I tried the AirConsole service, I advise everyone. These are instant games on a smartphone for the whole company

In a series of New Year’s gatherings with friends, we managed to discuss all the topics of interest to us, play our favorite board games and go through a couple of stale quests. So at the next meeting at the end of the holidays, the company got a little bored.

In the bins of potential entertainment and games “for later”, I found a long-saved link to the service AirConsole. I was going to try it for a long time, but there was no suitable opportunity.

To entertain the guests, he suggested that they install a special application on their smartphones and enter the code displayed on the TV screen. We spent the next two hours in heated battles, each for himself, team against team, or in co-op mode against complex game algorithms. Everyone was satisfied, except that not the most successful friends harbored a sports offense and a desire to recoup at the next meeting.

What you need to run AirConsole

First of all, this service bribed me with the simplest and fastest setup. Entry threshold is low there are no serious requirements for the gadgets, applications or operating system used.

The setup takes a few minutes. You can play on almost any smart TV, computer or set-top box, and players’ smartphones will act as gamepads.

For AirConsole to work, you need the following minimum gadgets:

🖥 As a hub and a device for displaying an image, it can be Mac, Windows or Linux– computer with browser Chrome (everything works fine Safari, I checked) either the set-top box on Android TV, Google TV, Amazon Fire TV. As a last resort, you can use a smart TV on any other operating system, as long as it has a fairly modern web browser.

📱 The smartphones of the assembled guests are suitable for control. It can be any more or less relevant devices on any mobile operating system.

To test the service and play a little in demo mode, you can not download anything at all, do not register and do not configure anything.

1. On your computer, TV, or set-top box, open airconsole service official website.

2. Click the button Start Playing Now.

3. Go to the same address on each of the smartphones used.

4. Choose an option Play in the browser.

5. Enter the code from the TV screen on each smartphone to connect.

6. Choose one of the games in the section Hot and Free and start the game.

Everything! You can start competing with guests in dexterity, cunning and the ability to play simple arcade games.

In the future, for a more comfortable game, I recommend installing the official clients of the service for iOS and Android, and on the set-top box download AirConsole back end.

When launching games in the browser, you will need to wait for each application to load into the cache, and when working with Android TV you will need to install the selected game on the console or TV. Both actions are performed once and will not be required when restarting the game.

What can you play

Presently collected in the service catalog over 180 games different genres. There are no top new products here, but there are strong arcade middling games.

Some applications are multiplayer analogues of well-known games from App Store and Google Play, For example, Conduct THIS! or great goal!.

Below is my personal TOP-10 of the applications already tested in business.

📱Death Squared. Logic puzzles for 1-4 players

An excellent relaxed game that is really fun to play with four people. Each player must move his cube, helping the whole team to move to the next level.

The first 5-10 tasks are easy and relaxed, but then the really difficult tests begin. The movements of each die lead to changes in the entire area or the application of some effect for other players. To pass the later maps, you will need a clear and well-coordinated work and the ability to alternately hit the timings.

In my opinion, the game is revealed to the fullest with the four of them.

📱 Whack attack. Endless runner with PvP mode

In this game, all players run along an endless track with lots of holes, obstacles and enemies. Levels are generated randomly, and with a long passage, the difficulty begins to increase.

At the same time, there is an opportunity to sort things out among themselves, pushing each other and substituting runners for different traps.

The game is the exact opposite of the previous one and you need to run them one by one in order to first provoke the whole team, and then rally it for solving a single problem.

📱 Tiles of Doom. Search for characters in the maze for speed

A game with fast games. Each player controls a ball of their own color, which must be rolled across the floor over the lava.

The floor periodically falls through, in a short time it is necessary to collect the symbols illuminated on the wall. The most attentive and dexterous will win the game.

📱 The Neighborhood. A simple mix of Worms and Angry Birds

A turn-based bullet, which in mechanics is similar to the showdown of worms and angry birds. Players take turns launching projectiles from different weapons at enemy towers.

The main task is to inflict maximum damage on the enemy structure and destroy all his soldiers. The unpredictability of the battles is given by bonuses and secret weapons scattered throughout the levels.

📱 Zombie attack. Collective survivalist in a post-apocalyptic world

A team of survivors under your leadership must fight off hordes of zombies. There are no intricacies and difficulties in the game, just competently arrange the characters and distribute heavy fire between different crowds of enemies.

All characters have their own weapons and special abilities.

