The Apple Arcade has been picking up steam as of late, helped by a great number of quality games that offer a ton of value to the user. While having massive IPs such as NBA and Castlevania doesn’t hurt, there are plenty of great lesser-known indie titles on Apple Arcade that will provide players with countless hours, of quality gameplay to the player.
Apple Arcade is a paid subscription service from the App Store that gives players access to a large selection of games for iOS devices. From casual platformers to in-depth open-world action-adventure games, one can find just about every genre under the sun on the Apple Arcade and immerse themselves in quality mobile gaming.
Here, we take a look at some of the best games that Apple Arcade has to offer, and why the game is worth the players’ time.
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Some of the best games Apple Arcade has to offer
- Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition+
- The Get Out Kids
- NBA 2K21 Arcade Edition
- Samurai Jack
- Asphalt 8: Airborne+
5) Alto’s Odyssey: The Lost City
It takes just one look at a single frame from Alto’s Odyssey to be in complete awe of the game. However, the appeal of the game isn’t limited to its absolutely beautiful art-style, but the gameplay side of things more than pull their weight. A great sense of physics, speed, and control makes Alto’s Odyssey a breeze to play through, all the while being endlessly pleasing to look at.
The game manages to consistently be impressive by upping the stakes and challenge incrementally without it ever feeling unfair. The difficulty spikes between the levels remain fairly even, which is why, even through the game can get a bit challenging – it never quite reaches to the point of frustration.
4) Exit the Gungeon
For a while in the mid 2000s to late 2010s, the “bullet hell” genre was quite empty in terms of quality offerings, but towards the end of the last decade, games such as Cuphead and Enter the Gungeon brought it back in a gigantic way. Enter the Gungeon was a relatively successful game on PC and Consoles, and was infamously one of the most challenging games to play on the platforms.
The mobile variant of the game, Exit the Gungeon follows in its PC and Console variant’s footsteps and delivers a similarly chaotic and challenging experience. There will be many moments of frustration when playing this game, but the reward of finally being able to beat a certain tough level will eclipse the frustration a thousand times over.
Apple Arcade is full of gems like Exit the Gungeon, and players will find they are often just as rewarding, if not more so, in some cases, than their PC and Console counterparts.
Developed by SkyBox Labs, Stela is an absolutely haunting and gorgeous game that doesn’t fail to leave a lasting impression on the player. From its striking and stark visual design to its deceptively simple gameplay loop, Stela does a great job with not just its first impression, but also with its last.
The game also has a very interesting, albeit cryptic story to tell which can be a tad bit difficult to decipher, given that the game barely does any sort of hand-holding. The game is akin to experiences such as the excellent LIMBO and INSIDE, yet doesn’t feel derivative of those excellent games, as Stela has plenty to say that is wholly original.
2) Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls
One way or the other, Castlevania, as an IP is something gamers are well familiar with. Whether the introduction to the franchise was through the Netflix anime or from the classic games themselves, Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls is certainly a game users of Apple Arcade should try out. The best part about the game is that players can go into the game completely blind, without knowing any of Castlevania’s previous lore or story.
The game invites the player into the world of Castlevania and introduces key characters and story beats quite well. On the gameplay side of things, Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls, is classic Castelvania – which means it is just as rewarding on mobile as it always has been. The gameplay might seem simple at first, but it will eventually introduce new mechanics and ways to experience the world which will catch the players by surprise.
1) The Pathless
The Pathless is one of those games that manage to both, tell a great story without even much dialogue and convey gameplay mechanics and details without much hand-holding. The game simply unfolds before the player’s eyes and before they know it, they would have already clocked in multiple hours into the game.
The game is an action-adventure, open-world experience, which means players get to experience the world in their own unique way. The Pathless is easily one of Apple Arcade’s best offerings and one of its most deeply rewarding ones too. The meditative nature of the game combined with flawless touch controls make The Pathless a must-play for all iOS users.