10 Best Apple Arcade Games in 2021
Since its launch in 2019, Apple Arcade, Apple’s iOS and macOS-specific gaming subscription service, has grown quite a bit. Now featuring quite a few games, especially compared to its more humble beginnings, Apple Arcade promises to provide complete gaming experiences without intrusive ads or in-app purchases. We decide to take a closer look at the subscription service and talk about some of the best games it has to offer.
Sayonara Wild Hearts
A rhythm game about heartbreak and growth, Sayonara Wild Hearts uses a beautiful neon-infused art style, coupled with some great music to tell the story of how the protagonist learns to grow past their breakup, and learns to love themselves again. For more details, check out our review from back when the game first game out.
Quite possibly the greatest example of a good casual game available on Apple devices today, Grindstone has a simple formula. Each level revolves around killing as many enemies as possible in long combos. The bigger the combo, the better the reward. Alongside being endlessly replayable in short bursts, Grindstone also has plenty of unlockables that encourage players to keep coming back.
ChuChu Rocket! Universe
Originally released on the Dreamcast, ChuChu Rocket as a franchise was believed to have faded into obscurity until it was revived on Apple Arcade with ChuChu Rocket! Universe. The single-player gameplay revolves around solving puzzles by placing tiles, but multiplayer is where ChuChu Rocket! Universe truly shines. Featuring hectic, fast-paced competitive gameplay, ChuChu Rocket! Universe is one of the more inventive multiplayer games out there.
True to its name, Cozy Grove is a cozy life-sim about camping on a haunted island. Players take on the role of a Spirit Scout as they explore the island and live their lives. Cozy Grove features hand-drawn art, and a campaign designed to span months of playtime. In many ways, Cozy Grove is quite similar to Animal Crossing, albeit with its own indie twist.
Cricket Through the Ages
Just about the only sports game we can actually recommend on Apple Arcade, Cricket Through the Ages is more of a comedy game than a serious documentary about the sport’s history. Players will experience matches of crickets throughout various ages throughout history, including with dinosaurs, and even the Queen of England. Circket Through the Ages also has a great multiplayer mode using the same physics-based chaos as the single-player campaign.
Exit the Gungeon
A sequel to the wildly-popular roguelite game Enter the Gungeon, Exit the Gungeon is the only game in this list where we would recommend using a controller. That’s largely thanks to Exit the Gungeon’s fast-paced 2D side-scrolling action that needs perfect dodge timing and platforming prowess. Exit the Gungeon is difficult, but addictive, thanks to its quick-start nature.
The Pathless revels in the sense of speed and exploration it can impart in players, thanks to its main gameplay mechanic: the traversal. In The Pathless, players play a master of archery who can perform acrobatic moves and execute trick shots, and moving around largely revolves around making use of trick shots and acrobatics to gain massive amounts of speed. The Pathless offers a unique experience thanks to its excellent art design and unique traversal.
What The Golf?
Much like Cricket Through the Ages, What the Golf is a comedic take on the sport of golf. Starting off as a simple golf game, What the Golf quickly evolves into fiendish puzzles that question the very nature of golf. It features a lot of quirky level design, clever writing, and a lot of great references to classic video games.
A sequel to Mini Metro, Mini Motorways is a puzzle game that tasks players with coming up with the perfect system of road to help manage traffic in an up-and-coming city. Featuring maps inspired by real-world locations, Mini Motorways puts the player’s layouts and traffic management skills to the test by throwing in new locations at a good pace, walking the tightrope between overwhelming the player and letting the player get complacent. Much like Mini Metro, Mini Motorways also features a minimalistic art style that keeps a focus on its gameplay.
Assemble with Care
A narrative-heavy puzzle game, Assemble With Care involves players repairing and putting back together old devices from the various people in a quaint town. Through repairing these devices, players learn of the story of the town’s citizens. While Assemble With Care has an overarching narrative, the smaller vignettes told through repairing the devices are where the game truly shine.
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