Apple Arcade review: Australian launch 

On 20 September 2019, Apple launched its premium video games subscription service. Is it worthwhile for Australians on iPhone, iPad, Mac or AppleTV?

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It's a huge year for new subscription services in both the Internet TV and video gaming spaces. On their own, each subscription seems reasonable, often hovering around $10 a month. But they add up, so before you dive in and commit to the latest and greatest service from Apple, it's worth knowing a little bit more about the program.

Everything you need to know about Apple Arcade

Apple has now launched its first ever gaming subscription service, Apple Arcade, into Australia. It's compatible with iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV. The big launch day was 20 September, which also marks the day a stack of great new exclusive iOS games were released. You will find the full list of Apple Arcade titles at the bottom of this article.

Apple Arcade is priced at $7.99 a month in Australia, but as an introductory offer, you can get the first month for free. Subscribers get instant access to a catalogue of 100 new and exclusive titles instantly. Then in the coming weeks after launch, new titles will be added so that the library exceeds over 100 games.

It's important to note that Apple Arcade is not a streaming service similar to Microsoft's xCloud and Google's Stadia platforms. You're not playing games hosted on a remote device, streamed to your device. Apple Arcade is closer in functionality to Xbox's Game Pass. The subscription simply opens up a library of games you can access at no additional cost. You will download them to your device and play them like you would any other iOS game.

This is handy for mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad. As you're not streaming the game, you can download them on Wi-Fi at home or work, and not consume data while playing them on the move.

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How to get Apple Arcade

If you're wondering why you cannot find Apple Arcade on your iPhone, iPad, AppleTV or Mac device, then it's likely because you are on an old iOS. Apple Arcade is being rolled out through iOS 13, which is the new Apple operating system. So head into Settings > General > Check for Updates and go from there. Or on Macs, search for an update on the App Store.

If you're on an older Apple device, it may not be able to support iOS 13, and as such, you won't be able to access Apple Arcade. Below you will find the Apple models that won't support Apple Arcade. If you need an upgrade to your handset, you can learn all about the new iPhone 11 in this comparison.

List of devices not compatible with iOS 13

  • iPhone 5S (and older)
  • iPhone 6/6 Plus
  • iPad Mini 2
  • iPad Mini 3
  • iPad Air (2013)

Are Apple Arcade games any good?

While casual mobile gamers will associate Apple devices with big free-to-play games like Pokemon Go and Clash of Clans, it's not the only kind of experience on offer. The App Store is flooded with premium games (as in, not free to play), and many of them are genuinely great experiences. But due to having a price, these titles are often overlooked.

The Apple Arcade looks to solve that issue, by collecting just those premium games in one spot. Then also by making them more accessible for people to experience.

Some huge developers have joined the platform including Konami, Capcom and Gameloft, to name a few. There are also some massive brands on board such as Disney, SEGA, Lego and The Cartoon Network.

As a result, there are some names in the list below you're likely already familiar with; Rayman Mini and Sonic Racing, for example, plus new versions of Frogger and Pac-Man. But mixed among them are some of the platform's best known indies. New featured titles include Sayonara Wild Hearts, ChuChu Rocket! Universe, Ballistic Baseball and Skate City, which is just scratching the surface.

The list below includes a number of highly anticipated new releases from developers that cannot be played anywhere else. Your personal tastes and the sheer breadth of experiences on offer make it hard for us to name specific titles you'll love. However, the focus here is on quality, and we can guarantee you'll get your money's worth. Especially if you regularly turn to an iPhone, iPad, Mac or AppleTV device for your entertainment fix.

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Additional features of Apple Arcade

If you hate being constantly interrupted by pesky ads when you're playing a game, this could be the solution to your problem. Your subscription ensures you will be immune from having any ads pop up on Apple Arcade titles. You also won't hit paywalls, which we see in free games that allow you to play some of the experience then stop you until you spend money.

