Google Play Pass: List of apps and games available - The Happy Android

If there were not enough subscription payment services, Google has just launched its own "Netflix-like" plan with which we can download a wide catalog of premium applications and games from the Play Store for a fixed price per month. The service is called Google Play Pass and it was just released this week.

The idea lands as a contrast to Apple Arcade, Apple's subscription service for mobile devices that just saw the light on September 19, with the difference that the latter only offers games and in Play Pass we can download both games and applications. Of course, Apple games are exclusive while in the case of the Play Pass we talk about content that is already available in the Google Play store (going through the box, of course).

Google Play Pass: this is how the Android “Netflix of apps” works

Currently, Google Play Pass has a catalog of 350 games and applications that we can download and install without any limit by paying a monthly subscription of $ 4.99. At the moment the service offers a free trial period of 10 days, although from October 10 we can register and pay only $ 1.99 during the first year. For now, the service is only available in the United States, although it is expected to reach the rest of the world in the not too distant future.

As far as the content itself is concerned, all games and apps are fully unlocked, and they do not offer ads or microtransactions. It is important to mention this, since not all the applications that appear in Play Pass are paid: some can be downloaded totally free without being subscribed (but they bring ads and in-game purchases).

Although right now there are only 350 titles in the portfolio, Google expects this figure to grow significantly as more developers join this new business model. If we are Android application developers, at this time we can only participate through an invitation, but we can request that they include us by filling out this form. Creator payments are made based on app usage percentage measurements, which is completely uncharted ground for developers, and it remains to be seen if it is a worthwhile and profitable system for content creators as well.

List of apps and games available on Google Play Pass

Let's get to the important thing: How are the games and apps offered by the Play Pass? Is it worth paying almost 5 euros for this every month? If we look at the catalog that the service currently offers we will see that there is quality. The fact that there has been a prior filtering by Google assures us that at least some minimums will be met and that any infected trash will not sneak up on us. Thus, we see that there are several very interesting and recognized games such as LIMBO, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Marvel Pinball, Stardew Valley or Space Marshalls.

