The best alternatives to Apple Arcade

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Apple Arcade has a certain market segment it targets, but there are better options for other game types. These are the best streaming game services that you can play on your favorite Apple devices.

After you apple arcade catalog, you may want to expand your gaming horizon. Here are some alternatives to Apple Arcade currently available for iPhone and iPad.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is the Xbox game subscription service. It has over 100 games that you can play for $14.99 per month.

The main selling point is that Xbox Game Pass lets you play games that are usually downgraded to PC or console. This includes select games from franchises such as Assassin’s Creed, Banjo-Kazooie, Fallout, Gears of War and Halo.

In addition, the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate gives you access to EA Play, giving you access to a significant number of games in the EA catalog.

Like many other subscription services, Microsoft routinely rotates new titles in and out. So before subscribing, it’s worth heading over to the Xbox Games Pass page and seeing what’s currently available and what will be leaving the service in the near future.

Many games also require you to use a controller, so make sure you have one that works with your iPhone and iPad before subscribing.

Netflix games

Netflix Games is Netflix’s gaming service and has a small catalog of about 30 games.

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Some games are ports of existing games, such as ‘Into the Breach’, and some titles are now exclusive to Netflix games, such as ‘Arcanium: Rise of Akhan’ and ‘Asphalt Xtreme’.

There’s a plus side: if you’re already subscribed to Netflix, Netflix Games is free.

Amazon Luna

Amazon also has a game subscription service, Amazon Luna. Amazon Luna mainly focuses on porting games from other platforms and offers quite a few well-known titles.

Luna has several levels for you to choose from. If you like classic titles like ‘Pong’, ‘Street Fighter II’ or ‘Castlevania’, Retro Moon is for you.

If you have younger gamers in the house, Luna Family costs $5.99 per month and offers family-friendly games suitable for players of all ages.

Luna+ costs $9.99 per month and includes titles such as “Saints Row The Third Remastered,” “Yakuza Zero,” “Resident Evil Biohazard Gold Edition,” and “Myst.”

There are also two “bonus” tiers that you can subscribe to. Ubisoft+ gives players access to an extensive Ubisoft catalog, including select titles from the Far Cry, Assassins Creed and Rainbow Six franchises for $17.99 per month.

For those who like to party in person, there is a $4.99 per month Jackbox Games level that gives you access to Jackbox Party Pack collections.

If you’re not sure about Amazon Luna and want to try it out, Amazon offers a rotational selection of games you can try for free with your Amazon Prime subscription.

game club

game club launched in 2019, and its main selling point was offering classic mobile games with no in-game ads.

Like Apple Arcade, GameClub costs $4.99 per month and you can play whatever you want. The game catalog contains more than 80 games.

The games on offer span many genres, including roguelikes, strategy games, lane defense, puzzle and strategy games, and more.

There’s one thing to be aware of: the Game Club app hasn’t received any substantial updates since 2020, leaving many people concerned that it might be a dying service.

We were able to sign up for a free first month and download games, and everything seems to work like it used to. However, the service doesn’t add games as often as it used to. The most recent game was added in January 2022.


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