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Apple Arcade: 50 of our favorite games so far

Apple Arcade has more than 100 games to choose from. Is your favorite in our list?

Shelby Brown
Shelby Brown (she/her/hers) is an editor for CNET's services team. She covers tips and tricks for apps, operating systems and devices, as well as mobile gaming and Apple Arcade news. Shelby also oversees Tech Tips coverage. Before joining CNET, she covered app news for Download.com and served as a freelancer for Louisville.com.
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Apple Arcade is steadily adding more games to its service

Apple firmly staked its claim in the gaming world in Sept. 2019 with the arrival of its mobile game subscription service, called Apple Arcade. The service costs $4.99 (£4.99, AU$7.99) a month and lets you play more than 100 new and exclusive games across the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Apple TV. Content has started rolling out for Mac.

Here are the 50 best Apple Arcade games released so far. You can see all games listed here and more: Apple Arcade: The full list of games for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and iPod Touch (updated).

Read more: All the hardware you need to play Apple Arcade games  

2 of 51 UsTwo

Assemble with Care

Developer: UsTwo Games

Originally titled Repair, this aesthetically beautiful game lets you play as Maria, an antiques restorer. In addition to fixing physical objects, Maria finds ways to fix other problems around her. 

3 of 51 Bossa Studios

The Bradwell Conspiracy

Developers: Bossa Studios and A Brave Plan

The Bradwell Conspiracy is a narrative-driven first-person game where you have to uncover the truth behind the explosion that destroyed the Bradwell Electronics facility. At the start of the game, you wake up in the rubble with only a computerized voice in your "smart glasses" to guide you. The glasses guide eventually connects you to another person trapped inside the facility and you must find a way out.

4 of 51 Yak & Co.

Down in Bermuda

Developer: Yak & Co.

A pilot named Milton crashes on a seemingly deserted island in the Bermuda, where you must help him discover the island's secrets, solve puzzles and crack codes to find a way home. 

The Enchanted World
The Enchanted World
5 of 51 AI Interactive

The Enchanted World

Developer: Noodlecake

The Enchanted World is just one of the three games Noodlecake has brought to Apple Arcade. Players will help a young fairy piece together a magical world torn apart by dark forces. 

6 of 51 Jenny LeClue/Twitter

Jenny LeClue

Developers: Joe Russ and Ben Tillett

As a kid, I was obsessed with Harriet the Spy, so I love this game. Jenny LeClue is set in the seemingly-idyllic town of Arthurton, where you play as Jenny, a kid sleuth who is eager to prove her worth as a detective. When your mother is accused of murder, you set out to prove the truth. You quickly realize that nothing, and no one, is what it seems as you seek out answers. 

7 of 51 Versus Evil


Developers: Versus Evil and Gambrinous

In this single-player game, you use card games to defeat monsters that've been kidnapping students (think Yu-Gi-Oh from back in the day). The narrative displays like a comic book. The Cardpocalypse animation reminds me of a children's book I read back in the '90s. I also appreciate the representation of a character in a wheelchair. It's a coming-of-age puzzle game. 

8 of 51 Apple

Cat Quest II

Developer: Gentlebros Games

I can't promise that I didn't audibly gasp when this game was announced. As a cat owner for most of my life, I'm equal parts excited that there's a Cat Quest II and an original Cat Quest. This open-world action RPG lets you play as either a cat or a dog. Go on quests, defeat monsters and bring peace to your kingdom. 

9 of 51 Screenshot/ CNET

Get Out Kids

Developer: Frosty Pop

The Get Out Kids mixes mystery with nostalgia taking players back to 1984. Molly, Salim and Molly's dog Moses sneak out one night to catch a late showing of the Ghostblasters movie at the local drive-in. Along the way, they have to navigate creepy woods and sneak past the surly cemetery worker. When Moses goes missing suddenly and suspiciously, Molly and Salim begin an adventure unlike any they've ever had before to find out what happened to their canine friend. This narrative-driven game includes puzzles, hidden object searches and more. 

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Developer: Capybara Games  

Grindstone is a puzzle game in which you must defend Grindstone Mountain, which has been overrun with nefarious creatures called Creeps. As you solve 150 levels of puzzles, you can upgrade your weapon to battle bosses, find resources and forge gear.

11 of 51 Apple Arcade


Developer: Rogue Games

Navigate hexagonal puzzle mazes loaded with hammers, spikes, lasers and more in this colorful game. 

