Apple Arcade is a new service from Apple that offers over 180 games for a single, low monthly fee. I was among the critics at first, wondering why I would pay a monthly fee when plenty of comparable games were available for free, but the biggest selling point of Apple Arcade is the complete lack of microtransactions. With great selections from just about every genre, it can be tough to know where to start, but we here at iMore have tested them out for you. Below you’ll find the best Apple Arcade additions this year and be sure to check out our best controllers for Apple Arcade to really step up your game!
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Rolling Cog Cutting Room Floor Reviewed On An iPhone X
Rolling Cog is a rhythm game with some interesting mechanics that make it stand out from the crowd. Instead of simply tapping buttons on the screen to match the beat, Rolling Cog asks players to cut away objects in order to match the beat of each stage. Each successful cut makes for better combos, more points, and can even help you unlock new sections of stages. It starts off simple enough with some easy stages involving cubes or snowflakes which are easily cut up by your finger making them pop or fly around as they’re touched, but this mechanic becomes much harder when wood beams and concrete blocks come into play forcing you to slash away at the right time.
Rolling Cog is an enjoyable rhythm game that has enough elements to make it feel unique, but it can sometimes be frustrating to get started on some of the harder stages.
Apple 7 Grand Steps Reviewed on an iPhone X
7 Grand Steps is a text-based simulation game where players must spend resources to help improve their lives in ancient times. The decisions you make early in the game determine everything from your age when you have children to how many kids you have by what age they can work and whether or not they continue your line of work or start their own business with what resources are available. There’s no way for things to go wrong until they do, sending events spiralling out of control forcing players to restart the game with slightly different parameters for their families.
7 Grand Steps is an interesting simulation title with lots of variety, but there are some frustrating elements that may turn off some players.
Crashlands Reviewed on an iPhone X
Crashlands is a Crafting Game where you crash land on a strange new planet and have to survive using the materials around you until help arrives. The crafting system is simple enough to use, but can also be confusing at times which can make it difficult for even veteran gamers to know exactly what they need in order to craft something else. From time travel abilities to transformation potions, there’s plenty of skills and items that will come into play as players battle monsters, gather resources, and attempt quests.
Crashlands is an addicting, in-depth crafting game that will keep players busy for hours on end.
The Trail: Frontier Challenge Reviewed on an iPhone XS
The Trail: Frontier Challenge is a casual game where players must take charge of their own wagon to explore the American frontier and make something of themselves. Starting with nothing but basic tools, players must decide how they want to play through this open-world adventure whether it’s focusing more on gathering resources or trying to make contact with other colonies. The choices you make affect your character’s appearance, skills, and even what kind of equipment you can use which creates lots of interesting combinations throughout the game.
The Trail: Frontier Challenge has no combat or direct conflict of any kind, but it’s still a fun game that lets players explore the open world and make their own decisions.
King of Opera Reviewed on an iPhone XS Max
King of Opera is a casual arcade title where players compete to become the most famous singers in the world by winning challenges, buying new costumes, developing their vocal skills, collecting fans, and avoiding scandals during their performances. As they progress further through stages more challenging songs are unlocked which must be sung perfectly in order to win each stage. Whenever you’re given three chances to pass a challenge you have two options that can earn fans or help improve your performance: use all of your three lives for one chance or spend some try again if you fail initially. Once a performance is over players can go back and listen to their songs which will be tracked as they compare scores with other players.
King of Opera has a simple, but engaging gameplay loop that keeps you coming back for more as you compete for higher scores and climb the leaderboards.
The Big Journey Reviewed on an iPhone XS Max
The Big Journey is a casual puzzle game where players need to connect two points together by moving across the level which requires them to flip switches, move blocks, and interact with various obstacles along the way. While this may sound simple enough, there are multiple layers that keep things interesting such as walls being only temporary until tiles have been destroyed or interacting with crystals will freeze time so blocks can be moved. There are 100 stages to complete, but players can go back and replay each stage in order to get a better score which will also unlock new characters that have different abilities.