The service could also be huge for families after Apple declared the Family Sharing plan. This will allow a single subscription to be accessed by six family members. This creates a simple budget for parents managing their children's gaming downloads.

Another handy feature is that games can be downloaded to play either online or offline, helping out your data plans. You don't have to be connected constantly.

Full list of Apple Arcade games

Game titleDeveloperPublisherPrevious titles by developer
A Fold ApartLightning Rod GamesLightning Rod GamesN/A
Agent InterceptPikPok GamesPikPok GamesFlick Kick, Rival Stars
Assemble With CareUsTwo GamesUsTwo GamesMonument Valley, Lands End
Atone: Heart of the Elder TreeWildboy StudiosWildboy StudiosN/A
Ballistic BaseballGameloftGameloftN.O.V.A., Eternal Legacy
Battle Sky Brigade: HarpoonerBattle BrewBattle BrewBattle Sky Brigade
Beyond BlueE-Line MediaE-Line MediaNever Alone
Beyond a Steel SkyRevolution SoftwareRevolution SoftwareBroken Sword
Big Time SportsFrosty PopFrosty PopKingpin Bowling, High Dive
Bleak SwordLuis Moreno JimenezDevolver DigitlReigns: Game of Thrones
Box ProjectMediocre MelMediocre MelTBA
Card of DarknessZach GageZach GageSpelltower
CardpocalypseGambrinousVersus EvilGuild of Dungeoneering
Cat Quest IIGentlebros GamesGentlebros GamesSlashy Hero
ChuChu Rocket! UniverseSonic TeamUniverse and SegaSonic the Hedgehog, Phantasy Star
Cricket Through the AgesFree LivesDevolver DigitalBroforce, Reigns: Game of Thrones
Dead End JobHeadup GamesHeadup GamesOutbuddies
Dear ReaderLocal No. 12Local No. 12Backchatter
DecoherenceEfecto StudiosEfecto StudiosN/A
Dodo PeakMoving Pieces InteractiveMoving Pieces InteractiveTitan Quest: Ragnarok
Don't Bug MeFrosty PopFrosty PopKingpin Bowling, High Dive
Doomsday VaultFlightlessFlightlessElement
Down in BermudaYak & CoYak & CoAgent A
Dread NauticalZen StudiosZen StudiosOperencia: The Stolen Sun
Earth NightCleaversoftCleaversoftN/A
Enter the ConstructDirective Games LimitedDirective Games LimitedSuper Kaiju
Exit the GungeonDevolver DigitlDevolver DigitlReigns: Game of Thrones
ExplottensweRplayweRplayRun Sheeda Run
FantasianMistwalkerMistwalkerTerra Battle, The Party Wave
Frogger in Toy TownKonamiKonamiBatman, X-Men
GrindstoneCapybara GamesCapybara GamesBelow, Critter Crunch
HitchikerMad About PandasVersus EvilGalaxy Racers, Rubbish Attack
Hot LavaKlei EntertainmentKlei EntertainmentDon't Starve, Invisible, Inc.
InMostHiddenlayer GamesChucklefish GamesWargroove, Starbound
Jenny LeClueJoe Russ and Ben TillettMografiN/A
King's League IIKurechiiKurechiiKing's League, Postknight
Kings of the CastleFrosty PopFrosty PopKingpin Bowling, High Dive
Lego ArthouseLegoLegoN/A
Lego BrawlsRED GamesLegoSakura Wars, Project Hacker
LifelikeKunabi BrotherKunabi BrotherBlek
Little OrpheusThe Chinese RoomSumo DigitalDear Esther, So Let Us Melt
Manifold GardenWilliam ChyrWilliam Chyr StudioN/A
Mini MotorwaysDinosaur Polo ClubDinosaur Polo ClubMini Metro
MosaicKillbrite StudiosKillbrite StudiosAmong the Sleep, The Plan
Mr TurtleIllusion LabsIllusion LabsMr. Crab, Touchgrind
