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Apple Arcade: Ranked - Top 25 [Updated 12.21]

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 21st, 2021

In case you missed it, I am on a quest to rank every Apple Arcade game there is.

Over a year into the Apple Arcade experiment, I’m adjusting my approach to these rankings to make it a bit less cumbersome to update and read. For the most part, this means the number of updates on previously released games will decrease, and the text below each entry will be kept to a brief-yet-accurate justification for its positioning.

This has less to do with the pace of Apple Arcade releases and more to do with the fact that the general quality of games on the service simply isn’t what it should be. In the time that one release comes to the service, multiple high quality games hit the App Store that you don’t have to pay monthly upkeep for. Unless something drastic changes with the service, my opinion on it probably won’t change much. With the most recent update bringing older established titles to the service, Arcade is certainly the strongest it has ever been, but additional shakeups like this will need to keep happening to finally sell me on the service.

Anyway, on with the ranking updates:

Game ranking updates for 12/21:

Apple Arcade: Ranked - 126-150 [Updated 12.21]

Posted by Campbell Bird on September 16th, 2021

This is part 6 of our Apple Arcade rankings. Quick navigation to other parts:

1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75 | 76-100 | 101-125 | 126-150 | 151-175 | 176+


126. The Enchanted World

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Description:

Take control of a young fairy who must navigate a environments that have been disrupted by dark forces. You do this by rearranging the environment like a classic sliding block puzzle to create paths, restore waterways, and even attack enemies.

Rank Explanation:

This game is essentially a fancy version of a sliding block puzzle. There are some nuances to the mechanics that definitely change things up, but the core remains a pretty tired puzzle archetype. Although I really like the way The Enchanted World looks, I find it hard to muster too much enthusiasm for each new level I come across.

Apple Arcade: Ranked - 151-175 [Updated 12.21]

Posted by Campbell Bird on September 16th, 2021

This is part 7 of our Apple Arcade rankings. Quick navigation to other parts:

1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75 | 76-100 | 101-125 | 126-150 | 151-175 | 176+


151. Kings of the Castle

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Description:

Kings of the Castle is a super-colorful first-person platformer about collecting diamonds. Your goal is to parkour all over an environment, collecting these gems so you can pay a dragon to free a prince locked away in a castle.

Rank Explanation:

There’s a lot I like about Kings of the Castle’s style and sense of speed, but it just doesn’t feel like a great fit for Apple Arcade. First-person platforming is tough, especially if you’re doing it via a touch screen, and the game’s multiplayer mode is basically nonexistent unless you can round up some real life friends to play with you.

Apple Arcade: Ranked - 176+ [Updated 12.21]

Posted by Campbell Bird on September 16th, 2021

This is part 8 of our Apple Arcade rankings. Quick navigation to other parts:

1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75 | 76-100 | 101-125 | 126-150 | 151-175 | 176+


176. A Fold Apart

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Description:

A Fold Apart combines puzzles designed around a "paper folding" mechanic with a story that examines the anxiety and uncertainty of a relationship being put to the test. Each chapter begins with a texting conversation where you can choose from some pre-determined replies. This then transforms into a nightmarish puzzle landscape whenever one person texts something that strikes a nerve. In this part of the game you have to flip and fold your environment to get your character to collect stars in order to press forward.

Rank Explanation:

If I had to think of one word to describe A Fold Apart, it would be immature. The characters in the game have wild overreactions to each other’s messages in a way that feels juvenile. This descriptor also applies to A Fold Apart’s gameplay, which could have used some more time to fully develop. The controls are frustratingly imprecise and slow, and puzzles need a quick undo or restart button. None of A Fold Apart really feels like it fits together the right way.

Apple Arcade: Ranked - 26-50 [Updated 12.21]

Posted by Campbell Bird on September 16th, 2020

This is part 2 of our Apple Arcade rankings. Quick navigation to other parts:

1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75 | 76-100 | 101-125 | 126-150 | 151-175 | 176+


26. Kingdom Rush Frontiers+

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Description:

Ironhide Game Studio has brought one of their acclaimed tower-defense games to Apple Arcade with Kingdom Rush Frontiers+. Your goal is simple, protect a goal point by building towers stationed by archers, wizards, warriors, and more as waves of increasingly challenging and complicated enemies get thrown at you.

Rank Explanation:

The Kingdom Rush games are untouchably good tower defense games. I can't think of another franchise that even approaches the same level of quality and polish as these ones. That said, I think Frontiers is a relatively week pick from their lineup to throw onto Arcade. It's great, but it's no Vengeance, so basically on par with a lot of Apple Arcade decision-making.

Apple Arcade: Ranked - 51-75 [Updated 12.21]

Posted by Campbell Bird on September 16th, 2020

This is part 3 of our Apple Arcade rankings. Quick navigation to other parts:

1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75 | 76-100 | 101-125 | 126-150 | 151-175 | 176+


51. Cat Quest II

Description:

Cat Quest II is a bigger, bolder version of the fantastic Cat Quest. As the name might suggest, these games are fantasy role-playing games where you play as a cat. You wander what looks like an overworld map in most games, but this operates as the primary view for doing just about everything in the game, including combat. Cat Quest II ups the ante by offering co-op play (where player two is a dog!), a larger world, and more stuff to do, find, and discover.

Rank Explanation:

Cat Quest II is one of those sequels that is just more of the first game. This is by no means a bad thing. Cat Quest was super charming and fun, so I’m glad there’s now more of it to play. It does feel a little odd as a game somewhat designed around co-op, though. Also some of its systems are a little too easy to exploit, making the game a bit too easy.

