Apple Arcade review: Australian launch 

Posted: 20 September 2019 12:01 pm News

Apple Arcade Review

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

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 title Developer Publisher Previous titles by developer
A Fold Apart Lightning Rod Games Lightning Rod Games N/A
Agent Intercept PikPok Games PikPok Games Flick Kick, Rival Stars
Assemble With Care UsTwo Games UsTwo Games Monument Valley, Lands End
Atone: Heart of the Elder Tree Wildboy Studios Wildboy Studios N/A
Ballistic Baseball Gameloft Gameloft N.O.V.A., Eternal Legacy
Battle Sky Brigade: Harpooner Battle Brew Battle Brew Battle Sky Brigade
Beyond Blue E-Line Media E-Line Media Never Alone
Beyond a Steel Sky Revolution Software Revolution Software Broken Sword
Big Time Sports Frosty Pop Frosty Pop Kingpin Bowling, High Dive
Bleak Sword Luis Moreno Jimenez Devolver Digitl Reigns: Game of Thrones
Box Project Mediocre Mel Mediocre Mel TBA
Card of Darkness Zach Gage Zach Gage Spelltower
Cardpocalypse Gambrinous Versus Evil Guild of Dungeoneering
Cat Quest II Gentlebros Games Gentlebros Games Slashy Hero
ChuChu Rocket! Universe Sonic Team Universe and Sega Sonic the Hedgehog, Phantasy Star
Cricket Through the Ages Free Lives Devolver Digital Broforce, Reigns: Game of Thrones
Dead End Job Headup Games Headup Games Outbuddies
Dear Reader Local No. 12 Local No. 12 Backchatter
Decoherence Efecto Studios Efecto Studios N/A
Dodo Peak Moving Pieces Interactive Moving Pieces Interactive Titan Quest: Ragnarok
Don't Bug Me Frosty Pop Frosty Pop Kingpin Bowling, High Dive
Doomsday Vault Flightless Flightless Element
Down in Bermuda Yak & Co Yak & Co Agent A
Dread Nautical Zen Studios Zen Studios Operencia: The Stolen Sun
Earth Night Cleaversoft Cleaversoft N/A
Enter the Construct Directive Games Limited Directive Games Limited Super Kaiju
Exit the Gungeon Devolver Digitl Devolver Digitl Reigns: Game of Thrones
Explottens weRplay weRplay Run Sheeda Run
Fantasian Mistwalker Mistwalker Terra Battle, The Party Wave
Frogger in Toy Town Konami Konami Batman, X-Men
Grindstone Capybara Games Capybara Games Below, Critter Crunch
Hexaflip TBA TBA TBA
Hitchiker Mad About Pandas Versus Evil Galaxy Racers, Rubbish Attack
Hot Lava Klei Entertainment Klei Entertainment Don't Starve, Invisible, Inc.
InMost Hiddenlayer Games Chucklefish Games Wargroove, Starbound
Jenny LeClue Joe Russ and Ben Tillett Mografi N/A
King's League II Kurechii Kurechii King's League, Postknight
Kings of the Castle Frosty Pop Frosty Pop Kingpin Bowling, High Dive
Lego Arthouse Lego Lego N/A
Lego Brawls RED Games Lego Sakura Wars, Project Hacker
Lifelike Kunabi Brother Kunabi Brother Blek
Lifeslide Dreamteck Dreamteck N/A
Little Orpheus The Chinese Room Sumo Digital Dear Esther, So Let Us Melt
Manifold Garden William Chyr William Chyr Studio N/A
Mini Motorways Dinosaur Polo Club Dinosaur Polo Club Mini Metro
Monomals Picomy Picomy Heroki
Mosaic Killbrite Studios Killbrite Studios Among the Sleep, The Plan
Mr Turtle Illusion Labs Illusion Labs Mr. Crab, Touchgrind
Murder Mystery Machine Blazing Griffin Blazing Griffin Murderous Pursuits
