The best games on Apple Arcade – GameSpew
Available on all Apple devices with iOS 13 or later, Apple Arcade is here to revolutionize the way we view mobile gaming.
Forget match-three puzzles and mindless clicker games; Apple Arcade is 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. It really changes the way we think about mobile gaming. But what are the best games on Apple Arcade?
With such a huge selection of games to choose from – and one growing every few weeks – how are you supposed to know which games are worth your time? Do not worry; we have worked hard for you. Keep reading to see our pick of the best Apple Arcade games you can play.
Assemble with care
A beautifully presented story interspersed with puzzles, Assemble with care is a casual experience that’s a joy to play. You play as Maria, a young woman who has followed in her parents’ footsteps to work in the restoration of objects. She’s skilled with a screwdriver and there’s not much she can’t fix.
At the start of the game, you arrive in the small town of Bellariva. Through beautifully delivered story segments, you’ll learn about the town’s inhabitants, each with their own story to tell. Maria provides a listening ear, but above all, she is able to repair their precious possessions. You will become familiar with Maria’s tools in order to disassemble and reassemble various objects, from old cameras to neon signs. It’s incredibly therapeutic and one of the best and most unique games on Apple Arcade.
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 trial for murder: young Freya Fellow has been found dead in the Tangle Tower. She died painting a portrait – and the subject of her portrait just happens to be holding a bloody red knife. Hmm.
As you explore the vast and mysterious Tangle Tower, it’s up to you to piece together what happened to Flora. There’s nothing more beautiful than a good old fashioned murder mystery, especially when it’s presented as well as this one. The characters are fully voiced, so you need to make sure your volume is high or your headphones are plugged in to fully immerse yourself.
The LEGO Builder’s Journey
If you are a LEGO fan and like to solve a good puzzle, then The LEGO Builder‘s Journey is undoubtedly one of the best Apple Arcade games for you. This mind-blowing set from LEGO Lightbrick Studios presents you with small scenes built out of LEGO. You will need to use bricks to create pathways to join two LEGO minifigures.
Few games look at sunshine like The LEGO Builder’s Journey. There’s a minimalist vibe, but it works incredibly well. The LEGO bricks look real and the models look like you could have built them right on the table in front of you. Some of the puzzles are a little taxing, but if you’re thinking, you’ll have a great time here.
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beyond the blue
Made in collaboration with BBC Studios (makers of beloved underwater documentary series Blue Planet II), beyond the blue is both a video game and an educational tool. In it, you play as Mirai, a scientist working deep underwater to study ocean life. As Mirai, you will have to follow fish and aquatic mammals, track their behavior, as well as search for other life forms under the waves.
It’s a beautiful and relaxing adventure, and the fact that it’s based on facts and scientific findings 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. Especially if you are a fan of marine life, beyond the blue is one of the best games you can play on Apple Arcade.
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A touching scripted adventure, Mutation sees you traveling to a mystical land filled with beautiful flora and fauna and… mutants? However, they are not scary mutants; the inhabitants of Mutazione were human, but a meteor impact a century ago mutated the people and cut them off from the rest of civilization.
As Kai, a human alien to Mutazione, you will travel to the island to help your sick grandfather. Along the way, you’ll get to know the locals, hear their stories, explore this fascinating land, and help restore it to how it once was. Mutation isn’t exclusive to Apple Arcade, but it’s still one of the best games on the service.
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sea horn 2
A prequel to the first horn of the ocean game, which takes place 1,000 years before its events, sea horn 2 is a superb adventure RPG, designed in the same vein as Zelda. As you take control of a young hero, you’ll venture into the world of Gaia, fight enemies, solve quests, and level up to become even stronger.
It’s an absolutely stunning game, with a huge 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 to explore. This seems to be a step up in terms of production compared to 2016 horn of the oceanso if you are a fan of Zelda-like adventures, this is one of the best Apple Arcade games you can play.
Cross Peggle with an RPG, and you have Roundguard. It’s a delightfully easy to play arcade game where your hero becomes the ball you shoot with a cannon. Your objective is to attack monsters with every cannon shot, collecting gold, potions and treasures along the way.
It’s kind of a rogue, so once your health depletes in Roundguard, it’s game over. But it’s the kind of stuff you’ll be itching to jump right back into, to try and beat your high score. It’s great fun and the perfect game to pick up for 30 minutes at a time.
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Wild Hearts of Sayonara
Wild Hearts of Sayonara is best described as an interactive music concept album. It’s definitely more about audio and visuals than anything else. But don’t let that put you off: the audio-visual design featured here is absolutely phenomenal. It’s like a long, trippy clip released by your favorite electro-pop band.
Considering that it was developed by a very small team, Wild Hearts of Sayonara is a pretty impressive undertaking. It’s not very long – you’ll have played it start to finish in about an hour; coincidentally over the length of a music album. As you play to the music, you’ll move left and right and press buttons in time, traversing various landscapes, collecting hearts as you go. You will receive a score for your efforts, so there are high scores to pursue if you wish – but Wild Hearts of Sayonara is much more a question of experience than of performance.
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Cat Quest II
If you played the delicious cat quest, you will already know exactly what to expect from its sequel, Cat Quest II. Much like the first game, this is a beautifully crafted top-down RPG with a gorgeous cartoon art style. However, there is a key difference this time around: your hero cat is accompanied by… a dog.
You will venture across the game map, killing enemies and completing missions along the way. As you play, you’ll discover new gear and magical spells, allowing your feline and canine heroes to be better prepared for the challenges ahead. The enemies you face will gradually get stronger, but so will you. It’s a fun RPG that won’t take too long, but is well worth a download from Apple Arcade.
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The Bradwell Plot
You are at a fundraising event, when suddenly there is an explosion. When you come to your senses, no one else is there – and you’re trapped. What are you doing?
This is the plot of The Bradwell Plot in a word. But the narrative that unfolds as you progress through the game turns out to be much more complex. Combining first-person puzzles, exploration, and an intriguing storyline, it’s a great game for fans like Gate – oh, and Jonathan Ross, since he became the game’s inductive narrator. There’s a lot to like here, and it’s definitely one of the best games on Apple Arcade.
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Exit the Gungeon
Exit the Gungeon is a sort of sequel to the popular Enter the dungeon. Except, well, this time you’re trying to get outside. And unlike the first game which had you exploring the Gungeon any way from top to bottom, here you climb at the top.
It’s a vertical adventure that will have you jumping from ledge to ledge to reach the exit above your head. And just like its predecessor, Exit the Gungeon is a roguelike, so take too much damage and you’ll die, having to start all over again from the beginning. Jump and dodge like a pro to avoid being hit by an onslaught of bullets. It’s hard, but once you master it, you’ll feel like a real ninja. And that’s enough for us to put this on the list of best Apple Arcade games.
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To remember Mini-metro, the little game that made you design your own rail transport systems? Well, Mini-highways is a follow up to that – except this time you’re designing road networks.
Unlike the railroads of Mini-metro, which can only go from A to B, your roads can go anywhere, and vehicles of any color can pass through them. Your objective is to bring cars from a colored garage to a workplace of the same color. Having too much congestion on the road and cars will take too long to get there, and it will be over. Build a successful system using highways and traffic lights, however, and you’ll have a bustling metropolis in no time.