Apple Arcade Games Playable Right Now
Arcade is Apple’s ambitious entry into the mobile gaming world. It’s quite different from downloading a game from the App Store. For $5 a month, Arcade would offer subscribers hundreds of titles to enjoy on their iPhones or iPads.
With the launch of iOS 13.1, dozens of Arcade games are ready to play. Here are some of the most notable titles subscribers are excited about:
Sayonara Wild Hearts (Simogo)
Sayonara Wild Hearts made its debut on Nintendo Switch. Now it’s available on Arcade in all its insane glory.
Simogo has said that Wild Hearts is a “soup made of pop-culture.” The entire game progresses like a music album, where each chapter or level is only minutes long.
The setting mixes contemporary pop references with high fantasy elements. You can make the protagonist skateboard through an astral realm, then dress him up as a superhero to catch a biker gang, or ride a deer through a magic forest.
It’s a wild ride for your senses as well as gaming skills. It’s easy to get absorbed in the psychedelic setting and progress through uniquely set levels.
Bleak Sword (Devolver Digital)
This dark fantasy game with 8-bit graphics is surprisingly addictive. It has all the elements of an RPG, including insanely challenging levels.
There are no quickie levels to smash through as you wait for the bus. Bleak Swords is immersive and requires strategy and patience to master. In other words, it’s the perfect mobile RPG for those who love hardcore gaming.
Mutazione (Die Gute Fabrik)
Mutazione is an innovative indie game that has both fans and critics alike hooked. It’s a game about growing plants. In case you are wondering how fun that might be to actually play, the game is set in a post-apocalyptic world.
The game takes place on an island inhabited by mutated humans and other creatures. And no, the game is not about killing the mutants and getting off the island. In a unique twist, the heroine stays on the island to grow plants. The mutated creatures are neighbors who help along in this journey. Mutazione is not an exclusive mobile game. It’s available on PS4 and PC as well.
Assemble With Care (Ustwo)
Mobile gaming is overrun with puzzle games. Assemble with Care, while technically a puzzle game, manages to stand out with stunning graphics and unique gameplay.
The game features first-rate voice acting and beautifully painted graphics. Gameplay involves light puzzle-solving through a series of touches and making choices. Puzzles are about putting things together. But in Assemble, to put something back together, you have to first take it apart.
As you solve the seemingly simple puzzles, the game drags you into a contemplative realm where fixing broken items become synonymous with fixing fractured relationships. It’s colorful, fun, and deep—definitely a remarkable experience for a puzzle game.
Jenny LeClue (Mografi)
Jenny LeClue is Apple’s answer to hidden object detective games that are astoundingly popular on platforms like Facebook. Jenny LeClue is more colorfully designed and thoughtfully developed.
The gameplay remains true to form, but what makes Jenny LeClue stand out is the world-building. Players get to meet interesting characters who crack jokes as they level up. Playing Jenny LeClue is thus a pleasant experience.
Cricket Through the Ages (Devolver Digital)
Blending history with sports, Cricket Through the Ages is a refreshing take on the genre. It involves cricket, the English game where players swing a bat to hit a ball thrown at them. But you also get to experience a great setting that tells the story of the game since its inception.
Cricket Through the Ages is quite simple to play. You only have to interact with a single button. However, leveling can get bizarre and challenging. The game is intended for the single-player mode, but it’s also quite fun to play with a friend.
Grindstone (Capybara Games)
Grindstone is a combination of an action-adventure mobile game and a standard puzzle game. If the combo sounds weird, that’s probably because the game was developed by the same studio that designed the mobile adventure super hit, “Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP.” Before Superbrothers, Capybara developed—surprise—puzzle games.
The game features sword-and-sorcery style action with some puzzle elements in an outrageously colorful setting. Players can also build things as they progress through over 150 levels. The higher levels offer more challenging monsters to test your chops. Each level is quick enough to complete, clearly indicating that the game was developed for people en route.
So far, Apple Arcade is off to a great start with one-of-a-kind gaming titles. It looks like Apple is aspiring to be a Nintendo Switch-like platform for high-quality mobile games with outstanding features.