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5 Best Games on Apple Arcade (June 2022)

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Apple Arcade has opened its doors to some pretty great exclusives over the years, giving way to a siege of iOS gamers and aspiring mobile developers. And although it’s still technically considered to be in its infancy, the subscription platform has already boarded quite an admirable number of titles and interactive experiences. This, of course, will only blossom into an even mightier marvel as the weeks transition into months, and the months skyrocket into years.

As we shovel through to July and engage with the summer fruits that arch over the horizon, we can begin to gloss over what’s already come and gone. But as for this moment, we’ll cast our eye on June and the jewels it has brought to life. Specifically, the five games that have dominated the Apple Arcade market over the last four weeks.

5. Hot Lava

Hot Lava [Official Launch Trailer]

Hot Lava reconnects you with your inner child as you recreate a number of games that revolve around lava. Like the rules from your childhood, players must bounce and launch around a number of environments while avoiding the piping hot floor. Basically, the floor is lava, and it’s your job to navigate your way through it without burning to a a crisp, either alone or with a friend.

The best thing about Hot Lava is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s an addictive multiplayer platformer that extracts a wide array of childhood favorites from your oldest memories and bundles them into a neat collection of short but bittersweet mini-games. So, if you want to feel like a kid again and launch yourself off of gym equipment, then be sure to check out this Apple Arcade hit.

 

4. Skate City

Skate City | Launch Trailer

It pains us to admit that skateboarding games really aren’t what they used to be these days, and having less of them for each passing year is pretty much like adding salt to the wound. Besides Skatebird, a diabolical mascot that couldn’t string so much as a pop shuv-it together, we’ve had very little to look forward to. But let’s talk about Skate City, one of the genre’s last standing candidates.

Skate City is very much a hybrid of Trials Evolution, and Skater XL, in the way that players navigate a series of 2.5D parks and utilize their tools to master a number of obstacles and combos. That’s it, in a nutshell, and it’s as elementary as it gets. And yet, we ourselves have found it incredibly satisfying. Although not on par with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, it does swing pretty close, as well as hoist the colors for a dying breed of extreme sports video games.

 

3. Warped Kart Racers

Warped Kart Racers - Coming Soon to Apple Arcade!

Warped Kart Racers is a new and exciting take on the beloved karting genre, one that sees familiar characters from hit shows like Family Guy, American Dad, and King of the Hill, all battle it out for the podium in a fast-paced tournament-based extravaganza. Think Mario Kart, and perhaps Nickelodeon Kart Racers, and you’ve got yourself the basic outline for the Apple Arcade exclusive.

Of course, as with any wacky kart racing game, the objective is to dominate the circuit while throwing down with its inhabitants. By summoning tools, perks, and weapons, players can engage in all-out warfare on the track, using dumb luck and initiative to power through a nexus of instantly recognizable backdrops and landmarks. So, if you’re wanting to wedge Peter Griffin into a children’s kart and hurl him around a track, then be sure to spend a little time with this hilarious tribute.

 

2. Pocket Build

Pocket Build Trailer

Pocket Build is a simulation and city-building game that lets you play from either a first or third-person perspective. Similar to other games of its kind, players can erect jaw-droppingly beautiful utopias by gathering resources and researching innovative ways to amplify the city’s status. Think Minecraft, but with a few additional abilities that allow for you to paint bigger dreams on a much chunkier canvas.

Fortunately, Pocket Build doesn’t require any advanced software to enjoy its exclusive perks, as it’s a mobile game with an iOS user base at heart. So, whether you’re wanting to build a network of tropical islands, or recreate a corner of Ancient Rome, Pocket Build gives you all the necessary tools to make creative pipe dreams a living, breathing reality.

 

1. Hitchhiker – A Mystery Game

Hitchhiker - A Mystery Game Launch Trailer

Hitchhiker just goes to show that not every game needs a thick layer of action to draw an ear. Without the mindless bloodshed, the story-driven mobile chapter builds a compelling ambience that unravels at your own pace. The only real challenge you’ll find along the way, surprisingly, is having to engage in conversation and listen to a few tales. That’s Hitchhiker, in a nutshell, and it’s well worth catching a ride with if you have a few hours to spare.

As you hitchhike your way across the country, your only goal is to make an understanding of your past life. With little memory of the events that took place before the trek, you must interact with the barren highways in search of meaningful conversation. And then, of course, there are a few scattered puzzles, twists, turns, and a generous number of split pathways to follow. Basically, it’s one of Apple Arcade’s hidden gems, and it’s well worth checking out if you enjoy story-driven graphic adventures.

 

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Jord is Team Leader for gaming.net. As well as covering breaking news stories and blabbering on in his daily listicles, he also contributes to sites such as Vocal, Collider, as well as his anthology of self-published novels.