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Apple Arcade: Ranked - Top 25 [Updated 6.18]

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 18th, 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 6/18:

Bike Baron 2 review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 9th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MOTORCYCLE MISMATCH
Bike Baron 2 puts itself in the unenviable position of comparing itself to Trials, and doesn’t quite meet expectations.
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Letter Rooms review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 8th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ATYPICAL ANAGRAMS
Letter Rooms packs a lot of punch by limiting its length and offering up only the best of its anagram puzzles.
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The Longest Road on Earth review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 4th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MUSIC VIDEO (GAME)
This minimalistic adventure’s bold artistic choices would be more celebration-worthy if they came together in a more cohesive way.
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Overboard! review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 2nd, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SAILING IN CIRCLES
This murder mystery game can take you in a remarkable number of directions, but you might not have the patience to find all of them.
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Psycholonials review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 17th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: RIDICULOUS REALITY
Psycholonials is a visual novel that captures the sentiments of online discourse over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic in ways that are both confrontational and comforting.
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Knights of San Francisco review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 10th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: HEADS WILL SCROLL
Knights of San Francisco is a surprisingly stylish and sleek text-based role-playing adventure.
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Fallen of the Round review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 27th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: KILLER COMBO
Fallen of the Round’s combination of auto-chess and roguelike mechanics is a phenomenal proof-of-concept.
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Tender: Creature Comforts review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 26th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: RELATIONSHIPS TAKE TIME
Tender: Creature Comforts finds a way to make get you emotionally invested in exchanging fake texts on a dating planet.
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Day Repeat Day review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 21st, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: TOO CLOSE A MATCH
Day Repeat Day feels less like satire the more you play it.
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Cards! - MonkeyBox 2 review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 19th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SECOND COMING
This card-based adventure makes trial-and-error fun and snappy.
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Northgard review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 15th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: LONG HARSH WINTER
Northguard is satisfying enough to provide some enjoyment despite some harsh conditions imposed by the iOS version.
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A Game of Thrones: Board Game review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 14th, 2021
Our rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar :: FINALE VIBES
The digital version of the Game of Thrones board game is deeply flawed in more ways than one.
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League of Legends: Wild Rift review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 12th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: BETTER THAN PC
Wild Rift is the definitive mobile MOBA experience.
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Card Hog review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 26th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: THREES LITTLE PIGGIES
Card Hog is a solid card-based dungeon-crawler packed with variety.
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