Apple Arcade Australia review: Unbelievable value

A microtransaction-free mobile gaming haven.

Apple Arcade logo
Apple Arcade
4.8 out of 5 stars
4.75
Games
Over 240
Available on
iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV
Shareable
With up to six users
Georgia Dixon
Digital Content Editor
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July 21, 2022
3 min read

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Quick verdict: Apple Arcade

Whether you’re a hardcore or casual mobile gamer, Apple Arcade represents pretty unbeatable value at just $7.99 per month. For your money, you’ll get access to an expanding library of over 240 games, playable on your iPhone, iPad, MacBook and more. We’d like to see the collection grow a little faster, but regardless, we can’t think of many reasons not to subscribe.

pro
Pros
pro Great selection of games
pro No microtransations, ads, or one-off payments
pro Can be shared with up to six people
con
Cons
con Apple exclusive
con Can be tricky to navigate

Subscription games services are reasonably new, but thanks to the killer value offered by the popular Xbox Games Pass, the concept is gaining a lot more traction. So it’s only natural that Apple jumped on the bandwagon, launching Apple Arcade in September 2019.

But unlike most of their other products and services, Apple hasn’t been flogging its Arcade with quite the same gusto, so it’s possible that this is the first you’re hearing about it. So, before we get into whether or not it’s worth your money, let’s get a little background.

What is Apple Arcade?

Simply put, Apple Arcade is kind of like Netflix for mobile gaming. For a monthly fee, you get unlimited access to over 170 games which can be accessed from just about any Apple device. To check it out or sign up, simply go to the App Store and click on the Arcade tab at the bottom of your screen. From there, you can browse what games are available, and if you like what you see, you can sign up. Unlike free or freemium games, there are no microtransactions or ads, and you don't have the usual one-off payment that comes with paid games.

How much does Apple Arcade cost in Australia?

Like most subscription services, Apple Arcade comes with a month-long free trial, allowing you to try before you buy. After the trial period (providing you don’t cancel), you’ll be charged $7.99 each month you continue your subscription. Through Family Sharing, this single subscription can be shared with up to five other friends or family members, meaning it could work out as little as $1.33 per person, per month.

You’ll also get three months free when you buy an eligible Apple device, or bundle your Apple Arcade subscription with other services (like Apple Music, Apple TV+, iCloud Storage and more) with an Apple One subscription, which starts at $19.95 per month.

Apple Arcade Games Australia

It sounds good on paper, but the real value lies in Apple Arcade’s collection of games: it now has over 240 titles. 

We’re not going to list every single game available in Apple Arcade, but we’ll go through some of the most exciting titles on offer. If you're simply after the best, check out our top Apple Arcade picks here.

Arcade Originals

  • Star Trek: Legends
  • NBA 2K21 Arcade Edition
  • The Oregon Trail
  • Fantasian
  • Clap Hanz Golf
  • Wonderbox: The Adventure Maker
  • World of Demons

App Store Greats

  • Fruit Ninja Classic+
  • Monument Valley+
  • BADLAND+
  • Chameleon Run+
  • Blek+
  • The Room Two+
  • Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition+

Timeless Classics

  • Chess - Play & Learn+
  • Solitaire by MobilityWare
  • Flipflip Solitaire+
  • Backgammon+
  • Checkers Royal+
  • Good Sudoku+
  • Mahjong Titan+

Apple Arcade compatible devices

Apple is generally pretty good with device compatibility, and Apple Arcade is no different. Basically, all you need is a relatively recent Apple device running the latest operating system. Games are available on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, and even iPod Touch, which, if you can believe it, still exists.

Many games are also compatible with controllers (in fact, some Apple TV games even require one). All you need to look out for is a controller icon on the app page of the game you want to play. You can use your PlayStation DualShock 4 controller, Xbox Wireless, Elite Wireless or Adaptive controller, and more recently the PlayStation 5 DualSense and Xbox Series S/X Wireless Controller, as well as any other controller specifically made for iOS.

Is Apple Arcade worth it?

Without a doubt, Apple Arcade is worth every cent. The price is affordable, the games are great and cater to just about every kind of gamer, and the fact that a single subscription can be shared with up to five others, across multiple devices, is a literal game-changer. Apple Arcade was never something I felt was missing from the Apple experience, but now that I’ve tried it (and loved it), I don’t think I could go without it.

How does Apple Arcade compare?

Service
Trial
Monthly price
Online Play
Library size
Features
Platforms
$7.99
/mo
Yes200+
iOS games
Exclusive game library, online play, family sharing and weekly gamesiPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV
$15.95
/mo
Yes, includes Gold400+
Windows PC, X360, XBO and XSS and XSX
Monthly games, game library, cloud gaming, exclusive discounts and online playPC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X
$10.95
/mo
No400+
X360, XBO and XSS and XSX games
Monthly games, game library, cloud gaming, exclusive discounts and online playXbox One, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X
$10.95
/mo
No400+
Windows PC games
Monthly games, game library, cloud gaming, exclusive discounts and online playPC
PS Plus Essential
$11.95
/mo
Required20+
PS Plus Collection games (only on PS5)
Monthly games, exclusive discounts, game library, game trials, cloud storage and online playPlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
PS Plus ExtraPS Plus Extra
$18.95
/mo
Required400+
PS4 and PS5 games
Monthly games, exclusive discounts, game library, game trials, cloud storage and online playPlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
PS Plus DeluxePS Plus Deluxe
$21.95
/mo
Required800+
PS1, PS2, PSP, PS4 and PS5 games
Monthly games, exclusive discounts, game library, game trials, cloud storage and online playPlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
Nintendo Switch OnlineNintendo Switch Online
$5.95
/mo
Required for select titles100+
NES and SNES games
Online play, classics game library, cloud saves and exclusive member offersNintendo Switch
NSO Expansion PackNintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack
$59.95
/yr
Required for select titles150+
NES, SNES, N64 and SMD games
Online play, classics game library, cloud saves and exclusive member offersNintendo Switch
Google Play Pass LogoGoogle Play Pass
$7.99
/mo
Yes450+
Android games
Game library, app library, family sharing and yearly subscription optionsAndroid smartphones and tablets
Georgia Dixon
Written by
Georgia Dixon
Georgia Dixon has over seven years' experience writing about all things tech, entertainment and lifestyle, with bylines in TechLife magazine, 7NEWS and Stuff.co.nz. In her spare time, you'll find her playing games and daydreaming about good food, wine, and dogs.

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