Apple Arcade: The Complete Guide

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Apple in September 2019 launched a new subscription gaming service, Apple Arcade, allowing App Store users to pay one monthly fee to get access to dozens of games that have no in-app purchases or additional costs. This guide features everything you need to know about Apple Arcade.

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What is Apple Arcade?

Apple Arcade is Apple's premium subscription gaming service that lets users download and play included games for one monthly fee with no added costs.

What's Apple Arcade cost?

At its September media event, Apple announced that Apple Arcade is priced at $4.99 per month with a one-month free trial available to test it out. Apple also has a one-year subscription option available for $49.99 per year, a savings of $9.89 over the monthly price.

Is Family Sharing included?

Yes. A single $4.99 Apple Arcade subscription lets up to six family members access games. You just need to set up Family Sharing, which requires all family members to have the same credit card associated with their Apple IDs.

What games are included?

Apple teamed up with both indie developers and big-name gaming companies to create "new and exclusive" games for the Apple Arcade service. All the content that is released through Apple Arcade is freshly created for Apple Arcade, so it doesn't include existing iOS games.

Apple worked with Annapurna Interactive, Bossa Studios, Cartoon Network, Finji, Giant Squid, Klei Entertainment, Konami, LEGO, Mistwalker Corporation, SEGA, Snowman, ustwo games and a bunch of other developers for Apple Arcade games.

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At launch, there were over 50 games on Apple Arcade, but Apple has been steadily adding new titles on a regular basis, so there are now over a hundred games to play.

Where can I find Apple Arcade games?

Apple added an Apple Arcade tab to the ‌App Store‌ where you can find all of the games included in the Apple Arcade service. Apple's ‌App Store‌ editors highlights different titles, make suggestions for you, and help you find new games to play.

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Are there ads?

Nope. Apple Arcade is a play all you want subscription service with no additional in-app purchases or costs to unlock content. Since there are no ads, there's also no ad tracking, so user privacy is protected. All future upgrades and content additions are also included in the subscription price.

Will Apple Arcade games be able to be purchased separately?

No. Apple Arcade games are available in the iOS ‌App Store‌ only through Apple Arcade and cannot be purchased individually without an Apple Arcade subscription. Some of these games are also available on consoles, however.

Can Apple Arcade games be played offline?

Yep. Apple lets you download these games and play them even without an LTE or WiFi connection. Apple Arcade games are downloaded just like any other game in the ‌App Store‌, just through the Apple Arcade tab.

What devices can Apple Arcade games be played on?

Apple Arcade games will work on the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Macs. The games are supported by Made for ‌iPhone‌ game controllers along with PS4 and Xbox controllers. Apple built controller support into tvOS 13, iOS 13, and iPadOS 13.

Because multiple platforms are supported, you can start a game on one device and then swap over to another without losing your place. So if you want to play a title on Mac and then take it on the go on your ‌iPhone‌, you can do so.

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What countries is Apple Arcade available in?

Apple Arcade is available in more than 150 countries. Basically, any country with an ‌App Store‌ available has access to Apple Arcade titles.

When did Apple Arcade launch?

Apple Arcade officially launched on September 19 alongside iOS 13, but ahead of that date, the service became available for those running the iOS 13 and 13.1 betas.

Free Trial

Apple offers a free one month trial to test out Apple Arcade before paying for a subscription. It's worth noting that if the trial is canceled before the one month expiration date is up, it will end immediately on the date of cancelation. That means if you want to try it for the maximum amount of time without paying, you should wait until the end of the trial to cancel.

Hands-On With Apple Arcade

We tested out Apple Arcade, so if you want to get a little taste of what it's like before signing up, make sure to check out our video.

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