It’s July, summertime. You’re sipping on mocktails in the garden and soaking up the sun while the kids play in the pool. Suddenly it goes dark behind your sunglasses and you reluctantly open your eyes to see what’s going on. Grey clouds have formed a blanket over the sky and the temperature drops. You have just enough time to remember you live in the UK before the rain starts and the kids scream.
Everyone piles into the house and it’s a race against the elements to get the garden furniture covered up and the cushions back in the garage. You slam the back door shut and see the family stood there, soaking wet and miserable.
Your eyes pan the room for something to keep everyone occupied before they start fighting and you stop when you get to the TV. That’s it. “Who wants to play a game?”
A TV shouldn’t just be used for watching movies or shows, there’s a whole range of possibilities and Cheap TVs can help you out. We have a wide range of discount TVs for you to browse, whether you’re looking for 4K, Smart TVs, LED or anything in between – you’re sure to find your next television with us.
Today we’re taking a look at the games you can play on your TV from consoles to casting.
If you have a Nintendo console such as a Switch, then you’re able to access the world of Mario. At least one game in this series has been released for every major console that Nintendo has brought out, with an abundance of other minigames, so there’s definitely something for all members of the family.
Although we could never pick favourites, a game that we love and looks great on any TV is Mario Party, available on the Switch. This is sure to get everyone involved as you take part in an interactive board game filled with minigames and other surprises. Up to four players can choose from a range of Mario characters to play as, as you jump around the digital board collecting (and stealing) coins and stars.
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With so many different games to choose from, there’s no way you and the family could ever get tired of the possibilities of Mario and his friends, so why not give Mario Party a try on your LED TV next rainy day? Most consoles are easily hooked up to your unit by a single HDMI so don’t worry about getting tangled up with wires, anyone can do it.
Apple TV Games
The fight between Apple and Android will probably go on forever, so to please both sides we’ll be taking a look at what both brands can offer in terms of TV gaming.
The Apple TV hosts all your favourite streaming services, as well as being home to Apple Arcade, the company’s gaming subscription service. With Apple Arcade, there are no annoying in-app purchases so you can rest assured that the kids can’t “accidentally” buy some extra lives on their game. There are currently over 180 games available with more constantly being added so there’s plenty to choose from, all from just £4.99 a month!
If you’re more of a casual gamer and don’t fancy paying for a subscription, there are plenty of free games available on the App Store on your Apple TV. Crossy Road, Rayman Adventures, SongPop Party and many of your other favourite iOS games look fantastic on a 4K display. Come and explore our range of cheap 4K TVs to pair with your Apple TV for the optimised gaming picture. Just connect the device with an HDMI and you’re good to go.
Games for Android TVs
As promised, we’re also looking at the best games to play through Android on your TV. Games can be downloaded from the Google Play Store onto your TV through the Amazon Firestick, which runs on Android. With a fantastic variety of both paid and free-to-download options, many of your favourite classic smartphone games can be found as a television version, such as Pacman, Redball and Tetris, but we’re interested in those family games that get everyone interested and involved. So, in no particular order, here are our top three:
The JackBox Party Pack. This selection of family party games can be purchased for a one-off payment of around £25, which includes several fantastic games for all the family.
imperson8. This charades-style game is free on a Firestick – the perfect game to get everyone up and playing!
Five Nights at Freddy’s. A game for the older members of the family, take on the role of the nightguard of a children’s restaurant…but watch out for the creepy animatronics.
Do you need to entertain the family quickly having had no time to prep? Smartphone casting is your new best friend. All you need is one of our quality, graded TVs and a smartphone, and you can begin almost immediately. For most TVs, you can cast directly, but sometimes you may need a Chromecast or a similar casting device to connect to your Android smartphone. This is a great idea to encourage the older kids to get off their own phones and join in with the rest of the family. Here’s a couple of our favourite games that are guaranteed to be a hit with everyone:
Monopoly Here and Now. Everybody loves Monopoly and this digital version of the much-loved classic is no different! Everyone needs to have the Monopoly Here and Now app downloaded on their smartphone to play, but after that only one person has to cast to the TV. Once you’re set up, watch your play pieces come to life in 3D as they hop around the world in the globetrotting edition of the board game.
Just Dance Now. Love it or hate it, Just Dance is always a hit with the whole family. Get everyone up and dancing and working off some energy with this great TV game available to cast from your phone. Cheap TVs top tip: Make sure your TV is set to either “Cinema” or “Vivid” mode, as settings such as “Sport” turn on motion smoothing which doesn’t make for the most optimised image for action such as the dancers on screen in this game.
Smart TV Games
Here at Cheap TVs, we offer some of the cheapest Smart TV deals on the market, including a fantastic range of the latest Samsung TVs. If you’re not an avid gamer and don’t want to commit to a subscription service or buying a console, then a Samsung Smart TV is the best option for you. Their TV operating system hosts Tizen, which as well as giving you the option of all the most popular streaming services, it also houses an App Store where you can download a multitude of games straight to your television. There are options for the whole family to enjoy, from single player games such as Flying Fish 2, to multiplayer choices such as Modern Combat 5 – you’ll find something for everyone.
We hope that this has given you some inspiration on how to keep the whole family entertained on those rainy days we all know too well. If you’re struggling with which TV you think is for you, or you want to know the best settings for gaming then don’t hesitate to get in touch. We have a fantastic range of the cheapest big brand TVs which is constantly updating on our website so take a look today to find your next television.