Available on all Apple devices with iOS 13, Apple Arcade is here to revolutionise the way we see mobile gaming.
Forget about match-three puzzlers and mindless clicker games; Apple Arcade is jam-packed with quality video game experiences. From RPGs to point and click games, racing games to puzzle games and everything in between, Apple Arcade has something for everyone.
But with such a big selection of games to choose from – and one that’s only set to keep getting bigger – how are you supposed to know which games are worth your time? Worry not; we’ve done the hard work for you. Click on through to find our picks of the best games on Apple Arcade.
1Assemble With Care
A beautifully-presented story interspersed with puzzles, Assemble With Care is a laid-back experience that’s a delight to play. You take on the role of Maria, a young woman who has followed in her parents’ footsteps to work in object restoration. She’s handy with a screwdriver and there’s not much she can’t fix.
As the game starts, you arrive in the small town of Bellariva. Through beautifully-delivered story segments, you’ll learn about the town’s residents, each with their own story to tell. Maria provides a listening ear, but most importantly she’s able to fix their treasured possessions. You’ll get hands-on with Maria’s tools in order to take apart and reassemble various objects from antique cameras to neon signs. It’s incredibly therapeutic.
Made in conjunction with BBC Studios (creators of beloved underwater documentary series Blue Planet II), Beyond Blue is both a videogame and an education tool. In it, you play as Mirai, a scientist working deep underwater to study ocean life. As Mirai, you’ll need to track fish and aquatic mammals, tracking their behaviour, as well as searching for other forms of life under the waves.
It’s a beautiful and relaxing adventure, and the fact that it’s built on scientific fact and discovery makes it even better. The narrative it tells alongside the adventure is just a bonus. It’s a game you can get lost in for hours at a time.
3Cat Quest 2
If you’ve played the delightful Cat Quest, you’ll already know exactly what to expect from its sequel, Cat Quest II. Just like the first game, it’s a beautifully-designed top-down RPG with a gorgeous cartoon art style. However, there’s one key difference this time around: your cat hero is accompanied by… a dog.
You’ll adventure across the game’s map, killing enemies and completing missions along the way. As you play, you’ll come across new pieces of equipment and new magical spells, enabling your feline and canine heroes to become better set for the challenges ahead. The foes you face will gradually get stronger – but so will you. It’s a fun RPG that won’t take up too much of your time, but is well worth a download from Apple Arcade. [Read our review]
4Exit the Gungeon
Exit the Gungeon is a sequel of sorts to the popular Enter the Gungeon. Except, well, this time you’re trying to get out. And unlike the first game which had you exploring the Gungeon any which way from a top-down perspective, here you’re climbing up.
It’s a vertical adventure which will see you jumping from ledge to ledge in order to reach the exit, high up above your head. And just like its predecessor, Exit the Gungeon is a Rogue-like, so take too much damage and you’ll die, having to start from the beginning all over again. Jump and dodge like a pro in order to avoid being hit by an onslaught of bullets. It’s tough, but once you master it, you’ll feel like a true ninja. [Read our review]
Remember Mini Metro, the low-key game that had you designing your own rail transport systems? Well, Mini Motorways is a follow-up to that – except this time, you’re designing road networks.
Unlike the train tracks of Mini Metro, which could only run from A to B, your roads can go anywhere – and vehicles of any colour can travel on them. Your goal is to get cars from a coloured garage to the workplace of the same colour. Have too much congestion on the road and cars will take too long to get there, and it’ll be game over. Build a successful system using highways and traffic lights, however, and you’ll have a bustling metropolis in no time.
A touching story-driven adventure, Mutazione sees you travel to a mystical land filled with beautiful flora and fauna and… mutants? They’re not the scary type of mutants though; the residents of Mutazione used to be human, but a meteor strike a century ago caused the people to mutate and be cut off from the rest of civilisation.
As Kai, a human outsider to Mutazione, you’ll travel to the island to help your sick grandfather. Along the way, you’ll get to know the residents, hear their stories, explore this fascinating land and help restore it to what it once was. Mutazione isn’t exclusive to Apple Arcade – it’s also available on PS4 and PC – but it’s well worth downloading. [Read our review]
A prequel to the first Oceanhorn game, set 1,000 years before its events, Oceanhorn 2 is a stunning adventure RPG, designed in the same vein as the likes of Zelda. Taking control of a young hero, you’ll be adventuring across the world of Gaia, fighting enemies, solving quests and levelling up to become even stronger.
