What you need to know about Apple Arcade: from games to prices

What you need to know about Apple Arcade: from games to prices

all about apple arcadeFans of video games have more and more subscription service alternatives, such as Xbox Game Pass, EA Access or PlayStation Now, but MacOs and iOS users were out of the fun … until now. All this begins to change with Apple Arcade, an ambitious platform that already has more than 100 titles in its game collection.

It is already official. As of September 19 you can subscribe to Apple Arcade, the new video game platform of the Cupertino firm. From your iPhone, Mac or your Apple TV, you will have the possibility to access the Apple vault, which includes videogames from some of the leading studios in the industry, several of them exclusive. If you are interested in knowing more details about this platform, including its price, launch, how it works and what games it has available, then you will find everything you should know about Apple Arcade.

What is Apple Arcade?

For starters, it is important to understand that Apple Arcade is not a video game streaming service like Microsoft's next Project xCloud or Google Stadia, so you don't need to be online permanently to enjoy it. Of course, you should have some type of connection to access and download them initially, but once they are installed you can enjoy them anytime, anywhere.

With a monthly subscription you will have unlimited access to a wide variety of games, which will receive free updates and new content automatically. The service is available for iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV, and includes cross support to save what you were doing, which means that the games you start on your Mac can be continued on your phone or tablet without losing your progress or score .

The subscription will give you access to the service along with up to five more people and, according to Apple, new games will be added “all the time”. Better yet, the games on the platform will not have ads and there will be no microtransactions.

How it works

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If you want to download a game, you will have to do it through the new Apple Arcade cone available in the App Store. The service has parental controls so that younger users cannot access titles that are not appropriate for their age.

Keep in mind that none of the games included in Apple Arcade be available on Google Play, which is because Cupertino's are paying a high price. According to the Financial Times, the company budgets over $ 500 million just to ensure exclusivity. According to these versions, developers will receive a percentage of the revenue, depending on the time users play their titles.

Apple Arcade is being designed specifically for Apple devices, but some games will be compatible with physical controls. Since the titles can be played offline, they may have a component for a local player or multiplayer. The company also said its games "will respect user privacy," a hot topic, especially for mobile games.

Although Apple Arcade games will not be on Android devices, developers may have the option to take them to consoles or PCs after a period of exclusivity expires. At its launch, more than 150 passes will have support for Apple Arcade on iOS, MacOS and Apple TV.


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Apple Arcade games seek to make the most of Apple's ecosystem and short and simple experiences, which often dominate mobile games. However, the titles are being designed by some important external partners, such as Disney, Sega, Konami, Cartoon Network, Annapurna, Finji, Blowfish, Klei, Platinum Games, Cornfox & Bros, Mountains, Versus Evil, Return, Lego and Sumo Digital .

Apple emphasized that storytelling and design will be "boosted more than ever," so don't expect a clone of angry Birds. Faces involved in the production of games for Apple Arcade include the co-creator of Watchmen, Dave Gibbons; the author of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi; the designer of Monument Valley, Ken Wong, and the person in charge of The SimsWill Wright Those interested in being considered can apply on the official website for developers.

Arcade will have more than 100 “innovative” games, according to Apple. However, only about half have been revealed. Here are the confirmed games for Apple Arcade so far:

  1. Atone: Heart of the Elder Tree
  2. Ballistic Baseball
  3. Beyond a Steel Sky
  4. Box Project
  5. Cardpocalypse
  6. Cat Quest II
  7. ChuChu Rocket! Universe
  8. Cricket Through the Ages
  9. Doomsday Vault
  10. Down in Bermuda
  11. Earthight
  12. Enter the Construct
  13. Exit the Gungeon
  14. Fantasian
  15. Frogger in Toy Town
  16. HitchHiker
  17. Hot lava
  18. Jenny LeClue Detectivu
  19. Kings of the Castle
  20. Lego Arthouse
  21. Lego brawls
  22. Lifelike
  23. Lifeslide
  24. Little orpheus
  25. Manifold Garden
  26. Monomals
  27. Mosaic
  28. Mr. Turtle
  29. No way home
  30. Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm
  31. Overland
  32. Pac-Man Party Royale
  33. Projection: First Light
  34. Rayman Mini
  35. Redout: Space Assault
  36. Repair
  37. Sayonara Wild Hearts
  38. Shantae 5
  39. Shantae and the Seven Sirens
  40. Shinsekai: Into the Depths
  41. ShockRods
  42. Skate city
  43. Sneaky Sasquatch
  44. Sonic Racing
  45. Spidersaurs
  46. Spyder
  47. Steven Universe: Unleash the Light
  48. Super Impossible Road
  49. The Artful Escape
  50. The Bradwell Conspiracy
  51. The Enchanted World
  52. The pathless
  53. Towaga: Among Shadows
  54. UFO on Tape: First Contact
  55. Various Daylife
  56. What the Golf
  57. Where Cards Fall
  58. Winding worlds
  59. Yaga


In its September 2019 event, Apple announced that the service will have a family plan of $ 4.99 per month, along with a free one-month trial, which transforms it into one of the most economical options and well below the cost of others platforms with which it competes.

Release date

Apple Arcade will be available starting on September 19 in more than 150 passes, as confirmed by Apple at its September event.