Android Apps that Sideload Well Onto the OUYA[]

You can 'sideload' an app or game onto the OUYA. It's simply a matter of installing an .apk file from a flash drive with a file manager of some sort. Once a sideloaded app is installed onto the Ouya, you can then run the app by going to the main menu and selecting Make -> Software and then selecting your sideloaded app.

This list has been compiled from posts gathered at Ouya Forum and the /r/Ouya subreddit on Reddit.com. The 20 best are highlighted at OUYAly .

If you don't see a game in here, please see if it's not already on the Ouya store first. If one of these games is officially brought to the Ouya, please feel free to delete it from here.


Functionality Description
Perfect Works like it's on the OUYA store. No crashes, slowdowns, or missing/broken features. Works with the Ouya controller out of the box, or it can easily be configured to use it. The developer could probably release this on the OUYA store as is. Contact them about it!
Good Needs a little bit of work, but you can probably get what you need to out of this app. Maybe controller support is a bit wonky, or it uses some Google-reliant features that aren't available on OUYA.
OK Needs a bit of work on the developer's part to run well on the Ouya. May be a bit slow, giltchy, or may not support the gamepad well. If a game runs perfectly except for gamepad support, but works with non-Ouya gamepads (Wiimotes, PS3 controllers, etc.) put it here.
Bad Either does not run well (but could be fixed for Ouya with a lot of work), or appears to work well but does not support any game pad.
Poor Doesn't run at all, or with severe bugs, errors, or reliance on features not available to the Ouya. Probably not salvageable. Don't expect to see this work.
N/A Not enough information about how well this app works on the Ouya is available. Try it out and let us know!
Pointless Maybe this app or game would work, but by the very nature of its design it would not be well-suited for Ouya (for example, augmented-reality games that rely on cameras, GPS coordinates, etc.). Maybe it will work, but why would you need it to? For curious people only.
Announced An official Ouya release of this app has been announced, but is not yet available. Since it's coming out soon, any entries with this color should be removed as soon as it hits the store.