Murder Mystery MachineBlazing GriffinBlazing GriffinMurderous Pursuits
MutazioneDie Gute FabrikDie Gute FabrikSportsfriends, Tower No Tumble
NeocabChance AgencyFellow TravellerBlind, Pesterquest
No Way HomeSMG StudioSMG StudioDeath Squared
Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost RealmCornfox & Bros.Cornfox & Bros.Oceanhorn, Death Rally
Operator OneShifty Eye GamesShifty Eye GamesN/A
OutlandersPomelo GamesPomelo GamesBullet Boy
Over the AlpsStave StudiosStave StudiosN/A
OverlandFinjiFinjiTunic, Capsule
PAC-MAN PARTY ROYALENamco Bandai GamesNamco Bandai GamesNaruto, Dragon Ball Z
Pinball WizardsFrosty PopFrosty PopKingpin Bowling, High Dive
PossessionsNoodlecakeLucid LabsStay, Mum
Projection: First LightShadowplay StudiosBlowfish StudiosGunscape
ProxiWill WrightGallium ArtistsN/A
Punch PlanetBlock ZeroBlock ZeroLifeslide
Rayman MiniUbisoftUbisoftTom Clancy's series, Far Cry, Assassin's Creed
Red ReignNinja Kiwi GamesNinja Kiwi GamesBloons Tower Defence
Redout: Space Assault34 Big Things34 Big ThingsGoat of Duty
Sayonara Wild HeartsSimogoAnnapurna InteractiveDevice 6, Year Walk
Shantae and the Seven SirensWayForward TechnologiesWayForward TechnologiesAdventure Time: Puzzle Quest, Descendants
Shinsekai Deep SeaCapcomCapcomStreet Fighter, Resident Evil
Shock RodsStainless GamesStainless GamesCarmageddon
Skate CityAgensSnowmanPipe Rider, Snofall
Sneaky SasquatchRAC7 GamesRAC7 GamesSpek, Super Surf Bros
Sonic RacingSumo DigitalSega and HardlightScorched: Combat Racing, Sonic Dash 2
SpacelandTortuga TeamTortuga TeamBraveland
Speed DemonsRadian GamesRadian GamesScorcher, Devastator
SpekRAC7 GamesRAC7 GamesSpek, Super Surf Bros
SpelldrifterFree Range GamesFree Range GamesLabyrinth
SpidersaursWayForward TechnologiesWayForward TechnologiesAdventure Time: Puzzle Quest, Descendants
Stellar CommandersBlindflug StudiosBlindflug StudiosAirheart, First Strike
Steven Universe: Unleash the LightGrumpface StudiosCartoon NetworkTeeny Titans
Stranded SailsLemonbomb EntertainmentLemonbomb EntertainmentNova Nukers!
Super Impossible RoadWonderful Lasers Inc.Wonderful Lasers Inc.Word Crasher Blitz
Tangle TowerSFB GamesSFB GamesDetective Grimorie
TintLykke StudiosLykke StudiosAivolution
The Artful EscapeBeethoven & DinosaurAnnapurna InteractiveABZU, Ashen
The PathlessGiant SquidAnnapurna InteractiveABZU, Ashen
The Bradwell ConspiracyA Brave PlanBossa StudiosN/A
The Enchanted WorldSyntaxityNoodlecakeThe Lost Ship, Rescue the Hunter
The Get Out KidsFrosty PopFrosty PopKingpin Bowling, High Dive
Towaga: Among ShadowsSunnyside GamesNoodlecake Studios Inc!The Firm, Stomped!
UFO on Tape: First ContactRevolutionary ConceptsRevolutionary ConceptsGesundheit!, Road Avenger
Various DaylifeSquare EnixSquare EnixBravely Default, Octopath Traveler
Way of the TurtleIllusion LabsIllusion LabsBacon Escape, Mr. Crab.
What the Golf?TribandFigHomeworld 3,
Where Cards FallThe Game BandSnowmanAlto's Odyssey
Winding WorldsKO_OPKO_OPGnog
World LacesMinimegaMinimegaN/A

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