Powered by NVIDIA’s next-generation Tegra X1 processor, SHIELD Android TV is NVIDIA’s recently-launched set-top box that delivers a rich variety of high-definition entertainment from 4K ultra high-definition video to blockbuster PC games streamed through the cloud via GeForce NOW. SHIELD Android TV is also home to a robust and constantly growing library of excellent Android games in every genre that are optimized to both look and play great on SHIELD.
Here are nine new titles worth checking out.
Octodad: Dadliest Catch ($4.99)
Octodad is back and better than ever in Octodad: Dadliest Catch. Putting you back in the tentacles of everyone’s favorite cephalopod hero, the inventive puzzle platformer will have perform such tasks like… mowing the lawn and grilling burgers. Sounds simple, but remember that you are an octopus and the simplest task can prove to be quite challenging as you must use your tentacles to get things done. Genuinely funny in ways few games ever manage, Octodad: Dadliest Catch will appeal to anyone who can appreciate a game with a silly sense of humor.
Dead Effect 2 (Free-to-Play)
Heavy gunplay comes to the SHIELD courtesy of Dead Effect 2, a visually stunning sci-fi horror experience with responsive first-person shooting to match. Featuring a ton of customizable weapons to take on its hellish enemies with, Dead Effect 2 pits players against a nightmarish new foe that has the ability to take control of your mind. Scary stuff and it’s one of the best FPS experiences available on NVIDIA SHIELD to date.
Minecraft: Story Mode ($4.99)
Who would have thought Minecraft getting a narrative could be so much enjoyable? But that’s precisely what Telltale Games has pulled off by adding their trademark adventure stylings and award-winning storytelling chops to the colorful world of Minecraft. The first of Minecraft: Story Mode’s five episodes is out this month and by this story’s end, you’ll be sold on its tale of blocky charm.
A hybrid 2D/3D platforming adventure, Contrast is an imaginative game that casts players as Dawn, the imaginary friend of a young girl named Didi. Set in 1920s Paris, the game will have you manipulating light and shadow in order to help navigate Dawn through a series of engaging puzzles. Contrast delivers gloriously surreal visuals and storytelling inspired by film noir and vaudeville entertainment of the early 20th century and it’s a must-play game on SHIELD.
X-Plane 10 (Free-to-Play)
One of the best flight simulators in years lands on SHIELD with X-Plane 10. Boasting incredible amounts of depth and realism, pilots can fly all over the world in one of most advanced flight simulation experiences around. The game is not only designed for flight sim enthusiasts, but for real-world pilots to hone their navigation skills and prepare for emergencies. You can even switch from Earth to Mars if you’re feeling really adventurous…
Pix The Cat ($9.99)
Bold colors and brighter gameplay come packed with the new charming puzzle game, Pix the Cat. Featuring retro-style gameplay inspired by coin-op classics of the past, in Pix the Cat you lead a tail of ducklings to safety while doing your best to avoid colliding with a variety of obstacles. You’ll fall in love with Pix the Cat’s vibrant visuals and variety of addictive game modes. Be sure to check out Pix the Cat’s Nostalgia mode to get the full effect.
The Great Wobo Escape ($4.99)
Stealth is the name of the game in the new puzzle platforming adventure, The Great Wobo Escape. Combining the best of Lemmings’ “Follow the Leader” style puzzle-solving with engaging stealth sleuthing, The Great Wobo Escape is an immensely satisfying adventure fit for the whole family where you must help the titular robot Wobo escape from his mining colony.
CODEX: The Warrior (Free-to-Play)
An epic hack and slash action game now available on SHIELD, CODEX: The Warrior packs a mighty visual punch thanks to its Tegra enhanced visuals and action. CODEX: The Warrior’s big, brutal, bombastic combat system is held up by one of the more intuitive control systems out there and it makes excellent use of the NVIDIA SHIELD controller.
A sharp twin-stick shooter inspired by arcade classics like Asteroids, Heckabomb is an intense new shooter on NVIDIA SHIELD that will put your reflexes to the test. In addition to your ship’s Heckabomber doomsday weapon, players can wield six add-on weapons including a chain-lightning gun, bullet-reflecting satellites and more. Fun, frantic and loaded with non-stop “bullet hell” moments of action, Heckabomb is an excellent addition to any SHIELD library.