Considering that you are reading this, we assume that you have already read the first part of this article, but if you haven’t, you may want to check it to see a few more games. Once again, the Amazon Fire TV can do so much more than just connect to the Internet and stream movies and television shows, it is also capable of playing high resolution games flawlessly. The only thing required from you to be able to play them is an Amazon Fire TV Game Controller, which costs around $49.99.
If you already have Amazon’s game controller, then you only need the games, and we have an amazing list of awesome titles below that range from adventure games to sports games. Now, we know that you are already excited to read the list of games that are included here, so we won’t try to keep you waiting even longer. Go ahead and check out the games listed below, and we have also provided you the links to the download site, so check that out as well.
Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove
Genre: Action, 2D Platformer
Developer: Yacht Club Games
Publisher: Yacht Club Games
Consoles/Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, OS X, Linux, Amazon Fire TV
Initial Release Date: June 26, 2014
Amazon Fire TV Release Date: August 27, 2015
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
For a game that started off as a kick-starter campaign, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove has become very successful and well received during its official release. This game is a 2D side-scrolling action platformer developed and published by an American indie game development company, Yacht Club Games. Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove was first released for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, and the Wii U on June 26, 2014, then was ported to the Mac OS X and Linux devices in September of the same year. Nearly a year later, in April 2015, ports for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and the Xbox One were released, and then in August, another port was released for the Amazon Fire TV. Finally, the game found its way to the Nintendo Switch console after it was ported in March 2017.
As mentioned earlier, Shovel Knight is a 2D side-scroller that places the player in control of the Shovel Knight (who else?) as he ventures to different worlds to collect treasures and defeat the Order of No Quarter. The game is presented in a retro-style 8-bit graphics to give players a feeling of playing simple, old-school games in the past, especially those that were released for the NES and Atari platforms. As his name suggests, the protagonist uses a shovel both for attacking enemies and defending himself, and he can also use his weapon/tool for digging up treasures that are buried beneath the surface.
For the Amazon Fire TV port of Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, it already includes the other campaigns that were only DLCs from the previous ports. These include the Shovel of Hope, Plague of Shadows, and the Specter of Torment campaigns, plus an additional King Knight’s campaign that is set to be released in 2018. Lastly, a Battle Mode feature is also added that allows up to four players to play in a no-holds-barred duel, and this too is set to be released in 2018.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Developers: Sonic Team, Sega Technical Institute
Consoles/Platforms: Sega Genesis, Nintendo 3DS, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV
Initial Release Date: November 21, 1992
Amazon Fire TV Release Date: December 23, 2013
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Every Sega Genesis owner in the past will know who Sonic the Hedgehog is, and this character is a blue anthropomorphic mammal who is capable of running at speeds that nearly defy the speed of light, and is also able to curl into a ball that is useful for attacking enemies. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 serves as the follow-up entry to Sonic the Hedgehog and is a game that was developed by Sonic Team—a video game development division of Sega—and published by Sega Games Co., Ltd. This game was originally released for the Sega Genesis console in November 1992, then a remastered version was developed and released for the Amazon Fire TV as well as devices running iOS and Android in December 2013. And then in 2015, the game was also ported to the Nintendo 3DS.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2, just like its predecessor, is a side-scrolling platform game, though in a few special stages where Sonic runs through a half-pipe-like course to collect rings, the camera angle is changed to a behind the back third-person perspective, presenting these stages in 3D. But for the entire duration of the game, the player controls Sonic the Hedgehog as he goes through different stages and worlds to collect rings and defeat enemies, while also pursuing the antagonist, Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik, who is planning on ruling the world with the use of the Chaos Emeralds and an entire army of evil robots powered by trapped animals. This game also marks the first appearance of Sonic’s best friend and sidekick, Miles “Tails” Prower, as he accompanies Sonic through all levels and worlds.
Rebuilt from scratch, the Amazon Fire TV version offers enhanced graphics, widescreen display support, and the ability to run at 60 frames per second. New features that were added to this version include the all new “Boss Attack Mode” that challenges players in defeating all of the game’s most treacherous bosses in a single run, and in this mode, you can also choose to play Knuckles. Another added feature is the mysterious Hidden Palace Zone, which introduces players to an entirely new level filled with enemies and hazards that have never been encountered before.
