The Finest Video games for Chromebooks

Windows is possibly the most popular operating system for gaming. However, this does not mean that it is the only option. While Google's Chrome OS platform doesn't have that many games, you don't have to go without games on your Chromebook, especially since Chrome OS now supports Google Play apps.

Whether you prefer free games or ones that you can buy, there are many that work well on Chromebooks. Read on for our recommendations for the best games for the Chromebook.

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Streaming services

If you want the best gaming experience from your Chromebook, you might want to consider using a game streaming service. Sure, they require a monthly fee, but you eliminate all compatibility and performance issues by streaming games from the cloud. Your Chromebook is essentially the receiver and uses very few resources.

Google Stadia

This should be your default Chromebook streaming service. You can buy games directly and stream them to your Chromebook in 1080p at 60 frames per second. The Google library continues to grow and includes AAA titles like Doom Eternal, Destiny 2, Baldur's Gate 3, Marvel's Avengers, Borderlands 3, and more.

For $ 10 a month, Stadia Pro offers an all-you-can-play library of games that are similar to Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass subscription. Currently, these include Dead by Daylight, Metro Last Light Redux, Human: Fall Flat and many others. The subscription also increases the stream resolution to 4K HDR – even on your purchased games – and offers exclusive discounts.

Nvidia GeForce Now

Nvidia takes a different approach with its streaming service. The company knows that most PC gamers use Steam, Epic Games, Uplay, and other digital platforms. Why not stream the games you already own by linking those accounts instead of having you pay again for games like Google Stadia?

Here's the catch. The free account puts you in line. In other words, when you start a linked game you will stay in the queue until there is a seat for you on Nvidia's servers. Also, you can only play one hour at a time.

Get Priority Access for $ 5 a month with the Founder's Subscription. The session lasts six hours and the RTX hardware starts up for games that support Nvidia's ray tracing technology.

Android games

Alto's Odyssey (Free)

If you like endless runners this is the game for you. Following Alto's 2018 adventure, this sequel digs the snow-capped landscapes for rolling hills of hot orange sand. Players jump on a snowboard and slide up and down the endless hills by doing flips and collecting coins.

The goal is to travel as far as possible without wiping it out. This includes jumping over rocks, jumping over chasms, and avoiding other obstacles which in turn add points to your bottom line. There are also stunts to be performed, biomes to be discovered and goals to be achieved. In-app purchases include stacks of coins and removing ads later in the game.

Asphalt 9: Legends (Free)

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Windows 10 gamers can enjoy racing game series like Forza. However, if you own a Chromebook and want a real racing game, Asphalt 9: Legends is your virtual street fighter. It contains many successful hypercars, including models from Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini and W Motors. You can choose the dream car you need and drive it over spectacular locations against competing speed machines around the world.

The game runs smoothly on Chrome OS, with the occasional frame drop, but it's still a great experience. You can play with touch controls or just use the keyboard if your device doesn't have a touch screen.

Baldur & # 39; s Gate: Extended Edition ($ 9.99)

Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition

Baldur & # 39; s Gate is one of the greatest isometric role-playing games of all time. Developed by BioWare before its time as a crowd effect and anthem, it takes place in the Forgotten Realms of Dungeons & Dragons. It is also based on the 2nd edition rules to give a more authentic feel.

The players take on the role of Gorians Ward, who has to deal with the whole drama surrounding Baldur's Gate and the Sword Coast region. Your character eventually discovers that the Iron Throne is causing all the chaos and tries to start a war.

This is an "expanded" version of the game from 1998 that runs an "updated and improved" version of the original Infinity Engine. It includes the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion, as well as a new adventure and three new characters. The game supports mouse / touchpad and keyboard support and touchscreen input, but no game controllers.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night ($ 2.99)

Castlevania Chromebook

If retro side-scrolling action is your thing, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night will whisk you away to one of the best Castlevania games ever made. Maria Renard picks up five years after Rondo of Blood and goes to the resurfaced Castlevania to find her missing brother Richter. Meanwhile, Alucard, Dracula's son, is also investigating the castle to face his resurrected father.

Everything you loved about the 1997 PlayStation hit remains, including a great soundtrack. It includes a Continue function so you don't have to start over every time your hero dies. Without a controller, touchscreen controls will appear on the screen, although you can use a mouse / touchpad (we wouldn't recommend doing so). These on-screen controls disappear when you pair a game controller.

Fallout Shelter (free)

Fallout Shelter Chromebook

How do you spend your time after the nuclear fallout settles? Manage an animal shelter, of course! Your job is to coil the residents in and create a thriving underground community so humanity can grow and thrive again. That means building spaces dedicated to generators, food, water, and cheerfulness (hey, you need to reproduce). It is shown in an "Ant Farm" view. However, you can zoom into each room and watch your residents "work".

Despite its simulator roots, Fallout Shelter feels like an "easy" Fallout game. For example, every NPC has a SPECIAL profile that determines their general role. The game plays great in full screen mode and supports mouse / touchpad, touchscreen and controller inputs.

Pac-Man (free)

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Pac-Man is one of the most popular video games of all time and is now available on Chromebooks through the Google Play Store. In this game, you get high scores by navigating Pac-Man through mazes as he eats all the Pac-Dots and fruits and avoids enemy ghosts. Power Pellets and your strategy are its only defense.

There's lots of old school action here, but you can also enjoy new daily Pac missions, as well as tournaments and token rewards. Best of all, you don't need a Chromebook with a touchscreen to enjoy it. The game uses the up, down, left and right arrow keys, which is far better than using the worn out joysticks that players hated during the arcade days.

