There are a lot of great games for the Android operating system (Shadowgun Legends anyone?). The trouble is, that you usually have to play these games on the small screen of your smartphone, or perhaps on an Android-based tablet. In either case, you’ll be missing the true drama that comes from playing on the big screen and listening to the better speakers linked to your PC.
Enter LDPlayer: an Android emulator that solves this problem – for free – and grants you access to over two million mobile games.
Powerful Android access on your PC
LDPlayer lets you play these games on your PC by basically recreating the Android OS and letting it ride on top of Windows. It’s lightweight, which means it doesn’t hog system resources or take a long time to install. Once you have it on your machine, you can download games either from the Google Play store or from LDPlayer’s own app store. Right now, LDPlayer can simulate either Android 5.1 (Lollipop) or Android 7.1 (Nougat), but the company says it is constantly developing its software to work with more recent versions of the OS.
More than just an emulator
While you might think that free software that allows you to play millions of Android games on your PC might be a good enough reason to download LDPlayer, there are actually even more benefits to the program.
For starters, there is a key-mapping feature, that lets you assign different key combinations to the activities you want to carry out in your game (running, shooting, etc). You can even enlist your mouse for gameplay.
There is also the ability to open several games at once and see them all on your monitor. This could let you open a slower paced game that requires time between actions (like something from The Room franchise) along with games that are more action oriented.
Macros and scripts
LDPlayer also allows you to set up macros and scripts that can run games for you. So if you’re participating in a world-building game, for example, you can have the program automatically take certain actions, like planting a field or building a tower, when you get enough coin.
Faster rerolls and performance
Additionally, LDPlayer can help you speed up your rerolls (starting over) in Gacha games so that you can try to get going with the best characters and equipment possible. And, finally, because your computer is probably more powerful than any mobile device you own, LDPlayer is able to speed up your game playing, sometimes by as much as 6X normal play.
So not only does LDPlayer give you access to Android gaming on your PC, but it makes the entire mobile gaming experience more fun while increasing your chances of success. Oh, and we did mention that it’s completely free, right?
To run LDPlayer for lighter games and apps, the minimum system requirements are as follows:
- Intel or AMD CPU Processor x86 / x86_64
- Windows XP XP3 / Win7 / Win8 / Win8.1 / Win10
- Windows DirectX 11 / Graphic driver with OpenGL 2.0
- Minimum 4GB of system memory (RAM)
- Minimum 36GB of free hard disk space
- Hardware Virtualization Technology (Intel VT-x/AMD-V) enabled in BIOS
However, to run more robust games on LDPlayer, you’ll want to be sure your system is operating with specs at least as good as these:
- CPU: Intel i5 7500
- RAM: 8GB
- Disk Space: 100GB
- Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti