Apple Arcade: Get it for free, the best games to play and more

Apple joined the mobile gaming world in 2019 with the release of Apple Arcade. The game subscription service from the tech giant gives customers access to hundreds of games to play around iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, and Apple TV For $5 (£5, $8) a month or $50 a year.

The Apple Arcade catalog is designed so that users can easily browse instead of trying to navigate the thousands of games and apps in the App Store. Apple said that’s part of the reason it created Arcade, which it calls the world’s first gaming subscription service for mobile, desktop and living room.

Here’s everything you need to know about Apple Arcade:

Is Apple Arcade free?

No, Apple Arcade costs $5 for unlimited access to select game. First-time subscribers get a one-month free trial. The offer is valid for three months after you activate your device. If you have a free trial of Apple One, Apple Arcade (if you choose it as part of your package) will also have a free trial. If you recently purchased a new device, you can redeem a free three-month trial of the service. Offer valid for 93 days after setting up your new device.

The subscription fee covers every game and updates Apple Arcade releases — even if they’re already available in the App Store. You also don’t have to worry about in-app purchases.

What games are available on Apple Arcade?

Apple Arcade Homes More than 200 games And Continues to expand its offering. The platform also overhauled its landing page last April to better rank its games Arcade originals, timeless classics, and App Store greats.

The subscription service spans genres such as action, adventure, strategy, puzzle, RPG, and more. Check out our lists of our most specific game genres:

How often does Apple Arcade add new games?

Apple Arcade adds new games, as well as updates to existing games every week. CNET updates files article “soon” So you can follow what’s coming next.

What devices can I use to play Apple Arcade games?

You can play Apple Arcade games at iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, and Apple TV. You can find the Apple Arcade tab in the App Store. Simply click the little joystick icon to get started.

Does Apple Arcade work with third-party consoles?

Yes, Apple Arcade offers support for third-party consoles like PlayStation DualShock 4 for more diverse gameplay.

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Can I share my Apple Arcade subscription?

Yes, you can share your Arcade subscription with up to six family members in your Family Sharing Group.

Does Apple Arcade offer any parental controls, screen time monitors, or privacy protections?

Most Apple Arcade games are family-friendly, but you can always check the individual game’s age rating or search under the Family category.


While Apple Arcade has a solid selection of games for kids, most of the titles on the service are family friendly.


As far as keeping an eye on screen time, you can set this in your device’s settings. Simply open a file Settings app and press Device usage time. From there you can customize your device in general, or more specifically for gaming. To focus on Apple Arcade games, tap App Limits > Add Limit > Games. From there, just choose the games for which you want to set time limits. handle next oneset the time limit and tap Add. Everyone who plays will receive a notification five minutes before the end of the match.

And your privacy is safe on Apple Arcade. Before downloading a game on Apple Arcade, you can scroll down to App Privacy to see the developer’s privacy policy and any data that may be collected while playing. For example, Sneaky Sasquatch says it may collect usage data, but it is not linked to your identity.

Apple says Apple Arcade games cannot collect any data about you and cannot track information about how you play the game without your consent. Look for individual permissions that give you control over what personal information you share with whom.

Is Apple Arcade worth it?

This is ultimately up to you to decide. If you are a console gamer and enjoy games like Call of Duty, then Apple Arcade might not be for you. If you enjoy a more casual experience, or want to get the most mobile games for what you pay, Apple Arcade is definitely worth a visit.

CNET has included Apple Arcade within 2021 Editors’ Choice Award Winners. For the price of one console game per year, subscribers get access to a variety of new and old titles that are constantly updated. Games can be downloaded and played offline as well. The value to me increased when Apple started offering titles that were already available in the App Store with new content, plus no ads or in-app purchases.

The service also started adding bigger titles and more social games, which were on our wishlist at launch.


Since launch, Apple Arcade has added larger titles such as NBA 2K21 and NBA 2K22 Arcade Edition to its catalog.


How do I cancel Apple Arcade?

to cancel your subscription On an iPhone or iPad, follow these steps:

1. Open the App Store.
2. Tap the profile icon, and enter your Apple ID if prompted.
3. handle Manage subscriptions.
4. handle Apple Arcade.
5. handle Cancel the free trial or unsubscribe.
6. Confirmation of cancellation.

To cancel on a Mac, follow these steps:

1. Open the App Store app.
2. Click on your profile icon.
3. click Information display.
4. click Manages.
5. click Apple Arcade in the list of active subscriptions.
6. Choose Cancel the free trial or unsubscribe.
Confirm the selection.

To cancel on Apple TV, follow these steps:

1. Open the Settings app on your Apple TV.
2. Choose Users and accounts and choose your account.
3. Enter your Apple ID password.
4. Choose Apple Arcade.
5. choose either Cancel the free trial or unsubscribe.
6. Confirm your choice.

Cliff Colby contributed to this article.

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