Google’s $35 media streaming stick keeps getting more useful. When Google launched the Chromecast last year it only allowed you to stream video to your TV from a few services including Netflix, YouTube, and Google Play Movies. Now there are hundreds of apps and services that support Chromecast.
Today Google announced Showtime and Starz are now supported… and that Chromecast isn’t just for music and video anymore.
There’s a new set of family-friendly games for Chromecast including versions Scrabble, Connect Four, and Wheel of Fortune.
The Chromeast doesn’t have a remote control and it doesn’t support Bluetooth gamepads. Instead you can install apps on your phone or tablet and use your mobile device to control the action on a Chromecast.
For example in Scrabble Blitz you pick letters from a virtual rack on your phone and scores show up on the TV. Multiple players can connect to the same Chromecast and take turns.
Other games include Monopoly Dash and Simon Swipe as well as Just Dance, which uses your phone to detect motion. Big Web Quiz, meanwhile, is a trivia app that uses Google Knowledge Graph for questions and answers.
You can find more titles in the Games tab of the Chromecast Apps web page.
Chromecast-ready games are available for both Android an iOS.