10 Best Chromebook Games
Google Chromebook's popularity is on the rise. A recent Gartner study predicted that more than 5 million Chromebooks will sell in 2014. However, Chromebooks lack the necessary power to run high-end games such as Starcraft 2 and Skyrim. That's because these thin and light machines are intended to be used primarily for Web surfing and apps. But that doesn’t mean Chromebooks don’t have any gaming capabilities. The rise of the Chrome App Store has brought many popular mobile games to the OS. Many of these mix action, platforming and strategy create an enjoyable experience.
Here are our favorite Chromebook Games.
Pocket Legends/Star Legends/Dark Legends/Arcane Legends
While World of Warcraft attracts most players, Spacetime Studios has created a simpler MMO experience for casual players. The Legends series is a series of free-to-play genre-based MMORPGs that use the same interface to create four experiences. These include anthropomorphic fantasy (Pocket Legends), sci-fi (Star Legends), Horror (Dark Legends) and general fantasy (Arcane Legends). While the games aren't terribly in-depth, the mechanics are easy to learn and the game is fun. Arcane Legends is our favorite, because it has the best mechanics and is the latest version in the series.
In Polycraft, our hero finds that he arrived on a mysterious island, full of mysterious Wildlings and dangerous Ferals. Our hero must help defend the Wildlings by collecting resources, exploring the island and building a series of towers to defend his home. Polycraft mixes the survival/exploration game mechanics of games like Minecraft and Don’t Starve with tower-defense style combat of Fieldrunners and Plants vs. Zombies. We love the artistic style and simple yet addictive game mechanics.The game is free, though players can buy Amber, the game’s premium currency, to speed up construction and buy better weapons.
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Did you ever want to drive a Transformer? Well, here’s the next best thing: playing Airmech. Airmech is a Real Time Strategy/Multiplayer Online Battle Arena game. Players live in a post-apocalyptic where those with Airmechs (mech robots with transforming capabilities) fight for control. Players must lead their robotic armies to destroy the enemy’s base. The game’s variety of units and Airmechs adds a strategic dimension that many fans of Starcraft 2 and League of Legends will enjoy. Players can earn Kudos in-game to spend on Airmechs and units, or they can spend real money on diamonds, the game’s premium currency.
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Happy Wheels (free)
Do you have a dark sense of humor? A love of the grotesque? Then you may enjoy Happy Wheels. This ragdoll, physics-based game lets players create their own levels. Players will need to protect their ill-fated avatars from harpoons, rocks, crushing floors and anything else that might dismember or destroy. The game is completely free. The game is easy to play, hard to master, and is really flexible.
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Crimson: Steam Pirates (free)
Sometimes, you feel a little steampunkish. Other times your inner pirate is yearning to be free. How much fun would it be to combine the two? This is Crimson: Steam Pirates’ premise. This strategy/action game lets players lead their fleet of boats and airships into turn-based combat. The visuals feels like the 19th century, the level of strategy feels complex and the game is extremely addictive. The only thing that might improve things is playing while wearing a monocle. The game is free online, though additional chapters can be purchased later on.
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Kingdom Rush (free)
Kingdom Rush is one of the more popular versions of the tower defense genre, which have been a cornerstone of the mobile gaming realm. Players defend their base from an oncoming horde of enemies with knights, magic, arrows and explosives. After each mission, players can upgrade their forces and hire heroes to help fight off the enemy. Kingdom Rush provides a strong role playing element to the tower defense genre, as well as a steady learning curve. The game is available in the Chrome Store for free, though players can buy extra heroes and unit upgrades in-game.
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Most fantasy stories are often driven by the narrator. But what if the story drove the narrator? This the technical premise behind Bastion, Supergiant Games’ first game. Bastion received more than 100 awards, including a place on numerous Top 10 lists, and Best Downloadable Game from the Spike VGA Awards. Bastion tells the tale of a young warrior who survived the end of the world, and has to fight through a world of danger to find a way to save himself and the few others who survived. The game is visually beautiful, mechanically interesting and well-worth playing. Players can try the first few levels for free, but will need to pay $14.99 for the full game.
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Realm of the Mad God (Free)
Realm of the Mad God is the first 2D top-down-shooter MMORPG. Using mechanics similar to Geometry Wars and Robotron: 2084, players create your character from one of 14 avatars and shoot their way through dungeons, gather loot and fight to destroy the mad god, Oryx. The game is easy to pick up, fast-paced and has a strong learning curve. The game is free, but has multiple in-app purchases, including items, keys and starter packs.
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They Need to Be Fed (0.99)
A good platformer game should give a player a lot to explore, should be visually interesting, easy to learn and fun to play. Those adjectives perfectly describe the unusual concept behind They Need to Be Fed. In the game, you’re a human, and there are hungry monsters. You need to jump from platform to platform so that you can get to the monster and feed yourself to him. Despite the concept sounding creepy, the game’s simple design is attractive and the gameplay is addictive. You’ll just WANT to feed the monsters with your body. It's totally worth the $0.99.
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Spelunky HTML5 (Free)
Another blast-from-the-past that's worth rediscovering on your Chromebook, "Spelunky HTML5" is a devilish delight. As a hapless explorer working his way through treasure-filled caverns, you'll need to stay on your toes. Danger lurks around every corner, including snakes, bats and other unspeakable terrors. Featuring challenging level-designs and cool, 8-bit–style retro graphics, "Spelunky" is good, classic fun.