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Developers: Hidden Layer Games and Chucklefish Games

Inmost immediately drops players into a creepy world. Despite the pixelated art design and tiny characters, the game is gorgeous and immersive from the start. In the game, you can play as three different characters -- a knight fighting shadow beasts, a regular guy and a lonely young girl. As you progress in this hidden-object platformer, you'll find that the characters' stories are connected as they fight the forces of evil. 

13 of 51 Lego

Lego Builder's Journey

Developer: Light Brick

Lego Builder's Journey, formerly Lego Arthouse, gives Lego back to an older audience. The game uses a narrative style to explore how as people get older, they can lose a connection to the creativity they had as kids. The Lego Ambassador's Network describes it as "an expression of the value of creativity in a coming-of-age story, set amongst a micro Lego world."

14 of 51 Screenshot/Dinosaur Polo Club Twitter

Mini Motorways

Developer: Dinosaur Polo Club

Draw roads to build a network and build up a busy metropolis in Dinosaur Polo Club. Adapt and think ahead to keep traffic moving smoothly and meet demands.

15 of 51 Lucid Labs


Developers: Noodlecake and Lucid Labs

This colorful, minimalist, aesthetically-pleasing 3D puzzle game is all about perspective. Lucid Labs' site says players will look at objects from different angles until the objects appear to be in the right spot. The puzzles go alongside a calming soundtrack and a narrative of a struggling family, without any dialogue or text. 

16 of 51 PlayStation

Sayonara Wild Hearts

Developers: Annapurna Interactive and Simogo

Sayonara Wild Hearts, named Apple Arcade's Game of the Year for 2019, is an electric new take on the endless arcade runner. It centers on a woman who's had her heart broken. Every level gets more challenging as you face lasers, motorcycle battles and the woman's "other self" -- The Fool. It's all set to an amazing soundtrack. 

Sneaky Sasquatch
17 of 51 Apple

Sneaky Sasquatch

Developer: RAC7

In Sneaky Sasquatch, players are just that: a sneaky Sasquatch. Sneak into a campsite and fill your backpack with snacks. Sometimes the other animals, like a snoozing bear, might want some picnic leftovers, and is willing to pay for them. You can use the money at your friend the raccoon's shop. Just make sure you tip-toe so you don't get caught by the surly park ranger or scare any campers.

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Tangle Tower

Developer: SFB Games

In this clever, colorful game, Detective Grimoire and his sardonic partner Sally are on the hunt for a murderer in the mysterious Tangle Tower. The clues are pouring in long before you cross the threshold to find that the prime suspect is a painting. Investigate, explore, gather evidence, question suspects and solve puzzles to discover the truth. 

19 of 51 Lykke Studios


Developer: Lykke Studios

In this relaxing artistic game, you'll level up by mixing watercolors to match colored origami paper in your own garden studio. No rush, no timers and no one to beat. Each chapter brings something different -- sounds of rain, the warm glow of sun, the chirping of birds and more. There's also a mode for colorblind and vision impaired users.

20 of 51 William Chyr Studio

Manifold Garden

Developer: William Chyr

Manifold Garden lets players solve puzzles in a space where the laws of physics don't exist. Cultivate geometric gardens in infinity itself, venture into the expanse, look at things from a new perspective, and master the rules of the universe.  

21 of 51 Apple Arcade

Pinball Wizard

Developer: Frosty Pop

With Pinball Wizard, Frosty Pop paired a timeless game with a fun new story. You play as a young apprentice who must bring peace back to your homeland by restoring a lost treasure in a high tower. Along the way, you must defeat enemies and collect keys to find the next room. The game works like a pinball game, so the higher you go, the more health you lose if you fall out of the ring. 

22 of 51 Blowfish Studios

Projection: First Light

Developers: Blowfish Studios and Shadowplay Studios

Projection: First Light is a shadow puppet adventure where players control light to solve puzzles. In the game, Greta embarks on a journey of self-discovery with the help of her heroes. It also has educational aspects about the history and art of shadow puppetry. 

23 of 51 Apple Arcade


Developer: Amanita Design

Pilgrims is a chill game you don't have to worry about beating. Meet characters and help complete their stories along your travels. There are multiple story options, and the game is designed to be played more than once. 

Super Impossible Race
24 of 51 Rogue Games

Super Impossible Race

Developer: Rogue Games

In Super Impossible Road, you can race futuristic pods on a course in space. Customize your pod and play with others, and the track is new every time. Swerve, slide and cheat your way to the finish line.

25 of 51 Apple


Publisher: Skybox Labs

Stela is about a woman witnessing a mysterious, ancient world come to an end and learning to survive. Players will navigate treacherous terrain, outsmart dangerous beasts through puzzles, and explore haunted towns and creepy forests in this adventure. 

