Google’s Android TV ambitions are big. Google doesn’t just want you using the Nexus Player or other Android TV devices as a glorified Chromecast, streaming content from your phone (though you can certainly do that). It wants to build a big ecosystem of apps and games on your TV.
Google even partnered with Asus to make a dedicated gaming controller which is for sale in the Play Store.
Fortunately, you don’t need it to get in on the action—the included remote works as a game controller. Plus, it’s hard to justify dropping $40 on an accessory when the Nexus Player itself is $100. Of course, some games play better than others with simple controls offered by the remote.
So we’ve pulled together the best games that pair well with the remote, which does an admirable job.
There aren’t a ton of titles yet, but the best among the ones I tried show Android TV has promise as a gaming platform. If you have a Nexus Player or are interested in the future of Android TV, check out our list for the best remote-friendly games it has to offer.