Ever since Apple announced the release of the new Apple TV on September 9, people have been talking about its new gaming capability. Some say that this will be Apple’s first step to “innovate” the gaming console market; others believe this will just be another gaming device with insignificant impact.
After going though Apple TV’s App Store, here are some of my favorite games so far:
If you like a combination of music and sports, this is the game for you. Players are able to play familiar sport games such as tennis, volleyball, and golf using the new Siri remote, a linked iPhone, or optional game controller. The game is not just about reflex but also being able to listen to the music for timing. The multiplayer mode allows up to four players to compete with each other. $9.99.
Fans of car racing games will enjoy this fast-paced game with gorgeous graphics. Similar to its mobile version, the game allows players to get all crazy on the road with luxury performance cars using the Siri remote controller. Although it will take some time to adjust to the new controller, players should be able to showcase their skills after practicing with the remote or purchasing the optional game controller. Free.
With the introduction of the Siri remote, Ubisoft has taken the traditional “runners” Rayman game and transformed it into an adventure game. Players can now freely control the direction of the character to explore the environment and collect hidden items, in addition to the traditional hit, run, and jump actions. This will be a fun time-wasting game that fans cannot miss. Free.
Featured in Apple’s announcement event on September 9, Crossy Road is a runner-pocket game that challenges players to go on an endless journey across roads, rivers, grass, and train tracks. This game shares some similarity with Flappy Bird, through simple graphics but addictive gameplay. Multiplayer mode allows friends and families to play with each other competitively or cooperatively. Free.
Okay, technically it’s not a game, but it’s really fun. Sing! turns your Apple TV into a karaoke machine with over 100,000 songs in its library. The mobile app already has over 25 million users worldwide so you will be able to show your talent and listen to other users singing your favorite songs. Users can turn their iPhone into a microphone so you don’t have to worry about buying one. Most songs are free for limited time; users can purchase songs individually or pay subscription fees weekly, monthly, or annually.
At the moment, Apple TV is still far away from being a new threat in the premium gaming console industry. But if you don’t own a gaming console and just want an entry device for home entertainment, Apple TV is perfect for it. It has lots of potential with the release of a dedicated app store and tvOS developer kits. Thus, most games on Apple TV will range from $0.99 to $9.99, a lot cheaper than games on XBox, PS4 and Wii.
For developers, Apple TV offers a chance to reach new customers. Apple TV will make an inexpensive alternative to gaming consoles for users that want to focus on having fun with families and friends – and not having to pay $50 for each title.
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