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Takeshi & Hiroshi

Publisher: Oink Games

Puppet animation meets RPG in Takeshi & Hiroshi. You play as Takeshi, an aspiring game designer who is building a game for his little brother Hiroshi. Hiroshi plays quickly, so Takeshi has to improvise, since the game is still in the making. As the game progresses, making sure Hiroshi enjoys the game but still finds it challenging becomes a challenge in itself. 

Where Cards Fall
Where Cards Fall
27 of 51 Snowman and The Game Band

Where Cards Fall

Developers: Snowman and The Game Board

Where Cards Fall describes itself as a "dreamlike journey through youthful uncertainty." The developers created the narrative-driven coming-of-age story using cards as a clever metaphor: what it's like to be a teenager. The cards, which players can build or collapse, were a huge inspiration to the game's creation. 

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What the Golf?

Developer: Triband

Triband's new parody game What the Golf? is designed for people who hate golf and made by people who don't know anything about it. The site says players will be able to "golf horses" and partake in "epic golf boss fights." It also promises not to make you a better golfer. It will, however, make you laugh.

Neo Cab
29 of 51 Chance Agency

Neo Cab

Developer: Chance Agency

Neo Cab is a survival game for the digital age embroiled in a mystery. You play as Lina, the last human taxi driver in a world overcome by automation. When you move to Los Ojos to reconnect with your best friend, Savy, things don't go as planned when she vanishes. With no other options, you must keep taking passengers to earn money and get information about Savy's disappearance. Just keep an eye on your Feelgrid bracelet to stay in tune with your emotions and ultimately remain human in this tech-noir game.

30 of 51 Screenshot/Devolver

Bleak Sword

Developers: Devolver and Luis Moreno Jimenez

Don't let the pixelated style fool you, this RPG is much more complicated and dark than it looks. It's highly entertaining modern take on the classic fighting games of years past. 

31 of 51 Apple Arcade

Dodo Peak

Developer: Moving Pieces Interactive 

In this upbeat game, you play as a dodo bird that has to save its eggs after they roll out of the nest. Get them home safely while collecting coins, avoiding obstacles like monkeys and snakes, and unlocking more dodos. The game offers challenges like getting all the eggs back safely in under 30 seconds and more. 

Read more: Apple Arcade hits 100 games with UFO on Tape: First Contact and more

32 of 51 Wildboy Studios

Atone: Heart of the Elder Tree

Developer: Wildboy Studios

If you're a fan of Norse mythology, check out this hand-drawn game to explore beautifully rendered worlds, take on enemies, discover secrets and make choices to reach one of the multiple endings

33 of 51 Screenshot/Denis Mikan Twitter


Developer: Kunabi Brother

Lifelike is meant to be a calming gaming experience, with gameplay that centers on mysterious amoebic creatures with swarming and flocking tendencies. Enjoy playful, relaxing, almost hypnotic interactions with the creatures in this aesthetically pleasing game.

34 of 51 Apple Arcade

Dear Reader

Developer: Local No. 12

This game turns classic literature like Pride and Prejudice into word puzzles. Unscramble anagrams, swap lines of text and more.

35 of 51 Apple

Butter Royale

Developer: Mighty Bear Games

Butter Royale is set in the near future, where weapons have been banned globally. To release tensions, citizens sign up for a game show called Butter Royale where they're air-dropped onto an island to duke it out with food. After upgrading from stale baguettes to Nutritionally Operated Machines, or NOMs, players engage in "culinary combat," and try to outrun floods of butter and get to safe zones in five-minute matches. Butter Royale has offline modes where you can play against a bot, or online multiplayer modes. Whether you're playing with up to 32 others solo or in squads, like in Fortnite, the goal is to be the last one standing.

36 of 51 Apple Arcade

Fledgling Heroes

Developer: Subtle Boom

Take to the skies as Biscuit the Brave, a young macaw, in this tropical platform game. Tapping makes the bird fly. Too much tapping sends it too high, not enough tapping drops it too low. You must maintain the right altitude to avoid enemies and obstacles and collect coins. As you explore more islands, you'll learn more tricks and meet different characters like Penny the Penguin, who wants to be a pirate. 

37 of 51 Cornfox & Bros

Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm

Developer: Cornfox & Bros.

Oceanhorn 2 is a prequel to Monster of the Uncharted Sea, according to the game's site. So, if you've played that one already, you might see some places you're familiar with but that've been revamped. Warlock Mesmeroth has returned with a Dark Army. Unite with the Owrus, Gillfolk, and others to save the world.

