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There are some great mobile games out there, but the screen size of your smartphone can limit your enjoyment of them. Chromecasts are solving the issue, as they allow you to play mobile games on your big-screen TV.
Here are the best mobile games you can play on your TV using a Google Chromecast.
1. Just Dance Now
Do you want to brush up on your dance skills so you don’t embarrass yourself at weddings? Maybe you’d like to shed a few pounds from the comfort of your own home? Then you need this game.
Just Dance Now has more than 200 songs for you to boogie along with, including the biggest hits (and some of the most popular YouTube videos) of the last few years. You’ll find “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran, “Swish Swish” by Katy Perry, and a whole lot more. New songs are added every month.
The Social Mode lets you add an unlimited number of players, and it can even send the amount of calories you burn to health apps on your phone.
2. Tricky Titans
Tricky Titans offers a surprisingly fun twist on one of the all-time playground classics: Rock, Paper, Scissors.
It’s one of the few games on Google Play Store that’s not smartphone or tablet-compatible. You need a Chromecast if you want to play it.
The game sees you take control of an ogre who has to defend his village while simultaneously destroying his rivals’ villages. On each turn, you can either attack, defend, or power up. Making the wrong decision can see you quickly slip down the leaderboard.
Trick Titans doesn’t have much longevity, but it’s one of the best Chromecast party games available.
3. Angry Birds League/Friends
Do you love Angry Birds but get tired of the same old approach? Angry Birds League (Angry Birds Friends on iOS) introduces competitive gameplay to mix things up.
You can play local tournaments with you and your friends on one TV, or you can sign up for a global championship and see how you stack up against the world’s best bird shooters.
The game features two new tournaments every week, with special themed events for holidays like Christmas, Easter, and Halloween.
The game introduces six new levels per tournament, so it should never become stale.
Cardcast is a clone of Cards Against Humanity. The game is available on both Android and iOS.
The rules will be familiar to anyone who has spent time playing its politically incorrect big brother. The judge of the round draws a card and players submit their responses. The judge decides on the best one and awards the winner with a point. Play progresses through a predetermined number of rounds.
You can download decks from cardcastgame.com or create your own card decks and share them with your friends. The game also shows you the most popular decks in case you want to make sure you’re playing with the same content as everyone else.
Bottom line: It’s another excellent Chromecast party game.
5. RISK: Global Domination
We really like the way board games translate from the physical to the digital. Sure, they might not have that old-fashioned feel to them, but they’re a lot cheaper than buying the full versions of the games. Oh, and it’s also much more difficult for people to cheat while playing!
If you want something that’s guaranteed to get all the players feeling competitive, you can’t go far wrong with the all-time classic, Risk.
The digital version of the title is one of the best Chromecast games to play with a phone. You can play against people from anywhere around the world. And if you want to avoid a whitewash, the game can automatically match you against someone of an equivalent skill level.
In the past, you might have played Big Web Quiz on your Chromecast. Sadly, the game is no longer available.
But that doesn’t mean that you can’t get some Chromecast trivia in your life. Instead, you should check out QuizUp. We’d argue that it’s better than the Big Web Quiz ever was.
The trivia topics are diverse. They cover everything from sports and politics to Harry Potter and Star Trek. You can either play one of the pre-made quizzes or create your own quiz and challenge your friends.
And speaking of friends, QuizUp lets you challenge people from all over the world in a multiplayer game. Of course, you can also have a private trivia session with your friends as well.
If you’re a competitive person, you can check the global leaderboards and see how your knowledge compares with that of other players.
This simply-named app is our favorite way to play chess on your TV screen.
It has a few features that help it to stand out from its competitors. Most notably, it is open source and entirely free from ads.
The graphics are very plain, but we think that’s a good thing. Chess is a game which requires high levels of concentration, so you don’t want to be distracted by flashing lights and other annoying in-app gimmicks.
Of course, the lack of fancy graphics also means that your phone’s battery lasts longer. Given how long some chess games can last, that’s great news.
The Chess app lets you play local games or find other players online for a multiplayer Chromecast experience.
Download: Chess for Android (Free)
Alternatives to Playing Games on a Chromecast
First and foremost, the Chromecast is a video streaming device. It’s not actually designed for gaming. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun with the mobile games mentioned.
Having said that, a dedicated gaming console is always going to be a better option, so for more gaming fun check out our pick of portable games consoles you should buy in 2019.