The Top Ten Most Fun Chromecast Games

Android and iOS fans, this is for you

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Google Chromecast is commonly used to stream movies, shows and other video content directly to your TV. This handy little dongle does a fine job of accomplishing that task, but that's not all it's good for.

An area where Chromecast also shines is gaming, functionality that many of its owners are not even aware exists. Games are installed and casted from your Android or iOS device, many which allow for multiplayer participation on your television - making Chromecast gaming fun for the whole family.

Below are our top ten Chromecast games, with each title supporting either one or both mobile platforms.

Angry Birds Friends

Angry Birds Friends Chromecast

Angry Birds Friends takes the well-known game and ports it to a tournament structure, pitting you against friends and strangers as you ascend to higher levels. Multiple types of challenges are available, each with their own rules and rewards, letting you prove your prowess in stopping those pesky pigs from getting your eggs. Theme-based tournaments take place at different points throughout the year as well, giving you a chance to earn special prizes often related to a particular holiday.

What We Like
Trying to climb the leaderboards is almost as addictive as the actual game itself.

What We Don't Like
The in-game purchases can be pretty expensive if you play regularly.

Supported on the following platforms:

Angry Birds Go!

Screenshot of the Angry Birds Go logo.

What's this? Two Angry Birds games in the top ten?!? Don't fret. This app is nothing like Angry Birds in the traditional sense, although it does feature Chuck, Red, Terence, King Pig and many of the original game's favorite characters. The difference here is that instead of bird flinging you're downhill racing on colorful 3D tracks in either local or multiplayer mode. With a bevy of tracks and off-road terrain available as well as the ability to upgrade to souped-up karts, there are virtually hundreds of hours of gameplay here before things grow stale. You can even purchase Telepods figures, which let you teleport characters into the game by placing them on your smartphone or tablet's camera.

What We Like
It has a Mario Kart feel to it, which is always a positive.

What We Don't Like
Crashes too often (especially on advertisements) and takes up quite a bit of space.

Supported on the following platforms:

Chess

chess Chromecast

This game has a fairly basic chess interface, providing the ability to tweak the AI based on your level of play. Ad-free and devoid of unnecessary clutter, the app also lets you play online and includes the Bobby Fischer-inspired Chess960 variation.

What We Like
It supports Fischer Random Chess and allows you to install additional UCI engines.

What We Don't Like
The addition of next move recommendations, as well as the ability to toggle them on and off, would be a nice option for beginners.

Supported on the following platforms:

Deer Hunter 2018

Deer Hunter 2018 Chromecast

A staple in bars and arcades for years, the Deer Hunter series revolves around pursuing big game animals through a combination of precise marksmanship and lightning-fast reaction times. Chromecast lets you come close to simulating the coin-operated experience by projecting the action-packed shooter onto your big-screen TV. Deer Hunter 2018 also features trophy collections and leaderboards, allowing you to compete against others just like the arcade version.

What We Like
Vivid graphics and smooth gameplay.

What We Don't Like
Like a lot of free games, you'll eventually need to spend some money if you want to keep advancing gear-wise as you play in higher regions.

Supported on the following platforms:

Draw King

Draw King Chromecast

Draw King brings old favorite Pictionary into the modern era, replacing a paper sketchpad with your smartphone and Chromecast-connected TV. The concept is similar, where players have to guess what the other is drawing and points are earned on both sides when successful. This is the type of game that is simply perfect for the Android/Chromecast setup, with the potential to transform a dull evening into a laugh-filled riot.

What We Like
The perfect app for when you have company visiting.

What We Don't Like
Forces you to reset often, which can be a real pain if you're playing for hours.

Supported on the following platforms:

Just Dance Now

Just Dance Now Chromecast

Just Dance Now helps get those feet in motion to a mix of today's most popular songs needing nothing but your smartphone and Chromecast, stepping along to choreographed rhythms while tracking how many calories you've burned. Custom playlists ensure that you only hear what you want to, unlocking additional tunes as you earn digital coins. The game's social aspects let you dance with others from around the globe, making it feel like you're at a party while showing off your latest moves from the comfort of your living room.

What We Like
Ubisoft actually seems invested in the long-term quality of the app, which is reflected in the updates.

What We Don't Like
The stringent waiting system for new coins significantly limits how often you can dance. Unless you want to spend real money, that is.

Supported on the following platforms:

Motion Tennis Cast

Motion Tennis Cast Chromecast

Just because you might not have a Nintendo Wii doesn't mean that you can't play a motion-controlled tennis match in front of your television. Motion Tennis Cast combines your smartphone's motion detection with Chromecast to make you feel like you're actually out on the court serving and volleying. You're given the choice to play on grass, clay or a synthetic surface as you take on the computer or challenge real players online, all the while recording how much exercise you're getting in the game's calorie tracking feature.

What We Like
When working as expected, the app provides a fairly realistic tennis experience.

What We Don't Like
It needs sensor improvements, which probably aren't coming since the app hasn't been updated since 2015.

Supported on the following platforms:

RISK: Global Domination

RISK Global Domination Chromecast

Seinfeld fans may think of RISK as the game that made Kramer and Newman take drastic measures to get an edge, going as far as breaking into Jerry's apartment to shift game pieces around. This classic title tends to get the competitive juices flowing, with a lofty goal like ruling the world tough to resist.

Adapted for the big-screen and Chromecast, RISK: Global Domination lets you test your strategy with up to six players, no matter if they're sitting on your couch or sitting halfway around the world. Defend what's yours and attempt to conquer other lands as you work your way up the leaderboard ranks in a truly addictive, engaging contest.

What We Like
This app isn't perfect, but it's one of the best digital adaptations of RISK we've come across.

What We Don't Like
The seemingly large number of cheaters constantly lurking in online multiplayer mode.

Supported on the following platforms:

Tankcast

Tankcast Chromecast

An old-fashioned game reminisicent of early Atari or ColecoVision titles, Tankcast lets you battle one-on-one on your Chromecast-connected TV. Gamers from a certain generation will be brought back to their youth as soon as they fire upon their opponent, while younger folks can experience the simple yet fun gameplay of yesteryear.

What We Like
It brings back nostalgia.

What We Don't Like
Controls can take some getting used to, even in such a basic game.

Supported on the following platforms:

Twitch

Twitch Chromecast

While Twitch isn't technically a game in itself, it belongs on this list because of the hours of entertainment that it can provide to gamers with a Chromecast. Watch previously recorded or real-time streams of professional gamers and others, chiming in on live chat throughout the experience. Sure, you can watch these streams on your phone or tablet. But casting them to your flat screen sounds much better, doesn't it?

What We Like
Does an excellent job of bringing the Twitch livestream experience to your television.

What We Don't Like
You won't find many of the customizable settings offered in the computer-based version.

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