If you're a gamer (or parent of a gamer) and are seriously considering Apple Arcade, we bet you're wondering a lot about compatibility – one of the most common compatibility questions is, "Will I be able to play this game with a controller?"
Luckily for us all, Apple Arcade includes clear indicators for which games are compatible with the controllers you probably already have, including Xbox One and PS4 controllers. Arcade games that support controllers will say "Controller Supported" near the top of the listing, before "Language," letting you know that they'll work.
Now that you know what to look for when you're browsing for games on your own continue reading to discover the Best Apple Arcade Games You Can Play with a Controller!
Apple has made it clear from the beginning that it wants to focus on (mostly) kid-friendly, family-ready games. Arcade has opened with a lot of great exploratory puzzles that anyone older than a toddler can experiment with – and The Get Out Kids is a prime example. A girl sneaks out of her house in 1984 to see a movie, but her beloved dog goes missing, and she tries to find him by unraveling environmental and story-based puzzles. In this case, controllers can help with movement and exploration immensely.
Agent Intercept is a racing game where you play a secret agent in charge of various spy crafts (cars, boats, gadgets, you name it) and set out to win the day. It's all a lot of fun and somewhat challenging without demanding too much work from the player. The controller is an excellent addition to the game's various races.
Described as a "mutant soap opera," this game follows 15-year old Kari on a mission to care for her grandfather and explore the strange, enchanting world of Mutazione, which is filled with secrets, games, and unexpected dangers all waiting to be undone.
Simulator games are more popular than ever, and people will happily devote hours to building their cartoon farms, rollercoaster, and other various landscapes. Stranded Sails adds a unique twist to this formula: You're a shipwrecked captain's kid who has to help feed the crew, build resources, and eventually create a ship to sail home.
For the RPG-minded, King's League 2 takes the model of the first game and improves it with more strategy, more tactical battles, and more options for building and deploying a team, with over 30 classes to recruit and experiment with. It's a great option for getting older kids involved in RPGs. It's also flexible enough that a controller isn't required, although it can improve your experience.
Spaceland is an environmental, turn-based game that
greatly benefits from controller use when making decisions. You guide your
space ranger team and equip them with the best weapons and abilities as you
explore the story – literally one step at a time. Great for fans of turn-based
games where navigating the environment is part of the experience.
Explottens is more of an old-school arcade shooter
game, but with a fun twist – you are a kitten fighter pilot tasked with
defending all cats against invaders. There's a variety of bullet hell levels,
lots of enormous bosses to fight at the end of levels, and the sort of careful
maneuvering that a controller really helps with (plus, cute fight pilot
There aren't a lot of platformers on Apple Arcade right now, but Dodo Peak is one of the best. The levels are reminiscent of a 3D version of the original Donkey Kong arcade, as you navigate a series of platforms, dodge obstacles, and move ever upward, occasionally collecting helpful items along the way. A controller is particularly useful for this one!
Final Note About Trying Games with a Controller
Give it a shot. From what we can tell, you can still use controllers on a number of games that don't specifically mention compatibility. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, so at least try once if you find a game you like.