Top 10 New Apple TV Games 2021
Apple TV has gotten a considerable gaming boost in 2021, with the release of Apple Arcade and expanded controller support with Xbox One and PS4 controller support.
There are also more gamers playing on this system than ever before, so because of this, I want to share
Ten of my favorite games on the system.
These games are supported on Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD.
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Number 10, we have Table Top Racing: World Tour. There are not many kart racing games on Apple TV,
but Table Top Racing: World Tour makes up for this. It’s been brought to Apple TV by Playrise Digital. This new game has split-screen support for two players with two compatible controllers,eight-player online multiplayer, high offline modes,32 tracks, 16 miniature racing cars, and heaps of power-ups to collect and use. I’ve been told by Playrise Digital,
that their game runs at 60 frames per second and supports up to 4K resolution on Apple TV 4K,
so it goes without saying, it looks fantastic.
Table Top Racing: World Tour goes
for $4.99 on the App Store.
9. Cat Quest II
Number nine is Cat Quest II.
Here, we have my favorite couch co-op game for my Apple TV.
You and a friend can play using two compatible controllers.
If you haven’t played it yet, it’s a 2D open-world action RPG that shows a tale of cats and dogs.
The combat is intense and can be quite challenging at times, so it requires a significant amount of teamwork to get past boss battles.
If you don’t have a friend to play with, don’t worry, the other player will be controller by the AI, and you can switch between characters in realtime. Cat Quest II on Apple TV plays at a higher resolution, up to 4K on the Apple TV 4K, and a smooth frame rate of 60.
The world looks stunning, from lush green to brownie-yellow landscapes and flora. Cat Quest 2 is available to download
if you subscribe to Apple Arcade.
Number eight, we have Hovercraft: Getaway.
Here, we have a free-to-play vehicle combat game brought to you by High Score Hero. Players have to try and escape from the cops for as long as possible. The longer you survive, the more stars you’ll get, and the more coppers will come after you.
Players can build their hovercraft with different attachments, but you can unlock a range of different vehicles too.
The game has a realtime damage system, so when you take hits, it will affect your vehicle’s systems.
It’s utterly playable with either a game controller or with just the Siri Remote. With the Siri Remote, you can just tap left or right on the touch surface to move, and the same kind of applies to a controller. You use the left analog stick to move around.
Number seven is STAY
STAY is an interactive story that follows Quinn. He wakes up alone in a locked room with nothing but a computer connected to a chat room.
You are the person on the other end chatting with Quinn. You must help him try to escape, or you may lead him to his untimely death.
The game is mostly cantered around the chat room, so you’ll be doing a lot of reading and making choices.
So if that’s not what you’re into, do keep that in mind, guys. It can be quite slow.
But the atmosphere and music are dark, and the dialogue is well written. You can also play with either the Siri Remote or a controller in hand.
STAY: Are you there? Costs $4.99 on the App Store.
Number six, we have Snakebird Primer.
I know this game looks childish, but it’s a puzzle game that Noumenon Games have designed for everyone young and old to enjoy.
You control a snakebird at each level, and you can eat fruit to grow. Once you eat all the fruit, you can then attempt
to reach the rainbow, which finishes the level.
In later levels, you have to control and switch between different snakebirds to solve the puzzles.
It’s utterly playable with either the Siri Remote or a controller.
Look, it is a little expensive in my eyes, $7.99,
It does give you heaps of levels to unlock and play through, and solving the puzzles can be quite complicated.
This means you won’t finish the game too quickly.
Number five is The Bradwell Conspiracy.
If you’re looking for a first-person puzzle game, something similar to the Witness or Portal, I suppose, well, this game is a perfect fit for you.
At the start of the game, a big explosion happens, and you fall into a hidden underground complex. From here, you have to work together with a woman and solve puzzles to escape.
Your character lost the ability to speak in the explosion, so to talk with this woman, you’ll send photos, and she will reply, usually to provide clues.
There is also an excellent cast of actors here, and the graphics are fairly decent.
I’d say the game looks and plays best on the Apple TV 4K compared to an iPhone or iPad.
To download The Bradwell Conspiracy, you’ll need to subscribe to Apple Arcade.
Number four, we have Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap.
Recently, Apple awarded this game Apple TV Game of the Year.
Personally, it’s not my favorite Apple TV game of 2019, but it does still do some exciting things.
This is a reboot of the original ’80s game, Wonder Boy, developed by Lizardcube with assistance from the series’ creator.
It comes with new graphics and an original soundtrack. You can switch back to the old-style graphics and music in realtime.
It’s super cool.
What’s the game about?
It tells a story where the adventurer you pick at the start of the game, which is either a boy or a girl, is cursed into a half-human, half-lizard monster, and then, you go in the search for a cure.
There are lots of worlds to discover, different enemy types, and difficulty options to select.
This game for $7.99 on the App Store.
3. Rush Rally 3
Number three is Rush Rally 3.
Rush Rally 3 has the quality of a console rally experience, which could be compared to Dirt Rally, I suppose,
but obviously, with not as superior visual fidelity. It even plays at 60 frames and supports up to 4K resolution on Apple TV 4K.
Players can go into classic offline modes or engage in online or local Wi-Fi multiplayer. The game has recently been updated with realtime live events where, each week, you can go into races against other players.
Brownmonster Limited has even made the game playable with just the Siri Remote, and it utilizes the gyroscope to turn left or right. It’s playable like this, but for the best experience, definitely use a controller.
Rush Rally 3 goes for $3.99 on the App Store.
2. Oceanhorn 2
Number two, we have Oceanhorn 2.
This action-adventure game shows the high-end gaming potential offered by the Apple TV.
It was initially confirmed as coming to Apple TV way back in 2017.
Then in 2019, Cornfox & Brothers announced that it would be a part of Apple Arcade.
It’s a big game with 15 plus hours of gameplay, massive boss fights, side quests to go on, powers to unlock, puzzles to solve, and lots of people to meet.
It’s best played on the Apple TV 4K model because of the Apple A10X Fusion chip in that machine.
The Apple TV HD has an Apple A8 chip, which means Cornfox had to lower the resolution quite a bit for it to be playable, but yeah, probably the most high-end game available on Apple TV to date.
1. Dead Cells
Number one, we have Dead Cells.
So, this is my favorite Apple TV game of 2019. It’s just so freaking fantastic.
Playdigious have previously brought other games to Apple TV, such as Teslagrad and Evoland 2, so I hoped that they would port this roguevania game, Dead Cells, to Apple TV and well, here we are. It’s here.
I was also a little apprehensive about how it would perform, being a very fast-paced game, but it manages to keep a solid 60 frames throughout gameplay. It’s also so much better on the Apple TV compared to on a touchscreen, mainly because you have to use a controller to play.
I always found the touchscreen controls were a tad awkward, especially later on in boss fights.
Anyway, Dead Cells goes for $8.99 on the App Store, and trust me; you don’t want to skip this one.
And here is a bonus upcoming.
So Figment recently arrived on iPhone and iPad, with the Apple TV version to come shortly.
The game takes place in the human mind and is a representation of human imagination and dreams.
The story starts where recent experiences have let out nightmares or traumatic experiences in physical form.
Players can expect to see puzzle-adventure elements, musical boss fights with their songs, a hand-drawn surreal art style, and a lot of puns.
If you’re interested in the game, you can download it.
The first two chapters are free on the iOS and iPad’s App Store, too, so this is an excellent way to give Figment a try to see if you’ll enjoy it.