Must-Play Android Games on NVIDIA SHIELD

by Brian Choi

NVIDIA’s SHIELD family of devices, including its next-generation entertainment platform SHIELD Android TV, features a diverse and constantly expanding library of great games in every genre. Whether you’re into playing visually stunning action games or more indie flavored gaming experiences fit for the whole family, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on SHIELD, which is home to the very best in Android gaming. Here is a look at several must-play Android games on SHIELD you shouldn’t miss out on.

Bomb Squad

BombSquad is a multi-player party game where up to 8 players can blow each other up in mini-games ranging from capture the flag to hockey. The game featuring gratuitous explosions, advanced ragdoll face-plant physics, local and networked multiplayer, and extensive controller support so everyone can get in on the action. Bombs away!


Play NBA Jam with your favorite stars from all 30 NBA teams in over-the-top, high-flying, 2-on-2 arcade basketball just like you remember it – and like you’ve never seen before! If you’re from the Old School, you’ll feel the ‘90s nostalgia while you play the hottest arcade sports game on the Android Market. Featuring the voice of Tim Kitzrow (the original NBA JAM play-by-play announcer), you’ll hear all the classic catchphrases plus a few new ones. This JAM is all about “boomshakalaka”- and beyond!

The Witness

Indie game designer Jonathan Blow became well-known to the gaming world for Braid, a time manipulation based platforming adventure that became an enormous critical and commercial success. The influential developer has since returned with another thought-provoking puzzler, The Witness, which is now available to download and enjoy on the new NVIDIA SHIELD TV.


Fasten your seatbelt, start your engines and invite your friends over for some seriously chaotic single-screen multiplayer racing for up to 8 players in HOTLAP HEROES. Powerslide around the tracks solo in practice mode, or jump, barge and crash your way into some intense multiplayer racing by downloading the free “Hotlap Heroes: Controller” app for your smartphone or tablet and find out once and for all – who will be crowned king in multiplayer competition!

Asphalt 8: Airborne

Asphalt 8: Airborne, the best Android arcade racing game series reaches a new turning point! Perform dynamic, high-speed aerial stunts in an intense driving experience powered by a brand-new physics engine! This is a game for fans of extreme arcade racing, with real dream cars and phenomenal graphics that will also please racing simulation enthusiasts.

Super Mega Baseball

With the 2017 baseball season in full swing, if you’re a fan of “America’s Pastime” then you’re gonna love Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings on NVIDIA SHIELD. Sporting a bevy of what the developers describe as “semi-athletic baseball stars,” Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings is the perfect game for either solo play or multiplayer action for up to four players. The perfect baseball game to play on your couch with friends, in Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings, players can compete in single player and co-op seasons.

Doom 3 BFG Edition

This BFG in Doom 3 BFG Edition is not for “Big Friendly Giant…” Or “Big Freaking Game…” Although it could mean that. This huge bundle of classic FPS games includes an updated version of Doom 3, plus Doom II, and the 1993 original – the game that kickstarted the entire first-person shooter revolution. Also included are the Doom 3 expansion packs Resurrection of Evil and The Lost Mission, Doom II’s No Rest For The Living, and the original’s extra chapter, Thy Flesh Consumed.


The Myst PC game series still stands as one of the most iconic and influential adventure video game franchises, ever. Each entry in the critically-acclaimed series transports gamers to vibrant worlds filled with haunting locales to explore, and ingenious puzzles to solve. The franchise’s impact on the overall industry can’t be dismissed either, as it was one of the first properties to take advantage of the then-emerging compact-disc (CD) format. It’s accessible yet challenging gameplay also attracted a new generation of gamers—and it still holds up today as a visceral, must-play mystery adventure that’s been completely revamped in realMyst.

Half-Life 2: Episodes 1 and 2

Half-Life 2: Episode One advances one of the most critically acclaimed and best-selling action games of all time, Half-Life 2, with new story and action. In Episode One, the player will unveil new secrets of City 17, engage in award-winning physical gameplay, and interact with stunning creatures. Episode Two extends the award-winning Half-Life gameplay with unique weapons, vehicles, and newly-spawned creatures.


Afterloop is a gorgeous puzzle game from developer eXiin. It’s simple in its concept but employs a few basic elements in increasingly inventive ways. The game puts players in control of a cute little robot that has to manipulate blocks in order to escape a series of confined environments. The added dimension here is that in addition to moving obstacles in a single direction, you can also cause groups of blocks to interact with one another. The free-to-play model is also well implemented so you get a lot of quality gameplay for free without having to upgrade.

Stickman Soccer 2016

With the UEFA European Championship in full swing, now is a great time to get your soccer game on. Stickman Soccer 2016 is a brilliantly simple yet satisfying representation of the sport. In this latest update to the original Stickman Soccer you can take part in the France 2016 tourney featuring 24 teams, three rounds, and the knockout stages. Outside of the current French soccer extravaganza, you can participate in US, European, and women’s seasons.

