The app store for Samsungs latest Tizen-powered Smart TVs has a lot of stuff on it. Its got Netflix. Its got Stan. Its got Amazon Prime Video. Its even got an app for Apples TV+ streaming service.
Something else youll find on the Samsung TV app store is games.
A fair amount of them actually. Going into writing this article, I found that the library here is certainly larger than I expected. While Samsungs smart TV ecosystem doesnt have the depth of a Steam or Epic Games Store, it does feature a frankly surprising number of titles - all of which are free to download.
But are any of them actually worth downloading? Thats another question entirely.
In pursuit of the answer to this and other questions, I pressed start on almost every game on Samsungs Tizen app store. Heres what I found:
This certainly is a stereotypical slot machine game with all the bright colours, cheery noises and exploitative microtransactions youd expect.
There are a few different styles of slot machine you can play on here but, then again, these things basically play themselves after a spin or two. After winning two jackpots on my first two spins, I was inundated with prompts to spend real money on some virtual coins - which felt a little forced.
Im not really a gambling person at the best of times, so I wouldnt really recommend this one. Whats here is more functional than anything else.
Little did I know that by the time I reached the conclusion of my journey through Smart TV-based video gaming that Play! Las Vegas would hold up as one of the more. It might be manipulative and predatory in the way that most digital gambling experiences are but, then again, its competently made in a way that most of whats on the Tizen app store isnt.
Again, Im not endorsing this game but I do want to give credit where its due.
An okay-looking side scroller from TVGamesManiac (the Czech-based developer behind roughly half of the Smart TV games on the Samsung app store), Urban Ninja challenges you to help an assassin jump from building to building in abject silence by hitting the jump button at the right time. The art style here is pretty unpolished and the absence of any audio fast drains the experience of any potential personality or novelty.
Urban Ninja is regrettably lackluster to look at and appropriately amateurish to play. After your first three jumps, the game also prompts you to watch an ad to continue. This proved a great cue to check out, hit play on the next title and move on with my life.
Short for Walrus Adventure, this top-down platformer game sees you guide a walrus from iceberg to iceberg to reach the exit. As with Urban Ninja, theres no sound here.
Whats more, the animation in Wal Venture occurs slowly enough that you could easily mistake the game for some kind of Arctic turn-based affair. Instead, what you get here is a real-time platformer played to the pace of a high school PowerPoint.
My instinct here is that Wal Venture is probably better than Play! Last Vegas and Urban Ninja but thats not saying much.
Ooh, TVGamesManiac is getting political now.
Finally, one of the 20th centurys most politically significant moments amid the decline and collapse of the Soviet Union has been captured in the form of an extremely generic brick-breaker clone.
Tear down that wall (in deeply awkward silence)!
Im almost more disappointed that this is so boring than anything else. What a missed opportunity.
Look, all things considered, this is definitely a step in the right direction. Its just not a very big step in that direction. K-141 Kursk is essentially a riff on the Space Invaders formula where you control a submarine.
Honestly, if this had any music or quirky sound effects, I could envision a version of K-141 Kursk thats actually kind of okay. In reality, this game is only marginally less tiresome than whats come before it.
Not quite sure what to make of this one. Store Keeper is a somewhat-banal side scroller where you play as a nameless warehouse employee trying to catch boxes as they fall from the sky. The mechanics are as vague as the premise here and theres not much in the way of on-boarding. Almost immediately, I found myself crushed to death by a falling crate and asked to watch an ad to continue.
Lunar Lander is a physics-based action game where youre tasked with landing a lunar probe on the surface of various planets by controlling the various thrusters on the spaceborne vessel. It was easy enough to pick up but also maybe a little too easy?
I appreciate that someone involved with the dev-team for this one wanted to get ambitious around physics-simulation but, unfortunately, the final results of this endeavor end up feeling pretty hollow.
This is one of those puzzle games where youre expected to slide a set of eight tiles around a grid to make a sequence. However, instead of the pattern here being prescribed by some sort of art, the game just asks you to order the numbers from one to eight in as few moves as possible.
