10 Best Free Android TV game app which you can enjoy without gamepad

Not long time past since “Android TV” is released, but some interesting games are already released for this Android TV market. You can enjoy all following game for free. But of course, the app developer is making these game apps for business, there’s a in-app purchase for almost all the games. Usually, you need to pay when you want to resume at gameover timing or you want to get extra power up items in the game.

* The number of installs are based on the time of writing, 2015/10/11.

Despicable Me: Minion Rush

Simple runner action game like Crossy Road, though the difference comes to the graphics which is well-made 3D.

Download on Google Play Store

Crossy Road

  • Installs: 50M ~
  • Offered by: Yodo1 games

It is very simple, “endless arcade hopper” game. Yes, it is endless. You can try and continue as far as you can go. There are many characters, e.g. pack man, chicken, etc. After you get coin in the game or purchasing, you can play the game with these characters.

Download on Google Play Store

Asphalt: Airborne 8

The exciting race game! As you can see, the graphics is so nice and music is also very dynamic and exciting when you play with the TV! I feel it is really good to play with big TV display, rather than just a hand phone.

There are many racing games on Android TV Google Play Store, but many of them requires game pad to play. The game made by Gameloft is very well-made in detail. It can be played without game pads or you can play with remote controllers as well. When I play with SONY BRAVIA, it detected remote controller, and shows the Tutorial specific for this remote controller.

Download on Google Play Store

Red Ball 4

  • Installs: 10M ~
  • Developer: FDG Entertainment GmbH & Co.KG

It is also an simple platform action game. The biggest difference from other game is that hero is ball, which has an inertia to keep rotating.

Download on Google Play Store


  • Installs: 10M ~
  • Offered by: Frogmind

Simple runner action game as well. But it is more simple that only “center” key is enough for playing game. Nice thing is you can enjoy a game. Even you die in the game, you can continue without pay extra money.

Download on Google Play Store

Spider Solitaire

  • Installs: 5M ~
  • Offered by: 1bsyl

The card puzzle game, as you can easily imagine from image. At first I was thinking of a game Solitaire, but it was different. However, the rule is similar so you can play without any explanation if you know the rule of Solitare (and FreeCell). This game is not so difficult, I took around 30 min to win one game. See Wikipedia page for the details.

Download on Google Play Store

Jelly King: Rule The World

  • Installs: 5M ~
  • Offered by: Jellyking Studio

Very simple, easy platform action game. Hold left & right button to collect the ball.

Download on Google Play Store

Does not Commute

  • Installs: 1M ~
  • Offered by: Mediocre

This is a driving game, but not racing game. It was introduced as “A strategic driving game” in the Google Play Store. So why “strategic”? This game is unique that you will drive tens of cars  in the same map, and at the time when you drive new cars, old cars which you have driven interferes the way. You struggle because of your driving… The map made like 1970’s town together with the matching background jazz music makes this game atmosphere cool!

You can play the game only left and right key, thus without game pad. But you feel comfortable with gamepad, since X key can be used to rewind current stage.

Download on Google Play Store

PAC-MAN 256 – Endless Maze

  • Installs: 1M ~
  • Offered by: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe

I think no need to explain what PAC-MAN is. This is derivative version of PAC-MAN, that aims to go up upper and upper of this endless stage, which is similar to Crossy Road.

The game is free without power up, and you can pay as an option to get extra power up.

Download on Google Play Store

Sky Force Anniversary

  • Installs: 10K ~
  • Offered by: Infinite Dreams

Shooting game. The number of install looks small, this is just because the game is provided only for Android TV devices, while all other game apps above are provided both Android phone and TV devices.

You can also enjoy multi-player play. For example 1P uses remote controller & 2P uses game pad.

Download on Google Play Store


Game is now cross-platform

I could notice current game market trend during summarizing this post. Now game is made for cross-platform. Most of the popular game app is not only for Android TV, but it is for PC, Play Station 3 or 4, Wii, Android phone/tablet etc.  So, big game software companies are just importing existing game into Android TV platform. Since it was already made for other platform (using a big development cost), the quality of these cross-platform game is usually quite nice.

Importance of beautiful graphics and background music/sound

After experiencing to play Android TV games, I felt Android TV game and Android phone game are different. We can enjoy dynamic, beautiful graphics with big screen. Just a difference of screen size? I would say the difference of screen size provides different user experience!!!

Also, the importance of sound becomes much higher.  You might play Android phone games with mute, however, you definitely play Android TV games with (maybe big) sound. Especially for racing games or shooting games, the dynamic sound makes user’s emotion more exciting. Additionally, home theater system provides you much presence for the game.

Simple game is also just fine

As written above, most popular apps are high quality. Graphics is smooth 3D, and sound is also created deeply to express game world’s atmosphere.

This is an opposite comment from above, but there also is a demand to play simple, easy game for just enjoy a slice of time. It is possible to reach more than 1 Million download with simple game apps (like Jelly king, PAC-MAN), 1 Million is quite enough number isn’t it?

What kind of game is not yet on the Android TV market?

There already is action, racing, shooting, simple platform game on Google Play Store, even though the future market growth of Android TV market is not known yet.

As one opinion, I felt Music game is interesting. I found the app “Radiohammer Station” on Google Play Store, but it was not optimized for Android TV device yet. I could not play with game pad key.

Another category is Social game like FarmVille. Especially, it is a interesting topic to consider game for women. For example, housewife is alone in the house on the daytime of weekday, they are important target for TV market to consider.

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