Apple Arcade: Ranked - 76-100 [Updated 12.21]

Posted by Campbell Bird on September 16th, 2020

This is part 4 of our Apple Arcade rankings. Quick navigation to other parts:

1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75 | 76-100 | 101-125 | 126-150 | 151-175 | 176+


76. The Survivalists™

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Description:

Team17 takes their crafting/survival formula to the tropics with The Survivalists. Like Robinson Crusoe, you are stranded on an island and have to find a way to fend for yourself. Luckily, you can unlock blueprints for pretty complicated items and train monkeys to help take the tedium out of gathering or crafting particular items.

Rank Explanation:

The Survivalists is certainly better than the other island-themed crafting/survival game on the service, but it's still very much one of those games and operates pretty much exactly as you'd expect it to. It's competent, but far from special.

Apple Arcade: Ranked - 101-125 [Updated 12.21]

Posted by Campbell Bird on September 16th, 2020

This is part 5 of our Apple Arcade rankings. Quick navigation to other parts:

1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75 | 76-100 | 101-125 | 126-150 | 151-175 | 176+


101. World's End Club

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Description:

World's End Clubis a narrative adventure game about a club of young students who are off on a road trip when a series of mysterious and catastrophic things happen. From there, it's up to the club to use their own ingenuity and the power of friendship to uncover the mysteries of the new world they wake up in, which is done mostly via reading dialogue and some light puzzle platforming.

Rank Explanation:

The quick and dirty pitch for World's End Club might as well be "it's Danganronpa but also a platformer." The game even starts with a scenario that feels almost exactly like the happenings at Hope's Peak Academy, though to solve it you have to run and jump around a 2D environment to hit switches, run from threats, and catch up to your friends to progress the story. It starts with a bang, but peters out pretty quickly due to a lack of compelling character development.

The best deals on the App Store this week - September 6

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 6th, 2017



It's another week of deals and steals here at 148Apps. We're featuring a lot of apps in this week's roundup -- seven in total. We've got fast-paced space shooters, addictive arcade games, and some clever puzzle games just to name a few. Let's dig in, shall we?

You'll be Able to Make Your Own BADLAND Levels Soon

Posted by Rob Rich on August 26th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: GLORIOUSLY SIMPLE :: Read Review »

Have you been playing BADLAND so much that you've run out content? Well that won't be a problem for much longer because Frogmind is giving us a level editor in an upcoming (and free) update.

A New Badland Update Brings Daydream Levels to Co-Op

Posted by Ellis Spice on February 27th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: GLORIOUSLY SIMPLE :: Read Review »

The latest update for Frogmind's popular flying platformer Badland has arrived on the App Store. It brings in the ten levels from the game's Daydream level pack into co-op, lifting the total of co-op levels available up to 100. Furthermore, the game now boasts an additional 30 missions and four achievements.

Badland is available on the App Store now for $3.99.

Badland Daydream Level Pack Arrives to Celebrate 20 Million Downloads

Posted by Ellis Spice on December 19th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: GLORIOUSLY SIMPLE :: Read Review »

Badland developers Frogmind has announced that their popular side-scroller has reached the 20 million player mark worldwide, and their latest level pack 'Daydream' is coming out to celebrate.

Featuring ten new single-player levels, 30 missions, and five achievements, this new level pack also includes the journey of SNORF (one of the multiplayer characters) through the more bizarre sections of Badland. To celebrate the holiday season, the pack is also free for a limited time. Fans of Badland will also be happy to know that Frogmind has announced that they are working on 'multiple' titles in the series for release next year.

Badland is available from the App Store now, if you aren't one of the aforementioned 20 million players, for $3.99. The 'Daydream' pack is available for free for a unspecified 'limited' time.

BADLAND Update Brings Better Visuals to iPhone 6 Owners

Posted by Ellis Spice on September 22nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: GLORIOUSLY SIMPLE :: Read Review »

An update has arrived for Frogmind's BADLAND, bringing enhanced visuals for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users, which the developers claim bring "even more beauty and atmosphere" to the side-scrolling title. For those without one of the newest iPhones, you haven't been forgotten - fixes for bugs, including issues with replay sync, as well as support for the Czech language also coming in this update.

BADLAND is available to download from the App Store now for $3.99.

 

More Multiplayer Goodness Comes to BADLAND as it Goes on Sale

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 3rd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: GLORIOUSLY SIMPLE :: Read Review »

There's yet another update for the keenly supported side-scrolling adventure, BADLAND.

This latest update, number 18 for those who are counting, expands the game's co-op multiplayer with 40 new levels - ensuring you can play through the whole story with up to four players, all on the same device. The substantial update also brings with it 120 new missions and 6 new achievements.

To celebrate such great news, BADLAND is currently 50% off in a summer sale, bringing its price down to $1.99 for a limited time only.

Grab Editor's Choice winning BADLAND from the App Store now.

Badland's Latest Update Adds New Missions and a Co-Op Mode

Posted by Ellis Spice on May 14th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: GLORIOUSLY SIMPLE :: Read Review »

Update #15 has arrived for Badland, bringing with it a new co-operative mode and new missions.

The co-operative mode allows up to four players on the same device, either with touches or controllers, to play through 40 levels from the Day 1 campaign modified for co-op play. Alongside this, the game now contains 120 new missions, 7 new achievements, the ability to randomly select levels in multiplayer mode, and minor fixes for the "ACCELERATOR" and "CLONETRON" levels.

Badland is available now for $3.99.