N-Slide is a tad dull for my tastes but it is what it is.
TVGamesManiac, youve done it again. You even remembered to include a How To Play screen.
Diamond Mine is a combination of your stock-standard match-3 with a hint of Tetris. Taping on a symbol will explode that symbol and any connected symbols of the same shape. Your goal is to stop the on-screen pile from reaching the top of the screen while avoiding deadly bomb tiles.
Even if it has no music and relies on an overwhelmingly forgettable aesthetic, I appreciate that Diamond Mine is at least trying to do something with the conventions of the genre its pulling from.
This is that sliding puzzle game that everyone had on their iPhones in 2008 but with a slightly more chill aesthetic involving a dog having a pool party.
There are plenty of levels but, as usual, utter and complete silence. Apologies if youre tired of hearing me complain about this specific point but nothing quite drains a lounge-based gaming experience of joy like unrelentingly awkward silence.
A barebones remake of Frogger that features boring humans instead of colorful animals and relies on in-game ads that dont actually seem to work.
Annoyingly, the pair of humans youre tasked with guiding to safety mindlessly sprint forward when you hit go, so theres no Frogger-esque jumping back and forth to avoid hazards. You just have to sit and commit to every attempt. This quickly loses novelty.
They made a Flappy Bird clone. Its a little too fast-paced for the controls and brazenly derivative but, Ill grant credit where its due, this is vaguely-better than most of their other attempts to emulate more popular titles - though if I suspect that the reason why is simply that theres less here that can go wrong.
Personally, Ive never gotten the appeal of the game but if you want to squeeze in a few rounds of Flappy Bird but find the idea of playing it on a phone or tablet to be morally reprehensible, maybe this one's for you?
Rampart Heroes is a tower defense game where you control a single cannon atop an island fortress. From your fortified position in the center of the island, youre tasked with repelling waves of advancing enemies.
As a game, Rampart Heroes is actually surprisingly challenging since you have to defend four possible avenues of attack but the game only really allows you to see one direction at a time. Its a bit of a juggling act, albeit a dry one.
In the rare event that the name did not give away the game, I am truly and utterly shocked to report that, like the first game, Flying Fish 2 is a Flappy Bird clone. Compared to the original, it seems like it runs slightly smoother and set in the sky rather than the sea. Otherwise, this thing is basically the same as its predecessor - which is, in turn, basically the same as the popular mobile platformer.
Cocktail Party is a hustling and bustling top-down arcade game that sets you as a bartender slinging drinks in various directions. Similar to stuff like Diner Dash, the mechanics are about keeping up with an ever-escalating tide of increasingly-specific beverage requests.
By the standards of Tizen gaming, Cocktail Party gets a passing grade even if it never feels particularly fun to play.
Space Dog is a lighthearted and unreasonably cheerful side-scrolling platformer where you guide a dog in a spacesuit through the cosmos. Pressing the select button on Samsungs One Remote reverses the pull of gravity, allowing you to flip from platform to platform.
The goal of each level is to collect items that grant you points without falling too far behind the screen - which is constantly scrolling towards the right. At this point, I cant tell if the team behind these games is getting better at making them or if my standards are just being eroded but I think the answer might be both?
They ported 2048 to Samsungs Smart TVs. Thats it. Thats really all there is to say.
This one is a match-3 with a tasty theme. Youre tasked with getting the most points out of a limited number of moves. Its a little lifeless but otherwise functional though it does lack in audio design.
If the slot machine sim I played first didnt rely so much on sound, Id probably start to wonder if Samsung have locked developers out of accessing that part of the TV hardware by this point.
They remade Zumo. I dont want to waste words and make it out to be more than it is.
Even by the standards of the Tizen app store, this is a strange one.
Flying Gnomes is a vaguely aspirational platformer where you play as a gnome who is shot out of a cannon and tasked with wall jumping your way up through the level while avoiding colliding with deadly cactuses. Its all a little over the top but you do get quirky updates about how far youve climbed in relation to real-world landmarks like Big Ben - which is an admittedly charming touch.