Mutazione Die Gute Fabrik Die Gute Fabrik Sportsfriends, Tower No Tumble
Neocab Chance Agency Fellow Traveller Blind, Pesterquest
No Way Home SMG Studio SMG Studio Death Squared
Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm Cornfox & Bros. Cornfox & Bros. Oceanhorn, Death Rally
Operator One Shifty Eye Games Shifty Eye Games N/A
Outlanders Pomelo Games Pomelo Games Bullet Boy
Over the Alps Stave Studios Stave Studios N/A
Overland Finji Finji Tunic, Capsule
PAC-MAN PARTY ROYALE Namco Bandai Games Namco Bandai Games Naruto, Dragon Ball Z
Patterned Borderleap Borderleap Antitype
Pinball Wizards Frosty Pop Frosty Pop Kingpin Bowling, High Dive
Possessions Noodlecake Lucid Labs Stay, Mum
Projection: First Light Shadowplay Studios Blowfish Studios Gunscape
Proxi Will Wright Gallium Artists N/A
Punch Planet Block Zero Block Zero Lifeslide
Rayman Mini Ubisoft Ubisoft Tom Clancy's series, Far Cry, Assassin's Creed
Red Reign Ninja Kiwi Games Ninja Kiwi Games Bloons Tower Defence
Redout: Space Assault 34 Big Things 34 Big Things Goat of Duty
Sayonara Wild Hearts Simogo Annapurna Interactive Device 6, Year Walk
Shantae and the Seven Sirens WayForward Technologies WayForward Technologies Adventure Time: Puzzle Quest, Descendants
Shinsekai Deep Sea Capcom Capcom Street Fighter, Resident Evil
Shock Rods Stainless Games Stainless Games Carmageddon
Skate City Agens Snowman Pipe Rider, Snofall
Sneaky Sasquatch RAC7 Games RAC7 Games Spek, Super Surf Bros
Sonic Racing Sumo Digital Sega and Hardlight Scorched: Combat Racing, Sonic Dash 2
Spaceland Tortuga Team Tortuga Team Braveland
Speed Demons Radian Games Radian Games Scorcher, Devastator
Spek RAC7 Games RAC7 Games Spek, Super Surf Bros
Spelldrifter Free Range Games Free Range Games Labyrinth
Spidersaurs WayForward Technologies WayForward Technologies Adventure Time: Puzzle Quest, Descendants
Spyder N/A N/A N/A
Stellar Commanders Blindflug Studios Blindflug Studios Airheart, First Strike
Steven Universe: Unleash the Light Grumpface Studios Cartoon Network Teeny Titans
Stranded Sails Lemonbomb Entertainment Lemonbomb Entertainment Nova Nukers!
Super Impossible Road Wonderful Lasers Inc. Wonderful Lasers Inc. Word Crasher Blitz
Tangle Tower SFB Games SFB Games Detective Grimorie
Tint Lykke Studios Lykke Studios Aivolution
The Artful Escape Beethoven & Dinosaur Annapurna Interactive ABZU, Ashen
The Pathless Giant Squid Annapurna Interactive ABZU, Ashen
The Bradwell Conspiracy A Brave Plan Bossa Studios N/A
The Enchanted World Syntaxity Noodlecake The Lost Ship, Rescue the Hunter
The Get Out Kids Frosty Pop Frosty Pop Kingpin Bowling, High Dive
Towaga: Among Shadows Sunnyside Games Noodlecake Studios Inc! The Firm, Stomped!
UFO on Tape: First Contact Revolutionary Concepts Revolutionary Concepts Gesundheit!, Road Avenger
Various Daylife Square Enix Square Enix Bravely Default, Octopath Traveler
Way of the Turtle Illusion Labs Illusion Labs Bacon Escape, Mr. Crab.
What the Golf? Triband Fig Homeworld 3,
Where Cards Fall The Game Band Snowman Alto's Odyssey
Winding Worlds KO_OP KO_OP Gnog
World Laces Minimega Minimega N/A
Yaga KO_OP KO_OP Gnog

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