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5 ways to play Android games 2018 on Windows

Android platform is a home for many great games which do not have analogs on desktop. Fortunately, there are many ways to try gaming experience of your favorite Android games and to take full advantage of PC features. We have prepared a list of programs that are of great help to launch mobile apps on PC.

Price  
Android version  
GPS support   ? GPS location simulation
Integrated Play Store  
Multi-player  
Screen capture  
Multiple instances   ? Simultaneous usage of several apps
Full screen  
Factory reset  
OS Supported  
FREE (with ads)
4.4.2
Windows and Mac
FREE (with ads)
7.1.1
Windows XP and higher
FREE (with ads) or 2 $USD / month
7.0
Windows and Mac
10 days FREE, 29.99 $USD after
5.1.1
Windows XP and higher
FREE to 136$ USD a year
8.0
Windows, Linux, Mac OS X
Nox App Player
Nox App Player
7 (50%) 7 (50%)
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Nox App Player is marketed towards playing Android apps on a computer. It is a freeware Android OS emulator app developed on the Android 4.4.2 kernel on a custom virtual machine.
Features
  • In-built recorders
  • Good compatibility with most Android apps
  • Multiplayer mode
Advantages
  • Good compatibility with gamepads
  • 4-direction gyroscope sensor
  • Advanced settings (root, adjust screen resolution, CPU/RAM usage)
Disadvantages
  • Random crashes and loss of progress
  • Leaks of users data to third parties
  • Random apps download
Official website:
bignox.com
MEmu
MEmu
3 (75%) 1 (25%)
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MEmu is an emulator that brings Android experience to PC users with flexible customization and file sharing function for the several Android Emulator windows opened.
Features
  • Video recording
  • Android 7.1 Beta support
  • Integrated memory cleaner
Advantages
  • Good support team
  • Can be installed to a USB drive and used on any PC
  • Prerooted
Disadvantages
  • Key mapping mismatch
  • Issues with version update
  • Stutter sound
Official website:
memuplay.com
BlueStacks
BlueStacks
4 (50%) 4 (50%)
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BlueStacks is an environment for running Android apps on Windows machines. The app can download and launch numerous Android apps that come pre-installed and run them in a window or full-screen.
Features
  • Customizable interface
  • Integration with Google Play
  • Transfer files between devices
Advantages
  • Can transfer user files from cloud storage
  • Built-in support of gamepads and joysticks
  • Possibility to launch several apps simultaneously
Disadvantages
  • Random bugs
  • Problems with keyboard mapping
  • Displays ads while in non-active mode
Official website:
bluestacks.com
YouWave for Android
YouWave for Android
2 (29%) 5 (71%)
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YouWave allows users to run Android apps and provides its users with a full-featured Android-emulating platform that enables you to download and test various mobile apps on the PC by creating a virtual Android environment inside Windows.
Features
  • Push notifications
  • Fast system restart
  • Cloud save
"Advantages
  • Volume control buttons
  • SD card emulation to save your progress
  • Dynamic rotation
Disadvantages
  • No camera/microphone integration
  • Problems with touch/click execution
  • Lack of shake function
Official website:
youwave.com
Genymotion
Genymotion
4 (57%) 3 (43%)
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Genymotion is an Android emulator that has been designed to help app developers test the products within a safe, virtual environment.
"Features
  • Sensor and multitouch support
  • Cloud-saving support
  • Webcam connected to a PC can work as camera of emulated device
Advantages
  • Drag and drop for game installation
  • Shared folders between your PC and phone
  • Possibility to change the Android version
Disadvantages
  • Random stability problems
  • No Google Play
  • Takes some time to install
Official website:
genymotion.com

Conclusion

After testing the emulators for desktop PC we can say that all of them are really great and can be of great help if you need to play your favourite Android title while your phone is busy. Nox App Player receives the first prize for its customizable settings and good compatibility with most current games.

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It's by far the best game platform.

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Billy Duck 4 months ago

I like Bluestacks.

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