This is actually good. I mean, its a complete knock off of games like Jenga and Stacker but it might just be the best game Ive found on the Tizen app store yet. Its fast, easy to learn and reliant on a single button press - so its actually a perfect fit for the limitations of Samsungs One Remote. Clever!
The Battle of Jutland is a naval-themed Space Invaders in reverse. You move left and right across the screen and slowly drop bombs to destroy your submerged enemies. Like many entries in the Samsung TV gaming catalogue, its functional enough but shallow and unsatisfying to spend any time with.
Quadtrix boasts a look thats somewhat more stylish than the standard Tizen gaming experience but no less confusing. You play as a starship tasked with exploring a 2D level and destroying your enemies.
When you leave the safe zone behind you leave a Tron-like trail in your wake but annoyingly, that residue doesnt destroy your enemies when they collide with it. Instead, they destroy you. Im almost more frustrated that this one got my hopes up before dashing them on the rocks of mediocrity. At its best, it reminded me of better times. And better games.
Sick name, familiar game. Laser Mazer is a puzzler thatll likely remind you of the hacking sequences in Bioshock. Each level sees you guide a laser through a maze by tilting the orientation of the objects and surfaces it comes into contact with. Its easy enough to pick up and play but bewilderingly difficult to actually succeed at. Its also quite buggy, completely locking me out of playing after my first death.
This is a simplistic but otherwise functional tower defence game. Honestly, Im proud of TVGamesManiac. It feels a little punishing on the difficulty side of things but, if were being serious, I have definitely sunk more time into worse tower defence games via Newgrounds at some point in the distant past.
This is a top down game where you have to collect presents, which act as ammo for the weapons that you can use to vanquish the legions of snowmen looking to destroy you and your home. As an experience, its clunky as hell but far from the worst that the Tizen app store has to offer.
This one was a great reminder that I still do not know or remember how to play Solitaire. As a result, I could not tell you if it is a particularly good version of Solitaire. Only that it is a version of Solitaire.
Star Fighter is a semi-automatic side scrolling shoot-em-up. Blast enemies out of the sky and collect fuel to fly as far as possible. Devoid of sound, its as lifeless as the rest - though marginally more ambitious.
I was genuinely taken aback by the presence of music here. Monkey Madness is a surprisingly-decent puzzle game that sees you drop a coconut down various branching paths in order to collect. Theres a ton of levels to play through here and, again, I just want to emphasize the impact that sound adds to the experience. It is slightly let down by the requirements of the two-player mode, which asks you to connect a mouse to your TV, but otherwise one of the better titles on the Tizen app store so far.
Yknow what, this thing might be riddled with fermium microtransactions and gacha mechanics but, to be sure, its by far the most elaborate game Ive found on the Tizen App Store to date. Theres a ton of levels and lots of MMO-like live game mechanics. Its exploitative-as-hell but a real step forward when it comes to the kind of complexity found on the Tizen app store.
Akin to something like Dr Kawashimas Brain Training, Doctor of IQ throws fast and confusing maths problems at you. Honestly, its kinda stressful and it didnt take long before I felt a bit overwhelmed by it.
Crazy Kart is a top-down racer where the goal is to change lanes to avoid hitting the other racer, who is racing the same track as you in reverse. Its a little dull and sometimes feels like its playing itself.
Im not sure how it compares to the first game but Super Candy 2 is a fairly stock-standard flash-based match-3. It seems to be loading within a web-browser which makes the experience feel very clunky. Even as a time-waster, its pretty dull. Its also annoying that half the interface seems devoted to obnoxious ads from the same publisher.
If Spider Solitaire XXL is too much for you, regular Spider Solitaire has you covered.
No card-carrying TV Gamer needs this many solitaire games but if the previous three aren't to your liking, this one also exists, I guess.
A witch-themed Puzzle Bobble knock-off with freemium micro-transactions and mechanics. I am frightened by how many people seem to be playing this game.