Five Nights at Freddy’s
Genre: Point and Click, Survival Horror
Developer: Scott Cawthon
Publisher: Scott Cawthon
Consoles/Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Android, iOS
Initial Release Date: August 8, 2014
Amazon Fire TV Release Date: August 26, 2014
Rating: 4.4 out of 5 Stars
Welcome yourself if you dare, to the world of Freddy Fazbear and his friends, Bonnie the Rabbit, Chica the Chicken, and Foxy the Pirate. Five Nights at Freddy’s gave an entirely new meaning to both the survival-horror and point-and-click genres. This game resulted from the poor reception of the developer’s previous game, Chipper and Sons Lumber Co., which is a supposedly family-friendly game with characters that were meant to be cute, but received comments from many gamers saying that they look like creepy animatronic animals. As a result, the game’s developer decided to take these criticisms positively and make an entirely different game that had animal characters that were meant to be creepy, and this gave birth to a surprisingly good horror video game.
Five Nights at Freddy’s is a point-and-click survival horror video game both developed and published by Scott Cawthon, an independent game developer with games such as The Desolate Hope, Sit ‘N Survive, and There Is No Pause Button! under his name. He developed this game with the use of the Clickteam Fusion 2.5 engine and made it available to the public in August 2014 for Microsoft Windows, Android, and Amazon Fire TV, and in September 2014 for the iOS. This game was highly acclaimed during its release mainly because as a survival horror game, it was a breath of fresh air since it gave inhibited players from moving, only allowing them to look side to side. This mechanic gave players a claustrophobic feeling, with the only ways to keep themselves from getting killed is by monitoring the surveillance cams, checking the hall lights, and closing the office doors, all the while trying to conserve the facility’s very limited power supply. Because of the popularity of this game, it resulted in so many “Let’s Play” videos and live streams from many YouTube gamers.
The player takes control of a night duty security guard named Mike Schmidt, as he goes through five nights at the Freddy Fazbear Pizzeria, trying to survive six hour shifts that start at midnight. To make things bad, the animatronics are haunted by the souls of children who have been missing and seemingly killed by a serial killer, and these haunted animatronics “wake up” during midnight and wander within the establishment. What’s even worse is that, according to the establishment’s policy of prohibiting mascots from walking around not wearing their costumes, if an animatronic sees a human being, they look at them as an animatronic without a costume and will forcibly try to stuff them inside one. This would have been fine if the costume was empty, but since they are already filled with metal pieces and wires, doing this can kill the human being stuffed.
Previously, we wrote an article about the best games for Halloween night that also featured Five Nights at Freddy’s, so you might want to check that out as well.
Publisher: Mojang, Microsoft Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment
Consoles/Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS, Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone, Mac OS X, iOS, Apple TV, Linux, Android, Amazon Fire TV
Initial Release Date: November 18, 2011
Amazon Fire TV Release Date: September 13, 2012
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
This has got to be one of the highest rated and most played sandbox game ever, but before we start discussing about this game, I think it is best to talk about what sandbox games are all about. Sandbox video games are those that give players the freedom to do whatever they want, whenever they want, and how they want to approach the content that have been made available to them. From other interpretations, sandbox games are those that have no rules and have open-ended choices, just like children’s sandboxes. With sandbox games, players are free from any missions or objectives and may be able to do any activity they desire from within the game.
Back to the game, Minecraft is a sandbox video game both developed and published by Mojang, but was also published by other gaming companies for other platforms. For the Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows Phone, and Windows 10 versions, the publishers were Microsoft Studios; while for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita versions, it was published by Sony Computer Entertainment. To make things clearly, here are the release dates of the game according to the platform:
- November 2011 – Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android
- May 2012 – Xbox 360
- December 2013 – PlayStation 3
- September 2014 – PlayStation 4, Xbox One
- October 2014 – PlayStation Vita
- December 2014 – Windows Phone
- December 2015 – Nintendo Wii U
- December 2016 – Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV
- May 2017 – Nintendo Switch
Minecraft is a sandbox game that presents itself in blocks or cubes that resemble 8-bit graphics, although it is actually in 3D, and it gives players a choice between a first or third-person perspective. Again, since there are no specific goals for players to follow, they will have the freedom to choose on how to play the game. The game’s open world is infinite and is probably one of the largest open worlds in gaming history. Features in the Amazon Fire TV version of Minecraft is that it has Xbox Live support, and it is also cross platform, meaning players may be able to play alongside those from other platforms including PlayStation 4 or Nintendo Switch.
