You’ll find dozens of firestick games available, but only a few are worth installing on your devices. Here in this article, we have compiled a list of the best games for firestick to play in 2021.
Amazon Firestick is a fantastic media streaming device for its price, with support for hundreds of popular streaming services around the world. As it basically runs on Android, users can also sideload additional apps and services on Firestick to get more out of it.
The Firestick packs mostly entry-level hardware to hit an affordable price point. However, it’s decent enough to playback high-bitrate 4K HDR streams (only on Firestick 4K) without issues.
The hardware is also capable of handling games that are not graphically demanding. The vast majority of playable titles on the Amazon Appstore (for Fire TV devices) are compatible with the Firestick remote, but some can be played exclusively with a Bluetooth gamepad.
For those who are searching for games to play on their Amazon Firestick streaming device and kill some hours, we have shortlisted the best Firestick games in this guide. You can check them out below.
- 1 Best Free Firestick Games
- 2 Best Paid Games for Firestick & Fire TV
- 3 How to Install games on Firestick
- 4 Final Words
Best Free Firestick Games
Here’s a list of the best free games you can play on Firestick. You can get these games officially from the Amazon Appstore.
1. Red Ball 4
Red Ball 4 is an excellent side-scrolling platformer based on the classic flash game of the same name. The game was released back in 2014, and it received its final content update two years ago. While it was released mainly for Android and iOS devices, Red Ball 4 made its way to the Fire TV platform the next year after its initial release.
The game has five unique chapters, with different environments and gameplay elements. Every chapter contains 15 levels to explore, including a final boss fight.
You play as the charming Red Ball, who starts his journey to the grassy hills, followed by deep forests, box factories, caves, and the Moon to save the planet from evil box-shaped minions. In total, you get 75 levels to complete, which progressively gets more challenging.
Similar to the game’s past iterations, it heavily relies on physics and gives you tighter controls over the Red Ball.
You can play the game with the Firestick remote, but a gamepad is recommended for the best experience possible. The game runs quite well on the Firestick, mainly because it isn’t graphically intensive. The art style and level design are excellent, and it also has an epic soundtrack.
If you like platformer titles, then definitely give Red Ball 4 a try. The free version of the game has all the chapters, but you only get five lives to spare every level. Buying the premium version of the game for $1.99 will unlock all the levels you can play and give you unlimited lives.
2. Asphalt 8: Airborne
Asphalt 8: Airborne is one of the best AAA mobile games in 2013. The fast-paced racing game still receives content update even after the launch of the sequel, Asphalt 9: Legends. It’s also one of the only high-fidelity games that you can run on low-end Android hardware, such as the Firestick.
Asphalt 8 features 50+ supercars from renowned manufacturers like Lamborghini, Bugatti, Pagani, Bugatti, and many more. You can perform thrilling aerial stunts on race tracks with your favorite supercars, whether it’s barrel rolls or 360º ramp jumps.
You also get to drive in nine exotic locations, including French Guiana, Nevada Desert, Venice, Iceland, etc. Each race tracks on the following locations are unique in Career mode, which eliminates repetitive gameplay.
You can even play multiplayer with up to eight real players and challenge your friends to exciting races. Leaderboards and ghost challenges are also available.
Asphalt 8 is also the first game in the franchise with a physics-based damage system, plus console-level visual features like granular particle effects, geometry reflections, and high-quality shaders.
Combined with licensed music from Mutemath, Bloc Party, and The Crystal Method, Asphalt 8: Airborne gives you the taste of an ultimate arcade racing experience on your Firestick.
The base game is free to play, but it does have in-app microtransactions for supercars and cosmetic items in the game. You can play it with a Firestick remote, but it’s better to use a Bluetooth controller. MOGA gamepads are also supported.
3. Crossy Road
Crossy Road is one of the best endless arcade froggers for Android and iOS, and you can also play it on your Firestick. The game has the retro vibes, accompanied by a pixelated art style.
Your main objective is to cross busy roads without running into other animals or obstacles. As you progress, crossing the roads gets more difficult until you finally get run over by animals, get hit by objects, or fall into the river or the void of space.
