The best Apple TV apps and games for your big screen TV

By , Oct 29, 2015

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The Apple TV launch will be accompanied by a surprisingly comprehensive list of third-party apps and games, some of  which were shown off on stage during Apple’s media presentation last month. Ahead of tomorrow’s launch, a much larger selection of premium triple-A games and apps is available for the device.

We’ve compiled a list of the games and apps that we think are going to make a difference on the big screen. If you have pre-ordered your Apple TV, bookmark this article as you’ll want to download these apps as soon as your shiny new box drops on your doorstep.

Apps for Apple TV

The new Apple TV launches with a bunch of established apps, including Twitter’s Periscope and the likes of Airbnb, Zillow and more. Here’s a quick roundup of some of the existing apps that have been optimized for the big screen.

Airbnb

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Airbnb is available free in the App Store.

You can now find and rent unique places to stay in over 190 countries around the world—from the comfort of your couch. This app also lets you list your own property and turn your extra space into extra cash, all from your Apple TV.

Gilt

Gilt, a luxury shopping app that was shown off at Apple’s media event last month, is an adaptation of their existing iPhone and iPad application. With Guilt, you can keep your spending in check with insider prices on daily selections of designer sales for women, men, kids and home, all up to 70 percent off retail.

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Gilt is available at no charge in the App Store.

Periscope

Twitter-owned Periscope allows you to tune in to live broadcasts from people around the world and watch live video as it was meant to be watched: on a big screen. Sadly, the app lacks the ability to log into your Periscope account, meaning you won’t be able to see your friends’ streams on your living room TV, or leave comments for that matter.

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Pericope is available free in the App Store.

Streaks Workout

Streaks is a cool new workout app designed specifically for the new Apple TV. Featuring crisp typography and clutter-free interface, the app motivates you to improve your health with daily workouts that you can do in your living room. The app keeps a log of your activity and allows you to create your own personalized fitness goals.

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Streaks Workout is available at no charge in the App Store.

Zillow

Designed for homeowners and home shoppers, the Zillow app features quality interior real estate photography and its own channel, called Zillow TV, that provides inspirational video content in high-definition.

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You can access Zillow’s real estate information, including Estimate home valuations, check out home facts and history, mortgage information and more, with the ability to save homes and searches—all directly from the new Apple TV.

Zillow is free in the App Store.

YouTube

Unlike the previous Apple TV which provides YouTube as part of the built-in selection of stock apps, you must manually download the app to your new Apple TV. Featuring the new branding and API, YouTube for Apple TV lets you browse videos, access your favorites and Watch Later queue, search for specific clips and more.

YouTube is available free in the App Store.

…and many more

Other Apple TV apps you should check out: 7 Minute TV Workout, Gaia, Kitchen Stories Cookbook, Houzz, Madeira Motion Books, MLB.tv, Holy Bible, Newsy: Video News, POPSUGAR, Simplex Video, Bernie Sanders, Sing! Karaoke, Sketch Party TV, Star Walk Kids, Storehouse, Teletext, On TV, QVC,  CARROT Weather, Yummy, WATCH Disney Junior, Withings Home, Words Galore! and Zova.

And with apps like Infuse and Plex coming soon, Apple’s box is about to get a whole lot more useful than before without requiring a jailbreak.

If you’re into media players, you’ll definitely want to check out Simplex Video, an app that lets you effortlessly stream your complete Plex library through your Apple TV using a beautiful interface that resembles Apple’s own iTunes Movies experience.

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For your daily does of TV shows and Hollywood movies, grab big name streaming apps for the Apple TV such as HBO NOW, Netflix, Hulu and Showtime.

Games for Apple TV

Games are bound to propel the refreshed box to new heights, just as gaming on iOS has become a big business that now eats into profits of gaming giants like Sony and Nintendo. There have been too many Apple TV games announced to list individually so here are a few gems that should be showoff-worthy.

Alto’s Adventure

Alto’s Adventure by Snow, a gorgeous endless snowboarding odyssey that debuted on iOS in February 2015, is now on the big screen. Playing with the Siri Remote or a third-party controller adds a new level of gameplay feel to the experience.

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With big screen and big sound, you can dive even deeper into the atmosphere of the game. If you already own the game, you won’t have to purchase it again to play on the Apple TV, and your progress will sync over with iCloud.

Alto’s Adventure is $2.99 in the App Store. What’s best, a single purchase gets you the universal app for your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Apple TV with iCloud sync.

Battle Supremacy: Evolution

Battle Supremacy: Evolution by Atypical Games is the official sequel to their hit WWII combat sim, Battle Supremacy. Available on the iPhone, iPod touch, Mac and the new Apple TV, this sci-fi transforming vehicles game challenges you to ride and fly through fantastical sci-fi cities, burned-out wastelands and lush jungles.

You can play as a tank, drone or airplane, upgrade your vehicles, battle it out against others, unlock other transforming vehicles, take part in epic battles across different sceneries and much more.

With over a hundred single-player missions and three multiplayer modes to enjoy, Battle Supremacy: Evolution is yet another triple-A title to add to your Apple TV collection.

Battle Supremacy: Evolution is $4.99 in the App Store, which buys you one app for all iOS 9 devices and the Apple TV. The Mac edition is $4.99 in the Mac App Store.

Beat Sports

Beat Sports by Rock Band creators Harmonic Musix Systems and Tilting Point was revealed on stage at Apple’s September 2015 media event. A collection of music-infused mini-games inspired by familiar sports like tennis, volleyball and golf, Beat Sports is basically four games in one.

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You’ll swing, volley and score to the beat of the music with your Siri Remote. Or, up to four players can use their iOS device as a remote with the free Beat Sports Remote app to compete against each other in the Buddy Ball mini-game.