38 of 51 Gamespot

Frogger in Toy Town

Developer: Konami

In this game, you must rescue lost "froglets" from inside the human's house. You'll navigate a toy-filled terrain -- avoid getting squashed by little cars, climb block buildings, collect jelly beans and save the froglets. When you rescue a froglet, it hops on Frogger's back (which is just as cute as it sounds). If you liked the old-school Frogger, this might be a remaster you're interested in. 

39 of 51 Illusion Labs

Way of the Turtle

Developer: Illusion Labs

Way of the Turtle is a cute, colorful, single-player platform game. In the first level, you must find Ms. Turtle on your honeymoon. Navigate a beachy obstacle course, avoid traps and gather coins. As you continue, you'll earn shells that give you more abilities. 

40 of 51 Apple Arcade


Developer: Pomelo Games

In Outlanders, you play as the leader of a group building a small town. Every level has different challenges, townsfolk with different talents, ways to balance resources, and choices to make.

Operator 41
41 of 51 Apple Arcade

Operator 41

Developer: Shifty Eye Games

Stealth game fans might like this game. In Operator 41, you must reach a telephone to call headquarters. The catch? There are vigilant guards patrolling the grounds that you must distract, sneak by or knock out. Strategy is key.

42 of 51 Flightless

Doomsday Vault

Developer: Flightless

In this Wall-E style puzzle game, the Earth's climate has collapsed and you must rescue the remaining plant life. Explore what's left of the planet in your robot suit, collect plant life and return it safely to the Doomsday Vault.   

43 of 51 Klei

Hot Lava

Developer: Klei Entertainment

Ready to get nostalgic? Now you, or your kids, can play what was once called The Floor Is Lava without getting off the couch (so, I guess it still counts). The game supports up to eight players, and your whole family can run, jump, climb, surf and ultimately try to stay off the lava ground.

44 of 51 Apple/ Screenshot by Shelby Brown/ CNET


Developer: Borderleap

Borderleap's game aims for an aesthetic experience. Each pattern starts as a sketch and players use visual clues to solve the puzzle. As the pattern becomes more assembled, it'll start to come to life.

45 of 51 Screenshot by CNET

Shinsekai Into the Depths

Developer: Capcom

You play as a diver in this sidescrolling action game takes place underwater. The controls let you navigate your way through the sea's dark depths. Keep an eye on your oxygen levels and watch out for unfriendly creatures! CNET got an exclusive preview of the game in the video below:

46 of 51 Sunnyside Games/ Twitter

Towaga: Among Shadows

Developers: Noodlecake and Sunnyside Games

You play as Chimù, a light-wielder who protects the temple of Towaga against hordes of evil spirits in this exciting single-player action game. You'll fight enemies in the jungles and while soaring in the skies. Improve your chances by learning new spells and powers. 

47 of 51 Sonic Stadium

Sonic Racing

Developers: Sega and HardLight

Sonic is a classic. There's a good chance you know who the speedy little hedgehog is, even if you've never played the games. The game is fun and the controls aren't hard to pick up on. You'll race on teams with Sonic, Tails and Knuckles. As you level up, you can change your team to other characters like Shadow, Amy and others. Maneuver your car to grab as many rings as possible, avoid traps and win. 

48 of 51 Mutazione


Developer: Die Gute Fabrik

Mutazione is a "mutant soap opera" set in a hand-illustrated world seen through the eyes of 15-year-old Kai. Kai visits Mutazione to see her ailing grandfather. Customize your own garden, explore the island, attend BBQs, get to know your strange neighbors, but be ready for dramatic twists and turns, too. 

Stranded Sails
49 of 51 Apple Arcade

Stranded Sails

Developer: Shift Eye Games

In this game, you and your crew are shipwrecked on a mysterious island. Since the captain, your father, is injured, you assume the role of leader. Take care of the survivors by farming, building a new ship and searching the island for treasures. Go on new quests, solve the mystery of the island and watch out for dangers.

50 of 51 Apple

Rayman Mini

Developer: Ubisoft

Rayman is another classic like Pac-Man. The platformer doesn't use a timer and lets you try as many times as you need to progress. While you jump, bounce off of flowers and slide down streams of water. You gather lums (little firefly-type bugs), coins and other special prizes along the way. 

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Developer: RAC7 Games

Spek is a perspective puzzle game where you guide a dot through a minimalist world and collect fragments of the broken dimension. The game's unique style will challenge how you think.

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