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Humble Bundle in Emulator

Posted 03/17/2014

I have a bunch of Humble Bundle Android games that I wanted to play on our house entertainment computer (hooked up to a projector!) Here is how I did it. This is also a guide if you want a really fast & performant Android emulator.


This may not be useful for gaming, actually, as many games wouldn’t run/install which might be “Intel Atom x86” CPU type (which is needed by accelerated emulator.) I have an Ouya, so I might end up just using that, even though I was trying avoid having to switch cables. For the games that did work, I didn’t bother installing a controller, but that would probably greatly improve overall experience.

  • Install the Android SDK. I put it in ~/bin/android-sdk-macosx/ and added ~/bin/android-sdk-macosx/tools to my path. This is for mac, but should apply to whatever you use.
  • run android. Install “Android SDK Tools”, one of the Android packs (I did “Android 4.4.2”), and “Intel x86 Emulator Accelerator (HAXM)”
  • Exit when it completes, and run android avd
  • Make a new AVD called “Nexus10” and set “Device” to “Nexus 10”, CPU to “Intel Atom x86”, check “Hardware keyboard present”, set it to “No skin” and check “Use Host GPU”
  • Exit AVDManager
  • Install the Intel HAXM patch
  • run LD_LIBRARY_PATH=~/bin/android-sdk-macosx/tools/lib/ ~/bin/android-sdk-macosx/tools/emulator64-x86 -avd Nexus10
  • Download Humble Bundle app
  • Install with adb install ~/Downloads/HumbleBundle-1.6.2.apk
  • Login & install whatever you like!

Here are the games I tried, that seemed to run full speed!

  • Gunslugs (good keyboard support)
  • Kareteka Classic (weird with on-screen controls)

These had issues:

  • BADLAND Premium (crashed on run)
  • Bloons TD 5 (crashed on run)
  • Funky Smugglers (crashed on run)
  • Vector (crashed on run)
  • Punch Quest (crashed on run)
  • Jack Lumber (wouldn’t install)
  • Hero Academy (wouldn’t install)
  • Kingdom Rush (wouldn’t install)
  • Ravensword: Shadowlands (crashed on run)
  • Swords & Soldiers HD (crashed on run)
  • Bard’s Tale (installed, anddownloaded content,then crashed)
  • Breach & Clear (crashed on run)

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