10 Apple Arcade Games You Should Play Right Now
Apple gamers probably have lost a lot of time this past week when they sunk their teeth into the amazing collection of games in Apple Arcade. If you’ve been living under a rock, you could read up on what Apple Arcade is here. Almost all of the games included in the service already makes up for its already low subscription fee. Many of these games even make our Top 10 List for Best Android and iOS Games for 2019 obsolete. To help you catch up and decide quickly on what to play once you’ve started your free trial of Apple Arcade, here’s a list of the top 10 games we think you should play right now.
Many might notice the striking resemblance with Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild because of the design. Zelda obviously inspired the game, just like the first Oceanhorn. However, you shouldn’t dismiss Oceanhorn 2 as a mere “me too.” Oceanhorn 2 packs quite the experience, where you get to explore dungeons and battle terrible monsters. It’s a light action RPG which sometimes leans towards hack and slash gameplay. However, it also provides a variety of puzzles for you to solve inside the dungeons that changes the pace of the game a little bit. The game’s light tone and challenging but manageable difficulty makes it a perfect RPG game for all ages.
Picking up a game from Square Enix is usually a no-brainer, especially if it’s made by the creators of Bravely Default and Octopath Traveler. In Various Daylife, you work multiple jobs in a town so that you could upgrade your party of characters. You would occasionally have to fight classic turn-based RPG battles to accomplish some of the jobs, which earn you rewards. Although there’s a main story for the game, new event stories get released frequently, giving the game more content over time.
Punch Planet’s developers originally made it for PC, but they ultimately took its arcade fighting madness to the iOS instead. The game’s origins should clue you in on the game’s depth. It’s a competitive fighting game with deep character movesets and exciting, fast-paced rounds. This is not your typical mobile fighting game. With controller-support enabled, Punch Planet gives you a lot of combos and flashy moves to learn for all of its characters. It’s still playable without the controller, but you better have one if you’re planning to play competitively.
If you’re a fan of Telltale Games, VA-11-HALL-A or Red Strings Club, you’d love Neo Cab. In this gritty, futuristic story-centric game, you follow the story of the last taxi cab driver in the world. Or at least the last human taxi cab driver in the world. This game plays out our fears of our jobs being taken over by robots and AI in the future. It keeps you grounded with its focus on human interaction, and how advancing technology could take away our humanity and ability to connect with each other.
What is faster than Sonic the Hedgehog? Sonic on wheels, that’s what. Sega offers us a new game under the Sonic franchise, this time a kart racing spin-off. Play as Sonic, Dr. Eggman, Tails, Knuckles and others to find out who’s the best racer of them all. Sega’s previous racing games for Sonic have been disappointing, but this one looks promising. Sonic Racing will surely give Mario Kart Tour a run for its money.
Platforming fans would be happy with how Rayman’s latest adventure turned out on the iOS. It’s a side-scrolling runner platformer, but retains the flavor and attitude of Rayman. It’s a fun, bite-sized game that you could play on your daily commute. It offers a faster-paced Rayman game, but it retains the charm and gorgeous art style the Rayman series has been known for.
Shantae and the Seven Sirens
Shantae and the Seven Sirens is probably one of the most-awaited games in the whole Apple Arcade catalog since you don’t really get enough Shantae games. Play as the half-genie Shantae in her latest adventure, where she must find the other half-genies in a mysterious island they’ve been invited to. Shantae and the Seven Sirens will eventually release on home consoles, but you can play it now through the Apple Arcade.
Overland will give you your turn-based tactics fix. In a post-apocalyptic world, you control a man, his dog and car surviving against hordes of zombies. One interesting mechanic in the game is the protagonist’s reliance on his car to travel. This means many trips to the gas station and fuel management. while killing zombies. Inspired by renowned games ike XCOM and The Banner Saga, Overland will surely challenge your tactical skills.
Cat Quest 2
The game’s developers made the original Cat Quest a beautiful light-hearted RPG. You played as an anthropomorphic cat warrior on his quest to save his kidnapped sister. He ended up saving her, which opens Cat Quest 2 the chance to support two players co-op, which means you can share all the game’s cat puns with another friend or loved one. The adorable game is a top-down action RPG game, which makes it like Diablo but with lots of furry animals and cute monsters instead.
Exit the Gungeon
Fans of Enter the Gungeon would be relieved that you’ll get the same experience from Exit the Gungeon. Exit the Gungeon retains the bullet-hell mechanics of the original Gungeon game, but with two key differences. Enter the Gungeon was a top-down bullet hell game, while Exit the Gungeon is a side-scrolling bullet hell. Still 2D, just different perspectives. Secondly, you’re now trying to leave the dungeon, not enter it. Exit the Gungeon gives you the thrill of closely dodging bullets while shooting down opponents at the same time.