You can play as 150+ characters from different places and time periods, including chickens, robots, dogs cats, mallards, snails, astronauts, rovers, dinosaurs, and many more. Besides, you can also select to cross uniquely-themed levels in the game.
While the game won’t tell you why the chicken crossed the road, it will at least give you hours of playtime. Its simple to understand, and the controls feel responsive, even with the Firestick remote.
You can download Crossy Road for free from the Amazon Appstore. You can buy coin bundles with real money to unlock new characters, but you can grind for the coins.
4. PBA Bowling Challenge
PBA Bowling Challenge takes the casual sport on your TV, keeping you engaged for hours in a virtual ten-pin bowling action.
You can play the career mode to bowl against 21 of the greatest players in PBA history in a wide variety of regional and national PBA tournaments. The game also has a quick play mode, putting you up against bonus challenges and skilled opponents.
The more you play PBA Bowling Challenge, the better in-game items you unlock, including hundreds of unique bowling balls with different stats, pins, and special ball abilities.
The game heavily focuses on cosmetic items and encourages you to make purchases, but you can play PBA Bowling Challenge for free. While it supports controllers, the game is fully playable with the Firestick remote.
5. TV Chess
Chess is one of the only board games played universally, and you can play it on your Firestick as well. TV Chess has three game modes to choose from: Play vs. Human (Network). Play vs. Human (Local), and Play vs. Engine (AI). If you decide to play against AI, you can also set the stockfish level per your preference.
TV Chess also lets you flip boards, undo moves, and give you a detailed log about your past movements. There are no extra features, making the game feel authentic and straightforward. You can play it for free, and there are no in-app transactions.
Best Paid Games for Firestick & Fire TV
If you are in search of premium games, you can check out our selections for the best-paid firestick games below. Note that the games will be linked to your Amazon account once you purchase them from the Amazon Appstore.
1. Alto’s Adventure
Alto’s Adventure from Noodlecake Studios is one of the best mobile games of all time, receiving universal acclaim from critics back in 2015 for its minimal visual design and simple gameplay. It was eventually released on PC and game consoles, as well as Fire TV devices.
The game fixes snowboarding with side-scrolling endless runner elements, procedurally generating icy slopes towards the right side of the screen.
Your character automatically moves across the landscape, and all you have to do is jump at the correct time and perform snowboarding tricks mid-air.
You are also given three challenges to complete at a time, such as crossing a target distance, snowboarding on village rooftops, jumping across gaps, and rescuing llamas.
Each time you complete a challenge, you re rewarded with coins, which you can spend on upgrades. You can also acquire a wingsuit later in the game, which changes the gameplay as well.
You can play Alto’s Adventure with either a controller or the Firestick remote. It is priced at $3.99 on the Amazon Appstore, which is quite affordable considering how much playtime it offers.
2. SEGA Classics
The Firestick isn’t the best device for game emulation. However, you can still enjoy 25+ retro titles from the SEGA Genesis on your TV with SEGA Classics.
Here are all the SEGA games you can play via SEGA Classics: Sonic The Hedgehog Remastered + 2/CD/Spinball, Streets of Rage 1/2/3, Golden Axe 1/2/3, The Revenge of Shinobi, Altered Beast, Comix Zone, Ristar, Beyond Oasis, Decap Attack, ESWAT: City Under Siege, Gunstar Heroes, Dynamite Headdy, Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, Columns, Bio-Hazard Battle, Alien Storm, Bonanza Bros., and Gain Ground.
Furthermore, you get multiple save slots to save your game state. The games are also organized in a navigation menu, which adds the retro flair pretty well.
You can effectively use the Firestick remote to play the games, but it does support third-party Bluetooth gamepads. The M30 Sega Genesis wireless gamepad from 8bitdo will be a great addition to your experience.
The $14.99 price tag for SEGA Classics is exceptional, considering the number of high-quality Genesis/Mega Drive titles included in the collection. Having all of the classic Sonic The Hedgehog, Golden Axe, and Streets of Rage games is a treat itself, let alone the addition of 15+ solo titles.
Tetris is one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time, and its magic is still in the air with newer iterations of its tile-matching concepts. With Tetris on Firestick, you get the chance to relive your childhood once again.
The game has three modes: Marathon, Sprint, and Ultra. You can also select the theme of the game, which changes not only the visual style but also the soundtrack.