Space marshalsAction
Shadow Fight 2 Special EditionAction
Smashy Road: WantedAction
Reckless Getaway 2Action
Sea Battle 2Action
Smashy Road: ArenaAction
OTTTD: Over The Top TDAction
Cat Simulator: Kitty CraftAction
Titan questAction
Dog Simulator Puppy CraftAction
Horror Hospital (R) 2Action
Amazin Crime Strange Stickman Rope Vice VegasAction
Annelids: Online battleAction
Grand Action Simulator - New York Car GangAction
Wayward soulsAdventure
Lumino cityAdventure
60 Seconds! Atomic AdventureAdventure
Old Man’s JourneyAdventure
NyxQuest: Kindred SpiritsAdventure
What, The Fox?Adventure
Extreme Balancer 3Adventure
Jungle Adventures 3Adventure
Thimbleweed ParkAdventure
Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink (Full)Adventure
Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood (Full)Adventure
The Tiny Bang Story PremiumAdventure
Suzy cubeAdventure
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride (Full)Adventure
Jungle adventure 2Adventure
Jungle adventureAdventure
Cameleon runArcadian
Fancy Pants AdventureArcadian
Marvel PinballArcadian
The bug butcherArcadian
Red Ball 3: Jump for LoveArcadian
Mahjong EpicBoard
Dominoes Jogatina: Classic and Free Board GameBoard
Kakuro (Cross Sums)Board
RISK: Global DominationBoard
Yachty FreeBoard
Matching KingBoard
Spider solitaireLetters
Card ThiefLetters
Briscola Online HD - La BriscolaLetters
250+ Solitaire CollectionLetters
Reigns: Her MajestyLetters
Card CrawlLetters
Euchre Free: Classic Card Games For Addict PlayersLetters
Pyramid solitaireLetters
G4A: Indian RummyLetters
Aces (R) SpadesLetters
FreeCell SolitaireLetters
Crown Solitaire: A New Puzzle Solitaire Card GameLetters
Bubble Blend - Match 3 GameCasual
Thomas & Friends: Race On!Casual
NR ShooterTMCasual
Hidden FolksCasual
Bubble PokeTMCasual
Brain game. Picture Match.Casual
Kids Learn About AnimalsEducational
Kids Learn to SortEducational
My Town: DaycareEducational
Drawing for Kids Learning Games for Toddlers age 3Educational
My Town: Beach PicnicEducational
My Little Princess: CastleEducational
Play Mystery HouseEducational
Kids Draw with ShapesEducational
Truck games for kids - build a house car wash
My Town: SchoolEducational
Learn ABC Letters with Captain CatEducational
My Town: HospitalEducational
Learn Letter Names and Sounds with ABC TrainsEducational
Alive Alphabet: Letter TracingEducational
Kids Connect the DotsEducational
Learn Letter Sounds with Carnival KidsEducational
My Town: StoresEducational
Kids Reading Sight WordsEducational
Learn colors for toddlers! Kids color games!Educational
Learn to Read with Tommy TurtleEducational
Baby Wooden Blocks PuzzleEducational
Kids Learn to Count 123Educational
Baby Phone. Kids GameEducational
Puzzles for Toddlers with Learning Words for KidsEducational
Touch MiniEducational
Bridge Constructor PortalPuzzle
Energy: Anti Stress LoopsPuzzle
SudokuPuzzle - Picture cross puzzle gamePuzzle
Flow Free: HexesPuzzle
Mahjong 3 (Full)Puzzle
Red herringPuzzle
Monument valley 2Puzzle
Flow Free: WarpsPuzzle
Jigsaw Puzzles RealPuzzle
Death squaredPuzzle
Red herringPuzzle
Andoku Sudoku 3Puzzle
Classic Labyrinth 3d Maze - The Wooden Puzzle GamePuzzle
Lines - Physics Drawing PuzzlePuzzle
Mahjong (Full)Puzzle
Best Sudoku (Free)Puzzle
Agent A: A puzzle in disguisePuzzle
Find The Difference - Spot It GamePuzzle
Square PaintPuzzle
Minesweeper ProPuzzle
Disaster Will StrikePuzzle
Word Search Games in englishPuzzle
Two Eyes - NonogramPuzzle
Block Puzzle & ConquerPuzzle
100 Blocks PuzzlePuzzle
FRAMED 2Puzzle
Neighbors from Hell: Season 1 - PremiumPuzzle
Moto X3M Bike Race GameRacing
Furious Car Driving 2017Racing
Absolute DriftRacing
Offroad Legends 2Racing
Stardew valleyRole playing games
My Bakery Empire - Bake, Decorate & Serve CakesRole playing games
Roller Skating Girls - Dance on WheelsRole playing games
Magium - Text Adventure RPG (CYOA)Role playing games
Rhythmic Gymnastics Dream Team: Girls DanceRole playing games
Sorcery! 3Role playing games
Sorcery! 2Role playing games
Sorcery!Role playing games
DIY Fashion Star - Design Hacks Clothing GameRole playing games
80 DaysRole playing games
Sorcery! 4Role playing games
HopliteRole playing games
Star WarsTM: KOTORRole playing games
Mini MetroSimulation
Pocket citySimulation
This is the PoliceSimulation
Game Dev TycoonSimulation
Fiz: Brewery Management GameSimulation
Getting Over it with Bennett FoddySimulation
Extreme Landings ProSimulation
Love Story Games: Teenage DramaSimulation
Taxi Game 2Simulation
7 Little Words: A fun twist on crossword puzzlesWords
Crossword Puzzle FreeWords
Word searchWords
English Guess The PhraseWords
Word searchWords
Work breakerWords

As for the applications, we have from photo editors, players, recorders, audio editing tools, productivity tools and the occasional mythical app such as the great Tasker and AccuWeather. In addition to all this, there are also many educational apps and games for the little ones in the house: something to keep in mind, since subscription can be shared with up to 5 family members.

