Apple Arcade FAQ: ‘Amazing Bomberman’ is now available

Gaming subscription services are all the rage now, but Apple Arcade isn’t quite like Google Stadia or Xbox Game Pass. So if you’ve got questions about it, we’ve got plenty of answers. Updated 08/05/22: Amazing Bomberman is now available. What is Apple Arcade? Apple Arcade is a gaming subscription service for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and AppleTV that features more than 150 games. The games are a mix of genres and styles, and include original games you’ll only find on the service and others that can be found on the regular App Store or even other platforms. Apple Arcade isn’t a streaming service like Google Stadia. Games must be downloaded onto your device in order to be played. What do I need to run it? Apple Arcade is available as part of iOS 13, iPad OS 13, tvOS 13, and macOS Catalina or later. Some of the more visually-intensive games may only run well on newer hardware, though, and some Mac games require macOS 11 (Big Sur). How much does Apple Arcade cost? Apple Arcade costs $4.99 per month, and you’ll also get a one-month free trial. You can also sign up for the annual plan, which is $49.99. If you’re currently on the $4.99 month-to-month plan and want to switch to the annual plan, you can do so on your iPhone or iPad. Open the App Store app, then tap your account icon in the upper right. Tap Subscriptions, then tap the entry for Apple Arcade. Here, you can switch to the annual plan. Apple Arcade is also included in the Apple One subscription bundles, which range from $10 a month to $30 a month. How do I sign up for Apple Arcade? There isn’t an Apple Arcade app—it’s built into the App Store. On your iPhone, iPad, or Mac open the App Store and look for the Apple Arcade tab at the bottom of the screen (or in the left column on macOS). A sign-up screen with a Try It Free button will appear. After the trial you’ll be charged either the monthly or annual fee, depending on your selection. When subscribing, you’ll need to enter your Apple ID password or use Touch ID or Face ID to sign in, and you’ll have to confirm your subscription purchase a few times. Once you’re done with the sign up, the Arcade section of the App Store shows what games are available to you. To access a game, tap on it in the App Store, then tap the Get button. When the game is done installing on your device, the Get button turns into a Play button, and you can tap it to launch the game. The game app icon will also appear on your device’s Home page. On the Apple TV, there actually is an Arcade app. Open that to see the sign-up offer. You’ll also find an Arcade tab within the App Store. Does my subscription include family sharing? Yes. One $4.99 per month subscription can be shared between up to six people (including you). How do I cancel Apple Arcade? First off, keep in mind that if you cancel Apple Arcade (either before your free trial is up or after subscribing), you won’t be able to keep playing the games unless you re-subscribe. If you’re okay with that, you can use the same process you use to cancel any other subscription service. Here’s the easiest way to do it on the iPhone and iPad: Open the App Store app and tap on your profile photo in the upper right. In the screen that pops up, press Subscriptions near the top of the page. You’ll then see a list of active subscriptions, and Apple Arcade should be listed there. Tap it. You’ll either see Cancel Free Trial or Cancel Subscription toward the middle of the page that appears. Tap whatever option is available, then Confirm Cancellation.And here’s how to cancel Apple Arcade on the Mac: Open the App Store app and then press the icon with your profile photo in the lower left. The Account window will appear, and you should then click View Information at the top of the window. Enter your password when/if prompted.When your Account Information appears, scroll down to the Manage section and click the Manage link to the right of Subscriptions. When the list of your active subscriptions appears, click Edit to the right of Apple Arcade. Toward the middle of the page that appears, you’ll see a button that says either Cancel Free Trial or Cancel Subscription. Click it, then click Confirm Cancellation and Confirm.How do I access Apple Arcade games? Apple Arcade is its own tab in the App Store. You can find games to download there, and grab anything you like without fear of being charged, seeing ads, or having to later buy in-app purchases. Once downloaded, Apple Arcade games are found just like any other app on your device. You’ll find this tab on the Mac, too. Does Apple curate the games on Apple Arcade? Yes. Apple says it is “handpicking the games in Apple Arcade” and that it curates them “based on originality, quality, creativity, fun, and their appeal to players of all ages.” Do Apple Arcade games have in-app purchases? No. In Apple’s words, “since every game includes access to the full experience, including all g

Apple Arcade FAQ: ‘Amazing Bomberman’ is now available

Gaming subscription services are all the rage now, but Apple Arcade isn’t quite like Google Stadia or Xbox Game Pass. So if you’ve got questions about it, we’ve got plenty of answers.

