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Equip Your New Apple TV With These Must-Have Games

Equip Your New Apple TV With These Must-Have Games

So you got a new Apple TV? If you're even remotely interested in playing games on it, then here's a list of the very first games you should pick up. There's a lot of variety, but the one common denominator is great gaming experiences on the Apple TV.

Crossy Road

The Modern Day Frogger

Crossy Road
Dodge Traffic

For those who like the old school arcade with new twists and great design.

Crossy Road is like the old arcade classic Frogger, where you need to help your character get past whizzing cars, roaring trains, and raging rapids. You will hop your way from the bottom of the screen to the top, past a maze of traffic and nature fraught with danger. The Apple TV version features a multiplayer mode where you can smack and push your opponent into traffic.

Why we love it

Crossy Road has unique graphics, and fun background music. It's truly an endless arcade hopper, and it gets more challenging the more you play. You'll be entertained for hours, especially if you take advantage of the multiplayer mode for family fun.

For those who...

  • You like classic arcade games
  • You enjoy endless hoppers
  • You think it's fun to see a chicken smashed by a car

Not for those who...

  • You are sensitive to the death of small animals
  • You don't enjoy the classic arcade action
  • You don't want to get sucked into the addictive gameplay
Rayman Adventures

A charming adventure game

Rayman Adventures
Flow Through Hidden Areas

For those who like fast paced platformers with multiple level types.

Ubisoft’s latest release, Rayman Adventures, is currently only available on the Apple TV, and it fits the bill for what a game should be on the Apple TV. This title is completely different from the previous endless runner installments in the Rayman franchise. Rayman Adventures features a world in which you can explore every nook and cranny of the levels to find and rescue Teensies and locate the ancient eggs.

Why we love it

Rayman Adventures is an excellent casual play title, but with complex controls. While the game doesn't use the motion technology, it does make full use of the touchpad in the Siri Remote. The graphics are gorgeous, console-quality, and the action is fast and exhilarating.

For those who...

  • You're a casual gamer
  • You're a fan of the Rayman franchise
  • You enjoy a fast-paced adventure and exploration game

Not for those who...

  • You don't like Rayman
  • You aren't nimble with their fingers
  • You don't like exploring every nook and cranny of a level to complete it
SongPop Party - Music Quiz

Test your music knowledge against your friends

SongPop Party - Music Quiz
Guess The Song The Quickest

For those who like a wide variety of music, and want to put their knowledge to the test.

What better way is there to enjoy your Apple TV than with friends and family playing fun party game? SongPop Party – Music Quiz will get the joint jumping and the competition rolling as you play against each other guessing song titles and artists. Score highest to win and then level up to unlock other great tunes.

Why we love it

SongPop Party – Music Quiz is perfect for get-togethers with family and friends. Gather around the Apple TV and groove to the beats while guessing what they are and who sang them. For a fun party game, this upbeat competition will get your celebration, event, or gathering started right.

For those who...

  • You like to party
  • You enjoy party games

Not for those who...

  • You don't like to party
  • You enjoy dancing alone
PAC-MAN 256 - Endless Arcade Maze

Pac-Man with a Glitchy twist

PAC-MAN 256 - Endless Arcade Maze
Play Pac-Man Endlessly

For those who like Pac-Man, but want a fresh challenge.

Pac-Man 256 takes the classic arcade adventure to a new level. With the cool power-ups, you can outsmart the nasty ghosts and stay ahead of the super-villain, creepily named the Glitch. You will experience the same robotic sound effects and funky music that you remember when you were pumping quarters into the game at the arcade.

Why we love it

For those who enjoyed the classic game of Pac-Man, this revamped version takes you on a fun adventure. The incoming villain, the Glitch, adds a little extra to the fast-paced, where-to move, energetic gameplay.

For those who...

  • You enjoyed the classic Pac-Man game
  • You like fast-moving maze games

Not for those who...

  • You disliked the original Pac-Man
  • You like shooters or simple puzzlers
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved

Survive incoming enemy shapes

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved
3D Environments

For those who like over the top arcade shooter action.

