The Ouya has been out on retail shelves for the past few weeks and has sold out on Amazon a couple of times already. Saying that it has been traveling a bumpy road would be an understatement, especially if you were a Kickstarter backer that didn’t receive your Ouya prior to its release at retail. I’ve had mine for a little over a week now, and while it’s still pretty ragged around the edges, I’ve been able to find a few diamonds in the rough among the games in the console’s store. If you decided to take a leap of faith with the Ouya as well, you can’t go wrong with these 5 exceptional titles.
Hidden in Plain Sight
Hidden in Plain Sight is a game about deceiving and playing mind games with your friends. It’s a multiplayer-only game so you’ll need 1-3 friends to get things started, and once you do, don’t expect to turn your Ouya off for a while. You’ll be having too much fun trying to touch all 5 statues without getting caught by a friend in Ninja Party or figuring out which character is your friend and stopping them from reaching the finish line first in Death Race. Of the 5 game modes in the full game, which is pay what you think it deserves, I’d recommend Death Race and Assassin. They’re two of the most tense experiences I’ve had gaming in recent memory (aside from playing level 3 of “Gamer” in Game & Wario).
This was the first game that I downloaded as I’d heard it come up in a lot of Ouya conversations on message boards and articles. All you do is jump from falling boulder to falling boulder while avoiding lava balls and plummeting into the fiery pit below. Despite this bare bones premise, Stalagflight leads to a lot of white-knuckled sessions dodging hazards with your Ouya as you try to best your most recent high score. It also comes with couch multiplayer, an awesome soundtrack, and a donation-based payment structure that lets you pay at different increments depending on what you think it deserves.
Do you dig saving princesses and flying up towers at breakneck speeds by killing various monsters? If so, Knightmare Tower may be for you. As you work your way to the top of the tower to battle with the jerk that kidnapped all 10 princesses, you’ll be trying to achieve goals similar to Jetpack Joyride and collecting tons of cash to upgrade your equipment, lower your wind resistance, etc. I had more than a few 3+ hour gaming sessions with this, chopping up monsters, buying new potions, and fighting through the main mode and Survival mode (still working on this one).
No Brakes Valet
This one is incredibly crazy and so much fun. The objective is simple: park the cars and get the cash. Everything flies out of the window when the cars start flying into the parking lot and slamming into each other. The first time you play it, you’ll most likely be dealing with a pile up. It probably won’t keep you from coming back for more though. Sure, it looks like a game that was made in MS Paint, but you won’t care when you’re trying to park the Prime Minister’s car in the VIP spot or trying to safely park that chicken-filled truck with no brakes. Add to that the fact that it has multiplayer (even crazier) and is free, and there’s really no reason that you shouldn’t give it a shot.
Organ Trail: Director’s Cut
Seriously though, if you love zombies and/or have fond memories of playing Oregon Trail or Carmen Sandiego in elementary/high school study hall, you should definitely check this one out.