The Best Console and PC Games on Android

Thanks to Android having powerful hardware such as the Shield TV, and plenty of controllers for players to use, Android gamers can get more than just games built for mobile. In fact, Android is in a position to get more games that originally released for console and PC thanks to Google Play allowing for games that require controllers to exist on the store. On iOS and even Apple TV, games must support the touchscreen and remote, respectively. This creates problems, such as games that don't work well with the Apple TV remote. So, while iOS devices could theoretically power some of these games, only Android gamers can play these games on their tablets and Android TV. While some of these games require powerful hardware, and controllers, if you have the equipment to do so, you can enjoy all sorts of great games for yourself.

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Portal for Android

This game is an absolute gaming classic. The game is brief but doesn't overstay its welcome, as you quickly discover the secrets of Aperture Science and its Portal Testing Initiative. GLaDOS remains one of the great villains in gaming. The puzzles and atmosphere are still ingeniously done. This game is a must-play for anyone, and if you've yet to try it out, why not grab an Android device and play it now? And if you want some more Valve classics, Half-Life 2 and its first and second episode are on Android as well, though Portal 2 has yet to release on Android.

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Super Meat Boy

Super Meat Boy for Android
Team Meat

The trial platformer genre has become popular on mobile, and many of the games owe a significant debt to Team Meat's take on the genre. Nvidia helped port it over to Android, and you can see many of the elements that helped make other games in this genre so popular. You will need a controller not just in the sense of the game not working without one, but also because the game would be way too difficult without a controller. The challenges are brutal yet plentiful and rewarding, and if you succeed at this, you have truly proven your skills as a gamer.

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel for Android
Gearbox Software

The original game in this series helped popularize the loot-and-shoot genre of which Destiny and other games have since taken up the mantle. This "pre-sequel" taking place after Borderlands 1 and before 2 wasn't developed by Gearbox proper but allows you to collect billions of guns, and do butt-stomps on the moon. And for only $15 for tons of gameplay, it's hard to turn this one down. We just need the other 2 games to show up.

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XCOM: Enemy Within

XCOM: Enemy Within
2K Games/Firaxis

 While many of the games here require controllers, XCOM is a turn-based strategy game that makes great use of the touchscreen. It's also an incredibly deep strategy game that can be extremely punishing if you play on its hardest difficulties. You'll have to be smart and careful as you play, but it can be extremely rewarding. Enemy Within is an expanded version of Enemy Unknown, the remake of the 1994 cult classic.

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Hotline Miami

Hotline Miami
Devolver Digital/Dennaton

Dennaton's top-down action game is all about brutal violence, and the impact of it. Your mysterious protagonist is sent on missions to kill large numbers of people, and it's up to you to discover why. Survival is not guaranteed, and one mistake will mess you up. The game is an interesting contradiction, as it presents ultraviolence to you while not letting you feel good about it. It's a fascinating atmosphere to a game, and incredibly captivating, much like many Devolver Digital titles. The soundtrack is well worth it to plug headphones into your device. The electronic tracks help add to the mood and devastating nature of the entire product. The sequel Hotline Miami 2 can also be had for Android.

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Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight
Yacht Club Games

This is the best retro-inspired platformer you can get right now. Inspired by Mega Man, Castlevania, DuckTales, and all manner of 8-bit era games, you play as the shovel-wielding hero as you try to defeat the Order of the No Quarter, including the mysterious Enchantress. The levels have some neat platforming tricks up their sleeves, along with secrets to discover. This game feels a lot like it could have been made in the 80's and become an all-time classic but in the mid-2010s.​ Virt's soundtrack is wonderful too. And the Plague of Shadows expansion dramatically changes the game, to boot. The catch here is that the game is currently an Amazon exclusive, so you'll need a Fire TV to play it. But if you do, then you need to, as it's one of the finest platformers out there.

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance for Android

Stylistic violence experts Platinum Games pair up with Kojima Productions on this 3D action game. You play as the sword-wielding Raiden, and you get to do all sorts of acrobatic stunts to engage in some crazy combat. The combat isn't just mindless chaos: the game rewards you for smart kills, and you can use a free-swinging sword mode to precisely cut your enemies in a way to absorb more energy and get more points. Giant boss fights are part of the fun too. And if you like verbose dialogue, but maybe not on the par of the overly-verbose Metal Gear Solid 4, you'll love this. Right now, this one is only on Nvidia Shield TV, and it shows: it looks fantastic, and clearly pushes the device to its limits.

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Super Mega Baseball

Super Mega Baseball
Metalhead Software

It may not be a licensed MLB simulation, but it's an amazing baseball game nonetheless. It's a very playable baseball game, with hitting and pitching systems that are simple to use but provide enough complexity for players who want fine control and timing. Friendly enough for beginners to get, but deep enough for baseball fans to enjoy, this is one of the best games in its genre for Android, or on any platform, period.

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Titan Souls

Screenshot of Titan Souls for Android
Devolver Digital/Acid Nerve

No word on if or when Dark Souls will actually hit mobile, and we don't just mean in a Slashy Souls capacity. Regardless, if you want a brutal challenge where one mistake is your doom, then this is your game. Each boss can be taken down in one hit, but finding that weak spot is the challenge, as bosses often only have the exposed for a very short bit. It's not a game for the impatient or weak-willed. But those who are willing to learn patterns and enjoy striking at the right moment, this is the game for you. It's also a gorgeous game with a haunting atmosphere.

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Super Slam Dunk Touchdown

Super Slam Dunk Touchdown for Android
Tipping Goat/Nvidia Shield Partners

It's a joke of people who don't know sports – or mocking non-sports fans – to mix up terminology. "That batter did a slam dunk into the end zone!" Well, in this game, they will finally be vindicated. This multiplayer sports game is all about combining all sorts of sports into one massive amalgamation of a game. It's goofy fun, with several different ways that you can play based on the type of athlete you choose, with different scoring mechanisms. Grab some controllers, some friends, and have a great time.