The best Apple Arcade games can be difficult to find, as there are so many to choose from. The platform is Apple’s subscription gaming service that is only over a year old, but stronger than ever. With over 40 new games released on Apple Arcade in 2020, the gaming service for iOS and Mac devices continues to easily justify the Rs. 99 monthly subscription fee, and it’s even included in the Rs. 195 monthly subscription to Apple One, which also includes Apple Music, Apple TV + and 50 GB of iCloud storage. For a mobile gaming enthusiast, an iOS device with an Apple Arcade subscription is an absolute must, as Apple continues to add high-quality premium titles to the list month after month.
However, that huge list can sometimes be confusing or even intimidating, if you are trying to find the best options among the dozens of games now available on the platform. We have played many of the games released on Apple Arcade this year and here is our list of the best Apple Arcade games for 2020, in no particular order.
Coming from a game developer known for the quality of their artwork, Creaks launches you into a secret giant mansion accessible through the walls of the anonymous protagonist’s bedroom. Once you descend the first ladder, you will be thrown into a world of strange furniture-based monsters, friendly birds, and an eerie soundtrack. Although it is a platform game, Creaks allows you to solve puzzles and trick monsters as you cross each stage and descend to the mansion.
Although the puzzles start out simple and the starting monsters are easy to fool, the game becomes increasingly difficult to solve, but never dauntingly difficult. While not the most in-depth or technically advanced game on Apple Arcade this year, Creaks is definitely the most addictive and engaging you can find on the platform.
Beyond the blue
Quite easily, the most graphically advanced game in Apple Arcade this year, Beyond Blue places you on a photorealistic underwater reef as an environmental diver, tasked with uncovering the secrets of a particular reef and documenting the various forms of marine life that they live there. Although the main plot is quite simple, the individual missions are interesting and educational, as you can see all kinds of whales and fish up close.
This is a big game in terms of size and updates, and it had a bit of bugs when we first played it earlier this year. However, the familiar character, educational aspects, and sheer beauty of the game itself make Beyond Blue one of our favorite games on Apple Arcade this year.
The simple nature of mobile games means that the storytelling often falls short, but Little Orpheus rejects this trend entirely to tell perhaps the most entertaining story we’ve seen in an Apple Arcade game yet. This Soviet-themed game puts you in charge of an explorer who claims to have traveled to the center of the earth and discovered all its hidden secrets, but there is always a seed of unspoken doubt as to what is really going on.
The main game is simple platforms, as you overcome obstacles, run through time trials and explore incredible levels on the theme of a cold war era TV show. It’s a bit too simple at times and it never gets too challenging, but play this game just for the gripping storyline.
With lighthearted illustrations that fall somewhere between comic books and children’s cartoons, Spyder puts you in charge of a clever robotic spider tasked with completing missions for a spy agency. As we mentioned in our review, Spyder is like a ’60s Bond movie starring Wall-E, and we love it for that exact reason.
Although the controls were a bit fiddly, the graphics and gameplay more than made up for it, with a nice mix of puzzle solving and physics-based exploration. Although there are not too many levels, Spyder keeps you hooked through each stage, which takes 20-30 minutes to complete.
Beyond a sky of steel
Beyond a Steel Sky, a 26-year-in-development sequel, is a continuation of the 1994 point-and-click adventure game Beneath a Steel Sky. Naturally, it comes with better visuals and gameplay, and the story picks up 10 years after the events of the first game. The world still involves a lot of point, click and dialogue, but the style and depth of the game make this an impressive title for the Apple Arcade platform.
The game seemed to drag things down at times, with too many dialogue options that tend to last longer than they should. However, the post-apocalyptic cyberpunk story makes this a fun game to play for an hour or two at a time. The great detail and depth of Beyond a Steel Sky is what earns it a spot on our list of the best Apple Arcade games in 2020.
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