Apple Arcade is brilliant. Anyone who’s tried it knows it’s currently a steal at 4.99 a month for all the games on the service. And what games, we’ve put together a list of the five you must play ASAP (outside some of the obvious), so get on that.
But it’s not just the games themselves that are impressive, the developers Apple are featuring on the service are from fine pedigree indeed. Joining the likes of Klei, Capcom, Simogo, and Capy games today is Chucklefish (Stardew Valley) and SkyBox Labs (worked on Halo 5 and Minecraft).
Here’s the lowdown on the five new Apple Arcade games, hitting the service today. These games are coming to iOS13 OS devices, so iPad, tvOS, iPhone, but they are coming soon to Mac. Let us know in the comments if you’ll be playing any of these, or what your current favourite games are.
Publisher: Chucklefish Games
Description: A Knight sworn to the forces of darkness. A creature which feeds on pain. A young girl all alone. One interconnecting tale of suffering, sacrifice, and the family in the middle of it all. INMOST is an atmospheric, story-driven puzzle platformer, following three playable characters within one dark, interconnecting story. In an old abandoned castle, you’ll need to explore every nook and cranny, avoid detection, slice your way through enemies and spring deadly traps in order to escape the evil that lurks within.
Publisher: Stainless Games
Genre: Action Racing
Description: ShockRods is a very fast and furiously fun winner-takes-all action racer. Whether playing multiplayer with friends or solo against bots, the goal of the game is to score points and achieve your objectives at any cost. ShockRods features classic game modes like Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag as well as signature modes like Shockball and Golden Ram. Jump, dodge, shoot and deliver maximum destruction as you drive your ShockRod to VICTORY!
Publisher: Skybox Labs
Description: Stela is a cinematic, atmospheric platformer about a young woman witnessing the final days of a mysterious ancient world. Overcome daunting challenges, treacherous terrain, and gargantuan beasts while traversing a decaying land. Manipulate the environment to solve elaborate puzzles and creep past dangerous creatures under the cover of muted landscapes, all set to an original soundtrack. Survive sweeping environments including mysterious towns, haunting forests, and massive subterranean ruins brought to life in an atmospheric experience.
Publisher: Rogue Games
Genre: Music Action
Description: Experience music and gameplay that emotionally and mentally impact you. Mind Symphony sets unique gameplay to musical tracks, creating an experience that makes you feel better. “Release” mode is where enemies and attacks are timed to the music. The intensity increases as you increase your score, creating an emergent interaction with the song. “Calm” mode focuses on the melody by matching the timing of the major melodic point for a soothing experience.
Description: Build robots from a wide variety of components. Plan a strategy to carry you to victory. Fight as a pilot alongside your bots against an opponent in exciting PvP matches, or test your mettle in the Entropy Tribunals, the single-player experience where you’ll be continually tested, but thoroughly rewarded for your performance. Customize your bots and assign them specific commands to carry out your strategy. Pilot your creations and adapt to the chaos of the matches. Manage unpredictability. The obstacle layout within arenas is never the same, so plan carefully, but remain adaptable as anything can happen during the match.