Updated 08/05/22: Amazing Bomberman is now available.

What is Apple Arcade?

Apple Arcade is a gaming subscription service for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and AppleTV that features more than 150 games. The games are a mix of genres and styles, and include original games you’ll only find on the service and others that can be found on the regular App Store or even other platforms. Apple Arcade isn’t a streaming service like Google Stadia. Games must be downloaded onto your device in order to be played.

What do I need to run it?

Apple Arcade is available as part of iOS 13, iPad OS 13, tvOS 13, and macOS Catalina or later. Some of the more visually-intensive games may only run well on newer hardware, though, and some Mac games require macOS 11 (Big Sur).

How much does Apple Arcade cost?

Apple Arcade costs $4.99 per month, and you’ll also get a one-month free trial. You can also sign up for the annual plan, which is $49.99.

If you’re currently on the $4.99 month-to-month plan and want to switch to the annual plan, you can do so on your iPhone or iPad. Open the App Store app, then tap your account icon in the upper right. Tap Subscriptions, then tap the entry for Apple Arcade. Here, you can switch to the annual plan. Apple Arcade is also included in the Apple One subscription bundles, which range from $10 a month to $30 a month.

How do I sign up for Apple Arcade?

There isn’t an Apple Arcade app—it’s built into the App Store. On your iPhone, iPad, or Mac open the App Store and look for the Apple Arcade tab at the bottom of the screen (or in the left column on macOS). A sign-up screen with a Try It Free button will appear. After the trial you’ll be charged either the monthly or annual fee, depending on your selection. When subscribing, you’ll need to enter your Apple ID password or use Touch ID or Face ID to sign in, and you’ll have to confirm your subscription purchase a few times.

Once you’re done with the sign up, the Arcade section of the App Store shows what games are available to you. To access a game, tap on it in the App Store, then tap the Get button. When the game is done installing on your device, the Get button turns into a Play button, and you can tap it to launch the game. The game app icon will also appear on your device’s Home page.

On the Apple TV, there actually is an Arcade app. Open that to see the sign-up offer. You’ll also find an Arcade tab within the App Store.

Does my subscription include family sharing?

Yes. One $4.99 per month subscription can be shared between up to six people (including you).

How do I cancel Apple Arcade?

First off, keep in mind that if you cancel Apple Arcade (either before your free trial is up or after subscribing), you won’t be able to keep playing the games unless you re-subscribe. If you’re okay with that, you can use the same process you use to cancel any other subscription service. Here’s the easiest way to do it on the iPhone and iPad:

  1. Open the App Store app and tap on your profile photo in the upper right.
  2. In the screen that pops up, press Subscriptions near the top of the page.
  3. You’ll then see a list of active subscriptions, and Apple Arcade should be listed there. Tap it.
  4. You’ll either see Cancel Free Trial or Cancel Subscription toward the middle of the page that appears. Tap whatever option is available, then Confirm Cancellation.

And here’s how to cancel Apple Arcade on the Mac:

  1. Open the App Store app and then press the icon with your profile photo in the lower left.
  2. The Account window will appear, and you should then click View Information at the top of the window. Enter your password when/if prompted.
  3. When your Account Information appears, scroll down to the Manage section and click the Manage link to the right of Subscriptions.
  4. When the list of your active subscriptions appears, click Edit to the right of Apple Arcade.
  5. Toward the middle of the page that appears, you’ll see a button that says either Cancel Free Trial or Cancel Subscription. Click it, then click Confirm Cancellation and Confirm.

How do I access Apple Arcade games?

Apple Arcade is its own tab in the App Store. You can find games to download there, and grab anything you like without fear of being charged, seeing ads, or having to later buy in-app purchases.

Once downloaded, Apple Arcade games are found just like any other app on your device.

You’ll find this tab on the Mac, too.

Does Apple curate the games on Apple Arcade?

Yes. Apple says it is “handpicking the games in Apple Arcade” and that it curates them “based on originality, quality, creativity, fun, and their appeal to players of all ages.”

