Android TV’s release was exciting. Here was a platform that was more stable than Google TV and the developer community responded in kind by developing some awesome stuff for it. A little time has passed and although the adoption rate isn’t quite there yet, the apps and games available for Android TV have only been improving. Here are the best Android TV games currently available! Please note, you’ll need a hardware controller for all of these!
Square Enix hit the mobile gaming landscape at a full sprint. They have a ton of games on Android. Some of them are even Android TV games. They include the ports of Final Fantasy III, IV, V, VI, and IX. Other parts of the series may be compatible as well. Each game features 20-30 hours of story line, multiple side quests, good soundtracks, and simple mechanics. The controller support is generally good with all of them as well. They are expensive. However, they are also among the best jRPGs on mobile. Doom and Destiny is another good jRPG on Android TV.
Rockstar Games made many of their GTA games available on Android. They're also among the best Android TV games available. Each one has large worlds, long story lines, and tons of side quests. You can run around and do pretty much whatever you want. The lineup currently includes five total GTA games. Three of them are console ports and the other two are mobile games. They also have a port of the game Bully. However, that one only works on some devices and we're not sure if that includes Android TV at the moment. They're also relatively inexpensive with no in-app purchases.
Inferno 2 is an arcade shooter with tons of explosions, colors, and action. In this one, you play as a space ship and you must destroy all kinds of stuff. It’s vaguely reminiscent of the original Geometry Wars. The graphics are minimal so it should run smoothly pretty much all the time and the game itself includes over 80 levels, a New Game+ mode, Google Play Games services (achievements), various difficulties, tons of bad guys, and more. It doesn’t have a storyline, which is indicative of an arcade title, but there are still tons of things to do and you’ll be playing this one for a while.
King of Fighters '98 is a retro fighting game. Most mobile fighting games are freemium titles without most basic fighting mechanics. This game doesn't have those problems. It features 38 playable characters, local multiplayer mode, and more. Otherwise, it's like its original arcade counterpart was. The game runs for $2.99 with no in-app purchases. The retro graphics show their age. However, this is still among the best Android TV games.
NBA Jam is a classic arcade basketball game that was originally released in the 1990’s. This game allows you to play two-on-two basketball where you score baskets, shove your opponents around, and hopefully go on fire. You go on fire by making three unanswered baskets by the same player and you’ll get a sizable stat boost for doing it. The game has online and local multiplayer modes along with a single player campaign. It’s one of the best sports games on Android and it works great on Android TV.
Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee is another older game that’s been remastered and re-released on Android. Since this was a console game in a past life, it being turned into a game for Android TV seemed natural. In this one, you play as Munch, a frog-like creature whose species has been fished to near extinction and now is going to take revenge with their side-kick, Abe. It’s a quirky story with plenty of grungy humor and you’ll have plenty of things to do. It’s a good adventure game and one of the top Android TV games.
PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist is actually a pretty decent little platformer. It features voice acting from the venerable YouTube star along with cameo appearances from other YouTube stars. The game also requires a bit of skill to play, but you’ll get better as you progress. It features epic boss fights, unlockable characters, some decent retro-style music, and various difficulty levels to keep things interesting. It’s a lot of fun, has no in-app purchases, and more. It's definitely one of the better Android TV games.
PewPew 2 is another minimal arcade shooter with tons of action, tons of colors, and plenty of stuff to blow up. It’s a top-down shooter at heart and you’ll have to deal with tons of neon colored enemies and obstacles that are always trying to kill you. Unlike most arcade style games, this one comes with a storyline which is always nice to have. You also have nine game modes, various ships to unlock, a full campaign mode, achievements, and, of course, Android TV support. It’s inexpensive and also has no in-app purchases which makes it a must-try game.
Real Racing 3 is one of only a few competently done racing games that are available on Android TV. This one is a freemium game which will no doubt chase some away, but thankfully it makes up for it by having beautiful graphics and tons of content. The game contains 140 cars, 17 tracks to race through, full-featured online multiplayer modes, and more. It’s been one of the best racing games for many years and it being one of the Android TV games that you can play is icing on the sundae. Just watch out for those in-app purchases.
Super Phantom Cat is a cute little platform game. It pay homage to the 8-bit and 16-bit platformers of yesteryear. The game features unlockable characters, plenty of levels, and other popular platform elements. It even has customizable controls, bonus levels, and more. It is technically a freemium game. However, nothing gets more expensive than $1.99. That's extremely tame for a freemium title. It's a great Android TV game and it's even family friendly.
Telltale Games have made some of the more enjoyable games of the last few years. They’re known for hits like Minecraft Story Mode, The Walking Dead, games, Wolf Among Us, and more. They have eleven Android TV games in total and each one utilizes episodic mechanics. That means you get the first chapter when you download the game and you have to purchase more. The games have good storylines, decent puzzles, and pretty good graphics as well. All eleven games should have Android TV support which would make them all excellent Android TV games. Several of them will give you the first episode for free so you can try them out before you buy the rest of the adventure.
This War of Mine is one of the best Android games available today and was our choice for the best Android game of 2015. In this survival game, you play as innocent civilians caught in the grips of a city at war. Your job is to survive the encounter while losing as few people as possible. The game forces you to make some tough decisions and some pundits have even said the game “isn’t fun”, but totally worth playing anyway. It’s a little expensive, but it’s an unforgettable experience and is among the best Android TV games available, period.
Unkilled is among the best FPS games released in the last couple of years. It’s a zombie shooter which means most of your gameplay will be missions where you must go and destroy some bad guys. It features a ton of bad guys, zombie bosses, and hundreds of levels to play through. Updates in 2016 added in online multiplayer support so you can now get online and play with others if you choose to. The graphics are phenomenal and we all know that that first person shooters are better played with actual controllers. It’s a freemium game which isn’t optimal, but it’s still pretty fun.
Xenowork is a surprisingly decent freemium shooter. Your goal is to run around levels while blasting bad guys and doing other stuff. It features upgradeable gear, colorful levels, special powers, and even Google Play Games achievements and leaderboards. There are also 70 levels, simple mechanics, and other stuff as well. Top-down shooters aren't as popular as their first-person counterparts. However, we think this one is pretty decent anyway.
Yodo1 Game is a popular developer on Google Play. They have done a number of games, including Crossy Road, Shooty Skies, Pac-Man 256, and several others. Two of their games are also Android TV games. Crossy Road is an infinite runner. You must cross roads, streams, etc without dying. Pac-Man 256 is an infinite runner take on the popular Pac-Man franchise. You must outrun the glitch in the system in order to keep eating pellets. Both of them can be played without a game pad using your Android TV's remote. That's pretty neat.
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