Your Ouya just arrived this week. Here's how to make the most of it. This post has been shared from our friends at ReadWrite.
By Lauren Orsini
The high-resolution glitz of E3 takes a backseat to an unusual, lesser appreciated side of gaming. Who needs a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One when you can get your hands on the underdog challenger console Ouya, starting today?
Since Ouya makes it easy for anyone to develop their own game for free, there’s a huge variation in the levels of quality you’ll encounter. You’re probably not going to find the next big budget AAA game, like Last of Us, on Ouya. But you just might find the next indie hit like Limbo. Ouya is a marketplace for indie games to thrive.
I’ve had my Ouya for a week now. In that time, I’ve found some diamonds, but just keep in mind they’re all homebrew diamonds in the rough. Here are six of my favorite picks, all available in the Ouya Discover store right now.
Hidden in Plain Sight
What makes Hidden so addictive is a shocking twist on the one part of gaming we usually take for granted — knowing which avatar on the screen is supposed to be the player. In this simple-but-tense timed multiplayer, gamers must first find their avatars. This is a lot harder than it sounds, especially when there are 30 identical ninja avatars walking around the screen. Hidden’s 16-bit graphics only enhance the difficulty.
On Ouya, you can play two of Hidden’s scenarios for free indefinitely. If you want more, you can unlock three other modes of play for a donation of $1 or more.
The Secret of Universe Alpha
Blunt graphics (pictured above) and booming dubstep remind you this game was made in somebody’s spare time. But its gameplay - complete with world exploration, dungeons, puzzles and challenging boss battles — harkens instead to everything that was good about our favorite 90s platformers. In Universe Alpha, you are an explorer making first contact with aliens, shooting down bad guys and charting the literal center of the universe.
Developed exclusively for Ouya by Dreamzle, you can download Universe Alpha in its entirety for free on Ouya Discover.
Discover more games after the jump.