Apple Arcade: ‘SpongeBob: Patty Pursuit’ is available now

Apple’s new Apple Arcade subscription-based gaming service is finally here. It’s basically Apple’s way of helping customers sort through the chaff in the App Store, as the highly curated service features premium games that are untainted by in-app purchases and ads. If all goes well, it could elevate the perception of mobile gaming in general.

Got questions? We’ve got plenty of answers. 

Updated 5/29/20: Added SpongeBob: Patty Pursuit to the list of available games. 

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What is Apple Arcade?

Apple Arcade is a gaming subscription service for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and tvOS that features 103 games as of December 13. Apple is “handpicking” the games that you’ll get with the service and working with highly regarded game developers such as Hironobu Sakaguchi and Ken Wong. Apple Arcade games have no in-app purchases, are downloadable for offline play, and can be played across the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV.

What does it run on?

Apple Arcade is now available on iOS 13, iPad OS 13, tvOS 13, and macOS Catalina.

How do I sign up for Apple Arcade?

There isn’t an Apple Arcade app on mobile devices. In iOS 13, iPad OS 13, and macOS, you access it through the App Store app. Look for the Arcade button at the bottom of the App Store app (or in the left column on macOS). A sign-up screen with a Try It Free button will appear. You get the first month free, then it’s $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year. Tap the button to sign up.

You’ll need to enter your Apple ID password. And you’ll have to confirm your subscription purchase a few times.