Do Apple Arcade games have in-app purchases?

No. In Apple’s words, “since every game includes access to the full experience, including all game features, content, and future updates, no additional purchases will be required.” Even games that have in-app purchases on the App Store won’t have any in Apple Arcade.

Do Apple Arcade games have ads?

Also no. On a related note, Apple says Apple Arcade has no ad tracking.

Is Apple Arcade a game streaming service like Google’s Stadia or Xbox Game Streaming?

No. All Apple Arcade are downloaded.

Are Apple Arcade games available on other systems?

Apple Arcade games were originally exclusive to Apple Arcade—not in the regular App Store nor on any other mobile platform. Some would appear on PC or consoles, but never in a subscription service.

Apple has since relaxed that policy somewhat, and you can find games in Apple Arcade that also exist in the regular App Store or on Android. They are usually denoted by a “+” at the end, to differentiate the Apple Arcade version (free to download with your subscription, and free from ads or in-app purchases) from the App Store version. For example Mini Metro (App Store) vs. Mini Metro+ (Apple Arcade).

Will I still be able to buy games on the App Store without an Apple Arcade subscription?

Yes. There’s no sign that the existing games model will be going away, as it works fine for freemium games like Idle Heroes or Toon Blast. Apple is focusing on “handpicked” games for Apple Arcade, so there’s little doubt that the library will be much smaller than the thousands of games available in the App Store.

Are there demos for Apple Arcade games?

No, and they’re not really necessary. Like App Store apps, games download quickly and can easily be removed if you don’t want to keep it anymore.

Apple partly envisions Apple Arcade as a way of letting players try out games with more freedom than the App Store currently allows (which is basically none). In Apple’s words, “rather than pay upfront for each game, a subscription to Apple Arcade will give players the opportunity to try any game in the service without risk.”

The service has a free trial, though, as we’ve seen with both Apple Music and Apple News+.

Am I able to keep playing Apple Arcade games if I cancel my subscription?

No. As with most subscription services, you only have access while you’re a subscriber.

Can I use controllers with Apple Arcade games?

Yes. In additional to traditional MFi (Made for iOS) controllers, you can pair some specific Bluetooth controllers for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with either your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV. Since many Apple Arcade games are playable on Mac and Apple TV (where controller support is more common), many games will support them. Some games, especially those that are also available in the broader App Store and only for iPhone or iPad, have no controller support.

Recently Apple relaxed the requirements for MFi controller certification, which may have grown out of the Apple Arcade negotiations.

How often are new games released?

Games are typically released on Fridays, but not every Friday. The release schedule is sporadic—some Fridays there are no new games released, some see one game released, some more than one. Sometimes there will be no new game release, but existing games will get a big update with new content and features.

On average, new games are released at a rate of about one every 2-3 weeks, though this may improve as Apple has loosened the rules around Apple Arcade exclusivity.

What games have been released so far?

There are over 150 games available for Apple Arcade, and the list grows all the time.

