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 ANDROID FEATURE

Top 10 Ouya games we're most looking forward to playing

Ooh, yeah!
Product: Ouya | Publisher: Ouya Inc.
 
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As you may or may not know, the upcoming Android-powered 'unconsole' Ouya attracted a staggering $8.6 million in Kickstarter and PayPal donations in 2012.

Even more excitingly, we now know that Ouya Inc. will launch its high-profile microconsole in the US this summer. In June, to be precise.

Many of the games that'll be available for the Ouya will simply be ports of mobile titles, given how easy it will be to re-engineer Android games for the Ouya.

But, there will be some new games for the Ouya, too. New games that are built specifically for this pint-size gizmo. So, we've sifted through all the games that are rumoured to be bound for the Ouya and picked out what we believe are the ten most exciting ones.

Feel free to pop your thoughts in the comments section below whether you agree with our selections or not.

Double Fine Adventure

By Double Fine



We've been looking forward to Double Fine Adventure ever since its Kickstarter campaign went live last year.

In the same vein as Tim Schafer's - the founder of Double Fine - older games like Day of the Tentacle, Double Fine Adventure will be a classic point-and-click adventure.

Since that was revealed, though, Double Fine has confirmed that the Ouya will be the only home console on which you can play its Kickstarter sensation. Which is a rather big deal.

Shadowrun Online
By Cliffhanger Productions



A tactical turn-based RPG, set in the classic sci-fi fantasy world of Shadowrun? Oh, go on, then. Why not, eh.

Cliffhanger Productions, the team behind this new Shadowrun Online, describes it as a cross between Lord of the Rings and Blade Runner, which is more than enough to have us interested.

What's great is that the game is destined for multiple platforms (including PC, iOS, Android, as well as Ouya), and features cross-platform saving so that you can play a bit on your iPad, then pick up where you left off on Ouya. Neat.

Human Element Prequel
By Robotoki



This was the first Ouya-exclusive game announced, and it's definitely something to watch out for.

Developed by ex-Call of Duty strategist Robert Bowling, Human Element Prequel features a huge universe in which you can grow a character, familiarise yourself with the lore, and prepare yourself for the full experience.

By 'full experience', we mean the actual Human Element game, which is due for release sometime in 2015 across multiple platforms.

Auro
By Dinofarm Games



You liked 100 Rogues, right? Well, its developer, Dinofarm Games, is currently putting together Auro, another dungeon-crawler destined for the Ouya.

It's a roguelike, which means turn-based action and permadeath, and it should contain gameplay that is simple to learn, but very difficult to master.

The Dinofarm team has also teased us with the news that the game 'does' a few things that no roguelike has ever done before. To find out exactly what those elements are, we're going to have to wait a bit. Booo.

Super Retro Squad
By Exploding Rabbit



What we really need for Ouya Inc.'s brand-new games console is a retro platformer. You know, so that we can feel like we're plugging in the SNES all over again. And feel all warm inside.

Super Retro Squad
may just give us the chance to fulfil that fantasy, with characters, levels, and backdrops designed to look as though they have been plucked straight out of the '90s.

In terms of credentials, Super Retro Squad's development, errr, squad boasts plenty. It was behind Super Mario Bros. Crossover - the game in which you can play through the whole of Super Mario Bros. with multiple different Nintendo characters - after all.

Steam Bandits: Outpost
By Iocaine studios



Apparently, Steam Bandits: Outpost is the first in a series of interconnected titles based in the Steam Bandits universe.

Outpost itself is a city-building game inspired by the likes of Civilization, Sim City, Animal Crossing, Tropico, and The Sims. Yes, you should be excited. Very excited.

We're a little bit wary, mind, since it's a free-to-play game and will possibly feature "energy" and all that rubbish. But, Steam Bandits: Outpost developer Iocaine Studios says it's going to be following the F2P examples of League of Legends and Team Fortress 2, so there's hope for the game yet.

Legends of Aethereus
By Three Gates



Sometimes, you just want to sit back with a gigantic open-world RPG and cut monsters into pieces all night.

In Legends of Aethereus, its creator promises you can do just that... and some. It's an adventure that is aimed at core gamers, you see. It's got crafting, customization, and a whole lot of lore.

Oh, there's multiplayer and co-op play, too, just in case you'd rather go at it with a friend or three.

Kaiju Combat
By Sunstone Games



Let's break away from the RPGs and city builders to bring you a fighting game with a difference.

