Ever since Apple Arcade first went live, I’ve debated on covering the games. Not that they aren’t good or anything. There’s some great games by some really cool developers on AA. I just know that the games on Apple Arcade are already getting a ton of press and probably don’t need the extra help. Plus, SNAPP Attack has always been about showcasing the under appreciated and overlooked. That being said, I still spend a portion of my time playing Apple Arcade games. So why not give you a heads-up on which games are good and which games are…..not so good?
Instead of doing full game reviews or even SNAPP Reviews, I’m just going to do a brief write up for each game. Most likely a couple sentences and a quick star rating. The beauty of Apple Arcade is that you can always just download the game for yourself. I’m just giving my HIGHLY respected and sexy opinion.
I was on the fence for awhile with Sonic Racing. The visuals are beautiful and I love that the game is played in portrait-mode with one hand. Unfortunately, it looks like it was originally going to be a F2P game and was thrown on Apple Arcade at the last minute. So, there’s tons of grinding, random loot drops, and “wisp” collecting. Unless you’re a huge Sonic fan, you may want to skip over this one.
I absolutely love Skate City. I’ve been waiting for this to release since the original Skate Lines game. The visuals are beautiful and tricks are super easy to pull off. You can also upgrade your character and buy new tricks. With only 3 areas, I found myself wanting more after a couple of days of playing. Regardless, this is one of my favorite skateboarding games on the App Store now. Definitely worth checking out.
What the Golf? Seriously, I can’t say enough good things about this game. I expected a goofy-ish golf game when I first fired it up, but the team at Triband outdid themselves. Every hole is like opening a birthday present. You have no clue what it’s going to be, but you know it’s going to be good. Even if you don’t like golf, this game is a must-play.
I know that I’m going to catch a lot of heat for this one. I played all the way through Sayonara Wild Hearts and……it was fine. The visuals are cool, the music is good, and the story is well written. It honestly isn’t a bad game. It just went right through me though. I did feel like I was fighting with the controls throughout the entire game. They worked good enough to get me through it, but they weren’t comfortable. Like I said, Sayonara Wild Hearts isn’t a “bad” game. It just didn’t seem to live up to the hype that everyone was giving it.
I was really looking forward to Hot Lava when I first saw it on Apple Arcade. The trailer and screenshots make it look so damn cool. Unfortunately, I just didn’t have much fun with it. Now, in my defense, I played on iPhone. I’m guessing that the game is a lot better on AppleTV with a controller. I didn’t like the gyroscope controls at all, so I tried the touch controls. They were definitely better, but I just couldn’t get the hang of it. With the game being in first-person, it’s tough to parkour and maneuver around when your thumbs are covering a big portion of the screen.
I love me some Speed Demons. It’s fast, frantic, and absolutely beautiful to look at. RadianGames did an excellent job with keeping things fresh. The tracks are all randomly generated, while each event changes from things like Chase, Pursuit, Escape, and more. There’s also a bunch of cars that can be unlocked and upgraded. Speed Demons was the first game that I downloaded on Apple Arcade and it’s still on my device today.
Congrats to all the developers and their teams that released a game on Apple Arcade!