The 10 best Android games to play on your TV with Chromecast

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 10 Feb 2015

Game on with your Chromecast
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The Chromecast probably isn’t the first device you think of when you want to do some gaming on the TV. But for particular kinds of games it performs admirably. There are many good trivia, card, strategy games that lend themselves to this format, as everyone’s phone is their personal controller the TV is the main hub for the action. 

Go for the choices here, which are well-suited to playing on the Chromecast. They’re nearly all family-friendly designed for playing with a group, making for a fun night of high-tech play. The Chromecast may not meet the expectations of Android TV gaming, but it has some good options for livening up a party.

Big b Quiz
big web quiz

This is the most well thought-out version of a game that’s built for the Chromecast. It’s truly designed for a party to get together play, as up to five can join in, each able to represent themselves with a zany avatar.

Each player select their answers on their phone (there’s an app for Android iOS) in response to the questions broadcast on the screen. 

I found the questions tend to slant pretty heavily toward pop culture entertainment. So if that’s your thing, you may do well you’d definitely crush me.

The game doesn’t just lock you into picking one of four answers, as you have some questions like the following: slide the order of three Ne-Yo songs in the order of their release.

Big b Quiz (free)

Scribble Blitz
scrabble blitz

This is a great adaptation of the classic word-making game. That’s because Scrabble Blitz is fast-paced: you have to form as many words as possible from your block of letters.

If you don’t like the h you were dealt, shake your phone for a new batch. As a play off of the traditional board game, some letters will have double letter or word point value if you use them during gameplay.

Scrabble Blitz (Free)

Math Duel
math duel

Enough with all the trivia card games; it’s time to do battle with mathematics. Math Duel is for those who like the challenge of quickly solving problems with mental math.

The questions don’t require difficult calculation, it’s about how quickly you can answer. Up to four can play, the first to a total of 10,00 points is declared the winner.

Another kudo for the game is its use of Material Design. It has thin fonts, bright colors sharp colors to feel right at home on a llipop device.

Math Duel (free)

Connect 4 Quads
connect four

Connect Four is really well configured for play on the Chromecast.

Up to four players can use their phones to drop the virtual checker pieces onto the virtual game structure. Use gestures to swipe, rotate, or direct the pieces into specific slots on the gameboard.

You can play this one solo, trying to outdo yourself each time by coming up with the highest score. It’s smooth lag free, one of my favorites from this group of games. 

Connect 4 Quads (Free)

Emoji rty
emoji

Nothing says a party like Emoji. They can represent just about anything now, they’re perfect for this game, where you guess movie titles based on the emoji. A few of the films (like Schindler’s st) seemed inappropriate to demonstrate with wacky cartoon characters.

However, Emoji ay is a fun choice, it throws in a good competitive element by letting you zap other players with cards that slow their progress.

Emoji rty (free)

st ce Now
dance party

st ce was a popular choice on the i, it makes a pretty good transition to the Chromecast.

en you fire it up for the first time grab a cup of coffee, as it takes a while to download the playlist of 97 different songs.

The game is then what you’d expect: you mimic a translucent dancing figure to rack up points. Your phone’s accelerometer tracks you along the way, rewarding you for getting down.

If you enjoy the game, you can skip the commercials get the full song library by buying a VIpass as an in-app purchase. But it’s crazy expensive: $0.99 for an hour, $1.99 for two hours or $54.99 for a year. Skip the upgrade just put up with the commercials.

st ce Now (free)

ien Invaders
alien invaders

This is a Space Invaders knockoff that has a little more lag than it should, but nonetheless is fun for a few rounds. You control the spaceship with your phone, moving it to the left or right using the middle button to blast the aliens. The game is pretty easy in the early rounds, but as you approach round 10 there’s an almost indefensible armada of aliens to shoot down. The best odds are if you gather as many players as possible to form a stronger front line.

ien Invaders (Free)

Monopoly Dash
monopoly dash

st as it did with Scrabble, Hasbro has scaled down its popular real estate game for the Chromecast. Maybe you’ll actually finish a game this time.

Both iOS Android gamers can play, which involves a mixture of Monopoly a Go Fish-style element of trying to guess other players’ cards. 

Once you collect an entire collection of cards from the same real estate group, you can then build houses start collecting rent. If you’re playing against the computer get patient, as sometimes the back–forth jockeying can drag on. 

Monopoly Dash (free)

Trivia Bash
trivia bash

This is another good trivia game that can make for some time battling wits with friends family. It has a good mixture of genres, which should help keeping one person from dominating the gameplay. 

Everyone can answer even if someone gets it correct, but the faster you are the more points you earn. You can add in some personality by choosing one of many different avatars.

Trivia Bash (free)

MemoryCast
memorycast

If you enjoy playing games like Memory where you must use your recall, then you’ll probably like MemoryCast.

You flip the cards using your phone to find the matching pairs. These pop up on the big screen: your phone is only used to select which cards to reveal. You can pick different genres like animals or space depending on what you feel like playing with that day. You can play solo to test your memory, or compete against up to six others.

One annoyance: you have to watch a TV ad between rounds. ile the game is free, it’s a $4.99 in-app upgrade to nix the ads. Still, the simple memory game is a good choice for small kids.

MemoryCast (free)