Ever wanted to know who would win in a fight between Godzilla and Cthulhu? Well, now you can find out by playing monster battler Kaiju Combat.

Other playable beasts on the Kaiju Combat menu include Gamera, Ultraman, Zone Fighter, and the Stay Puft man from Ghostbusters.

Kitaru
By Aoineko Studios



Here's another RPG that's heading to the Ouya! Saying that, it's a little different from your average role-playing game, for it revolves around stealth.

In Kitaru, there are mini-games to complete - alongside the regular turn-based battling - and there's a huge focus on storytelling and third-person exploration.

Interestingly, Aoineko Studios is really going all-out on the story elements, even drafting in some minor celebrities - such as Yuri Lowenthal, the guy who voiced the prince in the Prince of Persia games - to do voice work.

Saturday Morning RPG
By Mighty Rabbit Studio



We already know that this episodic retro RPG is the bee's knees, for we said as much in our review of the iOS version of Saturday Morning RPG last spring.

But, with multiple new episodes going live since then, it's definitely going to be worth jumping back into. Plus, the Ouya may well prove to be the perfect platform on which to experience this particular saga.

If you like Japanese RPGs and popular culture from the '80s, this is going to be right up your street.
 

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Mike Rose 11 February 2013
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mikes_phone_and_tab | 21:47 - 5 April 2013
I tell you one thing. I wouldn't play half of these games on my phone. Even if you think they are crap for a home game console, they are amazing for mobile. Just the progress that mobile has made shows that it could be viable for the television very soon. I will be buying one of these without a shadow of a doubt.
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dwightyone | 22:41 - 22 February 2013
Um...

Saying that, I understand that there are people out there who may be easily influenced by what others say. You know who you are. My advice to you is if you take my advice bear in mind I'm never 100% right, heck, I'm rarely right 1% of the time.

Being more serious... Once we get past the next PS4/Xbox 720 generation I really do think Android gaming though a TV is the future of console gaming. The Ouya is a stepping stone towards that and I'm going to buy one.
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dwightyone | 21:01 - 22 February 2013
I'll be buying the Ouya.

My friends, if I say I'm buying it, then you guys can take it as it is something worth buying.

I'm only right 100% of the time.

This is an early taste of the early future now.

The end of Sony and Microsoft console domination is coming to an end.

Raid your piggy banks, steal the kids savings, sell the wife and buy buy buy.

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@arosbooks | 09:32 - 15 February 2013
I think the release of the Ouya will push a lot of people back to real gaming when they see how poorly mobile games hold up when looked at objectively - in a home console environment people aren't going to stand for 5 minute throwaway mobile junk.

As an emulation box the Ouya will be brilliant though, if you didn't buy an Xperia Play.
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@arosbooks | 09:29 - 15 February 2013
Hopefully Super Retro Squad will come to Vita or PSMobile in future.

Saturday Morning RPG is good but you get very little for your money and it would cost upwards of £30 to get a proper game length experience and spending that much on it would annoy you considering the mechanics, gameplay and presentation are relatively poor. I enjoyed the free episode but felt truly ripped off after buying another.

The trouble with Ouya is that while most mobile games are ok on your phone they will be awful on the TV. The games and gameplay is vastly different to home consoles for a reason. Is there a man alive that would want to play an endless runner on a home console? Ouya is a brilliant idea and hopefully it gets more cut down larger games than mobile experiences ported.
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Braden John | 22:05 - 12 February 2013
When I read about Ouya on the Amazon website it intrigued me. But after looking at these games, it looks like a cheap piece of crap that you buy at Walmart for people who can't afford anything better. If you are going to play these games, just play them on your phone or tablet if you can. And if you can't, well no big loss really.
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@MrAjCrutchfield | 23:52 - 11 February 2013
to be completely honest, it looks like a dradle with no center piece to spin the dradle with and with a futuristic ps3 controller
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@Kamikazebubble | 18:19 - 11 February 2013
Hey, you forgot Legend of Dungeon is coming to Ouya.

http://robotloveskitty.com/LoD/index.html
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@xxxAcesHighxxx | 18:19 - 11 February 2013
Hey I want a cave!
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funkyflychicken | 17:22 - 11 February 2013
You know, I've been considering an Ouya just for a media box to plug into the TV in my man-cave (PC is in the wife's Steeler's Room, and PS3 is in the living room). If the games are actually decent, at this price I might just get 2 of them, and put one in the kid's room and one in my cave.
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