📱 ClusterPuck 99. Crazy air hockey with up to 8 players

One of the few games in the service that supports the battle with the maximum composition 4×4. This will entertain a large company and determine the best half of the guests in a rather unusual battle.

The battlefield is like a mixture of a maze and an air hockey table. You need to bypass the traps, pick up the puck and try to throw it into the goal of the opposing team.

📱 Rockstar Party. Guitar Hero at a minimum

An analogue of the musical arcade, which at one time was quite popular on consoles and even went to iOS. It’s a pity that the developers stopped releasing the app for iPhone and iPad, but now it’s possible to play a similar game right on the big TV screen.

📱 Greek for Speed. Runner in the mode “one for all – and all for one”

All players who join the party will help the ancient Greek runner deliver the Olympic flame to its destination. On the way there will be holes, obstacles and narrow passages.

The task of all players is to perform the correct action in time so that the runner overcomes the obstacle. After each lost game, you will find out for a long time who did not have time to jump or duck in time.

📱 Let’s Cook Togethe. Crazy kitchen on your TV

A team game with elements of time management for a company of two to four people. You have to complete the tasks of preparing dishes ordered by visitors to the cafe.

First you need to choose the right ingredients, then bring the right products to readiness and serve the order correctly. All this is complicated by the division of products, kitchen appliances and appliances into different play areas. Some of the tasks can be done only by one of the players, while the rest of the actions are available to everyone together.

As a result, you need to quickly delegate tasks and think through the sequence of actions several steps ahead.

📱 Racing Wars. Deadly Rock n’ Roll Racing

The game is reminiscent of several old-school projects from the consoles of our childhood. Battles on the track are in many ways similar to Rock n’ Roll Racing and micromachines.

The player whose vehicle is left last on the track wins. In the course are all kinds of weapons, boosters and track elements with which you can interact.

As you can see, there is really something to play with a fun company. This is a selection of ten favorite applications, while we managed to try out a little less than half of the presented catalog.

How much does it cost and who is it for?

The free version of AirConsole is available 11 different games. This is definitely enough to evaluate the capabilities of the service. Half of the applications are quizzes, quizzes and card games, and the other half are quite suitable entertainment for a small group of players.

Without payment, after restarting the games, you will have to reconnect smartphones to the console, and you still won’t be able to play with more than two players.

To open all the features of AirConsole, you need to subscribe to the service. There are two options available:

449 rub. per month;

137 rub. per month when paid for a year (1650 rub.);

There are no top projects, game hits and exclusive novelties in this service. All applications are relatively old games that have been lit up on other platforms for a long time. The versions presented in AirConsole are devoid of built-in ads and in-app purchases.

Along with this, some applications have lost part of the gameplay. This applies mainly to a network game or a single company. Otherwise, these are good game projects that can entertain a company of two to four friends, and in some cases even as many as eight players.

In the catalog of 180+ games, there are several frankly failures, a couple of dozen applications are quests or verbal entertainment that require knowledge of English from players. A few more applications are analogues of board games, which are better to play live.

Definitely recommended for fans of different genres and players of different ages can be approximately 20-30 games. In fairness, a similar situation is observed in Apple Arcade. There are several frankly trash projects, there are language-dependent applications and adaptations of not the most popular desktop games.

Which is better: AirConsole or Apple Arcade

Each of the services has its own significant advantages and is aimed at completely different categories of gamers.

🕹 On the AirConsole side, there are such advantages:

Single screen game with up to eight players. This is a definite hit at parties with fans of simple arcade projects.

Absolute cross-platform and lack of binding to the operating system and gadgets. It is not necessary to collect a company only from Apple users.

Ease of setup, you can play through the browser even without installing the application on the guests’ smartphones and TV set-top box.

▸ The catalog contains 20-30 good games for players with different preferences.

🕹 In favor of Apple Arcade are the following advantages:

▹ In the service meet top powerful projects with good graphics and an interesting storyline.

▹ All apps can be played offline without network connection.

▹ Service already included with Apple One subscription and it does not need to be paid separately (for those who have it).

As you can see, these are completely different services, each of which perfectly solves problems in a clearly defined niche. AirConsole is a one-screen entertainment for a group of friends, and Apple Arcade is a collection of games for short single gaming sessions without ads and donations.

I decided for myself that I would not pay for a subscription to AirConsole on an ongoing basis. But before the next holidays or gatherings with friends, I will definitely purchase a monthly “subscription” in order to fight again in a dozen cooperative arcades on the big TV screen.


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