While Apple insists on some exclusively for the games that it backs on Apple Arcade — they can’t come to other mobile platforms, for example — there are no restrictions on releasing them for consoles, and Stela is a really interesting example of this policy. It’s already been announced as coming to the Xbox One on Oct. 17, so it’s really just making an early debut on Apple Arcade. It’s coming to Steam early next year too.
While it’s easy to dismiss this one as yet another puzzle game on a service that’s already chock full of them, the graphics and sound behind this one take it to the next level. It’s basically a platform puzzler with rich and gorgeous landscapes and a great haunting soundtrack to back it up. Unlike many platformers, however, this one seems more focused on getting around and navigating the landscape than it does on combat, so it’s more for the explorer than the fighter.