Finally, an answer to the question: what if Tetris was worse?
For better or worse, Incredible Rank is essentially a re-skinned version of El Dorado Defense. Or maybe I have it backwards. Regardless. It undermines a lot of what I liked about the former.
A funky but clunky sidescroller where you play as a knight and must slay goblins, open chests, avoid hazards and vaguely saunter towards the right side of the screen. Not particularly fun but hey, at least it has music.
Though tedious, a significant improvement on the original Battle of Jutland with music and much better art. I wouldnt recommend it but, credit where its due, it is better.
You can now Urban Ninja as it was originally intended. This version of the sidescroller has music, better animation and less ads.
This is an on-rails 3D shooter where you fly a plane. Its surprisingly fast for a game meant to be played with a remote and it quickly becomes a bit of a bore but, importantly, it has music and, consequently, its far more engaging to play than most of the games found on the Tizen App Store.
Boom Machine sees you control a spaceship orbiting a black hole and have to destroy incoming debris before it reaches your orbit. Scientifically, its a far-fetched premise. Mechanically, its familiar and functional enough but otherwise forgettable.
A simplistic game where you throw knives at a rotating wheel and try to hit the targets. Scene transitions here are very abrupt and its often unclear what youre supposed to be doing.
As far as Tizen games go, Mautillian is more ambitious than most but falls short. Its an open world score-based roguelike space game where you blast enemies for money, then spend it at shops to upgrade your ship. It has an unexpectedly moody score but is otherwise a little too generic to recommend beyond just being surprisingly good for a game you can find on the Tizen app store.
A surprisingly competent F-Zero style racer but without sound it feels a bit lifeless. I ran out of fuel and it let me keep driving. Like the last few games in this list, its not super clear what youre supposed to be trying to achieve.
A lane-based endless runner. Honestly, if this had the soundtrack from Mautilian, Id be more charitable towards it. As it stands, its pretty dull.
This certainly is a clicker/idle game. Watch that number go up.
Jumpoon echoes the look of Monument Valley but is let down by bland platforming and confusing controls.
Rapid Drift is a more structured version of Tarmac Drift with a bit more structure to it. Its got no sound, which sucks, but its nice that they actually add more cars to the level as time goes on - which helps escalate the sense of challenge as your score goes higher.
Error: Please check your email address.
Tags samsungTizensmart TVsTizen App StoreSmart TV Games
Follow this link:
Reviewing the games of Samsung's Tizen App Store - PC World
- Lab Rat dev skeptical of multiplatform launches and the virtues of virtual events - GamesIndustry.biz - September 18th, 2020
- The original Myst is coming to VR - The Verge - September 18th, 2020
- The top 10 games of the generation - Eurogamer.net - September 18th, 2020
- Epic Games: Three New Free to Play games revealed on Epic Games... - The Sportsrush - September 18th, 2020
- Successful Leamington gaming company is making a new game combining sudoku and Tetris in adventure mode - Kenilworth Weekly News - September 18th, 2020
- GAMES OF THE WEEK - The 5 best new mobile games for iOS and Android - September 17th 2020 - Pocket Gamer - September 18th, 2020
- Can You Break A Very Expensive Centrifuge? - FiveThirtyEight - September 18th, 2020
- All the Australian Indie Games Featured At PAX Online - Kotaku Australia - September 18th, 2020
- ARY AND THE SECRET OF SEASONS Review: An Adventure Of Puzzles And Problems - GameTyrant - September 16th, 2020
- Cubism Review: A VR Puzzle Game With All The Right Pieces - UploadVR - September 16th, 2020
