If you own an Apple TV and a compatible controller, you’ll want to check out the 22 games listed over on the next page.
No one buys an Apple TV for the sole purpose of playing video games, but if you’ve bought one for media streaming, then why not make full use of its functionality? Add a controller and it’s now a very capable games console with a solid library of quality games.
Combine 2018’s harvest with the Best Games of Year One (2015-16), and the Best Games of 2017, and you’ll start to see the potential of this quiet, undiscovered country of gaming. You may even start to ask why it hasn’t caught on.
But that’s a discussion for another time.
Apart from the recognisable genres of 2D platform, aerial/space combat, RPG, and FPS, this year I’ve combined a whole bunch of games into an arcade/puzzle/adventure category. It covers a lot of games that blur the lines between genres; games for which an argument could be made for falling into multiple categories. So I’ve solved the problem by creating this overall arcade/puzzle/adventure bucket. Please forgive me.
Aside from the winners of each category, as with previous years I’ve included a selection of other games released in 2018 that players should definitely check out from the genre. Some of the “Also Get” games could easily have taken out the genre themselves; in fact it was hard not to pick ties with some of the categories.
Following this post, not long after will come ATVG’s pick for 2018 Game of the Year. For those who’d like a clue, it won’t be an auto-runner, or a small puzzle game. It’ll be something worthy of a console. Something you’ll require a controller for.
But that’s enough about that.
Hit the continue button below to find out which games released in 2018 The Apple TV Gaming Blog thinks are worthy of your gaming time.
Best Arcade/Puzzle/Adventure Game of 2018
“Combining hack’n’slash, looting, twin-stick shooting, and a Matrix-like mystery to get to the bottom of, Gimblll’s Barbearian is a must-have title on the Apple TV platform.” – ATVG.
Peregrin (Digital Domino Limited)
Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade (Pixel Toys)
Bring You Home (Alike Studio)
Hyperforma (Nord Unit)
Suzy Cube (Northern Bytes Games)
Nimian Legends (Protopop)
To The Moon (Freebird Games)
Hovercraft: Battle Arena (High Score Hero)
PAKO Forever (Tree Man Game)
Absolute Drift (Funkselektor Labs Inc.)
Best 2D Platform (Action and/or Puzzle) Game of 2018
Teslagrad – Rain Games
“Studio Rain Games and publisher Playdigious have provided Apple TV gamers a welcome console experience with Teslagrad, achieving a fine balance between mental puzzling and action-platforming that is a joy to play.” – ATVG.
Ammo Pigs (Cascadia Games)
“Ammo Pigs: Armed & Delicious from Cascadia Games is a tasty slice of retro-gaming pie that will remind gamers how the sausage used to get made.” – ATVG.
Dandara (Long Hat House)
Runventure (Digital Melody Games)
Reader Rabbit (Dashalope Games)
Best 3D Aerial/Space Combat Game of 2018
Manticore: Galaxy On Fire – Deep Silver Fishlabs
Deep Silver Fishlabs have brought the full console version of Manticore: Galaxy on Fire to Apple TV. A rich, full space combat experience.
Sky Gamblers: Storm Chasers 2 (Atypical Games)
Best RPG of 2018
Evoland 2 – Shiro Games
“Evoland 2, developed by Shiro Games and published by Playdigious, is a shining example of respectful acknowledgement of the past, used to create something new and fresh. A must-buy for your Apple TV console library.” – ATVG.
Chrono Trigger (Square Enix)
Best FPS of 2018
Shadowgun Legends – Madfinger Games
“Shadowgun Legends from Madfinger Games is a big, blockbuster addition to the Apple TV gaming catalogue, and a must-have sci-fi MMO shooter for your Apple TV library. Boasting a huge single-player campaign, PvP, co-op modes, raids, guilds, and epic loot, well…let’s just say those aliens aren’t going to shoot themselves.” – ATVG.
Shadowgun Legends is also ATVG’s 2018 Game of the Year. Congratulations Madfinger Games.
Escape From Chernobyl (Atypical Games)