PUBG Mobile (free)

PUBG Mobile Chromebook

The battle royale shooter frenzy began with this game, Playerunknowns Battlegrounds. As one of the best mobile games ever, this Android favorite can be played on your Chromebook. However, because of the emulation, you will be placed with other players who fall under the same roof. If you want to play with the general PUBG population, you will need to switch to a mobile device.

Since this version is optimized for mobile devices, there is a steep learning curve with the support of mouse and keyboard. The settings are somewhat customizable, so you can move the otherwise hidden screen buttons. In total, the game takes on 99 other players in a Last Man Standing match. You can fight alone, in a team of two or in a team of four.

Sonic the Hedgehog Classic (Free)

The hit game that started the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise is now available on Chromebooks via the Google Play Store! Sonic the Hedgehog Classic lets you speed through the seven classic zones as Sonic the Hedgehog, running or sprinting through loop-de-loops as you defeat enemies.

The game is optimized for Chromebooks with a touchscreen, but you can use Xbox controllers if you want. It's extremely easy and fun to play.

Stardew Valley ($ 7.99)

Stardew Valley Chromebook

When you're tired of working at a desk day in and day out, it's time to check out the farm you just inherited. It's little more than a shabby cabin in an overgrown lot, but it's yours. When out of town, suck in the clean air of Pelican Town and familiarize yourself with cleaning up grandfather's abandoned farm, growing crops, raising cattle, and so on. That is the story behind this popular farming simulator published on every platform under the sun.

If you remember FarmVille or love the Harvest Moon games, Stardew Valley should be a familiar farmland. Your first assignments are clearing land, planting parsnip seeds, and wandering the streets of Pelican Town. The game plays wonderfully in full screen mode and supports mouse / touchpad, touchscreen and controller inputs.

You can still get this game for free through Google's Perk Program for Chromebooks.

Web games

Agar.io (free)

Agario

The sleeper hit Agar.io is a web-based game that quickly gained popularity due to its ease of use – publishing on House of Cards also helped.

The game itself is surprisingly fascinating. You start your life as a simple speck on a world made of graph paper and then eat other players until you grow and become more powerful. As you grow, learn how to use the few tricks that are unique to your blob, where to hide and so on. It's addicting and always great fun to watch other players around the world run away from you – or devour you.

Arcane Legends (Free)

Arcane legends

There are many great free, RPG-focused Chromebook games out there, and most of them can be processed by any computer, but Arcane Legends is one of the most reliable and fun RPGs to date. The game allows you to create a character, hack and slice something, do some magic, tame some cute pets – the usual RPG tariff.

This WoW-Lite approach is particularly well balanced in Arcane Legends, which is why it's difficult to come up with a bad word against this game. One notable thing is that delving into its deeper elements, like guilds, takes a lot of time. It's not exactly suitable for casual gamers like Pocket Legends.

Technically, this isn't a Chrome Web Store game, as Spacetime Studios now offers its web-based games directly from its website instead of offering Chrome extensions. Other titles in the Legends series are Pocket Legends (casual animal-based role-playing game), Dark Legends (Gothic) and Star Legends (Sci-Fi). The Android versions may or may not work on your Chromebook.

Entanglement ($ 5)

HTML 5 Games entanglement

One of the most critically acclaimed Chromebook games in recent times, Entanglement has been recognized for both its beautiful, organic design and adorable gameplay (well, adorable, as long as you enjoy thoughtful puzzles). The goal for a given map is to create a path by moving tiles around. The longer and more labyrinthine your path, the better your score. It's easy to learn and surprisingly comforting to play.

Save the day (free)

Save the day

If you love old school arcade games with lots of challenges, a new version of the formula is here. Instead of shooting aliens or thugs, race across the screen in a helicopter to avoid the fire and rescue survivors trapped between the flames. The "Save & # 39; em Up" approach is pretty cool, the game's cartoony graphics are easy on the eyes, and the challenge level is spot on.

Spelunky (free)

Cave explorers

The original Spelunky is a fun throwback to the 8-bit console days. Put on your miner's hat and climb into the dark depths to explore, dig for treasure, and rescue those in need. Use the arrow keys to move, press Z to jump, X to use your whip, A to throw grenades, and C to throw ropes to climb.

The only goal is to get the loot that you can. Once you have reached the bottom and found a door, you will get to the next lower level. You can climb rock walls, ladders and ropes to explore every inch of this digital underworld. However, watch out for traps, lurking creatures, and fall damage.

Day pro (free)

HTML 5 Tag Pro

Although the graphics are inspired by the old minesweeper, Tagpro is a surprisingly complex game all about taking the flag. This is great if you want a short, competitive experience that is all about strategy and great teamwork.

With super-simple graphics, you don't have to worry about opening a quick window to play. Instead, you can focus on combining bombs, blocks, and power-ups in your arsenal and essentially creating your own little video game levels to thwart flag thefters. Put a couple of teams together, each one trying to steal each other's flags and chaos quickly ensues.

Web Quake (Shareware)

Web Quake

While Doom brought first-person shooters into the mainstream, id Software's Quake redefined the shooter genre by dropping the fake 3D rendering and replacing it with polygons and vector-based geometry. That meant you could orbit enemies, and they didn't look like the cardboard props seen in previous shooters. It was also one of the first games to use the GPU mouselook feature and online deathmatch.

Web Quake uses Javascript to run the game, including the full first episode, which we played to death before the game was fully released in 1996. They also have full keyboard and mouse support, as well as game controller compatibility.

Overall, this version could be a better option than enabling Linux, installing Steam, and installing the game on your Chromebook's limited memory. If you already own the game, support for the other episodes will be available soon.

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