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Agent InterceptProdigy Design09/19/19
Air TwisterYS Net Inc.06/24/22
Alba: A Wildlife Adventureustwo12/11/20
All of YouAlike Studio11/06/20
Alto’s Odyssey: The Lost CityTeam Alto / Snowman07/16/21
Alto’s Adventure—RemasteredTeam Alto / Snowman03/25/22
Amazing BombermanKonami08/05/22
Angry Birds ReloadedRovio07/16/21
Asphalt 8: Airborne+Gameloft08/27/21
Assemble With Careustwo09/19/19
ATONE: Heart of the Elder TreeWildboy Studios09/19/19
Badland PartyHypeHype Oy05/06/22
Baldo: The Guardian OwlsNaps Team08/27/21
Ballistic BaseballGameloft10/18/19
BattleSky Brigade: HarpoonerBattleBrew Productions09/19/19
Beyond a Steel SkyRevolution Software06/26/20
Beyond BlueE-Line Media04/17/20
Big Time SportsFrosty Pop Games09/19/19
Bleak SwordDevolver Digital09/19/19
Bridge Constructor+Headup GmbH02/04/22
Butter RoyaleMighty Bear Games01/24/20
Card of DarknessPendleton Ward09/19/19
CardpocalypseVersus Evil09/19/19
Castlevania: Grimoire of SoulsKonami09/17/21
Cat Quest IIThe Gentlebros.09/19/19
Charrua SoccerBatovi Games02/07/20
ChuChu Rocket! UniverseSega09/19/19
Clap Hanz GolfClaphanz04/02/21
Construction Simulator 2+Astragon Entertainment04/15/22
Cooking Mama: Cuisine!Office Create Corp.06/17/22
Cozy GroveSpry Fox03/18/21
Crashlands+Butterscotch Shenanigans, Inc.01/14/21
Crayola Create and Play+Red Games Co.10/29/21
CreaksAmanita Design07/10/20
Cricket Through the AgesDevolver Digital09/19/19
Crossy Road+Hipster Whale10/08/21
Crossy Road CastleHipster Whale02/28/20
Cut the Rope RemasteredPaladin Studios04/02/21
Dandara: Trials of Fear+Raw Fury12/03/21
Dead End JobHeadup GmbH, Ant Workshop09/19/19
Dear ReaderLocal No. 1209/19/19
DecoherenceEfecto Estudios10/11/19
Detonation RacingElectric Square07/30/21
DiscoloredShifty Eye Games & Jason Godbey11/08/19
Disney Melee ManiaMighty Bear Games12/17/21
Dodo PeakMoving Pieces Interactive09/19/19
Don’t Bug Me!Frosty Pop Games09/19/19
Doodle God UniverseJoyBits07/16/21
Doomsday VaultFlightless01/03/20
Down in BermudaYak & Co09/19/19
Dread NauticalZen Studios09/19/19
EarthNightCleaversoft09/19/19
Exit the GungeonDevolver Digital09/19/19
ExplottensWRP Pvt.09/19/19
Fallen KnightFairPlay Studios10/25/19
FantasianMistwalker04/01/21
Farm It!Tummy Games03/26/21
Fledgling HeroesSubtle Boom09/19/19
Frenzic: OvertimeThe Iconfactory06/18/21
Frogger and the Rumbling RuinsKonami06/03/22
Frogger in Toy TownKonami09/19/19
Galaga Wars+Bandai Namco11/12/21
Game Dev Story+Kairosoft Co., Ltd06/18/21
Game of Thrones: Tale of CrowsDevolver Digital08/07/20
Gear.Club StradaleEden Games04/08/22
Gibbon: Beyond the TreesBroken Rules02/25/22
Goat Simulator+Coffee Stain Publishing05/13/22
GrindstoneCapybara Games09/19/19
GuildlingsSirvo Studios, Inc.11/08/19
Hearts: Card Game+MobilityWare01/07/22
HEROishSunblink07/22/22
Hexaflip: The Action PuzzlerRogue Games, Inc.09/19/19
Hidden Folks+Adriaan de Jongh01/28/22
HitchHikerVersus Evil03/26/21
HogwashBossa Studios10/25/19
Hot LavaKlei Entertainment09/19/19
HyperBrawl TournamentMilkey Tea Limited09/19/19
INKS.+State of Play Games06/25/21
INMOSTChucklefish Limited10/11/19
Jenny LeClueMografi09/19/19
Jetpack Joyride+Halfbrick Studios07/23/21
Jigsaw Puzzle by MobilityWare+MobilityWare06/10/22
Jumper JonOgre Pixel11/01/19
King’s League IIKurechi Sdn. Bhd.09/19/19
Kingdom Rush Frontiers TD+Ironhide Irl11/12/21
Kingdom Rush Vengeance TD+Ironhide Irl07/29/22
Kings of the CastleFrosty Pop01/17/20
Layton’s Mystery Journey+Level-5 Inc.09/03/21
Legend of the Skyfish 2Crescent Moon Games04/03/20