Photo Studio PROPhotography
Camera MX - Photo & Video CameraPhotography
MIX by Camera360Photography
Nebi - Film PhotoPhotography
PixelLab - Text on picturesPhotography
Photo EditorPhotography
Footej CameraPhotography
Pixgram - video photo slideshowPhotography
Pic Stitch - # 1 Collage MakerPhotography
Text on Photo - FontmaniaPhotography
Handy photoPhotography
Photo Editor PROPhotography
Easy Voice Recorder ProProductivity
Password Manager SafeInCloud ProProductivity
Business Calendar 2 - Agenda, Planner & OrganizerProductivity
Notebloc PDF Scanner App - Scan, save & shareProductivity
My Notes - NotepadProductivity
To Do ListProductivity
Business Calendar ProProductivity
Password Safe - Secure Password ManagerProductivity
All-in-One CalculatorProductivity
CalenGoo - Calendar and TasksProductivity
Enpass Password ManagerProductivity
AppLocker | Lock Apps - Fingerprint, PIN, PatternProductivity
dataDex - Pokedex for PokemonTools
Laser LevelTools
Unit ConverterTools
Signal Spy - Monitor Signal Strength & Data UsageTools
Lexis Audio EditorTools
WiFi WardenTools
File ManagerTools
Barcode ScannerTools
The Zueira’s VoiceTools
Simple SpeedcheckTools
Ultra Lock - App Lock, Photo and Video VaultTools
Internet Speed ​​Test Original - WiFi AnalyzerTools
NOAA Weather InternationalMeteorology
Weather XL PRO - Weather radar & 10 day forecastMeteorology
AccuWeather: Live weather forecast & storm radarMeteorology
VoiceTooner - Voice changer with cartoonsEntertainment
Voice changer with effectsEntertainment
ColorMe - Coloring Book FreeEntertainment
Decision RouletteEntertainment
White Noise GeneratorMusic and sound
Smart Recorder - High-quality voice recorderMusic and sound
jetAudio HD Music Player PlusMusic and sound
Rain Sounds - Sleep & RelaxMusic and sound
Sound MeterMusic and sound
Perfect PianoMusic and sound
Voice recorderMusic and sound
Real Guitar - Guitar Playing Made Easy.Music and sound
Phonograph Music PlayerMusic and sound
Sleep Timer (Turn music off)Music and sound
RevHeadz Engine SoundsMusic and sound
Ukulele TunerMusic and sound
Voice Recorder ProMusic and sound
myTuner Radio App: FM Radio + Internet Radio TunerMusic and sound
Tunable: Music Practice ToolsMusic and sound
Moon + Reader ProBooks and reference PremiumBooks and reference
Encyclopedia by FarlexBooks and reference
Science Dictionary by FarlexBooks and reference
Deutsches WörterbuchBooks and reference
Dictionnaire francaisBooks and reference
Toca Kitchen Sushi RestaurantEducational
ISS Live Now: Live Earth View and ISS TrackerEducational
King of Math JuniorEducational
Star Tracker - Mobile Sky Map & Stargazing guideEducational
Drawing PadEducational
Learn Spanish Phrases | Spanish TranslatorEducational
King of MathEducational
Flashcards - Study, Memorize & Improve VocabularyEducational

If we compare this service with the Apple Arcade, we see that it has its pros and cons. For one thing, we have apps in addition to games, which is great. But in the case of Apple we are talking about exclusive games (about 100 titles) that we are not supposed to be able to play anywhere else, and that are at a fairly high level. All this without considering that the most powerful games on the Play Pass are a few years old.

Taking all this into account, I am still not very clear about the success that a service like this can have, and if the subscription model format as in Spotify Premium or Netflix can be extrapolated to the world of apps. And it is that, in my case at least, when I buy an application I do it out of necessity or because it offers me something that I cannot find for free anywhere else (something that happens very rarely).

All of this also leads us to wonder how long users can hold out until the bubble bursts. If we are already paying for HBO, PS Plus, Amazon Music Unlimited and other services, there will undoubtedly come a time when the subscriber's pocket will not be able to give more of itself, and inevitably it will be time to start closing the blind. The question is whether by paying for all these subscriptions we are saving something or are we spending more and more money at the end of the month (instead of paying for the 2 or 3 things we really want).

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