The 8 Best Chromecast Games

Android and iOS gaming fans, this is for you

Google Chromecast streams movies, shows, and other content directly to your TV. This handy dongle does a fine job of accomplishing that task, but that's not all it's good for. It also casts video games from your Android or iOS device. Below are our picks for some of the top Chromecast games currently available.

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Best Kart Racer: Angry Birds Go!

Angry Birds Go game
What We Like
  • It has a Mario Kart feel to it.

  • Time-limited tournaments.

  • Local multiplayer mode.

What We Don't Like
  • Crashes too often (especially on advertisements).

  • Takes up quite a bit of space.

Angry Birds Go! is nothing like Angry Birds in the traditional sense. However, it features Chuck, Red, Terence, King Pig, and many of the original game's characters. Instead of bird flinging, you downhill race on colorful 3D tracks in either local or multiplayer mode.

With a bevy of tracks and off-road terrain available, and the ability to upgrade to souped-up karts, there are hundreds of hours of gameplay before things grow stale. You can purchase Telepods figures, which you use to teleport characters into the game by placing them on your smartphone or tablet's camera.

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Best Classic Game: Chess

Chess Chromecast
What We Like
  • It supports Fischer Random Chess.

  • Allows you to install additional UCI engines.

  • No ads.

What We Don't Like
  • Next move recommendations, as well as the ability to turn recommendations on and off, would be a nice option for beginners.

This Android game has a basic chess interface that lets you 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.

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Best Hunting Simulator: Deer Hunter 2018

Deer Hunter 2018 Chromecast
What We Like
  • Vivid graphics and smooth gameplay.

  • New locations every month.

  • Seasonal events.

What We Don't Like
  • Like many free games, you must spend money to keep advancing.

  • Contains ads and subscriptions.

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 a big-screen TV. Deer Hunter 2018 also features trophy collections and leaderboards, allowing you to compete against others like in the arcade version.

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Best for Playing with Company: Draw King

Draw King Chromecast
What We Like
  • Great for playing with company.

  • It's basically Pictionary.

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

  • Each player needs an Android device.

Draw King brings the old favorite Pictionary into the modern era, replacing a paper sketchpad with a smartphone and Chromecast-connected TV. The concept is similar, where players guess what the other is drawing, and points are earned on both sides when successful.

This is the type of game that's perfect for the Android and Chromecast setup, with the potential to transform a dull evening into a laugh-filled riot.

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Best for Getting Your Groove On: Just Dance Now

Just Dance Now Chromecast
What We Like
  • Ubisoft seems invested in the long-term quality of the app, which is reflected in the updates.

  • More than 500 available songs.

What We Don't Like
  • The stringent waiting system for new coins limits how often you can dance. (Unless you want to spend real money.)

  • Needs a 4G or Wi-Fi connection to work well.

Just Dance Now lets you get your feet in motion to a mix of popular songs using your smartphone and Chromecast while tracking how many calories you burned. Custom playlists ensure 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.

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Best Board Game Adaptation: RISK: Global Domination

RISK Global Domination Chromecast
What We Like
  • One of the best digital adaptations of RISK.

  • Cross-platform multiplayer.

  • Authentic rules.

What We Don't Like
  • A large number of cheaters lurk in online multiplayer mode.

  • Most maps cost money.

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.

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Best Nostalgic Fun: Tankcast

Tankcast Chromecast
What We Like
  • It's very nostalgic.

  • It's simple to play.

What We Don't Like
  • Controls can take some getting used to.

  • Requires two players.

An old-fashioned game reminiscent 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. Younger folks can experience the simple yet fun gameplay of yesteryear.

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Best Non-Game (But Sill Gaming Related) App: Twitch

Twitch Chromecast
What We Like
  • Brings the Twitch livestream experience to your television.

  • Unlimited Lets Plays and esports viewing.

  • Live chat during any broadcast.

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

  • Stream quality depends on the internet connection.

While Amazon Twitch isn't technically a game, it belongs on this list because of the hours of entertainment it provides to gamers with a Chromecast. Watch previously recorded or real-time streams of professional gamers and others, chime in on live chat, and catch the latest esports tournaments. Sure, you can watch these streams on your phone or tablet, but casting them to a flat screen sounds much better, doesn't it?

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