The Big Journey is a puzzle game that’s easy to learn, yet difficult to master as higher scores require timing blocks perfectly across the grid while avoiding various obstacles along the way.
Fjong Reviewed on an iPhone 6S Plus
Fong is an arcade title where players attempt to avoid dangerous shapes by flinging themselves around the screen using different abilities at specific points so they can bounce off or destroy their enemies while collecting power-ups and additional lives. With over 50 levels each with multiple stages, there’s plenty of content here so it won’t be easy because difficulty ramps up really quickly and it takes a lot of practice to get through each stage.
Fong’s fast-paced, challenging gameplay is both fun and addicting as players compete for high scores while also attempting to complete stages in one run.
No More Kings Reviewed on an iPhone 7 Plus
No More Kings is a casual arcade game where players must clear the screen of various shapes by bouncing off them with their own avatar or using power-ups that can kill or destroy every enemy in the vicinity depending on how you use them. Things start out fairly simple, but things get interesting when you reach levels with multiple avatars and special weapons which create some chaotic moments when used. While there are only 40 levels currently there’s a lot to do in each one and once you beat a stage the endless mode is unlocked which puts a lot of pressure on players as they compete for high scores.
No More Kings is an arcade title that’s fun to play, but also challenging at the same time due to later stages requiring some strategy when choosing how to use your abilities or weapons against enemies.
Pest Control Reviewed on an iPhone XS Max
Pest Control offers classic shooter gameplay where players need to shoot down various insects while also avoiding their attacks so they can protect both fruit and civilians who are abducted by the bugs along with livestock that must be rescued. There are multiple game modes available including campaign, survival, daily challenge, weekly challenges, and online multiplayer as well as various ships, power-ups, and weapon types to unlock.
Pest Control’s classic arcade shooter gameplay is both fun and simple to learn which makes it easy to jump in and play now. See at Apple Table Top Racing Reviewed on an iPhone 7 Plus.
Table Top Racing is a casual racing game that’s fun for all ages as players compete against AI or other real players online by completing races around tracks themed after everyday objects such as camping tents, bottle openers, luggage trolleys, and pencils. As you win races you’ll earn coins that can be used to buy additional cars from the garage while also upgrading the ones you have so they’re faster and more powerful. There are multiple events with varying difficulties, with some races taking place on loops while others are point-to-point.
Table Top Racing is a lot of fun to play as it combines racing with the tabletop game that many people grew up with and offers players hours of entertainment especially if they’re into competitive multiplayer gameplay.
Basketball Stars Reviewed on an iPhone 7 Plus
Basketball Stars is a casual sports game where players compete against AI or real players online by attempting to score as many baskets as they can within the time limit so they can beat their opponent and earn gold coins along with bragging rights. There are various modes of play including friendly matches, single-player tournaments, and online multiplayer events that demand teamwork and strategy to win. Basketball Players’ arcade gameplay is simple yet fun especially with the added pressure of only having a limited amount of time before you lose which makes it easy to jump in and play at any time for short bursts.
Basketball Stars is an entertaining multiplayer game that’s perfect for quick matches when you just want something lighthearted to play instead of something more serious.
Tank Stars is Reviewed on an iPhone 8 Plus
Tank Stars is a casual action game where players control tanks, take them into battle against other people online, and use the different abilities each tank has to make sure they come out on top. As you progress through the game you’ll earn coins that can be used to unlock new tanks along with power-ups which can be used strategically in the battle against opponents. There are multiple game modes including multiplayer, single-player campaigns, daily challenges, and boss events that demand cooperations Stars’ lighthearted gameplay is perfect for marathon gaming sessions where you’ll need something casual yet exciting to play.
Tank Stars is a fun and addictive multiplayer game where players can compete against opponents around the world in intense battles to win prizes.