Beat Sports cost for Apple TV is $9.99 and contains no In-App Purchases.

Galaxy on Fire – Manticore Rising

German developer Deep Silver Fishlabs worked closely with Apple on bringing the multi-million selling Galaxy on Fire franchise to the big screen.

A prequel to the upcoming Galaxy on Fire 3 – Manticore, which is coming in 2016, Manticore Rising puts you in the shoes of hot-headed rookie pilot Haley “Manticore” Snocom who must save his friends and crew from a supremacy of space pirates.

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The blockbuster sci-fi shooter features Story and Survival game modes and packs in some gorgeous graphics with juicy special effects, taking full advantage of the A8X chip inside the Apple TV. This is a full-fledged title, not a mere port of a pre-existing iOS title.

Galaxy on Fire – Manticore Rising is $5.99 in the App Store and available exclusively on the new Apple TV.

Other Apple TV games you might like:

Do you know of other games that should be on our list? Let us know in the comment section below and we’ll refresh the article.

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  • Merman123

    All those apps are terrible 🙁

    • iPhoneWINS

      yup

    • iPhoneWINS

      its like a PS1 with a cable box..lol

      • Merman123

        I just don’t see the “revolutionizing” aspect. We expect a little more only because Apple is promising a lot.

    • Micrones

      Nothing really special or justifies the $149 price tag but the platform has potential…. so i guess there is something to look forward to in the long run. Will hopefully pick up one tomorrow instead of waiting till next week for my delivery

      • Rowan09

        Personally 32GB justifies the $149 price tag when Amazon offers 8GB for $99 and I love my fire stick. All I want to know is when can I get Kodi on this thing and I’ll be great. I sell the fire sticks so I might have some customers who would like to pay for this hooked up as well.

      • George

        I don’t think you will be able to get kodi on it.

      • Rowan09

        If you can side load apps I don’t see why not, but I just got one so I’ll see how it works out. If you are able to put Snes, Genesis, etc I think it’s a possibility.

      • George

        I just discovered Genesis a few weeks ago its amazeballs.

      • Rowan09

        Yeah that’s on Kodi, but I’m talking about Sega Genesis with the provenance emulator with Xcode 7 you can install IPA’s on IOS devices.

      • George

        Ohh I c. ya that would be awesome.

    • Los

      Apparently everyone wants to play 2K16 and Madden on day one. Plus the Siri integration is a pretty big deal. The apps will come, it’s up to the developers.

    • James G

      I’ll replay Oceanhorn on the TV. That game was awesome.

    • Rowan09

      Did you play AfterPulse? Maybe you were speaking about the featured apps because AfterPulse is like Modern Warfare.

  • Chris Wagers

    So it looks the games will be similarly priced as the iOS App Store. So I’ll be getting one now!

  • iPhoneA2 [iA2]

    I can not wait to play Oceanhorn….

    • James G

      I don’t care if I have to buy it again, those devs deserve the money. Incredible game.

  • czarczarczar

    Oceanhorn will also be available for Apple TV , if already purchased on other iOS devices , no need to purchase again on Apple TV

    • James G

      So nice, I’d buy it twice.

  • Micke på taket

    Damm the appselection seems crappy dappy

  • dpacemaker

    It is brand new. The iPhone didn’t have amazing apps its first week of having a store. Time is needed to get the groundbreaking apps and games we are expecting.

    • Merman123

      It’s not brand new though. The infrastructure has been there. The thing runs a modified version of iOS9. So not at all comparable to the iPhone.

  • Reminds me of the Return of the ol’ WebTV. Memories anyone?

  • Ah the memories

  • That_Fruitarian

    These are the best apps and games? Lol, sheesh.

  • therealjjohnson

    Soon as GTA: San Andreas hit then we’ll be talking!

  • Briggamortis

    Where’s my Boom Beach??? lol thats really the only game I want ATM.

    • Ronn Padua

      same here

  • Rowan09

    Now I can level up quicker once I get one for AfterPulse instead of only playing on my phone.

  • Mozaik

    Ok , I hope you are happy with your choice….

  • Wow talk about dropping the ball on the periscope app, what were they thinking on that one? The ability to login to your own account is essential! Hopefully they update that.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah i dont use periscope…. But i can agree with you on that they drop the ball for sure.

  • George

    Fire TV is great too 🙂 I like the roku remote more tho with the headphone jack.

  • This device has an A8 chip, not A8X. The A8 was used in the iPhone 6, whereas the A8X is used in the iPad Air 2.

  • Worst idea ever

  • Kenneth Delgado

    Can somebody please confirm that the iOS remote app does not work with the new AppleTV?

    • michaelmhughes

      At the moment it does not. I expect an update that will allow it.

  • Out5poken

    I know its pretty much a waiting game (no pun) but the current selection of games/apps are kind of like meh…

    Im really trying to find an excuse to buy the ATV4, but playing games I already own on my ipad and iphone on the big screen isnt going to wow me… I want new experiences. Another reason why retro ports via emulation doesn’t excite me either. I want to see the Apple TV4 pushed to its limits.
    If we’re going to get games we’ve played for the past year dumped on the apple tv, at least pump some steroids into them.. New game options, better graphics, multiplayer ( i know some have already done this e.g Crossy Road). If this set top box is going to command more game time in front of the TV in the living room, Im going to need more convincing. Otherwise i may as well just stick to my ipad if im yearning for that larger screen.

    • michaelmhughes

      Uh, the device just shipped. Wait until devs have time to put together new games and apps that innovate and push its limits. Patience, Grasshopper.