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How to install and play arcade-style games on a Roku device using your remote

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  • You can play games on a Roku, although they are simple arcade-style games that can be controlled with the Roku remote. 
  • To play games on a Roku, you can install them as you would with any other streaming channel. 
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Your Roku streaming player isn’t just for watching TV shows and movies — it can also play games. 

Of course, you’re not going to find sophisticated, PS4-like video games on your Roku. The games are simple and have to work with just the controls on the Roku remote control. 

But that doesn’t make them not fun. Sometimes all you want is an arcade-style game to pass the time. To get started, you can install some games from the Roku’s streaming channel store. 

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You can play games on a Roku — here’s how

Games are found in the Roku’s streaming channel store, along with all the usual streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney Plus. You can browse and install games in the same way as any other streaming channel.

1. Using the Roku remote control, press the Home button.

2. Select “Streaming Channels.”

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3. Select “Games.”

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4. You should now see all the games in the channel store. Find a game you want and then select “Add Channel” to install. 

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5. After you install the game, it’ll appear on the Home screen with all other streaming channel app icons. You can move or uninstall games in the same way as usual streaming channels. 

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How to play games on your Roku 

All Roku games rely on the Roku remote for control, and you’ll find that most games use the four arrow button and the “OK” select button, though some games may use other buttons as well. 

Typically, games will display a help screen the first time you play that explains the game’s controls — but even if it does not, you should be able to figure it out by trial and error pretty quickly. 

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Be aware that while some games are free, some may charge a fee. Most games, though, use ads to generate revenue, so you’ll have to sit through ads before or during gameplay.

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