12 Best Chromebook Games
Simplicity and affordability give Google's Chromebooks a lot of appeal. However, these laptops don't have the power to run such high-end games as Metro: Last Light or Metal Gear Solid V. That's because these thin and light machines are intended to be used primarily for Web surfing. That doesn't mean Chromebooks don't have any gaming capabilities, though. The Chrome Web Store has brought a mix of mobile and original games to the Web browser, making them easily playable on a Chromebook. You have to dig through the store to find the best in a number of genres, including MMORPGs, action, puzzles and more — but we did that digging for you.
Here are the best Chromebook games, which you should try now.
Arcane Legends (Free)
Arcane Legends got its start on smartphones, but is also available in the Chrome Web Store for free. This fantasy game is a bare-bones MMORPG that lets you play online as a warrior, knight, sorcerer or rogue. When you're not busy collecting pets or fighting evil dragons and orcs, you'll be enjoying yourself customizing your character's avatar. Players agree — it currently has a 5- star user rating, based on nearly 16,000 votes.
In Polycraft, our hero arrives on an enigmatic 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 such games as Minecraft with tower-defense-style combat of Plants versus Zombies. The simple-yet-addictive mechanics have earned the game a 4-star rating from its users, based on nearly 1,800 reviews.
Did you ever want to drive a Transformer? Well, playing Airmech may be the next best thing. This real-time strategy/multiplayer online battle arena game puts players in a post-apocalyptic world where those with Airmechs (mech robots with transforming capabilities) fight for control. Players must lead their robotic armies to destroy the enemy's base. Users have rated it 4 stars on the Chrome Web Store Players, with 1,700 votes. During gameplay, you can earn Kudos to spend, or you can spend real money on diamonds, the game's premium currency.
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. Players have given it a full 5-star rating based on more than 4,000 reviews. The game is free, though additional chapters can be purchased.
Realm of the Mad God (Free)
Realm of the Mad God is the first 2D top-down-shooter MMORPG. Players create a character from one of 14 avatars and shoot their way through dungeons, gather loot and fight to destroy the mad god, Oryx. The free game is easy to pick up and fast-paced, but has a steep learning curve if you want to become truly skilled. Nearly 2,500 users have rated it 4.5 stars. In-app purchase options include items, keys and starter packs.
Spelunky HTML5 (Free)
This remake of a console title is worth rediscovering on your Chromebook, Spelunky HTML5 is a devilish delight that has earned a 3.5-star rating on the Chrome Web Store, based on more than 1,200 reviews. 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 levels and cool, 8-bit-style retro graphics, Spelunky is classic fun that works online or offline.
Kingdom Rush Frontiers (Free)
Fans of the original Kingdom Rush have flocked to its sequel, Kingdom Rush Frontiers. There are 18 towers, 11 heroes to command and more than 40 enemies and bosses to fight. The game retains everything that made fans love the original, including magic, an upgrade system providing role-playing elements, as well as its mystical setting. Three difficulty modes ensure a challenge for any player. Gamers flocked to the title, giving it a 5-star rating in the Chrome Web Store, based on 1,100 reviews.
Once you start, you won't stop playing 2048. The game is derivative of the iOS game Threes!, but has taken on an identity all its own. Players combine tiles of the same number to multiply them until they hit the titular number 2048. You may play quickly at first, but you'll soon learn that analytical thinking is the key to high scores and the elusive 2048 tile. You can play 2048 anywhere with its offline mode, so if you get addicted you never have to worry that you'll have to stop playing. It's free on the Chrome Web Store, where it has a solid 4-star rating. But that's only based on a little more than 200 user reviews.
Agar.io is a game of eat-or-be-eaten. Players join a world of cells that consume smaller cells, growing as they eat. But in this expansive multiplayer game, there’s always someone bigger than you, and you might be the next to go. Some players have encountered glitches, giving it a 3.5-star rating on the Chrome Web Store based on just 540 reviews. We love this game for its simple controls and massive multiplayer competition that makes a simple concept into a complex contest.
Free Rider HD (Free)
If you ever wanted to design your own game, Free Rider HD is for you. With simple drawing tools, you can create racetracks to share with your friends, or you can compete on more than 50,000 tracks drawn by players on a mountain bike or BMX bike with high-flying ragdoll physics. Chrome Web Store reviews for the free game are high, at 4.5 stars, based on 1,500 reviews.
0h h1 (Free)
This puzzle game has three simple rules that make it a mix of Sudoku and Lite 3. 0h h1’s tutorial can be mastered easily enough, but each level gets progressively more difficult. The rules involve limiting where your red and blue tiles can be placed. For example, you can't have three tiles of the same color next to each other in the same row, and any column or row must have an equal number of red and blue tiles. Sound easy? Think again. This logic game is free, works offline and doesn't require an Internet connection to work. Players seem to love the free game, giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars, but that's based on just fewer than 200 reviews.
This puzzler is strangely relaxing. Entanglement's simple controls and calming music may put you in a state of Zen. Players lay down tiles with a number of paths on them. As you turn the tiles, different paths reveal themselves, and you want to build the longest path possible. You're soon left in a mess of crisscrosses and loop the loops, almost like you're in a Zen garden. There is still an air of challenge, though, as you play to beat your best score and to challenge your friends. It's pricier than many games on the Chrome Web Store at $4.99, but it hasn't driven anyone away, at nearly 100,000 players, 540 of which have given it a 4-star rating.