Legends of Kingdom RushIronhide Game Studio06/11/21
LEGO BrawlsThe Lego Group09/19/19
LEGO Builder’s JourneyThe Lego Group12/19/19
LEGO Star Wars BattlesTT Games09/24/21
LEGO Star Wars: CastawaysGameloft11/19/21
Leo’s Fortune+1337 & Senri LLC06/25/21
Lifelikekunabi brother10/25/19
LifeslideDreamteck09/19/19
Little OrpheusSumo Digital06/12/20
LumenLykkegaard International02/05/21
Manifold GardenWilliam Chyr Studio10/18/19
Marble It Up: Mayhem!Marble it up11/08/19
Marble KnightsWayForward09/18/20
MasterChef: Let’s Cook!Tilting Point09/03/21
Mind SymphonyRogue Games, Inc.10/11/19
Mini MotorwaysDinosaur Polo Club09/19/19
MonomalsPicomy11/01/19
Monster Hunter Stories+Capcom08/06/21
Monument Valley 2+ustwo games03/11/22
Moonshot – A Journey HomeNoodlecake04/22/22
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MutazioneDie Gute Fabrik09/19/19
My Bowling 3D+iWare Designs07/01/22
NBA 2K21 Arcade Edition2K Sports04/02/21
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Neo CabChance Agency09/19/19
NeversongSerenity Forge05/01/20
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Nickelodeon Extreme TennisViacom International01/21/22
Nightmare FarmHit-Point Co., Ltd.10/05/19
No Way HomeSMG Studio01/10/20
NUTSNoodlecake Studios01/22/21
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OutlandersPomelo Games09/19/19
Over the AlpsStave Studios09/19/19
OverlandFinji09/19/19
PAC-MAN Party RoyaleBANDAI NAMCO Entertainment10/18/19
Painty MobDevolver Digital09/19/19
PatternedBorderLeap09/19/19
PilgrimsAmanita Design10/05/19
Pocket Build+MoonBear LTD04/01/22
Populus RunFIFTYTWO01/29/21
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Prune+Joel McDonald04/29/22
Punch PlanetSector-K Games09/19/19
Rayman MiniUbisoft09/19/19
Red ReignNinja Kiwi Limited09/19/19
Redout: Space Assault34BigThings10/05/19
Reigns: BeyondDevolver Digital11/06/20
Rosie’s RealityRosieReality11/15/19
RoundguardWonderbelly Games03/13/20
Samorost 3+Amanita Design07/08/22
Samurai Jack: Battle Through TimeCartoon Network08/21/20
Sayonara Wild HeartsAnnapurna Interactive09/19/19
ScrappersQ-Games04/10/20
Secret Oops!Mixedbag01/31/20
Shadow Blade+Crescent Moon Games03/04/22
Shantae and the Seven SirensWayForward09/19/19
Shinsekai: Into the DepthsCapcom09/19/19
ShockRodsStainless Games10/11/19
Simon’s Cat – Story TimeTactile Games Limited04/02/21
Skate CitySnowman09/19/19
Slash QuestNoodlecake Studios10/01/20
Sneaky SasquatchRAC709/19/19
Sociable SoccerRogue Games, Inc.11/08/19
Solitaire StoriesRed Games Co.07/02/21
SongPop PartyGameloft04/02/21
Sonic Dash+Sega04/08/22
Sonic RacingSega09/19/19
South of the CircleState of Play10/30/20
Sp!ngSMG Studio03/05/21
SpacelandTortuga Games09/19/19
Spades: Card Game+MobilityWare01/07/22
Speed DemonsRadiangames09/19/19
SpekRAC7 Games09/19/19
SpelldrifterFree Range Games09/19/19
SpidersaursWayForward09/19/19
Spire BlastOrbital Knight sp.01/22/21
Splitter Critters+RAC7 Games12/10/21
Spongebob SquarePants: Patty PursuitNickelodeon05/28/20
SpyderSumo_Digital03/20/20
Star FetchedCrescent Moon Games11/01/19
Star Trek: LegendsTilting Point LLC04/02/21
StelaSkyBox Labs10/11/19
Stellar CommandersBlindflug Studios09/19/19
Steven Universe: Unleash the LightCartoon Network11/27/19
Stranded SailsShifty Eye Games09/19/19
Subway Surfers TagSybo Games07/15/22
Super Leap DayNitrome08/06/21
Super Impossible RoadRogue Games, Inc.09/19/19
Super Mega Mini PartyRed Games Co, LLC11/01/19
Super Stickman Golf 3+Noodlecake08/06/21
Survival ZEmber Entertainment02/19/21
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