It’s an absolutely stunning game, with a vast 3D world to explore. From open forests to dark caves, there’s plenty to see, and plenty of secrets hidden in the game’s nooks and crannies for you to explore. It seems like quite a step up in terms of production from 2016’s Oceanhorn, so if you’re a fan of Zelda-like adventures, this is the Apple Arcade game for you.
Patterned is a little different from the rest of the games on here. It’s a much more laid back experience; the type of thing you can enjoy at leisure while catching up on your favourite box set. A jigsaw of types, Patterned presents you with dozens of beautifully-designed pieces of artwork. Each piece of art forms a pattern, with repeated squares making up the whole.
Originally in black and white, your job is to slot in coloured sections, matching up the lines and patterns to complete the full image. Once you’ve added colour to one section of the pattern, it’ll be automatically added to the repeated areas of the image until you’re left with the finished piece. Presented with beautifully relaxing music, it’s a great game to unwind with.
Remember Rayman? Of course you do! He’s back with a new adventure, and this time he’s miniature-sized. Rayman Mini is similar to other Rayman games that have appeared on mobile in the last few years: you’ll automatically run from the left-hand side of the screen to the right, but you’ll need to time your jumps and attacks in order to collect lums and avoid danger.
Rayman Mini looks absolutely beautiful, and with a tonne of levels to make your way through, there’s hours and hours of fun to be had. Providing you’re up to the challenge, of course: it’s no walk in the park. And if you want to get top marks on every level by collecting every lum, it’s going to take some serious practice.
Cross Peggle with an RPG; that’s what Roundguard is. It’s a delightfully easy-to-play arcade game where your hero becomes the ball that you fire out of a cannon. Your aim is to attack monsters with each shot of your cannon, collecting gold, potions and treasure along the way.
It’s a Rogue-like of sorts, so once your health deplets in Roundguard, it’s game over. But it’s the sort of thing you’ll be eager to jump straight back into, to try and beat your best score. It’s a lot of fun, and the ideal game for picking up for 30 minutes at a time. [Read our review]
11Sayonara Wild Hearts
Sayonara Wild Hearts is best described as an interactive music concept album. It’s definitely more about the audio and the visuals than anything else. But don’t let that put you off: the audiovisual design on display here is absolutely phenomenal. It’s like one long trippy music video put out by your favourite electro-pop group.
Considering it has been developed by a very small team, Sayonara Wild Hearts is a rather impressive undertaking. It’s not very long – you’ll have played it from start to finish in about an hour; coincidentally about the length of a music album. Playing along to the music will have you moving from left to right and hitting buttons in time, racing through various landscapes, collecting hearts as you go. You’ll be awarded a score for your efforts, so there are high scores to chase if you want – but Sayonara Wild Hearts is much more about the experience than your performance. [Read our review]
A point and click game that puts you in the shoes of a detective, Tangle Tower oozes charm from the moment you load it up. A wonderful cartoon art style awaits you, and an enchanting world to explore. Your characters are on the trial of a murder: the young Freya Fellow has been found dead in Tangle Tower. She died while painting a portrait – and the subject of her portrait just happens to be holding a bloody red knife. Hmm.
By exploring the expansive and mysterious Tangle Tower, it’s your job to piece together what exactly happened to Flora and figure out who the murderer is. There’s nothing finer than a good old-fashioned murder mystery, especially when it’s as well presented as this. Characters are fully-voiced, so you’ll want to make sure you have your volume up or headphones in to fully get immersed.
13The Bradwell Conspiracy
You’re at a fundraising event, when all of a sudden there’s an explosion. When you come to, nobody else is around – and you’re trapped. What do you do?
That’s the basic plot of The Bradwell Conspiracy, but the narrative that unfolds as you progress through the game proves to be much more intricate. Combining first person puzzles, exploration and an intriguing storyline, it’s an excellent game for fans of the likes of Portal – oh, and Jonathan Ross, since he cameos as the narrator of the game’s induction. [Read our review]