- Game plan: the complete beginners' guide to gaming from buying a console to exploring new worlds - The Guardian - September 16th, 2020
- 10 Awesome Gundam Games You Never New Existed | TheGamer - TheGamer - September 16th, 2020
- Run Away With Me: The Pop Escapism Of 'Sayonara Wild Hearts' - NPR - September 14th, 2020
- How In-Game Photography Revitalizes and Enhances Gameplay - The Escapist - September 14th, 2020
- These are the latest Apple Arcade games for iPhone and more - Up News Info - September 14th, 2020
- 10 US Mobile Games That Are Coming In 2020 - South Florida Reporter - September 14th, 2020
- Cloud Gardens is a quietly beautiful vision of the post-apocalypse - PC Gamer - September 14th, 2020
- Gestalt: Steam and Cinder and Disjuntion Demos Available on PC; Coming Later to PS4 - Pure PlayStation - September 14th, 2020
- Roki To Be Released On Nintendo Switch This Fall | TheGamer - TheGamer - September 14th, 2020
- The 10 best games to play with Steams Remote Play Together - Gamepur - September 14th, 2020
- Genesis Noir and the hidden magic of games that feel like toys - Eurogamer.net - September 12th, 2020
- Immortals Fenyx Rising is a very Ubisoft take on Zelda: Breath of the Wild - PC Gamer - September 12th, 2020
- The Haunting of Bly Manor: 3 Tabletop Games to Make the Wait Less Horrifying - CBR - Comic Book Resources - September 12th, 2020
- Doom & Doom II for Android review: Glorious retro shooter action on the go - Android Central - September 12th, 2020
- Immortals Fenyx Rising is a messy mash-up of the best Nintendo and Ubisoft games this generation - Eurogamer.net - September 11th, 2020
- Math and philosophy have finally proven Kirby's evil - The A.V. Club - September 11th, 2020
- Annapurna Interactive launches stunning PS4 mega bundle to celebrate its 5th year Eurogamer.net - Aviation Analysis Wing - September 11th, 2020
- 3 reasons you need to be using a VPN like Surfshark on your Android phone (Sponsored) - Best gaming pro - September 11th, 2020
- Global Arcade Games Machine Market Study with COVID-19 Impact 2020 | HBANDAI NAMCO Holdings Inc., Taito Corporation (Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.),... - September 11th, 2020
- Weave through puzzles in spider platformer Webbed next year - Rock Paper Shotgun - September 11th, 2020
- The First Trailer for Puzzle Game 'Unpacking' Has Been Released And It's Very Satisfying - PVP Live - September 10th, 2020
- Why THIS Mario Game Never Released In The U.S. | Screen Rant - Screen Rant - September 10th, 2020
- 5 Discontinued Platformer Games That Almost Changed The Genre (& 5 That Are In Development) - GameRant - September 10th, 2020
- Watch Pro Photographers Try to Shoot with a $22 Bunny Camera - PetaPixel - September 10th, 2020
- MO: Astray Review - Superb Sci-Fi Horror with Puzzles and Slimes - Screen Rant - September 10th, 2020
- 15 N64 games that deserve sequels on the Nintendo Switch - GamesRadar+ - September 8th, 2020
- Can Microsoft's xCloud Take Games Streaming To The Next Level? - B&T - September 8th, 2020
- Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Tales Place Before Breath of the Wild - Siliconera - September 8th, 2020
- Tablet for Kids,7 Kids Tablet Android 1GB +16 GB Kids Edition Tablet,Dual Cameras IPS Eye Protection,Pre Installed Learning Apps,Games with Kids-Proof... - September 7th, 2020
- Fight Club: Limbo Vs. Little Nightmares - Which Is The Scarier Game - TheGamer - September 6th, 2020
- Puzzle Adventure With Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town - GameIndustry.com - September 6th, 2020
- Could You Repeat That Number? - The New York Times - September 6th, 2020
- Games and Puzzles Market 2020, Global Industry Size, Share, Analysis, Trends, Overview and Segmentation 2025 - The Research Process - September 6th, 2020
- Into The Breach Is Still Available On The Epic Games Store For Free - Happy Gamer - September 6th, 2020
