As 2015 ends, the Android TV News team looks back at the past twelve months of games. Developers have gotten on board with supporting the TV alongside phones and users can now play from a wide variety of genres. Below we list our favorite games in no particular order.
Although Android TV has the support of many game developers, there is something compelling about past games. They lead us back to our childhood, spending hours playing on an NES. NES.emu lets you play NES games on your TV. You can load the game you want and play it using your gamepad’s controls to navigate. NES.emu is free on Google Play, although a paid version for $3.99.
Does Not Commute
At first you leave your house, driving up the road and making a right turn. It’s easy. Then you command a bus driver is going the other way. Not only do they have to drive carefully, they have to avoid the first car you drove. The third car has to avoid both. The game incrementally adds vehicles and you have to play against yourself, trying to get all cars to the correct location under a certain amount of time. It quickly becomes hectic fun. The game is free on Google Play, with an in-app purchase to get additional benefits.
Octodad: Dadliest Catch
Octodad is a dad and an octopus. He lives a normal, suburban life, constantly occupied with his wife and two children. You play by manually controlling each of the dad’s limbs, a difficult task that leads to a lot of crazy hijinks. You can read our interview with the development team. The game is $5 on Google Play.
This War of Mine
War is terrible, not just for soldiers, but for all the innocent civilians who try to continue surviving every day. This moral is exemplified in the game This War of Mine. You can read our interview with the developers, explaining why they pursued this game. It’s a survival game. You live in a city torn apart by war, trying to collect food and fend off attacks. The game is $14.49 on Google Play.
Riptide GP2 was one of the first games to have support for Android TV, and it does a great job of showing off the capabilities of the platform. It is a watercraft racing game that takes advantage of the controller and comes with online and local multiplayer. Or you can play career mode and try to become the world’s best racer. The developers did a great job with creating vivid landscapes and water effects. The game is currently on sale for $1.99 on Google Play.
The Jackbox Party Pack
Coming in at $24.99, this is the most expensive app that I have ever purchased. The fact that it has made this list goes to show you that I think it is worth every penny. Up to 100 players can connect through their smartphones (or anything with a web browser) to compete in 5 different games. If you are having a get together, this game is a great way to get the party started. Many laughs will be had by all. If you happened to get some Google Play gift cards this holiday, I recommend putting it towards this game. There is also a Jackbox Party Pack 2, though I have not tried it yet to vouch for it.