We tried the on-the-go cloud gaming system

Launch your game, wherever you are.

This is the idea behind the game Amazon Luna, Amazon’s cloud gaming platform and device. As it’s cloud-hosted, all you need to play is an Amazon Prime membership and any smart device with Amazon on it, be it a smartphone, tablet or computer.

There are a host of games available for free and for purchase, including Jackbox games for family and co-worker fun, as well as League of Legends, EA Sports games, Call of Duty and more.

Since there’s a lot to play on the site, we decided to go level by level to break it all down, then try it out for ourselves straight from the New York Post office.

Read on to find out how to get started, browse the games library, then take charge of the leaderboards for yourself.

What is Amazon Luna and Amazon Gaming?

Amazon Luna

Amazon Luna is the free platform with your Amazon Prime membership. This is a huge plus, as it unlocks free games that you can play right away. Later on the game library, but once registered, you can play on your computer, phone or tablet right away. Then it takes you to the Prime Gaming page, where you can access all free games with Prime as well as subscriptions you have downloaded.

“Cloud gaming lets you play games on devices you already own, without the need to buy a gaming console or gaming PC. Games live in the cloud, so there’s no long downloads, installations or updates required,” the site explains.

The Amazon Luna controller is the game changer here, pun very intentionally. The Amazon Luna is a portable controller that can be paired via WiFi and Bluetooth to enhance your gaming experience. Instead of using a mouse or touchscreen, the controller brings gaming feel back into the equation, with two joysticks , A, B, X, Y buttons and arrow keys and even a fully responsive vibration mode.

What do I need to buy to play on Amazon Luna?

A purple video game controller
Amazon Luna

All you really need is an Amazon Prime membership and a smart device with Amazon downloaded. It really is that simple, since all the games are in the cloud, and they remember your profile via your Prime login details. You also need a broadband or WiFi internet connection to log in.

To enhance your experience, you can also purchase a game bundle that includes the handheld Luna Controller along with other extras. You can experience one with the Luna Controller and a Fire TV Stick to stream your gameplay to any smart TV, or opt for a Luna Controller and Fire HD 8 or 10 Tablet bundle for more gaming on the go.

The last thing you can choose to buy are games that aren’t included in the free selections. We outline the rest below, but in terms of setup, the upfront cost is simply Prime’s price.

What games are available on Amazon Luna?

A bunch of devices showing Sonic games on screens
Amazon Luna

The answer: a lot.

The great thing about Amazon Luna is that a bunch of games are already downloaded and ready to play upon activation. There’s a rotation of games that are free with Prime and even more that are free on Luna to play exclusively on the cloud platform.

If you want to add even more games to your library, head over to the channels page to see what you like. Luna+ costs $19.99 per month and includes a mix of games for everyone to enjoy, like Sonic games, Resident Evil, StarWars Pinball and more. There are also other more niche channels to choose from, like Retro ($4.99/month) for throwbacks, Family ($5.99/month) for the whole squad to enjoy, and even indie game plans from Jackbox Games ($4.99/month) and Ubisoft. ($17.99/month.)

How to play with Amazon Luna on your devices: our opinion

A side-by-side image of a hand holding an Amazon Luna controller and the box
Sophie Canon

A player that I am not.

However, puzzles, quizzes and other online time killers are some of my favorites. Plus, it’s been a pleasure to try out the latest and greatest at The Post, so the Amazon Luna was a no-brainer to order for the office.

For someone not very experienced in console setup, getting started was a breeze. After logging into my Amazon Prime account, I headed to the Amazon Gaming site and was ready to play on my desktop. The Luna controller took a second longer, but after downloading the app to my phone and installing two batteries (included in the box!), the controller quickly paired to WiFi and the vibration alerted me that I configured it correctly.

Sophie plays at her desk with the Amazon Luna
Sophie Canon

Now was the time to play. For a solo gaming session, I chose a free puzzle game, Lumines Remastered. Having played with a Nintendo 64 before (a decade before, but who’s counting?), the controller felt familiar and easy to use. I also loved the speed, because since it’s on the cloud, no downloads were needed. Besides, I could play at my desk and no one was the wiser!

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