Name Author Notes
3CX DroidDesktop 3CX MDM Another "desktop manager" app that allows you to control your Ouya from a web browser. Upload and download files. Includes FTP server. But unlike AirDroid this one is completely free. Download APK from android-appstore.com. Works fully with the D-pad.
Adblock Plus The APK can be successfully installed as well. Important for those of us that likes our sites ad free!
Adobe Air Adobe
AirDroid Allows you to upload files to your OUYA via your computers web browser. Download the APK at http://www.airdroid.com/ Paid app. Free version only allows 100MB of file transfers per month. See 3CX DroidDesktop for alternative.
Amazon App Store Amazon After installing this, you can download several other apps/games such as Plants vs. Zombies and Netflix.
Astro File Manager Useful file management app, helpful for browsing external storage. It works well, but has very limited gamepad compatibility. You mostly have to use the touchpad. "A" works as "back". (copied from xboxpants on reddit)
BBC iPlayer BBC Works but requires BBC Media Player app installed as well.
blinkbox music This Pandora-like streaming radio plays well and also plays in the background. The "heart" like-buttons are hidden and it cuts out temporarily when switching Apps. Recommended.(UK Only?)
Box.com APK Version 2.0.1 works the best. Allows for 5GB of storage, compared to 2GB at Dropbox.
BrassMonkey Allows you to turn your phone into a game controller. This video explains how to set it up.
CPSEmu 1.4 Arcade Emulator. It works great with cps2 games.
Crackle Let's you watch free movies on your OUYA. More details on this app here.
Dolphin Browser
DropBox By installing this, it allows you to easily install APKs as well. Download the APK here.
ePSXe This Playstation Emulator is said to work nicely (more on this emulator here). This video explains how to set this up.
ES File Explorer Estrongs Inc. Useful file management app. Works very well with the D-Pad. A little bit prone to overscan issues (i.e. some parts may be cut off the screen edges).
ESPN Scorecenter
F-Droid An app store similar to the Google Play store, that is easily sideloadable. Just direct your OUYA browser to the APK at https://f-droid.org/FDroid.apk
Falcon Pro Interface is a little tricky with a controller
FilePwn littleguy77 Not technically a sideload app but a way to *allow* you to sideload apps. Install this through the normal Ouya marketplace. Surf the Ouya filesystem and install APKs you've copied there.
GameBoid - Gameboy Advance Emulator Works Great on OUYA
GBCoid - Gameboy (Color) Emulator Works great on OUYA
Gearoid - Sega Game Gear Emulator Works great on OUYA
Genplus Genesis Emulator This is a Sega Genesis Emulator. There are a few things that need mapping, such as the start button. There is a demo of this running on OUYA via the NOVA Launcher on Youtube.
Gensoid - Sega Genesis Emulator Works Great on OUYA (with Genesis Modules... X32 and Mega CD isn't working with the 2 Games I tested)
Go Launcher
Google Chrome you can download the APK file here.
Google Music See this guide to get it running on your OUYA.
HBO GO Watch HBO shows if you have a subscription on your cable plan. It works, but the video quality is dreadful over wifi. Even if you use ethernet it's mediocre at best. No gamepad compatibility. (copied from xboxpants on reddit)
Hulu Plus This lets you watch movies and TV on your OUYA. You can find the APK on google. The tablet version works pretty well. You use the touch-pad and d-pad for selections. There is a demo of this running on OUYA via the NOVA Launcher on Youtube.
Humble Bundle Library If you're bought any Humble Android bundles, you can access them with this app. Most of them aren't really playable with OUYA, but some should be. I still need to try out Machinarium. First time I opened it there was a crash at launch, but since then it has worked fine. I believe the link to this app is on your Humble Bundle account page. (copied from xboxpants on reddit)
Inertia: Escape Veolocity Works and is playable, but needs the touchpad for menu stuff fairly regularly. The standard key layout is also pretty weird (trigger L1 for jump, for instance).
John NES NES Emulator is said to work fine on OUYA. More details on this emulator here.
MaMe4All Emulator that emulates over 2000 different rom sets. (more info here)
MAME4Droid Emulator works very well. See video.
MLB At Bat More on this app here.
MushRoom Bounce! This 2D physics game works perfectly on OUYA. Controllers, game speed, everything. Didn't see any bugs either.
MX Player According to a source, this works on OUYA.
GBA-NEODroid See it running in this video.This GBA emulator is said to work with OUYA. More details on this emulator here.
Netflix Watch Netflix movies and shows, as well as add/remove from your queue, all on your OUYA. You can grab the APK for this on xda-developers forum. There is a demo of this running on OUYA on Youtube.
NOVA Launcher This is a viable replacement for the ouya launcher. Lots of settings and more intuitive options for layout. Getting around your sildeloaded content is so much faster using this launcher and getting to the system menu takes 1 button press. (copied fromyoutube) Watch the video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gl_O_b7ingM
OnLive The Cloud gaming app works pretty well on OUYA, after being side-loaded. More details on this here. The OnLive controller also works very well.
Open Launcher It's the open-source Google TV launcher called Open Launcher (https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/17958951/Open-Launcher-for-GTV.apk. More details on this at https://github.com/entertailion/Open-Launcher-for-GTV.
Pandora This music player works great on OUYA, but it has some issues. Video here. The Pandora, in browser app works great too. Just point your webbrowser on OUYA to http://tv.pandora.com
Plague Inc. More on this game here.
PowerAmp This music player works great on OUYA. Video here
PPSSPP This PSP emulator is said to work fine on OUYA. More details on this emulatorhere.
Psx4Droid works on OUYA
QQPlayer No XBMC, but it will play movies streamed from websites or your USB drive. You can download the APK here.
Reddit TV
Root Explorer
RT News and More This news app is said to work nicely on OUYA. Me details on this apphere.
Soundcloud This allows you to listen to music and such on your OUYA. There appears to be some lag, but it works. There is a video of this running on OUYA on Youtube.
Speedtest.net Test the speed of your connection. Useful to see whether you should be using ethernet or if WiFi is fine. It doesn't display fullscreen, and it doesn't have any gamepad support, but using the touchpad works fine. (copied from xboxpants on reddit)
Spotify Spotify This music app works on OUYA (see video)
Tiger Arcade See it running in this video.
Titanium Backup Great for installing backups from other devices (ie. my phone)
TVCatchUp Works nicely on OUYA. More details and download here.
Uae4all2 Amiga 1200 Emulator works great on OUYA. More details on this here.
UAE4droid This Amiga emulator is said to work on OUYA.
uTorrent Allows you to find and download torrents directly to your OUYA. Said to work well. More details on this app here.
Veetle This app that allows you to broadcast and watch live video works nicely on OUYA. More details on this app here.
YouTube for Google TV Great, controller-friendly interface. Get the APK at: http://d-h.st/HsD
Auto App Organizer ZeroTouchSystems Works flawlessly, recently used files at top, others organized by type.
X-plore File Manager Lonely Cat Games Dual pane file manager, access network and cloud devices as well, works best if dark theme is used for some reason.