- There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension review a dizzying torrent of ideas - The Guardian - September 6th, 2020
- Puzzler Cubism Is Coming To PC VR And Quest In September - UploadVR - September 6th, 2020
- Top 25 best puzzle games on iPhone and iPad - Pocket Gamer - September 6th, 2020
- Have you tried... solving puzzles with stinky fruit, treadmills, and pigs in The Last Campfire? - GamesRadar+ - September 4th, 2020
- The Independent Gamer: Deep Dive into 'Spiritfarer,' 'Sheepo' Drops on Steam - Hollywood Reporter - September 4th, 2020
- 4 Norse Mythology Games To Play Before Assassin's Creed Valhalla - Screen Rant - September 4th, 2020
- Rangers Defensive Core: A puzzle worth solving during the final month of the season - Dallas Sports Fanatic - September 4th, 2020
- A Name That Rings a Bell - The New York Times - September 4th, 2020
- Why Among Us Became One of the Biggest Games on Twitch Two Years After Release - Paste Magazine - September 4th, 2020
- Hands-on: Eye of the Temple is a Clever Room-scale Puzzler That Lets You Become Indiana Jones - Road to VR - September 4th, 2020
- Play Cyber Protocol and win 1000 dollars. RedDeerGames will pay for high score like in the old days - Gamasutra - September 4th, 2020
- New Kickstarter campaign launches the happiest puzzle in the world - Press Release - Digital Journal - September 4th, 2020
- SwitchArcade Round-Up: 'Secret Files 3', 'Under the Jolly Roger', 'Niche', and Today's Other New Releases and Sales - Touch Arcade - September 4th, 2020
- Carrion game/level designer Krzysztof Chomicki on managing amorphousness, gravity and screams - Game World Observer - September 4th, 2020
- STEP INTO THE SURREAL WORLD OF HOLOVISTA AHEAD OF THE GAME'S LAUNCH THIS SEPTEMBER - GamingLyfe Network - September 4th, 2020
- The Last Campfire review - puzzles abound in an elegant story of hope - Eurogamer.net - September 3rd, 2020
- Evergate Review Ever Great - GameSpot - September 3rd, 2020
- Narrative Puzzler Fire Tonight is Headed to Steam and Switch in 2021 - GameSpew - September 3rd, 2020
- The Next Walking Dead Game Is a Crossover With... Bridge Constructor? - CBR - Comic Book Resources - September 3rd, 2020
- PlayStation Now: Everything Arriving in September 2020 | CBR - CBR - Comic Book Resources - September 3rd, 2020
- Games Applications Hit Almost 1m on Apple App Store With 21% Share - Investors King Ltd - September 3rd, 2020
- New Comprehensive Report on Jigsaw Puzzle Market to Witness an Outstanding Growth during 2020 2025 with Top Players Like Tenyo, Toy Town, Cobble... - September 3rd, 2020
- 5 Discontinued Action Games That Almost Changed The Genre (& 5 That Are In Development) - GameRant - September 3rd, 2020
- Ever Forward Review | Review - The Digital Fix - September 1st, 2020
- 10 Best Platformers On The Super Nintendo (That Aren't Mario) - Game Rant - September 1st, 2020
- Q&A: Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Author of 'The Inheritance Games' - The Nerd Daily - September 1st, 2020
- How Similar Are Moon And Undertale? | TheGamer - TheGamer - September 1st, 2020
- Figment: Creed Valley is Coming to PC and Consoles in 2021 - GameSpew - September 1st, 2020
- PlayStation Now Adds Resident Evil 7, Final Fantasy XV, and More in September - Twinfinite - September 1st, 2020
- Made in India toy brands that are on top of their game - Cond Nast Traveller India - August 31st, 2020
- Eternal Hope Review A Bittersweet and Atmospheric Journey - Fiction Talk - August 31st, 2020
- 14 new Android games from the week of August 24, 2020 - Android Police - August 31st, 2020
- All Aflutter - The New York Times - August 30th, 2020
- RELICTA Review: Gravity Is Just Part Of The Puzzle - GameTyrant - August 30th, 2020
- Top Best Alternatives for Tetris Friends You would love to play - POP TIMES UK - August 30th, 2020
- Why Is Alibaba Expanding Its Online Gaming Business? - The Motley Fool - August 30th, 2020