Six Games for Apple TV You Need Right Now
Apple TV is at the top of a lot of wish lists this holiday season, and we think we know why: While the Siri Remote introduces a new level of interactivity to the usually-passive binge-watch, the real innovation this time around is the addition of apps and games. Here are our picks for the first six games to add to your collection.
Alto’s Adventure – Snowman, $4.99
This infinite side-scrolling snowboard adventure is like a lovelier Tiny Bird. The simplified geometric graphics look lovely on a large screen, and the brightly colored settings promise hours of zen-like sliding and gliding.
Beat Sports – Harmonix/Tilting Point, $9.99
The two greatest party videogames of all time collide with Beat Sports. Merging the kinetic competition of Wii Sports with the rhythmic collaboration of Guitar Hero, Beat Sports from Harmonix is the best of both worlds. Just make sure make sure you don’t lose your grip on your Siri Remote!*
Crossy Road – Hipster Whale, free (with in-app purchases)
Essentially infinite Frogger, Crossy Road was already a hit on iOS, and playing on Apple TV with the Siri Remote takes a little getting used to, but once you’ve got the knack of the control scheme, get ready to get hooked.
Peg Ballet – Noodlecake, $0.99
A stripped down take on the pachinko-aping fun of Peggle, Peg Ballet offers fun, physics-based peg-bouncing with a simple, one-button control scheme, allowing you to give your bouncing ball a boost, affording extra chances to collect your peggy prizes. With support for up to eight simultaneous players, Peg Ballet could be the late night party game you didn’t know you needed.
Sing! Karaoke – Smule, free (with in-app purchases)
Karaoke started out in small rooms and livings rooms, so it’s only fitting that it returns to the home setting with Sing! Karaoke. Smule’s iOS app has let strangers from around the world duet with each other as well as many original artists for a while now, but by pairing the app with Apple TV, Sing! perfectly captures the fun of a private karaoke party right in your home.
Sketch Party – Magnate Interactive, $5.99
Drawing games like Pictionary and Win Lose or Draw are party classics for a reason: most adults draw like toddlers, and it’s hilarious. Sketch Party brings the simple pleasures of the drawing game to the next level by letting players submit their own list of words, and by throwing the results up on the big screen. Like Sing!, it’s been around for a while as an iOS app, but bringing it to Apple TV means improved performance, better graphics, and faster gameplay.
Social Media Coordinator Mike Shepherd is terrible at Crossy Road.
*We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention our new Survivor Play for Siri Remote. It gives your remote some much needed heft and grippy contours, plus a little extra padding in case the remote goes flying.