Apple has its own gaming subscription service called Apple Arcade. So what exactly is this new mobile gaming subscription service? We have all the details for you right here!
What's new with Apple Arcade?
September 2020: There have been some new additions to Apple Arcade in recent weeks: Game of Thrones: Table of Crows, A Monster's Expedition, and Marble Knight.
Game of Thrones: Table of Crows takes place 8000 years before the critically-acclaimed HBO television series. This is a narrative idle game, so things will happen even while you're not actively playing. The decisions that you make in this title affect the story in real-time, so make sure to choose wisely!
A Monster's Expedition is a relaxing puzzle game. Guide a monster around a series of islands as it explores and discovers secrets about humans.
Marble Knight has you rolling around to save the Kingdom of Roundingham from the evil Lord Terrorball. Solve puzzles, slash up the baddies, upgrade your skills and abilities, and more. You're on a roll in Marble Knight!
July 2020: Apple Arcade has added several new games to its lineup this month. These new additions include: Necrobarista, Creaks, Beyond a Steel Sky, and Little Orpheus.
Necrobarista is a visual novel about a back-alley Melbourne cafe, where the dead are granted one more night to mingle with the living. Maddy Xiao is a barista, amateur necromancer, and the new owner of Terminal — things are going pretty well for her. But be careful with the Council of Death watching her every move.
Creaks is a puzzle adventure game that is packed with hand-painted visuals, beautiful animation, eerie sounds, and a fantastic score from Hidden Orchestra. You'll need to find the solutions to dozens of puzzles as you explore a mansion that is full of hidden paintings to uncover a huge secret.
Beyond a Steel Sky is a 3D adventure thriller where you play as Robert Foster. You find out that a child has been abducted in a brutal attack, and it's up to you to bring him home. The game is full of stunning cyberpunk visuals, humor, puzzles, and immersive narrative.
Little Orpheus is a technicolor side-scrolling adventure game. It's 1962, and NASA is trying to put a man on the moon. But in a small, remote corner of Siberia, a Soviet cosmonaut is going the other way. Ivan Ivanovich goes into an extinct volcano in his exploration capsule, Little Orpheus, and sets out to explore the center of the Earth. The game has tons of lost civilizations, undersea kingdoms, prehistoric jungles, and many more lands of amazing beauty.
September 17, 2019: Apple Arcade has launched several days early on iPhone and iPad running the iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 betas, respectively. The Arcade tab in the App Store is active on both the iOS 13 and 13.1 betas right now. You can sign up for the 1-month free trial, after which you will be charged $4.99 a month if you do not cancel beforehand. If you cancel during the trial, you'll forfeit the remaining time left on the free trial, so set a reminder.
Sept. 10, 2019: Apple Arcade will launch on September 19 and will cost $4.99 a month for the entire family. It will also have a one-month free trial, and launch in 150 countries at the same time, giving players over 150 exclusive new games. Apple Arcade is accessible from the App Store in its own tab, and you can watch trailers, get personalized recommendations, and view editorial content.
Apple also showed off new demos for three games from Konami, Capcom, and Annapurna Interactive with Simogo. Konami will be releasing Frogger in Toy Town, which is like classic Frogger, but you'll be in a toy world. You'll rescue Frogger's friends, collect power-ups, and dress Frogger up in cute outfits.
Capcom unveiled Shinsekai into the Depths. It's an underwater platforming adventure, with real underwater audio and amazing console-quality graphics. It's immersive and challenging.
Annapurna Interactive unveiled Simogo's Sayonara Wildhearts, which is a mashup music rhythm and high speed racing game with battles that go along to the music. Think of it as a playable music video. The graphics and music are impressive.
June 2019: WWDC brought a whole new bunch of amazing features and updates, but one of the biggest announcements stemmed from Apple Arcade: specifically that you'll be able to use the Xbox One S and PlayStation DualShock 4 controllers with your Apple TV and iOS devices along with Apple Arcade games that support controllers.
This means that you can play all of your Arcade favorites from the comfort and care of your favorite console controller.
What is Apple Arcade?
Apple Arcade is the world's first game subscription service for mobile, desktop, and living room that is allowing artists and developers a brand new platform to share their digital visions and gaming masterpieces.
From immersive AR to groundbreaking multiplayer, Apple allows you to access over 100 new and exclusive games with a single subscription. That means you can't find any of there games on any other mobile platform.
Apple Arcade is like the perfect avenue for expanding creativity.
All the game's features, content, and future updates will be automatically included with your subscription, and Apple Arcade games cannot collect any data or information about how you play their games without your consent.
Apple Arcade will recommend different games to you and your family (that can enjoy the new gaming platform for no additional charge!), and you can access the Apple Arcade from its own section in the App Store.
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What Apple devices work with Apple Arcade?
Apple Arcade can be used on your iPad (iPadOS 13 or later), iPhone (iOS 13 or later), Mac (macOS Catalina and later), and Apple TV (tvOS 13 or later). If you choose to switch devices, you and pick up where you left off on another. You can even play Apple TV offline, so you won't have to worry about your internet connection.
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What are some games available for Apple Arcade?
Some of the big hits on Apple Arcade include Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm, Sayonara Wildhearts, Card of Darkness, Shinsekai into the Depths, Shantae and the Seven Sirens, Steven Universe: Into the Light, What the Golf?, and many more. You can find all of Apple Arcade's games in our compilation.
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How much does Apple Arcade cost?
Apple Arcade costs $4.99 a month or $49.99 annually. There is a one-month free trial, and the subscription cost includes Family Sharing, so you can share one Apple Arcade subscription with up to six other people.
When can I start playing on Apple Arcade?
Apple Arcade debuted on September 19, 2019. It is available in 150 countries and regions, so almost everyone should be able to access it — just double check to make sure it is available on your local App Store.
Do you have any questions about Apple Arcade? Make sure to let us know in the comments.
Updated July 2020: Updated with new games and added links to our Apple Arcade game roundups.
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