Apple Arcade: how it works, price, launch date and games included


Just over 24 hours after launch, it’s time to take a short recap of Apple Arcade. The anticipated novelty of iOS 13 will in fact debut tomorrow on millions of Apple devices, and will bring with it a month of free trial and a rich catalog that according to affirmed, will be updated week by week.

What it is and how it works

Apple Arcade is Apple’s gaming platform, presented during the WWDC keynote, which will allow users to freely play hundreds of games even in offline mode.

Already labeled by many as the “Netflix of video games”, Apple Arcade will allow access to the full versions of the titles present in the catalog: they will not be displayed nor the advertising, nor will there be in-app purchases.

The service will be integrated directly into the App Store, which with iOS 13 will be updated and will see the debut of a new “Arcade” button in the bar at the bottom.

Launch date and price

Apple Arcade will be available starting September 19th and will be launched concurrently with iOS 13.

The monthly price will be 4.99 euros, but Apple will offer the first month of free trial to all new users.

An interesting aspect to note is that the fee can be shared with the family, thanks to the “Family Sharing” function, at no extra charge.

Compatible devices

Apple arcade games will run on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac and will support “made for iPhone” and PlayStation 4 and Xbox controllers.
In fact, Apple has integrated joypad support in tvOS 13, iOS 13 and iPadOS 13.

Games available at launch

Below is a list of the games that will be available at launch:

  • Assemble With Care (usTwo)
  • Shantae and the Seven Sirens (WayForward Technologies)
  • Grindstone (Capybara Games)
  • WHAT THE GOLF? (The Label)
  • Card of Darkness (Zach Gage)
  • LEGO Brawls (LEGO)
  • Patterned (Borderleap)
  • Stellar Commanders (Blindflug Studios)
  • Where Cards Fall (Snowman)
  • Overland (Finji)
  • Exit the Gungeon (Devolver Digital)
  • Rayman Mini (Ubisoft)
  • Spaceland (Tortuga Team)
  • Agent Intercept (PikPok)
  • Punch Planet (Block Zero Games)
  • Sneaky Sasquatch (Rac7 Games)
  • Operator 41 (Shifty Eye Games)
  • Frogger in Toy Town (Konami)
  • Red Reign (Ninja Kiwi)
  • Various Daylife (Square Enix)
  • Mini Motorways (Dinosaur Polo Club)
  • Don’t Bug Me! (Frosty Pop)
  • Oceanhorn 2 (Cornfox & Bros)
  • King’s League II (Kurechii)
  • Dear Reader (Local No. 12)
  • Projection: First Light (Blowfish Studios)
  • ATONE: Heart of the Elder Tree (Wildboy Studios)
  • Big Time Sports (Frosty Pop)
  • Tangle Tower (SFB Games)
  • Dread Nautical (Zen Studios)
  • Mutation (Die Gute Fabrik)
  • Bleak Sword (Devolver Digital)
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts (Annapurna)
  • Dead End Job (Headup)
  • Cat Quest II (The Gentlebros)
  • Dodo Peak (Moving Pieces)
  • Cricket Through the Ages (Devolver Digital)
  • Speed ​​Demons (Radiangames)
  • Explottens (Werplay Priv.)
  • Spelldrifter (Free Range Games)
  • The Get Out Kids (Frosty Pop)
  • Spek. (Rac7 Games)
  • Way of the Turtle (Illusion Labs)
  • Lifeslide (Block Zero Games)
  • Neo Cab (Surprise Attack Games)
  • Skate City (Snowman)
  • Tint. (Lykke Studios)
  • The Enchanted World (Noodlecake Studios)
  • Over the Alps (Stave Studios)
  • Hot Lava (Klei Entertainment)
  • The Pinball Wizard (Frosty Pop)
  • Shinsekai Into the Depths (Capcom)
  • Word Laces (Minimega)

However, Apple has already specified that other games will be available over the next few months, but it has not released information on the catalog update frequency.