Apple Arcade's Upcoming Game Lineup is Pretty Impressive

By Mike Fahey on at

Apple’s Arcade service launches on September 19, granting subscribers access to more than 100 games for $4.99 a month (UK pricing TBA). The lineup of new and exclusive games coming to the service includes new Rayman, Pac-Man, Shantae, Steven Universe, and ChuChu Rocket games, as well as a new Square Enix RPG from the creators of Bravely Default.

A curated collection of quality games, free of obnoxious microtransactions and playable without an internet collection across Apple’s family of devices could generate a whole lot of goodwill towards mobile gaming. The service also launches for Apple TV on September 30 and MacOS Catalina in October, giving those platforms a lot more to play with as well.

Apple’s official press release for the service outlines a line-up of games rolling out to the service in the coming weeks that make the monthly fee mighty attractive. Games like ChuChu Rocket Universe from Sega, Pac-Man Party Royale from Bandai Namco, and Ubisoft’s Rayman Mini offer new spins on classic properties. Overland from Finji and Blowfish’s Projection: First Light lend indie cred. And it’s hard to not be a little excited by Various Daylife, Square Enix’s new role-playing game, even if it does feature first-person turn-based combat.

Check out the list below from shots for some of the upcoming games. Would you pay around a fiver a month to play these?

Ballistic Baseball — Gameloft’s baseball game features online battles between pitchers and batters. We need more baseball games.

ChuChu Rocket! UniverseSega’s classic puzzle game returns with more than 100 levels.My fingers itch just looking at it.

Exit the Gungeon — From Devolver comes what I am guessing is the opposite of Enter the Gungeon.

OverlandFrom Finji, Overland is a post-apocalyptic road trip game. That’s all the description I need.

Pac-Man Party RoyaleIn the U.S. this game is known as Pac-Man Party Quarter Pounder with cheese.

Projection: First Light Blowfish’s new game stars Greta, a girl living in a “mythological shadow puppet world.”That’s almost as good as “post-apocalyptic road trip.”

Rayman Mini — It’s Rayman running some more, as Rayman does, only this time he is small.

Shantae and the Seven Sirens From Wayforward comes the latest game in the Shantae saga, my favourite series of action platformers. I might like this one a lot.

Sneaky Sasquatch — RAC7's adventure game about a sasquatch sneaking about, trying to remain mythological while having a good time.

Steven Universe: Unleash the Light The third game in Cartoon Network’s turn-based role-playing game series. Generally good stuff.

Super Impossible Road — You thought the previous Impossible Road was impossible? Well, fuck you.

The Bradwell ConspiracyIt’s a humorous conspiracy adventure from Bossa. Not a post-apocalyptic road trip.

Various Daylife From the makers of Bravely Default (yay!) and Octopath Traveler (boo!) comes this thing. Players explore a new continent, now and then becoming portraits on the lower left of the screen and issuing battle commands.