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Apple Arcade review: Let the games begin

The new, subscription-based, gaming platform has over 100 titles already.

, TOI Contributor|
Sep 22, 2019, 02.10 AM IST
Apple has also made Arcade compatible with Screen Time and added parental controls
Apple has also made Arcade compatible with Screen Time and added parental controls.
While Apple¡¦s latest mobile operating system iOS 13 brings major new features and enhancements to iPhones, what users may find more exciting is Apple Arcade ¡X a new gaming platform. Many see Arcade as a response to Google's Stadia gaming platform. But let us keep that debate for another day. For now, Apple appears to be attracting a lot of buzz with the Arcade subscription model, which kicks in after a month of free trial. As a part of it, users don¡¦t need to spend extra for purchases within games.

At Rs 99 per month, users get unlimited access to games with zero ads and the ability to share the plan with up to five more members. Apple has over 100 titles already in Arcade and any of the six members can play them across iPhones, iPad and Apple TV. Some popular titles featured are The Speed of Sound, The Pathless, Where Cards Fall, LEGO Brawls, Hot Lava and Beyond A Steel Sky.

So how does one get started with Arcade? All you need to do is update to iOS 13 and open the App Store. In the menu bar below is the "Arcade" tab from where you can download games and get going. You may find some big names and quality first-person shooter games missing. But as Apple promised during the Worldwide Developers Conference this year, Arcade will add games in the coming months. You can, meanwhile, continue playing games from different genres like arcade, adventure, role-playing and puzzles.

Apple has also made Arcade compatible with Screen Time and added parental controls. Parents can set a time limit on the apps downloaded from Arcade, after which these will not be accessible to children. Have fun.

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