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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Developer: BioWare Corp.
Publisher: LucasArts Entertainment Company, LLC.
Consoles/Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox, Mac OS X, iOS, Android, Amazon Fire TV
Initial Release Date: July 15, 2003
Amazon Fire TV Release Date: November 25, 2015
Rating: 3.6 out of 5 Stars
Considered by many critics as one of the best video games ever made, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic has been very well-received upon its initial release and has also been nominated for (and won) numerous awards including Best Story, Best Character Development, Original Game Character of 2004, #2 in a top ten list of the best video game plot twists of all time, and #3 in IGN’s list of the Best Games of the Decade (2000 to 2009). According to one review site, they have stated that Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is one of the most influential works of the Star Wars Expanded Universe.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is an action role-playing game developed by BioWare and published by LucasArts. The game was first released for the original Xbox console and Microsoft Windows in 2003, then for the Mac OS X in 2004. The game was then made available for download on Steam in 2009, then on the Mac App Store in 2011. In May 2013 and December 2014, the game was released for iOS and Android devices, respectively. Lastly, on November 25, 2015, a version of the game was made available for the Amazon Fire TV.
The game is set within the Star Wars universe, and takes place roughly 4000 years prior to the formation of the Galactic Empire. Players will have to choose a character from among three basic classes at the beginning of the game, and then later will need to choose from three Jedi subclasses. Just like most RPGs, the player will need to level up and update the stats of their characters, which can be done by gaining experience from combat and enemy encounters. In addition to the usual RPG gameplay mechanics, players may be allowed to engage in several mini-games to gain either money or experience.
For the Amazon Fire TV version of the game, it has fully HID controller support for gamers who prefer the original control scheme. The developers assure gamers, especially fans of the original version, that this version of the game has not been slimmed down in any way and that gamers will enjoy the full experience of Star Wars; Knights of the Old Republic. Plus, an achievement feature is added to this version, which is a first for this game.
Call of Duty: Heroes
Genre: Real-time Strategy
Developer: Faceroll Games
Publisher: Activision Publishing, Inc.
Consoles/Platforms: Microsoft Windows 10, iOS, Android, Amazon Fire TV
Initial Release Date: November 25, 2014
Amazon Fire TV Release Date: November 25, 2014
Rating: 4.6 out of 5 Stars
For a war game that competed with the likes of Medal of Honor and Battlefield, Activision’s Call of Duty video game series has been highly successful with the fourteen titles that they have released since 2003, that’s excluding the spin-off titles that were released in both previous generation consoles and mobile devices. Speaking of titles released for mobile devices, Call of Duty: Heroes is actually the third game that was released exclusively for both Android and iOS devices. The first title released was Call of Duty: Zombies in 2009, then followed by Call of Duty: Strike Team that was released in 2013.
Call of Duty: Heroes is a free-to-download real-time strategy game developed by Faceroll Games and published by Activision. It was released for iOS, Android, Amazon Fire TV, and Windows 10 devices on November 25, 2014. Unlike the previous two titles that were released on mobile devices, with Zombies played in first-person perspective, and Strike Team as both an FPS and a strategy games, Heroes is entirely played as a real-time strategy game, similar to mobile device titles such as Clash of Clans, Lords Mobile, and Age of Empires: Castle Siege.
With Call of Duty: Heroes, players may be allowed to take control of iconic heroes from the entire Call of Duty franchise, with each one having their own progression system. Players may also be able to train their army using units from other Call of Duty games, including the Juggernauts and CLAWs. And since this is a mobile game, players may be able to team up with friends and form alliances to dominate your enemies.