One of the best things about Tetris on Firestick is its GameCircle integration, which gives you a vast list of achievements to complete. If you have multiple Fire TV devices linked to the same account, your high scores and achievements will synchronize across them.
Regardless of what type of controller you are using, you can enable Hard Drop from the game options. It also applies to the Firestick remote.
Although the game is listed as free on the Amazon Appstore, it’s only a free trial that asks you to purchase the full game after clearing ten lines of tiles. The full version of Tetris is available for $4.99 on the Amazon Appstore.
4. PAC-MAN Championship Edition
PAC-MAN Championship Edition is another reimagination of a classic arcade game. The original game was released way back in 2007 for last-gen game consoles, which eventually got a Fire TV port in 2018, with new visual effects and HD sprites.
The Fire TV version of the game keeps the retro aesthetics alive while adding neon flares in every level.
The game also features much bigger mazes, and it’s fast-paced compared to the previous iterations of Pac-Man games.
The game still plays the same, however. You get full control over Pac-Man, with the main goal of eating all the dots in the maze and avoiding four ghosts roaming around.
The Championship Edition also features six unique game modes, and it features an online leaderboard system for high scores.
PAC-MAN Championship Edition costs $4.99. There are neither free trial options nor in-app purchases. Also, the controller support on this game is finicky at its best.
5. Sonic The Hedgehog
If the SEGA Classics collection is too expensive for you, then you can try out the standalone Sonic The Hedgehog game on Firestick for only $2.99. It’s the very first game in the series, which is loved for its iconic gameplay elements and characters.
Even on a low-end streaming device like Firestick, the game manages a stable 60fps even during the fast-paced gameplay moments. Alongside the classic levels, the game also features a Time Attack Mode. You can also play as Tails and Knuckles on all levels.
Note that the game works only with game controllers. You won’t be able to play Sonic The Hedgehog with the Firestick remote.
How to Install games on Firestick
Installing games on Firestick is reasonably easy, especially if the game is officially available in the Amazon Appstore. Here’s how you can install games on your Firestick:
- First, highlight the magnifying glass logo situated at the upper-left side of the Fire TV home screen to open the Search menu.
- Use the on-screen keyboard or the voice search option to search for the game you want to install, then select the game’s name from the search results.
- Now move to the Apps & Games list in the following menu, and click the game tile.
- If the game is free to play, then you should see the Get Click it and wait for the game to get installed on your Firestick.
- In case the game requires a one-time payment in the Amazon Appstore, simply click the cart The next window will give you the options to pay with the payment method you have linked to your Amazon account.
If you get the “Please update your payment method…” message, then log in to your Amazon account from a web browser and add a payment method.
The games that you install on your Firestick will be accessible from Your Apps & Games or Your Apps & Channels section (depending on your region) on the Fire TV home screen.
How to Pair a Bluetooth Controller with Firestick
Every one of the free and paid firestick games we have listed above supports a Bluetooth controller. Compared to a Firestick remote, a dedicated controller or gamepad gives you more flexibility over controls and improves your gameplay experience.
You can pair your DualShock 4, Xbox One, or any other third-party wireless controllers with your Firestick over Bluetooth. The following steps will walk you through the process.
- First of all, go to the Settings tab from the Fire TV home screen.
- Next, scroll over to the Controller & Bluetooth Devices option in the Settings menu.
- After that, select Game Controllers from the following options, then click Add New Game Controller.
- Now activate the pairing mode on your controller (varies by manufacturer) and let your Firestick scan for it.
- Once your Firestick detects your controller, select it from the list and let it finish the pairing process.
Once your Bluetooth controller is paired with your Firestick, you will be able to navigate the Fire TV interface just with the controller and play your preferred FireStick games.
Please note that wired game controllers are not supported with Firestick, even if you use an OTG adapter to connect it to your streaming device.
In this guide, we have featured some of the best free and premium games for Firestick. If you are looking for more games to play, then you can go to the Apps tab above the Fire TV home screen and visit the Games section. From there, you can explore several different genres of games and curated lists of indie titles.
If you think we have missed out on an underrated game that should have been listed here, please tell us about it in the comments below.