From PlayStation Plus to the Xbox Game Pass, it seems like the PC and console community has it good when it comes to video games. For us in Southeast Asia, it looked like the choice of games on mobile is limited – or so I thought. Apple’s gaming subscription service, Apple Arcade, offers more than just your typical mobile games. From simple mobile puzzles to popular RPGs on consoles, this service seems to have it all!
The service is very simple: users pay a monthly fee and gain access to over a hundred games in the subscription (the collection keeps growing). You’re able to share your subscriptions with up to five family members (or friends), which makes it a very affordable subscription (if you have friends, that is).
Apple Arcade Prices in Southeast Asia (per month):
- Malaysia: RM19.90
- Indonesia: IDR 155,000
- Philippines: ₱249
- Singapore: SGD$6.98
- Thailand: ฿99
- Vietnam: 119,000đ
With or without internet access, you’re able to access your games and you’re able to pick up where you left off on other devices whenever you want. In addition, games on the Apple Arcade are compatible with PlayStation DualShock 4 and MFi game controllers.
What’s really cool about this subscription is that you’re able to access not just mobile games but also popular titles on consoles and PC. Among them is The Pathless, What The Golf?, Sayonara Wild Hearts and more.
With that out of the way, here are some titles to look out for on Apple Arcade.
Sayonara Wild Hearts
This popular title by Simogo and Annapurna Interactive brings a new kind of video game into the fray. Dubbed as a “pop album video game”, the game tells a story of a broken-hearted girl in an interesting way through music.
Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful games I’ve played, I was so surprised to hear that the game is on Apple Arcade. Also available on the PlayStation 5, this game plays like a dream on Apple devices.
I absolutely love just zooming through the scenic areas of the game while shooting arrows to move faster and faster. While it is nice to play the game with just the joystick, I recommend connecting a controller to your phone when playing the game for a smoother experience.
What The Golf?
It’s funny how a small indie game I first saw at Indie Cade in Santa Monica University back in 2018 became such a huge hit. The game is basically a wacky version of mini-golf and best played with many friends.
Originally released on Steam, it is such a delight knowing that you can now play wacky mini-golf with friends anywhere (or in this pandemic, online).
Bringing back lazy Friday afternoons with friends on the PlayStation 2, Lego Brawlers is a game where you can party with your friends to build and control machines to win. The objective is to control the point to win.
How it plays reminds me a little of Super Smash Bros Ultimate but in a less crazy, competitive environment. The game is an Apple Arcade exclusive, so it’s definitely fun if you have a bunch of friends on Apple Arcade to play with as well.
In today’s economic climate, I’m sure some can relate to this game. Mosaic is a game about breaking out of being a cog in the capitalist system. The game is dark with heavy hints of realism as well as isolation.
While it is possible to play the game with just the on-screen joystick, I heavily recommend that you play the game with a Bluetooth controller as the controls can be a little janky on mobile.
Not all games on Apple Arcade are exclusive to the platform. Certain games like King’s League can also be found on the Google Play Store. So is it worth it to get an iPhone just to have access to the Apple Arcade? Well, personally for me, if you’re a huge fan of story-driven indie games on the go, perhaps it is.
For those of you who own an Apple device, there’s a one-month free trial if you’re not sure what to expect from the service.