Games Rotostellar

Published on November 11th, 2018 | by Kirk Hiner


Rotostellar reopens the Apple TV arcade for free

I’m always looking to add new apps to my Apple TV arcade. I was a child of the ’70s and ’80s, so you can call it nostalgia if you like. I prefer to call it a good way to kill some time while I’m waiting for a show to come on or when I need to turn off football or hockey out of frustration.

I’ve already talked about the joys of playing Invaders From Space (the inspiration for which should be obvious) and Fire Across, and we’ve touched upon games such as I Pong Now and Tanks: Seek and Destroy. Today I want to draw your attention to the newly released Rotostellar from Zero Page, LLC.

You may be thinking “Tempest clone” from the screenshot above, but a quick look at the trailer reveals that isn’t exactly the case.

Although the audio and the faux vector graphics are certainly a throwback to Tempest, the hook here is that you’re not spinning around the vortex, you’re spinning the vortex itself. This is done by swiping on your Siri Remote (or via the use of a gamepad such as our always-recommended Steelseries Nimbus). You need to clear room for your ship to jump out to the next ring. Get knocked back far enough, and you’ll be drawn into the black hole and (likely) your death. We don’t know what happens inside a black hole, after all. Maybe this?

Rotostellar features:

  • Three different game modes to unlock
  • The ability to create and share your own levels
  • MFi gamepad support
  • Twelve different color themes (including straight up black-and-white that’s accessible for colorblind players)


Perhaps the best feature of all, however, is that Rotostellar is completely free; no ads or in-app purchases required. The game is available now in the App Store. For more information, visit

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About the Author

has been writing for the Apple web since 1997, having served as editor of Applelinks and the Technology Tell Apple Channel. In addition to his work with BEST Apple TV, Kirk currently contributes to Mac Gamer HQ and Pure Nintendo. He lives with his wife and three children in small-town Ohio where the land is cheap and the air is (relatively) clean.

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