Amazon’s streaming sticks aren’t necessarily known for their prowess in the gaming department. Android games are more of a bonus, but there’s still fun to be had when it comes to Firestick games.

With that in mind, we have compiled a quick list featuring the top games currently available. There are hundreds of Firestick games to choose from along with some popular paid titles. We are throwing something cool in for fans of retro games in the form of emulation as well.

Free Firestick Games

The old saying goes, “you can’t get something for nothing.” Well, that’s not necessarily true in the mobile scene, however, as there are millions of free mobile games. There are also millions that are F2P, and we’ve watched in horror as that popular model has crept into the world of gaming consoles. You’ll find a mix of both “free” and F2P on the Firestick.

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While we touched on some of the best Fire TV games last year, there are now well over 1000 Android games listed on the App Store. All of these titles should work with the new Fire TV Stick with Alexa voice controls. Don’t worry if you have an older stick as most will work with those models as well.

While it would take ages to list them all, we are going to point out a few highlights and hit you with some bullets in case you’re ready to get down to business with your new tech toy. You will be able to use a controller with some of these games while others stick you with the included remote. It’s definitely smarter than most remotes, but not a great fit for some types of games.

Without a doubt, the most popular title on our Fire TV games list would be Crossy Road. The main version of the game is available along with a half-dozen variants from other studios that include cars, superheroes, and airplanes. You can also opt for Disney Crossy Road if you’re a fan of the Magic Kingdom.

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Prefer racing games? You can choose from titles like MMX Hill Dash, Asphalt 8: Airborne or Beach Buggy Racing just to name a few. Fans of classic video games will appreciate some of the old-school titles while families and groups can get down with a small, but nice collection of party games. Here are a few more free Fire Stick games we think you will enjoy.

  • Stranger Things
  • Badland
  • Fibbage
  • Imperson8
  • Table Top Racing Free
  • Snowboard Party Lite
  • Stickman Downhill – Motorcross
  • Solitaire

Keep in mind, just like in the App Store and on Google Play, just because it says it’s “free” doesn’t mean it is. Many games offer a few stages or give you a timed trial of sorts. In-app purchases are also just as common with Firestick games as they are on regular titles.

As you can see, there are plenty of great free Amazon Fire TV games to choose from. There are also paid options if you want games that offer up a bit more, and you might be surprised by some of the titles available. That said, you will certainly want a game controller for some of these titles as playing with a remote is not ideal – no matter how smart it is.

  • Terraria
  • Final Fantasy III
  • Jackbox Party Packs
  • The Bard’s Tale
  • Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee
  • Sonic the Hedgehog Series
  • Leo’s Fortune
  • Space Marshalls

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Emulation

This section won’t be for everyone unless you don’t mind tinkering with your gadgets. Sideloading apps is a popular pastime and something that most users can do with ease. It’s simple on Android devices although it all starts with a handy app called ES File Explorer. There are other alternatives you can use, but it is a solid free application.

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If you need assistance loading that app onto your Firestick, you can check out our quick tutorial where we load up Kodi using the same process.

As for the emulators, the world is your oyster. Are you a fan of the classic Sega systems or were you a longtime subscriber to Nintendo Power?

It doesn’t really matter which console you preferred. There are emulators for the NES, Sega Master System, the Genesis, SNES, Sega Saturn, N64, and even the PlayStation. How well they work varies depending on the app and hardware requirements, so don’t expect a top-tier N64 game to run the same on your Galaxy Note 8 as it will on the Firestick.

Once you settle on the emulators you want, simply download them to your Android phone or slate then you need to pop over to the Amazon App Store and grab an app called AGK Fire for your streaming stick. AGK Fire is a nifty app that allows you to sideload applications from your phone to your Firestick It’s also extremely simple to use.

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You’ll use this application to load up all the emulators you downloaded. Each will have its quirks, and we highly suggest you try an emulator out on your smartphone or tablet before loading them up on the Firestick. Space is limited, so it’s always better to look before you leap as the layouts, and virtual D-pads vary across the board.

When you settle on the emulators you like, just transfer your games over, load them up and zone out. Again, we highly recommend a dedicated controller if you’re going to do any serious gaming with the streaming stick.

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Conclusion

It’s safe to say the Fire TV is not a full-fledged gaming console, and it can’t hold a candle to something like the NVIDIA Shield or even the old OUYA. Gaming is not its intended purpose; it is a media streamer after all.

Having the ability to play games when you aren’t watching Netflix or Prime is a definite perk and a nice bonus for non-gamers that don’t own a console. Hardcore gamers can also get some use out of the stick by going the emulation route as you can spend hours playing Contra, Punch Out or Pokemon.