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When you think back to just a few years ago when every single game was around $60, no matter how small, you really appreciate the value subscriptions can offer. It’s kind of like going to an all-you-can-eat buffet and then going to a traditional restaurant.
Having so many games is also one of Apple Arcade’s biggest problems—it’s hard to know which games are actually worth downloading.
Thankfully, we’ve played them all and sifted through to find the ten best games on the service. If you’re looking to sign up and want to know where to get started, these are the games for you.
What The Golf? might look like any other golf game at first glance (well, with the exception of the whimsical art style). However, once you dig in, you’ll realize that this is anything but your run-of-the-mill golf game. I don’t want to say much more than that, as half the fun comes from discovering the way it is able to subvert your expectations. I’ll just say that even if you hate golf, What The Golf? is for you.
Grindstone is an absolute gem of a game. If you’re a fan of puzzle games with additional mechanics (like Puzzlequest, for example), Grindstone is the game for you. For me, it’s a tossup between this and What The Golf? for my favorite game on the platform, and that’s saying something when you consider how many different games are available.
The developers describe Inmost as an “atmospheric, story-driven puzzle platformer.” And while that description is correct, it doesn’t really touch on how much this game will mess with your emotions. While most Apple Arcade games are happy and light, Inmost is anything but. Seriously, get ready to get all up in those feels when you play this one.
4. Bleak Sword
Bleak Sword is as gorgeous as it is fun, which is to say it’s a whole lot of both. It’s an action-packed game filled with counters, dodges, and fairly difficult gameplay that’ll suck you in and keep you playing until the end. As if it wasn’t already a good enough value as part of an Apple Arcade subscription, the game also has an Arena Mode that’s accessible after you beat it, giving it tons of replay value.
Honestly, it’s shocking to me that Pac-Man is still around, building on the formula from the classic arcade game that came out in 1980. But here we are, and this battle-focused Pac-Man iteration does everything right. Whether you’re an old-school gamer looking for a trip down memory lane, or you’ve never experienced the joy of eating power pellets before, this game is a must-play.
This soccer game has far more depth than anything you’d expect to find on a platform that is primarily built for mobile devices. This game is a throwback to the beloved Sensible Soccer series, and it absolutely nails it. The aesthetic and feel are both on point, making this is must-play for anyone with an Apple Arcade subscription.
Sneaky Sasquatch is such a goofy game with a feel-good vibe and aesthetic. It’s a stealth-action game where you, the sasquatch, need to perform various tasks without getting caught. It’s an absolute joy to play whether you use the touchscreen or a controller, and it’s the sort of game that’ll have you smiling like a goof the whole time.
Do you like games that make you cry for mercy with intense difficulty? If so, you’re going to love Exit the Gungeon. It’s a spin-off of the beloved game Enter the Gungeon, and it’s different enough to stand on its own. Just make sure you’re mentally prepared for a hard game because this one will make you suffer.
9. Skate City
I can’t skateboard to save my life, but I’m an absolute skateboard video game junkie. Skate City doesn’t play like Tony Hawk or Skate for console, but rather, it’s a side-scrolling game that sees your performing gestures to land sick tricks. It’s closer to Olli Olli, and that’s definitely a good thing.
While Sayonara Wild Hearts isn’t an Apple Arcade exclusive, that doesn’t make it any less worthy of being one of the best games on Apple’s subscription service. In fact, it actually reminds you of how good a value it is. This game is also on PC and the Nintendo Switch, but you get it as part of your subscription with Apple Arcade.