Welcome back to another installment of NowGaming on Apple TV. If you remember the glory days of arcade games, you might miss those classic titles that inspired an entire industry of home entertainment options. With your fourth-generation Apple TV, you can relive those days gone by with some amazing arcade-style games, but save money by not needing the quarters.
Hop, chicken, hop
Hailing back to the famous game Frogger, Crossy Road is an excellent choice for arcade action. It takes the classic to a whole new level, providing you with plenty of options for how you play the game.
Tap and swipe to hop through traffic, across logs, and past trains. It gets mighty challenging, as the traffic moves faster and the obstacles become more difficult to avoid or hop onto.
Head To Head Multiplayer
Play Crossy Road with a friend as you both try to make it as far as possible. One player uses the Apple TV remote, and the other uses an iOS device with the Crossy Road app.
Tons of Characters
Each run in Crossy Road helps you earn coins to unlock a wide variety of characters to play as. You can also purchase characters with in-app purchases, and get bonus surprises just for playing the game.
Classic brick breaking action
If breaking bricks is more your style, Breakfinity is an excellent homage to the classic original. This fresh take looks and plays great, and even offers power-ups to help you defeat the more difficult levels.
Classic Brick Breaker Action
Slide the paddle back and forth to knock the ball up into the bricks in classic form.
Infinite Number Of Levels
You can move from level to level without clearing every brick on screen. Just hit the ball to an opening to rise up to the next level.
Random bricks drop power-ups when you destroy them. The power-ups include slow down time, enlarge paddle, and activate lasers.
Munch dots and then eat ghosts, but avoid the Glitch
Next up is the classic arcade game of munching Pac-dots, running from ghosts, and then getting a power pellet to turn the tables on those pesky poltergeists. That’s right, Pac-Man is on Apple TV, with a glitchy twist and an endless maze.
Play Pac-Man Endlessly
The classic game of Pac-Man transformed into an endless arcade challenge. The maze stretches upwards endlessly, and you need to outrun the glitch that is eating the maze below you.
Munch Tons Of Ghosts
The mazes aren't fixed, and neither are the number of ghosts. There are many more to avoid, and they keep coming. That also means there are more ghosts to munch on when you activate a power pellet.
Get A 256 Dot Combo
Pac-Man 256 gets its name from the ability to eat 256 dots consecutively without backtracking, or reaching a gap. If you do, the board is cleared temporarily, and you get a score boost.
A mashup of two space-oriented arcade classics
If you were a fan of games like Space Invaders and Galaga, you’ll love this next title for your Apple TV. Chillaxian takes the best of both classics, mixes in some fantastic action and sound effects along with cool retro graphics, leaving you with a game that’s a real blast to play on the big screen.
Classic Arcade Action
The classic arcade space shooters like Space Invaders and Galaga are inspiration for Chillaxian. The aliens you have to destroy share abilities and appearances from Galaga, but the movement of your spaceship is more like Space Invaders.
Shoot For Upgrades
Shoot down enemy ships that are carrying upgrades in Galaxian style. You can get a boost to acceleration, fire power, and more.
There are boss battles every five waves with all kinds of unique challenges awaiting you.
Fast-paced space shoot 'em up
Phoenix HD is a gorgeous game, with fast and frenzied shooting action. You’ll need every ounce of your quick fire reflexes to make your way to and through the epic boss battles, so get those fingers tapping.
Enter Bullet Hell
The classic arcade shoot 'em up bullet hell style, now on Apple TV. Unleash tons of fire power, and dodge a lot of incoming attacks.
There are a ton of power-ups in Phoenix HD. That includes turning the tables with the epic Alpha Strike.
Battle Big Enemies
Enemy ships come in all shapes and sizes. The bigger they are...
Finally, here are a few new releases to hit the set-top box. These may not be arcade classics, but they do present you with some great new options to choose from for filling your need for fantastic gaming on the Apple TV. These first two are exclusive to the Apple TV, so search for them by name on the tvOS App Store.
- Golf Pro Free 2016 for some awesome action on the links, with gorgeous graphics and challenging holes.
- Dragon Swoop is a cute flying game where you take to the skies as a cute little dragon, dodging obstacles and collecting coins in a different take on the endless runner genre.
Now here are three universal games, so you can either search for them by name on the tvOS App Store, or click the links from your iOS device to add them to your list of purchased titles.