Asphalt 8: Airborne
Genre: Racing Simulation
Consoles/Platforms: Microsoft Windows 8, Windows Phone, iOS, Android, Amazon Fire TV
Initial Release Date: August 22, 2013
Amazon Fire TV Release Date: August 23, 2013
Rating: 4.2 out of 5 Stars
The next two games on this list will be all about racing, with the first one being Asphalt 8: Airborne. This video game series has already made a name for themselves especially on mobile devices, with over fourteen titles released, starting with Asphalt: Urban GT in 2004, and the most recent one being Asphalt Street Storm which was released in 2016. Because many of the more recent games were released without any announcement made, Airborne is being considered the eighth main entry to the entire series.
Asphalt 8: Airborne is a racing simulation game both developed and published by Gameloft, and was first released worldwide on August 22, 2013, for Android and iOS devices. The following day, on August 23, 2013, the game was also released for the Amazon Fire TV. And then in November of the same year, the game was made available for both Windows computers and mobile devices. During its release, the game garnered positive reviews mainly because of the new jump-focused gameplay. Asphalt 8: Airborne was considered by many as the best entry in the Asphalt series and became the leading game in its genre.
In Asphalt 8: Airborne, players get to choose from over 195 high-performance cars and 5 motorcycles from world-class vehicle manufacturers including Dodge, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and Ferrari. The main feature that made this game superior and unique from the others in the genre is the ability to perform jumps and stunts with your cars with the use of ramps. With the emphasis of doing gravity-defying stunts in addition to the racing mechanic, you now know why they added the term “Airborne” to the main title.
Real Racing 3
Genre: Racing Simulation
Developer: Firemonkeys Studios
Publisher: Electronic Arts Inc.
Consoles/Platforms: iOS, Android, Amazon Fire TV
Initial Release Date: February 28, 2013
Amazon Fire TV Release Date: February 28, 2013
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 Stars
Here is the other racing game that we mentioned to you earlier, as opposed to the previous one that defied the law of physics, Real Racing 3 keeps itself grounded and leans more toward realism. From Electronic Arts, the widely popular game developing industry that created titles including The Sims, Rock Band, Mass Effect, Dead Space, the Command & Conquer series, and many more highly acclaimed games, Real Racing 3 is considered to be the mobile counterpart of Need for Speed, which is another racing title developed by Electronic Arts.
Real Racing 3 is a racing game developed by Firemonkeys Studios and published by Electronic Arts exclusively for mobile devices. It is the third entry to the Real Racing game series, with the first title released in 2009 and the second one released in 2010. The game was initially released for iOS, Android, and Amazon Fire TV on February 28, 2013. The game is totally free for downloading, though enhancements to the game can only be obtained through in-app purchases.
Real Racing 3 features over 199 licensed cars from 33 manufacturers including Porsche, Ford, McLaren, and Ferrari, and over 18 racetracks based on actual locations. Here, you may be able to compete in over 900 events, including cup races, drag races, and eliminations. And unlike previous titles in the series, players will need to do maintenance and conditioning to their vehicles for it to perform at its best, and this usually requires the use of in-game currency and real-world time.
To enjoy the full realism of this game, including the sound effects, you may want to wear high quality headphones when playing Real Racing 3 and may just have a list of the best gaming headsets in 2017.
Madden NFL Football
Developer: Electronic Arts (EA) Sports
Publisher: Electronic Arts (EA) Sports
Consoles/Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, iOS, Android, Amazon Fire TV
Initial Release Date: March 22, 2011
Amazon Fire TV Release Date: November 18, 2014
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
The last game in this list is another sports game from Electronic Arts, but among the games under the EA Sports division of the industry, Madden NFL Football has been considered by many gamers and critics alike as the best one for mobile devices. Though the reception is very mixed in versions that were released for other platforms, the mobile version has been widely received with very positive reviews, it’s as though this game has been well-optimized for mobile devices and for the Amazon Fire TV.
Madden NFL Football is a sports video game both developed and published by EA Sports, which is a division of Electronic Arts that focuses mainly on developing sports games. This game was initially released for the Nintendo 3DS in March 2011 to mixed reviews, but was later re-released for iOS, Android, and Amazon Fire TV in November 2014 to very positive reviews.
In Madden NFL Football, players may be able to build their own all-professional football team, and they can make enhancements by connecting to real-time events in NFL 24/7. Improvements in the navigation within live events and longshot have also been made in the most recent update to the game. Lastly, included in the update is the ability to preview the locker items system as they improve during leveling and some new tournament rules for added variety to the gameplay.
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