The Best Apple TV Games Of 2018

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.
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Happy Birthday To The Apple TV Gaming Blog

Happy Birthday to me,
Happy Birthday to me,
Happy Birthday ATVG,
Happy Birthday to me

Here we are again. Birthday number two.

Thanks so much to everyone who has stopped by over the last 12 months and read a story or two. Much appreciated.

Also thanks to the readers who send emails and reach out via social media with kind words of appreciation for the site. It makes it all worthwhile.

I’m currently putting together the Best of 2018 and Game of the Year posts, along with whatever else crops up, so watch out for those in the next couple weeks.

Happy gaming.

Christmas Is Coming Early To Shadowgun Legends

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Update: The 0.7.5 Christmas update is out now. Enjoy.

Original Story: Is there a better way to get into the Christmas spirit than to gather in cyberspace with complete strangers and shoot each other? Probably.

Maybe we’ll take the edge off it and call it projectile tag. Or snowball fights with bullets instead of snowballs.

Peace and love notwithstanding, sci-fi shooter Shadowgun Legends is getting in early with a huge Christmas update.

How early?

This Monday.
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From The ATVG Bunker: The Decemberist

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While December is 31 days long, it always feels like the shortest month of the year. There’s a lot going on.

Not just the obvious hurdle of Christmas, and of course those obligatory Christmas parties taking up valuable game-time, but also the urge to wrap up the year of gaming that was, and put a neat bow around it with a Best Apple TV Games Of 2018 post. It’s always slightly daunting, but rewarding once done. Wish me luck.

So before the fat man cometh, after which ATVG can kick back for a couple of weeks, play games and drink whiskitoes, there’s work to be done.

December also happens to be ATVG’s birthday month, with December 8th being its second. More good times.

But wait, what’s a whiskito?

I’m glad you asked.
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Impressions: Teslagrad On Apple TV

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I’ve been here before:

The constant rain, the shingled roofs, the cloaked strangers chasing me relentlessly through the dark, forcing me to find desperate sanctuary in Tesla Tower.

Once again a tourist in Teslagrad, transported to steampunk Europe this time courtesy of Apple TV instead of PS4.

Arriving in the tower once again, dry and with time to think, it’s here that Teslagrad really begins.
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Review: Barbearian – Other Things Bears Do In The Woods

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So this bear walks into a bar…

No, not really. Sorry, it was there, I had to use it.

Kimmo Lahtinen knows his way around a twin-stick shooter – 13 years at studio Housemarque is ample evidence of that. Resogun was the first game to grace my PS4’s hard drive, not long after Sony’s shiny new box went on sale in 2013. Five years later, it’s still on my hard drive; it’s the perfect pick-up-and-play game to accompany a Summer beer and I can’t bring myself to delete it.

The Apocalypse Edition of Dead Nation is another great example of Housemarque at the top of its game, while Outland took the studio’s twin-stick know-how and applied it in fascinating ways to the 2D platform genre.

Since Lahtinen struck out on his own under the guise of Gimblll, he has released Drift’n’Drive, and Trigonarium (another twin-shooter also available for Apple TV), but as he himself admits on his site, Barbearian is easily his most ambitious solo project.

After posting some very positive early impressions, I’ve since spent a lot more quality time in the bear suit, and I can easily say that Barbearian is up there as one of the most enjoyable titles I’ve played this year, on any platform.
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