The best alternatives to Apple Arcade

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

After you’ve gone through the Apple Arcade catalog, you might want to expand your gaming horizons. Here are some alternatives to Apple Arcade currently available for iPhone and iPad.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

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

Game Pass Ultimate

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

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

Like many subscription services, Microsoft routinely rotates new titles in and out. So before you subscribe, it’s worth going to the Xbox Games Pass page and seeing what’s currently available and what’s leaving the service in the near future.

Many games also require you to use a controller, so you’ll want to 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 around 30 games.

Credit: Netflix

Some of the games are ports of existing games, like “Into the Breach,” and some titles are now exclusive to Netflix games, like “Arcanium: Rise of Akhan” and “Asphalt Xtreme.”

There is a plus side – if you already subscribe to Netflix, Netflix Games is free.

Amazon Luna

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

Luna has several different levels you can choose from. If you’re into classic titles like “Pong”, “Street Fighter II” or “Castlevania”, Luna Retro is for you.

If you have younger players 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 a month and features titles like “Saints Row The Third Remastered,” “Yakuza Zero,” “Resident Evil Biohazard Gold Edition” and “Myst.”

There are also two “bonus” levels you can choose to subscribe to. Ubisoft+ gives players access to an expansive 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’s a $4.99 per month Jackbox Games tier that gives you access to Jackbox Party Pack collections.

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

Gaming club

Game Club launched in 2019 and its main selling point was to offer classic mobile games without in-game ads.

Like Apple Arcade, GameClub costs $4.99 a month and lets you play all you want. The game catalog contains over 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 significant updates since 2020, which has many people worried 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 be working as usual. However, the service doesn’t add games as often as it used to. The latest game was added in January 2022.


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