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8 great Apple Arcade games for your new 2020 iPhone or iPad


#This time last year, #Apple #Arcade was still a fledgling service, but one with a lot of potential. #For $5 a month, you could get unlimited access to a big library of interesting games, the kind that no one really sells in the #App #Store anymore. #It’s still not a place to find the latest blockbusters, but #Arcade has steadily evolved into one of the best deals in gaming. #Its lineup of games is varied and consistently surprising, with everything from family-friendly multiplayer games to engrossing puzzlers to weird story-driven adventures.

#If you just picked up a new #Apple device and have signed up for #Arcade (a new device gets you three months free) the sheer number of games available can be overwhelming. #Here are a few great places to start.

#We’ve rounded up our favorite and most-used games, apps, and entertainment. #Check out our app picks for iPhones, #Android phones, #Windows PCs, and M1-equipped #Macs; our favorite mobile games from #Apple #Arcade and #Google #Play #Pass; and our top choices for gaming PCs, the PS5, #Xbox #One and #Series X / S, #Nintendo #Switch, and VR. #We’ve also listed our favorite streaming shows on #Disney #Plus, #Hulu, ESPN #Plus, and #Netflix; some great sci-fi books; and exciting new podcasts. (#Note: pricing was accurate at the time of publishing but may change.)

#Butter #Royale

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#Butter #Royale
#Image: #Mighty #Bear #Games

#With #Fortnite no longer a viable iOS experience, #Butter #Royale might just be your next best option. #Like #Epic’s massive hit, #Butter #Royale is a colorful shooter where the goal is to be the last player standing. #But there are a few key differences. #Battles play out from a top-down perspective, like a classic arcade game, and the game is decidedly nonviolent, with weapons that shoot ketchup and popcorn instead of bullets. #Perhaps the best part is that, because it’s part of #Arcade, there are no in-app purchases, so you don’t have to worry about dropping real cash on a cute giraffe costume for your character.

#Creaks

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Creaks

#Creaks
#Image: #Amanita #Design

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#Czech studio #Amanita #Design is known for dark, atmospheric point-and-click adventure games, but it’s also a developer that isn’t afraid to experiment. #Creaks keeps the unsettling vibe, but transposes it onto a sort of puzzle / platformer hybrid. #You explore a sprawling mansion, one that never seems to end, while finding ways to manipulate machines and monsters to help you get through to the end. #As with #Amanita’s past work, it takes place in an absolutely gorgeous hand-drawn world, but the action is a bit more cerebral this time around.

#Games of #Thrones: #Tale of #Crows

Games of Thrones: Tale of Crows

#Games of #Thrones: #Tale of #Crows
#Image: #Devolver #Digital

#Game of #Thrones: #Tale of #Crows is a game where you don’t actually do very much. #It fits snugly into the idle genre, where the idea is to set plans in motion and then see how they play out. #Here, you’re put in charge of the infamous #Night’s #Watch from #Game of #Thrones. #It’s sort of a management game. #People come to you with problems, you’ll have to send rangers out on scouting trips, and kingdoms from around #Westeros will ask for your help. #All of these things take time; you might have to wait a few hours before a group of rangers sends back a raven detailing their battle with some wildlings. #Tale of #Crows is a game full of death and danger, but it’s also surprisingly soothing. #And it fits neatly into your life: all you have to do is play a few minutes every so often to see the story unfold.

#Grindstone

#Grindstone was one of #Apple #Arcade’s best launch titles, a game that takes the addictive nature of match-three puzzle games and blends it with absolutely brutal fantasy action. #Imagine #Candy #Crush by way of #Frank #Frazetta. #Since then, #Grindstone has received a steady stream of updates that have only improved the experience, with plenty of more levels, weapons, and enemies to keep things interesting.

#Reigns: #Beyond

Reigns: Beyond

#Reigns: #Beyond
#Image: #Devolver #Digital

#Across its first few entries, the #Reigns series has been all about exploring stories in a fantasy realm. #It plays out sort of like an interactive version of #Tinder: as you push through the story, you’re constantly confronted with options, and you either swipe left or right to decide what to do. #Reigns: #Beyond takes this same formula and blasts it into space, while also adding a musical element. #You’re the captain of a sentient ship, guiding a crew through the cosmos while also booking gigs for your intergalactic rock band. #It’s silly and strange, and almost impossible to put down.

#Roundguard

roundguard

#Roundguard
#Image: #Wonderbelly #Games

The classic puzzle game #Peggle is one that feels timeless, and yet #Roundguard has managed to put a fascinating new spin on the formula. #Essentially, the game takes the peg-breaking action and melds it with a fantasy roleplaying game, where you’ll fight monsters and use spells, while still firing little balls to clear out the level. The two elements fit so well together it’s a wonder no one has tried this before.

#Skate #City

skate city

#Skate #City
#Image: #Snowman

#Skateboarding games were thrust back into the spotlight this year thanks to the remastered collection of #Tony #Hawk’s #Pro #Skater games. #But #Skate #City remains the best approximation of the sport on mobile. #It simplifies things, with a side-scrolling perspective and swipe-based controls, but it manages to capture the feeling of exploring a neighborhood in search of new ways to pull off tricks. #It has also grown since launch, with the addition of new cities like #Miami.

#World’s #End #Club

#Famed #Japanese writers #Kotaro #Uchikoshi and #Kazutaka #Kodaka are known for some incredibly dark games, including the #Zero #Escape and #Danganronpa series, and #World’s #End #Club on #Apple #Arcade fits into that mold very nicely. #At the outset of the game, a small group of students awakens in an underwater amusement park and they all have to fight — or work together — to find a key to escape. The twist is that they only have an hour, and only one person can actually get the key. #Imagine The #Hunger #Games as a psychological thriller, and you’re partway there.



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