Geometry Wars 3 is a dual-stick arcade shooter where the goal is to rack up as many points as possible while meeting objectives and surviving an endless horde of incoming enemy shapes. In this latest installment, players can go through the difficult Adventure mode that features a mix of different gameplay styles and epic boss battles, or go for the classic game modes that have made Geometry Wars a fan-favorite for years.

Why we love it

Geometry Wars 3 is a gold standard for dual-stick arcade shooters. The retro 3-D graphics will really suck you in to the game, and everything is crisp and clear. The EDM soundtrack gets your blood pumping and the controls are responsive and intuitive. The Adventure and Classic game modes mean an endless amount of play styles and replay value, so you definitely get your money's worth here in terms of content.

For those who...

  • You like intense arcade shooters
  • Love action-packed games

Not for those who...

  • You don't like arcade shooters
  • You want something more casual
Hit Tennis 3

Great tennis action on TV

Hit Tennis 3
Service

For those who like the idea of swinging the Siri remote to swing the tennis racket.

Hit Tennis 3 features great action, with gameplay that is true to the sport. The only difference between this game and real tennis is that you're using your finger to play, and you don't have to worry about inclement weather. Hit Tennis 3 provides you with 24 different tournaments to play in.

Why we love it

Hit Tennis 3 uses your finger swipes to translate into swings of the tennis racket. You hit the ball, and it flies just as if you had swung the racket in the direction of your swipe. It's fun tennis action, and there is plenty of play value in this free, but well done title.

For those who...

  • You love sports games
  • You are a tennis fan
  • You want great finger-swiping fun

Not for those who...

  • You don't like tennis
  • You want deep, rich storylines in their games
  • You don't like sports games
Galaxy on Fire™ - Manticore RISING

Save your friends and crew

Galaxy on Fire™ - Manticore RISING
Space Combat

For those who like immersive 3-D space shooters with aerial dogfighting combat.

Think you've seen this somewhere else? No way. Galaxy on Fire – Manticore Rising is available exclusively on Apple TV. Take that, Xbox One users.

Why we love it

This is a full-fledged Apple TV exclusive, tailored to the new Siri Remote. It represents an early look at what the new gaming system can do.

For those who...

  • You like space travel
  • You enjoy rooting for the underdog
  • You love incredible graphics

Not for those who...

  • You don't like continuing stories
  • You dislike space-based games
  • You don't care about the underdog
Beat Sports

Sports mini-games with music

Beat Sports
Time Your Swing To Match The Music

For those who like sports mini-games, and rhythm based games.

On your feet soldier, Beat Sports is not for sitting on the couch. It's a stand up and pay attention to your timing kind of game. The coolest part is actually getting to swing your arm as if you are really playing the sport. You'll find yourself happily dancing to the music as well. A good way to think about this game is Wii Sports meets Rock Band. Did we mention this was actually made by the Rock Band creators?

Why we love it

This is a must have game on your Apple TV. There is nothing else like it on the platform yet. Even if you don't play often, this is the perfect game to show off what Apple TV gaming is all about. It's fun and upbeat, but not too serious. Even if you've played a lot of Wii Sports before, the idea of using your remote as a bat never gets old.

For those who...

  • You are a casual gamer
  • You like group sports games
  • You want to try something different

Not for those who...

  • You're looking for an intense experience
  • You like building status through game accomplishments
  • You don't like time-wasters
League Star Bowling

Bowl with real-world controls

League Star Bowling
Roll A Strike

For those who like bowling, especially with motion controls to swing your arm to roll the ball.

While learning the League Star Bowling control scheme should be easy, it will take time to master the finer point likes spin control.

Why we love it

One of the best new features of the Apple TV is the heavily upgraded Siri Remote. And League Star Bowling is a great way to test out the motion sensing capabilities of the new system and have fun at the same time.

For those who...

  • You enjoy bowling and simulation games like the Wii Sports series
  • You are ready to stand up and have some fun
  • You like an easy-to-learn control scheme that also take time to master

Not for those who...

  • You dislike bowling and other similar titles
  • You are looking for multiplayer fun