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Apple Arcade has over 200 games available to play with no ads, no in-app purchases, and a constant stream of new content. here AppleInsider’s Top ten games to try in May 2022.
When Apple first announced Apple Arcade in March 2019, it seemed like the company was finally acknowledging an industry it would otherwise ignore — gaming. While the service didn’t revolutionize the space as some had hoped, it did create the perfect place to find quality mobile games.
Apple Arcade is just a bite-sized arcade game that strives to hold your attention for minutes at a time. Some may take hours to master and achieve 100% completion, while others are only there to fill two minutes in a row for coffee.
With at least one new game released every Friday, it can be hard to decide what’s worth your time. We’ve rounded up some of the biggest games from the entire Apple Arcade collection, old and new.
Top Ten Games on Apple Arcade
What The Golf is one of the best pick-up-and-play games on mobile due to its simplicity and humor. It’s okay if you hate golf video games because that’s as far as you can get from a game of golf while still holding it in the title of the game.
Advance through levels with increasingly challenging puzzles using physics-based gameplay that is similar to golf from time to time. In general, you are given a number of “swings” to get your object to the target while avoiding obstacles. Sometimes it’s a ball navigating a track, but more likely, an office chair navigating traffic.
If you’re only checking in for a minute or two, daily challenges are a perfect way to waste some time. There are also new levels and prizes added regularly through updates.
One great feature that every clone app maker should have is the “Show a Friend” function. This takes you to an introductory level that shows exactly what the game is about.
Sneaky Sasquatch lets you dive into the boots or feet of a Sasquatch hiding near a small town and camp site. You will infiltrate, disguise as a human, take a driving test, adopt a dog, work as a security guard, or discover a pirate’s treasure. You know, Sasquatch stuff.
This game is a hit for kids and adults alike due to its trivial attitude and easy-to-learn gameplay. The game is reminiscent of the Untitled Goose Game, but takes it to a new level of absurdity.
Apple awarded Sneaky Sasquatch the 2020 Apple Arcade Game of the Year, and the game has only gotten better since then. There are constant updates being made with new content, adventures and challenges.
Wonderbox takes a few genres and combines them into a beautiful toy box designed for adventure. Find a weapon, fight monsters, solve puzzles, and find your way to the goal in this “Zelda” meets “Little Big Planet” game.
The base game contains a series of campaigns designed by the developers to tell multiple short stories. New stories are added regularly, but that’s only a small part of this expanded game.
By playing through campaigns, players will unlock new combos, objects and weapons to create their own “Wonderbox” adventures. And if you’re not interested in designing your own level, there are tons of levels available from other creators in the Adventure Gallery.
Play in any world alone or with a group of friends online. Each level is a secluded world with its own elements, so you will start over each time and the level will provide what you need to finish. You can jump for minutes or hours in this dynamic game.
“Oregon Trail” is a faithful recreation and update of the classic game. Find all the original gameplay with some quality of life updates, new modes, and all-new graphics.
You will have 15 playable journeys to choose from with 7 missions inspired by historical events. Avoid classic hazards like broken limbs and dysentery or try out the new mini game fishing.
Returning fans and new players alike will find a mountain of content to play through with new features added regularly. Accessibility options like high contrast mode and text-to-speech make this game more accessible for all players.
This is a must in any player’s library for those who appreciate where video games started and want to experience how they evolved.
Final Fantasy fans can’t miss Fantasia for its classic JRPG gameplay, beautiful handcrafted environments, and score by Nobuo Uematsu. Spend over 60 hours leveling up, completing missions, and uncovering the mystery behind Leo’s lost memory.
Experience turn-based battle mechanics with a new twist – Dimengeon Battle. Stop random encounters and “collect” enemies until you’re ready to face them all at once in a massive multi-enemy battle.
“Fantasian” was created by industry legend Hironobu Sakaguchi, better known as the creator of “Final Fantasy”. Each level in the game is built from approximately 160 handcrafted dioramas. It’s a love letter to the JRPG genre all the time.
Alto’s Odyssey is a one-button ‘sand skating’ game with an infinite runner component. Play as Alto and go on a journey through the desert, canyons and temples as you advance towards more slopes.
Simply tap to jump, hold to perform tricks and release to land in time to keep moving forward. You’ll climb walls, grind on vines, and even glide through the air as you traverse the ever-changing environment.
This game is perfect for those moments when you need a distraction without having to dive into a complex game mechanic. Simply open the game and tap to start your next run through the desert.
“Angry Birds” was among the first games that revolutionized what “mobile games” could become. This new title in the long-running series is another evolution of the classic game.
These non-flying birds are angry with pigs and want revenge. Load a bird into the slingshot, aim, and shoot using each bird’s ability to target weak spots in the hog fortresses.
Simple one-touch game mechanics, cute animations, and addictive gameplay add up to a game that is still fun even after more than a decade in the market. “Angry Birds Reloaded” also offers different profiles, so if you want to pass the game on to your child, you don’t have to worry about him winning all the levels for you.
Zen Pinball Party offers a range of carefully designed pinball tables featuring famous brands and classic themes. Play tables inspired by “How To Train Your Dragon”, “Peanuts” and “Trolls” or immerse yourself in classics such as “Attack from Mars”, “Medieval Madness” or “Champion Pub”.
Feel every bounce, hit and roll with high-quality haptic feedback when playing on iPhone. Or note the detailed graphics as you feel like holding a pinball machine in your hand on your iPad.
We are pinball fans, and while you can’t recreate the physical nature of playing pinball on a digital device, Zen Pinball Party is getting closer. New tables are added regularly and in-game events challenge you to level up your game as you try to climb the leaderboard.
“Lego Star Wars: Castaways” is a sprawling multiplayer online adventure game. Customize your minifigure using hundreds of parts from across the Star Wars universe and then jump onto the island full of other players and play together in races, battles and simulations.
Relive key moments from across the Star Wars franchise with the simulator and unlock the mystery behind the threat to the pariah island. This online social game is safe for anyone thanks to its random naming system, lack of chat, and code-based group system. Also, this game is 100% playable offline for those looking to play on the go without data.
Unlike other “Lego Star Wars” games, this game takes a more MMO style of quest with a large world and multiple game modes. All in-game items are acquired through gameplay and cannot be unlocked with real money, so there is no worry for parents and their wallets.
Gear.Club: Stradale presents itself as a mobile racing simulator with high quality graphics and a good physics engine. It’s rare to see such high-quality racing entry for iOS, so “Gear.Club” is a welcome alternative to the long-running “Real Racing” and “Asphalt” series.
Like other Gear.Club games, you will join a club made up of other real players and your team progression will improve your club’s status. Participate in races, unlock new vehicles and gain fame as you compete in various game events.
Compared to other mobile racers, Gear.Club: Stradale offers great graphics and physics in a new environment. This is the only racing game on Apple Arcade that takes a more serious approach to its driving mechanics, and it’s a breath of fresh air to play a mobile racing game without timers and constant payment of in-app purchases.
Shrinking Apple Arcade’s library to just ten options is a nearly impossible task for us game lovers. There are so many quality options that there are sure to be a few games that appeal to you in choosing Apple.
Lots to choose from
Apple has made it easy for users to get Apple Arcade from its $4.99 subscription to be included in every level of the Apple One subscription package. Every released game is ad-free, free in-app purchase, and updated regularly.
Parents and kids alike will love the wide range of games that don’t monetize opportunities or pay for time-consuming, monotonous tasks. After trying the 10 titles we mentioned above, be sure to check back frequently for new titles or dive into the massive back catalog.