What are the best games on Apple Arcade in 2022? The idea of a subscription-based game service is a smart one, and Apple Arcade delivers tremendous value for money with its service, especially in India. At Rs. 99 per month, Apple Arcade has a huge catalog of games and continues to add new ones, giving users the chance to play premium games without in-app purchases. The catalog spans a wide variety of genres, including sports, racing, role-playing, and adventure, just to name a few.
There are also a number of established franchises and classic games that have been redesigned and optimized for the Apple Arcade experience. Apple Arcade works on a variety of supported Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV. I’ve put together a list of the best Apple Arcade games I’ve played since the service launched, and here are my top picks, in no particular order.
Alto’s Odyssey – Remastered
The sequel to the excellent Alto’s Adventure, Alto’s Odyssey Remastered brings back the superb mechanics, world design and artistic gameplay of its predecessor in style. A quintessentially endless runner game, Alto’s Odyssey is optimized for Apple Arcade and features interesting objectives that get harder as you keep playing, along with an uplifting soundtrack, along with a new, exclusive ‘Lost City’ biome for the platform.
Another big change is the setting, moving from snowy mountain slopes to a much larger world of sandy desert, ancient ruins and climbable rock faces. Central characters Alto and his friends also return with all their abilities. Notably, Alto’s Adventure is now also available on Apple Arcade in a remastered version, in case you prefer the original setting and gameplay.
Creaks, from acclaimed indie game developer Amanita Design, is set in a beautiful, mysterious world with stunning artwork, captivating music and challenging puzzle-solving mechanics. In this side-scrolling platformer, the player takes on the role of an unnamed, gentle protagonist, who descends from his bedroom to a mansion inhabited by strange but friendly birds from the Victorian era.
While there is plenty to do while exploring, the most important element of the gameplay is puzzle solving. These come in the form of finding ways to dodge various monsters that turn into household objects when light is shone on them. The soundtrack is an important part of this game, so Creaks is best played with headphones on.
In my opinion, Mini Motorways is the best casual game you can find on Apple Arcade right now, and one that I come back to very often. The premise of the game is simple: you connect houses to workplaces using an intricate network of roads, bridges, tunnels, roundabouts and traffic lights. Like any growing city, this process will get more difficult as time goes on. The longer you can maintain the network without it collapsing due to overload, the higher your score.
What makes this game more interesting is that the cityscapes are based on real world locations with similar physical features including Los Angeles, Dubai, Munich, Beijing and many more. The dynamic soundtrack changes based on your ability to maintain a smooth, fluid network, adding to the atmosphere and feel of this beautiful game. There is also Mini Metro+ from the same developer on Apple Arcade, which has similar, albeit simpler, gameplay and mechanics.
Simon’s Cat – Story Time
Match 3 puzzle games are common, but Simon’s Cat – Story Time is one of the better ones for many reasons. Most importantly, Apple Arcade makes this game completely free to play, with no powerups and in-app purchases designed to make progress more difficult. Based on the popular web cartoon and book series of the same name, the game follows a simple story of the goings-on around the titular character.
There are several objectives to be achieved, solving match-3 puzzles of varying difficulty and with progressively greater obstacles and conditions. The simplicity and casual nature of the game make it a game to return to on a regular basis, and fans of the web cartoon series are sure to enjoy the storyline and the integration of the characters into the gameplay.
Of the first titles to launch on Apple Arcade, Sneaky Sasquatch remains one of the best role-playing games on the platform to date. You control a docile Sasquatch living in a national park, who starts out foraging for food from trash cans and campgrounds, but eventually moves on to more important tasks and missions in the park.
The entertaining premise of the game is well supported by fun illustrations and simple gameplay. Several mini-games will keep you entertained and the fun story and characters will appeal to players of all ages.
Many of Apple Arcade’s games are mobile-friendly and keep things simple, but Spyder stands out for being visually detailed and much more complex in terms of game mechanics. You control a cute robot spider named Agent 8, who must complete missions as a spy for a fictional British intelligence agency.
The core of the game is physics-based exploration and puzzle solving, as Agent 8’s small form and mobility allow you to do things that humans can’t. Despite being quite short, the James Bond-esque premise, retro setting, and engaging level-based gameplay make this a thoroughly enjoyable game for all ages.
the toadless one
While there are plenty of fantasy adventure games on Apple Arcade, The Pathless stands out for its detailed, fast-paced gameplay, beautiful open-world environment, and intuitive design that helps you figure out what to do next. Notably, the game doesn’t have a mini-map for navigation, and you’ll have to rely on “spirit vision” to get around, as you navigate the different parts of the cursed island environment.
The central character of the game is The Hunter, a skilled archer who must use her skills to navigate and defeat magical enemies, with the help of an eagle. The game is equally creepy, beautiful, fun and engaging, with stylish artwork and a complex open-world environment worth exploring.
what the wave
Perhaps the “craziest” game on Apple Arcade yet, What The Golf could technically be called a golf game, but it really isn’t. There are many subtle digs into just how boring golf is, while the game itself re-imagines the sport with various other objects including benches, cars, animals and rockets.
The goal of each level is, essentially, to get a ball into a hole, or at least into contact with the flag. There are tons of levels, different ways to achieve goals and many hidden goals that help you reach 100 percent completion. The artwork is simple yet fun, making this game an easy pick from our top picks in the Apple Arcade catalog.
Wylde Flowers, a farming and life simulator similar to games like Stardew Valley and Animal Crossing, is an incredibly engaging game with a gripping story involving magic and witchcraft. The game puts you in the shoes of Tara Wylde, who returns to help her grandmother run the family farm on a small rural island. In addition to taking care of and improving the farm, you should also focus on building relationships, maintaining your own health and well-being, and discovering your magical abilities.
Aside from the hours of gripping gameplay it offers, Wylde Flowers also stands out for its focus on inclusivity and diversity, featuring characters of different races, sexual orientations, and beliefs. The game delves into issues of xenophobia and intolerance, sensitively and tastefully. It is currently one of the best made games on the Apple Arcade platform and is well worth playing.
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