Antstream is a new retro cloud gaming service coming to iPhone and iPad very soon

The retro games streaming service is the first of its kind on iOS

Antstream is a new retro cloud gaming service coming to iPhone and iPad very soon
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  • Antstream, the retro game streaming service, will be hitting the iOS App Store on June 27th
  • Boasting over 1300 classic games like Pac-Man and Galaga, it's a monthly service
  • Full leaderboard support as well as custom challenges and tournaments are also offered

Retro game streaming service Antstream is making its way to iPhone and Android. Touting thousands of officially licenced classics from the 80s, 90s and beyond, Antstream claims to be the first game streaming service to make its way to iOS proper. So what is it, and should you be excited?

While Antstream does tout itself as the first game streaming service on iOS, this isn't technically true. Xbox Game Pass already has a presence on the App Store. But Antstream, in fairness, is undoubtedly the first to step into the retro game streaming niche.

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Antstream is definitely the real deal, and it's had positive to mixed reactions. Reviews on Android, where the service has already been available, point to a great selection of games but issues with latency. Now this isn't necessarily a big problem for many arcade games, but when Antstream also runs custom tournaments, these problems could really stick out.

An ants-eye view

Antstream will hit iPhone and iPad come June 27th, and touts over 1300 games, with classics such as Pac-Man, Galaga, Space Invaders, Star Wars, and Metal Slug - with full leaderboard support, as well as tournaments and challenges available.

According to Antstream, the service will start off being available to players in the United States, European and Brazilian territories. Billing is at £3.99 monthly in each respective currency (so regional pricing is taken into account, surprisingly), or £29.99 yearly.

Still, if a monthly subscription is too rich for your blood, why not check out the hundreds of great games already on mobile? Take a look at our list of the best mobile games of 2024 (so far) to get yourself started.

Or are you confused why services like this are such big news? In which case, our primer on recent changes to Apple's TOS might be more your speed.

Iwan Morris
Iwan Morris
Iwan is a Cardiff-based freelance writer, who joined the Pocket Gamer Biz site fresh-faced from University before moving to the editorial team in November of 2023.