Skateboard Party 3

The latest iteration of Ratrod Studio Inc.’s skate simulator, Skateboard Party 3, features Greg Lutzka and a vast array of in-game options. There are 16 skaters to play as and each and every one of them can be upgraded and customized with outfits, shoes, boards, trucks, and wheels. Solo players can attempt the 70 challenges in career mode while friends can go head-to-head to land the baddest tricks. Best of all it’s optimized for SHIELD bringing HD visuals, anti-aliasing, bloom and High Dynamic Range to the table.

Alto’s Adventure

Alto’s Adventure is an experience that aims to soothe the spirit rather than inflame it. The adventure game combines sublime, pastel-shaded landscapes and ambient sounds to soulful effect with a premise that sees you snowboarding down a remote mountain in order to save your escaped flock of goats, while using tricks, jumps and grinds to amass points and in-game currency. As you slide down the eternal mountainscape, you will be called upon to land spectacular backflips, jump huge chasms, and avoid failure with the additional aim of making your scarf grow ever longer.

Crush Your Enemies

Developers Vile Monarch felt they needed to boil down the real-time strategy genre (RTS) to its most satisfying elements. The result is the straightforward yet irresistibly fun Crush Your Enemies. Players find themselves on a map consisting of a grid of squares upon which they place units with the aim of capturing land, taking over buildings or settlements and engaging in battle. You are able to employ the skills of peasants, warriors, and archers taking on the enemy in an engrossing battle of wits.

Space Hulk

Tabletop war gamers will likely be familiar with the joys of Games Workshop’s Space Hulk, which is set in the Warhammer universe. Developed by Full Control, Space Hulk’s premise is that a starship has been overrun by extraterrestrial Tyranid Genestealers and a squad of Space Marines, called the Blood Angels, is sent onboard to clear them out. What follows is a tactical turn-based battle of good versus evil with the added complication that the spaceship’s corridors are narrow so players have to find the best locations to take on the bad guys. It’s claustrophobic, extremely enjoyable, and a worthwhile entry in the ever-expanding Warhammer universe.


If relentlessly addictive games that put your reflexes to the test are something you enjoy, you’ll definitely want to give metaBall a spin on SHIELD. metaBall harkens back to the old school days of gaming where some games featured almost punishingly difficult challenges that kept you coming back for more in an effort to beat your personal high score. Your objective in the game is to roll a metal ball through a series of picturesque floating mazes in order to reach a gemstone that signals the end of the level. There are hazards such as blocks that redirect your ball, moving platforms and of course the fact that the maze has no walls so you are constantly in danger of falling off the narrow walkways.

Lost Echo

Point-and-click adventure games have seen a resurgence in recent years and Lost Echo brings a welcome and stylish slice of sci-fi mystery to the genre. It’s set in a near future where protagonist Greg is at a park with his girlfriend Chloe. When Greg goes to buy Chloe some ice cream a strange event occurs resulting in a large flash of light that leaves Greg unconscious. When he awakes in a hospital he discovers that no one, including his best friend Tom, has heard of anyone named Chloe. What follows is a thoroughly fascinating investigation into what happened, who is involved and whether or not Chloe ever existed at all. The whole experience is shot through atmospheric scenes, cryptic dialogue and a smattering of puzzles to solve.


Madfinger Games’ zombie hunting Unkilled is a first-person shooter with the action cranked up to 11. You play as part of a team of special operatives tasked with containing a zombie outbreak that has spread through New York City. These are no ordinary zombies though. Here you will find creatures like the super-fast dodger who is clad in American football gear, and Minesweeper, a goliath of a man with an unexploded mine embedded in his belly. Luckily players have a diverse arsenal of fully upgradable weapons at their disposal including an old school Tommy Gun, a Luger, AK-47s, and a Remington police shotgun among many others.

Resident Evil 5

Capcom’s fifth major installment in its enormously influential survival-horror franchise, Resident Evil 5, takes place five years after the events of Resident Evil 4 where Chris Redfield and his new partner Sheva Alomar travel to Kijuju in Africa to apprehend a bioweapons manufacturer. However, when they get there they find a parasitic infection has turned the locals into evil marauding monsters. It’s a third-person shooter, notable for its emphasis on action with enemies throwing themselves at great speed toward our heroes. This horrific situation is made all the more terrifying by the game’s superb graphics. You’ve never seen pure evil rendered with quite such visual fidelity as it is here.

Ultimate Chicken Horse

Originally created as a project entered into a game jam competition, Ultimate Chicken Horse’s developers got such overwhelmingly positive feedback that they developed it into a full-blown commercial release. The results are as hilarious as they are brilliant. In Ultimate Chicken Horse, multiple players, playing the parts of various animals, race to the end of the level while placing objects and traps in the level. These objects include everything from conveyor belts and springs to bombs and buzzsaws. The objective is to reach the end of the level before your opponents while sabotaging them with well-placed traps.

If you don’t already own an NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV or SHIELD tablet K1 now’s the time! Run out today, pick up both of them, and start playing some fun Android games!