Top Apple Arcade games to play while self-isolating in the UAE

From exciting platformers and strategy to game that will make you relax

 Top Apple Arcade games to play while self-isolating in the UAE

Not all of us have a home console sitting in our living rooms just waiting to be played, that who says you need one to be a gamer?

Last year, Apple launched a game subscription service in the UAE with more than 100 games for users to be absorbed in.

That’s quite a few games to choose from, but instead of scrolling through them all, we’ve picked out the best the Arcade has to offer in different categories, from sports to relaxing games.

In fact, there’s no better time to check it out, as first-timers can get a 30-day free trial. Otherwise, it’s Dhs19.99 per month.

If you’re after more games to play on Nintendo Switch, check out some of the best of them right here. Want to get a little workout in while playing? We’ve got you covered here.


Ultimate Rivals: The Rink

Imagine a Hockey superstar teaming up with a NFL quarterback? Well, you could imagine or just play this. It’s the supreme crossover event, as athletes from every discipline compete in fast-paced futuristic hockey. Deke, check, take blistering slap shots, and trigger moves that’ll lay your opponents out flat.

Skate City

Always dreamed of skating but afraid of bruising your elbows (or your ego)? Check out Skate City. Cruise down sidewalks in cities around the globe—including Los Angeles, Oslo, and Barcelona—while grinding and kickflipping your way to glory.

Sociable Soccer

Easy to learn but packs surprising depth, Sociable Soccer will while away the hours. Guide your players around the pitch, executing pinpoint passes and setting up thundering strikes. Once you’ve mastered the basics, collect player cards and take your dream team online

Ballistic Baseball

Ballistic Baseball distils America’s favourite pastime to its essence: pitch, hit, and have fun. Take the mound and make batters whiff on searing fastballs and disorienting change-ups, or step into the box and belt balls past infielders.

HyperBrawl Tournament

The futuristic HyperBrawl Tournament drops you into fierce cosmic competitions. Thrash opponents with fists and feet to seize the ball, then sprint to the goal to score. Fast-paced and frantic, it’ll put your skills to the test.


Rayman Mini

The pint-size heroes of the side-scrolling auto-runner Rayman Mini have been shrunk to the size of bugs! Slide down branches, bounce off spiderwebs, and try to scoop up all 100 golden Lums in each larger-than-life level.

Hot Lava

Remember playing the floor is lava as a kid? Well, you’ll be screaming it again in the hilarious Hot Lava. Surrounded by magma, you’ve got to leap off coffee tables and swing from light fixtures to avoid a fiery demise. It’s parkour-perfect fun, and the game’s Saturday-morning-cartoon vibe

Jumper Jon

In the fresh-faced platform adventure Jumper Jon, the action comes in short bursts. Thirty seconds, to be exact. Gather up coins and special abilities (like a spin jump that squashes slimy foes) to explore new areas. Be quick!

Exit the Gungeon

Exit the Gungeon arms you with all sorts of wild weapons to aid you in this, from laser rifles to bubble-blowing frogs. Ascend through randomly generated mini-arenas and take white-knuckle elevator rides to inch closer to the surface. It won’t be easy…but it will be fun.


A moody side-scrolling adventure about a woman who must navigate an apocalyptic landscape filled with creepy creatures and curious puzzles. Is this an alien planet? An ancient civilisation? Only one way to find out.



What does it take to raise a village? In Outlanders, keeping everyone fed, sheltered, and happy requires resources—and as town leader, you get the final say. Should you build a farm to bolster the food supply, or a rollicking bar to keep townsfolk in good spirits?

Mini Motorways

Always wanted to experience being an urban planner. This minimal puzzler-meets-city-simulation has you building streets to improve the flow of traffic. It starts off simply enough, but in time your sprawling metropolis’s tangled roadways may look like spilled spaghetti.


In Overland, you’ll confront giant insects in turn-based tactical battles. Sound daunting? Even tougher are the choices you must make along the way. Will you risk getting out of the car to siphon gas from a disabled vehicle? Help a stranded survivor? The more people (and dogs) you recruit to your party, the better.

Red Reign

It’s man against beast-man in this fast-paced, real-time strategy duel. Pump out warriors, archers, wizards, and more, then send them marching toward your foe’s fortress. Watch out, though—they’re planning their own attack.


Slip on a suit of space armour and step into the sci-fi battlegrounds of Spaceland. Every move matters in these tense turn-based fights against monstrous foes. When to strike? When to activate special skills like kicks and counterattacks? That’s up to you, Commander.



Play with perspective to guide a dot along the edge of an unseen world and collect mysterious fragments of a broken dimension. Navigate through colourful environments full of challenging puzzles, dangerous inhabitants, and innovative mechanics that will make you think in new ways.

Dear Reader

Curl up and play your favourite books, turning classic literature into clever word puzzles. Unscramble passages from famous books, unlock unique puzzles, and add new books to your library.

Lifelike: Chapter One

Lifelike is an award-winning and mesmerising particle symphony. Expect a sense of wonder and lose yourself in a world filled with beautiful, enigmatic, and sometimes strange flocking species and creatures.

LEGO Builder’s Journey

It’s LEGO, so you’re the master builder. Step through levels brick by brick with puzzles that ask us to sometimes follow the instructions… and sometimes to be creative and break the rules. Intriguing.

Where Cards Fall

Where Cards Fall is a slice of life story where you build houses of cards to bring formative memories to life. Create pathways through dreamlike spatial puzzles to navigate the insecurities and emotions of high school and beyond.

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