Do you own a ChromeCast and want to extend its features? Right now you can watch online videos and audio on your TV with Google’s tiny HDMI dongle however that’s not the only thing you can do with it. Try downloading an app at the Google Play store called GamingCast which costs $1.50 and you will be able to enjoy playing classic games.
GamingCast is installed on your smartphone or tablet. Once your device is paired with the ChromeCast you can then use the on=screen button on your mobile device to control the game which you can view on your TV.
Right now the game library is limited to Snake, Pong, Xonix, and Tetrominoes which is a Tetris clone. More titles are expected to become available soon according to the app developer. There’s even a multiplayer mode that will be introduced in the future so that you can play with your friends online.
As far as gameplay is concerned everything works smoothly. There really isn’t any game breaking experience however a few lags are noticeable when playing Pong and Tetris. Snake however performed well.
So are we going to see any 3D games or first person shooters available anytime soon? It’s still too early to tell. Chromecast has the hardware to support 3D and HD video so it’s now up to GamingCast if it can take advantage of this feature.
GamingCast is currently in version 1.1 and requires a device running on at least Android 2.2 to work. Some of the features of this version include
- New feature to turn on WiFi if disabled (prompt on entering app)
- Snake, Xonix and Tetrominoes got a new design
- Support for Immersive Mode (KitKat+), (click on logo to toggle, or slide from top to down)
- New better design for settings and cast icons.
If you don’t want to pay $1.50 for this app but still want to enjoy playing classic games then you might want to check out Pixocast which allows you to play simply HTML5 games on the Chromecast. Some of the titles available are Snake, Tetris, Asteroids, and Flappy Birds clones.
via google play