.
ShockRods is about shooting and avoiding being shot by jumping and dodging. ShockRods features solo and team games that take place in natural surroundings and future sports arenas. Your goal is ShockRods is to score points – by shooting your opponents and achieving objectives; scoring golas, stealing the other team’s flag, or dealing the most descruction… As you drive your ShockRod to VICTORY!
Stela is a cinematic, atmospheric platformer about a young woman witnessing the final days of a mysterious ancient world
Author: Michael Potuck