List of sideloaded games[]

Name Author Notes
Aquaria fully supported and runs great
Battle Squadron One works perfect with controller.
Beach Buggy Blitz This is downloaded from the Amazon App Store, and works very well.
Beginning Demo by Elude [1]
Crash Bandicoot Works on OUYA using a PS3 Controller (see video)
Chicken Invaders 2, 3, & 4 fully supported and run great
Dante's Inferno Works fully. Touch pad needed for menus. See more on this game here.
Dead on Arrival 2
Dead Trigger Works fine except for app purchases. (see image)
Dice Player Plays everything, even 1080p, with no issues. More info on this game at here.
Drag Racing Works well with triggers to shift. (more on this game here)
Dynamite Jack Plays well using the analog stick or D-pad. In the settings, you map whaever buttons you like in keyboard shortcut setting. (more on this game here)
Eve of Genesis Nice old-school jrpg. Controller seems to be fully supported. More on this game here.
GBikes Version 1.15 is said to work great on OUYA (more info on this game here)
Gloomy Dungeons 3D version 2013.03.07.0416-(Doom Knockoff)works great using included key mapping. I had some fun with this for a while.
Grand Theft Auto III Works with controller support
Grand Theft Auto Vice City Works with controller support
Gunman Clive Works fine on OUYA
Illusia You can see more on this game here. You'll need to use the touch screen for some things but the game is perfectly playable on Ouya.
island wars 2
Light Racer 3D
Max Payne . According to a Youtube video, works nicely
Meritous ver. 0.0.2 has graphic glitches in menus, but is playable with controller.
Metal Slug 3 From Humble Bundle. Works but you can't continue after you die for some reason.
Mos Speedrun According to a tweet, this works on OUYA. (more info on this game here)
Plasma Sky More on this game here.
Prince of Persia Classic Works great once you change the control method in the options.
OpenBOR (the open-source Beats of Rage engine) Unpack the 7z and move the apk from the ANDROID-debug folder and sideload it on your Ouya. You can find PAKs for OpenBOR either here or by using our good friend Google. When you run OpemBOR for the first time it should create a folder tree /sdcard0/OpenBOR/PAKs and if not, then the folders need to be created manually. This folder is where you will store your PAK files. You can download it at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gv17zu4f5...ZqByz/releases
Riptide GP Works pretty good (more info here)
RRHOID Demo by Kewlers [2]
Simpsons: Tapped Out Works well with a mouse plugged in. Must use controller to exit, however. Has graphical issues in loading screens but game runs smoothly.
Sonic The Hedgehog Works fine. (more on this game here)
Super Hexagon Works well with the analog stick or d-pad. (more on this game here)
Symphony of Eternity Fully supports the controller. Decent old-school jrpg. More on this game here.
The Conduit HD Works when sideloaded. Game requires demo files or purchased game files to function. Will not run full-version of the game, because full-version needs Google Play. All controls run perfect, though pausing must be done with the trackpad.
The Spear of Destiny (more details on this game here)
Turbo Fly HD
Wolfenstein 3D
Zenonia 3 Fully playable with the controller, although movement is glitchy at times. More on this game here.
Zen Pinball HD Works great
Zombie Driver THD Works on OUYA (custom gamepad configuration included)