If you have an Android TV device and you’re not using it for console-style gaming, you’re really missing out. Whether it’s a set-top box or a TV powered by Google’s platform, Android TV lets you experience all sorts of great big-screen games: revitalized console classics, standout indie games, and even mobile originals enhanced by the living room setting.
But you’ll need a proper game controller. While some games are playable with a remote, many of the best Android TV titles require a gamepad—or are dramatically better with one. Don’t have an Android gamepad? Here are 12 awesome games that might convince you to grab one, and it’s just the tip of the iceberg for Android TV fun. Keep an eye out, however: Google may let you use your phone as an Android TV gamepad in the future, which could save some cash.
Note: The Nvidia Shield TV has an exclusive batch of additional games—including Half-Life 2, Portal, and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel—available that aren’t playable on other Android TV boxes, so we’ve excluded them from this list.