Google Play Pass puts Apple Arcade to shame, but does it matter?
Apple Arcade is Apple’s answer to Xbox Game Pass, a video game subscription service packed with exclusive launches and great games. Google Play Pass is Android’s answer to Apple’s answer to the Xbox service, and it’s pretty damn awesome.
Bite the Bullet on Google Play Pass
Although I’ve been an Android fan for most of my life, I was hesitant to try Google Play Pass. Apple Arcade launch day was great; as of 10/10 Sayonara Wild Hearts, Apple Arcade felt unbeatable.
However, over time, Apple Arcade has become rather weak. There are still some cool exclusive games, such as Yu Suzuki’s Air Twister, but the service is mostly filled with upgraded versions of older free games. Who wants to subscribe to Subway Surfers+ or Fruit Ninja Classic+?
It took me a while to bite the bullet on Google Play Pass. Yes, I love games on Android, but another subscription on top of my console games, entertainment, music, etc. seemed too much. Of course, I finally bit the bullet.
After months of frustration and dissatisfaction with Apple Arcade, I decided to see what Google had to offer. In the end, not only does it have a lot to offer, but it’s much better value than Apple’s offering.
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Why Google Play Pass is better than Apple Arcade
The reason Google Play Pass is infinitely better than Apple Arcade is simple: it follows the Game Pass model. Instead of waiting for games to come exclusively to the service, Play Pass adds the most popular Android games to the subscription.
For £4.99 a month you get amazing games like Stardew Valley, Dead Cells, Bridge Constructor Portal, Thimbleweed Park, Knights of the Old Republic and more. It’s a fantastic collection of almost every Android game you’ll ever want to play.
There is, however, a glaring problem with Google Play Pass. As a collection of amazing Android games, it has many games that I already own on Android. For example, KOTOR, Sonic, Limbo, Stardew and more from the catalog of 800 games are games I already have. Also, there are a lot of games I have on other platforms.
Additionally, Play Pass is incredibly slow to add new games to the service or to announce when they are added. With fantastic games like Alien Isolation or Total War: Medieval II now on Android, it would make nice additions to Play Pass. Will they ever come.
Despite this, I would recommend Google Play Pass to any Android gamer. It neatly collects the wide variety that Android games have to offer and, dare I say it, is vastly underrated.