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Chromecast Brings Family Game Night to Your TV

by Jacob Kleinman | November 11, 2014November 11, 2014 10:00 pm PST

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Chromecast already offers support for hundreds of apps along with the ability to mirror anything from a Chrome browser, but today Google is pushing into fresh territory: family game night. The company just announced that six classic games are coming to your TV along with a few new ones.

Google’s HDMI streaming stick now supports Wheel of Fortune, Monopoly Dash, Scrabble Blitz, Connect Four Quads and Simon Swipe, letting you control each game with a phone or tablet while the action plays out on the biggest screen in your house. The company also introduced Emoji Party, which asks you to identify movie titles based on a list of cartoon images, and Big Web Quiz, which searches the web for trivia questions. Finally, there’s Just Dance Now, a sort of Dance Dance Revolution knockoff based entirely on hand movements.

At the same time, Chromcast is getting support for two more TV apps: Showtime Anytime and Starz. This should help fill out any remaining holes in its video streaming selection, which already includes HBO GO, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus and more.

Finally, Google is pushing out a slight redesign for its Chromecast apps webpage on desktop and mobile. Apps are now separated into sections like TV & Movies, Music & Audio, Sports, and Games, so it should be even easier to find what you’re looking for.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...