Apple now has its own games subscription service as part of the App Store: Apple Arcade.

It offers more than 100 games to play across multiple platforms for one monthly fee, with the majority of them "new and exclusive". All in-app purchases and downloadable content expansions are included and the list of available titles is refreshed regularly.

Here then is everything you need to know about Apple Arcade.

What is Apple Arcade?

Apple Arcade is a subscription service where you get instant access to a large library of games to play across multiple devices for one monthly fee.

It is not a cloud gaming platform, such as Google Stadia or Microsoft's Project xCloud, but is more like Xbox Game Pass. The large suite of games on offer can be downloaded and played on an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV and Mac laptop or desktop computer.

They are available to play offline and will not be released on any other platform - such as Android. Initially, at least.

Is it available in my country?

Apple Arcade launched across 150 countries in September 2019, including the UK and US.

Basically, it is available everywhere there is access to the Apple App Store.

How much does it cost or is Apple Arcade free?

Apple Arcade costs £4.99/$4.99 per month all-in. New subscribers get a one-month free trial period first.

That's considerably lower than the price for Apple's News+ subscription service, for example. That costs £9.99/$9.99 per month for access to hundreds of magazines and newspapers, so it's great that more than 100 games will cost you half that.

Even better is that there is no in-app purchasing nor adverts inside Apple Arcade games.

Apple Arcade Family Sharing

As further icing on the cake, an entire family (of up to six members) can access as many games as they want as part of the same monthly subscription, through Apple's existing Family Share feature.

Apple Arcade supported devices

Apple Arcade is designed to work on more than just iOS devices.

As well as iPhone and iPad, you can play the available games on your television through an Apple TV set-top-box. They are also available to users of an iMac or MacBook. And, iPod touch owners needn't feel left out, as it will work on that portable device too.

MFi Bluetooth game controllers are supported by some of the games. And, since the arrival of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 (plus macOS Catalina and tvOS 13) Xbox One and PS4 DualShock 4 controllers are also now compatible.

What games are available on Apple Arcade?

Many of the games available on the service are "new and exclusive" to mobile platforms.

Apple works with a large array of top-notch development partners, including Sega, Konami, Lego, Bossa Studios and the Cartoon Network. Each will provide games on a regular basis.

The Arcade line-up is hand curated by Apple's team and have no adverts, ad tracking nor additional purchases. Apple is also contributing to the development costs, becoming a games publisher in its own light.

Apple Arcade games list (as of 11 October 2019):

  • Agent Intercept
  • Assemble With Care
  • Atone: Heart of the Elder Tree
  • BattleSky Brigade: Harpooner
  • Big Time Sports
  • Bleak Sword
  • Card of Darkness
  • Cardpocalypse
  • Cat Quest II
  • ChuChu Rocket! Universe
  • Cricket Through the Ages
  • Dead End Job
  • Dear Reader
  • Decoherence
  • Dodo Peak
  • Don't Bug Me!
  • Down in Bermuda
  • Dread Nautical
  • EarthNight
  • Exit the Gungeon
  • Explottens
  • Fledgling Heroes
  • Frogger in Toy Town
  • Grindstone
  • Hexaflip: The Action Puzzler
  • Hot Lava
  • HyperBrawl: Tournament
  • Inmost
  • Jenny LeClue - Detectivu
  • Kings League II
  • Lego Brawls
  • Lifeslide
  • Mind Symphony
  • Mini Motorways
  • Murder Mystery Machine
  • Mutazione
  • Neo Cab
  • Nightmare Farm
  • Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm
  • Operator 41
  • Outlanders
  • Over the Alps
  • Overland
  • Painty Mob
  • Patterned
  • Pilgrims
  • Possessions
  • Projection: First Light
  • Punch Planet
  • Rayman Mini
  • Red Reign
  • Redout: Space Assault
  • Shayonara Wild Hearts
  • Shantae and the Seven Sirens
  • Shinsekai: Into the Depths
  • ShockRods
  • Skate City
  • Sneaky Sasquatch
  • Sonic Racing
  • Spaceland
  • Speed Demons
  • Spek
  • Spelldrifter
  • Spidersaurs
  • Stela
  • Stellar Commanders
  • Stranded Sails
  • Super Impossible Road
  • Tangle Tower
  • The Bradwell Conspiracy
  • The Enchanted World
  • The Get Out Kids
  • The Pinball Wizard
  • Tint
  • Towaga: Among Shadows
  • Various Daylife
  • Way of the Turtle
  • What the Golf?
  • Where Cards Fall
  • Word Laces