AppleApple is making a game console.
Okay, sort of: the new Apple TV set-top box, due out in October, will be (much) more gaming-friendly.
Apple TVs today only let you mirror iOS games played via your iPad or iPhone. The new model, however, will offer native support for games, direct access to a specially curated App Store, and a new touchscreen remote. And that new remote is almost a game controller. (Almost being the key word. If you're an avid gamer, keep an eye out for a handful of third-party gamepads Apple is allowing to work with the new Apple TV.)
Apple has already announced a gaggle of games just for the new set-top box. There's some good stuff in there, for sure, but it's missing a bunch of great titles currently on iOS that we think would be great to play on the Apple TV. So we gathered them all here!
After scrolling through our ideas, you might get some of your own — so let us know in the comments! Or on Twitter! Or on Facebook! If enough of you speak up, we'll add your best suggestions to a reader-curated list in the coming week.
'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft'
Not only is Blizzard Entertainment's "Hearthstone" incredibly popular, but it fits couch-based TV play perfectly.
'Minecraft: Pocket Edition'
"Minecraft" already proved itself viable on TVs with several console versions. This one's a no-brainer.
We'll be honest: "Monument Valley" is just on here because it's such a delight. It'd be even more delightful to play on a big screen at our leisure.
"Hitman GO" is proof that blockbuster franchises can be turned into excellent mobile games. Despite its proficiency on mobile, though, "Hitman GO" would fit nicely on a living room TV.
Pac-Man 256, coming to smartphones this summer.Bandai-Namco
"Pac-Man 256" is already best played on an iPad screen with plenty of space to see the ever-impending duality of murderous code and murderous ghosts. And hey, you can play it on a TV already through Amazon's Fire TV set-top box. A port to Apple TV makes too much sense.
Maybe you know it as "2048?" That's unfortunate, as "2048" is a pretty blatant, poor copy of the far better "Threes!" Like some others on this list, it's already proven possible with a console release, making "Threes!" another obvious fit for the new Apple TV.
"Drop7" was an addiction for early iPhone adopters, alongside new-classics like "Canabalt" and "Flight Control." It's ripe for renewed addiction on the Apple TV!
"Super Hexagon" feels like an early arcade game powered by a modern computer, which is almost exactly what it is. With very basic controls and an easy to learn, hard to master hook, "Super Hexagon" is another great fit for the Apple TV.
The 'Five Nights at Freddy's' franchise
After its monumental success on mobile platforms and PC, the "Five Nights at Freddy's" franchise is a shoe-in for inclusion on Apple TV. Who doesn't want to play a jump-fright game on their couch with friends gathered around? Come on.
If you like "Minecraft" but prefer your retro aesthetic in a pure 2D world, "Terraria" is the game for you. It's also a delight that's already proven more than workable on consoles.
The 'Grand Theft Auto' franchise
Any game that's moved from consoles to mobile surely could be moved back. That case is especially clean when it comes to the "Grand Theft Auto" franchise; every game since the third one was made with game consoles in mind! You'll need a good third-party controller in this case, though.
'Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic'
As it is for "Grand Theft Auto," so it is for "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic." The game was born on consoles (and PC), and it'd easily slip onto yet another game console.
'Don't Starve: Pocket Edition'
"Don't Starve" arguably makes more sense on consoles and PC than on mobile. While the "Pocket Edition" of "Don't Starve" is a delight, we'd love to see the full version from console and PC show up on the new Apple TV.
"Vainglory" takes the tremendously popular game genre associated with "League of Legends" and "DOTA 2" (the so-called "Multiplayer Online Battle Arena," or "MOBA" for short) and makes it playble with touch. It'd likely require a third-party gamepad, but we'd love to see "Vainglory" translated to the Apple TV as well.
'Thomas Was Alone'
The simple tale of a bunch of shapes with charming British personalities in "Thomas Was Alone" already played great on PC and PlayStation devices. Why not Apple TV too?
Look, people really like "Candy Crush." Whether it's for you or not is another question: it's obvious that heavy-hitters like "Candy Crush" (and "Angry Birds" and "Plants vs Zombies" and a variety of others) should be on Apple TV.
'Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP'
"Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP" probably shouldn't have been touch-based. Does it work? Sure. Could you have just as easily enjoyed it on a game console? Sure. Apple TV is a great opportunity for that to finally happen!
The 1 game that should be banned from Apple TV: 'Game of War: Fire Age'
We called this game a disaster for a reason. Actually, a lot of reasons — all of them good ones to prevent "Game of War: Fire Age" from porting to Apple TV.